Drug War in America a Thirty Year Scam

DRUGS

Street drugs such as cocaine and marijuana are actually cheaper now than thirty years ago.
Street drugs such as cocaine and marijuana are actually cheaper now than thirty years ago. | Source

A War the USA will Never Win!

America started another War it could not finish the War on Drugs.
America started another War it could not finish the War on Drugs. | Source

When I graduated High School in 1980 an ounce of Columbia Gold sold for 20.00 dollars in the Nations' Capitol, Washington DC, since then prices for just your average bag of pot have sky-rocketed. Let's explore the real reasons the Drug War in America a Thirty Year Scam has endured.

Although Richard Nixon initially started the 'Drug War' in 1970 it wasn't until 1981 when Ronald Reagan was inaugurated President that the 'Drug War' began in earnest. His wife Nancy coined the phrase "Just Say No," yeah right if it was that easy why did Betty Ford have to set up her now famous drug clinics.

In this article the author will share his 27 year battle with illegal substances, reveal the real reason why the 'Thirty Year Drug War' is a scam and why drugs will never be made legal as long as Big Business can continue to reap billions in tax free money!

America has been conditioned through TV shows and the News Media to believe that the true criminals are the south of the border Drug Cartels, but in truth they are only the hired help. Big Business runs this planet through corruption and greed and the drug trade is no different.

I'm not going to bore my readers with statistics as any writer/reader can easily research those, suffice to say less than 1% of the Worlds population controls the rest of the World by owning and running Big Business. The corporations of the world own the transportation, distribution, sale and profits from a drug trade that although monstrous is not the biggest money maker in the World or America, by any means and isn't even in the top five.

"If the government can't keep drugs away from inmates who are locked in steel cages, surrounded by barbed wire, watched by armed guards, drug-tested, strip-searched, X-rayed, and videotaped – how can it possibly stop the flow of drugs to an entire nation?"

– Ron Crickenberger

In my hub Greed Is A Decision of Sincerity I get into the statistics of the World wide greed and what the major money making industries are. For purposes of condensing this material I will be brief. According to my research 1,318 companies control 80% of the World's wealth and of those companies, 147 corporations control 40 percent of that Wealth.

In American the leading industry is Health Care followed by the Oil Industry, coming in third is the Banking Institutions, followed by Pharmaceutical Companies and rounding out the top five is the Technology Industry or Weapon Sales/Manufacturing depending on the source you choose to believe.

The sale of illegal substances or Drug War is somewhere between the seventh leading money maker in America and the tenth, depending on the wide variety of sources available. This alone is a truly staggering perception considering the Trillions of dollars spent combating the Drug War since it's inception almost forty years ago. Even if you add up all the salaries of drug enforcement agency personnel it still doesn't crack the top five in money earned.

It is easier to keep the money machine rollin', (the status quo) than it is to finding a solution. As long as Big Business is allowed to reap the (tax-free) profits from the illegal drug market, drugs will remain illegal.

Who is really making bank on your marijuana habit . . . Big Business!
Who is really making bank on your marijuana habit . . . Big Business! | Source

The Prison System

The same Big Business that controls the drug market is the same companies involved in the building of the American prison system. This is a very profitable business supported by the Federal government which pays States to house prisoners.

The United States has only 5% of the Worlds population and yet over 25% of the Worlds prisoners, mostly from narcotic related offenses. In the USA the status quo is to treat the disease rather than find a solution, this is how most social programs are run and the Prison system is no different.

Just as the Wealth Care system is more than willing to treat the symptoms of your disease they are not likely to provide a cure. The prison system is effectively the same, incarcerating you rather than offering you a chance at recovery.

Also the lure of easy money helps to pave the way to a life of bad choices. When recovering alcoholics and drug addicts are faced with living off the lowest paying jobs when making a thousand dollars a day slinging dope is right around the corner the temptation is there lets face it.

It makes me wonder how many simpler societies could exist without the need for prison systems in which recovery is the first and only choice.

Crack Sells Itself

Just like cancer, crack sells itself and needs no advertising campaign. Back in the day when I was spiraling into the gutter as a crackhead, my crack dealer (who delivered mind you) was making 5,000.00$ cash a day. He had so much money he would just leave wads of it all over his house, of course he lived in a mini-fortress.

