War. Some people have asked “what is it good for?” A few have a surmised, “absolutely nothing!” But America is a huge fan of war and in a Capitalist system it’s good for the economy…or so we’re told. But America will go to war against anything. American culture is so rooted in war that at this point it’ll wage war on whatever and doesn’t even have to be conventional wars!
Every December there’s a War on Christmas! It’s a holiday for fucks sake! A holiday about love, giving and sharing based on the wrong birthday of a dude that punched bankers in the dick! A War on Christmas is like a police officer fist fighting a baby with another baby…which a police officer might have done.
Joe Biden has declared a war on a virus! Plan A to get rid of the virus that causes COVID-19 was to wait till it was going to have a wedding and then drone bomb the shit out of it. And the first thing America discovered was viruses don’t have weddings! They’re just replicating out of wedlock like the godless fucks they are!
One of the most devastating wars fought on American soil is the continuing War on Drugs! As we know it today the American War On Drugs has permeated the globe with its racist overtones that has only benefitted rich, white, land-owning Americans with direct ties to Big Pharma and the insurance companies.
When we think of the War On Drugs we go back to Richard Nixon and Ronald Regan, but they weren’t the first to wage war – they just perfected it. Human Beings have been waging a war on drugs since the caveman days. There are records of cave drawings that describe a psychedelic trip into our consciousness reminding us that we are all one. And another drawing of that enlightened caveman, getting hit on the head with a rock. Which we can interpret as the caveman version of “This is your brain on drugs!” Or “Just say no”.
They hadn’t discovered eggs, television or Nancy Regan yet so they had to improvise.
Comedic hyperbole aside, the War on Drugs has its origins well before Nixon. [SC 1] The first piece of legislation to go after recreational drug use was in 1909 with the ‘Smoking Opium Exclusion Act’. This banned the possession & use of opium for anything other than medical purposes. There are 2 things to note here.
First, this legislation does exactly what the name suggests. Today we have bills like the HEROES or CARES Act that don’t help the people we call Heroes and don’t care about anyone. They do help corporations and billionaires who profit off our misery. At least in the early 1900s, there was honesty in the names of their laws, and I appreciate that.
Secondly, this law probably led to a lot of high doctors. After seeing your 286th gangrene leg, you’re going to need to take the edge off and the paint thinner that passed for alcohol isn’t cutting it anymore, so you gotta go with something stronger. Opium.
The next piece of legislation came in 1914 with the Harrison Act which regulated the sale, transportation and distribution of opiates & cocaine. Clearly at this point they were no longer naming bills based on what they do but rather who wrote them. They should’ve called this the Buzzkill Act of 1914! Amirite?
In 1937 we saw the first law that started to criminalize the use of cannabis in America. The Marijuana Tax of 1937 put a federal tax on the sale of marijuana/cannabis and hemp. If you didn’t pay this you could go to prison for up to 5 years and/or be fined $2000. This was at a time where $2000 was real money, not a figment promised by an old racist dementia patient.
This bill was passed because the FBI Director at the time claimed there was evidence that marijuana would lead abusing the already illegal opiates and heroin. Ah yes, the origins of the completely false “gateway drug” myth. You have a bigger chance of finding a Minotaur’s labyrinth than cannabis being a gateway to other drugs. Cannabis is a gateway to delicious snacks. They should’ve called this the Buzzkill Act of 1937! Amirite!?
These are the ideas that led to ‘Reefer Madness’ and the wildly inaccurate propaganda campaign against a plant. Think about how silly we would think these ideas would be if we made laws and lies about broccoli or kale. If we suddenly said the energy you get from bananas would lead you to butt-chugging vodka because the yellow fruit kinda looks like a penis. And then you create a super homophobic campaign with zero scientific backing and a 100% confidence in your lies.
The Marijuana Tax of 1937 was written around the time when the term jazz cigarette was introduced. There are legends that the bill was going to be called Skopa-doo-pop Act of 1937. But Congress didn’t know how to add the snaps into the title of the bill and then also realized that particular Congressman might be high. And he was…he was high on opium.
