||Illegal drugs are the
subject of a 'phoney war', waged by governments for their own
purposes that certainly have nothing to do with the 'dangers' of
these substances. Governments who capitalize on public shock-horror
have a splendid means of diverting public attention and anger from real
issues and for interfering in the affairs of other nations, even
to the extent of sending spies and troops. This situation is a major
cause of crime all over the world and the criminal drug industry is
second only to the arms trade in wealth, power, and influence.
-Ann Dally, M.D.
Facts about the War on Drugs
- Tobacco kills about 390,000.
- Alcohol kills about 80,000.
- Sidestream smoke from tobacco
kills about 50,000.
- Cocaine kills about 2,200.
- Heroin kills about 2,000.
- Aspirin kills about 2,000.
- Marijuana kills 0. There has never
been a recorded death due to marijuana at any time in US
- All illegal drugs combined kill
about 4,500 people per year, or about one percent of the number
killed by alcohol and tobacco. Tobacco kills more people each
year than all of the people killed by all of the illegal drugs
in the last century.
at the University by Alexander Shulgin
"In fact, I am going to talk to you about our freedoms in
general, and about the loss of certain of these freedoms under the
shameful excuse of waging a war on drugs"
by Jonathon Ott
"For I have been privileged to be initiated into the sacred
realm of the entheogens, sacramental plant teachers of countless
generations of the family of humankind; have been vouchsafed a
fleeting glimpse behind Our Lady Gaia's veil; have imbibed the amrta
of Indra, the ambrosia of the Olympian gods, Demeter's
potion; have for brief blessed instants gazed into Lord Shiva's
blazing third eye. Having been graced by these and other holy
visions, my life has been transformed and enriched beyond
measure.... I have become an initiate to the sacred Mysteries of
antiquity, what the Greeks called an epoptes, one who has
seen the holy."
By John Perry Barlow
"But LSD is not illegal because it endangers your sanity. LSD is illegal because it endangers Control. Worse, it makes authority seem funny. But laugh at authority in America and you will know risk. LSD is illegal primarily because it threatens the dominant American culture, the culture of Control. "
of Women Serving Mandatory Minimum Sentences
From Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Photographs and stories of women
serving excessive prison sentences for nonviolent offenses.
is Time to Declare our Independence...AGAIN
By Mark Greer
"Trying to "protect"
individuals from their own choices through prohibition is a
dangerous slippery slope towards a loss of all individual freedoms.
Perhaps more important, it is absolutely impossible to accomplish.
Our society has neither the right nor the ability to control these
types of personal lifestyle choices and decisions."
Drugs, Death, and the Law
An Essay on Human Rights and Overcriminalization By Mark
have argued that judgments of the immorality of drug use are wrong;
indeed, the right to use many drugs currently criminalized is one of
the rights of the person which the state may not transgress. We have
identified as the basis for these powerful moral judgments a
formerly religious but now secular ideal of moral perfectionism, and
have tried to show why this ideal cannot, consistent with human
rights, be enforced through the criminal law."
& Mysteries in the 'War on Drugs'
By Ann Dally, M.D.
"THE non-medical use of drugs today is an example of how
society, supported by the medical profession, constructs 'problems'
and invents 'diseases' for which they then find 'treatments'."