The prohibition of marijuana is like the prohibition of alcohol = good for criminals, bad for the public
“Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes at the very principles upon which our government was founded.” – Abraham Lincoln
“FBI – Marijuana: “Mexico is the number one foreign supplier of marijuana abused in the United States. In fact, according to a 2008 inter-agency report, marijuana is the top revenue generator for Mexican DTOs—a cash crop that finances corruption and the carnage of violence year after year. The profits derived from marijuana trafficking—an industry with minimal overhead costs, controlled entirely by the traffickers—are used not only to finance other drug enterprises by Mexico’s poly-drug cartels, but also to pay recurring “business” expenses, purchase weapons, and bribe corrupt officials. Though the GOM has a robust eradication program, many of the military personnel traditionally assigned to eradicate marijuana and opium poppy have recently been diverted to the offensive against the cartels.”
“El Chapo” is Named Chicago’s Public Enemy “Number One”
BORDERLAND BEAT – February 14, 2013
(CHICAGO) — A drug kingpin in Mexico who has never set foot in Chicago has been named the city’s new Public Enemy No. 1 – the same notorious label assigned to Al Capone at the height of the Prohibition-era gang wars.
2011 REPORT: DEA pressing Mexican cartels after deadly attack
“The Chicago Crime Commission considers Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman even more menacing than Capone because he’s the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, which supplies most of the narcotics sold in the city…”
Organized Crime and Prohibition
“Not only did the number of serious crimes increase, but crime became organized. Criminal groups organize around the steady source of income provided by laws against victimless crimes such as consuming alcohol or drugs, gambling and prostitution. In the process of providing goods and services those criminal organizations resort to real crimes in defense of sales territories, brand names, and labor contracts. That is true of extensive crime syndicates (the Mafia) as well as street gangs, a criminal element that first surfaced during prohibition.”
“The contributing factor to the sudden increase of felonies was the organization of crime, especially in large cities. Because liquor was no longer legally available, the public turned to gangsters who readily took on the bootlegging industry and supplied them with liquor. On account of the industry being so profitable, more gangsters became involved in the money-making business. Crime became so organized because “criminal groups organize around the steady source of income provided by laws against victimless crimes such as consuming alcohol. As a result of the money involved in the bootlegging industry, there was much rival between gangs. The profit motive caused over four hundred gang related murders a year in Chicago alone.”
History of Alcohol Prohibition
“Although some view the theory of prohibition as reasonable, it is generally conceded that the realities of manufacture and distribution make it unworkable, for in one form or another, alcohol can be easily produced [and marijuana easily grown] by farmers, high school chemistry students, and ordinary citizens.
Prohibition has been attempted many times in various parts of the world; except for some Moslem areas, attempted legislative controls have not proven adequate. In spite of many sincere and determined efforts, no country in Europe or the Americas has yet succeeded in eliminating the use of alcohol by society by legislative fiat.
Those who had been accustomed to using alcoholic beverages [and marijuana] sought other sources of supply “in disregard of the legislative mandate. In the presence of high pecuniary returns there [was] a strong tendency for supply to meet demand in spite of prohibition”
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
I’ve been working at and with the Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad Binacional Encuentro in Mexico City, meeting fellow peace and justice activists, and making important connections in Mexico, as well as from the US and Canada, so that we can all work together in order to stop the drug war hyper-violence here in Mexico, as well as drug war related violence in the US. The Binational Meeting was very productive and encouraging for all involved and I ask you to please join us in ending the so-called “war on drug” by spreading the word about Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad (Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MJPD) and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (L.E.A.P.) which are working together to end the violence in Mexico and prohibition in the United States.
Please share the links below with your friends. We have a lot of work to to to stop the violence, end prohibition, get justice for the many families whose loved ones have been disappeared or murdered, and to attain dignity for the people here in Mexico and those especially oppressed by the violence and the injustice system in the United States: the black community. It’s time for a new paradigm in dealing with the drug problem. Prohibition has and is causing more deaths and violence than is the use and abuse of drugs, which is a public health and welfare issue, and the 40 year long “war on drugs” has come to a failed and bloody conclusion. It’s time to end prohibition, and end the violence and injustice NOW!
VIDEO – Drug Wars – Silver or Lead?: http://youtu.be/n1VlEWBcm9w
See: Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) – http://www.leap.cc/
See: LEAP Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/CopsSayLegalizeDrugs
See: Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad (MPJD) – http://movimientoporlapaz.mx
See: MPJD Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Movimiento-por-la-Paz-con-Justicia-y-Dignidad/124809987605763
See: Summer of Justice (SOJ) Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/makethedreamareality
See: SOJ Philosophy and Plan of Action – http://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/philosophy-and-plan-of-action-summer-of-justice-2012-dc/
See: El Verano de Justicia Filosofia y Plan de Accion – http://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/el-verano-de-justicia-2012-dc/
VIDEO – MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show – Legalizing Marijuana What’s Next? Cheryl Shuman Video Diary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb3vcz5TXAE
VIDEO – Mexican Poet Javier Sicilia Brings Peace Caravan Into U.S. to Condemn Deadly Drug War – http://youtu.be/y6T71eL5_tQ
VIDEO – 40 Years of Drug War Failure: LEAP’s Neill Franklin: http://youtu.be/qj3gnIGANhs
How America Lost the War on Drugs: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-america-lost-the-war-on-drugs-2011032