The Secret History of the Drug War

Damn it! Someone told the truth Henry!

Damn it Henry! Those damn Jews told the truth!

Due to the increased popularity of our Secret History of the Drug War Series, Team Chazzan is providing an index of all of our Secret History of the Drug War Articles in chronological order for your readership convenience, including our recent title The Devil’s Work: Marijuana in the 20’s and 30’s.

1. The Marijuana and Opium Trades – (1700s & 1800s)

The Secret Past of Marijuana Laws: The Plant and the Poppy

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/26/the-secret-past-of-marijuana-laws-the-plant-and-the-poppy/

2. Marijuana in Colonial America – (1700s) 

America: The Venetian Republic Parts 1-2

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/27/interlude-america-the-venetian-republic-part-i/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/27/interlude-america-the-venetian-republic-part-2/

3. The Power of the Opium Cartel (Mid 1800s to early 20th Century) 

The Opium Mob 

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/27/the-opium-mob/

4. The Roaring 20’s and the Great Depression (Early to mid-20th Century)

The Devil’s Work: Marijuana in the 20’s and 30’s Parts 1-3

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/07/27/the-devils-work-marijuana-in-20s-and-30s-part-1/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/07/27/the-devils-work-marijuana-in-the-20s-and-30s-part-2/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/07/27/the-devils-work-marijuana-in-the-20s-and-30spart3/

5. The DEA Years (Vietnam War to Current) 

Narc vs. Narc: The Origins of the Modern Medical Marijuana Movement

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/22/narc-vs-narc-the-origins-of-the-modern-medical-marijuana-movement/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/07/16/narc-vs-narc-2-the-california-cannabis-coup-detat/

The Marijuana Mafia

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/19/the-marijuana-mafia/

Marijuana and the California Water Crisis

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/02/24/marijuana-and-the-california-water-crisis/

Activities in Ohio

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/21/ohio-gears-up-for-legal-vs-medical-marijuana-showdown/

 

An example of what our patients are up against and a reminder of who we are fighting for, A Must Watch Marijuana Special From Vice News:

Peace & Love.

-The Green Chazzan 

 

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Interview w/ The American Patients Rights Association on Federal Marijuana Regulation

Patrick Rohde is the Regulatory Affairs Director of the American Patient’s Rights Association, a political consulting group that has specialized in medical marijuana laws and medical marijuana regulatory issues. Mr. Rohde has played a significant role in federal medical marijuana reform, lobbying members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the House Select Intelligence Committee and officials within the Department of Justice, providing critical input and expertise that led to the creation of the Cole Memorandum in 2013 and the issuance of new Treasury guidelines for the medical marijuana industry this year. His organization, APRA, is currently working with the members of Congress on developing regulatory criteria for the first national marijuana law in over 100 years. He is with us today to discuss medical marijuana reform, pending marijuana legislation and current events that play a significant role in the future of marijuana decriminalization.

Simon Kokeba: Patrick, your background is in environmental science and political consulting with the Democratic Party, out of all the issues you must have come across throughout your career, why Medical Marijuana?

Patrick Rohde: I would definitely say the diverse range of pharmacological properties of medical marijuana began to attract my interest as a medical marijuana patient in college. I was fascinated with how the different strains had different rejuvenating effects on my body and I became almost obsessively curious with learning everything I possibly could about medical marijuana. I wanted to know why it made me feel healthier, why my gym performance seemed to increase not decrease and how it mitigated medical issues of my own that I initially believed were exclusive from marijuana treatment. I took a part-time job as a volunteer at a local dispensary to learn more and that experience changed my life; not only was I able to heal myself but by learning about medical marijuana from its growers and masters I was able to understand how medical marijuana heals others, namely those with chronic illnesses and terminal diseases. Working in that clinic, I watched how individuals with cancer, AIDS/HIV, MS, Psoriasis, Epilepsy, Diabetes and a number of other cutaneous and pulmonary conditions associated with industrial disease, had their conditions mitigated, by the medical marijuana and medical marijuana by-products.

SK: How effective was the treatment compared to the pharmaceuticals those patients already used?

PR: For many of the patients, marijuana acted as a complementary and sometimes supplementary medication. We found that patients taking medical marijuana with their prescriptions saw the most positive results in regards to their conditions; Diabetes patients most notably saw changes in regard to their blood sugar levels when using the medical marijuana with their medication. We also saw that patients who medicated with strains that had a CBD-THC balance provided the most positive results.  Some strains of marijuana were shown to have less invasive treatment and greater results than currently available topical treatments for psoriasis, especially industrial borne psoriasis; we also saw similar results with the same topical treatment for veteran patients that suffered third degree burns from wounds suffered at war. Immunologists who work with us have indicated that the cannabinoids seem to trigger a production of several types of white cells, and that this cellular production may lead to the mitigations of many auto-immune diseases, as well as, recovery from cancer and remission from AIDS. This potential is why I have applied my professional skills to this industry, because medical marijuana is a potential cure to some of the worst diseases to ever afflict mankind, and may become the trillion dollar pharmaceutical business of tomorrow that leads the US economic recovery. The industry just needs more professional bench strength to get the information out there that will effectively teach the public about why medical marijuana is profoundly beneficial and should be reintroduced into pharmaceutical commerce.

SK: You have been to Washington several times now to meet with Congress on this issue, what is your impression of national decriminalization?

PR: My impression is national decriminalization is coming soon; I think the President wants it. We have made a good case over the years for the economic expansion medical marijuana would provide, the federal government just didn’t understand the kind of regulatory framework that needed to be applied to the medical marijuana industry. It’s not unreasonable, every white market industry in the world is regulated, so it is natural to ask the question how do we regulate medical marijuana. We have now provided answers to that question and the government now has a framework that they can work with to craft the nation’s first legal marijuana law in over a century. I believe the President will reschedule before he leaves office, but before he does there are a several legal steps he still must take.  We cannot just simply pass a state law or make a federal law, there are also international treaty obligations with the United Nations from the Reagan and Nixon Eras that must be amended and both the President and the State Department will have to deal with that prior to the public issuance.

SK: You have called for a federal medical marijuana body that would act more in the capacity as a federal public health regulator rather than a law enforcement body like the DEA. You have argued that environmental health is more important than mitigating narco-trafficking within the marijuana industry, however law enforcement continues to argue that the industry provides the Cartels with more access to our markets, what do you say to that?

PR: This is a detailed answer, but in regards to the War on Drugs, Law Enforcement and especially the DEA among them, has failed to stem international and domestic narco-trafficking. Narcotics sales and narcotics consumption has never been higher; it’s not limited to low income neighborhoods anymore, narcotics in America now bridges all ages, races and classes. More and more evidence is coming to the surface that Law Enforcement corruption has played a significant role in the expansion of criminal narco-trafficking networks throughout the United States, and especially on the West Coast. Many DEA officers have retired to go into the medical marijuana business on behalf of some the criminals they used to arrest; what expertise could a DEA official provide to a dispensary? Most certainly not growing lessons. The DEA can’t reform, they have had forty years to prove that they could provide reasonable regulation and accurate academic studies regarding medical marijuana and they have failed in both capacities to do so. DEA is considered by the public to be the most corrupt Law Enforcement agency in the country and given the information like that your organization provides, it’s easy to see why. More importantly the general public needs to realize that the prohibition of medical marijuana is a public health crisis. Cancer and AIDS are global epidemics, 1 out of 2 males and 1 out of every 3 females throughout the world, will contract cancer in their lifetime; if medical marijuana truly is part of the cure, then laws restricting marijuana for medical use, exist as a moral abomination. The DEA is a law enforcement agency, they do not have the capacity nor the expertise to address a public health crisis, and most certainly not one associated with terminal illnesses. We give them billions of dollars a year to expand the cost of our own prison systems; why not give billions of dollars to an agency specializing in medical marijuana that has a purpose to improve medical parameters and reduce healthcare costs through alternative non-invasive therapy? And while we are at it, why not have this agency study medical marijuana and create environmental health rules that improve its medical efficacy?

SK: But what about the Cartels?

PR: Well, in maturity we must also consider that foreign medical marijuana sales within the US account for up to 80% of current international narcotics sales and that medical marijuana effectively provides a front for heroin and cocaine trafficking by organized crime. However, after essentially a 40-year case study we have seen that DEA has done nothing to stem the issue of narcotic addiction or narco-trafficking, if anything since the Bush Administration, the situation has become increasingly worse and that is being reflected by the violence we are seeing in Mexico and Central America. Medical Marijuana has been proven to effectively rehabilitate opiate users in the past, both the Cartels and domestic pharmaceutical companies are already aware of this.  The American public must understand that Drug Cartels, through their American attorneys are lobbying the Republican Congress in the United States to block reform to federal marijuana laws; and the primary purpose is to insulate their drug sales and money laundering operations using medical marijuana and medical marijuana clinics as fronts. The same groups also wish to prevent pharmaceutical marijuana from wiping out their own illicit trafficking markets.

The biggest victims of the narco-trade are the marijuana patients themselves, patients with cancer, AIDS/HIV, MS, auto-immune diseases, environmental and chemical exposures along with many other chronic conditions who need medical marijuana, sometimes to survive. Make no mistake, medical marijuana is a medicine. A medicine that stimulates the Central Nervous System and improves the body’s Immune System; that is why it works well as a retroviral for AIDS patients and that is why it fights cancer. So, ask yourself, what is the motive when a government agency like DEA, along with California Police Unions, Big Corporate Attorneys, members of the Republican Party, and even prominent liberals of the financial community including groups like Marijuana Policy Project and the League of California Cities, have done everything within their power to prohibit the availability of this pharmaceutical through unfair regulations and political obstructionism? Clearly these parties have presented a conflict of interest and do not share any social responsibility towards the persons of whom these laws were intended. That is why I believe a new agency must be formed that has an internal accountability system to prevent the systemic corruption that occurred within DEA and will have the power to confiscate the powers of Law Enforcements regulatory oversight over medical marijuana in the interest of public health.

SK: Yes, you recommended that the new agency be split into three co-equal administrations with powers to nullify each other. Don’t you think this would generate regulatory confusion?

PR: Normally I would say yes, but medical marijuana is by far an exceptional business because it transcends several business sectors: healthcare services, agriculture, and pharmaceuticals. Along with this comes the history of the Drug War and the remnants of that history that must be addressed in a manner that ultimately benefits the patients. We believe the new office should be one dedicated to public health and wellness, that is why two of the branches are dedicated to public health and environmental health; the idea is to be able to learn from and improve upon medical marijuana, so we will need the facilities to properly research new developments. Environmental health standards will be important to pharmaceutical standardization, which is important to patient safety and wellness. AIDS patients and other patients who are at risk from mold and plant disease really require regulatory protection. We also know from our experience with the DEA that the new department will need checks and balances, we would prefer to see scientists and doctors have the ability to overrule law enforcement officials on issues of public health.

SK: Some marijuana advocates have pushed for deregulation, what is your response to that?

PR: Deregulation is simply irresponsible. Medical marijuana is medical because it is a medicine and all medicines are regulated in the interest of public health and safety. By no means am I advocating limiting who may grow or how much they may grow or what strain they grow, the more the merrier, but we need to make sure that any marijuana that is furnished to a patient or reaches a storefront collective is in proper saleable condition. Meaning no mold, no plant disease, no offloading a bad crop because you want the money; basically what we are saying is you need to care and you need to have compassion for your patients just like any other pharmacy would. Prop 215 was the Compassionate Use Act, meaning you need to take care of your patients by making sure their bud is medical grade all of the time. This isn’t a bad thing, federal regulation will protect American growers from foreign competition and create jobs for American’s throughout the country to produce medical marijuana and hemp for domestic use and export. We are seriously looking at a potential multi-Trillion dollar market in ten years if we play our cards right. Our proposal would create a massive job expansion both in the private and public sector, as new employees would be required to fill the demand. We want people to be able to open collectives, start new farms and nurseries, produce hemp and medical marijuana based products and expand patient services. In return the government will have to create regulatory services for these businesses; expansion and employment will come with that.

SK: Do you see the system you are proposing ending up like the one we are seeing unfolding in Uruguay?

