This is the second part of this series explaining why cannabis is illegal within the United States. This article will go into the politics of the Nixon administration. The war on drugs has been a complete failure. The current supply & access of government sanctioned & unsanctioned drugs is at an all time high in 2017. The entities and individuals that have benefited are the private prisons industrial complex, pharmaceutical industry, insurance companies, the police & prison unions, medical professionals, the DEA and many other special interest groups. They all have financial reasons for the war on drugs to last as long as possible. Prescription opioids have killed millions of United States citizens and they are still very much legal. Cannabis remains a schedule 1 drug meanwhile opioid addiction rates are skyrocketing. Follow the money and you’ll see that this is the cold, sad and hard truth. Crony capitalism has taken over the government of the United States on all levels.
Click here for Part 1 of this series.
Washington (CNN)One of Richard Nixon’s top advisers and a key figure in the Watergate scandal said the war on drugs was created as a political tool to fight blacks and hippies, according to a 22-year-old interview recently published in Harper’s Magazine.
“Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
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According to Watergate mastermind and former Richard Nixon aide John Ehrlichman, the then-president launched the notorious (and ongoing) war on drugs in 1971 to disrupt that administration’s two greatest perceived threats: black people and antiwar leftists.
The brazen quote surfaced in the April 2016 cover story of Harper’s magazine that was written by Dan Baum and went online Tuesday. The reporter recalls an interview back in 1994 in which Ehrlichman bluntly explained the whole thing.
“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying?” Ehrlichman told Baum. “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.”
Ehrlichman’s quote serves as additional proof for the already pretty well established idea that President Nixon was racist (he also wasn’t a fan of the Jews). But the quote also serves as fresh fodder for reformers determined to capitalize on surging awareness of how drug laws feed mass incarceration rather than protect public safety.
When the Huffington Post asked Baum why Ehrlichman would admit all this some 30 years after the fact, the journalist replied, “People are often eager to unburden themselves, once they no longer have a dog in the fight.” Guilty conscience, coward or both. Readers please leave your comments down below.
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