After more than fifty years of tyranny, of the Communistic terrorizing and kidnapping of the public by the Prohibitionists, the voters of Oregon are about to have a chance to crush this evil, probably once and for all. Shreds of the laws might remain, but they will have been caponized.
For over fifty years the Fascist-Prohibitionists have been allowed to spread their miasma of fear over the population, using the hated “Controlled Substance” laws to crush Individuals, and tear families apart. It should be clear that “Controlled Substance” is just another term for Communism, and State interference in the Free Market.
Along the long road that has led to Measure 91 — a measure with imperfections to be sure, but one that, though rough and ready, will serve — there have been many heroes and villains.
Perhaps the first crack in the Fascist dyke came from a British Conservative newspaper editor, Lord Rees-Mogg, editor of the London Times. If you get to legally possess cannabis on November 5, 2014, it will be in part due to the fact that Lord Rees-Mogg had the temerity to speak out, almost fifty years ago, against an injustice that no one else had the courage to name. It was Reese-Mogg’s editorial concerning the cruel way in which Mick Jagger and Keith Richard were treated by the British judiciary, entitled “Breaking a Butterfly on a Wheel”, that was the first major protest against the anti-Libertarian cannabis laws by anyone in the Establishment.
That was in the mid-60s, so you can see how long people in the Western “civilized” countries, the so-called social democracies, have suffered from the tyranny of the Democrats and Republicans, the Labourites and the Tories. All Communist bullies. Remember that Texas gave someone Life in Jail for possessing one seed.
There was a long list of these Prohibitionist Miscreants: Mayor Yorty, Joseph Califano, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, George W. Bush, Rush Limbaugh, Jack Webb. The list of the infamous rolls on and on, and will not be forgotten by future generations and historians.
One of the few in America who spoke out against the Fascists was William F. Buckley, Jr., as well as Professor Milton Friedman, but apart from these few there was little dissent against this Fascism until the Libertarian Party was formed in 1971 by Professor Murray Rothbard and a few other Radicals. The Libertarians, believing in self-ownership, soon came to champion the cause of not only cannabis legalization, but the decriminalization of all drugs, based on inalienable personal property rights, and the Libertarian opposition to all forms of involuntary servitude, or State control over ones’ body. The Libertarians, — Harry Browne, Ron Paul, Judge Grey, Neill Franklin, and Gary Johnson, as well as Steve Kubby in California, and brave scientists and medicos like Vera Rubin (Ganja in Jamaica) and Dr. Lester Grinspoon — were the only quiet voice speaking out against Evil, while the major parties remained blithely silent on the Injustice, which itself is a great Injustice. They were cowards; the Libertarians weren’t.
But if you had to name one Individual who has done more to bring about real cannabis legalization that anyone else, you would have to name Congressman Ron Paul. (I say legalization because the Measure makes legal eight dried ounces and four live plants, which to me is de facto legalization, despite the other taxing and regulating provisions in the Measure).
It was Ron Paul’s two latter campaigns for the Presidency (he also ran in 1988 as a Libertarian) that really brought cannabis-legalization to the forefront of the political arena, and his occasional 20% vote percentages sent the message to the political establishment that their prohibitionist days were coming to an end. Ron Paul made advocating for cannabis legalization respectable, especially since the advocate was a Doctor.
Then again, perhaps the real developers and facilitators of Measure 91 were the Ron Paul voters who made him a force to be reckoned with. As soon as he hit 15-20%, the lemmings of the Democratic Party began to mouth their usually mealy doubletalk. They never had the guts to propose outright abolition, but he did.
The Colorado and Washington laws were also forerunners, but it is the Oregon measure that will finally defend the People’s Right to own and utilize this drug if they so wish, as long as they don’t involve endangering the public or children when they do so.
But there will be another salubrious effect from this Measure if it passes, and that will be that the “medical marijuana” business, the mulcting of the sick for profit both by the dispensary owners and by the government bureaucrats and pensioners, will be wiped out, and good riddance to it. The immorality of making money off the misery of the sick, charging them through the nose for a gram of something which they could grow by the ounce and the pound on their window sills, if the Communists didn’t stick their nose in, will be obliterated. For those few souls who genuinely need high-potency cannabis, and need to know the exact dosage they are taking, there will be private labs and voluntary organizations that can certify potency. These products may indeed cost more, because of the labor, equipment, and packaging that would go into producing them. But for the average person, who is using cannabis medically for neuralgia, insomnia, glaucoma prophylaxis, and other more serious medical conditions which still do not require a specific dosage, Measure 91 will fulfill their needs. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars an ounce, or $80 or $50, the typical patient will pay virtually nothing, and that saved money will rest in private bank balances, where it will be loaned out to purchase capital equipment which in turn produces better quality goods at a cheaper price. This productivity gain helps all consumers, but especially the poorer. Legalization also means that the money will remain in private market hands, able to assist the account owner should he have need of it, instead of having it pay the bloated and immorally high pensions of State workers and retired bureaucrats. Moreover, this money gain will be spread over a large number of generally less affluent members of society (the young, and the elderly infirm), instead of being concentrated in one sector only, like retired government bureaucrats, or dispensary pushers.
The medical dispensary owners are shivering in their shoes. The taste of easy money, made off those who have no choice, the seriously ill, is fading from their palates, and they may soon have to think of a real way to make a living. The four-plant/eight-dry-ounce rule will wipe them out, and trade in medical cannabis may prove so slack, that only one dispensary will be necessary for a city, and that could easily be run by a non-profit or religious institution.
So, if you are a cannabis user who, on November 5th, can, for the first time in modern American history, inhale or ingest cannabis without fear of being kidnapped and thrown in a cage by the Democrats, remember that it is thanks to a long line of Libertarian radicals — Rees-Mogg, Timothy Leary, Milton Friedman, Murray Rothbard, the Libertarian Presidential Candidates, and finally Ron Paul and the Americans who voted for him — that this heinous and cruel whip of Fascism has finally been sundered in two.
Vote to smash the Fascist’s Cannabis Prohibition into smithereens! Yes on Measure 91!
Paul Grad, Libertarian, for Oregon Governor,