Stephanie Sledge TheGovernmentRag 10/27/2010
Americans Message to California: Grow Backbone and End The Fake “Reefer Madness” Campaign”
The deceptive campaign for “Reefer Madness” exploded in the 1930’s when the federal government founded the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) headed by Commissioner Harry Anslinger. The Bureau launched a deceptive misinformation campaign about Marijuana while recruiting the services of Hollywood and tabloids to exploit and persuade the American public that the drug belonged to the devil causing an increase in violent sexual and criminal acts across the nation. As time has passed and history tells a story, the Americans have awakened to the phony drug war and are counting on California to lead the Nation this November to end the “governmental reefer madness” and stand up to the Feds scare tactics and threats. As citizens across the nation walk out of the spoon-fed false belief system on the make-up Marijuana effects, the Feds are stepping up action on the war front to jail, fine, punish, and bring down those that are exposing the deceptive propaganda campaign.
In the 1930’s the recreational drug Marijuana was mostly used in the American-Mexican and African-American jazz musician communities. When the FBN launched its deceptive campaign of propaganda to the public, they targeted the parents of young children. In a Norml article written on the history of Marijuana prohibition, the lies fed down the tube to the citizens were of ” Exaggerated accounts of violent crimes committed by immigrants reportedly intoxicated by marijuana became popularized. Once under the influence of the drug, criminals purportedly knew no fear and lost all inhibitions. For example, a news bulletin issued by the FBN in the mid-1930s purported that a user of marijuana “becomes a fiend with savage or ‘cave man’ tendencies. His sex desires are aroused and some of the most horrible crimes result. He hears light and sees sound. To get away from it, he suddenly becomes violent and may kill. Similar reports swept the country. A widely publicized issue of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology asserted that the marijuana user is capable of “great feats of strength and endurance, during which no fatigue is felt. … Sexual desires are stimulated and may lead to unnatural acts, such as indecent exposure and rape. … [Use of marijuana] ends in the destruction of brain tissues and nerve centers, and does irreparable damage. If continued, the inevitable result is insanity, which those familiar with it describe as absolutely incurable, and, without exception ending in death.” A Washington Times editorial published shortly before Congress held its first hearing on the issue argued: “The fatal marihuana [marijuana] cigarette must be recognized as a deadly drug and American children must be protected against it.” This steady stream of propaganda influenced 27 states to pass laws against marijuana in the years leading up to federal prohibition and set the stage both culturally and politically for the passage of the “Marihuana Tax Act in 1937.”
Due to massive profits to be made off prohibition, Hollywood exploited the establishment’s interests and promoted the propaganda to the public. The following two videos are early Hollywood Marijuana propaganda movies put out to convince the public that the drug would kill you, turn you into a vampire, murder, rapist, become sexually permissive, and lead you to harsher drugs.
What do American’s want California to do? In a Marijuana debate held earlier this year, Retired Superior Court Judge James P. Gray testifies in favor of a marijuana legalization bill in the California Assembly on October 28, 2009. Judge Gray is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and encourages the legalization to end the vicious cycle of prison time and violations being executed upon the American people and wastefully spending money on Marijuana and less on real violent crimes. He explains that undercutting the price and taking the control out of the hands of the cartel would stop the nonsense violence and killings over the drug war. Legalizing it would allow more time to focus on real crimes and would stop the prisons from being packed full of people who are Marijuana smokers.
But not all agree with the legalization of Marijuana whether it is for medical or recreational use. A heavy debate with Drug Free America Foundation and Students for Sensible Drug Policy appeared on a RTAmerica video over the legalization issue America is facing today.