The Canadian Conservatives have lied and used every trick they have to pass Bill S-10.  This law imposes mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes in Canada.  The United States induced mandatory minimum sentences in the 1980’s at the height of drug war hysteria.  These laws paved the way for the prison industrial complex, consisting of corporate for-profit prisons, that exists today in the US.  As a result the US has the highest prison population in the world and the highest disparity in sentencing between whites and blacks.  This is exactly what the Canadian Conservatives are creating in Canada.

Canada’s neighbors and many countries around the world are beginning to ease up on their marijuana and drug laws.  The Canadian Conservatives however are chasing a failed US policy from the 1980’s.  The Conservatives even have the audacity to announce that this legislation is much welcomed by Canadians.  Justice minister Rob Nicholson on Bill S-10,

“we are absolutely convinced in our consultation with Canadians that this is welcomed across the country.” link1

“It does cost money to incarcerate people and I believe that Canadians have been willing to pay those costs up to this point and they’ll continue to do so. If we don’t, then Canadians will be further victimized. That’s what victims groups tell me all the time.” link2

Right now US states are beginning to take steps to legalize marijuana.  Today marijuana is legal and semi legal in many US states:

  • 15 states with legal medical marijuana
  • 9 with medical marijuana dispensaries
  • 13 states have decriminalized recreational marijuana
  • 4 states have voted on full legalization for recreational use

Most notably Proposition 19 which would have legalized marijuana in California lost 44.1% to 55.9% on Nov 2.  There are a handful of states trying to legalize marijuana in 2011 and 2012 and many others fighting for medical marijuana and decriminalization.  In addition Mexico decriminalized all drugs in 2009 including hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.  Canada attempted to decriminalize pot in 2004 but it was shot down by pressure from the US, who ironically had already decriminalized in 13 states.

In a recent visit to Ottawa US Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowski, had this to say,

Lawmakers in almost every single state in the U.S. are looking to reduce mandatory minimum penalties because prison populations have exploded with non-violent drug offenders.

The Conservatives argue that Bill S-10 will give police to tools to bring down organized crime.  They insist that this law targets “the ‘kingpins’ or major players in the drug trade”.  Since when do the Hells Angels or UN gang run a grow op with only 6 plants?  This law specifically targets small time growers for the purpose of filling prisons.  The Conservatives are not stupid and they do not really believe their own lies.  They are cold manipulative liars with a diabolical agenda.  Here is a breakdown of the penalties that Bill S-10 will impose on Canadians, check out cannabisfacts.ca for more info.

Bill S-10 passed on November 4 with final vote in the Senate of 7 to 4.  That’s all 7 of the Conservative senators on the committee vs the 4 Liberals.  All that is standing in the way of S-10 becoming law is the signature of the Governor General.

The Senate committee heard testimony from numerous witnesses and experts who overwhealmingly showed that S-10 is a bad law and will do the exact opposite of what the Conservatives said it will.

Howard Sapers, the independent ombudsman for federal offenders, told the Senate committee,

“There is a large body of research that points to both the lack of a deterrent effect for mandatory minimum sentences and the fact that they can lead to significant increases in the prison population, with little or no impact on public safety.”

Check out the video of the police officer’s testimony in the senate hearings, testimony.  Here is another link to videos of many other expert speakers on this law.

Bill S-10 is not the only law that Harper’s Conservatives are pushing.  They are on a mission.  In fact 40% of all bills tabled since the Conservatives came to power have to do with reforming the criminal justice system.  Here are some of their recent bills,

  • Bill C-25 (passed) – ends “two-for-one” sentencing credit for time that prisoners spend in pre-trial custody
  • Bill C-19 (passed) – increase maximum sentence for street racing (14 years to life)
  • Bill C-9 (passed) – remove alternative sentencing (house arrest) for serious crimes
  • Bill C-10 (passed) – mandatory minimum sentences for offences involving a firearm
  • Bill C-32 (in senate) – would create an offence of operating a motor vehicle while in possession of a controlled substance
  • Bill C-2 (passed) – group of laws called “Tackling Violent Crime Act”, new tougher sentences
  • Bill S-9 (in senate) mandatory minimums for auto theft
  • Bill S-6 (re-introduced) – repeal “faint hope” clause for life sentences
  • Bill C-36 (in senate) – safety of consumer products, very controversial check out the Facebook group

The crime rate fell three percent in Canada last year, and is down 17 percent in the past decade, while the Crime Severity Index is down 22 percent since 1999. Violent crime is also down and represents less than one-quarter of one percent of all crime, while the homicide rate is two-thirds of its peak in the 1970s.