PR: Not at all, this is America and we are going to do things the American way. Having a centralized government distributor is not the way to go and runs the risk of being overregulated in favor of opposing business interests. We don’t want history to repeat itself, so the idea is to decentralize medical marijuana production and distribution along with decentralizing regulatory structures from a law enforcement model to a regulatory compliance model that we see with all normalized US business sectors. We want to create opportunity for Americans, one of my biggest frustrations is that medical marijuana’s narrow emergence has made it difficult for many Americans to get their feet wet in this industry and that has inhibited its domestic normalization.

SK: Because people aren’t regularly collecting a paycheck from it, or aren’t willing to admit to it.

PR: Right. But people would see it differently if their neighbor’s incomes depended on it, nobody begrudges the pharmacist or the farmer from going to work every day. When people depend on you for their health, to survive a terminal illness; your profession should be respected not derided. Many of these growers are not drug dealers, they are skilled farmers who are taking care of many individuals’ grandparents, parents, and children. The government must reschedule and set a clear line so that the public can see and understand the difference. Marijuana must be demystified to be normalized and the public must receive the education to make the best choices for their health with regards to how they use medical marijuana. By educating the public about how medical marijuana strains work, the medical marijuana movement will gradually gain mass acceptance.

SK: When marijuana is decriminalized, do you predict it will overtake alcohol in terms of social popularity?

PR: No, I think marijuana is used for medicinal purposes and will retain its own space within the social sphere.  However, given some of the medicinal properties it’s not hard to imagine a future with a significantly lower population of alcoholics and opiate addicts. There is much to look forward to.

SK: Final question, you are currently working on advocacy issues in the County of Los Angeles and the City of Long Beach especially, why there areas and not states without marijuana laws?

PR: Without a strong base this movement cannot expect to grow with strength. Long Beach represents a significant patient base in California that uses medical marijuana for their conditions; the city itself carries one of the highest populations of AIDS/HIV patients in the United States. It was formerly the premiere city for medical marijuana legislation but since 2010 we have had significant problems with the Long Beach City Police and the Long Beach City Attorney’s office with activities that borderlines organized racketeering. The new Mayor Robert Garcia has proposed a new ordinance however Long Beach’s significantly poor track record with federal and state compliance has attracted our attention along with that of federal investigators. I am currently performing oversight of the Long Beach legislative process between the ordinance committee, the planning commission, the local police and the city council to ensure that the new ordinance is legal and does not infringe upon our patients HIPAA or ADA rights or subject our patients to entrapment by the Long Beach Police Department. I am also concerned that Long Beach’s Police Chief Jim McDonnell is running for Los Angeles County Sheriff. At the July 17th, Planning Commission meeting he gave a strong speech in favor of marijuana prohibition and I believe this is something Los Angeles residents should be concerned about. We are also concerned with the abuse of Proposition D by the City of Los Angeles, niether the Long Beach City Ordinance or Proposition D is in compliance with state or federal law on medical marijuana and must bring themselves into compliance or face legal remedy by the patients in federal court.

SK: The struggle continues. We will include the link to the dvd download for our readers. We want to thank you Mr. Rohde for joining us today. You can check out Patrick Rohde and APRA’s materials on Twitter, Facebook and Google. **Update** Mr. Rohde will be joining us again for an interview next week to discuss the current crisis in global affairs and how that affects medical marijuana.**

@Patr1ck_Rohde                 @APRA_Org                    facebook.com/apra.pp

Long Beach Planning Commission:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0mWjvAH-tfUbHpjQklCOHMyMTA/

Long Beach Police Rackets:

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/05/30/long-beach-corruption-unveiled-local-news-connects-police-and-city-council-to-marijuana-rackets/

-Simon Kokeba 

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The Devil’s Work: Marijuana in the 20’s and 30’s – Part 3

Part 1

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/07/27/the-devils-work-marijuana-in-20s-and-30s-part-1/

Part 2

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/07/27/the-devils-work-marijuana-in-the-20s-and-30s-part-2/

The New Dawn and A New Deal

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The use of medical marijuana began to slowly return to popularity in the United States starting in 1930. Farmers and factory workers frequently suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder linked to the Great Depression as well as previous experiences fighting in World War I and they used medical marijuana to keep themselves mentally intact during the harsh, trying times of the Great Depression. The mentality of the entire country experienced an intense sea change as economic ideas surrounding government based central planning were entertained as a replacement for free market capitalism, which had led the country to utter disaster. The American oligarchy became an object of ridicule and absolute contempt by the American public. This could not have been enunciated more by the remarkable landslide election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, considered to be a far left candidate in his era. FDR promised to use the government to make war against the “economic royalists” and “disaster capitalists” who had brought the nation to its very knees. The wealthy absolutely despised Roosevelt from the very beginning, he surrounded himself with liberal thinkers and his way of doing business was intensely different from that of his Republican predecessors.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

Roosevelt, having been born out of a family that had profited heavily from the Consortium’s control of the Republican Party for many decades, was deepfully resentful of his wealthy brethren. Aristocratic jealousies and rivalries towards his natural talents and charisma culminated in his rejection and blackballing from the Porcelian Club, an elite club at Harvard for the wealthy elite, led to deep resentment and hatred for his own, the landed gentry. Roosevelt, through his wife Eleanor, was immensely sympathetic toward the plight of the American people who had been absolutely crushed by almost 50 years of absolute domination and excess by the wealthy elite and the economic collapse that resulted thereafter. Roosevelt declared that his election was a “…more than a political campaign. It is a call to arms” and he was even subtly hinting at the effort the American people would face against the domination of the syndicates, something he would receive help with from a close friend and patriotic mobster, Joe Kennedy. Roosevelt’s victory coalition largely consisted of union members, polish, Italians, jews, and blacks. Roosevelt refused to work with Hoover or compromise with the Republicans regarding an economic solution, knowing full well that they had sold out the economy to America’s criminal and enemies. However, Roosevelt would not be so fortunate as to go untested by the American oligarchy who had become content with their gold heist, regardless of the economic consequences. They would marry into the Anglo-American oligarchy and be able to have their finances stored abroad while ruling a new sharecropper nation domestically. The oligarchy had no intention of having FDR stop them from utterly dominating their newly conquered nation.

Roosevelt took office in 1933, the same year Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. The economy was devastated, over 2 million people had been made homeless and deflation continued to rule global trade. In his inaugural address, Roosevelt stated:

Primarily this is because rulers of the exchange of mankind’s goods have failed through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence, have admitted their failure, and have abdicated. Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men. True they have tried, but their efforts have been cast in the pattern of an outworn tradition. Faced by failure of credit they have proposed only the lending of more money. Stripped of the lure of profit by which to induce our people to follow their false leadership, they have resorted to exhortations, pleading tearfully for restored confidence… The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.”

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Roosevelt’s First 100 days was known for the enaction of the New Deal, the largest scale domestic reform ever known in US history. The New Deal would be based on an anti-monopoly anti-oligopoly tradition; bigness was seen as a form of wasteful central planning. Safety nets would be enacted; the minimum wage, child labor laws, workers compensation, unemployment compensation, unemployment relief, Social Security, public employment and health insurance would be created in America for the first time. Ideas from Wilson’s mobilization were tooled around increasing job production and harnessing middle and lower class purchasing power. The government would regulate the unfettered competition, the government would stand to protect the people from the abuses of the landed class, the government would stop the monopolies and create jobs, the government would cure the infection of organized crime that had seized its claws into the very fabric of society and the government would tax the rich to pay for all of it. New Deal opponents would be derided publically as the Old Right, servants of the landed class that had brought about the financial apocalypse around them.

Averall Harriman

Averall Harriman

The Depression hit every aspect of life, farms were destroyed, factories closed, job evaporated and both food and money were scarce. The US had been reduced economically to that of a Third World nation within in its own time. The impact on US heavy industry spread throughout the world. European nations collapsed and both fascist and socialist dictatorships took power throughout Europe. Stalin, Hitler, Churchill, and Mussolini all came into their prime during the 1930s. Canada, reliant on illegal alcohol exports to the US, saw their economic output cut in half as impoverished Americans could no longer afford simple liquor sales. American tariffs crushed Caribbean and South American trade. China and Japan went to war over territory, with Japan trying to stave off depression through a war economy. The Consortium came under the power of Colonel Henry Stimson, John Foster Dulles, George Herbert Walker, and Averall Harriman during FDR’s reign, the group had become wealthy making loans through Walker and Harriman’s banking interests to Nazi Germany. The German government was  very uninhibited when it came to human rights limitations on chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Harriman and Prescott Bush would become the bankers that funded Nazi Germany’s economic programs during the 1930s. Stimson was commissioned to bring down FDR at any cost and he decided to do so by utilizing his Anglican connections to agitate a war in Europe.

Col. Henry Stimson

Col. Henry Stimson

Stimson knew he could not touch FDR politically, he was simply too popular and the newly redirected Federal Bureau of Investigations had become a formidable opponent as well. Roosevelt’s Vice President, Henry A. Wallace, was one of the New Deal architects and even more liberal than Roosevelt was. The Economy Act balanced the federal budget by reorganizing the government but allowed for future deficit spending for emergency economic action. Congress distributed the Bonus Bill to the World War I veterans, something previously denied by the Republican government. The New Dealers promoted Keynesianism with balanced budgets as a pragmatic approach to creating start-up economic expansion. FDR passed the Emergency Banking Act which reopened shuttered banks with new cash injections from the Federal Reserve; Treasury officials were given greater law enforcement power as many banks had been previously owned by the Syndicate and were not eligible for Treasury funds. The Glass-Steagall Act limited interaction between the Commercial and Investment Banks to protect the consumer from the frauds that had been perpetrated by the banking community during the 1920s. The banking reform created unprecedented economic stability. The Securities Act of 1933 was enacted to create the SEC to monitor the banks owned by the wealthy and protect the stock market from speculative attacks by traders loyal to either the City of London or their own greed.

WPA Project

WPA Project

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Public relief agencies were created to immediately aid the working poor and create jobs. The National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA) created the National Recovery Administration which had a blanket mandate to raise consumer purchasing power through job creation and industrial regeneration. The NRA worked closely to empower unions and give the workers greater ownership of the workspace in which they operated. Wages had to be fair and working conditions had to be safe and fair. Price stabilization was enacted to control deflation and the NRA aided in this by creating jobs in industries like coal production. The NRA became a major target for the American upper class and the Republican Party as it regulated industry in a way that to them was unheard of and far more equitable to the middle and working classes. The Public Works Administration created millions of jobs building bridges, airports, roads, dams, post offices, courthouses and highways. The Resettlement Administration (RA), the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), rural welfare projects sponsored by the WPA, National Youth Administration (NYA), Forest Service and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) were created to develop forests, the national parks, create utility infrastructure for towns, build schools and reforest lands to improve the environment which had been devastated by the Dust Bowl, a product of corporate farm mechanization and centralization. The Tennessee Valley Authority was created as one of the largest dam projects the world had ever known. The FHA was created to regulate housing and trade was liberalized to end the trade gridlock created by the Republican tariffs. The Gold Standard was suspended to allow the Treasury to inject emergency liquidity to stave off the disastrous deflation; the Wall Street brokers smirked at this knowing that much of America’s gold had been sent to London in 1931.

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Most importantly, Roosevelt repealed Prohibition and not just Alcohol Prohibition; he also repealed the 1922 Narcotics Drug Import and Export Act and curbed the Harrison Tax Act to make medical marijuana and more importantly, hemp, economically available. The Bureau of Narcotics oversight over medical marijuana and hemp was severely limited by the New Deal, and the advent of the AAA at first. The Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA) was originally created to regulate food prices, giving farmers a chance at last to fight Wall Street speculators and obtain fair food prices. Hemp was the most widely cultivated, most widely distributed and most profitable crop the farmers were allowed to produce from 1933 to 1945.

 

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To quote Jack Herer:

Modern technology was about to be applied to hemp production, making it the number one agricultural resource in America. Two of the most respected and influential journals in the nation, Popular Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering, forecast a bright future for American hemp. Thousands of new products creating millions of new jobs would herald the end of the Great Depression….As early as 1901 and continuing to 1937, the USDA repeatedly predicted that, once machinery capable of harvesting, stripping and separating the fiber from the pulp was invested or engineered, hemp would once again be America’s number one farm crop….The prediction was reaffirmed in the popular press when Popular Merchanics published its February 1938 article “Billion Dollar Crop…a trillion dollar industry by today’s standards.