Taking a hit of crack cocaine is like taking a hit of an orgasm and let's face it folks that maybe the greatest feeling mankind has to offer itself. Who wouldn't want to feel as if the are engaged in sex all of their waking moments.

Crackheads have three destinations on their journey into self-abuse, sobriety (which very few find), Prison (where they most often end-up) and the graveyard. As you may have gathered (being the rebel I am) I picked the road less traveled and decided to get sober.

"I figured God saved me for a reason I might as well stick around and see how it all turns out!"

Most drug addicts and alcoholics are searching for a way to fill their empty meaningless lives and the path of least resistance allows them to feel good for a while but always leads to the garbage heap of despair. They lose hope in themselves and their fellow human to justify their behavior and live with their choices.

Only when circumstances beyond their control force them to achieve sobriety and their mind untwists from the dark, evil place that it has lived do they have any chance of recovery.


Rehabilitation and Recovery

If a recovery system was initiated in which drug offenders were given the choice between incarceration and a chance to get clean, I suspect many would jump at the chance to rid themselves of their master once and for all. Many addicts want to recover, they simple do not have the means to do so.

A work related program that kept addicts self contained yet working towards goals and achievements could eliminate the overcrowded prison system and help establish an alternative to this disease that is destroying so many lives.

Many States do not offer any kind of programs that help to make the transition from prison to 'normal' live and so many addicts and alcoholics end up back in the same situation that got them in prison in the first place. It is a vicious circle and the cycle must be broken, before we as a nation can move in a better direction.

It took me losing everything and reaching a bottom that was so despicable that many people would have not recognized me to begin the slow journey back to sobriety.

I learned to replace the hollow empty feeling inside of me with my understanding of God. I developed faith that everything happens for a reason and to let go of or stop living in the past. I learned to forgive myself from the life I had chosen and to embrace unconditional love and the truth, one day at a time, after all it is really all that we are given.

I learned to pray for help from the Creator of All and to listen for the message that is being taught to us all. Each day the light of Gods love shines a little brighter in my soul, replacing the darkness that was there in the past.

Lortab

The number one prescribed pharmaceutical in America.
The number one prescribed pharmaceutical in America. | Source

Drug War Scam

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Conclusions

The number one prescribed pharmaceutical in America is LORTAB an opiate, or synthesized heroin.

A recent neighbor of mine who is diagnosed by the State as disabled and receives State funding to live is prescribed LORTAB. Because the street price of this narcotic is so high she can sell half of her prescription for extra income and still have plenty left over for her own addiction.

This is State funded addiction as a means of controlling the population and is the norm rather than exception.

She takes the extra money earned from her LORTAB sales and buys marijuana as she feels it treats her symptoms much better than the highly addicting pharmaceuticals.

As revealed in my article America . . . Land of the Censored and Medical Marijuana Mystery! Many people prefer the subtle 'natural' relief that marijuana provides them, rather than the more highly addictive legal substances and yet marijuana remains illegal while pharmaceutical companies can create highly addictive substances that mimic marijuana's natural healing affects.

Unable to synthesize marijuana and thus regulate it, Big Pharmaceutical Companies prefer to keep this wonder plant illegal and continue to reap the tax-free money gained from its importation and sale. Other major companies (Big Business) realizing the potential of marijuana from its medicinal purposes, to industrial alternative for plastics and oil, to paper products and clothes had it criminalized in 1937 to prevent it with interfering with their money making monopolies.

I discuss this in more depth in my ground-breaking article Did the Illegal Criminalization of Marijuana Lead to the Downfall of America?

"Vast expenditures on criminalization and repressive measures directed at producers, traffickers and consumers of illegal drugs have clearly failed to effectively curtail supply and consumption," said the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

The War On Drugs was an excuse for Big Business to control the illegal narcotics industry while eliminating the competition. It allowed them to create a larger police presence for the purposes of control, while strictly regulating the importation process. They now own many of the prison systems and have their hand in the recovery process as well, allowing them to have control over the entire operation from beginning to end.

They are able to fix prices, just as they do with gasoline regardless of supply and demand. Initially they used the Drug War as a reason for inflating illegal drug prices but now, their only competition comes from marijuana growers here in the States.

The War in Afghanistan was just as much about drug pipelines as it was about oil pipelines and now America controls both.

The corporations and businesses capable of importing cocaine and marijuana into this country by the tons are the ones that are making bank on your addictions and drug habits. They are also the power and money behind making sure it remains illegal, through political contributions and bribes.