And now we arrive to the 1970s with Ol’ Tricky Dick himself. Richard Nixon authorized the ‘Controlled Substances Act’ and claimed drugs were the ‘public enemy number 1’. Ironic, because Nixon’s legacy is public enemy number 1 today.
In 1973, Nixon created the Drug Enforcement Agency, or the DEA, with a $75 million budget and 1400 agents nationwide. Today there are over 5000 agents and $2 billion budget. Nixon also put harsher sentences on users and traffickers, virtually making them the same.
There are often many questions whether the War On Drugs was racist or not. Back in the 30s & 40s, it was used to criminalize the predominantly black Jazz community, but a lot of people don’t see that as racist, but more Anti-Jazz. But now we have evidence the War On Drugs was not created as a public health or safety concern, but rather a racist way to destabilize communities of color and peace advocates. John Elrichman, one of Nixon’s Advisors, said the following in a 1994 interview about the War On Drugs: “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course, we did.” He said all the shit to a reporter…on tape! The Nixon Administration really didn’t understand tapes!
This confession explains why we’ve had an uptick in police brutality decade after decade. It’s why our media portrays black Americans as thugs and why it was so easy for average Americans to look at immigrants as criminals that steal jobs whilst they traffic the drugs. And why Americans hypocritically believe they’re also lazy.
That never made any sense to me at all. Immigrants have 2 jobs at the least. One is apparently the job they stole from the American worker and the second is being a part of a drug running empire. That’s like at least a 60 hour work week. What part of that is lazy? It sounds like they’re really hard-working and kinda living out the American Dream!
The motive behind the War On Drugs comes from Nixon’s and then FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover’s paranoid racism. In the early 70s, not only did you have white hippies calling for an end to Vietnam War but also Black & Brown Civil Rights leaders. Plus with the gaining popularity of the Black Panther Party’s survival program where they were feeding kids and taking care of the elderly, they needed something to give them unequivocal rights to attack their communities.
The answer was demonizing drugs; drugs that Nixon and Hoover have never seen let alone used. Perhaps if they would have used them, they might have chilled out a little and realized that their racism will create a massive negative reaction in the collective soul of humanity and take our society down a path of suffering and injustice the likes of which humanity has never seen before! But that sounds like Communism, a terrifying thought to President Paranoia!
But we didn’t really have to wait till 1994 for someone to realize the War On Drugs was really about demonizing black communities & anti-war activists. In 1977, Jimmy Carter pushed for federally decriminalizing marijuana, but got rejected and didn’t get a second term. But if you’re a President that tries to lead by logic, you get “voted” out. That’s just the Democratic Party’s policy! At this point in history 11 states had already decriminalized marijuana, because they had seen what laws like this do their communities. But all that was undone once the next President came into power.
Ronald Regan took the War On Drugs to the next level! In the early 80s, Nancy Regan came up with the ‘Just Say No’ campaign. And look I whole hearted agree with this campaign. We should just say no…to Reganomics! It’s a gateway to sociopathy, unfettered Capitalism, infinite consumerism on a finite planet and Pete Butiegiege. Who’s name you need to be on drugs to pronounce.
In 1986 Regan authorized the Anti-Drug Abuse Act which spent $1.7 billion to enforce mandatory sentences, which was first introduced by Eisenhower in 1954. And in the 90s it was reinforced by Joe Biden & Bill Clinton.
This piece of legislation showed the world the racial discrepancy in America’s criminal justice system. This bill criminalized possession and use of Crack-Cocaine, which was cheaper and predominately found in low income and black communities. 5 grams of crack cocaine can get your 5 years in prison. Compare to the predominantly rich, white drug, cocaine, you’d need 5000 grams for the exact same sentence.
This increased suspicions and police were able to continue brutalizing communities of color. This also added the bias that all black people were smoking cannabis and then eventually landed on crack cocaine. Regan amplified every negative stereotype of drugs and applied it to communities of color. Again, we didn’t have to wait till the 1994 confession of John Elrichman to see how racist the War On Drugs was and continues to be!
