UN Anti-Drug Day Soon: Get your execution pay-per-view now!

Don’t miss out! It is less than a month away from the United Nations Anti-Drug Day, June 26. This international holiday is celebrated in China and several other countries with executions of drug criminals. Get your pay-per-view now! Help support the UN’s mission to eradicate from earth the medicinal drug plant, cannabis sativa ! According to the UN Wire, a decade ago China executed 71 drug law violators on June 26, 1999. They should be able to do better than that now!

  • Perhaps methods of execution should be enhanced to expand their appeal to a world wide television audience. The traditional Chinese method of a bullet to the back of the head is frankly, too quick for good TV. And frankly, too easy on these violators of international drug laws!

How about more of a spectacle? Condemned drug prisoners could be taken to the Shanghai zoo and turned over to hungry lions, always a great crowd-pleaser in ancient Rome. Of course, the Chinese are not without their quaint and colorful forms of execution, the Death of A Thousand Cuts comes to mind. Not only would these more punishing forms of execution help boost pay-per-view ratings, they more clearly demonstrate the dangers of drug abuse.

Chinese drug abuser minutes from death.
Chinese drug abuser minutes from death.

Another country bravely attacking the menace of drugs by killing offenders is Malaysia. Those violating laws against the evil plant cannabis are routinely hung in Kuala Lumpur. Perhaps a simultaneous drop of 10 cannabis violators could be added to the UN pay-per-view. Or even 20 hung at once; there are plenty of young Malaysian necks to be wrung, because a trafficing charge brings mandatory death penalty.

  • Remember, it is for a good cause, the UN’s mandate to cause the extinction of cannabis. The evil medicinal plant has been used by people around the globe for relief of pain for thousands of years, drug abusers all!  With the UN’s brave backing perhaps the weed can finally be made extinct, freeing humankind from the from the threat of the plant’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, pain-relieving, nausea-preventing, glaucoma-stopping properties.

Although drug executions in Saudi Arabia are over all too quickly, the beheadings of hashish users with enormous swords are always good for audience appeal.

The UN Wire 10 years ago celebrated the low level of opium production in Afghanistan. The Taliban were in power and they “dropped anti-drug leaflets over Kabul on Saturday, warning that those caught growing illegal narcotics would be punished severely.” Without drug violator executions by the Taliban, things have gone downhill. A decade later, opium productions is many times what is was under the Taliban, a new record set nearly each year. Now, though, those growing opium or cannabis can be considered valid military targets by the NATO forces in the country. Perhaps the execution videos could be supplemented by NATO air-strike footage. Footage of Hellfire missiles exploding into farmhouses near illegal crop fields will also help teach those villagers not to grow cannabis, as their ancestors have been doing for millenia.

The UN Drug Control Program came up with a new motto in 1998 when it developed the decade goal of total drug eradication. The motto for the decade just ended was “a drug-free world – we can do it.” Hard-line drug war policies, pushed by the USA, were enthusiastically adopted; harm reduction policies were rejected by the UN. In 2008, a decade later, the goal was unmet. Perhaps the UN should adopt a more attainable motto, such as “an un-free world – we can do it.”

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Pawlenty plenty pathetic: His medical marijuana veto is big government at its worst.

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Republican, just vetoed a bill that would have allowed dying Minnesotans to relieve their pain and nausea with medical cannabis. The medical opinions informing the Governor came from mainly from law enforcement.

  • Pawlenty found it necessary to veto this bill even though it was restrictive to only the dying. He would not have to worry that Minnesotans who needed cannabis to prevent blindness from glaucoma, for example, would get access to the plant substance. As they are not dying, only going blind, they would not be eligible even in the bill Pawlenty vetoed.
  • Luckily now with the veto, those battling cancer with chemotherapy will not be allowed to recklessly relieve their nausea and pain with cannabis. Such allowance of personal medical freedom by state government, according to Pawlenty and his law enforcement advisers, could cause a wave “expanded drug use” in the state.

As Governor Tim Pawlenty is a conservative Republican, this must be an example of compassionate conservatism?  The Governor assures us he is , “very sympathetic to those dealing with end-of-life illnesses and accompanying pain.”

  • Gee, Tim in what way are you being sympathetic? With the stroke of your pen, you deny dying Minnesotans medical treatment they, and their doctors so choose? Is this supposed to be Republican “small government” dogma or is it big government run amok, 1984 style, with the police and bureaucrats deciding the most personal medical choices, even at the end of our lives?

Perhaps the Governor should visit a dying Minnesotan to whom he is denying their personal right to choose their own medical treatment, if that includes cannabis. He could explain to them how their unrelieved pain and nausea is their contribution to keeping Minnesota safe from this new wave of drug abuse among those near death. The governor could expound his Republican philosophy of small goverment, perhaps providing some solace to the dying.

Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske: “We’re not at war with people in this country.”

Barack Obama’s new Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske just spoke in a way never heard in any of his zealous predecessors. In an interview, WSJ reporter Gary Field elicited some eye-popping comments from the new head of the White House Office of National Drug Control in his provocatively titled, White House Czar Calls for End to ‘War on Drugs’ . These include:

  • “Regardless of how you try to explain to people it’s a ‘war on drugs’ or a ‘war on a product,’ people see a war as a war on them.
  • We’re not at war with people in this country.

These are the sweetest, most sensible words issuing from American anti-drug apparatus in decades! What a great patriotic sentiment, recognizing that hard line drug enforcement is war against our own people.