Despite the fact that there is less crime Harper released this statement in 2006,

If we are to protect our Canadian way of life, we need to crack down on gun, gang and drug crime…. If you do a serious crime, you’re going to do serious time.

Harper’s Conservatives have taken major steps to the corporatization of Canada’s prisons.

  1. In April 2007, then-Minister of Public Safety Stockwell Day created a panel to conduct a sweeping review of the federal prison system.
  2. Day’s panel released their final report titled “A Roadmap to Strengthening Public Safety.
  3. A task force was created to strategically implement the Roadmap titled ‘The Transformation Team.’

One recommendation of the Roadmap was to ‘modernize’ Corrections’physical infrastructure by building ‘regional complexes’ (super prisons) containing up to 2200 cells, combining minimum, medium, and maximum security, as well as a ‘special handling unit’ aimed at long-term incarceration in complete isolation and under heavy surveillance.

Canada’s first corporate super jail was the Central North Correctional Centre built at Penetaguishene, Ont.  This prison was run by an American corporation called “Management and Training Corporation“.

The Roadmap also called for a strengthening of so-called Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) in super prison construction. While it falls short of advocating for full private management, which was the case in Penetanguishene, it advocates for the privatization of every other part of the process: financing, construction, maintenance, and service delivery (e.g. foodproviders). This process is called backdoor privatization; when carried out to its logical endpoint, it results in a weak, token public agency charged with overseeing an operation entirely carried out by a far more robust profit-driven private sector.   The Roadmap also recommended to eliminate credit for time served before trial which as already come to pass in the form of Bill C-25.

Soon after its inception the Transformation Team began to scale-back maintenance investment in the existing prison infrastructure.  This led to the decay of present facilities and created the need for constructing new infrastructure.

In March 2010 Stockwell Day announced that the federal government needs to spend $9 billion on “much-needed” new prisons.  His reason was “unreported crimes

“We’re very concerned about the increase in the amount of unreported crimes that surveys clearly show are happening,” Stockwell Day

The irony is that unreported crimes are crimes for which nobody is charged or imprisoned.  Despite this obvious attempt to pull the wool over our eyes the spending was approved and the Conservatives are moving ahead with their corporate prison agenda.

Mandatory sentences along with corporate prisons and government policies have created the enormous prison population in the US.  The United States adult prison population now exceeds two million inmates, an average of 724 citizens per 100,000 members of the American population.  In Canada the current rate is 102 prisoners per 100,000 population (one seventh that of the United States).  We are on track to reach US numbers if the Conservative plan is allowed to continue.  Comparable rates in other countries are 98 in Germany, 92 in Italy, 80 in France, 64 in Sweden, 61 in Denmark and 69 in Iceland.

Despite overwhelming evidence that mandatory sentences and corporate prisons have zero effect on crime rates the Conservatives are going forward with their law and order agenda.  The current government under Harper will not change direction based on moral persuasion or sound logic.  This government is driven by a merger of hardened ideologues and religious fundamentalists.  Any strategy based on persuading the Conservatives to ‘do the right thing’ is doomed to fail.  Wake the fuck up Canada.  We need to get rid of Harper and his deranged political party before it is too late.

UPDATE FEBRUARY 2011:

Bill S-10 got sent back to house of commons.  That is not the typical process for a Canadian bill and it has already been through the house.  I don’t understand how or why it happened but thank god it did.  The NDP and Liberals are poised to vote against the bill which will kill the bastard where it lies, LINK.  Its not over yet but if there is a shred of democracy left in this country reason will prevail.

Here is some mainstream news articles about the same subject, LINK1, LINK2.

We were betrayed by our fellow stoners who voted no on Proposition 19.  These selfish, ignorant assholes turned their back on decades of activism because this law wasn’t good enough for them.  Prop 19 wasn’t perfect but you can’t hold out for perfection especially in the United States.

