In The House I Live In David Simon says: "the war on drugs is a Holocaust in slow motion." (see video trailer below)
If you want to really understand the why of cannabis prohibition and how it works watch The Culture High documentary. This documentary even rivals The House I Live In for describing the senselessness of the war on drugs.
Big government, big food, big pharma triangle - the ultimate in gateway drugs.
Dr. Peter Breggin explains how we're turning our children into street drug addicts when we prescribe them gateway drugs such as Ritalin and other similar psychiatric drugs.
Why Capitalism Makes Us Sick
The House I Live In is the ultimate anti-drug war documentary and a must see for all who are concerned about the senseless destruction being caused by drug prohibition. The full film can be watched on my DropBox, at https://www.dropbox.com/s/fn0290cq7n5otvx/TheHouse.avi?dl=0. You can purchase it on The House I Live In website, at http://www.thehouseilivein.org/ and you can watch several highlights on the PBS website, at http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/house-i-live-in/.
Becoming an anti-war on drug activist, should be an integral part of every addicted persons recovery program. It may make the difference between a weak progam and a strong program. We definitely need more anti-drug war activism here in the Menominee/Marinette area. Marinette is currently squandering needed resources by locking-up small time dealer/addicts and giving them excessively long sentences. As a result of this drug war practice, the sheriff is constantly crying about overcrowding. See, for example, County jail population a concern.
Focusing law enforcement resources on the little guy while the big guy gets away clearly makes no sense. Persecuting the victims and the powerless in society in an all-out war on drugs effort was seen as a political manipulation designed to mislead society back in the 1960s and 70s as described in the Junkie as Political Enemy. In the extreme case, law enforcement goes out and executes the small time drug dealers and addicts who live in the poorer sections of the city as is being done in the Philippines. See The Killing Squads: Inside the Philippines’ ‘War on Drugs’. Although not mentioned in the article, I would suspect that the bigger dealers have police and political protection to operate unmolested. We see this happening in the United States here and there. In Mexico it is a regular occurrence at the local level
In the case of the pharmaceutical/medical industry, protection is provided at all levels of government. This is described really well in The Evils of Big Pharma Exposed. The author explains that "money and power mean everything [to Big Pharma] while human life means nothing to them."
The documentary Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging shows us how Big Pharma has teamed up with psychiatry to invent fictious diseases and then over prescribe a variety of unsafe and ineffective psychotropic drugs to manage those diseases. At 27:53 to 28:11 into the documentary (See below), Mike Adams, a consumer advocate, describes the venture as a crime against humanity.
How to end the war on drugs successfully should be the chief concern. It's not just drug prohibtion and pharmaceutical gateway drugs driving addiction. Economic stresses on families and individuals due to inequality of wealth distribution as well as the excessive greed of Wall Street and the big corporations play a major role.
Survival of the fittest schemes generated by heirarchal, stratified social structures create competition, conflict, social sadism and aggression where the victims and the weakest at the bottom of the heirarchy are treated the worst. We see this in prisons, gangs, public schools, the military, the work place and in the larger society in general - especially in regards to wealth distribution. Dr. Robert Sapolsky describes this well in his studies of baboon societies. See Why hierarchy creates a destructive force within the human psyche, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4UMyTnlaMY. Erich Fromm described how it worked with the Nazi and how it works in everyday personal relationships and social situations involving power and control over others. See Erich Fromm on Human Aggression. All this adds up to inordinate degrees of stress that contributes to pain, disease and addiction.