Is it my imagination or have the various political people and forces that have, previously, championed the failed (and unjust) Drug War been backpedaling rather speedily since the recent government decision not to interfere with state legalization laws? Some days it seems, from reading the NORML, DPA and MPP blogs, that the only thing that seems to be happening faster than legalization measures going on ballots (both medical and full) is various measures to loosen MMJ restrictions, decriminalize, and/or soften draconian and racist drug-enforcement and sentencing policies and laws—many coming from supposedly hardline prohibitionists like Chris Christie of New York, who once took the POV of “no way, no how, not gonna happen you filthy stoners” to actually signing legislation to lift the three-strain restriction on growers and even make vital medication available to small children who need it.
Now many people on our side are still pouting about this because
they realize (and correctly) that many of these don't go nearly far
enough to give we, the people, what we actually want. They feel
these efforts are nothing more than an attempt to create the illusion
that our leaders give even half a damn about doing what the people
want or doing what is right regarding the drug issue. And they are
But what they don't realize is that this is a good thing.
Think about it: no more than a year or two ago, prior to the
historic votes in Colorado and Washington to legalize marijuana,
these very people laughed in the face of reforming drug laws or
decriminalizing marijuana and called it a “pipe dream”
(suggesting that the only reason anyone could oppose the status quo
of the failed Drug War was not because of it's massive failure on
both factual and moral levels but because those people were clearly
“stoners” trying to “protect their illegal habit” and, by
extension, trying to reinforce the myth that the Drug War was totally
working and that there was no logical reason to oppose the methods of
the Drug Warriors, entirely by ad hominem assault—or is it a red
herring—but either way it was a logical fallacy).
Now, since the successful legalization votes in two states
simultaneously, there has been serious talk about drug law reform and
decriminalization being an “ideal” solution to our problems with
the failed Drug War. By the Drug Warriors! Some of it has even been
acted on! And especially since the historic government decision to
not interfere with state legalizaiton efforts, it seems that every
day I'm hearing about another area where some staunch anti-marijuana
nut is green-lighting various half-measures that they thought went
“too far” only years ago—like decriminalization, removing
mandatory minimum sentencing, removing the huge and racist
crack/cocaine disparity, and loosening many excessively tight
regulations on medical marijuana access.
Why? They don't seem to be wanting to admit that marijuana is not
a dangerous narcotic. They still want to maintain the fraudulent DEA
drug scheduling. They still maintain all the former lies about
marijuana, as well as all other illicit drugs, even as they begin to
allow some grudging access to them in areas that they once considered
out of the question. And it's true that even as they make these
grudging half-measure concessions they are upping many of their
tyrannical and unconstitutional Drug War enforcement methods—such
as pushing drug testing incentives in every state that hasn't
legalized in any way, and continuing their unjust raids of medical
marijuana dispensaries. Why do they even bother?
Well, isn't it obvious? They know they are losing. They know
that at some point in the future they will have to bite the bullet,
throw in the towel, and drop their precious—and profitable—Drug
War. They know they have lost the support of the public, they know
the facts have finally come out about their failures and their
corruptions, and that they will never again regain the glory days of
Reefer Madness propaganda-fueled public ignorance and moral panic.
They know there is no way back.
Yes, they are dragging their feet. But the thing is...they're
still moving. The momentum of the full-legalization movement has
gotten so strong and gotten so much of the population on board that
they have been forced to agree to the minute half-measures we were
pushing for decades ago, half-measures they had once claimed they
would never, under any circumstances, consider. They are trying to
negotiate with we, the people, in the hopes of preserving their
unearned and undeserved profit and power by giving us some of the
smaller demands we've been making since the beginning.
I do think they hope to slow us down this way. Perhaps they
believe that the majority of the legalization movement will drop off
once they reform a few draconian laws a bit. Perhaps they think that
we will accept decriminalization as a reasonable and acceptable
compromise. Perhaps they believe that most pro-legalization
citizens don't really want legalization and can be bought-off by
these grudging little concessions. But they cannot slow us down.