Prop 19 had the full support of every marijuana activism group including: NORML, MPP, SSDP, DPA, LEAP, IDPI and Cannabis Culture.  In addition many, many more non-marijuana advocacy groups supported the legislation including police groups, labor unions, politicians and medical associations.  Check out this list, Support for Prop 19.  Even the Humboldt Medical Marijuana Advisory Panel supported it.  Are the traitors smarter than the overwhelming group of supporters?  Absolutely not.  The traitors are misguided conspiracy theorists and profiteers of the current prohibition.

The reasons that were given by the traitors are as ludicrous as the war on drugs itself.

  • Corporatization of cannabis
  • High taxes on retail marijuana
  • Prop 19 creates more restrictive regulations
  • Medical Law (prop 213) will be abolished

Prop 19 allowed for the commercial production of marijuana.  How is that a bad thing?  The traitors argue that the evil corporations would add hazardous additives to the plant like tobacco companies do.  If that did happen who cares?  Prop 19 allowed you to grow your own pot.  Why the fuck would anyone buy corporate weed if you can grow your own?

Mass production and marketing of marijuana will drastically increase the supply of cheap weed.  That will bring the price down to a much more civilized level.  Current prices vary from $150 to $400 per ounce.  That is because of prohibition.  In fact one of the DEA’s main objectives is to drive up the price of illegal drugs.  Marijuana is a crop like any other and can be produced even easier than most mainstream crops.  At today’s prices corn goes for about $7.50 per bushel.  That’s 8 gallons of corn for $7.50, and corn is many times harder and more expensive to grow than marijuana.  The $50 per ounce tax that Prop 19 calls for would still put  marijuana at a much lower price than today.  If Prop 19 passed high end pot would probably sell for $100 per ounce.

Prop 19 was not perfect and did in fact create some new penalties such as,

  • Every person 21 years of age or older who knowingly sells or gives away marijuana to someone older than the age of 18 but younger than 21, shall be imprisoned in county jail for up to six months and fined up to $1,000 per offense.
  • Any person who is licensed, permitted, or authorized to sell marijuana, who knowingly sells or gives away marijuana to someone under the age of 21 results in them being banned from owning, operating, or being employed by a licensed marijuana establishment for one year.

I don’t agree with any kind of legal age for alcohol, pot or any other substance.  Unfortunately that is the paradigm in the United States.  There are many countries with no legal age for alcohol and they are better off for it but that is an argument for another day.  The traitors argue that Prop 19 would penalize medical users who are otherwise free under California Proposition 215.  That is absolutely false.  Prop 19 clearly states that Proposition 215 and SB 420 laws are exempt from the new law.  “No on Prop 19” claims that there will be stoned drivers and people going to work stoned.  That is clear outright propaganda.

The stoners against Prop 19 also argued that marijuana is still illegal under federal law and that growers, sellers and users could still be prosecuted by the DEA.  That is true but what do you expect?  Prop 19 was isolated to the state of California.  It had zero power at the federal level.  It was unfortunate but expected that the feds announced that they would “vigorously enforce” federal drug laws against Californians who grow or sell marijuana for recreational use even if voters pass the legalization measure.  This kind of federal meddling really casts doubt on the freedom that the US federal government frequently trumpets about.  In addition Govenator Arnold signed bill SB 1449 which reduces simple possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction.  In doing so Schwarzenegger intentionally took some of the wind out of the sails of Prop 19 at a very important time.

Who are the traitors that fucked over Regulate, Control & Tax Cannabis Act?

Dennis Peron

Dennis Peron, author of Prop 215 which legalized medical marijuana in California in 1996.  Prop 215 has done amazing things for the movement.  It allowed medical marijuana to be grown, distributed and used legally as well as the medical marijuana dispensaries that we see today.  Peron opposes Prop 19 because he does not believe in the recreational use of marijuana.  He literally does not believe.  Peron was quoted saying “I don’t even understand what recreational marijuana is, people say they feel high. What were you feeling before that? Not high? Low? In other words, you were depressed.”  Nobody is that naive.  Peron is clearly opposed to Prop 19 because he does not want any competition for his pot friendly bed and breakfast in San Fransisco.

Fortunately Dennis Peron has already tasted justice.  He was recently arrested on hard drug and child porn charges.  Ironically he understands the recreational use of methamphetamine and ecstasy.