New Deal Hemp Farm

New Deal Hemp Farm

From the article Jack is referencing:

American farmers are promised a new cash crop with an annual value of several million dollars, all because a machine has been invented which solves a problem more than 6,000 years old. It is hemp, a crop that will not compete with other American products. Instead it will displace imports of raw materials and manufactured products produced by under paid [immigrant] and peasant labor and it will provide thousands of jobs for American workers throughout the land…..Hemp is the standard fiber of the world. It has great tensile strength and durability. It is used to produce more than 5,000 textile products, ranging from rope to fine laces, and the woody hurds remaining after the fiber has been removed containmore than 77% cellulose, and can be used to produce more than 25,000 products, ranging from dynamite to Cellophane.

From the farmers point of view, hemp is an easy crop to grow and will yield from three to six tons per acre on any land that will grow corn, wheat, or oats….Thousands of tons of hemp hurds are used every year by one large powder company for the manufacture of dynamite and TNT. A large paper company, which has been paying millions of dollars a year in duties on foreign made cigarette papers now is manufacturing these papers from American hemp grown in Minnesota….Our imports of foreign fabrics and fibers average about $200 million a year; in raw fibers alone we imported over $50 million a year in the first six months of 1937. All of this income can be made available to Americans.

New Deal Hemp Company

New Deal Hemp Company

 

1930's Hemp Field

1930’s Hemp Field

Excerpt from New Deal Era literature:

“Aside from the suspension of the Gold Standard (the first and foremost important price lifting measure) and the closing and re-opening of the banks, the most spectacular early measures of the New Deal were the Agricultural Adjustment Act and the National Industrial Recovery Act. Both were nullified by the Supreme Court which, by these very decision, contributed greatly to the outcry for judicial reform. The AAA gave subsidies to farmers for taking land out of cultivation, and did much to raise farm purchasing power in consonance with the basic aim of the New Deal….Within one year the AAA increased farm income by 38% and farm purchasing power by an estimated 25% through the inauguration of the very production control method that was originally used by the industrialists. The cost of the fam subsidy was paid for by a small imposed sales tax. The NIRA, approved June 16 1933..’intended’ to (1) legalize those voluntary trade associations which President Hoover had discouraged by removing the restraints of anti-trust laws; (2) to make them effective by bringing the recalcitrants into line through compulsion; but (3) to bestow these privileges upon trade and industry in return for their acknowledgement of social responsibility in the form of concessions to labor and the consumer….the cold blooded, ruthless fashion in which the industrialists consciously moved to vitiate these provisions of the section that was beneficial to labor perhaps did more to educate the country about the socially irresponsible character of the big proprietors than had all the preachments of the radicals for years. Moreover the pathetic eagerness with which a vast multitude grasped at just $12 a week, and the outcry from the Southern Industrialists against such ‘high wages’ drove into public consciousness the fact that labor in the United States, except its aristocracy in the AFL craft unions, had long been fiercely exploited at coolie pay. Details of the farm situation highlighted in the debate around the AAA, also had a similar educative effect, so that if the New Deal did nothing else it succeeded, in these and other of its efforts, in implanting a deep suspicion in the public mind about the motives and methods of the big feudalistic proprietors, who habitually masquerade as simple businessman.

The gigantic program of unemployment relief embarked upon by the New deal was of direct aid to retail trade and to the farmers in that the money paid out to the unemployed went immediately to the purchase of necessities. Several government agencies were created to handle the projects, but the WPA, launched on May 6 1935, finally consolidated all the divisions of relief. Works Progress funds were allocated to naval building, to municipal improvements, and construction where local governments shared part of the cost, to reforestation, and many other ends; the principal aim however was to get money into circulation. In connection with the building and construction phases of this program there was of course, a demand for cement, stone, machinery, steel, and lumber, which was of benefit to heavy industry; but the benefit was neither so great nor as immediate as that conferred upon industries more closely aligned with the retail market.

Meanwhile, various measures designed to hamper banks in their domination of heavy industry were passed under presidential authority. The first of these was the Banking Act of 1933, which divorced commercial and investment banking, provided for insurance deposits, and vested in the Federal Reserve Board the right to control loans entering speculative channels. The separation of the deposit and underwriting functions of the banks was a blow directed consciously at JP Morgan , and measurably weakened the power of that and other private banking houses. Not at all strangely, this action was sought and approved by Winthrop Aldrich, chair of the Rockefeller’s Chase Bank. Weakened under Hoover, the Rockefellers were strengthened for a time by the New Deal- by the sharp rise in oil prices, and the improvement of the real estate market, and although John D Rockefeller Jr. outwardly maintained his Republicanism, the Standard Oil clans helped the New Deal at many points and manifested cordiality to its acts. The New Deal reciprocated by doing nothing in its early stages at least, to disturb or injure the Standard Oil Empire. After passage of the Banking Act, JP Morgan immediately set up Morgan Stanley for handling securities issues, but as this branch was effectively segregated from the central house the firm could no longer function as freely as of old. Extension of the powers of the Federal Reserve Board by giving it control over the open market committee and over the reserve requirements of membership banks also weakened JP Morgan power in finance…symbolic of the new regime Marriner S. Eccles, small banker and mining entrepreneur from Utah, was made governor of the Reserve Board. Control of the money market was transferred to Washington, was thereafter to be by whoever controlled the government.”

-Ferdinand Lundberg, America’s 60 Families (1937)

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Despite FDR’s ability to unite the middle and working class into an industrial powerhouse he still faced grave issues with the American oligarchy and the Republican establishment. The oligarchy may have lost complete control of the Presidency but they still retained power over the Supreme Court and large portions of the press. FDR often had to defend his New Deal initiatives in the US Federal Court system against the Republican activist judges seeking to rule his recovery programs unconstitutional on behalf of the oligarchical interest. He responded to this by unveiling the second half of the New Deal which passed the Social Security Act, creating welfare and a social safety net; the Wagner Act, giving unions the right to form and collectively bargain; the WPA was expanded even further to create major projects like the Lincoln Tunnel, LaGuardia Airport, the Bay Bridge, and many other large urban restoration projects that laid the seeds for later Great Society projects. The Revenue Act of 1935 hit the wealthy the hardest, it was literally designed to redistribute wealth from the top to the bottom. The bill imposed an income tax of 79% on incomes over $5 million, making the tax code equitable for the first time since its implementation. The rich called Roosevelt a ‘traitor to his class’ in utter hatred of his dismantling of their empire of greed. He also enacted the Housing Act of 1937 to abolish slums and create a housing authority.

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Lend-Lease Hemp Promotion

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New Deal Hempfield

FDR also opened a new front against the Anglo-American elite by empowering the FBI to initiate surveillance against them. Fiorello LaGuardia, the notorious anti-Mafia Mayor of New York, came to power in 1932 as well on a large anti-crime ticket; he worked closely with J. Edgar Hoover to bring down ‘The Big Heat’ on the American Syndicate. He had Lucky Luciano arrested, purged the New York police force of corruption, led search-and-destroy lynch mobs against Syndicate casinos and black market rackets. The Syndicate responded by unleashing their assassins on a country wide bank robbing spree to destabilize the economy. Hoover worked with notorious gangster hunter Melvin Purvis to bring down Syndicate bank robbers like John Dillinger, Ma Barker, Babyface Nelson, Creepy Karpis, and Machine Gun Kelly. The FBI also played a pivotal role in rounding up the criminal members of the KKK, especially those who had penetrated Southern California city administrations in the 1920s and set up racial rackets. LaGuardia was also joined by Thomas Dewey, a Republican prosecutor; a former Wall Street trader, that sought to end New York corruption after losing much of his fortune in the crash. Dewey targeted Lucky Luciano’s Upstart “Commission” which had taken over the power vacuum left by the fall of Mr. Arnold and Al Capone.

Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia

Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia

One of his biggest prizes was gangster Dutch Schultz, whom he had battled as both a federal and state prosecutor. Schultz’s first trial ended in a deadlock; prior to his second trial, Schultz had the venue moved to Malone, New York, then moved there and garnered the sympathy of the townspeople through charitable acts so that when it came time for his trial, the jury found him innocent, liking him too much to convict him.

Dewey and La Guardia threatened Schultz with instant arrest and further charges. Schultz now proposed to murder Dewey. Dewey would be killed while he made his daily morning call to his office from a pay phone near his home. However, New York crime boss Lucky Luciano and the “Mafia Commission” decided that Dewey’s murder would provoke an all-out crackdown. Instead they had Schultz killed.”

  • MacMillian, The Five Families (2008)

The Mafia suffered further setbacks as fascism took over continental Europe and Benito Mussolini began a purge of Sicilian mob leaders to consolidate power within Italy. This disrupted the French Connection which relied heavily on Turkish opium in the 1930s and for Sicilian intermediaries which had been disconnected by Fascist Italy. Narcotics income practically went to zero after the New Deal’s AAA reform decriminalized medical marijuana and hemp. When Mussolini took power in the mid-twenties he went on a tour of the country to present his new leadership program of fascism to the entire country; when in Palermo, he was received by Don Francisco Ciccio, the mayor of Palermo who insulted Mussolini when he was told he would not need a police escort. Mussolini responded that fascists did not need a peasant escort insulting Ciccio. The Don ordered the townspeople not to attend Mussolini’s speech and released patients from the local mental ward to attend instead. The deeply angered Mussolini appointed Cesare Mori to form a secret police in Sicily that would end the Mafia dominance once and for all. Mori would be one of the most swift, effective and brutal opponents the Mafia had ever encountered.

Cesare Mori

Cesare Mori

Mori took up his post in Palermo in November 1925 and remained in office until 1929. Within the first two months he arrested over five hundred men, a number that would only grow in the following years. In January 1926, he undertook what was probably his most famous action, the occupation of the village of Gangi, a stronghold of various criminal gangs. Using carabinieri and police forces he ordered house-to-house searches, picking up bandits, small-time Mafia members and various suspects who were on the run. He did not hesitate to lay siege to towns, use torture, or take women and children as hostages to oblige suspects to give themselves up. These harsh methods earned him the nickname of “Iron Prefect”.

Mori understood the basis of Mafia power. In order to defeat the phenomenon, he felt it necessary to “forge a direct bond between the population and the state, to annul the system of intermediation under which citizens could not approach the authorities except through middlemen…, receiving as a favour that which is due them as their right.” Mori’s methods were sometimes similar to those of the Mafia. He did not just arrest the bandits, but sought to humiliate them as well. If he could exhibit a strong central authority to rival the mafia, the people would see that the Mafia was not their only option for protection.

Mori’s inquiries brought evidence of collusion between the Mafia and influential members of the State apparatus and the Fascist party. His position, however, became more precarious. Some 11,000 arrests are attributed to Mori’s rule in Palermo. That led to massive amounts of paperwork in order to prepare for the trials, which may have been partially responsible for his dismissal. Mussolini had already nominated Mori as a senator in 1928, and in June 1929 he was relieved of his duty. The Fascist propaganda proudly announced that the Mafia had been defeated.”

  • Newark, Mafia Allies (2007)

Roosevelt’s Challenge

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Seeking to preemptively stop the Supreme Court from dismantling the second New Deal, FDR attempted his court packing plan with the Judicial Procedures Reform Bill of 1937. The bill allowed the President to power to appoint an additional Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, up to a maximum of six. FDR had also punished many of the Lochner Era judges by pushing them out of the court through pension cut threats. The court attempted to stop one of FDR’s critical measures: Executive Order 6102. This order seized the gold held by the wealthy, in the form of coins, bullion and certificates and exchanged them for dollars at fixed rate. This was to prevent the wealthy from manipulating the money supply with their gold and London accounts as they had previous done throughout the last 50 years. The court ruled that the government could not seize the gold, even though it was being done to protect the currency from speculative attack by the European powers. Chief Justice Charles Evan Hughes had a personal vendetta against FDR and also had close relations with the British Royal Family, the Dutch Royal Family and the Du Pont family who were ardently opposed to FDR’s allowance of hemp production. Hughes led the challenge against FDR’s attempt to break the railroad monopoly, the New Deal farm subsidies, stock market regulations, the NRA and NIRA, the AAA and the New Deal coal program. The Supreme Court ruled on many of these on “Black Monday” on May 27, 1935. Roosevelt’s court packing bill was unfortunately defeated, but his attempt to unseat the oligarchies power in the court led to more desperate and violent ends to stop his reforms.

