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The Great Marijuana Hoax 1966 & 2021: Second Manifesto to End The (Federal) Bring Down

Updated: Mar 15, 2023

Second Manifesto to End The Bring Down

Part 1:


The first half of the essay was written while the author was smoking hashish.

7:38 P.M. July 26, 2021

Arcata, California, USA, Kosmos


"How much to be revealed about marijuana especially in this time and nation for the general public! for the actual experience of the herb is clouded by" rumor, but the larger awakening of cannabis acceptance is toppling state laws like dominoes!



1966, Ginsburg’s global comparisons equate cannabis Prohibition in America “to an arbitrary cultural taboo.”


The unspoken need for Federal reform is a pressing impasse that needs the full voicing support of both cannabis users and those who understand what personal liberties and freedoms as an American are all about: choice. The time has come to focus resources and demand Federal constitutional change immediately. To be repeating the words of 1966 in 2021 is an embarrassing testament to American ignorance, corruption, and nearly a century of pain and community destruction based upon fabricated lies emanating from a single-source (No, not that kind of single-source). The Hoax is still on...



Perspective is Everything. Constant slow change has led to mass oppression.

On the same day that I flashed photos of Woodstock 1999’s ragged-looking police force and riot squad, sent to quell a literal war zone set on fire, comparing it to the shocking images of militant officers strapped head to toe in the latest combat gear—hundreds of real life Robo-Cops- sent to violently deter peaceful protests today, I found this unpublished essay by Allen Ginsburg. It is a scary outline and completely unheeded warning, reflected in all of today's extremes. There is still "an enormous open secret—that it is time to end Prohibition (again). And with it put an end to the gangsterism, police mania, hypocrisy, anxiety, and national stupidity generated by administrative abuse of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937". It's time to reveal the propaganda machines in perspective and cut ties with these falsifications and fabricated ideas at the source.


“There’s an enormous open secret—that it is time to end Prohibition again. And with it put an end to the gangsterism, police mania, hypocrisy, anxiety, and national stupidity generated by administrative abuse of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937”. -Allen Ginsberg 1966


POLICE STATE


I define a police state as one in which the police openly and honestly pay allegiance to one another over defending the Constitution for which they serve. They call it the "Blue Code," but everyone knows that is the Convict Code. Rooted in the drastic cultural and socioeconomic changes,“it should be understood once and for all that in this area we have been undergoing police-state conditions in America, with characteristic mass brainwashing of the public, persecution and deaths in jails, elaborate systems of plainclothes police and police spies and stool pigeons, abuse of constitutional guarantees of privacy of home and person from improper search and seizure,” leading to today’s militant over-policing and the widespread murder of black and brown citizens in their own communities. What has become common to some over 75 years and a failed War on Drugs, was clearly a stark contrast to the preceding years in which Ginsburg wrote. Today's global panoptic surveillance measures and the Patriot Act define the modern "police-state" and its unthinkable Prison Industrial Complex. As for brainwashing, it's important to remember the brand new mediums of radio and television, or "mass-media" that simultaneously "encouraged (citizens) to drink intoxicating beer by millions of dollars worth of advertisements," (propaganda), while airing the Vietnam War (another Great injustice) to a drunken nation, glorifying violence.


"How much to be revealed about marijuana especially in this time and nation for the general public! for the actual experience of the smoked herb has been completely clouded by a fog of dirty language by the diminishing crowd of fakers who have not had the experience and yet insist on being centers of propaganda about the experience". -Allen Ginsberg

Crime-Waves Caused by Prohibition

Long before the street gangs formed within our bloated prison systems, Prohibition enabled criminal enterprises to take root. "The police prohibition of marijuana has directly created vast black markets, crime syndicates, crime waves in the cities, and a breakdown of law and order in the state itself" (pg. 99). This perpetually multiplied for eighty years from one criminal organization to the next. The vast black markets and crime syndicates appeared instantly after Prohibition just as they had for alcohol Prohibition among mafioso. Long before crack cocaine flooded the ghettos with gangs, as paramilitary forces in South America were funded by the U.S. and Narco sales; Before Purdue and Big Pharma (along with the FDA) turned America into the home of the junky, with nearly 200 opioid overdoses daily for the last decade (and no signs of slowing). Before China flooded the U.S. with Car-Fentanyl to replace the declining Oxycontin market and Narco trafficked Mexican tar heroin sales skyrocketed in the suburbs; Before methamphetamine production was so prevalent that prices plummeted, Prohibition planted the seed for cartels to take root.




