Washington to Obama – Who had ‘da weed
What schools don’t teach about presidents & cannabis / hemp
Many presidents from Washington to Obama could answer the question ‘who’s got ‘da weed?’ in the affirmative. The History Channel did a search for evidence and spoke with experts, including USA Hemp Museum founder and curator Richard M. Davis about how hemp / cannabis was grown and used. What they found was hemp / cannabis is woven deeply in the USA’s foundation. It is part of the American history from the early hemp flags to the hemp paper that was used to write the Constitution.
What schools don’t teach about presidents & cannabis / hemp
Most modern presidents and all of the great ones over the last quarter century at least smoked cannabis. President Jimmy Carter before them is still talking about the need to end the drug war.
Many past presidents have openly spoken about their interactions with cannabis.
So, one would ask, why is it still illegal? For that we have to reach back more than a half century.
“John Ehrlichman was one of the henchmen for Richard Nixon. He was sent to prison for his role in the Watergate conspiracy. He was also part of a much broader conspiracy, which has only recently come to light. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.
“Former aides to President Richard Nixon disavowed a recently published, provocative quote from a colleague about the racial motivation behind the war on drugs, and suggested that the colleague was being sarcastic.
The statement — attributed to Nixon’s chief domestic adviser, John Ehrlichman — alleged that the administration’s drug war was meant to cripple black communities and the “antiwar left.”
Journalist Dan Baum wrote in the April cover story for Harper’s that Ehrlichman told him in 1994 that the Nixon campaign and Nixon White House considered those two groups to be their enemies. “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,” Ehrlichman reportedly said.
But three former Nixon aides say the quote just doesn’t sound like Ehrlichman, and if he did say it, he was mistaken.”*
Read more here: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/richard-nixon-drug-war-john-ehrlichman_us_56f58be6e4b0a3721819ec61”
Why would Nixon target Black people? One of the reasons for your consideration.
Keep the faith that the governments will catch up to the Will of the People. In the meantime, Happy President’s Day Week.
Celebrate the good in us all.
Below are 3 books that belong in every library.
Should we legalize marijuana? If we legalize, what in particular should be legal? Just possessing marijuana and growing your own? Selling and advertising? If selling becomes legal, who gets to sell? Corporations? Co-ops? The government? What regulations should apply? How high should taxes be? Different forms of legalization could bring very different results.
This second edition of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know® discusses what is happening with marijuana policy, describing both the risks and the benefits of using marijuana, without taking sides in the legalization debate. The book details the potential gains and losses from legalization, explores the “middle ground” options between prohibition and commercialized production, and considers the likely impacts of legal marijuana on occasional users, daily users, patients, parents, and employers – and even on drug traffickers.
During the year and a half it took to legalize cannabis in Canada, alarming reports of dangerous activities in the legal grey area of marijuana sales were all too familiar. While many waited to see how the things would turn out, licensed producers got bigger and started distributing pot to countries around the world. Domestically, illegal dispensaries popped up in every major Canadian city, with law enforcement cracking down on all of them except in Vancouver and Victoria.
Not many know all the inside details on the laboured birth of cannabis legalization in Canada. This book will change that.
Journalist Jon Hiltz delivers a hard-hitting book detailing the end of prohibition and the rise of a new multi-billion-dollar industry.
A criminal prosecutor discusses the illegal drug trade and the failure of the so-called “War on Drugs” to stop it.
In 1971, President Richard Nixon coined the term “War on Drugs.” His campaign to eradicate illegal drug use was picked up by the media and championed by succeeding presidents, including Reagan. Canada was a willing ally in this “war,” and is currently cracking down on drug offences at a time when even the U.S. is beginning to climb down from its reliance on incarceration.
Elsewhere in the world, there has been a sea change. The Global Commission on Drug Policy, including international luminaries like Kofi Annan, declared that the War on Drugs “has not, and cannot, be won.” Former heads of state and drug warriors have come out in favour of this perspective. Former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton agree with legions of public health officials, scientists, politicians, and police officers that a new approach is essential.
Paula Mallea, in The War on Drugs, approaches this issue from a variety of points of view, offering insight into the history of drug use and abuse in the twentieth century; the pharmacology of illegal drugs; the economy of the illegal drug trade; and the complete lack of success that the war on drugs has had on drug cartels and the drug supply. She also looks ahead and discusses what can and is being done in Canada, the U.S., and the rest of the world to move on from the “war” and find better ways to address the issue of illegal drugs and their distribution, use, and abuse.
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