Maybe the People of Britain and of other countries do not fully realise the price they are paying in tax and other sorts for the on-going but failing attempts at enforcing drug prohibition, most of which is aimed at cannabis. It runs into BILLIONS of pounds annually, even in these times of so-called financial crisis.
(7 April 2009)
Transform said measures to tackle prohibition were a waste of money and called for all drugs to be legalised, claiming it would save more than £10 billion a year.Then of course there is the cost of environmental damage caused by the making and use of damaging synthetic alternatives to the many products that could safely and more cheaply be made from hemp.
Plus the additional cost to the health service due to the presence of adulterants or contaminants in cannabis bought on the street.
So one should ask then: why this huge expense, why target cannabis, who profits out of prohibition.?
Maybe those that profit from prohibition are easier to identify than the reason for prohibition itself - or maybe the profit reveals the motivation. ( see side 1 and side 2)
The profiteers of prohibition include not only illegal dealsers and gangs, but also those massive multi-national petrochemical and pharmaceutical companies that hold us to ransom at inflated prices for our fuel, our medicine and our well-being; and of course the many employees of the Criminal Justice Industry
For some years now the United Nations has by international agreement set out to eradicate not only to put a halt to the so-called “drug” use of cannabis, but also to actually eradicate the hemp plant from the planet – apart of course from their own uses.
This, of course, is nothing entirely new. Ever since the “industrial revolution” there has been an elite of profiteering megalomaniacs who want to run the world, and to do that they had to create a world where the people became totally dependent on the products of industry, not agriculture.
The US Civil war was a war between the industrial and the agricultural. Huge numbers were working as slaves and when the slaves were freed they began to seek work for a pittance in the factories being set up in the victorious North. The war on hemp is down to the same greed and power struggle that was behind so many wars.
Now consider what measures you would want to take if that was part of your aim:
You would want to prevent the production of seeds / clones.
You would want to attack the farmers, limit cultivation.
You would want to prevent sale
You would want to limit production
You would need to mis-educate the public in order to get away with such a scheme.
The so-called “mind-altering” properties of cannabis could certainly be one way to scare the people into believing that the plant was dangerous and that it had to be banned, despite it’s many beneficial uses.
So is any surprise that we have witnessed such bias and deceit about the plant that even our own Government is confused as to just how dangerous it is in comparison to other substances, whilst authorising extreme force against those who choose to cultivate it.
In the last few years, we have watched the following developments around the world:
Increased number of raids on Cannabis “Factories” (strange that they call them factories yet they contain plants, whereas many chemical factories are often called chemical plants!”
The Police are arresting cannabis growers whilst doing nothing to stop the real gangster-profiteers contaminating cannabis with grit, glass and who-knows-what – all the Government has done is warn doctors and clinics, not the users themselves.
Closure of Dutch Coffeeshops - talk of restricting sale to Dutch Nationals.
Strict contracts and laws on eviction of tenants or mortgage holders who are caught growing cannabis, even with confiscation of property.
Dutch seed producers attacked
Swiss seed companies attacked
Over 300 Hemp shops in Switzerland closed down.
Swiss hemp activist and farmer André Fürst and others arrested and imprisoned. When masked men attacked the hemp farming community, police closed down the community!
In Southern Australia, they are banning books and magazines with articles about growing cannabis, and making it a requirement that owners of hydroponics equipment explain their uses. They will be watching and closing down hydroponics shops.
In Malaysia, magazines like Weed World, High Times and Cannabis Culture are banned.
In Nepal, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco and elsewhere, attacks continue on cannabis farmers, often destroying their livelihoods.
In China, Malaysia, Indonesia and several Arab states, they still execute people for cannabis possession. In many countries sentences in excess of ten years in prison are given out frequently, where there is no crime other than the cannabis crime committed.
Meanwhile, what have we really done in the face of this resolution by the UK and these attacks on otherwise law-abiding people and farmers?
The vast majority of those who use cannabis have sat by and done nothing. In the UK alone there is said to be somewhere between 1.5 and 4 million regular cannabis users- and as many as 1 in 3 adults have tried it. It’s probable that the majority of the House of Commons have at one time tried it.
There have been petitions - there have been marches in London with over 30,000 people turning up in the 1990's and less than 100 to static protests organised by ProtestLondon in the recent years. Membership and support for every campaign group or campaign tactics has, in short, been pathetic.
For sure, most people who now ignore the law would continue to ignore the law, grow, even sell, and use at their own risk of being busted. I know that those of us that choose to fight prohibition do so because of what we feel about prohibition despite all those tokers who don’t.
In the future, I believe, the situation regarding cannabis will worsen both here and abroad. Why do I think that? – Well, back to my opening statement – because “the United Nations has by international agreement set out to eradicate” cannabis - Governments are spending many BILLIONS of pounds trying to enforce prohibition, eradicate the plant and boost the profits of the Pharmaceutical companies.
We will see continued attacks on growers, and them growshops, magazines and medical users who go public. And if we’re not lucky enough to be growing our own and getting away with it, we will have to choose between contaminated cannabis like grit weed or nothing.
Since campaigning for 15 years, I have seen that many of our enemies are not just the profiteers of prohibition which includes industrialists and drug dealers, as well as those employed in busting us, but many are able growers and users who seem either disinterested or too worried about their stash or crop to actively campaign for a change in law.
We need to wake people up, especially the tokers – that quite simply it’s not good enough to sit back and rely on a few dozen people to campaign for legalisation.
It is time that the questions are shouted from the rooftops - why do you arrest people that have done no harm - why do you spend so much public money propping up the failed policy of cannabis prohibition?
In short - why do you want to eradicate such a useful and beneficial plant (Cannabis / hemp) - a plant that can be used to make cheap, effective and safe medicines, fuels, plastics, foodstuff and so many other products (literally thousands of them)?
What is the Government's true motivation for spending our money in this way? Is is to boost the profits of those huge companies that are said to pull their strings? For sure, anyone examining the cause and effects of cannabis prohibition will soon realise that it is not in the public interest.