by Phillip Drum, PharmD Today my sister would be turning 63 — that is — if she hadn’t been killed by a stoned driver while on her way to work in 2012. The incident occurred a few months before Washington voters chose to legalize marijuana, without knowing that the guilty driver had used pot before the fatal crash.
Rosemary Tempel, RN, BSN, BC, CQIA was 56 years old at the time. She was driving to work at Virginia Mason Hospital in downtown Seattle, WA. Timothy Durden was speeding in the center turn lane, traveling in the opposite direction while under the influence of marijuana. He was speeding toward a stopped vehicle in a center turn lane. At the last second before striking the stopped vehicle, Durden swerved, directing his Jeep into Rosemary’s car, which was traveling 35 mph in the opposite direction. He catapulted over Rosemary’s car – crushing her and breaking her neck. She had to be cut out of her vehicle.
Durden’s car lost the two front wheels and tumbled down the busy road resulting in an 8-car pile up. When pulling Durden’s vehicle upright, a Seattle police detective saw marijuana and multiple business cards to a marijuana dispensary fall from the vehicle. Continue reading My sister would have been 63 today→
The mother of a 13-year-old boy made butane hash oil from marijuana in a Michigan hotel on May 17, 2017. The fire caused serious injuries to both Brian Adams and his brother. As Michigan voters consider the legalization of marijuana, they need to evaluate how they will pay for these tragedies that occur regularly on the west coast.
George Soros is the Big Fish who funds many 527 organizations and controls multiple national and international policies (Read Part 1). Now we live with outcome of his idea, changing the War on Drugs. Soros can make a god out of money to influence policy, but this political success is failure in a much bigger and more important way.
Soros donated an estimated $200 million to fund the changes to US drug policy over the last 20 years. Using his big fish status, he’s swallowing those who can’t fend for themselves, our young people. The groups he funds blame America’s DEA for violence in other lands, rather than the drug dealers who fight each other and kill. Politically, these groups target students, even those below voting age. Using a twist of logic, our young people start believing drugs are good and it’s the American government that’s wrong. (At the same time, they become drug users.) To say the war on drugs was a failure doesn’t account for the continuous drop in youth drug use between 1979 and 1992.
Legalization ballots that passed wouldn’t have happened without Soros’ help. In California, Soros influenced Proposition 47 which changed felonies to misdemeanors and let drug dealers out of jail. This year he’s the source of the Dark Money in the California campaign, about $4 million that is under the banner of Fund for Policy Reform, as uncovered in the Sacramento Bee.
The Lie About Social Justice
Legalizers have successfully framed legalization as a social justice issue — which is not. In fact, convincing people that hundreds of thousands of people are in prison for marijuana use only — rather than crimes related to the drug or while on drugs — is one of the false narratives. It is the main reason why people have been persuaded to vote for legalization. The Sacramento Bee recently investigated and couldn’t find a single low level marijuana offender in California prisons.Criminal justice experts agree that loosening drug possession laws would have little effect on the total numbers in prison. There are plenty of ways to revise and improve criminal justice without harming people, and drug use harms people.
“Ending the War on Drugs” is “for an ulterior, but far more straightforward motive—making a lot of money at the expense of public health,” explains Kevin Sabet, director of Smart Approaches to Marijuana. Going to prison can mess up lives, but drug abuse messes up lives more. Legal pot dealers are doing the same as illegal drug dealers did – locating in minority communities. Legalization is a failure because it doesn’t improve the lives of minorities who have more to lose by using drugs.
The one initiative written by the Soros-funded ACLU, I-502 in Washington, was more palatable to many voters because it had a DUI standard and strict plans for enforcing marijuana use by minors. However, these restrictions which allowed I-502 to pass without controversy were immediately stripped. The ACLU even fought against local marijuana bans in court, arguing that cities cannot opt out of the ACLU-imposed law. So much for the organization’s honesty and sincerity.
Arrests for Blacks go up – After Legalization
Soros’ attempt to change the “War on Drugs” is not bringing about racial justice. Marijuana related arrests have skyrocketed for Black and Hispanic minors in Denver since legalization. The outcome raises suspicions. Is the charge of racism that is central to the Drug Policy Alliance’s message a cover for ulterior motives? After legalization in Seattle, blacks were still arrested more frequently than whites, so Seattle decided it would no longer arrest for the public smoking of pot.