Dragonfly De La Luz

Dragonlfly aka Stephanie Taylor is a San Francisco-based cannabis and travel writer for Skunk Magazine.  She has received the most media attention of all the traitors.  Se started a blog titled “Stoners Against the Prop 19 Tax Cannabis Initiative.”  On this blog she spews all kinds of conspiracy theory and misguided information against Prop 19.  Dragonfly erroneously says growers who want to legally cultivate will have to pay $211,000 a year to do so. She was quoted, “Obviously there’s no space for the mom-and-pop small-time farmer who have been living off marijuana legally since 1996.”

Medical Dispensary Owners

In a Huffington Post article a dispensary owner named “Craig” was interviewed.  Here is a quote,

“I’ll give you two reasons, one is big tobacco. Did you know that Phillip Morris just bought 400 acres of land up in Northern California? The minute marijuana becomes legal, they’ll mass produce and flood the market. And of course, they’ll add the same toxins they put in regular cigarettes to get you addicted, and very little THC, so you’ll have to buy more… In short, they’re going to ruin weed.” He gestured around his beloved shop, with every flavor of every strain, in its purist form, selling for at-cost prices. “I like the way things are now.”

Phillip Morris 400 acre thing is a phony conspiracy theory in case you were wondering.

Medical Marijuana Growers

Many growers oppose Prop 19 for the same reason as “Craig”.  They are making a handsome profit the way things are.  I hope these selfish mother fuckers get what they deserve.  Here’s a good article on the growers of Mendocino County in California.

Dragonlfy and the other traitors claim that the godfather of marijuana activism and one of my heros, Jack Herer, opposed Prop 19.  Herer was great activist who did more for the movement than anyone, ever.  He died this year on April 15.  He initially opposed Prop 19 because he wanted full and free legalization.  He saw marijuana as a gift from god and wanted, as we all do, absolutely zero restrictions on its use and cultivation.  Jack’s son Dan Herer wrote the following in a letter to members of the cannabis community,

Jack ‘wanted it all’ and Prop 19 is just part of that dream.  Unfortunately Jack passed away before Prop 19 made the 2010 ballot; so many people think he would still oppose it. We don’t believe that, and we ask that everyone stop saying he would cling to that position as we move toward the Nov. 2 vote. He was smart and had the political savvy to know that once a measure is on the ballot, the time for bickering has passed. That is why he campaigned for Prop 215 despite its shortcomings. That is why, were he able, he would now be telling voters to rally around and Vote Yes on Prop 19.

Unfortunately these traitors, profiteers and conspiracy theorists managed to suck in enough people to vote down Prop 19.  The ballot initiative was defeated with 53.9% of California voters voting ‘No’.  All the marijuana advocacy groups who tried their best to get Prop 19 passed agree that despite the loss a nationwide and perhaps even worldwide debate has been sparked.  People are beginning to listen and the truth is getting a lot harder to hide.  The lies and evils of the war on drugs are more obvious than ever.  Marijuana legalization in North America is no longer a fringe issue.  A new law called the Jack Herer Initiative had been filed in California for 2012.  This new initiative is a much more pure form of legalization than Prop 19.

I just want to say fuck you to the traitors.  I hope you all spend years in a federal prison.

 

The prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, had a Youtube just like Obama did a few months ago. Questions were added and voted on by the public on youtube.com/talkcanada. With nearly 170,000 votes on over 6000 questions marijuana legalization took the top 4 spots. Cannabis prohibition also ranked high on the US version but the question was not included in the final Obama interview. Surprisingly the question of marijuana legalization was asked tonight, Harper’s response was not surprising.

The question was,

“A majority of Canadians when polled say they believe marijuana sould be legal for adults and taxed just like alcohol. Why don’t you end the war on drugs and focus on violent criminals.”

What we got was pretty much the kind of response you would expect from a guy like Harper.

He started out ranting about his kids.  Harper went on to say,

[Marijuana use] is the last thing I want to see for my kids or anyone else’s children.

First of all the question said marijuana should be legal for adults. What the fuck does that have to do with his or anyone else’s children. Second, prohibition does absolutely nothing to keep drugs out of the hands of children. High school students continually claim that marijuana is easier to get than alcohol.

“I’ve been very fortunate to live a drug free life and I don’t meet many people who’ve lived drug free life and regret it …”

OK that is your opinion, Harper.  So when you made a bet with Obama during the Olympics involving a case of beer you weren’t going to drink it, right?  What he meant to say is “I’ve been very fortunate to live an illicit drug free life”.  When asked in 2004 if he had ever smoked pot Harper has this to say (source),

No I have not. I was offered a joint once and I was too drunk.