Between Nixon and Regan the stereotype of the lazy, drug addled black person was born and amplified by legislation. They’re basically the blackface of Presidents. And don’t forget that the Clintons were taking advice from Nixon, which explains a lot about the laws in the 90s.
Regan’s 1986 bill was supported by one Senator Joe Biden who would make it his muse for crafting his own racist, omnibus Crime Bill. The infamous 1994 Crime Bill was crafted by Joe Biden, approved by Bill Clinton and was responsible for a spike in mass incarceration and continued degradation of black & brown communities all across America. Folks that champion Democrats like Biden always bring up the Violence Against Women Act, but ignore the rest of the bill.
The 94 Crime Bill eliminated pell grants for former Prisoners and eliminated any sort of higher education opportunity for inmates, making it harder for these folks to get a better education to get a better job and become better members of society. This ensured and legislated that recidivism would occur, revolving offenders into the harsh prison system non-stop. The major fear here is that if prisoners become educated they might Andy Dufrense themselves out of prison!
Recidivism was reinforced by increased federal prison sentences for repeat offenders, which was more commonly known as the 3-strike rule. This idea was championed by the Biden Democrats as a way to keep our communities safer. But in reality it made the prison system a product with guaranteed repeat customers.
During the Black Lives Matter protests this past summer, which called for Defunding the Police to help fund mental health and social services for communities, Joe Biden said he’d spend more money on the police to help train them to shoot their victims in the leg. This idea comes from his Crime Bill where he gave cops an additional $30 billion to help with training, hiring and place community police officers.
Community Police Officers would be folks that live in the neighborhoods they patrol. But that’s not the case. In most communities, the cops on patrol don’t live there and hence don’t understand the dynamics of the neighborhoods which leads excessive police violence. This is what overfunding the police has led to and now Biden wants to repeat history again. When you repeat the same actions, expecting different results its called insanity.
The Crime Bill gave prosecutors and the police carte blanche to imprison people for however long for whatever crime. This is a society led by fear not safety. And the Democrats didn’t even do this for public safety. They did this because they wanted to appear tougher on crime than Republicans.
The Republicans had spent years harping on how soft the Democrats are on crime and why America was falling into a pit of moral despair. So to show them how strong they really are, the Democrats out Republicaned the Republicans by creating a Crime Bill that would ruin the lives of millions.
That’s right, the 94 Crime Bill was introduced as a Congressional dick measuring contest. Remember that the next time you want to make an excuse for either party not being able to legislate to help people. Public image was more important to these soulless vapid fucks than your livelihoods, dignity and safety. And that statement is only 1/10th as harsh as what the War On Drugs has done to the entire American working class.
Today we see the Biden Administration continue its War On Drugs. Just recently the Biden Administration fired or demoted anyone that had used cannabis in their past by a question in a background check. Some were put into a remote work program as well. The hypocrisy is that Kamala Harris joked about her drug use and still gets to be the VP. Additionally the administration has taken on a policy that no staffer can use marijuana even off the clock and will be subject to random drug tests.
This shows us exactly where this administration is on federally legalizing marijuana. This shows us that Biden and Kamala Harris have no inclination of redeeming themselves for the horrific criminal justice policies they’ve enacted. This shows us that there might be a 2022 Crime Bill coming with a whole new refer madness campaign. This shows us that Biden & Harris are fully ready to make the War On Drugs an Endless War, like all the other wars America loves to wage.
America isn’t unique in its War on Drugs, but it is unique in its racial disparity when it comes to the subject. And it’s true. Think of all the people that decided to make a plant illegal and committed this crime against nature. It’s most been white people. Nixon, Hoover, Regan, Biden, Clinton, are all white people. Kamala Harris and Obama are in the minority of minorities fucking over other minorities.
By 2014, half of the 1.5 million arrests were related small marijuana offenses. Only 3% were high level drug traffickers. And these laws did nothing to help the rate of addiction or trafficking. And the CIA is primarily run by white people! Proving even further that white people in power are committing more drug related crimes than your average person of color!
Portugal is one of the countries that faced a major drug problem in the late 90s and early 2000s. Portugal, much like America, prosecuted its drug offenders as drug traffickers, which, go figure, didn’t help the rate of addiction & overdoses either.
