War on Drugs

Ron Paul opposes the War on Drugs.

On November 20, 2008 Ron Paul said in a New York Times / Freakonomics interview:

“[…] the federal war on drugs has proven costly and ineffective, while creating terrible violent crime. But if you question policy, you are accused of being pro-drug. That is preposterous. As a physician, father, and grandfather, I abhor drugs. I just know that there is a better way — through local laws, communities, churches, and families — to combat the very serious problem of drug abuse than a massive federal-government bureaucracy.”

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  • Jan
  • Jan

    Solari Tapeworm Econonmics:
    In a Tapeworm Economy, a small group of insiders consolidate political and economic power at the expense of people, living things, and our environment in a manner that destroys real wealth. A Tapeworm Economy is one in which it is considered acceptable to make money from doing things that cause the Popsicle Index to go down.


    War on Drugs:
    1. Our Children’s Popsicle Index is Falling

    * Narco Dollars for Beginners
    * Narco Dollars Spanish translation
    * Narco Dollars–The Song

    Case Study of Tapeworm Economics:
    Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. and the Aristocracy of Stock Profits
    Introducing The Tapeworm and Tapeworm Economics

    * Catherine Austin Fitts Explains The American Tapeworm: A Moneychanger Interview
    * The American Tapeworm
    * Where Would Jesus Bank?

    Read more by clicking on the site…….

    • Jan

      in case you don’t read the above, here is just an example page:

      The Real Deal: Sam & Dave Do White Substances
      Friday, 15 February 2002, 11:22 am
      Column: Catherine Austin Fitts
      Narco-Dollars For Dummies (Part 2)
      How The Money Works In The Illicit Drug Trade
      Part 2 in a 13 Part Series
      By Catherine Austin Fitts
      First published in the Narco News Bulletin

      See also… PART 1 – The Real Deal: Narco-Dollars For Dummies


      The Economics of Production:
      Sam and Dave Do Boat Loads of White Agricultural Substances

      It helps to look at the business globally as the United States is the world leader in global money laundering. According to the Department of Justice, the US launders between $500 billion – $1 trillion annually. I have little idea what percentage of that is narco dollars, but it is probably safe to assume that at least $100-200 billion relates to US drug import-exports and retail trade.

      Ok, so let’s think about how much Sam and Dave have in accumulated profits in their bank and brokerage accounts.

      Let’s assume that the US narco national product in 1947 was $1 billion and it has grown to about $150 billion today. Assume a straight line of growth from $1 billion to $150 billion, so the business grows about $3 billion a year and then tops out at $150 billion as the Solari Index has bottomed out at or near 0 percent. America is about as stoned on illegal drugs as it can get, and growth in controlled “Schedule II” substances has moved to Ritalin and other cocaine-like drugs for kids that government programs and health insurance will now finance.
      go to the site for more…….free info on how the War on Drugs is working!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jan

    The war on drugs…………I never took any.
    But, I listen to people in the know about how government is prospering from it. Another government money making creation!
    What do they do with the confiscated drugs and money they get when they do a drug bust? It’s a way to launder money legally. The drugs, they give it to the pharmaceutical companies or they buy it from them, and make money on it.
    What do they do with those stupid enough to buy them and use them illegally? The Elitest’s have invested their money into building more prisons. 7 million of our youth have been put in prisons, for being the stooge for buying the drugs from the drug pushers, then the cops can raid them and collect more money and drugs……who pay’s for those prisoners to be housed? Our tax dollars. Guaranteed income again, from the taxpayer, for the elitest’s.
    Ask Cheney who invested in prisons…..he’d tell you the war on drugs is working real good.

  • Hello Ron: Please read the following; my mother was a business woman and this was posted on her board for as long as I can remember (50’s-60’s). I feel it is still true today. Can’t wait till 2012 when you will be our President.
    cheryl wagner

    (Letter written to the editor
    of an out-of-town newspaper)


    Back in May, 1919, at Dusseldorf, Germany, the allied forces obtained a copy of some of the “Communists Rules for Revolution”. Nearly 50 years later, the Reds are still following them. When reading the list stop after each item and think about the situation today where you live, and all across our nation today.