Even though alcohol is a much more dangerous drug it is perfectly acceptable, but marijuana will murder babies in South America.

He basically said the same thing when asked about his proposed mandatory minimum sentences. “We think its bad and we’re going to punish people for it.” He’s going for the moral approach here just like his role model George W Bush.

When people are buying from the drug trade they are not buying from their neighbor they are buying from international cartels that are involved in unbelievable violence and intimidation, social disaster and catastrophe all across the world.

Wow! So my neighbor who grows weed and sells it to me is actually a terrorist in disguise? I guess we’ll just have to take your word for it, Harper. Wonder where he got that idea? It is true that drug cartels and many terrorist groups are funded by drug profits that does not mean drugs = terrorism.

Canada is a marijuana exporter, nearly 100% of the marijuana consumed in Canada is grown in Canada. So we really are buying weed from our neighbor. If it was not for the prohibition induced black market we would have a very successful domestic marijuana economy. Gangs reap massive profits and control the majority of the marijuana black market exactly the same as they did during alcohol prohibition. The organized crime element is caused by prohibition not a reason for it.

I know that some people say if you legalized it you would get the money and all would be well. But I think that rests on the assumption that somehow drugs are bad because they are illegal. The reason drugs are illegal is because they are bad.

Here he used the old debater’s trick, the straw man. He built up a phony aspect of the argument (the straw man) and easily knocked it down. Nobody thinks drugs are bad because they are illegal and nobody would argue that. The question is not whether drugs are bad or not. The question is, why is marijuana illegal when 1/6 Canadians are using it? Good or bad people are going to be using it. The prohibition approach has done nothing to stop people from using pot. Prohibition has done very little in preventing drug use, in fact it has failed completely. Prohibition has made billionaires out of villans and ruined the lives of countless good honest citizens.

… and even if these things were legalized I predict with great confidence that these would never be respectable businesses run by respectable people, because of the very nature of the dependency that they create, the damage that they create, social upheaval they create.

So Harper thinks the marijuana business could never be respectable. I wonder if he thinks all the breweries, wineries, bars, and liquor stores in Canada are respectable? This is another example of his moral objection to marijuana. It is also absolutely false.

To sum up Harper’s arguments

I don’t give a fuck if Canada votes to legalize marijuana I think it is morally wrong.

It’s nice to see someone like you steering the ship Harper. Here’s one more question for you, what is the shelf life for bad legislation?

Like the members of LEAP Barry Cooper is an ex-cop who became a marijuana activist.  He was one of the top narcotics officers in the US prior to his awakening.  Barry has first hand experience with the corruption of the war on drugs.  The Never Get Busted Again videos are essential to any smart stoner’s education.  In his DVDs Barry explains in detail the methods used by police to search your property and put you in jail.  In the DVDs Barry speaks passionately on the injustice handed out by law enforcement and provides entertaining and accurate information on how to never get busted again.

Barry spent eight years as a narcotics officer in Texas.  He received extensive training and worked joint operations with the ATF, DEA, FBI, U.S. Military and Border Patrol. Barry is well trained in all interdiction methods including undercover operations, reversal operations, search warrants, K-9’s, traffic stops and public transportation narcotics interdiction (buses and airplanes.)  During his career, Barry had accumulated an impressive record of over 300 felony narcotics arrests, 500 misdemeanor narcotics arrests, the seizure of over fifty vehicles and millions in cash and assets.

Barry Cooper is no longer a police officer because he realized the war on drugs is a war on the people.  After conducting numerous raids and seizures it became clear that drug enforcement causes more harm on the people and their families than use of drugs. While on the force he saw other officers lie under oath, use illegal warrants, and plant drugs on people in order to get a conviction.

In his own words,

I knew what I was doing was wrong but my need for fame, adrenaline and peer acceptance overrode my good conscience.

