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Post-Prohibition Problems Predicted

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 - 3:35 pm

I think one of the biggest post-prohibition problems is going to be from people who are so vehemently in favor of prohibition, that when it goes away, they will do anything to:

  1. Reinstate prohibition
  2. Make it seem as though ending prohibition was a mistake

Basically this means there will be folks who pressure law makers to reinstate prohibitionist laws, perhaps even laws that go beyond the former Constitution-crushing versions previously in place.

It also means there will be prohibitionists who work hard to make it seem things are out of control. They will foment unrest and do horrible things to make “drug users” (or any anti-prohibitionist) look bad; they will set them up in embarrassing situations designed to bring shame, they will covertly undermine things that shouldn’t be undermined. In short they will do many Non-Golden Rule things.

Probably the easiest to predict EVIL they will do is to administer drugs to unsuspecting people. This is sure to garnish much news attention, but my main hope is their schemes are uncovered and the REAL reason for the _____ tragedy was because of illegal behavior of prohibitionists administering drugs to unsuspecting people.

However, the threat of prohibitionists doing such things should not be a deterrent to ending prohibition. Why? Do we give in to terrorists now? Do we bow down to those who threaten us with harm? NO! In any case, I would say there are probably some prohibitionists who are at work doing this TODAY.

These people are no doubt already loading their cannons for the big battle over marijuana legalization/regulation and will stop at nothing to bring even more violence to our streets.

As more and more people are starting to see first hand the failure of marijuana prohibition and the violent black market it has created, the harder these people will try to cover their actions with lies and propaganda about how nothing good can come from changing these unconstitutional laws.

Trust me people, we CAN win this fight, but we MUST stop running scared and face them head on and let them know that the majority of Americans as well as people all over the world see right through their deception tactics and will no doubt start pushing even harder for our law makers to heed to the wishes of the many or, start looking for another job.

The ONLY problem I see, is that most people have no idea that their is such a strong push to end prohibition and are not sure how to jump on the bandwagon without personally implicating themselves. In fact, 99 out of 100 times I talk to someone about it, the question I always seem to get is "what or who's NORML?" And then I have to explain everything from scratch, when I should only be having to give them the latest news and good works they do...what's wrong with this picture? Lack of a personal touch? No advertising? What? NORML should be a household name, but instead, they seem to not want that, or something? IDK?

I think people are really wanting to join in the fight, but will only make this move when they see a bigger show of hands across the board...it's the old "safety in numbers" thing that most people want to feel.

The main problem I see, and the main shortfall that anti-prohibition activist have is the fact that most of them think that the internet alone will get the job done and this, my friends, will never work all by it's self.

It's going to take a personal touch as well, what I'm talking about is actual people going out and handing out information, support groups, meetings, rallies and more people personally contacting their reps.

I'm 39 yrs old and I live in GA...I've never, not one time in my whole life EVER had an opportunity to attend an open rally, discussion or any other kind of activist get together...and I've been fighting for marijuana legalization my entire adult life! Kinda' sad if you ask me!

I have alot of passion and experience in this and I am always looking for a way to get more personally and physically involved with the legalization process...but I'm getting tired of only getting the message out via the internet. My goal is to become a cannabis re-educator, much like those people at Oaksterdam university. My only question is; how do you even get started with something like that, here in the "bible belt"? I don't mind ridicule, I just don't want to wind up in prison for my beliefs.

Is their even "ANY" pro-legalization groups to join in with, here in the Atlanta area? Someone please let me know if their is, thanks.

Is their even "ANY" pro-legalization groups to join in with, here in the Atlanta area?

You mention NORML.org. I would recommend contacting them, and even MPP, to see if there are chapters in your area. The best I can tell, NORML.org is delighted to help motivated people start chapters in their area.

You should also contact the Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative as they are, like you, interested in helping believers in various faiths realize what their denominations may already say about Drug Policy Reform.

Although I must plead ignorance to knowing what any of them will tell you. I have had only minor contact with any of them.

The ONLY problem I see is most people have no idea there is such a strong push to end prohibition and [they] are not sure how to jump on the bandwagon without personally implicating themselves.

I think people are really wanting to join in the fight, but will only make this move when they see a bigger show of hands across the board...it's the old "safety in numbers" thing that most people want to feel.

The main problem I see, and the main shortfall that anti-prohibition activist have is the fact that most of them think that the internet alone will get the job done and this, my friends, will never work all by it's self.

It's going to take a personal touch as well, what I'm talking about is actual people going out and handing out information, support groups, meetings, rallies and more people personally contacting their reps.

I agree with your underlying notion that lack of information is a primary issue for ending marijuana prohibition in particular, and completely revamping this Evil Drug War in general. The lies and fear the prohibitionists have spread is an outrage and will be the words that condemn themselves [Matthew 12:36-37].

As far as trying to avoid the shame (in its many forms) the prohibitionists spread, new Christians may not know, but this is unavoidable. We are told in many passages by Jesus, that we need to be faithful, even if it means our own deaths. This does not mean we die fighting with physical weapons, but that our deaths come about due to the evil oppressors, so their deeds may be seen, their fruit may be seen, and our fruit too (that we love God more our own lives). [Many passages, including Revelation 2:8-11]

You are right, we need to stand up for what's right and "despise the shame" the prohibitionists fling, as we rescue from the oppressors and feed the servants.

While I agree that the Internet alone can't win. It is a very powerful too, just look how Obama tapped it! As you point out, the numbers of abolitionists is growing, but I think it's important to keep in mind that it's a very diverse group. It's important for the people who have been fighting prohibition and its multitudinous evils to wear kid gloves when encouraging newcomers to this effort. This is how the Internet can help, it's a humongous library of information.

God speaks through us, sometimes it's directly out of our own hearts and we think we're making it up as we go, a passionate plea or just plain talking. Other times it's helpful for us to use logic others have written (or spoken) that we know is inspired, and make it our own.

As long as the abolitionists can make their websites easy to navigate, logical, and organized, those new to the effort can bring themselves up to speed faster. Because not only is it a matter of people speaking up, but 1) saying the right things and 2) knowing how to deal with the misguided statements of the prohibitionists.

Here's some more food for thought, in the Old Testament it's written that "one will chase one-thousand away, and five will chase everyone away." [Isaiah 30:17] I do not doubt this has physical embodiments, but I am also sure it has spiritual ones. For example, one well-spoken line of truth can chase away thousands of lies. (This parallels Proverbs 25:11, among others.)

Yes you are right that getting together helps. In person is not bad, and on the Internet is not bad either. The Internet puts minds together which are far apart in space and time, a tremendous bridge. And yes, like Solomon (and the Byrds) said, "there's a time for everything," so undoubtedly there is a time to get together in person, in groups, and doing the other things you suggest.

For the time being I do not have a bullet point list of what you, or us believers, can do. Check out the website http://ChristiansForCannabis.com as they have been around longer and are focused specifically on cannabis. Also, like I note above, I think NORML.org is eager for people to set up chapters in local areas (this is my impression). I am overjoyed to help you with the religious aspects and logic, but they are much more experienced in helping with the mechanics of setting up a chapter.

I think Jesus' is the best example to follow. He did it all, he spoke in private to his disciples, he contemplated by himself on the mountainsides, and people attended "rallies" where he taught large crowds.

In my mind ChristiansAgainstProhibition.org is evolving and there are some questions about how best to channel its efforts, for the time being I do as the spirit moves me. And as I mentioned in another comment, I am getting the feeling it's time to shift out of first gear.