End Drug Prohibition Only Mission

I am going to try to remove myself from all those effort to correct or save the addict and focus my full attention upon the ending the drug prohibition laws. Maybe by then the medical profession will start healing the sick and stop enriching themselves. They might be able to look beyond their paycheck and follow the precept of their predecessor: Anyone who wants to know the human psyche will learn next to nothing from experimental psychology.  He would be better advised to abandon exact science, put away his scholar’s gown, bid farewell to his study, and wander with human heart through the world.  There in the horrors of prisons, lunatic asylums and hospitals, in drab suburban pubs, in brothels and gambling-hells, in the salons of the elegant, the Stock Exchanges, socialist meetings, churches, revivalist gatherings and ecstatic sects, through love and hate, through the experience of passion in every form in his own body, he would reap richer stores of knowledge than text-books a foot thick could give him, and he will know how to doctor the sick with a real knowledge of the human soul. — Carl Jung

Maybe it would not hurt to look at the thoughts of the son of a KY tobacco farmer: Weirdharold

There are the descendants, whose grandfathers’ pushed and got our politicians to enact the Harrison Act, might really start following the one they profess to follow, Jesus Christ. His plain and easy to understand statement written in: Mark 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Guns, Swat Teams, No knock warrants and long prisons sentences are of no value to resolve the malady of the mentally ill.

This will happen when pigs fly backwards.
Author: harold

End Drug Prohibition Now

Despite hundreds of billions of dollars spent and millions of Americans incarcerated, illegal drugs remain cheap, potent and widely available in every community; and the harms associated with them — addiction, overdose, and the spread of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis — continue to mount. Meanwhile, the war on drugs has created new problems of its own, including rampant racial disparities in the criminal justice system, broken families, increased poverty, unchecked federal power, and eroded civil liberties. Our elected officials need new metrics to determine whether progress is being made.

More from the text:

Such goals should include reducing social problems like drug addiction, overdose deaths, the spread of HIV/AIDS from injection drug use, racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and the enormous number of nonviolent offenders behind bars. Federal drug agencies should be judged — and funded — according to their ability to meet these goals.

I might add this does not include the one in treatment centers demanded by the justice system.

It is time to stop shoveling shit and get the elephant out of the living room.

End Drug Prohibition Now

Author: harold

Afghanistan Counter-Narcotics Efforts

Afghanistan Counter-Narcotics Efforts
C-SPAN, Washington Journal
Washington, District of Columbia (United States)
6/25/07 9:30 EDT

Douglas, Richard J.
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Defense, Counter-narcotics

I watched this program this AM. My call did not get through. This is what I would have liked to have said:

Every problem you are trying to solve is created by our prohibition laws which were put into effect back in 1914 when our country was following the religious tenets of Carrie B. Nation and Billy Sunday. These thoughts brought us to the Great American Experiment of alcohol prohibition which was quickly cast aside, but we kept the drug prohibition. We have demonized a few psychoactive drugs created by nature. This denomination has created the following while not being able to state why these laws exist:

1. Created a violent underground drug market
2. Created a bureaucracy in our government that cannot be reigned in control
3. Destroyed some of our Civil Rights written in our Constitution Amendment IV
4. Created businesses that have no value to our State
a. Narcotics Squads
b. Private Prison industry & local jails
c. Ballooning Police Forces
d. Testing service
e. Security Companies
f. Treatment Centers
g. Drug Education centers

Results to our society:

a. 25,000,000, to 30,000,000 addict/alcoholic in US now
b. Spending $100,000,000,000 per year proclaiming we are saving people from becoming addict/alcoholic
c. 500,000 non-violent people in prison, of which 350,000 are severely mentally ill.

I say end Drug Prohibition. All any has given me for a reply to the above-mentioned statement is , “I do not agree”.

One caller said she was so happy with the work you are doing (interdiction) because she had experience. Her daughter was an addict. Interdiction did not keep drugs from her daughter, but she was happy. I do not understand the logic.

