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To End the War on Drugs: A Guide for Politicians, the Press and Public

Submitted by Dean Becker on Tue, Apr 8, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Cover, To End the War on Drugs


Dean Becker, author
Dean Becker, author

Dean Becker

The website featuring the book is: It currently features an excerpt, the index of interview subjects (from Donald Abrams, to Kevin Zeese), quotes from early reviewers, and of course some links to buy it in various formats.

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Quote from the first chapter, “Incrementalism is a Killer.”

It’s been more than 40 years since President Nixon declared the U.S. War on Drugs in 1971 to “go after the blacks without appearing to do so.” It's now more than 50 years since the United Nations declared they would eliminate drugs from planet Earth within five years. Truthfully though, the war on drugs is more than 100 years old. The US began its war on a select few plant products and people in 1909 with the passage of the “Opium Exclusion Act.” The opium that whites imbibed as the elixir Laudenum remained legal for another decade, but the Chinese opium smokers went to prison. In 1914, cocaine was made a federal offense when politicians proclaimed that black men high on cocaine would rape white women or, at a minimum, would fail to step off the sidewalk when a white man approached. Then in 1937, because Mexicans were taking our jobs and they just might rape white women while high on marijuana, the feds crafted the Marihuana Tax Act, later declared unconstitutional and replaced by the Controlled Sub- stances regimen in 1970.