Prohibition and terrorism

Writing this editorial in the aftermath of the “Attack on America,” I see a rapidly changing world in which it will become much more difficult to promote our cause of individual liberty and freedom to grow all plants.
In the weeks following Sept 11, we have seen an increasing crackdown on civil liberties in America, and to a lesser degree in other western nations. Polls claim that most Americans are happy to sacrifice their rights and freedoms for the battle against shadowy terrorist organizations.

Environmentalist groups like the Sierra Club and the International Rivers Network, plus direct-action groups like the Ruckus Society, the Institute for Policy Studies and Jobs with Justice, have all decided to halt their campaigns against the policies of the Bush administration, and wait until “things settle down” before once again taking up political action.

On the Cannabis Culture website’s discussion forums, and in personal conversations, I have discovered that many Americans who have been horribly victimized by their government’s drug war have nevertheless decided that fighting the “War on Terrorism” has become more important than ending the war on drugs.

Yet, from my perspective, “America’s New War” is not a new war at all, and the war against terrorism is simply the war on drugs in a new disguise. Both wars cross all international borders, involve sharply reduced personal liberties, have vaguely defined opponents, and are completely unwinnable. Both wars will benefit only those who profit from conflict and killing.

Most importantly, both the drug war and the new “War on Terrorism” actually cause more of what they purport to fight. Just like the war on drugs has made dangerous substances more pervasive, so will a military invasion of Afghanistan result in more polarization and increased terrorist attacks against the US, creating a vicious cycle.

It will be harder to be an enlightened, outspoken pot activist in the coming months. There will be intense pressure to “put aside our differences” in aid of this new, supposedly more important battle. Yet in fact our work is now more crucial than ever, for ending the drug war is key to bringing peace and security to our planet.

Most “terrorist” organizations, from the CIA to Osama Bin Laden, fund their activities through smuggling and selling drugs. Thus ending the drug war would mean cutting off funding for many of the world’s most violent groups, as well as allowing us to redirect the massive drug-war police force to other, more fruitful areas.

Cannabis Culture will not falter from our goal of ending cannabis prohibition and the drug war all around the world. We continue to recognize that the war against enlightened consciousness and magical plants is an evil which must be strongly and vocally opposed, for our sake, and the sake of our world.

Dana Larsen
Editor, Cannabis Culture

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