    1. Corrupt the young; get them away from religion. Get them interested in sex. Make them superficial; destory their ruggedness.

    2. Get control of all means of publicity, thereby:
    -Get people’s minds off their government by focusing their attention on athletics,sexy books and plays and other trivialties.
    -Divide the people into hostile groups by contstantly harping on controversial trivialties.
    -Destroy their faith in their natural leaders by holding the latter up to contempt,ridicule and disgrace.
    -Always preach true democracy, but seize power as fast and ruthlessly as possible.
    -Destroy their government’s credit by encouraging government extravagance, thereby producing fear of inflation with rising prices and general discontent.
    -Incite unnecessary strikes in vital industries. Encourage civil disorders and foster a linient and soft attitude on the part of the old moral issues; honesty, sobriety, self restraint, faith in the pledged word, ruggedness.
    -Cause the registration of all firearms on some pretext, with a view to confiscating them and leaving the population helpless.

    That is quite a list, isn’t it? Now stop and think how many of these rules are being carried out in this nation today???

    I don’t see how any thinking person can truthfully say the Communists do not have any part in the chaos that is upsetting our nation. Is it just one bid COINCIDENCE?

    GOOD LUCK in ALL that you are doing. We need help!!


  • Pistol

    I have touched on this before under other topics but I feel this is the ‘right’ place to discuss further. On the subject of drug prohibition, one of the most absurd drug laws is that pertaining to the substance known as DMT (dimethyltryptamine). The banning of this relatively unheard of chemical is more obscure than the illegalisation of our green friend (pot). The fact that most people have not even heard of DMT is another concern..

    This chemical is part of a much larger story relating to history, origins of life, health, religion, lunar landings, true intelligence, GOD and more.
    DMT is a chemical that occurs naturally and abundantly in nature. It is produced by plants and grasses, and by the Pineal gland in reptiles, amphibians, & mammals (including us), along with another chemical known as seratonin. (Some Reptiles actually have a functioning eyelid, retna and lens attached to their pineal gland)
    DMT is produced in small quantities during REM sleep and is our connection to source energy.. (the world u experience whilst dreaming – the true reality beyond the illusion of physicality). DMT is also produced in much larger quantities at the moment of death.. (interesting)

    Sitting directly atop the spinal column (stairway to heaven), is a small endocrine gland known as the Pineal Gland. It is located at the epicentre of the brain and is a representation of the 3rd eye. (Egyptians, Hindus and secret societies revere this gateway)

    Its no accident that it appears on a pyramid as the all seeing eye on the dollar bill.

    This tiny, pine cone shaped gland is the least understood element of the human anatomy according to modern medicine. Microcluster crystals called Calcite crystals have recently been discovered within the Pineal Gland and the main investigator into this amazing gland is mobile phone companies whom believe that this discovery gives rise to a very interesting, plausible theory.

    That the Pineal gland is a radio transmitter/receiver and is picking up a signal (consciousness) from somewhere outside of the body. (well durr). So they are now attempting to transmit signals directly to the Pineal gland in a bid to remove the need for a handset altogether.. (very bad idea)

    All the toxins in our food, water, air, pharmaceutical drugs, narcotics, chemtrails, etc, all attack the Pineal gland and its ability to produce DMT, seratonin and melatonin, resulting in varying levels of depression and or ill health.

    Enter the pharmaceuticals…. lets prescribe these depressed individuals a chemical substitute for DMT such as prozac and watch the patient slowly lose the plot. (how’s that for gross negligence). If u research most mass murders by a single gunmen, alot of the culprits were on medication to treat depression. Pharmaceutical copies of DMT are highly addictive, dangerous, and affect the Pineal glands ability to create its own defense against depression, (seratonin).