Barry Cooper’s newest project is called Kopbusters. It is a TV show where Barry and his team bust corrupt cops. They use DEA style reverse stings and other tactics to catch corrupt police in the act. In the pilot episode the Kopbusters team set up a fake marijuana grow-op using a big HPS light, ventilation and some christmas trees. If the police conducted a proper investigation they would have never raided the “grow house”. Barry’s team caught police on camera raiding the house on an illegal warrant. Check out the trailer below,

Barry Cooper is a powerful addition to the anti-prohibition movement. His experience and passion are unmatched. It takes a lot of courage to do what he does. He is running for Texas Attorney General check out his website.

Help out Barry by purchasing his DVDs. You cannot make a better investment.
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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is a pro-legalization advocacy group made of active and retired police, judges, prosecutors, prison wardens, FBI and DEA agents and others.  Members of the group have been on the front lines in the war on drugs and that is where they get their credability.  LEAP members are conscientious objectors to the war on drugs.  Their purpose is to end the drug war entirely, not just for marijuana.

LEAP has two main goals as stated in their mission statement.  Those are:

  • To educate the public, the media, and policy makers, to the failure of current drug policy by presenting a true picture of the history, causes and effects of drug abuse and the crimes related to drug prohibition and
  • To restore the public’s respect for law enforcement, which has been greatly diminished by its involvement in imposing drug prohibition.

The group’s headquarters is in the United States but it is very much an international effort.  Since its beginning in 2002 LEAP has spread to over 80 countries across the globe.  LEAP has over 100 speakers that spread their message at all kinds of public events worldwide.  LEAP speakers were featured in the Canadian documentary “Damage Done – A Drug War Odyessy”, very good documentary.  The LEAP multimedia site has lots of videos of their speakers in action (well worth the time to check out these videos).  Also check out the official promotional video below

The fact that LEAP members are the very people fighting the war on drugs makes them hard to dismiss.  You can’t say that LEAP speakers do not know what they are talking about.  Activist groups like NORML or MPP have very knowledgeable members but they aren’t cops.  The general public who is ignorant to the ills of prohibition is more likely to listen to the police.  That is why the DARE program has gained so much momentum, except DARE straight up lies to our children. I’ll end with a quote from LEAP speaker, Jay Fleming

There are no gangs fighting over whiskey territories. Drug prohibition creates a black market with enormous profits that attracts criminals and gangs. With drugs literally worth their weight in gold, as long as people can grow gold in their basement this will not stop.

Marijuana prohibition and anti-homosexual laws are two heads of the same snake – laws governing morality. Victimless crimes that are committed in the privacy of your home. The laws for marijuana and homosexuality vary significantly throughout the world. In places such as Malaysia and Saudi Arabia you can get the death penalty for marijuana as well as for homosexuality. While in other parts of the world both cannabis and gay rights are accepted by society. Belgium, Canada, Netherlands, South Africa, and Spain legally recognize gay marriage (including adoption) they also have some of the most lax marijuana laws. Look at the similarity of these two maps of marijuana and gay laws (click to see larger image).

World Gay Laws by Country

World Cannabis Laws by Country

The southern hemisphere on these two maps is almost an exact match. The majority of countries where marijuana is decriminalized (light blue) also allow civil unions for homosexual couples (also light blue). The United States is divided on both maps, the West coast and Colorado having the more liberal laws. Africa has the harshest penalties for morality crimes, in Sudan and several other countries you can get the death penalty for sodomy. The cultural contrast between South Africa and its neighbours really stands out.

In ancient Rome homosexuality was commonplace. Several emperors openly enjoyed sodomy and homosexual and straight relationships were seen as equal. Ancient Greece and Japan were also pretty cool with homosexuality. In 385 BC Plato argued that love between males is the highest form and that sex with women is lustful and only for means of reproduction.

Marijuana was legal in the ancient world, too. While it was used all over the ancient world for fibre the medicinal and recreational effects of marijuana were unknown except for in China, India and Persia. The Arab world was fond of cannabis, they prefered hashish which was invented in Persia in A.D. 1155. Later hashish caught on in India and Europe. In the 1890s 70,000 to 80,000 kg of hashish was legally imported into India from Central Asia each year.

Homosexuality became illegal in Rome during the conversion to Christianity. As Catholicism spread throughout Europe so did harsh anti gay laws. Homosexuality remained illegal in most of the world until the French Revolution in 1771.  The Netherlands and Portugal soon followed, they were also pioneers in marijuana legalization.  During the 19th and 20th centuries the Western world slowly legalized homosexuality.  In 1989 Denmark was the first country to legalize gay marriage. Same sex couples were given a special status called civil union which is basically the same as marriage excluding the right to adoption and the right to marriage in a church. Gay marriage is still a hot political topic today, Canada just legalized gay marriage as well as adoption in 2005.