Sadly they are among the few sensible statements ever issued from the Office of National Drug Policy Control, ONDCP, and its head, the drug czar.

Such sensible, harm-reduction oriented comments are hugely welcome after the last 8 years of scorched earth drug war zealotry of John Walters. In fact, every drug czar had clung to, even relished, the hard line drug war metaphor.

But actually, Gil, you saying we are not at war with people in the country does not make it so.

  • Simply flip your TV remote and find a broadcasta of “COPS” running. Quickly you will find a drug war on the people in this country. Highly trained cops routinely search cars and find marijuana, each new arrest adding to over 800,00 each year for cannabis alone. I bet these 800,000 people feel a war is being made upon them by their country.
  • Better yet, turn on SPIKE TV.  There you will quickly find the DEA making war on the people of this country, in the gize of ridding “bad guys.” Squads of 4 or 5 vehicles, including a loaded van disgorge over 20 screaming, cursing thugs shod in 40 jack boots. They descend on a couple of guys with a little cannabis. Great job team! Oh, of course air cover is being provided by $1,000/hr. helicopter. What a pathetic waste of money and lives!

Gil Kerlikowske, you could take 2 actions to jump start your new way of business:

  1. Help get in a great DEA head. Norm Stamper would be the best.
  2. Make all effort to reschedule cannabis from draconian Schedule I to more reasonable Schedule V. Much of the mandatory evil associated with cannabis prosecution would quickly cease.

Souter unsuitable: He sided with Alberto Gonzales against an Angel.

Supreme Court justice David Souter proved he had no business serving on the high court with his ridiculous stance on Gonzales v. Raich in June, 2005. To accommodate the neo-con views of two of history’s worst attorney generals, John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales, and to federally prohibit Angel Raich from her life-saving medication, Souter bent logic to a ludicrous degree.

Constitutionally, the federal government should have no drug laws. Remember, an amendment to the constitution was required to prohibit alcohol in that doomed experiment. Other federal drug restrictions, such as laws prohibiting cannabis, should require similar changes to the constitution. But in the well known drug war exemptions to constitution, the federal government has assumed total control over cannabis and declared millions of its citizens to be federal criminals.

Voters in several states, including California, have chosen to provide medical marijuana exemptions to state drug laws. To allow federal control, even over the wishes of state voters, justices were asked by Alberto Gonzales’ government lawyers to determine that the intra-state free distribution of medical cannabis was somehow inter-state commerce, even though it did not involve other states, nor did it involve commerce.

Incredibly, 6 “justices,” including David Souter, went along with this tortured logic. Some, like Scalia, predictably always vote for extending government control over the individual. But even Clarence Thomas, who nearly always mirrors Scalia’s vote, was outraged by this fiction that free activity within a state comprised interstate commerce. He stated:

  • If the Federal Government can regulate growing a half-dozen cannabis plants for personal consumption (not because it is interstate commerce, but because it is inextricably bound up with interstate commerce), then Congress’ Article I powers — as expanded by the Necessary and Proper Clause — have no meaningful limits. Whether Congress aims at the possession of drugs, guns, or any number of other items, it may continue to “appropria[te] state police powers under the guise of regulating commerce.

Clarence Thomas went on with a couple of remarkable statements:

  • If the majority is to be taken seriously, the Federal Government may now regulate quilting bees, clothes drives, and potluck suppers throughout the 50 States. This makes a mockery of Madison’s assurance to the people of New York that the “powers delegated” to the Federal Government are “few and defined”, while those of the States are “numerous and indefinite.”
  • Respondent’s local cultivation and consumption of marijuana is not “Commerce … among the several States.”
  • Certainly no evidence from the founding suggests that “commerce” included the mere possession of a good or some personal activity that did not involve trade or exchange for value. In the early days of the Republic, it would have been unthinkable that Congress could prohibit the local cultivation, possession, and consumption of marijuana.

Clarence Thomas was joined in these rare moment of clarity by now absent Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Sandra Day O’Connor.Tragically, both these justices have now been replaced by Bush big government-conservatives John Roberts and Sam Alito. By all appearances, both take marching orders from Antonin Scalia.

To their shame, 6 justices voted in favor a giving federal agents the power to smash down the doors, raid the homes and destroy the lives of sick people growing a medication legal in their state. Joining Souter in this travesty of justice were Stevens, Kennedy, Ginsburg and Breyer. Ever the cheerleader for more obtrusive government, Antonin Scalia wrote a concurrence on his own.

Technically Gonzales v. Raich a big win for the forces of cannabis prohibition, but really has had little impact. Four years later, on the ground in California, medical cannabis is flourishing. One of the biggest backers of this new form of tax-paying intrastate commerce is California’s franchise tax board.

Alarmingly, one of the names circulating for Souter’s replacement is new Solicitor General Elena Kagan. Only weeks into her new job, Kagan (and Obama) disappointed civil libertarians with a new challenge to Michigan v. Jackson. Pathetically, the review of Michigan v. Jackson was instigated at the the behest of new George W. Bush neo-con Supreme Court appointee, Samuel Alito. I wonder which way he will vote? Someone so eager to extend the restriction of personal rights as Elena Kagan has shown so early in her job, would make for an nomination abomination for Supreme Court justice.

To rescue a bit of fairness and balance to the court, the president should appoint a justice nauseated by the injustice of the drug war, with its trampling of the constitution. Barack Obama, I believe former judge and prosecutor Jim Gray from Orange County is available.