    DMT however, when extracted from plant matter and introduced to the body is non toxic, non leathal, non addictive, no lasting side-effects, and has zero recorded deaths associated with its use, unlike chemical substitutes sold legally by pharma companies.
    One single dose of DMT has been known to cure heroin addiction. As the most powerful psychedelic known to man, DMT produces such a profound spiritual experience that the users state of awareness is usually altered in such a way, they no longer see the sense in taking drugs and appreciate life for the great mystery that it is…
    Indians of the Brazilian rainforest use a herbal mix called Ayahuasca, which is said to contain DMT and is used in their ceremonies when contacting the spirit world, dating back thousands of years. The vatican in rome has the garden of the pine. A 20ft monument of a giant pine cone stands for all to see, hidden in plain sight. The pope even has a staff with a small pine cone shaped ornament at the end. It is proof they know more than they are letting on, as they worship the Pineal gland… Why???? Well for obvious reasons as mentioned above. As Descartes said, The Pineal Gland is the seat of the soul…

    The pine cone (pineal gland) has been worshipped for thousands of years by civilization around the globe… All of them knew something that has been kept well hidden in modern times.. Until now.
    When u understand what all this means, you will understand why there is a fake war on harmful drugs whilst helpful ones are banned.

    Now here is another interesting point… DMT is a schedule-1 banned substance. To be aprehended with 100g of DMT on ur person, is equalivent to 1kg of pure heroin. That is downright ludicrous. This law makes everyone a criminal as we all have DMT inside our bodies. Next the authorities will be breaking down doors arresting people for dreaming…lol

    Do some research into DMT and the Pineal Gland. You wont be disappointed. Thankyou
    Peace I AM

  • scream619

    I was never for the legalization of drugs, Until now. I have never used drugs and it is against my morals and personal beliefs. However, a goverment that tries to tell you what to believe and what you can and can not do is something that Americans should not support. While I may not agree with gay marriage or abortion, that is up to me to decide, not the government!

  • Markus

    I wish you were our president.
    Your a good man!


  • Markus

    Dr. Paul Im with you on this one
    Legalize Marijuana

  • RonT

    War on Drugs what a joke. The term War would imply a document of war has been signed against … who?

    If we want to stop drugs we need to first stop the CIA from flying it into the country. That would reduce about 90% of all cocaine and heroin coming in and about 30% of the pot coming in.

    How can you War on Drugs when you have a government department like the CIA who need it to fund black box projects? The only war taking place is against those who are affecting the income of the CIA in this matter. They use gangs to distribute the product and they deal with those who don’t want to play ball with them.

    But I digress; everyone knows why pot was made illegal right? If you don’t it was major oil company’s like DuPont and more. You see Hennery Ford built the first engine that ran from methanol; the methanol was extracted from the hemp seed. Ford’s idea was to build an engine that would run on a renewable energy source. Something that could be cheaply produced and could not be depleted. That’s when Major Oil got worried and then there was ropes, sails, clothing which were typically made of hemp one of the strongest material for such things, but then we had DuPont making nylon a petroleum product. They got worried too as nylon is not stronger than hemp. These companies put mega money into campaigns and ads to discredit pot and make people fearful of the product. In the end Big Oil won and people were afraid and it easily passed. So in short that is why it is illegal.

    This is all a joke, Legalize it make it taxable and let adults decide. I read so many idiots commenting how the whole country is going to be pot heads. Nonsense this would mean the whole country are already alcoholics because alcohol is legal. Don’t be ignorant think about what is going on find the truth. This is all about money and who controls the illegal drug trade in this country. These are the ones making billions a year to fund covert and secret operations, assassinations and at the top is our own C.I.A. (Cocaine Importers of America)


  • Check it out guys. If we legalized marijuana I wonder if the demand would exceed the supply. If so, it would be short-lived, but something funny altogether. I’m also surprised that cannabis isn’t an endangered species. Basically it grows wild and I have yet to see it ever growing in the wild, I’ve only seen the result of days of labored efforts to provide me with marijuana for personal consumption. It hurts me to see what our government does to the people and the plant. I love marijuana and I will never quit. It really should be legal and I think I really hate our government; anarchy seems more appealing than our government.

