The Drug of Choice
The Illegality of "Drug" Prohibition
With all the buzz and chatter going on these days about how it's time to sit down and have a big national come to Jesus about drugs and U.S. drug policy (which I'm sure we all hope will actually happen at some point) I think it is important that we reflect on one of the key issues we might want to bring up; the illegality of the current drug laws and the war on the basic human right to freedom of choice.
The 1st amendment of the Bill of Rights states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." This is a good place to start as many people's right to use certain sacraments in accordance with their spiritual beliefs are denied in our country. Whether it be the League for Spiritual Discovery (http://www.discovertheleague.org/), rastafarians like Bob Marley (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG8UH_AMzU4&feature=player_profilepage) or the now shut down Chapel 420, our government has made a habit of prohibiting thousands of americans from using the sacraments created by their God(s). Yet, the Supreme Court upheld this first amendment right when, during the prohibition of alcohol, Catholic churches were permitted not only to keep their wine stocks but were allowed to continue distributing alcohol for communion regularly. Seems a bit of a double standard doesn't it?
Moving beyond the beginning of the Bill of Rights we can find another important point at Amendment number ten which states that "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people." Since, as far as I am aware other than the phrase "promote the general welfare" there is no mention in the Constitution of the Federal Government having the authority to regulate what you can put into your body. Dr. Ron Paul speaks to this point wonderfully here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0GZznxMC14 Additionally 13 states have now voted to legalize Medicinal Marijuana and yet the DEA continues to raid dispenseries and many lawmakers seem adamant to disregard the will of the people and ignore this legal excercise of State's rights and a trampling of personal liberty and privacy.
It is clear today that our drug policy is biased at best. Prescription drug abuse is rampant and while all the kids are hopped up on legal Aderal and Wellbutrin while they're parents sit in a haze of Xanax our society scoffs at and rejects a number of responsible adults, who've commited no other offence than excercising their God given right to freedom of choice. Even if you don't agree who says you have the right to decide how others live? And if it bothers you that badly then actually have a public debate and put it to a vote in each state. Let each state vote and decide what drugs should or shouldn't be legal and how to regulate and tax them. Isn't that what America is supposed to be about?
We certainly don't benefit from our current policy of cultural prejudice, lies and disinformation. Take a look over at the Above the Influence page (www.abovetheinfluence.com) and examine all the "facts" they've managed to find about drugs. Funny, they can't seem to direct you to where they got any of their facts or how they've been proven "true." They'd rather you just trust them on their "facts." I suggest, if you're really interested in information on some of mankinds most sacred plants and chemicals as well as resources on where the information is coming from and personal experiences check out www.erowid.com it's a great site and a must for anyone using such sacraments who wants to be safe and informed. And if you aren't familliar with the history of Cannabis production I would recommend the documentary Grass, which can be found here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sknoKWsVlAA
Whether your thing is a cup of coffee in the morning, or an Advil for your headache or a joint before bed or doctors working with autistic schizophrenics using LSD ( http://odeo.com/episodes/23737503-156-Fisher-Grob-Treating-Childhood-Schizophrenia-with-Psychedelics ) which is now a Schedule I drug meaning it has "no accepted medical use," perhaps we should all work towards being more understanding and respectful of each other's lives and choices. Because in the end that is what it's really about, the right to choose. It's your life, it's your reality and it's your choice. It is a hard thing to do, but it makes life worth the living, as George Bernard Shaw said, "Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it."
Other great links; GRASS a documentary about the history of Cannabis prohibition (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5024743677399496923&ei=JWNNSoGkIoSEqgOF3ejEBg&q=documentary+grass&hl=en&client=firefox-a)Terence McKenna on Cannabis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yag7m0zlQHE) National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (www.norml.org) DEA Drus Schedule Listings (http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/pubs/scheduling.html)