I have often wondered why the federal government insists on making Cannabis, more commonly known as Marijuana, illegal to grow, sell, and consume (smoke, use as a food additive or apply as an oil extract). If you study its history and review the scientific literature you will find it is almost a miracle drug that has many beneficial qualities not the least of which is it being a cancer inhibitor. Further, its use as an analgesic (pain-killer) goes back to the earliest recorded history during the Chinese dynasties where it was used for medicinal purposes as well as a product for cloth making and pottery mixtures.
Recent animal studies have shown that marijuana extracts may help kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. This has long been known, yet it is only recently that the FDA has authorized research into the benefits of THC, the main psychotropic ingredient found in Cannabis. The medicinal interest in THC or cannabinoids, has led to two FDA-approved drugs, dronabinol and nabilone. They treat nausea caused by chemotherapy and increase appetite in patients with extreme weight loss caused by AIDS. Continued research might lead to more medications.
As of this date, twenty-six states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Three other states will soon join them after recently passing measures permitting use of medical marijuana.
Seven states and the District of Columbia have adopted more expansive laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Most recently, California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada all passed measures in November legalizing recreational marijuana. California’s Prop. 64 measure allows adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants in their homes. Other tax and licensing provisions of the law will not take effect until January 2018.
The latest polls show nearly 58% of Americans favor the legalization of Marijuana for all uses. So why is it still illegal? From my perspective alcohol is a much more dangerous drug to consume. It has ruined the lives of millions of alcoholics as well as their loved ones and family. If you look at the statistics concerning alcohol-related offenses the cost in human suffering is staggering.
I am going to propose some theories as to the causes of this irrational ban on a natural medicine that has more than proven its worth.
It all has to do with maintaining a steady economic base that is essential to the success of 1) the pharmaceuticals or “Big Pharma,” 2) the United States prison system which is rapidly becoming privatized, and 3) the drug cartels who depend on the demand for all kinds of drugs to make their billions in illegal profits. Oh yes, there is one more beneficiary to the continued illegal status of Marijuana, 4) the CIA.
I will take each one separately and attempt to show you the powerful forces that are working behind the scenes to prohibit the legalization of Marijuana which has a long history of safe and beneficial use, again, almost a miracle drug.
Let’s start with the pharmaceutical companies. I have ready mentioned that Cannabis has some rather unusual analgesic qualities which if properly applied will serve as the safest and most effective painkiller ever known to mankind. Here are some examples of its possible uses.
Chronic Muscle Spasms
Epilepsy & Seizures
Do you know how large the pain medication industry is? We are talking aspirin, cremes, Ibuprofen and hundreds of prescribed and over the counter “solutions” to chronic and acute pain, not to mention ancillary products like back and knee braces, walking canes, and wheelchairs. As far as being an anti-depressant, Marijuana has shown promise as a better substitute than the current anti-depressants who all have serious side effects, including suicidal tendencies.
I will tell you what would happen. The pharmaceutical companies would lose billions in profits due to the availability of a home grown product that would cost nothing to prepare and use. Are you starting to get the picture?
We are not yet talking about the cancer prevention properties of Cannabis. There is no motivation on the part of the medical profession, the x-ray technicians, the hospital administrators, and surgeons to find a cure for cancer. It would be like eliminating crime altogether. If that were to happen there would no need for a police force other than to take cats out of trees, issue parking tickets and bother the homeless. Who wants to work themselves out of a job? No one, that’s my point. It has been suggested by more than a few insiders that a cure for cancer has already been found but only the rich and wealthy elite are able to access this technology. For the masses the treatment is expensive, often unsuccessful and debilitating.
The Prison Industry
Now for the prison industry, or a better term is the “The Prison Industrial Complex.” I am not going to bore you with statistics about the U.S. prison population, suffice to say, the United States has the highest per capita rate of incarceration in the world and it is a lucrative industry.
Take a look at this excerpt from a Huffington Post article dated 4/10/12 that clearly outlines the inconsistencies of a prison system that feeds upon society for its own gain.
In an age when freedom is fast becoming the exception rather than the rule, imprisoning Americans in private prisons run by mega-corporations has turned into a cash cow for big business. At one time, the American penal system operated under the idea that dangerous criminals needed to be put under lock and key in order to protect society. Today, as states attempt to save money by outsourcing prisons to private corporations, the flawed yet retributive American “system of justice” is being replaced by an even more flawed and insidious form of mass punishment based upon profit and expediency.
As author Adam Gopnik reports for the New Yorker:
[A] growing number of American prisons are now contracted out as for-profit businesses to for-profit companies. The companies are paid by the state, and their profit depends on spending as little as possible on the prisoners and the prisons. It’s hard to imagine any greater disconnect between public good and private profit: the interest of private prisons lies not in the obvious social good of having the minimum necessary number of inmates but in having as many as possible, housed as cheaply as possible.
“Consider this: despite the fact that violent crime in America has been on the decline, the nation’s incarceration rate has tripled since 1980. Approximately 13 million people are introduced to American jails in any given year. Incredibly, more than six million people are under “correctional supervision” in America, meaning that one in fifty Americans are working their way through the prison system, either as inmates, or while on parole or probation.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the majority of those being held in federal prisons are convicted of drug offenses — namely, marijuana. Presently, one out of every 100 Americans is serving time behind bars.”
The Drug Cartels and the CIA
I am going to discuss briefly the role of the CIA and the drug cartels together as there is a definite link between the two. Before so doing I want to mention the tragic case of an award-winning journalist, Gary Webb.
Webb used to work for the then, San Jose Mercury News. Webb was a skilled investigative reporter who discovered that the CIA was involved in drug smuggling operations, in part to fund its covert operations, and keep the United States Congress from knowing it was behind the birth of the drug culture in America with its epidemic and detrimental effect on our youth and particularly the Black and Latino ghettos in major U.S. cities.
The sweep of minorities was aided by the legislation introduced by “good old boy” Bill Clinton in 1994. It was an omnibus crime bill that Clinton signed which included the federal “three strikes” provision, mandating life sentences for criminals convicted of a violent felony after two or more prior convictions, including drug crimes. He later admitted the crime bill added to the problem of mass incarceration. Clinton was called the “first Black president” and was dearly loved by the Black families and leaders of America. If they only knew, he sold them out. What Hillary had plans to do was even worse than what her husband did.
Back to Gary Webb. The topic was so sensitive that the backlash from the U.S. government, the CIA and other mainstream media who criticized him that Webb eventually lost his job, committed suicide, and the matter was dropped. But he was later partially vindicated by the work of Michael Craig Ruppert, a former Los Angeles Police Detective who had proof of those allegations. But the same thing happened to Ruppert. He eventually committed suicide after numerous attempts on his life although he did everything possible to inform the public of this travesty of justice.
You have to wonder if they were actual suicides of they were “suicided.”
As for the Mexican and South American drug cartels there is a silent agreement between the CIA/DEA and those drug lords. Neither want to lose the lucrative profits the sale of Marijuana and harder drugs brings into their coffers. I will say one last thing then close for you to do your own research. The CIA is as corrupt as you will find in any drug cartel. They use intimidation, blackmail, and murder as their weapons of mass destruction.
There are not a few congressmen and senators who are involved in this criminal activity and from every state of the Union. The Bushes and Clintons played a major role in this drug trade even to the point of using military cargo planes full of cocaine and heroin to a secret airstrip in Arkansas (Mena Airport) to bring the drugs to market. Further, at least two former presidential candidates are involved in elicit drug trade. This corruption goes all the way to the top and the American public has no clue as to its impact and devastation. “Just say no to drugs.” Ya right, Mrs. Reagan!