    Peace Love Spaz!

  • Katrina

    Ive spent time in the federal system for a “conspiracy” where i never saw nor touched the drugs but was “informed” on by a major player? The amount of non-violent drug offenders in for life is a very scary thing, think about our children and grandchildren who may be on a wrong path for awhile…….they should not lose their lives, child murderers and molesters often serve far softer sentences……our country has lost it’s mind!

    Hopefully it will regain its senses and you will lead us with COMMON SENSE WHICH AINT SO COMMON!


  • I hope Ron Paul runs for President again! I voted for Pres. Obama proudly and I think overall he’s doing a good job, given the circumstances. But I also feel duped, because his stance on marijuana was pro-decriminalization and respect for state laws regarding medical marijuana BEFORE the election and he’s Nixon all over again now. He refuses to even DISCUSS reform.
    Now, I’ve talked to MANY people about the war on drugs since the election. Guess what most people say during the course of those conversations??? “Ron Paul, baby!!!”

    So, Dr. Ron Paul, you are our light of hope. Please run again. Announce it on your website as soon as is reasonably possible so we can recruit your army – Republicans AND Democrats. Run as a Libertarian or Independent, even though you ARE a Republican.

    What banner you represent is not as important as the issues you represent. We need you to be President.

    I have started a petition, calling for a National Vote for the Legalization of Cannabis and Its Derivatives. Please vote at http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/national_vote_on_legalization_of_cannabis

    • joe citizen

      my sentiments exactly!!!

  • Its time for America to legalize marijuana!

    I like a lot of what Ron Paul has to say. I especially agree with his view on the war on drugs.
    However, I cannot agree with his view on abortion. “… it is up to the individual states to prohibit abortion.” This would only force women seeking an abortion to go to another state where it is legal. This doesn’t mean that I will never vote for him. I just don’t agree with his view on this matter.

  • Mr. Bill

    Portugal decriminalized ALL drugs 5 years ago… ever hear about it?


    • Oscar_DeGrouch

      thanks for the link, Mr. Bill – great article, I posted it on FB

  • Anonymous

    I have personal experience with the “War on Drugs.” A month ago my house was raided by the State Police. They were on target with my house and confiscated some illegal drugs and I spent 13 hours in the county Jail. I am out on bond awaiting my sentence. I have a good lawyer and I expect to receive deferred adjudication since this was my first offense. Justice givers seem to be more reasonable with drug offenders these days because of the sheer amount of drug felons occupying our prisons. Suffice it to say, i do not fit the stereotype of a drug addict or drug dealer: i have a full time job as a retail supervisor, i attend college full time and maintain a 3.5 average, i am enrolled in the community college honor society, and have won awards for academic achievement. What is so wrong with me? Who did i hurt? I am by no means a drug kingpin.

    The thing that is most disturbing about the incident was the fact that my name was not on the warrant. Apparently, state police and government agencies can acheive warrants as easy as a child achieves candy in a candy store. This is a sign of a growing Police-State. They raided my house on a hunch, a suspicion of illegal activity based on information from an informant. My house is small – college student sized – yet the police raided with at least 15 men. Several of the men were armed with assault rifles. There were no guns in my house. They ransacked everything in search of evidence and loot. What they found was surely not what they hoped to find with the type of operation they sent in. Granted, the amount of drugs they found was significant, it by no means merited a production that probably cost them in the tens of thousands. (Meth was not one of the drugs confiscated. Neither was heroin. Everyone hates both these drugs, as do I.)