Well Documented Corruption

The extreme real-life consequences and subsequent prison boom and arrival of the prison-industrial-complex would be a business of power, fabricated on lies, motivated by money. It is truly an American abomination, locking up a missing generation with over two million behind bars on any given day. Too bad we now know the widespread abuse and corruption of power infecting everything from police, to judges, to DA's, to prosecutors, to drug lab analysis people, to bailiffs and clerks, to the FBI, CIA, & DEA, of course. Everyone was on the take and Netflix is basically evidence for a RICO case against U.S. governmental and institutional corruption to the detriment of the people.


Reefer Madness to Gateway Drugs

The original source of negative cannabis information is identified by Ginsburg as the US Treasury Department of Narcotics Bureau and that crook Harry J. Anslinger who co-authored the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act later deemed unconstitutional, but not until 1968. They invented and created the ideas of "terror and physiological, or mysterious psychic addiction. An essentially grotesque image, a thought-hallucination magnified myriad thru mass media, a by-product of fear-- something quite fiendish--'Dope Fiend,' the old language, a language abandoned in the sixties when enough of the general public had sufficient experience to reject" Reefer Madness propaganda and the "bureaucratic line shifted to defense of its own existence with the following reason": Smoking leads to a search for thrills, and this leads to the "monster heroin." Oh, the irony.


"As a propagandist for the war on drugs, he focused on demonizing racial and immigrant groups," with Anslinger ignoring all medical and juridical reports of the time. The British East India Hemp Commission report of the 1880's, the largest ever conducted at the time "concluded that marijuana was not a problem." Our Panama Canal military reports gave marijuana "a clean bill of health," ignored by the Bureau. Ginsburg hoped to "explain the actual horror of the US Treasury Department Federal Narcotics Bureau to an already suspecting public," revealing the "violence, hysteria, and energy of the anti-marijuana language propaganda, ... has as its motive a rather obnoxious self-interest" (pg. 92). Without demonizing cannabis, "the bureau will have no function except as a minor tax office for which it was originally proposed" (pg. 89). What was supposed to be a tax on hemp production, was spearheaded by Anslinger, abused and weaponized with anti-cannabis propaganda as the precursor to the D.E.A. and War on Drugs.


I can still remember being taught that cannabis is a "gateway" drug in Jr. High D.A.R.E. programs by the least medically trained and qualified person possible: THE POLICE. They weren't there to teach anything except the symbolic criminalization of drug users to children (propaganda). Had I been taught anything appropriate about drugs, I may not have considered my cannabis use as equally wrong and criminal as heroin or crack cocaine, preventing their use. The sweeping indictment of substances is every young addict's rationale for continued excess. Well, isn't that all just lovely as heroin production turned to government and pharmacological control, flooding the nation with Oxycontin under the premise that they didn't know opioids were addictive! What happened to the "Monster Heroin"? It only takes a glance back at history to understand motives to contradictory logic.




Intercepted Beliefs

Ginsburg's need to "explain the misunderstanding that has too long existed between those who know what pot is by experience and those who don't know exactly what it is, but have been influenced by sloppy, or secondhand, or unscientific" knowledge is nearly everyone today. Ginsburg speaks to cannabis' harshest critics, non-smokers, while I couldn't help but read this as it applies particularly to "canna-influencers" and social media hype-men, who often confirm set stigmas and stereotypes that Ginsburg's cannabis virgins once upon a time invented. And yet Ginsburg's "crowd of fakers who have not had the experience," maintain their iron-clad ignorance, clinging to anti-cannabis propaganda, despite a century of evidence to the contrary. The "metaphysical herb less habituating than tobacco, whose smoke is no more disruptive than insight," has been rumored and lied about (and prevented from being studied or researched) until intercepted as fact by the next generation in the fragmented fight against Prohibition. While Reefer Madness beliefs died, (and prescriptions now lead to heroin), the ancillary stigmas grew through effective propaganda.


Criminalization

While many have now had "the experience" of consumption, a newer generation missed the experience of being criminalized or fearing criminal sanctions. Growing up understanding that cannabis is safe and alcohol is not (thanks Dad), the subconscious “fear of being treated as a deviant criminal” and “the helplessness of being overwhelmed by force or threat of deadly force and put in a brick or iron cell” was no joke. I have spoken on the negative language and association of cannabis to crack cocaine's "trap" houses, just as Ginsburg refuses to call it a "narcotic," choosing instead to call it an herb "in order to switch from negative terminology and inaccurate language".



Police Departments Recieve Hand-Me-Down Military Gear. Mine Resistant.