Chief Justice Charles Evan Hughes

Chief Justice Charles Evan Hughes

FDR won a stunning landslide reelection in 1936 much to the chagrin of the American landed elite. He had a strong anti-imperialist foreign policy which derided the exploitation and immiseration caused by the British and French Empires and their colonialism of other continents. FDR also wished to renounce the right to unilateral intervention in South America and give more diplomatic power to international bodies. He became more critical of Adolf Hitler, especially as FDR’s enemies began to rally around Hitler with Henry Ford. Col. Stimson, head of the Anglo-American Consortium  began conspiring with Churchill on ways to compel FDR to comply with British wishes and also on ways to assassinate FDR as well. He had already been the target of several coup attempts, one most infamously participated in by Prescott Bush and Averall Harriman called the Business Plot. The coup was averted by the testimony of Smedley Butler who became opposed to the American oligarchy after the Bonus Army massacre. The Consortium  would be indicted again by FDR for supplying illegal monies and arms shipments to Hitler during World War II in 1942 under the Union Banking Corporation, those named in the indictment included many Consortium  leaders: Averell Harriman, E Roland Harriman, Prescott Bush, Samuel Pryor, Fritz Thyssen, and Robert Lovett.

Prescott Bush

Prescott Bush

One of the top targets of the oligarchies response to FDR’s court packing attempt was the new hemp crop propping up the Middle Class. Not only was it an industrial threat to the Anglo-American oil, pharmaceutical and vice companies but it was the main engine driver of FDR’s New Deal programs and the oligarchy believed that if the crop could once again be controlled it’s decline would also defeat the New Deal.

In the mid-1930.when the new mechanical hemp fiber stripping machines and machines to conserve hemp’s high cellulose pulp finally became state-of-the-art, available and affordable, the enormous timber acreage and businesses of the Hearst Paper Manufacturing Division, Kimberly Clark USA, and virtually all other timber, paper and large newspaper holding companies stood to lose billions of dollars and perhaps go bankrupt.

Coincidently in 1937, DuPont had just patented processes for making plastics from oil and coal as well as a new sulfite process for making paper from wood pulp…accounting for over 80% of all the companies railroad carloadings over the next sixty years into the 1990s. If hemp had never been made illegal, 80% of DuPont’s business never would have materialized…jeopoardizing the lucrative financial schemes of Hearst, DuPont and DuPont’s Chief Financial backer, Andrew Mellon of the Mellon Bank of Pittsburgh”

-Jack Herer

Andrew Mellon

Andrew Mellon

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Andrew Mellon, evil billionaire and executive harbinger of the Great Depression immediately set to work employing his ex-cronies within the Bureau of Narcotics, chiefly Henry J. Anslinger to reinstitute marijuana and hemp prohibition through a press based social engineering campaign using Hearst’s media resources. Anslinger was actually married to Mellon’s niece and he shared in Mellon’s lucrative financial ties. The idea for the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was developed originally to create a tax to profit off the sale of medical marijuana and hemp synthesis as a medical application, it was originally designed from firearms taxes but both Mellon, DuPont, Anslinger and Hearst intended to meddle with the act to generate a different result.

In the secret Treasury Department meetings conducted between 1935 and 1937, prohibitive tax laws were drafted and strategies were plotted. Marijuana could not be banned outright; the law called for an ‘occupational’ excise tax upon dealers and a transfer tax upon dealings in marijuana. Importers, manufacturers, sellers and distributors were required to register with the Secretary of the Treasury and pay the occupational tax.”

-Jack Herer

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Anslinger led a very public, racially charged campaign backed by the American oligarchy against medical marijuana. He was opposed by the AMA and Fiorello LaGuardia, but Anslinger abused his Bureau of Narcotics position to strip pro-marijuana doctors of their licenses, corralling the AMA into submission despite medical evidence to the contrary. Anslinger debated publically with LaGuardia while leading a highly publicized drug seizure campaign with the Bureau of Narcotics against medical marijuana. Medical marijuana dealers were derided as being ethnic and of the criminal underworld. Racist and classist media was used to turn American views against marijuana as a corrupting illicit drug. Reefer Madness was born. The blow to the AAA by the Supreme Court firmly put medical marijuana back in Anslinger’s jurisdiction and abusing the regulations of the Marijuana Tax Act, he barred all marijuana dealers from being federally licensed by the Treasury Department effectively putting a halt to hemp production at the national level. Marijuana production for hemp would only be allowed going forward by the Bureau of Narcotics for oligarchical dealers that wished to grow hemp on their lands in US territories for the military.

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FDR also faced another challenge from the Department of the Navy in which Henry Stimson had become very influential and was bringing the relationship between US and British naval intelligence closer for his own purposes. This led to penetration of Naval Intelligence by British Intelligence who openly recruited members of the American syndicate to serve as intelligence operatives in Europe. Stimson sought to counter FDR next by realigning the military apparatus and officer’s corps behind him which was more effective than trying to bribe FDR military loyalists like Smedley Butler, Douglas MacArthur and Dwight Eisenhower. Stimson also directed the oligarchies efforts to unseat Vice President Henry Wallace during the Democratic National Committee and replace him with Harry Truman, a Stimson loyalist and someone who could eventually turn Eisenhower to their influence. He was much colder and calculating than the brash Harriman, Bush and Walker business coup attempts, which had failed numerously throughout FDR’s tenure; the public battles with the court also brought more criticism against oligarchical power and gave FDR more strength to expand the New Deal. FDR had also started the Lend-Lease program with the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, an economic program for the British and French that demanded payment in gold. If Hitler went to war, FDR could repatriate gold through lend lease, Stimson knew that more extreme measures would be necessary.

Henry Wallace

Henry Wallace

Stimson and John Foster Dulles began to direct members of the Consortium to begin increasing financial and military backing to Adolf Hitler and the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany. This occurred most notably during the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939 which served as preliminary war game for the greater conflict to come. Hitler would conquer Europe, Hitler would destroy their rivals, Hitler would conquer the world and anoint the wealthy the master race of all Earth. Competition among the American oligarchy and the British peerage broke out over who was pro-New Deal and who was pro-Hitler. Neither accepted Stalinist Communism, but both stood behind the economic miracles of the American New Deal and Nazism. Both ideas were similar in method but differed immensely in execution; both ideas revolved around central planning but while FDR sought to support and restore market conditions, Hitler sought to fundamentally alter the world order. Neither of them wanted the dominance of a British reserve currency any longer; the British had destroyed the world economy and a new reserve currency had to emerge. Hitler’s aggression towards the Jews and other European states beginning in 1938 was the end result of decades of evil and excess by an unforgiving and unapologetic sect of the power elite. The Consortium could not seize the reins of power in America back from FDR and the New Deal Democrats, so they preferred to destroy it by backing Hitler’s plans for world domination. Stimson would also provoke the Japanese by utilizing his connection to strain trade relations between the Japanese Empire and the US. FDR routinely plotted against Stimson and Churchill with Vice President Wallace and Joe Kennedy; he had become keenly aware of what the American oligarchy and the British oligarchy were trying to perpetuate but he faced a big problem, the American gold still remained within City of London vaults and that the power of the Consortium would continue until America could repatriate the stolen precious metals. FDR knew Stimson and the Consortium wanted to drag America into the war to force a war economy that they could control, especially through opium and pharmaceutical sales for the war injured; he opposed the war on that principle, having now spent his Presidential career in battle with these oligarchical forces. However, he knew that he would eventually have to convince the American people to make war, otherwise financial recovery would be impossible because the Nazi’s would seize American gold reserves in London that were needed to pay down the Depression debts.

Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler

This ultimate prospect was what forged the fateful, albeit temporary alliance, between FDR and Stimson that lasted from 1940 to 1945; unifying the American public with the American elite to stop the ultimate evil that was Adolf Hitler from ruling the world. By 1940, the British had been defeated by the Nazis at the Battle of Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain raged against the English isles; the Royal Family now paid for its sins in the face of total annihilation against the Frankenstein monster of their own creation, the Nazi War Machine. The City of London was under constant bombing by the German Luftwaffe and fears that the international and royal gold reserves of London would be seized by a foreign power became a reality for the first time. The Nazi’s had already confiscated Jewish and foreign gold from seized territories throughout Europe and were using the proceeds to generate currency to continue the massive wear effort; seizing the City of London would be the economic coup d’grace and the ultimate triumph for Hitler. Both FDR and Stimson feared that the United States would never recover from such a blow nor remain under the control of either side, but rather through financial obligation to Nazi Germany. However, despite cooperation, the Consortium continued to work against FDR and the New Deal by financially aiding the Nazis and funding strikebreakers like the KKK, American Legion and the German Bund; namely the Bush and Walker families who envisioned a Nazi victory in Europe.

Nuremburg

Nuremburg

Stimson, in an uneasy affair, would become Roosevelt’s Secretary of War in 1941. Stimson appointed top members of the Consortium, Robert Patterson, Robert Lovett, the Dulles Brothers and Stimson’s right hand, John McCloy, to executive positions within FDR’s cabinet. Stimson also elevated the career of Republican loyalist General George Patton in an attempt to coerce Gen Dwight Eisenhower under his influence to maintain rank over Patton. The Consortium reached out to Lucky Luciano to provide top recruits from the Mob that could serve as officers within the Army and Navy of whom Stimson and his loyalist officers could use to form the OSS under the purview of Consortium officer William Donavon. Stimson’s new group of Consortium upstarts would later be instrumental in the assassination of John F Kennedy. Stimson, along with Oppenheimer, is considered one of the fathers of the atomic bomb; he took direct personal control of the project and his advice was followed at every aspect by both Roosevelt and Truman. Stimson overruled military officers when they opposed his views and often destroyed their careers. This would be proven later when under his influence Gen Douglas MacArthur was pushed from the military high command by Stimson’s lackey Harry Truman.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Hiroshima and Nagasaki

 

“He was the only top government official who tried to predict the meaning of the atomic age—he envisioned a new era in human affairs. For a half century he had worked to inject order, science, and moralism into matters of law, of state, and of diplomacy. His views had seemed outdated in the age of total warfare, but now he held what he called “the royal straight flush.” The impact of the atom, he foresaw, would go far beyond military concerns to encompass diplomacy and world affairs, as well as business, economics and science. Above all, said Stimson, this “most terrible weapon ever known in human history” opened up “the opportunity to bring the world into a pattern in which the peace of the world and our civilization can be saved.” That is, the very destructiveness of the new weaponry would shatter the ages-old belief that wars could be advantageous. It might now be possible to call a halt to the use of destruction as a ready solution to human conflicts. Indeed, society’s new control over the most elemental forces of nature finally “caps the climax of the race between man’s growing technical power for destructiveness and his psychological power of self-control and group control–his moral power.”

  • Stimson’s Memoir
John McCloy

John McCloy

Stimson’s White House coup came in early 1945, when Henry Wallace was unseated as Vice President at the Democratic National Convention in January; he had feuded publically with many of the oligarch’s over labor rights and had been trashed repeatedly for it in the newspapers. The political effects of the media’s assault finally took their toll and he was replaced by Harry Truman, a pawn of Averall Harriman. This event was shortly followed by FDR’s assassination on April 12 of 1945; he had already suffered declining health after several poisoning attempts between 1941 and 1944. He was poisoned while vacationing at his personal retreat in Georgia, his death was attributed to stress from years of political struggle, overwork, sleeplessness and general declining health from traveling to peace negotiation with Britain and Russia. FDR’s son alleged that Stalin informed him that Churchill had ultimately been responsible for the poisoning of FDR, possibly beginning at the conference at Yalta. Stimson retired at the end of the war, but before doing so he appointed members of the Consortium to Truman’s cabinet, they would be infamously known as “The Wise Men”: McGeorge Bundy, George Kennan, the Dulles Brothers, Robert Lovett, John McCloy, Dean Acheson, Charles Bohlen and Averall Harriman.

