War On Drugs –
A Pharmacratic Inquisition
By James Donahue
Since former President
Richard M. Nixon first declared a “War on Drugs” in America in 1972, and even a century before that, when the
United States and China launched the so-called “opium wars,” there has been a growing prohibition campaign against
the production and use of certain “psychoactive substances” declared by governments to be “harmful or undesirable.”
These declarations, imposed
by Christian moralists who saw the use of mind-bending or “psychedelic” producing substances as harmful and dangerous
to society, became the first stages of a religious inquisition against an earth-linked and ancient shamanistic communication
system that has been in effect throughout recorded human history. It became an effective tool for imposing Christianity on
world cultures that perceived their god(s) in visions brought on by the use of certain natural herbs.
It was the expressed
purpose of the Roman Catholic Church, and a Christian-imposed culture that became a spin-off from that church, to sweep the
world, proselytizing as many who might accept the Christian story. To achieve this, the use of mind-altering drugs that allowed
people to see through the fallacies outlined in Christian dogma had to be prohibited. Thus was born the inquisition.
The name inquisition
is historically used to describe the Christian imposition of its dogma throughout Europe and the Middle East. It is defined as a political
or religious inquiry or tribunal engaged in combating and punishing heresy against the established doctrines of the ruling
power. The decisions by the tribunal are characterized by lack of regard for individual rights, prejudice on the part of the
examiners, and result in cruel punishment.
As stated earlier, the
control of the plants used to produce visions among shamans, and to produce an escaped mental state among the enslaved workers,
began in China when the United States
and China agreed to control exports of opium to the United States in 1880. Earlier, when China attempted to control the use of the drug among its people, it touched off
the great opium wars that lasted from 1834 to 1860.
The Harrison Narcotic
Act of 1914 became the first real ban on the domestic distribution of opiate-containing substances in the United States. The act was eventually interpreted by police
as an authorization to arrest and prosecute doctors who prescribed opiates to addicts. Opiates, by the way, are still considered
to be among the best natural pain killers in existence.
Marijuana was targeted
as a “drug” in 1925 by the International Opium Convention and within the next decade, all member states had some
form of regulation of cannabis. Prior to this, there was a law on the books in the United States that required all farmers to produce hemp, a form of cannabis in
the interest of national security. The plant was used in the production of rope, vital on naval ships at sea, and in the production
In the United States, the first control of cannabis came in the form
of the Marijuana Tax Act, passed by congress in 1937. This act didn’t exactly prohibit the production of marijuana,
but called for a one dollar nuisance tax on the distribution of the substance. It also required anyone distributing marijuana
to maintain and submit to the government a detailed account of any transactions. Obtaining the tax stamp thus became a confession
by growers that they were producing and possessing marijuana. The act resulted from propaganda that claimed marijuana caused
insanity, criminality and death.
By 1951, after it was
clearly understood that marijuana was not the evil “drug” as believed when the tax act was passed in 1937, Congress
passed the Boggs Act, which increased penalties. The 1956 Daniel Act produced even stiffer penalties for possession and distribution
of marijuana. By then, the story was that while there was no proof the use of marijuana caused physical or mental harm, its
use led to the use of more dangerous drugs like heroin, thus creating the gateway drug theory.
Nixon, a known amphetamine
user, launched to contemporary “War on Drugs” in 1969. He declared the abuse of “illicit substances”
as public enemy number one and pressed Congress to pass the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. The Drug Enforcement Administration
was created in 1973 to enforce this act. The act made it a federal crime to manufacture, possess or distribute marijuana,
cocaine, heroin, LSD, peyote, opium and any other substance that could be used to cause a person to be in a hallucinogenic
or euphoric mental state.
The Church of the Navajo,
which used the peyote plant in its religious practices, fought this act and eventually gained permission for a restricted
use of the substance by its shamans and its church members for religious ritual only.
Similar battles by voters
in several states to legalize marijuana for medical use have been going on all over America, without much success.
Also the U.S. war on drugs has sent its tentacles out to such places as Peru
and Bolivia, where the native use of the
coca leaf, as a recreational herb and ceremonial tradition, has been threatened. The problem has been that the coca plant
has been used in the manufacture of cocaine, a major product exported to the United
States. Attempts by the U.S. to get the
governments of these countries to prohibit the use of coca, and to destroy the plants, are even now threatening to generate
open warfare against the United States.
While it is rarely publicized,
a similar effort to destroy the poppy crop in Afghanistan, a major agricultural
crop used in the production of opium and heroin, also is rekindling a fierce hatred for the United States.
While this so-called
war by church-supported government agents against these natural earth substances rages, there has been a secret spiritual
awakening occurring, mostly among the youth, all over the world. Some are utilizing some of these substances, either illegally
in countries where they are prohibited, or legally in parts of the world where they are accepted, to traverse the “veil”
and gain new awareness of what appears to be a parallel universe. From that perspective, gazing back at the structured world
in which we struggle reveals a fabricated jungle of lies and deception.
It is a plastic world,
a perverted product of our religiously structured and brainwashed minds.