Entrapped Dichotomy

Something I have touched on before, the application of drug laws are used as racial leverage to fill an ever-expanding prison system and create constant flux under the feet of the general public. The dichotomy between today’s state and federal cannabis laws is an extreme progression of fragmented instability and entrapment. This un-American law has led to the “venomous bullshit that an arbitrary law can create, from the terrors of arrest to the horror of years in jail," despite prevalent cannabis use.


Even in the most progressive states, where you can buy cannabis at the store if you're twenty-one or older, you're breaking the overriding Federal laws simultaneously. "Such a law is a threat to the existence of the state itself, for it sickens and debilitates. It is not healthy for a state to be annoying so many of its citizens thusly; it creates a climate of topsy-turvy law and begets disrespect for the law and the society that tolerates execution of such barbarous law, and a climate of fear and hatred for the administrators of the law.No truer statement has ever been uttered on the strife between police and the general public today.


“It is not healthy for a state to be annoying so many of its citizens thusly; it creates a climate of topsy-turvy law and begets disrespect for the law and the society that tolerates execution of such barbarous law, and a climate of fear and hatred for the administrators of the law.” -A. Ginsburg


Recidivism Means Profit

And yet, we wonder why we have the least effective and largest prison system in the world with an unheard of 85 percent (low-ball figure) of inmates being returned to prison in their first year after release. Our recidivism numbers are ghastly, appalling, and almost certainly intentional, with incarceration in today's penitentiary clearly "begetting disrespect for law and the society that tolerates execution of such barbarous law". With extreme and harsh sentencing of drug offenders, and the wrongly convicted black man becoming the latest American archetype, why would there be any respect left for the state that "made, propagandized, administers, and profits from the law"? There is certainly a "fear and hatred for the administrators (pigs) of the law," however, by the time a non-violent drug user finishes a prison term. I speak for myself having been raised in a prestigious ski-resort town with general respect and a belief in our code of law. That was all shattered, not by my scenario alone, but the widespread inhumanity and injustice plaguing so many without adequate financial means to be heard. I was humiliated, dehumanized, and subjected to a machinery of physical and mental torture, violence, and injustice that the general public is a long ways from comprehending the extent of.





Smoking Anxiety is Our Cultural Thing

A Kafkaesque nightmare without a solid foundation to stand, and my early anxiety while smoking cannabis, with the subconscious realization of “jail and victim-age by the bureaucracy that made, propagandized, administers, and profits from the monstrous law,” it's no wonder smoking causes anxiety. An anxiety traceable to incarceration and the subconscious “fear of being treated as a deviant criminal” and “the helplessness of being overwhelmed by force or threat of deadly force and put in a brick or iron cell.” How deadly that force became. The irony, oh the irony.



Normalizing the Smoke

Harry J. Anslinger and the Federal Narcotics Bureau of idiots is responsible for the "marijuana menace in the public mind and carefully nurturing its growth in the course of a few decades until the unsuspecting public was forced to accept an outright lie" (pg. 89). A scary thought that has come true for alcohol consumption entirely, despite it causing more harm than all other drugs combined (and I'm only speaking about the first-hand medical effects).


For cannabis "The Great Hoax" couldn't last, but the false stigmas and stereotypes assigned to the user of the now some-what accepted herb remain firmly entrenched within the culture. These are the instagramers I spoke of earlier. And yet, these negative stigmas and stereotypes associated with the user of cannabis remain a major hindrance to legalization efforts and normalizing its use today. Poignant propaganda played out and "nurtured" by government agencies until being accepted into the hands of those who didn't live under Prohibition or learn about the history before "insisting on being centers for Propaganda on the experience". Just as grammatical errors are obviously the result of cannabis consumption on my part and this is all just madness spewing from the mouth of a hashish fiend, except I'm a trained literary scholar, who refused to write about anything until my credentials were in line, as god forbid, my comments be used or misconstrued as a negative association to cannabis or other mind-expanding substances. In fact, quite the opposite as you will hopefully see the critical thought and logical evaluations of this writing and the massive injustices caused.


My consumption of hashish is used as a tool to find clarity and to reflect both within and upon my work, but usually only after completion. It is my reward after a long day of writing that allows me to see between the lines-if you will. Lucky for me, I was able to venture physically between or behind those lines, as a prisoner in a War not to be declared for another decade after Ginsburg's writing. A War on Drugs that would lead to my arrest and eventual imprisonment for possession of oxycodone, once they had revived me from my overdose and arrested me the moment I was medically cleared at the hospital. I was sent to prison as my own victim, the victim of the government's much greater game, entrapped in an institutional system of enslavement and financial gain, but what I witnessed in prison is tough to put into words....


TO BE CONTINUED...

 

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