The Drug War in America a Thirty Year Scam can be linked back to Big Business and their unethical practices since the early part of the last century. They have systematically designed this system to reap profits from both the legal and illegal sides of the issue, while keeping their customers in the dark and reaping trillions of dollars in tax-free money.

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Comments 34 comments

Insane Mundane profile image

Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

This is one of those types of articles, where one can skip through the verbiage, glance at the title and JUST READ THE BOLD PRINT, and you will receive the same factual message, over and over again, regardless of how you choose to discern it.

Oh, on a side note, the pharmaceutical industry in the USA, seems to me, to be the biggest drug lords of all times!


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee Author

Agreed with both statements!

Thanks for commenting!


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

You couldn't get an ounce of gold c-bo for $20 in DC in 1980. For one thing, real Colombian was usually red, and it was $45 and up in that neck of the woods. That is one good argument for legalization. Truth in labeling.


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Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

WD Curry should change his name to "Weed Economics" and stick to selling surfboards on Amazon! LOL! Oh, or eBay? To think, that bloke hates Yankees and even falsely accused me of being such, a long while back... Ha-ha!


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee Author

Before the Drug War began marijuana prices were really cheap, afterwards Dealers used the War as an excuse to drive the price up and that was my main point.

So although the local dealer had to raise prices due to their suppliers raising prices, I question whether this was nothing but price gouging and fixing.


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Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

We might as well be talking about petroleum, now...


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee Author

They use the same tactics because it works and because it is the same folks doing the reaping of profits and the price fixing and gouging.

Who else has the shipping?


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Tara McNair 4 years ago from All around the world!

great article!!!


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mecheshier 4 years ago

Great article. I am happy to hear that you woke up before it was to late. Praise God. Voted up for useful.


jenubouka 4 years ago

So true, so sad. Great article, it drives me crazy to think that the government looks at the prison system as a source of cash flow and counties looks at their bed occupancy as a number and not a person.

I bet we would go broke as a nation and the Fuct government still won't release the legalization of the Mary. Greed/ Power is a drug to where death may be the only solution for this country.

I greatly admire you for sharing your personal account with Drugs; I can tell you practice recovery day to day; I commend you for that.


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee Author

Jenubouka, yes I practice everyday but by no means am perfect and sometimes it comes out in my writing if one is paying attention.

Thanks for stopping by!


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

I am from Florida, weed heads . . . whatever. You don't know. You were getting home grown from Kentucky, or maybe some of mine. You were probably buying quarters. Read the book "Totch" http://www.amazon.com/Totch-Everglades-Loren-G-Bro... That's Columbian, and you couldn't get it for $20 anywhere.


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

By the way, the surfboards make money, Insane and Mundane. How about your hubs?


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

Sorry, somthgblue, I didn't read the sidebar. It registered as advertising. I never even look at ads. You had a bout with the rock. Of course God saved you. You can't kick by yourself from what I've seen. So . . . roll one up and celebrate your freedom.


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

Usta?


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

Keep asking yourself.


WD Curry 111 profile image

WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

Come up for air.


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Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

Not for a snare...


lorenz 4 years ago

So from $20 dollars an oz to about $260 for any decent strain these days.. They're strategy is working.


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

Don't worry, this hubscore has to be over 90 by now.


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee Author

Yes Lorenz and only We the People have the power to do something about it and I'm not talking boycott, visit my article Johnny Marijuana Seed for a better explanation http://hubpages.com/literature/Johnny-Marijuana-Se...


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ruthclark3 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Grateful for the hub...it's awesome and well researched, from the inside out. Thanks for sharing the powerlessness to the power embraced. For the rest, the comments - I didn't care for. Anyway, I didn't do drugs (unless you count alcohol) so maybe these comments were sort of an inside joke? Or just to get attention on a well-read hub?

A vote up for you for leaving yourself open for us to see and to take courage from. I agree with the Big Business expose and have for years. Great hub.


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee Author

Yes, alcohol is a drug, so is coffee and cigarettes they just happen to be legal. Yeah the comments were a little overboard but practicing patience and tolerance of our fellow humans is a virtue.

thank you for responding!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

your, well stated, argument, is gaining in popularity. thank you.