In 2001, Portugal decided that this was a public health crisis and decided to treat the issue as one. All drugs in Portugal are decriminalized, which means using these drugs is not illegal, but trafficking high quantities is. And when those drugs are confiscated from drug traffickers, they are usually burned.
Under this new system, if you’re caught with drugs on your person, you have to go to counseling with a sociologist. Portugal has also employed psychologists as community outreach to help people get access to clean and better equipment for their drug use. This has severely decreased the amount of deaths from ODs and also provides a pathway to recovery on the patients own terms.
They also provide Mobile Methadone vans. Methadone provides relief from withdrawal symptoms without giving you a high. Rather than make it difficult for people to go through addiction recovery, Portugal is making an effort to get that relief to the people. It’s almost like they decided to treat people like…well people.
Currently they spend about 90% of their budget on social services and 10% on drug enforcement. People are also placed into job programs to help build skills and work experience to get them back out into the world. This is what the point of prisons should be; to help people, not demonize them! Drug related deaths went from 400/year to 30/year! But this program is currently in jeopardy considering when the recession hit, social programs like this were cut!
It’s interesting that when Capitalism busts, it attacks the social programs that help people first. Programs like these decrease crime, addiction & hospitalizations connected to drug use. So shouldn’t cops be cut first? But instead the programs that drive real change are removed, proving once again, that Capitalism is a system that thrives on inequality and misery.
In the Netherlands, psychedelics have been legalized because they realized drugs like LSD, MDMA & Psilopsycibin are very good for mental health. You can actually go to a retreat where, under medical supervision, you can experience these drugs and how they affect your mind. Most people find that helps them reconnect with a part of themselves and nature.
Even in the United States there are few wins. States like Colorado are seeing a billion dollar industry emerge with the full legalization of cannabis. In a criminal justice perspective, it’s hard for cartels to sell illegal substances when those substances have been fully legalized and sold at malls and boutique stores.
On a legislative level, the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment & Engagement, or MORE Act, is working to undo everything Nixon, Regan & Biden did with their callous, racist, War On Drugs. This removes cannabis from Schedule 1 and any federal convictions for possession. It’ll also make it easier for dispensaries to be banked and process various different types of payments, just like any other legitimate business.
Prohibiting and making marijuana illegal created a criminal justice system that profited off it. It also created a criminal underground to meet the demand of people who want these substances. This happened when booze was prohibited in the 20s, and people still found a way to get drunk.
People like Nixon, Regan, Biden & Clinton are responsible for escalating violence because they didn’t like a plant. Passing the MORE Act will, as Stephen Hawkins of the Marijuana Policy Institute puts it, “set us on a path to correct the unfair system and restore justice to those that have been victimized by prohibition”. Fully legalizing these drugs & educating people about what they do will ensure we have a more enlightened populace and actually restore justice.
One of the things the War On Drugs is trying to prevent is addiction and overdoses when it comes to drugs. But instead of asking what drives a person to get addicted to anything and to commit crimes to feed those addictions, America’s criminal justice systems puts you in prison for a public health concern. Joe Biden himself has said he doesn’t care about the reasons why someone would commit a crime based on addiction.
Why try to understand a problem and come up with viable & humane solutions, when you can just sweep them under the rug – or in this case sweep them into a 4×4 cell and abhorrent conditions based on your racist fueled fear. Most people have misunderstood addictions for a long time. Psychologist Gabor Mate, who worked with addicts in Vancouver during their drug epidemic, points out how Addiction is a response to trauma.
Our current criminal justice system and policies make addiction a crime. Based on the conditions of our prisons and the laws put into place by Joe Biden’s Crime Bill, the prison system only creates more trauma. And since the prison system is more focused on recidivism than rehabilitation, these folks are more likely to turn to their addictions as a means to cope with trauma. So trauma becomes a commodity for the Prison Industrial Complex and its champions like Biden, Clinton, Obama, Harris and many more who sit in Congress.
