The news you're not supposed to know...

Austrian Economics: Understand Economics, Understand the World
The Century of the Self: The Untold History of Controlling the Masses Through the Manipulation of Unconscious Desires
The Disappearing Male: From Virility to Sterility

The Obama Deception: The Mask Comes Off
Operation Gladio: The Hidden History of U.S. Sponsored False Flag Terrorism in EuropeThe New American Century: The Untold History of The Project for the New American Century
Article posted Oct 24 2013, 1:07 PM Category: Commentary Source: Anthony Gregory Print

Is the Drug War Toast?

By Anthony Gregory

Public opinion now decisively favors legalizing marijuana. Fifty-eight percent of Americans want the war on pot to stop.

Once marijuana is legal, the drug war as we know it will need a new life breathed into it to survive. Pot accounts for the vast majority of arrests and illicit drug users. It is much easier for the federal drug warriors to whip up hysteria over “tens of millions” of Americans using illegal substances than it would be to point to a couple million and say it justifies an exorbitant national crusade. Of course, full legalization would mean far less crime, particularly in Mexico, and a much healthier atmosphere for civil liberties.

The trajectory in public opinion warrants some attention. Younger Americans tend toward liberalizing the drug laws. Sixty-seven percent between ages 18 and 29 and 62% between those ages 30 and 49 want marijuana legal. Only those above 65 oppose legalization as a group, but 45% support it even in this demographic.

Only a little over a decade ago--when I was peripherally involved in drug reform activism in college--marijuana prohibition was supported two to one. Back in 1968, only 12% favored legalization.

Back then, libertarians and few others were vocal in prioritizing legalization, and they were attacked as fringe agitators with their heads in the clouds. Indeed, for decades, drug reform was among the most controversial programs in the libertarian agenda. Today, it’s one of the most mainstream.

This speaks to the importance of standing by principle, especially when something as gruesomely destructive of human rights as the drug war is involved. Few government programs inflict so much damage at home. Now, those who have stood strong, against conventional opinion, demanding that people stop being caged for the act of growing and smoking plants, appear prophetic in retrospect. In a decade or two, few people will admit to having supported the insane policy of prohibition.

Of course, there is a far distance to go before marijuana is nationally legalized, and even further before we see meaningful reform concerning the other controlled substances, which are understandably not as universally regarded as benign, but which have also been the subject of decades of governmental propaganda, and for the ingestion of which, at any event, it is a moral atrocity to jail people.

Yet it seems like it’s only a matter of time at this point. No one thinks the drug war works. Everyone knows it’s a failure. We’ve had three presidents in a row who used illicit substances and who nevertheless threw thousands behind bars for doing the same. This war to make the world safe for hypocrisy will have to end eventually.

We owe our praise to the politics of disobedience. States have legalized medical and recreational marijuana in direct conflict with federal law, even after the Supreme Court upheld national policy as overriding state prerogative. That didn’t stop people on the state level from going ahead and opening up thousands of dispensaries and farms, and trading and using as though their natural rights were not Washington’s to void. Good for them. For decades, people have daringly broken federal law, gradually winning public opinion over to their side. Just as during alcohol prohibition and slavery, broaching bad law has in the long term served the cause of liberty more than working within the system from the top down. As Augustine said, an unjust law is no law at all. And those who have lived accordingly are seeing the populace come around to finally defend their rights that the government has so arrogantly violated for the last century.

Latest Commentary
- Paul Craig Roberts Rages At The "Arrogance, Hubris, & Stupidity" Of The US Government
- Let's Talk About...The Plague
- With Mass Shootings, The State Makes Us Less Safe
- Good News: 27% Of Americans Say Government Is Their 'Enemy,' Not Their 'Friend'
- Fear Is The Name of The Game
- This Thanksgiving, Let's Say 'No Thanks' to The Tyranny of The American Police State
- Donald Trump's Presidential "Heel Turn"
- Katniss Vs. Power: The Lessons of Hunger Games

Comments 1 - 2 of 2 Add Comment Page 1 of 1

Posted: Oct 24 2013, 2:20 PM

6674 End the stupid drug war. I want to build a three masted square rigger! :)

Posted: Oct 24 2013, 8:53 PM

75164 Why don't the fuckers that have allowed this train wreck of a law to continue as long as it has have not fucking died already? This has always been the most stoopidist and bizzare fucking waste of resources I have seen since I have been around and I am no spring chicken. Pot- schedule one my fucking ass, even cops and those retarde drug czars we have had could not believe this shit themselves unless their complete brain dead indolent fuckwits, I rest my case.

Add Comment


Verification *
Please Enter the Verification Code Seen Below

Please see our About Page, our Disclaimer, and our Comments Policy.

This site contains copyrighted material the use of which in some cases has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available for the purposes of news reporting, education, research, comment, and criticism, which constitutes a 'fair use' of such copyrighted material in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the DMCA and other applicable intellectual property laws. It is our policy to remove material from public view that we believe in good faith to be copyrighted material that has been illegally copied and distributed by any of our members or users.

About Us - Disclaimer - Privacy Policy

Advanced Search


Remember Me
Forgot Password?

VIDEO: Off-Duty Cop Rams His SUV Into Man's Car For Trying To Hold Him Accountable For Reckless Driving - 11/30Donald Sutherland Reveals The Real Meaning Of The Hunger Games - 11/27The Mathematical Paradox That Destroys The Argument For NSA Surveillance - 11/30Drone Pilots Have Bank Accounts and Credit Cards Frozen by Feds For Exposing US Murder - 11/27Georgia Sheriff Puts Up Sign Warning People Who Disagree With Him About God to Leave - 11/27World's Most 'Adorable' Drug Kingpin Is Actually The Daughter of Texas DEA Head Honcho - 11/26Pot Breathalyzers: Coming Soon to A Drug War Near You - 11/27City Settles After Police Chief Arrested Man For Calling Public Official A 'Liar' - 11/27

Man Follows Speeding Cop, Finds Out He Was Speeding To Buy PeanutsMission Creeps: Homeland Security Agents Confiscate Women's Panties For 'Copyright Infringement'Cop Shoots Couple's Dog, Threatens Jail For Trying To Save Dog's LifeSWAT Team Shoots Teen Girl & Her Dog During Pot Raid On Wrong HomeDurham, NC Cop Testifies Faking 911 Calls To Enter Homes Is "Official Policy"Indiana Sheriff Says US A "War Zone" To Justify New MRAP Military VehicleTampa Cops Surveil Pot Dealer, Catch Him Selling Pot, Raid His Home & Kill Him"You Just Shot An Unarmed Man!": Witness Says Police Shot His Friend With His Hands Up