General Douglas MacArthur

General Douglas MacArthur

The Wise Men of the Consortium would be instrumental in putting a halt to the reforms implemented by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal. The Wise Men empowered Anslinger to further ends and put a young Congressman named Joseph McCarthy under his wing to serve as a protégé. The Wise Men would retool the CIA to go after the OAS’ opium fields in Indochina and from there they would restart the international opium trade with the help of their mafia connections established through Lucky Luciano, who would be freed from jail along with his mafia associates in Italy under the guise of anti-communism. The same lines from the 1920’s Red Scares would be drummed up again, marijuana use would be blamed on unionists, socialists and communists. The Wise Men would work with the Syndicate Upstarts in Hollywood to bring Ronald Reagan to power within the Hollywood union; Reagan persecuted many of the left wing stars under the guise of anti-communism to remove their influence from opposing Syndicate/Wise Men influence in Hollywood. The major opposition to the Wise Men came in the form of FDR’s close friends General Douglas MacArthur and Joe Kennedy, father of JFK, RFK and Ted Kennedy. Joe Kennedy was FDR’s business and Syndicate confidant, the head of the old Irish Mob, a bootlegger, a marijuana smoker, and a man with contempt for the likes of Capone, Luciano and especially Stimson. He was known with actively feuding with many of FDR’s enemies, including the Canadian Bronfman/Seagram’s families which Kennedy competed with using distilleries managed by FDR’s son, James Roosevelt. Samuel Bronfman was also a member of the Consortium and a founder of modern Canadian conservative power brokers.

Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy

General Douglas C. MacArthur, super-patriot and epic war hero, successfully retained much of the power of the American military command from the Wise Men until midway through the Korean War when Averall Harriman and Dean Acheson were successfully able to put enough pressure on Truman to force a removal over MacArthur’s perceived insubordination to the Wise Men’s intentional mismanagement of the conflict. Korea, to the Consortium, was a distraction to be created while ex-syndicate members now represented in the Italian Mob, CIA, MI6 and OAS set up opium facilities in Turkey, Sicily, France, Spain, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Burma to create an international opium distribution network that was more vast than any other known in world history, yet secret and hidden from the public through control of media outlets and trafficking flows. Joe Kennedy was wiser than his counterpart and used his wealth to financially align himself with Joseph McCarthy as a form of protection primarily for John F Kennedy, whom he was already grooming for President to restore the New Deal. He also groomed his other son Robert Kennedy to become Attorney General and use his families’ connections to effectively combat the Italian Mafia that had been borne from Luciano’s Commission. Kennedy knew he would have to fight the Republican Wise Men in the top world, the Mafia Commission in the underworld and the Consortium in the back world to protect the gains achieved socially and economically by the New Deal. Joe Kennedy would die shortly after JFK would become President. He would not witness the assassinations of his sons at the hand of the Consortium, nor would he see the dismantling of his friend and mentor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s, achievements for the American people be dismantled following the election of Richard Nixon and the era of Consortium rule that was to follow.

JFK

JFK

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

This story is a tale of truth from the 20th century, buried deep beneath 100 years of propaganda, misdirection, lies and subjugation. The Drug War is illegitimate, it is a form of slavery that was originally designed for depopulation, but is now designed for a jailhouse population and to keep humanity sick and poor so that the Consortium may continue to profit. Right now, our President Barack Obama, stands like FDR before the financial power of the Consortium; he has been trying to free marijuana from the constraints of Prohibition’s bondage, knowing full well, just as FDR did, that hemp can save an economy and marijuana could save the health of the planet from industrial disease. You must help humanity by helping the President free this medicine, please share this story with everyone you know; the Consortium have pledged themselves to death and profit, we must oppose them by pledging ourselves to life and you can do that by sharing this knowledge with others. Baruch Hashem.

The Green Chazzan 

**Special thanks to the American Patient’s Rights Association for their excellent research! 

What happened after? Check out our Narc vs. Narc series!

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/22/narc-vs-narc-the-origins-of-the-modern-medical-marijuana-movement/

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The Devil’s Work: Marijuana in the 20’s and 30’s – Part 2

Mr. Arnold

Arnold Rothstein - The original Mr. Big

Arnold Rothstein – The Original Mr. Big

Arnold Rothstein was the Boss of All Bosses, literally the founder of American organized crime and one of the greatest criminal masterminds to have ever lived. Rothstein was born in 1882, the son of a wealthy Jewish immigrant racketeer and was known to be a natural at probability, mathematics, and was well read on matters of business. Rothstein started taking over Manhattan gambling rackets at a young age by his late twenties expanded his personal rackets to fixing horse races; providing horse race tips allowed Rothstein to network informants and earn friends within the private banking community. Rothstein became connected to members of New York’s Tammany Hall and of New York high society through the popularity of his no tax elite gambling halls. Rothstein conducted business with members of the 60 Families including the Rockefellers, Carnegies, Hearst, Goulds, Morgans and other members of the railroad and banking trusts from California. After becoming a millionaire in 1912, Rothstein moved on to large scale racketeering and started creating the building blocks for the first organized crime organization in the United States using his financial prowess as support.

Rothstein rose to power in what became known as the infamous Black Sox Scandal. Rothstein had successfully rigged the 1919 World Series and was acquitted along with the players in the ensuing investigation. Records related to the court case also disappeared and this was attributed to payoffs made by Rothstein during that time. Rothstein saw opportunity in the disaffection of the general public with the political class and his golden goose came with the passage of the Volstead Act following the Boston Police Strike. His money and connections with bootleggers and former alcohol dealers would serve him well in setting up a vast network of private clubs where alcohol could be enjoyed at prohibition prices. His fixing of the World Series had made him and his associates from Chicago, Cleveland and New York immensely wealthy and they were eager to profit from Rothstein’s further ventures.

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Bureau of Narcotics Raid

Rothstein’s organizing of the underworld into organized municipal syndicates would go largely without criticism and unnoticed as the government focused its resources on crushing labor unions and communism. The Palmer Raids would begin in November of 1919, with Attorney General Mitchell Palmer appointing one, J. Edgar Hoover, head of the Department of Justice’s General Intelligence Unit. Hoover was to compile a list of labor leaders and communist sympathizers to round up for investigation and arrest. Large groups of labor sympathizers were rounded up and charged under the Espionage Act and deported many of the convicted to Europe. The Syndicate was formed under the leadership of Rothstein known in the underworld as ‘Mr. Arnold’ or ‘Mr. Big’, was facilitated by his infamous sub-bosses: Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano, Dutch Schultz and Legs Diamond.

Lucky Luciano

Lucky Luciano

Several of Rothstein’s associates from Tammany Hall were looking to go into filmmaking but were barred from film production on the East Coast due to industrial patents held by Thomas Edison and his associates at the Motion Picture Patent Company. Rothstein worked with Cleveland and Chicago Syndicates to set up the movie studios in Los Angeles to produce films and promote west coast rackets as railroad expansion brought in eastern migration.  Rothstein introduced the concept of racketeering theatres, triggering company battles for movie rights and display rights at theatres; he achieved this by hustling the construction workers unions and manipulating union tactics to coerce the theater owners. Rothstein’s associate Lepke Buchalter, who would later go on with Rothstein to form Murder Inc., was put in charge of setting up a new movie studio system on the west coast to take over the movie production industry. Rothstein provided loans for the new studios and expanded his control of construction unions to the national level. He financed the Selwyn Brothers, Samuel Goldwyn, Louie B. Mayer, Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel and Moe Dalitz to form now infamous studios such as MGM, Paramount, United Artists and 21st Century Fox.

Bugsy Siegel

Bugsy Siegel

Rothstein’s organization of the Mob couldn’t have come at a better time. The labor crisis of 1919 evolved into an economic crisis in January of 1920 as the war demobilization sharply contracted the economy. The United States entered a very severe bout of deflation that lasted for seven months, crushing the middle and lower class labor forces as Wilson reestablished the Gold Standard; this move would tarnish his administration and bring about Republican victory. Returned veterans could not find jobs, labor strikes crippled industries, the reimplementation of the Gold Standard and wage stagnation crippled the economy devastating many municipal economies throughout the country. Organized crimes’ fortunes enhanced when Warren Harding, the Ohio Republican candidate for President won his election under the slogan of “A Return to Normalcy”. Harding was a puppet of the Ohio oil and railroad interests, represented by the “Ohio Gang” a band of politicians and industrialists selected for Harding’s cabinet; but he also fell under the influence of Lou Rothkopf, Arnold Rothstein’s head of the Cleveland syndicate. Harding’s victory was a free pass to economic control for the Mob; alcohol and marijuana speakeasies were quickly established in every major urban area throughout the country. Harding with the Federal Reserve cut taxes, lowered interest rates and increased the money supply, making the availability of dollars more easily available in the market. Rothstein essentially possessed the perfect racket, his organized syndicates around North America would peddle vice to the public while taking in their increased supply of dollars; in turn Rothstein had these dollars converted to gold. The gold increased in value as Harding issued more dollars into the economy and allowed Rothstein to have a medium in which to easily launder the Mobs speakeasy monies. The gold would be stored at mob friendly banks in the City of London and New York. This would inevitably begin the cycle that led to the Gold Crisis of 1931 and the acceleration of the Great Depression.

President Warren Harding

President Warren Harding

Another powerful medium for Rothstein and Rothkopf’s monies was the newly established film industry; large sums of cash were often accepted in 1920’s California without question. The Depression of 1920-21 had absolutely crushed the speculative oil boom that had driven the state following the Gold Rush; the Southern conservatives, city administrations and police departments could not resist the large influx of mob cash and the allure of Hollywood glamour that had stimulated the imaginations of millions around the world. The arrival of Rothstein’s agent, Bugsy Siegel, would change Los Angeles’ destiny forever; as his dynamic personality was able to merge the interests of the California conservative elite with that of organized crime. Traditionally, since the late 1800s, the Irish Mob made it a habit of implementing themselves within city political machines to protect their neighborhoods from corruption and abuse at the hands of other ethnic gangs. Under Rothstein’s unified syndicate model the Irish Mob retained significant influence as the gatekeepers for mafia activities being ran by other ethnic gangs like the Italians and the Armenians. The Irish would maintain control of the cities’ apparatus, the city hall, the police department and the public works administrations; the Italians would function as the gangland muscle and the operators; the Armenians would be the transporters and the Jews would be the money men; collectively these groups would birth the American Mob.  Irish control of the Los Angeles Police Department and LA County Sheriff made it easy for Rothstein to corrupt the police; the Sheriff practically operated as his personal squadron, covering up the misdeeds of famous Hollywood celebrities who worked for Rothstein’s studios while exposing the deeds of others to the press for profit. The American Mob’s racist sentiments in the twenties enhanced the situation of police abuse towards minorities. The police were expected to ignore and even aid syndicate activities while also being directed to make arrests predominantly in Black and Latino neighborhoods; race based arrests were easy media sensations and could easily maintain the prestige of the police force while covering for their participation in the rackets. Rothstein was practically in control of 25% of  United States business by 1925.

 

‘A Return to Normalcy’

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The United States had retained the Gold Standard following the passage of the Federal Reserve Act in 1913; the natural inflation from the 1880’s had been hyperextended by the artificial inflation created during World War I. The Labor Crisis of 1919 slowed the government response to the economy leading to the Depression of 1920-21. Warren Harding won a landslide victory, restoring Republican power under the guidance of the Ohio Gang using the slogan ‘A Return to Normalcy’. Harding responded to the crisis with import-export tariff’s and a job’s program but troubles remained far from over as the new administration began to blatantly hand over the reigns of economic power to the wealthy. Prohibition Laws became a tool of domestic surveillance with the Bureau of Prohibition and the Executive Office itself being notoriously corrupted by mob influence. Union tensions heightened quickly during the Battle of Blair Mountain, the largest civil uprising in US history and the origin of the infamous Mother Jones, when 3000 police had a massive shootout with 10,000 armed coal miners. The blood shed was to remind the unions that the government was willing to help the corporations use force against them.