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee Author

Writing about drugs in America seems to be a popular theme, as every article I have written about it really takes off. The article Did the Illegal Criminalization of Marijuana Lead to the Downfall of America has over 2,500 page views and is only 6 months old.


CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

"Big Business runs this planet through corruption and greed and the drug trade is no different." - Somethingblue

Well, I agree with you there.

""If the government can't keep drugs away from inmates who are locked in steel cages, surrounded by barbed wire, watched by armed guards, drug-tested, strip-searched, X-rayed, and videotaped – how can it possibly stop the flow of drugs to an entire nation?"

– Ron Crickenberger

Excellent point!

""Big Business runs this planet through corruption and greed and the drug trade is no different." - Somethingblue

Well, I agree with you there.

""If the government can't keep drugs away from inmates who are locked in steel cages, surrounded by barbed wire, watched by armed guards, drug-tested, strip-searched, X-rayed, and videotaped – how can it possibly stop the flow of drugs to an entire nation?" – Ron Crickenberger

Excellent point!

"It took me losing everything and reaching a bottom that was so despicable that many people would have not recognized me to begin the slow journey back to sobriety." - Somethingblue

Indeed. Sometimes one must hit rock bottom and be reduced to their knees before they are willing to look up and ask God for help. Sometimes, it is when things are darkest, that God shines the brightest.

I am glad that you have recovered and persevered over the demons that haunted you. I am even more pleased that you have found the Lord. Now, if I could get you to loosen up on my friend, WD Curry, I could leave here a happy man. :0)

A well-written article, S.B...I actually think I learned something. :0)

Best wishes, behave, and be well - C.J. Sledgehammer

P.S. I read that the DEA and CIA are two of the biggest drug runners in the U.S.A. Have you heard anything about that?

Voted Up!


RobSchneider 4 years ago

What a great article, both for the information and your personal story. I think no one knows the healing power of Love [or substitute your personal name/conception of the Creator] better than someone who has hit rock bottom and been lifted up. "Just say no" is such a crock and just another way to shift the blame for addiction on to the addict.

I don't have much to add except:

1) Wachovia Bank was proved to be laundering billions of dollars of drug money. In fact, it was keeping them afloat. Of course, they were given a 2 million dollar slap on the wrist (or something like that - it's been awhile since the story broke and my memory sucks) and the whole thing was treated like it was an anomaly instead of business as usual.

2) Here in Cambodia, marijuana leaves are used as a spice, but the only ones who really smoke the buds are the tourists who come here from countries where it's illegal, like yours. Prohibition drives up prices and demand: great for business.

I really admire you for taking the time to write these lengthy articles and for putting up with the ridiculous comments you sometimes get. Keep up the good work!


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee Author

Thank you Rob, However I might have to use a different tactic when answering the comments as I have grown weary of the same old tired rhetoric from the peanut galllery.

My sarcasm and clever wit is being wasted on the insipid, narrow minded sheep!


uturn hubpages 4 years ago

Just wild. Hear this stuff 4 years and written great info. Many reasons and they will kill to never let it out.


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Marquis 3 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

The scam is how drugs are allowed to get into the U.S. Furthermore, drug laws should be stricter.

I bet drug smuggling would cease to exist if the death penalty was applied.


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somethgblue 3 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee Author

Drug 'smuggling' if you can call it that is allowed to exists because the billionaires that do the real large importing have the money to bribe the CIA, DEA, Congressmen and Senators to look the other way.

How can America keep Anthrax out of the country which measured in grams, when they can't keep the importation of tons of marijuana and cocaine.

Drugs whether they are legal or not are used to control the public, period end of story.

Murder is punishable by death and yet America is the murder capitol of the world, so you would lose your bet!


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Dan Nelson 18 months ago

Prices are still waaay cheaper on the black market even in cities like Seattle or Denver which both have legal marijuana dispensaries. The tax code is so high that dispensaries have to charge way more than the dealer in the back alley. Check out how many grams you can get for $20 on Wikileaf - http://www.wikileaf.com/dispensary/in/colorado/den... you can get twice that amount when purchasing from a drug dealer. Still along way to go before legal pot purchases surpass black market ones...


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somethgblue 18 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee Author

True, true and that is why it will continue to be the third largest money maker in the Western World behind Big Oil and Weapons Sales!


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sensualspirit 3 days ago from Overseas, but back to the US soon

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