Thomas Tony Vance 
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Re: “New White House Drug Czar: 'Treat Pot Like Tobacco'

The cover story in the April 2016 edition of Harper’s Magazine titled, “Legalize it all” with the subtitle “How to Win the War on Drugs” written by Dan Baum recalls an interview with President Nixon aide John Ehrlichman. Mister Baum was asking questions about the politics of drug prohibition and as he tells it, Ehrlichman asked, “You want to know what this was really all about?” He went on to say, “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? 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.”
Around this time Nixon had appointed the Shafer Commission to report on the drug situation and to make recommendations. It‘s overall recommendation was the that drugs were a medical problem and not a criminal one. Nixon felt betrayed by the commission and proceeded to prosecute the prohibitionist policy we have today, besides he had other uses for the ‘War on Drugs’ not the least of which was harassing his political enemies.
The resulting death, destruction and misery caused by this decision cannot be calculated. Forty years of a war created solely for the benefit of one man and one party with arrest and incarceration of hundreds of thousands of our citizens every year. Over the last 15 years there have been over 600,000 arrests for drugs every year! Our jails are overflowing with the enemies of the President even decades after Nixon, who gave us this disaster, is dead.
This all begs the question, why are we still persecuting Nixon’s political enemies? There is ample proof this policy was enacted for political reasons and that it’s prosecution is a scam and a total failure. What can be the justification for keeping it going?
What could be the reason for such obstructionism that it should last so many years and cost so many lives?
Certainly it can’t be safety. Marijuana is considered one of, if not the safest of all the recreational or medical drugs. Not one overdose in 4000 years of use by humans is a pretty good record. The Administrative Law Judge for the Drug Enforcement Administration, Judge Young, ruled as far back as 1988 that marijuana was, “the safest therapeutic substance known to man.” And there is the practical evidence from California where the citizens have had a medical marijuana program since 1996, twenty years, and none of the predicted harms of marijuana use have materialized.
Could it be fear? There is plenty of science and information available showing marijuana’s safety so it must be political fear. Well so far no politician has been punished by the voters for passing a marijuana reform bill anywhere. However I have heard not a few people say they would not vote for this guy or that because they failed to vote for a legalization bill or blocked one. If they are afraid they need to be afraid not to vote for a bill.
Sadly maybe it’s just arrogance and the inability to admit what they have been told for 79 years about marijuana, information some hung their careers on, was a complete lie. They can’t accept it even when confronted with the evidence, especially when you realize some of our legislators are prosecutors and know better. Hard to accept it even when it comes from the horse’s mouth as it does with the admission by Nixon Aide John Ehrlichman.
Hard to accept the depth of the betrayal when you find the lofty reasons for pursuing this War were nothing more than propaganda designed to cover up a political scam.
Time for an end to this sad and destructive policy of repression. Time for a policy of freedom to cleanse us of the stench of a war that should have never been.

Posted by Thomas Tony Vance on 04/09/2016 at 7:11 AM

Re: “US Attorney Melinda Haag to Continue Crackdown Despite White House Directive

What a butt!! That's the biggest problem, convincing these Police and Justice types that they have been wasting their time. They are having a harder time than most realizing that they have been lied to for so many years about marijuana and the effectiveness and constitutionality of prohibition in a free Society.

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Posted by Thomas Tony Vance on 08/31/2013 at 5:58 AM

Re: “Statement from Richard Lee on Oaksterdam Raid, Plus Videos, Protest, and Reactions

Feds Pushing Back Against Legalization, Why?

The Justice Department has been stepping up pressure on Medical Marijuana States
with raids of marijuana dispensaries and patient grow operations whether they
are compliant with State law or not. Letters have been sent out threatening
landlords and even legislators over this issue and Oaksterdam University the
famous trade school of the Medical Marijuana industry was raided on April 2nd ,
2012. Reports are the heavily clad paramilitary officers sent were carrying axes
and circular saws. My guess is they will only find the will of the people to
stand in the face of such tyranny, and will do as much damage to the building
and it’s contents as they can get away with. Even more interesting, the actions
of the Government in this action fits exactly the definition of terrorism.
The Federal Government has responded to the push for legalization by pushing
back. The Government’s actions look like a ’surge’. A ’surge’ is when you insert
a large amount of troops into a situation to tamper down the violence and allow
for negotiating an end to the conflict. We did this in Iraq and we are now
negotiating with the Taliban and the Afghan Government for an end to the Afghan
war. In the Drug War the Government is stepping up operations and enforcement
almost as a swan song to the policy of prohibition. Remember last year when the
Drug Czar tried to rename the War On Drugs saying it’s not really a war? You
don’t hear him saying that anymore! How long will the ‘surge’ go on? How many
citizens will have their lives turned upside down in this misguided effort that
only proves the fallacy of the Government’s position on drugs? There is no
telling. They are showing the signs of their desperation, they are raiding
learning institutions to suppress even the knowledge of what they oppose! I
hope and wish to believe the President isn’t so hypocritical as to be working
the drug war for nefarious political and corporate reasons. President Cool
Barry smoked long enough to know very well the truth about marijuana. If he is
betraying himself and 22 million marijuana users as a 21st century Benedict
Arnold it certainly will be sad to witness a man losing his soul. Then again,
I’m an incurable optimist, so I cure my optimism by always being prepared for
the worst.

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Posted by Thomas Tony Vance on 04/06/2012 at 7:29 AM

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