Battle of Blair Mountain

Battle of Blair Mountain

Harding’s government also brought about the Lochner Era, a time of an extremely conservative Supreme Court that gave the constitution to the large corporations on a silver platter. The Lochner Court was vehemently anti-union and struck down many attempts at pro-union legislation and attempts to implement child labor, minimum wage and maximum work hour laws. The Court also aggressively struck down taxes against large corporations, many among them being Syndicate interests. Harding’s government was very similar to that of George W. Bush’s, the origins of the term cronyism began with Harding’s government due to criticisms resulting from civic abuses by the Ohio Gang. This cabal of White House officials firmly entrenched interests sympathetic to the American oil cartel. This led to the Teapot Dome Scandel when the Secretary of the Interior, Albert Fall, gave a no bid contract on Naval oil reserves to Sinclair Oil and Pan American Petroleum. In return, Fall received millions of dollars (in todays money) in bribes and pay offs. The congressional Democrats successfully led an inquiry into the abuse and found the assets Fall had used to purchase with the bribe money, the scandal became the Watergate of its time and the court proceedings lasted well beyond Harding’s death in 1923. Fall would become the first cabinet member to be convicted of bribery.

Secretary Albert Fall

Secretary Albert Fall

Governance under Harding had collapsed with the Teapot Dome scandal and his death in office and the more respectable Vice President Calvin Coolidge was thrust into the presidency. Coolidge was also a Presidential patsy for the landed elite just as Harding was before him, but unlike Harding, Coolidge was more politically astute and was able to cover for many of the crimes perpetrated by the US Republican oligarchy. Coolidge oppressed the farmer class heavily during his tenure, allocating many of the benefits of government services to the urban service, business and financial sectors. Coolidge made one, J. Edgar Hoover, the head of the Bureau of Investigation which was to administrate the Mann Act, an anti-prostitution racket agency that was primarily used to collect information on philandering officials and prominent men.  He appointed a rogue’s gallery of politicians to his cabinet to transform the economy into a state of ‘scientific taxation’, which was a euphemism for lowering taxes for the rich and deregulating industry. Herbert Hoover was made Secretary of Commerce, he transferred authority of child labor back to the states and created a mass deregulation program for the economy. Andrew Mellon was also named Secretary of the Treasury; Mellon was opposed to medical marijuana over strongly held racial and classist beliefs. Coolidge made it his mission to fulfill Harding’s obligation to roll back the taxes that the wealthy had instituted during World War I; the war contracts that the wealthy had benefitted from were gone and the financial elite desired to transform the US into a service/financial based economy based on theories of Hayekian supercapitalism. The US had become immensely wealthy through obtaining European gold in World War I and were able to extend their money supply to expand development like never seen before. New York became the hub for the global elite and Hollywood entered its Golden Age through the wealth expansion; lower rates instituted by the Federal Reserve also stimulated economic excess. Taxes were cut three times under Coolidge in 1924, 1926 and 1928; government services were also cut which increased the financial burden on state and local governments.

Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge

The lower class accounted for over half the US population in the 1920s; wages and profits among the lower and middle class stagnated throughout the 20’s in a similar manner to that of the 2000’s while business profits hit new high watermarks thanks to the easy money. Because of the wage stagnation, low rates, deregulation and easy money, lending criteria was tossed out the window after 1925 by investment banking institutions. ‘Buying on Margin’ became a casual social term. Financial products and instruments that were normally available only to the oligarchical elite were made available to the public at large. Because of the asset and liquidity bubble being generated by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury department, banks offered margin deals on American stock to the middle and lower classes as a means of retirement savings. The American people, largely uneducated in finance, were unaware that the government had created an artificial economy based on low rates, hot money, European bonds, and cheap fiat. Meanwhile, the Republican government was asset stripping itself, reducing taxes and lowering receipts, selling valuable government land to private owners instead of profiting on leases, dismantling government income and also allowing the sale of federally held gold.  However the economy, after 1927 became largely built on the Federal Reserve’s monetary expansion as European investors began to slowly withdraw assets to fight the onset of the Depression brought upon by World War I.

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US culture became greatly defined by what was described in the Great Gatsby in the mid-20s, a have and have not culture. This was called the ‘Weimar Culture’ attributed to attitudes also seen in post-war Germany during the inflationary era of the Weimer Republic. The youth were called ‘The Lost Generation’, disillusioned by war and Wilson’s domestic dictatorship; this generation produced many great authors including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot and many others. Cultures like Dadaism emerged that resembled metrosexual cultures of today. Urban populations grew rapidly, crime became a public norm, liberal views of equality for women and gays became prevalent especially among the urban educated, and violation of the Volstead Act or Prohibition was widely in vogue. Family units widely collapsed during the 20s following the early 1920 depression and the fast money environment that ensued afterwards made it economically difficult to sustain having children. The divorce rate increased sharply during the 20’s and the definition of relationships with women widely changed. A sexual revolution of sorts occurred; cosmetics, which had previously only been used by prostitutes and clothing models became extremely popular for the flapper culture.  Open relationships and divorce became normal, especially with the economic difficulties men faced versus the cultural promotion of wealth and excess in the Roaring 20’s. This was widely viewed as a rejection of the ‘Victorian’ way of life. Eugenics was considered ‘science’ and extreme nativism became culturally popular. Xenophobia was a widely held belief following World War I with much of the economic malaise being blamed on the Europeans. The KKK, like the Tea Party, rose up as a reaction to this new liberal culture. The KKK would prove to be the most radical Prohibitionists, forming their own Prohibition Anti-Saloon League lynch mob’s to bust alcohol and medical marijuana speakeasies (“tea pads” in Los Angeles)

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“The white, native-born Protestant American, as a member of the religious and racial majority, was usually incapable of doubting his native institutions. The blame for the maladies of his world must rest elsewhere. And so he looked to other influences – Roman Catholics who supposedly challenged Protestant hegemony and the separation of church and state. Catholic, Orthodox, and Jewish immigrants crowding onto American shores, Negroes seeking more equitable treatment, American Jews who kept living costs up while wages went down, and numerous other elements of frustration before which he felt helpless. Then the Klan entered his community and offered him a way to fight back. It’s not surprising that the Klan’s strongest supporters were residents of the rural and isolated countryside and city dwellers who had just recently arrived from the farm who were shocked by the lifestyles they witnessed in the big city. The drastic changes of the preceding half century had largely passed them by and lessened their influence in the country they felt they had once dominated. Now resentment of city and city people and nativism came together in the form of the Ku Klux Klan.” – Indiana State Library

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Mr. Arnold took to expanding his control over the open US economy through industrial racketeering. Bootlegging proceeds were used to gobble up real corporations like construction companies that would then be used to extort monies from companies they developed for. The actual bootlegging would be left to men from the lower gangland echelons while Rothstein and his higher up associates would provide social and legal cover. Often Rothstein would have his speakeasies and marijuana clubs ceremonially raided by the police under his payroll so that the business would be left alone from future investigations. Rothstein’s gangland penetration of local police departments and Henry J. Anslinger’s Bureau of Narcotics would be critical to his development of the international heroin trade. Rothstein, seeing the opportunities present under Narcotics Prohibition, bailed out several major Chinese opium traffickers in California to assume control of their business in return. To domestically traffic the opium, Rothstein bought a series of art galleries around the country and would often ship fermented heroin through art pieces to keep the authorities unaware. Rothstein would establish the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach and San Francisco as two of the largest drug trafficking ports in all of North America.

Old Big Pharma

Old Big Pharma

Almost immediately Rothstein saw a higher return on the syndicate’s heroin sales over their marijuana sales. With heroin their customers could not help but come back for more and would be willing to pay higher prices once their addictions sat in. Marijuana users tended not to use heroin and were ultimately less profitable than their opium addicted counterparts. The narcotics money was washed through the same process that the alcohol and cigarette monies went through, cash would go unreported and would be laundered into gold. Rothstein maintained private agreement with members of the Anglo-American opium oligarchy, to maintain shipments of opium to America from Turkey, India and the Far East in exchange for gold, which Rothstein could easily reproduce. The shipments, in tandem with the illegal alcohol shipments from Canada and Mexico, revealed the beginnings of a private business consortium that was willing to put its full weight behind Rothstein and the American Mob to continue a banned but extremely profitable business from being restricted by a sovereign government. Rothstein, by the time of his death, possessed influence over every major Alcohol and Tobacco distributor in the world; every city machine and sizeable municipal police force was in his pocket; the film industry, under the guidance of his lackey Louis B. Meyer, had become a very lucrative source of income and he had the silent backing of the Anglo-American Pharmaceutical companies that were quietly selling him opium to be sold on the street. The industries under Rothstein’s stewardship would eventually become the Big 5 of Marijuana Prohibition: Big Alcohal, Big Tobacco, Police/Prison Unions, Big Pharma/Opium and Big Oil who became involved with Rothstein after he brought new investment into Southern California.

Louis B Meyer

Louis B Meyer

Organized crime would rule the United States from 1921 until 1932. The power of money was all prevailing following the Financial Crisis of 1920 and Prohibition had practically handed the newly organized Mob a bottomless bank account. Operations under Rothstein were notoriously smooth and came to be known as the Golden Age of the Gangster as ethnic gangs worked in harmony to keep Rothstein’s new cash flows maintained. In the mid-1920’s, Rothstein’s associate, Lou Rothkopf of the Cleveland Mob, came to influence a Bureau of Prohibition officer named Henry J. Anslinger. Rothkopf put Anslinger in charge of overseeing the northeastern heroin rackets, arresting competition and protecting the Syndicate’s operations. Rothstein, realizing the usefulness of having a corrupt police demagogue under his payroll, floated Anslinger several busts to promote his career as a drug czar. The notoriety and connections gave Anslinger official duties as a US drug control advisor and international narcotics control authority. He was promoted by the US government to travel throughout Europe and evaluate the drug control programs of the Western European nations. As the US’ narcotics representative, Anslinger made contact with Rothstein’s business associates within the Anglo-American Opium Cartel; he found that they were very pleased with the outcome of the drug control treaties. Profits had never been higher, despite opium’s international ban, Rothstein’s drug ring had created a large and highly lucrative domestic heroin market in an America powered by hot and fast cash. The British oligarchy, hampered by the economic costs of World War I, empowered Anslinger to set up heroin processing plants throughout the world using their embassies and diplomatic anti-narcotics missions as cover. They realized that the greater the drug sales in the United States, the sooner they would be able to economically recover their war losses through Rothstein’s laundered gold exports to the City of London. Anslinger would travel to all of the major opium producing regions of the world to establish covert factories that would synthesize the raw opium into heroin, the most notorious being the French Connection established between Turkey, Indochina, Sicily, Corsica and Marseilles.

Harry J Anslinger

Harry J Anslinger

However as the money grew, so did the greed among the gangs. Through an unfortunate twist of fate, the Boss of all Bosses, Arnold Rothstein, was assassinated in the fall of 1928 in a barbershop that he owned. The lynchpin to the entire American Syndicate had been killed and the power vacuum left behind by Mr. Arnold was immense. The government launched an immediate investigation into Rothstein’s syndicate, uncovering large heroin networks throughout New York State and Chicago. International heroin production centers were also unveiled in France, Holland and Belgium by the Bureau of Narcotics as being the key to Rothstein’s narcotics empire, however the Bureau had already relocated most of the critical operations to Southern France and Italy by the time of the raids. The Syndicate quickly fell into turmoil as Italian Bosses like Al Capone violently put their foot forward to assume control of the alcohol rackets. Future mob kingpins Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky and Frank Costello targeted the gambling and narcotics rackets with the intention of quickly reestablishing the primacy of the Syndicate’s operations as they had been under Rothstein.

Al Capone

Al Capone

With Mr. Arnold’s death, the decorum that had previously taken place within the Mob was gone. Between 1929 and 1934 the American Mafia was virtually a mobsters free for all. Gangs quickly struck out on their own, developing their own scams and rackets; violently competing with each other for control of shipping lanes and turf. The anarchy was accelerated by the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Rothstein’s Gold Ring had reached its nadir, too many dollars (liquidity) had been removed from the economy by the public’s love for the illegal alcohol and narcotics industries. The government, already having cut taxes several times on the populace, found itself in a financial crisis as too much money had been created relative to the national gold supply. The German economy entered hyperinflation in 1929; the European economy had become dependent on War Reparations and the issuance of new bonds to be bought by American investors. The imbalance of the global economy created a crisis in European bonds by 1929 as European countries failed to economically recover from World War I; the default of bonds created a stock market contagion that quickly spread to the United States. As the stock market began to collapse, large margin calls began to wipe out large blocks of liquidity in the market; the US economy had become severely overextended by the speculative bubble. The agricultural and manufacturing sectors had declined due to deregulation, union busting and debt; these sectors composed of the majority of the US economy and were not strong enough to insulate America from the economic shocks to the financial and services sectors. Loans dried up and banks began to become insolvent as their capital investments were reduced to zero.