And nothing furthers this illegal criminalization of humanity’s attempt to heal from trauma than the Scheduling system put into effect by Richard Nixon at the start of the War On Drugs. But the scheduling system is flawed and based on unscientific research.
Let’s start from bottom up here. Schedule 5 are substances that have a low addiction risk but can be used to make more addictive drugs. This is things like Robitussin. And as of now you know the government hasn’t figured out what Whip Its are, because they’d add whip cream as a Schedule 5 substance, causing panic amongst Basic Bitches who like their Pumpkin Spice Lattes with extra whip! Schedule 4 are Pharmaceutical grade drugs, like Xanax, Valium, Ambien & Tramadol, which all sound like they’d be names of ships on Star Trek!
Schedule 3 substances have a low addictive risk but have a higher addictive potential. This includes things like anabolic steroids, ketamine, codeine and…testosterone. Human beings produce a Schedule 3 drug. This means every teenage boy is a walking, talking, masturbating Schedule 3 drug. Don’t worry, Congress is working a bill to regulate ejaculations to ensure we don’t abuse this drug. It’s the Hairy Palms & God’s Sadness Act 2021, but some people are calling it the Buzzkill Act Of 2021! Amirite!
Schedule 2 substances are ones with high addictive risk and are considered dangerous. These include Cocaine, Methadone, Fentanyl, Adderal, Ritalin & Oxycodone. That’s right, most pharmaceutical companies deal Schedule 2 substances. In fact Purdue Pharmaceuticals illegally flooded the market with Oxy to turn a profit from people’s pain. Oxy has devastated low income communities across the nation and there’s very few oxy peddlers in prison. And if they are, they’re in some white collar prison where you still get to manage your Legal DEA Cartel, with tax breaks.
Schedule 1 substances are ones with high addictive risk and abuse potential with no medical purposes. This includes Cannabis, LSD, MDMA, and Peyote. This has no merit in science at all. This only has merit in Nixonian Magic! Which is less credible than a birthday party magician.
Oxy has a much higher abuse potential than cannabis and we’ve seen it run rampant across the nation. Cannabis has a .00001% addiction rate. There have literally been zero deaths related cannabis, yet it is considered one of the most addictive and dangerous drugs, based on paranoia and propaganda.
Virtually every drug on the Schedule 1 list has medical purposes. Across the United States state after state has started to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, and with the research they’ve been able to do, we now know cannabis strains can be helpful for chronic pain, anxiety, depression, seizures, epilepsy, and help you tolerate a Zack Snyder slow motion fest for more than 38 seconds. It also makes you 96% less of an asshole too! It really is pretty rad plant.
Not only that but one of the major ingredients in cannabis can actually prevent the transmission of SARS-COV-2! According to studies conducted at the University of Chicago, epithelial lung cells treated with cannabidiol, or CBD, prevents the spikes of the virus from attaching to lung cells to replicate & spread. This means smoking or ingesting cannabis is an effective cure to stop the pandemic.
CBD has been known to have anti-viral properties. Right now, if we legalize cannabis for recreational & medical use nationwide, we can probably put an end to the pandemic in the time it takes to watch the Speed Racer movie, which only makes sense when you’re high. I’ve done the research. It also prevents the ‘cytokine storm’, which makes the patient’s immune system attack healthy cells. The ‘cytokine storm’ is the “stop hitting yourself” function of viruses!
THC, CBD & Hemp oil have also been known to be anti-cancer agents and have helped decrease seizures as well. And look this doesn’t mean everyone needs to go & start smoking weed today, although it might help better our society with more chill people. BUT you can get CBD pills & tinctures at various retailers across the country. CBD doesn’t get you high, but will help with anxiety & pain relief.
And it means right now we have a President who is willing to deny this cure for the sake of the Big Pharma, Big Prisons & Health Insurance companies stock prices & lining his own damn pockets. Biden & Harris are choosing to lead by fear, racism & profits over science & logic which is what they said they’d lead by.
