“…public has never accepted marijuana as a part of our culture,” Fleming argued.
I don’t smoke pot. I never have and never will.
However, Fleming is just wrong on this point. Maybe he should look back at the history of the “war on drugs” in our country. Regulations on cannabis began during the 1600’s in this country. It was until the 1900’s that the federal government really turned their attention to Cannabis by regulating it through taxation.
The Federal Bureau of Narcotics waged a campaign against Cannabis and Hemp, although hemp certainly is not used as a drug. As a matter of fact, the hemp industry was strong in this country until the 1940s. However, Harry J. Anslinger was appointed as basically the first Drug Czar. He definitely had issues with marijuana.
Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, jazz musicians, and entertainers. Their satanic music is driven by marijuana, and marijuana smoking by white women makes them want to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and others. It is a drug that causes insanity, criminality, and death — the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind. — “The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana” (1994) by Jack Herer, Jeanie Cabarga, and Jeanie Herer, p. 29
What has happened over the past century is a MASSIVE expansion of federal power under the war on drugs. Local police have transformed themselves into miniature military forces under the guise of keeping us safe. In reality our rights continue to be trampled upon as common citizens are brainwashed into the thinking only the government can save us from ourselves.
The ever-increasing incarceration rates for non-violent pot smokers is a drain on our economy and our society as a whole. Pundits like Bill O’Reilly like to link pot use to much more violent crimes. Sure, there are plenty of cases where violent offenders smoke pot. There are also plenty of cases where alcohol is abused by violent offenders too. Where do you draw the line when that line ends up expanding federal power while severely restricting our rights?
In closing, I really don’t care whether someone smokes pot or not.
I do care when one of our politicians doesn’t have his facts straight.