Drug Policy Alliance, like ACLU, pretends that racial justice problems are solved by supporting drug legalization. (Soros and Nadelmann are intelligent enough to know that complex problems don’t have simple solutions.) A video from Democratic party’s convention this summer shows DPA’s Ethan Nadelmann. He was rallying and cheering for all the money that can be made in the marijuana industry. At then end, Nadelmann almost forgot to add a token phrase about social justice. Like much of the “medical” marijuana ruse, the idea that ending the war on drugs will end racism is a ruse. It’s a good political cover.
Other Failures with Legalization
The notion that black market would end with legalization has proven false, also. For example, in Washington, the tax rate is high and the black market is nearly half the market in the state. As one former federal prosecutor exclaimed, “Legalization doesn’t put drug cartels out of business; it emboldens them.”
While those who pushed for legalization in Colorado in 2012 argued that tax revenue would help the schools, most schools are not getting money. In fact the city of Denver has a video busting the myth that marijuana money funds schools. That argument did not reveal to voters the high cost of regulation. In fact by almost all standards, marijuana legalization is a failure. (Many of these myths about taxes, black market, crime reduction were pushed by the Marijuana Policy Project, a group funded by Peter Lewis and his heirs, not Soros. However, MPP coordinates its message with DPA. )
Harm Reduction Policy is a Failure
A George Soros interview in 1999 explained that decriminalization followed by legalization was “an experimental idea.” Now, the proof is in the pudding. Today’s death rate from drug overdose of illegal and legal drugs is 129 a day and growing.
Those dying in the 25-34-age group die at 5x the rate was in 1999. Death by overdose in the 12-24-age group is double what it was in 1999.
Harm Reduction and “reversing the drug war” is a policy that is killing people at an unprecedented rate. Getting drugs and needles to people is not a bad motivation, but it only saves lives temporarily, for the most part. Some people die just weeks or months later. Will Soros and Drug Policy Alliance admit failure?
Teens and those ages 20-34 grew up under the Soros/Drug Policy Alliance philosophy of “harm reduction.” Harm reduction is taught with little evidence drugs can be used safely. Instead of educating to prevent the start of drug use, this philosophy assumes kids will use drugs. In the late 1990s, a lawsuit forced drug czar Gen. Barry McCaffrey to take anti-drug commercials off television. Since that time, funding for D.A.R.E was cut by two thirds. Demand for drugs is growing and the United States has 56% of the world’s drug users.
The US policy which favors harm reduction over demand reduction is a FAILURE! The 47,000+ drug deaths a year is nearly 50% higher than the next biggest accidental cause of death, traffic accidents. It’s also nearly 50% higher than deaths by gun violence, but where is the outrage about dropping anti-drug education in the schools?
Of course people will always use drugs, but that doesn’t mean we should not try to prevent it, as we did for years until Soros started interfering in our drug programs.
Failure Confirmed and Time to Admit It
Several announcements were made ahead of the United Nations meeting on drugs in New York, UNGASS Conference, in April suggesting that worldwide policy surrounding drugs would change. They did not. Soros doesn’t know more than world leaders.
Some of Soros’ pet projects to encourage democracy in other countries may have helped people. However, his game board is the world. Soros has controlled the wealth of nations, but he also wants to be chief architect of foreign affairs, drug policy, immigration. He influences environmental matters, housing, finance, health care, judicial matters and state governments while controlling politics of other countries. So is the attempt to legalize marijuana and other drugs an attempt to kill people?
The “experiment” did not work. However, there were many “victims,” and Soros should not take this fact lightly. Marijuana weakens minds, as users lose valuable memory and their IQs actually go down. Pot users are often less interested in life and work less than others, making them easier to manipulate. Was the plan carried out with the idea that drugs make the people who don’t die more malleable?
If Soros and his sidekicks at ACLU and DPA do not change policy, their original goals will become more obvious. Overturning the “War on Drugs” brings more drug use and death of our young people. It’s manipulation and death in the guise of philanthropy.