Napoleon prohibited marijuana for the first time in history in 1798, less than 30 years after France legalized homosexuality. Strangely he found cannabis important enough to invade Russia over during the war of 1812. The first anti-marijuana law in North America came into effect in 1910 in Utah. During that time Mormons who came back from Mexico were smoking marijuana and the church’s reaction led to the ban. Several other states followed but federal marijuana prohibition would not happen until Harry Anslinger came into the picture in 1937. The Canadian version of Anslinger, Emily Murphy, beat him to the punch in 1922 when she convinced parliament to criminalize marijuana possession. By 1961 nearly the entire planet prohibited marijuana with the passing of the UN Single Convention of Narcotic Drugs.

Homosexuality laws originated with Abrahamic religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism). Marijuana laws were driven mainly by racism but religion played a role as well. Early anti-marijuana laws in North America were created to satisfy Christian and Mormon clergy. Church backed temperance groups like the WCTU, of which Emily Murphy was a member, successfully campaigned for prohibition of alcohol in the early 20th century. The WCTU wanted to have marijuana and tobacco prohibited as well. Temperance created the prohibition mentality and the propaganda that followed. Even today the WCTU website calls medical marijuana a scam and warns of the dangers of hemp agriculture.

No government has the right to legislate morality. Your body and your mind are not the property of the state. Abraham Lincoln summed it up in 1840 when he said, “Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that 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 a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.”

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is a United States federal police agency but they operate in over 60 other countries as well. They conduct investigations worldwide to arrest drug traffickers and producers, seize their assets and prosecute them in the United States. These actions are usually in cooperation with their foreign counterparts but covert illegal operations are frequent.

The DEA is legally bound by the US constitution which states, DEA agents are prohibited from active involvement in arrests of suspects in host countries and from participating in unilateral enforcement actions without the approval of officials from the host government. There are five different functions that DEA agents officially engage in while on foreign missions these are: bilateral investigations, foreign liaison, institution building, Intelligence gathering and international training.

In Canada DEA stretches these rules to the limit. Money from the DEA is paid to informants in Canada. Informants and agents from the US conduct reverse stings, undercover drug sales, on Canadian soil sometimes without telling the RCMP. The DEA is represented in Canada at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and at the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver. DEA’s official role in Canada is to coordinate international drug-trafficking investigations between the United States and Canadian law enforcement.  The DEA website says “Both DEA offices in Canada are very operational, working with the Canadians on a full complement of cases while ensuring that our activities are in keeping with Canadian laws and existing agreements.”

In a RCMP/DEA joint operation a cocaine dealer was arrested in BC. The police made a deal with him in which he wouldn’t be charged if he became a confidential informant. He fed the RCMP information on local marijuana growers for months, he was paid $440,000 and moved out of town at DEA’s expense.  Unlike Canadian police the DEA relies heavily on paid informants.

They use another technique referred to as a rouse. A Canadian marijuana smuggler was caught in the US with 43 pounds of marijuana. Police on both sides of the border did not press charges because they thought if would interfere with a larger investigation. Once the investigation was over the smuggler got a letter from US customs it said,

The state of Washington has declined to press charges in this case. Therefore the government is obligated to return seized items to you. You are requested to personally pick up these items as your original signatures are required.

When the smuggler showed up at the border he was arrested by DEA and sentenced in American court.

The case of Sam Brown is very disturbing. He was a thrill seeker from Nelson, BC who got into marijuana smuggling. In February 2009 he was lured into Washington state by a DEA reverse sting which was code-named “Operation Blade Runner”. Sam was supposed to fly a helicopter with 200kg of marijuana across the border and take 71kg of cocaine back to Canada. The guy with the cocaine was arrested by DEA and they used his phone to contact Sam. After being arrested Sam Brown hanged himself in his US jail cell (CBC documentary, very well done).

Of course there is the famous Marc Emery case. The price of pot was arrested by a RCMP/DEA task force for selling marijuana seeds online and is in the process of being extradited to the US (more on Marc Emery). No other Canadian has been extradited for seed sales. Emery was targeted only because of his political activity.