    They threatened me with years in the state pen for my offense. They cuffed me bruising my wrist in the process. They also threatened me with federal charges for trafficking (which is untrue and ridiculous.) They immediately started interrogating me in order to gain information on where the drugs came from. I evoked my Miranda rights in response to this by remaining silent. The whole production took about 3 hours. Yes, they spent three hours turning my house inside out and interrogating and threatening me. My girlfriend got arrested also and charged with the same offense. When they raided she was in her pajama pants. Before they carted us off to jail she asked if she could change out of her pjs. They brought in the female officer. They let her change but they also conducted a humiliating strip search in the process. The way they conducted the search was somewhat akin to what the Nazis did to the Jews. The officer forced her to do some aerobic type maneuvers, to hop up and down in the hopes that something would “fall out.” Not to mention the fact that she was on her period. All the police involved were self-righteousness and snub. They treated us like we were mass murderers just apprehended after a bloody rampage.

    They charged us both with 2 felony counts of manufacturing and delivery of controlled substances. Our lawyer seems dumbfounded at the idea of two counts. He said not even the amount could merit two counts. Usually they give multiple counts for multiple days. We think, in this instance, they charged us with two counts to punish us with a high bond. The total bond was 40,000 grand a pop. That is 4 grand a piece to bond out. Now we will literally have to wait months for this thing to get settled and we will have spent thousands on legal fees.

    Modern myths claim that drugs destroy communities and lives. Where this may be true in many cases, certainly prohibition cannot and should not be the answer. Because of substance prohibition it is actually EASIER for kids to get drugs late at night than it is alcohol. Another little known fact about drugs is that the major percentage of users are not abusers. Media propaganda about drugs do not inform or educate kids, but instead intimidate and induce fear. This type of propaganda makes drug use EXOTIC…it actually drives people to try drugs. An example of these are the “above the influence” commercials that scream “no” without giving a rational explanation or information containing drug facts. Even if they do give drug “facts,” generally they are incomplete and lack vital information. The goal has always been to scare, not inform. This has caused myths like “LSD causes spinal fluid to leak out of the brain,” and “Ecstasy is a sexual drug that causes orgies and sex parties” to crop up and circulate. These myths are so highly ridiculous that an astute observer can only laugh. The “drug war” has been called, by some scholars, the “modern inquisition.”

    A bigger problem still, is what i dub the “hidden problem of hypocrisy.” Many people preach these anti-drug views and struggle for anti-drug legislation while at the same time abusing nicotine, alcohol, and prescription medications like Xanax. A shining example of this can be seen looking at former US drug Czar Tony Bennett who supposedly suffered from nicotine addiction and sought help for it to no avail. I relate this closely to the Orwellian idea of doublethink: simultaneously believing in two contradictory ideas fervently.

    Americans have to wake up and become more informed about drugs and their history. Cops defame cocaine as “dope” in current drug rhetoric, but not very many people know that before it became illegal doctors where using it freely as a topical anesthetic. During this period no one batted a brow. Nor did they realize that South Americans still chew on the cocoa leaf from which cocaine is derived to achieve the stimulating effects, legally. Instead people toss and turn at night with the single thought that coke is highly addictive and causes many overdoses. This is only part of the truth. The only part that the people who raided my house openly discuss.

    I could go on and on about the absurdities committed by our policy makers and law enforcement agencies, but i have written enough. I have experienced enough. And i know that i am a good person. This is why i support decriminalization. This is why i support small government. This is why i support Ron Paul.

  • Shane

    “controlled substance” I cant stand that…ITS A PLANT… IT GROWS FROM THE GROUND… God put it here for us to enjoy not fight about it… It can’t kill you… I quote Katt Williams, “Asprin is perfectly leagal, but if you take thirteen of them m*#@$& f*&%$#@$ it will be your last headache.” You can smoke 13 joints and i bet you don’t die. i gotta spark this j, peace, love, and marijuana

    • John

      you have to smoke your entire body weight’s worth in marijuana, within an hour, in order to die from overdose. That’s impossible.

  • Look people, …

    (quoting of random person in this thread)

    “Those who say it cant be regulated because anyone can grow it…well..that’s not an excuse either. Anyone can make alcohol and beer if they learn how to do it and have the necessary items, but it is still illegal to make your own. Same reasoning applies to cannabis. I could grow it…but wouldn’t it be easier to just go out and buy it…save yourself the trouble.”