Back in 2009, the United Kingdom fired its Chief Drug Advisor, David Nutt, for saying MDMA & LSD are far less dangerous than alcohol. And it’s true! When I’m drunk, I’m loud, boisterous and sometimes want to call all my exes and bullies and let them know I’m better than them. When I’m on LSD I forget that I have a phone and more focused on how we are all molecules drifting through universe trying to get home to that singular point that created all of us.
Professor Nutt – which yes, I know sounds like the Tyler Perry version of the Nutty Professor franchise – acknowledged that there are low psychological ramification for cannabis use. It turns out that your brain on drugs isn’t a scrambled egg, but a scrambled egg does sound good when your brain is on drugs. [SC 26] He also criticized politicians for ‘distorting’ & ‘devaluing’ research evidence that shows alcohol, tobacco, cocaine & barbiturates to be more dangerous than cannabis, LSD & MDMA. That study was titled the “No Fucking Shit” Study! It’s almost like racism was more important than science.
David Nutt also pointed out one of major flaws in the relationship between science & politics. He said, “politics is politics and science is science and there’s a bit of a tension between them sometimes.” Science and Politics tried dating but politics kept gaslighting science to help out its friend Criminal Justice. Science needs to break up Politics, permanently and go back to doing what it does best, help the people live their lives better and figure out how make X-Men.
Because of their Schedule 1 status, it’s difficult for researchers in the United States & parts of Europe to do their jobs, but that doesn’t mean that people aren’t trying to use these drugs to help themselves out when the so-called conventional medications fail. People like Psychologist Dr. James Fadiman, aka the “Godfather Of Microdosing”, have written about how to microdose and the effects of it.
Microdosing is using a small amount of the drug to help with improve certain functions that were otherwise impeded. The goals of people that microdose with LSD are self realization and prioritization. They use between 10-15 micro grams of liquid LSD and mix it with ice cubes or coffee or some other type of drink. Microdosers have noticed their senses improved and were more sensitive while they also got an energy boost and improved concentration.
As James Fadiman mentioned, you don’t want to microdose all the time. You take it for a week or 2 then take a break for a while, and then come back to it. This is not how addictions work! Nobody is trying to suck yo’ dick for a microdose.
So for the DEA and other Drug Enforcement organization to classify these drugs as addictive is scientifically wrong! Which means their classifications are based on ignorance and the machinations of several paranoid, racist dudes and one lady that’s very unfamiliar with Tupac!
In Switzerland, there are researchers looking into the effects of LSD on subjects. They give one group a placebo and another group a full dose of LSD. MDMA and Psilopsycibin are given to trauma victims, along with therapy to help address their traumas.
And that’s what these drugs do! They help people move forward from the daily traumas we face under Capitalism. They help us live fulfilling and more meaningful lives by helping us connect with ourselves, each other and the planet.
And you can get the same effect from not microdosing, but that road is much harder to travel and definitely way less colorful! Both roads do follow the band Phish on tour. The reason it’d be harder is that we’d have the change the entire way we live our lives. We’d have to eliminate Capitalism, change how we view our relationships with each other and our work and nature that surrounds us. We’d have to give up profits and focus on bettering ourselves and being stewards of the planet. But if that was the case how would we sell boner pills and age defying serums to people!
Addictions are a result of trauma and the current criminal justice system makes these addictions and their solutions illegal! Then it imprisons us and makes us lepers in society compounding more trauma, leading to more addictions and more illegality. It’s a vicious never-ending cycle.
But there is a break from it and it’s in fully legalizing these drugs. Learning about what they can do creates a positive impact on our minds, consciousness and day-to-day lives. Gabor Mate points out how we all have lots of emotional pain and we don’t know what to do with it. Instead of criminalizing the consequences of emotional pain, maybe we use these drugs as the tools they were intended for and escape the cycle of trauma caused by this never-ending War On Drugs.
Krish Mohan is a socially conscious, Indian standup comedian and writer who regularly tours the country. He performs at small theaters, bars, comedy clubs, colleges, DIY and house venues. With his quirky attitude, charming personality, and intelligent humor, Krish captivates and engages audiences of all backgrounds, tackling hot button topics like race, religion, war, immigration, while adding an optimistic, philosophical & sociological twist!