However, Mr. Secretary the sword is in your hand.
Author: harold

Teaching About Substance or Addiction

I am not an intellectual nor from the academia. I deal strictly with my experience and history as I have tried to understand it. Having a clear knowledge of every molecule of alcohol will not tell me what it will do to MY brain. I can watch some drink with total responsibility and others with total irresponsibility and what does that tell me? I cannot testify about substances from the poppy fields, coco leaves or marijuana. Other people with some knowledge of these substances say the same conditions apply.

On the other hand, I do not believe I have ever seen a non-addicted person use tobacco more than once or twice.

Author: harold

Problems the Prohibition Laws have Created

How do we know when we are helping the problems of addiction or when are we trying to fix the problems the prohibition laws have created?

Our Drug Prohibition laws have been in effect so long we are confused as what it would be like without them. The underground drug market creates so many atrocities we are left with the thought we should deal with these atrocities. I believe if someone wanted to do this on an individual basis, not a drug policy, one would quickly find the futility of their actions.

Here again, I do not know. I too have never lived in at time without Drug Prohibition laws. Everybody gets scared when it is suggested they go away. I know one thing, when alcohol prohibition ended, we did not have any more alcohol distilled in automobile radiators where Jack & Jim is available. It has not stopped alcoholics from ingesting mouthwash, vanilla extract, shoe polish & etc.

The methodology for treating addiction is Prayer, Compassion and Restraint. Deviating from this is no more than adding fuel to the prohibition laws, which is far out of control.
Author: harold

Watch the Drug Prohibition Grow

Martin Sheen is talking to dubya about drug courts. Please, oh, please let me talk to that man

Here we go again the prohibition laws are gonna save our children. Wonder why they did not save the following.

John Belushi  

Kurt Cobain  

Dana Priest  

Elvis Presley

Marilyn Monroe  

Judy Garland

Chris Farley

Len Bias

Diane Linkletter

Brent Shapiro

Some attention seeking parents of some of these folks take advantage of drug use whether child lives or dies. This is hubris in the sickest form I have ever witnessed.

Author: harold

10 Commandants

I have always been opposed to the 10 Commandants being place on any Government building or any building that receives support from The State. Maybe I should relent on this position and point out there is no Commandant that says, “Thou shall not have any psychoactive drugs in your private possession, on your person, or in your body.” It ain’t there.

Drug prohibition is a beast — a beast that has tentacles
many years old. The beast was created by a fearful society
that believed the beast could do what only God can do. As
the tentacles of the beast grew, they began to harm the ones
it professed to help. A fearful society sees the harm as a
sore continuing to grow. The blind, fearful society demands
the beast be fed more and more. The beast’s tentacles now
are so large and widespread it feeds the society’s fears;
thus, society demands the beast be given more substance. The
tentacles are cutting off the principles by which our
society has grown and flourished. When the principles are
lost, how much longer can our society last?
Weirdharold 5/19/07
Author: harold

Another Death from A Spiritual Malady

Today I have read another obituary of a very mentally ill addict. He died in a prison hospital. I want to compose something about this lad that could not find a way out of his spiritual malady. Of those friends and relatives he has left, his life will be defined by his illness, not his struggle. This AM I find the depression is great and composing is hard, so I will leave as is. To Steve I say, “Your pain ended, you have suffered enough”.
Author: harold

The Tragedy of Drug Prohibition

The tragedy of drug prohibition is some think drug use is behavioral problem, while others think it is an illness. The fact is, it is both and with prohibition laws in effect we do not know the difference. We continue to look at use as criminal behavior. We now are at a place where we only look at violation of prohibition laws as criminal behavior. This gives us the right to punish the ill and opens the closet for those bent on criminal acts.

Stop this 11th comandment, “Thou shalt not have psychoactive drugs anywhere not even in our bodies” crap. Focus our attention upon criminal behavior, thou shalt not kill, thou shalt steal, and etc, then a blind Polock with a deaf wife could determine the ill from the criminal.

Author: harold