In an event timed just days before next week's national election, prohibitionist supporters of President George Bush held a "National Anti-Drug Summit to Expose and Oppose George Soros" Thursday in Washington, DC.
Soros, the Hungarian-born billionaire currency speculator, has long supported drug reform initiatives through his Open Society Institute, as well as supporting democratic openings in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
But despite the "anti-drug" language of the attack on Soros, it appears he is being targeted not because of his support of drug reform but because of the millions of dollars he has thrown into the effort to defeat President Bush. As the summit announcement notes, "Through a loophole in the campaign finance law, Soros is spending tens of millions of dollars to defeat President Bush, who opposes drug legalization." The summit was "designed to draw attention to how Soros intends to subvert our nation's anti-drug policy if he achieves his stated goal of defeating Bush on November 2," organizers announced.
The event featured a gaggle of notorious prohibitionists, including Maryland anti-drug activist Joyce Nalepka, former DEA administrators Donnie Marshall and Peter Bensinger, recently resigned deputy drug czar Andrea Barthwell, former NIDA head Robert Dupont, and Robert Charles, current Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and former counsel and staff advisor to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.
Hastert himself made waves a few weeks ago when he slandered Soros on national television by implying that he made money through consorting with drug cartels
Milton Friedman was one of America's strongest voices for sane, sensible marijuana policies. A lifetime dues-paying member of MPP, Friedman was one of 550 economists to endorse the landmark MPP-commissioned report by Harvard's Jeffrey R. Miron, "The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition," which estimated ending prohibition would save taxpayers $7.7 billion a year while generating $6.2 billion in tax revenue, and to call for a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcoholic beverages.
Aaron Russo was a dedicated libertarian political activist and outspoken critic of the war on marijuana users. In January 2004, Russo announced he was seeking the Libertarian Party's nomination to run for president. On his campaign Web site, Russo said, “As your president, I'll immediately appoint a special pardons commission to expedite the release of every non-violent marijuana offender in America's prison systems … I'll direct the Justice Department to cease and desist from its unjustifiable raids on medical marijuana facilities in states which have legalized the medical use of marijuana.”
Aaron Russo died of cancer in Los Angeles, California on August 24, 2007, at age 64.
The UK drugs market
Despite the tough criminal penalties for dealers, illegal drugs are available relatively cheaply. The Home Office says cannabis in resin or herbal form typically sells for £10 for an eighth of an ounce " enough for half-a-dozen joints " and the more potent skunk for twice that. Ecstasy sells for £2-£5 per pill, amphetamines for £10 per gramme and cocaine and heroin for £30-£50 for a gramme " enough for four or five lines. Crack cocaine sells at about £65 per gramme.
By contrast, “herbal highs” such as Spice are more expensive, typically selling for £20-£30 in shops and over the internet. One reason may be precisely because they are not banned, so purchasers will pay a premium to stay within the law. Plus, for large manufacturers, there are overheads to cover such as tax that are not borne by criminal dealers.
Legal drugs’ slick marketing and packaging may persuade customers that they are less dangerous for their health. But Les King, a Home Office adviser, warns against glib comparisons with their illegal counterparts. “Perhaps Spice is seen as safer,” he says, “if only because it comes in a nice package rather than, like cannabis, in a dirty piece of clingfilm.”
February 4, 2009 (LPAC)--A leading spokesman for the George Soros-run dope legalization movement, replied to U.N. anti-drug chief Antonio Maria Costa's statement that laundered drug money is propping up the current financial system, by demanding that legal attacks on narcotics be stopped, to save the financial system.
David Borden is executive director of the Soros-funded Stop The Drug War (drcnet.org), an organizing nexus for drug traffickers and users. Borden wrote Jan. 30 in his Drug War Chronicle, "We're accustomed to regarding drugs and drug selling as bad things, but like everything they have their upside. Suppose the drug war magically started to work and the trade were wiped out, or people suddenly stopped using drugs. What would happen to the economy?
What would happen to countries like Afghanistan or Colombia or Mexico where a lot of the money being made is in drugs and a lot of people are dependent on that money? Or in some sectors of U.S. society, for that matter? It would be a catastrophe.... [The] sudden implosion of a large sector of the economy would wreak havoc...."
Borden flies forward with the Soros proposition: "Drug users and even sellers, then, are an integral part of human society -- the larger economic weal depends in part on theirs.... We need our drug users, and even our drug sellers, for the most part -- not because they use or sell drugs, but because they're here and we're connected to them, for better or worse. And if ... in a somewhat flawed way they contribute to the economy on which all of us depend, then they also don't deserve to be persecuted, jailed, have their rights taken away and their lives scarred.... [We] should chart a path ... to some form of global legalization...."
HONOLULU, HAWAII - Retiree wants you to 'blow your mind' at his new church - that literally goes up in holy smoke.
Bernard von NotHaus, who recently retired, explains that now is the time to get high and talk to God. So he founded the Free Marijuana Church that uses a 'chemical' to practice his religious belief. He even has a name for it: Chemicalology.
Von NotHaus offers high-grade marijuana to Church members so they get high and tune into their higher consciousness just has he has. What a heady idea indeed!
Von NotHaus is certainly not your usual dope dealer. In fact, he does not sell marijuana at the Free Marijuana Church. He gives it away - for free! Church members simply step into the "high room" for one toke of sacramental marijuana then retire to the Meditation Room and close their eyes in serene bliss.
Those who have tried the Free Marijuana Church praise the concept of simply getting "high" and tuning in to the God within their own minds. But is this new 'Church of Higher Consciousness' legal?
Von NotHaus is adamant his church is legal - quoting the First Amendment and pointing to court decisions regarding the Native America Church that uses peyote as its sacrament. Plus he says that the church is financially well prepared to defend its use of marijuana as a religious sacrament.
It does seem like the time has come for a new spirituality. Recently, the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore conducted a double blind study to evaluate the psychological effects of a psilocybin - used for centuries for religious purposes. Of the 36 volunteers, 67% rated the psilocybin experience as being among the five most spiritually significant experiences of their lives; 64% indicated that the experience increased well-being or life satisfaction and 58% had a 'complete' mystical experience.
The idea of using drugs to induce a spiritual or mystical experience is certainly not new or "far out." Well informed researchers point out that history is full of mystics and visionaries who have used all kinds of drugs, yoga, meditation, fasting, self-flagellation and other methods to take themselves beyond the mundane daily consciousness.
Von NotHaus confesses to using marijuana for over 40 years and has kept a Journal of his sacramental usage every Sunday for the past 12 years. He sounds like a modern day Martin Luther who is well prepared to challenge the current religious landscape.
But von NotHaus credits his mentor Dr. Timothy Leary, the legendary High Priest of LSD, with blazing the chemical trail to God.
Not doubt about it. The Free Marijuana Church is truly a 'mind blowing' religious concept. And it will probably blow a lot of minds as his church is in Hawaii - home of Maui Wowie.