    It is not illegal to make your own alcohol, it is illegal to SELL it …. Why?

    Because big brother’s stinky paws have to stench up anything that involves a fair, honest transaction between individuals….

    Eg …


    End the war on drugs by refusing to support the financial endeavors of the people who enact this illegal war…. illegal taxes, illegal war, illegal destruction of the constitution … and you want to use legality to fix this system?

    • Its time for America to legalize marijuana!

      You are correct sir. Uncle Sam has to take his cut. Federal law states:
      (e) Beer for personal or family use.–Subject to regulation prescribed by the Secretary, any adult may, without payment of tax, produce beer for personal or family use and not for sale. The aggregate amount of beer exempt from tax under this subsection with respect to any household shall not exceed–
      (1) 200 gallons per calendar year if there are 2 or more adults in such household, or
      (2) 100 gallons per calendar year if there is only 1 adult in such household.

      Similar laws should be enacted for growing marijuana. However, most wont grow it because of the initial investment. As with brewing, you need the space, time, equipment and knowledge to brew and/or grow. For most it isn’t worth the effort. It would be much easier to go to the store and buy it.

  • Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

    Anyone should be able to grow cannabis tax free. Only the SALE of cannabis should be considered taxable. End prohibition of all drugs now. People got to be free. (Also end the DEA.)

  • Elizabeth

    I take offense to the “let’s do it tomorrow man..” statement. Marijuana is a VERY hard thing to talk about, let alone campaign for legalization. I think back to some major events events in our nations history where people had to fight and advocate for different things. Womens rights, abolishing slavery, right for same sex couples etc etc. All of those things weren’t on the same level of hush-hush that pot is. Women having rights wasn’t illegal.. it just wasn’t something that had been available. Fighting for the right to vote didn’t make women targets. It didn’t make them subject to getting their houses raided. Supporting gay rights, protesting bad legislature, marching for equal rights for my gay friends.. dosn’t get the DEA banging down my door.

    Its very, very hard to talk about something that automatically makes you seem like a criminal. Thats why prohibition of marijuana is still going on… its something that is still very hard to publicly admit to even though much of our nation is smoking up at night.

    Still cursing Harry Anslingers existence and the horrendous marijuana tax stamp.

  • Ann Raabe

    Well, here I am again, having read the statute which makes possession of marijuana illegal, it is not. Just like the the income taxes it is so much confusion that we are forced to believe it is illegal because attorneys go along with it. Here is the “dope” (pardon the pun but I just couldn’t help it.) In order for the state to allow marijuana use, medical or otherwise, then they only have to clarify to the public and attorneys what the law says. In order to make a law, personal jurisdiction must be established by the law itself. Therefore, under the “Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970” we find that a “person” is a licensed pharmacist and the word “possession” means to “hold for analysis”. What the law says is that in the venue of the Federal Government, which is on forts and magazines and light houses, it is illegal for anyone other than a licensed pharmacist to “possess (hold for analysis) more than a gram of cannabis. Cannabis is classified as a controlled substance. The act of Congress is incorporated by reference into state law and on Federal Reservations other that lighthouses, the state maintains concurrent jurisdiction with the federal courts. Now here is the stickler, unless you are operating a motor vehicle in a National Park, you cannot be charged with this crime. Your attorney will cut a deal, (keep you from being charged) simply by allowing you to enter a plea and release you upon conditions. The conditions for Federal Release are exactly like probation. Otherwise, you will plead guilty, and then they will allow you to be prosecuted by the state for a federal crime committed outside the venue of the Fed. This is the only way for this to be done. Otherwise I could take it straight to the State Supreme Court under the Constitution.Read the act of Congress and especially take note of the definitions. As for the tax, there is one already, it applies only in the territories and the Attorney General is the one who you have to go to in order to import marijuana into the territories without regard to “order form” which is the pharmicutical way to get it. So there you have it. It is not illegal to possess marijuana, nor to grow it for personal use, it is merely that the Fed allows the state to make money off of the law and doesn’t stop it.