 

Collapse

The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl

Hoover was considered to be a ‘useful idiot’ by Andrew Mellon and the Ohio Gang who had persuaded Coolidge to exit stage right in popularity in favor of Hoover, who was a staunch careerist. Mellon had become the spokesman for the American oligarchy in the 1920s and owned one of the largest international banking firms in New York. He had a great reputation for using fiscal policies to ease credit and reduce the public debt. He was keenly aware of the situation that had materialized within the United States, a large pool of fiat liquidity had amassed without the proper Gold supply to back it; imminent defaults on European bonds would have led to large losses and a categorical reduction in the US gold supply to make good on those losses. Mellon and the Federal Reserve had expanded the dollar supply so rapidly during the Roaring 20’s that the United States could only pay 40% of its gold liability. To protect the bullion interests of the oligarchy, Mellon raised the interest rate and sharply contracted the money supply to deflate the dollar back to gold parity. This decision was fine for oligarchical interests who held large bullion and dollar supplies but was utterly devastating for the American farmer and manufacturer who watched as the prices of their products bottomed out, killing thousands of farm businesses and factories throughout the country. Many of the service sector businesses had become mob owned after 1925 and these businesses practically evaporated with the US money supply.

Hoover returned to the playbook used by Harding and Coolidge; putting forward ideas to cut taxes to stimulate growth while investing in large infrastructure projects to stimulate employment. However, unbeknownst to Hoover, a large portion of the assumed tax base had been fraudulent due to the flourishing of organized crime under the previous administrations. The large majority of the population were farmers, mal-investment led to an overproduction in agricultural goods which compounded with the deflation created by Mellon and the Federal Reserve, crushed the commodities market and all of the American farmer’s profits with it. Manufacturing goods followed suit as factories lost their customer bases and raw material vendors. There was literally no tax base left to be had. Hoover scrambled to provide government aide to the public sectors, creating public works programs to build new federal buildings, passing large agricultural subsidies, and prevailing wage acts to boost growth. Hoover, however would not break with Mellon’s view of keeping a balanced budget, refusing to push the government into debt to stave off the Depression. Instead he ran with suggested ideas like deporting 500,000 migrant workers and helping pass the disastrous Smoot-Hawley Tariff which exploded like a bomb on international trade.

Andrew Mellon

Andrew Mellon

In 1929, following the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, Hoover became aware of the large hand of international narcotics that had taken control over the economy of the United States. Vast quantities of heroin and alcohol were being produced outside of the country and the dollar income from those sales was being used to buy US and foreign gold. It became apparent that the Bureau of Prohibition had become completely corrupted, thus Hoover commissioned Mellon to use the authority of the Treasury to divide the Bureau into two organizations: The Bureau of Prohibition which was to be formed from new recruits and led by Eliot Ness; and the Bureau of Narcotics, which drew recruits from the old bureau and was led by Henry J. Anslinger. Hoover hoped to mitigate the Bureau’s corruption by focusing them on tackling heroin rackets ran by minorities not realizing that it was the Bureau who managed them. Heroin imports and sales had declined temporarily following the assassination of Arnold Rothstein; the US government mistook this for a decline in popularity of the drug when in fact the Bureau of Narcotics was already in the process of making the international heroin trade more efficient by establishing the French Connection.

Hoovervilles

Hoovervilles

The final nail in the economic coffin would come in 1931. Eliot Ness’s Untouchables had ferociously dismantled Al Capone’s alcohol empire, breaking the Canadian-Seagram’s Connection and pushing the Italian Mobs back into competition for the narcotics rackets. Ness was a national hero in a decade of practical lawlessness and it became clear that public opinion had staunchly turned against the Mob following Capone’s brutal massacres. Traditionally gangland activities had always stayed incognito and behind-the-scenes, but Capone, an Italian, had loudly brought the bloody violence, public corruption and racket competition before the scrutiny of the public. The landed gentry had also earned the ire of the public at large as they were blamed, and rightfully so, for bringing about the economic devastation that had ripped the world apart. Calls for bigger government and the seizure of the wealth’s ill-gotten assets created a panic among the American elite who saw an existential threat to their status in society with the rejection of lessee-faire capitalism as an economic ideology.

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Trade unionists and economic liberals like Franklin Delano Roosevelt became popular as political candidates, calling for increased taxes and the seizure of monetized commodities. Andrew Mellon, facing impending impeachment, called for a meeting between the Anglo-American elite which included Averill Harriman, leader of the Consortium  and one of the richest bankers in New York. Harriman and Lord Montague Norman of the British Central Bank made a shocking proposal: Norman would raise the interest rate on the pound from 1% to 5%, 1.5 points above the US prime rate with an additional 0.5% on all gold deposits and that all gold would be guaranteed by the English Crown. The Dollar had proven to be a formidable adversary to the international dominance of the British Pound following the First World War. Norman viewed his plan as a painful necessity in maintaining the Pound as the global reserve currency which in turn would maintain the power of the British Empire. Norman’s rate hike would become historically infamous as the coup d’grace to the global economy; literally overnight, vast sums of gold deposits exited the private accounts and accounts of Central Banks around the world. The gold was quickly centralized in the City of London which guaranteed depositor safety from the Crown and higher rates of interest. An international currency crisis immediately followed as non-pound denominated currencies collapsed from the sudden decline in gold reserves. The US economy entered the worst period of deflation in its history, the sudden loss of gold reserves put the economy into complete freefall; banks closed, loans and deposits vanished with the loss of dollar reserves. New money could not be created and old money was being hoarded as prices declined by the hour. The Republican moneyed elite had reached the depths of their own greed and depravity, they had successfully defrauded their own country, the entire country, through the use of organized crime.

Bonus Army Massacre

Bonus Army Massacre

The Great Depression was an unspeakable horror. By the end of 1931, industrial production collapsed by 46%, prices fell by a third, foreign trade declined by two-thirds and unemployment soared by over 600%.  Urban cities filled with citizens from the South and Mid-West, desperately searching for work. Hoovervilles became common with the large population of homeless erecting tent cities to support themselves. The most notorious Hoovervilles’ were in New York’s central park, the Port of Seattle and The Bonus Army, an assemblage of 17,000 World War I veterans and their families in Washington DC led by the famous General Smedley Butler. The federal government had not honored several of the certificates issued to veterans from World War I and Hoover met the protestors with violent reprisals from the local police and the Army which eventually drove the Hooverville from Washington DC.

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The Devil’s Work: Marijuana in the 1920’s and 30’s – Part 1

Devils Work

Forward – He Who Has The Gold Makes The Rules

The Secret History of the Drug War from the 1920’s and onward, starts to get really heavy with lots of twists and turns between corrupted federal and state agencies, mafia bosses and syndicates, merciless corporations and bent politicians, as well as monarchies and brutal oligarchical agendas. This article unveils the truth about why medical marijuana prohibition happened, it is a long and complex tale that will be divided into several parts for the reader’s convenience. As I stated in my thesis, the goal of these reading’s is to illustrate how the American Drug War built large and lasting institutions throughout the 20th century, how Republican Party primacy was achieved through the War on Drugs and how the Drug War evolved into a uniquely American mechanism of state oppression that would shake the very foundations of our democracy. References and a wider array of empirical evidence will be sited here from time to time but most will be reserved for the book that will be released by this author, hopefully within the year. These articles are primarily for public consumption, meant to educate the public on why our laws are the way they are and to stimulate thought and discussion as to how our laws may evolve to the greater benefit of our families, livelihoods and our democracy.

At the advent of Prohibition there were several political, social and economic circumstances that have to be considered to fully understand its rationale:

  • America in the late 19th and early 20th century had become a state defined by hyper-patriotism, messianic racism, eugenics and racial science, religious revivalism and reactionaries, political corruption and Gilded Age greed.
  • The British Opium Wars and the American Civil War heavily enriched a faction of Robber Barons known as ‘The Consortium ’, ‘The Opium Cartel’, ‘The Robber Barons’ and ‘The Gold Ring’. The Opium Cartel would dominate Republican politics following the Civil War and would include many powerful Republican figures of the Robber Baron Era including William Huntington Russell, John D. Rockefeller, Theodore Roosevelt, E. H Harriman, George Herbert Walker, Leland Stanford, Collis Potter Huntington, Mark Hopkins, Charles Crocker, Jay Gould, Andrew Mellon and Warren Delano Jr.
  • Opium was used prior to 1906 as a medicine and as a weapon of vice against enemy nations. The Anglo-American Opium Cartel profited heavily from both producing both opium and morphine, while owning Chinese Opium Dens and controlling the Chinese people trafficking trade to California through Chinese organized crime. Medical marijuana and marijuana were viewed as competitors to opium and opiate products in America. The Opium Cartel would come to dominate and monopolize western US railway through opium imports from China to California to make morphine. Trade liberalization of opium in the late 1800’s would allow the Opium magnates to help other industrialists build their monopolies through banking deposits and loans.
  • Many of the opium magnates would become major railroad, chemical, oil, tobacco, alcohol and finance powers themselves but the most powerful would evolve their corporations into the pharmaceutical companies that we know today as ‘Big Pharma’. This cabal of ultra-wealthy and their financial networks would historically be known as ‘America’s 60 Families’, the American super-elite who intermarried with ‘the landed gentry’ of Europe. Many powerful American figures would come out of this dynasty, most notably President’s Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gerald Ford, VP Nelson Rockefeller, George Bush and George W. Bush, and many others. In the 21st Century, these interests are represented by a faction within the Republican Party that controls Tobacco, Alcohol, Pharmaceuticals, Oil and Prisons otherwise known as the Neo-Conservatives.
  • At the beginning 20th century, Republicans and Democrats were divided into four camps:
    • Roosevelt Progressives (Republican) – Strong military, Gold Standard, Nativist, Big Business, Robber Barons, Anti-Labor, Eugenics, Big Pharma, Big Alcohol, Big Tobacco, Big Firearms, KKK, Close Ties to Europe, Chemical Companies and Banks.
    • Taft Progressives (Republican) – Isolationist, Gold Standard, Anti-Trust, Pro-Labor, Pro-Minimum Wage, Pro Food Control, Public Works, Urbanization, Women’s Suffrage.
    • Business Progressives (Democrat) – Strong military, Gold Standard, Big Business, Anti-Labor, Eugenics, KKK, Social Conservatives and Temperance, Religious Reactionaries, Prohibitionist, Women’s Suffrage.
    • Southern Democrats, Free Silver and Free Soil (Democrat) – Isolationist, Anti-Trust, Pro-Farmer, Pro-Labor, Religious Revivalist, Prohibitionist, Nativist, KKK (mixed pro and con), Anti-Gold Standard, Anti-Eugenics, Small Business.

American politics by 1900 became completely controlled by political machines and big business interests of the American elite, elections were more often than not rigged and were also racially bias due to Jim Crow laws and segregation. Yellow journalism became a powerful tool to influence finance and politics and many newspapers were first opened by the elite, like William Randolph Hearst, the New York Times and the Oppenheimer Family, to harness the power of the media to achieve their political goals. American politics were largely defined by the outcome of the civil war and the imposition of the Gold Standard by the Republicans upon the American people. Wedge politics was heavily influenced by British racial theories and Protestant Revival ministers during the mid-to-late 1800s and as a result social ills were largely attributed to foreigners, targeted ethnicities and classes, their religions, and the industries they were associated with. Newspapers owned by wealthy industrialist families would exploit racial tension and fear as a means to suppress Marxism, Socialism and the new labor movements called ‘Unions’.

The Gold Standard became an economic imposition throughout the world as Great Britain, the holder of the world’s reserve currency at the time, the Pound Sterling, had used the policy to repatriate its own gold from China. Great Britain held a large empire throughout the world that benefitted from global fiat exchanges of the pound which has surfaced out of necessity through the Napoleonic Wars. Large debt excesses to China after 1820 emerged due to gold settlement policies and the British, in order to stave off inflation and economic disarray, engaged in a policy of opium purchases and sales to China.