The United States uses political pressure to force Canadian law enforcement to cooperate.  In 1999 DEA chief of staff, John Lampman, was asked “What if Canada doesn’t come through with some resources to keep up its end of the deal?” This is what he said,

I think what we’re looking at there is unilateral action by the United States. The United States is not going to fail to meet its commitment to its citizens. We want to do it with the cooperation of our neighbours, and that is the preferred way to go. But if Canada, for whatever reason, should fail to meet its part of the cooperative effort, we certainly are not going to fail to go unilaterally ahead and meet our commitment to our citizens.

The US does not stop at interfering with law enforcement they actually interfere with the legislative process. In 2004 Canada’s Liberal government proposed a bill to decriminalize marijuana. Pressure from the US prevented the bill from becoming law. Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada, on the situation,

It would be great for the Canadian economy because we’re huge producers of marijuana… We have actually talked about decriminalizing it, because our criminal law is federal. And it was pressure from the Americans that has kept Canada from decriminalizing possession of marijuana.

The US drug czar at the time, John Walters, said “We don’t want the border with Canada looking like the U.S.-Mexico border,” “You expect your friends to stop the movement of poison toward your neighbourhood” and “We have to be concerned about American citizens … When you make the penalties minimal, you get more drug production, you get more drug crime.”

Then president G.W. Bush said,

“United States would not look kindly on changes to Canadian marijuana laws and warned that it would be forced to take action”

At the time there were 12 states in the USA that had decriminalized marijuana for recreational use. The US is very sneaky in its methods of manipulation. The American’s disrespect of national sovereignty extends to many other countries all over the world. Check out this map,

DEA has always been heavily involved in South America. From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, the DEA ran Operation Snowcap, which involved the “dismantle and disruption” of the cocaine trade in Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, Chile,Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico. In 1986 the DEA was involved in the Iran-Contra scandal in which the US sold arms to Iran through Israel in order to free 6 US hostages from Iran. The money was then used to fund Contra militants in Nicaragua. The DEA and CIA bought cocaine from the rebels and sold it on the streets in the US. Every part of this scandal was illegal but the fact that Drug Enforcement Agency actually smuggled drugs into the US and sold them to US citizens shows the true insanity of the war on drugs.

In 2005, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has kicked the DEA out of Venezuela, alleging that DEA agents are “spies” who are in his country not just to root out the illegal drug trade, but to assist a purported US attempt to overthrow Chavez, who was an outspoken critic of Bush administration foreign policy. DEA was accused later that year of collaborating with drug traffickers by the Venezuelan government.

The DEA treats Mexico as if there were no border. In 1984 DEA agent Enrique Camarena defied the Mexican government and searched for the gigantic marijuana fields controlled by the Quintero cartel. He found the fields and the DEA and Mexican Army raided the fields and claimed to have found 8,000 tons of marijuana baled and ready for shipping. The Mexican government protected the Quinteros and gave the pot back. On February 7, 1985 Camarena and his Mexican counterpart were kidnapped from in front of the US Embassy. An audio tape of the torture inflicted by the Quinteros was found along with their bodies. The torture was very gruesome and even involved a doctor who kept them alive so the torture could continue.

The DEA’s illegal investigations and arrests have surfaced in Europe as well. DEA have been criticized for violations of Dutch sovereignty in drug investigations. In 2005 DEA admitted to activities on Dutch soil. Minister of justice Piet Hein Donner, had denied to the Dutch parliament that he had given permission to the DEA for any such activities, which would have been a requirement by Dutch law in order to allow foreign agents to act within the territory.

The DEA reestablished its presence in Afghanistan in early 2003 after they were kicked out by the soviets in 1979. Crop eradication was the primary goal of DEA but they are now targeting trafficking and production rings. DEA paramilitary groups called Foreign-Deployed Advisory and Support Teams (FAST) were deployed in Afghanistan beginning in 2005. FAST teams are basically the same as Operation Snowcap. They look like military but they are not, watch this video.

There are DEA offices and teams stationed all over the world but not one single foreign police agency is stationed on US soil. Their official story is that they cooperate with authorities in the host country. While that is true in many cases the DEA does not follow the rules. They see them selves as a global police force and will continue illegal operations with or without international support. It seems that filling US prisons and US hegemony are more important than national sovereignty.