They cannot cut us down. And there will be no compromise.
Perhaps they misunderstand the numbers. The numbers are not just
one homogenous mass of people who generally don't support the
draconian Drug War and its focus on marijuana, ranging from namby
pamby “let's just reform a couple laws” and “let's just
decriminalize” to the “let sick people get the medicine they
need” to the full on “evil stoners” who support
full-legalization. These statistics differentiate between these
views. The majority isn't just for decriminalization, or for medical
marijuana, with a thin stoner fringe that can be easily squashed.
There is now a solid majority in most states for FULL legalization.
Or do they understand these numbers and still believe they can
fight them? Their other actions suggest this, such as the ramping up
of drug testing in states that are still foundering in the dark
(despite a majority support for MJ legalization) like Ohio. Do they
think that by stopping marijuana users from using they can somehow
change those MJ users' minds about legalization and turn the clock
back to Reefer Madness levels of ignorance and panic? (I wouldn't
expect them to actually consider the fact that 60% to 70% of the
American public—the number that support legalization—are not, in
fact, stoners, because when your entire career has been built on fraud, ignorance and
panic, facts are your sworn enemy.) Do they think that by
making medical marijuana available to sick people they can eliminate
our momentum by eliminating the most obvious of our moral arguments?
After all, prior to the increasing public awareness of the myriad of
medical benefits of marijuana it was the prohibitionists who had the
heavy-duty emotional smokescreen argument (look at this drug
user/former drug user/drug user's family/ etc, how could you not
support our Drug War, by not supporting us you are turning your back
on these addicts and their families and consigning millions of other people to a lifetime of addiction!), and now we have a much better
one, not only emotionally gripping but supported by actual facts,
unlike their claims that the Drug War is of any use in fighting
addiction or helps addicts in any way rather than simply incarcerating them in private for-profit jails. Do they think that by making a few minute concessions
they can distract or placate us enough to slow us down, or peel away
enough of our support to perhaps pounce once we lose momentum?
I do think that part of it is that they hope to distract us. They
will not distract us.
I do think that part of this is they hope to placate us. They
will not placate us.
I do think that part of this is so they can slow us down. They
will not slow us down.
We will not lose momentum, and the Drug Warriors big chance to
pounce will never come. And I think that part of them knows this,
even as they waste their time with these tiny little retreats. Those
tiny little retreats will become bigger retreats, and exponentially
so now, until there is no more ground they can give up and they are
forced to admit their loss whether they like it or not.
So don't pout when they concede, my brothers and sisters in arms!
Celebrate! Keep up the fight and don't let your guard down, but
definitely celebrate because every concession is another inch of
ground those Drug War bastards have been forced to give up. We are
winning, and our victory is not only inevitable, is coming soon. And
they can feel defeat closing on them. Their concessions are minimal
and pathetic and nowhere near enough, but for the first time in forty
years they are finally admitting on some level that they are being
defeated, and this is evidenced by the fact that they have given any
ground at all to us, that they actually are feeling forced to concede
ground that was once, not too long ago, non-negotiable. We will
increase our efforts and they will give more ground. They will
continue to retreat until there is nowhere left to run and their
precious Drug War and all its profiteering industries are dead and
gone, a footnote in the history books about one of America's greatest
I'm going to piss on their graves when that day comes. I hope
you'll all join me.
About this blog
Drug testing is an ineffective, unreliable, and inexcusably invasive form of security theater forced on the American people based on deliberately skewed data, public ignorance, and moral panic, and it continues operating on those frauds to this day, mostly because those of us who are aware of the facts must live in fear of being targeted as addicts. This blog is intended to raise public awareness of the real facts about drug testing that the testing companies don't want you to know, and to provide some tools to the public by which they can raise awareness while maintaining anonymity. I will also be accepting guest posts, if anyone has a story about drug testing injustices they would like to get out anonymously, or if anyone just has something to say against drug testing in general.