The plot to sell opium for gold was highly complex and could not have been achieved without the help of American railroad industrialists. China’s population suffered opium epidemics into the 1840’s and realized England was attempting to hook their population on an English owned product prior to returning to a Gold Standard; this would give the British the opportunity to reverse the trade balance and strengthen the British Pound. Regulatory intervention was blocked by the first Opium War and hot money investment flowed into China through the development of the opium trade in California; a market and money bubble would emerge in China during the American civil war through medical narcotics demand from China.

The California Opium Baron’s would pioneer the California railroad industry to ship Chinese and British gold across the United States to New York where it would be delivered to London. Lincoln knew that the Northern Republican elite were descended from British merchant aristocracy and created the fiat greenback as a way to stave off British influence over the Union economy during the war as they were backing both sides. This financial process, after Lincoln’s assassination, led to the creation of the Republican Gold Ring, the consolidation of the 60 families and inevitably the imposition of the Gold Standard in America by the Anglo-American financial elite.

We will explore America’s evolution with medical marijuana through the early 20th century as Prohibition, corrupt government and organized crime would jostle to gain control of the distribution of the herbal medicine.

 

Superpatriotism

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The noise from among the different medical marijuana camps in recent years have left most Americans, speculating in bewilderment about the reasoning behind marijuana’s prohibition. Figures like Don Duncan of American’s For Safe Access, Thomas Forcade of High Times and Keith Stroup of NORML have often misled the public by primarily attributing marijuana prohibition to petty racism and cultural attitudes of the late 1930s.  Wiser heads like Jack Herer left evidence pointing to more sinister machinations surrounding the chemical company DuPont Nemours (DuPont-Astor-Roosevelt), Monsanto, Koch owned paper companies like Georgia Pacific and to no surprise, Big Tobacco companies like Phillip Morris and RJ Reynolds.

However, even with all of this ‘evidence’ the citizenry seem unable to draw a definitive conclusion as to why medical marijuana is illegal, it just doesn’t add up. If medical marijuana was used as a medicine in America for almost 150 years, why would it be suddenly just taken away? Was fervent patriotism and racism enough? How could the medical community so recklessly group marijuana with opium? Were Big Tobacco and Big Pharma politically able to do it alone?

The key to understanding all of the above, is to inherently understand the nature and foundation of Prohibition itself. In order to do this we must take an honest and sober look at the politics and society of the United States up to the initiation of Prohibition in 1919. America from the Spanish American War onward had been imbued with a sense of Superpatriotism that was commonplace among the Western nations prior to World War in 1914. The American economy had rapidly emerged as the world’s leading industrial economy and like so many industrializing nations, had found itself in a state of class war between Big Business and the newly emerged organized labor.

Anti-Saloon League Poster

Anti-Saloon League Poster

The rise of labor power in America came as a symptom of organized industrial corruption that had come to pervade all aspects of society from the 1880s through the 1920s. Big Business responded to labor with violent repression through their political front men and by sponsoring racial-religious organizations like the Temperance Movement, the Anti-Saloon League, the KKK, the Know Nothings and other various Protestant nativist groups that would keep the middle and working classes divided. America was also defined by an immense wealth disparity between the rich and poor. The wealthy insulated by the Gold Standard from the working classes, indulged in Eugenics and Racial Sciences to justify not only their race but also their positions in society and in the world.

KKK

This amalgamation of forces would soon spiral out of control under the dictatorial presidency of Woodrow Wilson. The period of Woodrow Wilson’s presidency was defined by racial hyper-nationalism that can only be resembled in very small part by American patriotic fervor experienced during Ronald Reagan and 9/11. The hyper-nationalist movement was intensely public, demagogic, intimidating, exceptionalist and intensely race based; claiming that Protestant white America had been blessed by God through genetics to lead the world. Wilson himself was a pawn and collaborator of big business interests; the Republican-Consortium  machine had put their weight behind him following their disastrous experience with William Howard Taft and Wilson had shown to be a trustworthy replacement. Wilson himself was a high ranking member of the KKK and had silently supported the marketing of heroin over morphine for Big Pharma while publically endorsing the limiting of alcohol, marijuana and natural medicines, blaming them for bringing about the influence of socialism and communism.

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson

Wilson’s personality was able to successfully merge The Temperance Movement, Women’s Suffrage, the KKK, Anti-Saloon League and Know-Nothings into one far right extremist faction under Democratic leadership that he used as a political tool to carry out his ambitions. The Temperance and Women’s Suffrage Movement would distract from labor and provide political cover for Wilson, while the KKK and Anti-Saloon League would play the violent role of the strike breaker and riot ultra. Wilson played upon the racial fears of the South and incited Protestant ministers with propagations of anti-Semitism, interracial relations and plots from the Vatican to improve his standing.

The Second Klan saw threats from every direction. A religious tone was present in its activities; “two-thirds of the national Klan lecturers were Protestant ministers,” says historian Brian R. Farmer. Much of the Klan’s energy went to guarding “the home;” the historian Kathleen Bleeits said its members wanted to protect “the interests of white womanhood.”

“The pamphlet ABC of the Invisible Empire, published in Atlanta by Simmons in 1917, identified the Klan’s goals as “to shield the sanctity of the home and the chastity of womanhood; to maintain white supremacy; to teach and faithfully inculcate a high spiritual philosophy through an exalted ritualism; and by a practical devotedness to conserve, protect and maintain the distinctive institutions, rights, privileges, principles and ideals of a pure Americanism.

“The massive immigration of Catholics and Jews from eastern and southern Europe led to fears among Protestants about the new peoples, and especially about job and social competition. The Great Migration of African Americans to the North stoked job and housing competition and racism by whites in Midwestern and Western industrial cities. The second Klan achieved its greatest political power in Indiana; it was active throughout the South, Midwest, especially Michigan; and in the West, in Northern California, Colorado and Oregon. The migration of both African Americans and whites from rural areas to Southern and Midwestern cities increased social tensions.”

Wilson’s suppression of the labor movement was essential to the power of Big Business at this time. Big Business, especially Big Pharma, were undergoing a transition into the war economy in 1914 following the passage of the Federal Reserve Act the year prior to centralize finance. Large businesses began centralizing operations and staking their bets in war contracts behind the armies of the warring European nation states. Wilson passed several unlawful executive orders curbing laborers first amendment rights to speech and assembly to help suppress labor resistance for the American corporations while they engaged in grand scale war profiteering. During the war, labor strikes were met with brutal reprisals, including the Ludlow Massacre of 1914 at John D Rockefeller’s Colorado Fuel & Iron Company, in which 1200 striking coal miners and their families were brutally attacked by the Colorado National Guard resulting in the deaths of 25, including women and children who had been burned alive. Wilson derided the unions as socialists, enemy saboteurs and German sympathizers; with his extremist lobby groups promoting alcohol, opium and marijuana as the cause of labor unrest.

Ludlow Massacre

Ludlow Massacre

Marijuana use would have its first negative use association during World War I as it was often used by tradesmen and unionists in their downtime to heal from work stresses. Marijuana was blamed for the laborers affinity for communism and socialism, derided as being confused from their overuse of medicinal and herbal marijuana leading to their subversive nature. These newspaper articles and campaigns would become the precursor to William Randolph Heart’s Reefer Madness campaigns in the 30s. The KKK and the Temperance Movement saw an easy target in Marijuana, they could achieve their political ends by linking marijuana use to minorities and whites of low social standing. Republican and Democratic city administrations saw the opportunity to expand the power of their police forces by supporting these political agendas, by banning marijuana use police forces could freely enter minority neighborhoods and increase arrests. Cities could also impose greater neighborhood controls on the basis of drug use. This led to a spread of prohibitive ordinances in many cities throughout the country following the Harrison Tax Act of 1914.

William Randolph Hearst

William Randolph Hearst

Marijuana was especially targeted by the Californian conservative oligarchy because of the deep resentment held towards minorities by new Southern white immigrants who had been disaffected by their exploitation under Southern Reconstruction. Many Southerners and Mormons, following the Civil War moved to California to capture the tail end of the Gold Rush; following 1880 another large influx of Southerners and Northern Know-Nothings moved to California to participate in the oil and logging boom. They established conservative bastions throughout the state, most notably in San Diego, Anaheim, Long Beach, Simi Valley, Pasadena, Bakersfield, Fresno, Oceanside, Sacramento, Ventura and Oroville. Strong bureaucracies within these city governments were created to ensure the continuation of the personal and corporate interests of the new Southern gentry and bar ethnic minorities from equitable representation. Many of these administrations expanded in the 20’s and 30’s, drawing their ranks from the KKK, Nazi sympathizers, and Southern recruits with strong segregationist beliefs. These types of individuals were especially targeted for police recruitment, filling the ranks of the LAPD, SFPD and countless Sheriff’s Departments throughout the state.

KKK in Anaheim

KKK in Anaheim

America under Wilsonian Democracy brought about the triumph of elite wealth over the middle and lower classes in not just industry but in education and ethics as well. The rise of Communism and Marxism throughout Europe had created a boogeyman for the American industrialist to use against the American laborer.  This fear would be used to promote American involvement in World War I. William Jennings Bryan, a champion of the poor and faithful from the South had watched his influence within the Democratic Party wane under the power of Wilson’s Business Progressives’ and their alliance with the Southern KKK. Bryan had previously struggled against the Republicans under William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt to combat the Gold Standard and the economic subjugation that had resulted for the American farmer. Bryan now found himself now found himself battling against the Progressive’s in all aspects of politics while serving as Wilson’s Secretary of State. For one, the Progressive’s had asserted eugenics, social Darwinism and racial sciences as fact rather than theory; pushing the rejection of religion and monotheism from the classroom in favor of a racial science based curriculum. Bryan would later take this on in the infamous Scopes Monkey Trials in the mid-20s. More importantly, The Progressive Republicans and Democrats, united by William Randolph Hearst and Big Pharma and led by Theodore Roosevelt, began to put immense pressure on Wilson to enter World War I.

Big Pharma profited immensely from World War I by selling opium, morphine and heroin to the European nations through military contracts, especially to Russia who was ill equipped but possessed the largest army. By 1915, Russian losses were mounting and the American industrialists had become concerned that Russia would not be able to continue to purchase the massive quantities of narcotics needed to supply their troops. Big Pharma seeking to continue the war time profits and an extension of the war heavily funded the Republican and Democratic KKK to pressure Wilson into putting US troops in the war. Bryan, a political enemy of Big Pharma and a pacifist, had led the passage with the Temperance Movement of the Harrison Tax Act of 1914 in a bid to limit the power of Big Pharma in America and end the nation’s Heroin epidemic that occurred during the previous decade. Bryan, with good intentions, supported the Act to damage the opium trade, seeing it as the source of Republican power and the money power behind the Gold Standard and the Robber Barons; he actually encouraged the use of marijuana as a regulated medicine but saw ‘the regulations of poisons’ as a pretext to limit the power of the Opium trusts.

William Jennings Bryan

William Jennings Bryan

Bryan epitomized the prohibitionist viewpoint: Protestant and nativist, hostile to the corporation and the evils of urban civilization, devoted to personal regeneration and the social gospel, he sincerely believed that prohibition would contribute to the physical health and moral improvement of the individual, stimulate civic progress, and end the notorious abuses connected with the liquor and opiate traffic. Hence he became interested when its devotees in Nebraska viewed direct legislation as a means of obtaining anti-saloon laws.”

However, with the Harrison Tax Act, Big Pharma had successfully directed the Republicans to amend the tax act with the goal of leaving foreign sale and distribution of opium and heroin legal and abolish copyrights and patents of foreign formulas that had been held by Germany on the grounds of national defense. Trading embargoes by the German’s during World War I, along with supply shortages to Russia compelled Big Pharma to support US entry into the war to create a new market for its highly regulated opiates. Lobby pressure on Wilson’s Administration forced Bryan out of the White House in 1915, radicalizing Bryan to put his full power behind Prohibition and the new Anti-Evolution movement that had surfaced as an extreme response to the inculcation of eugenics in schools. Bryan saw these movements as an effort in social morality, not so much as to what they represented, but in that the Democrats could effectively combat the influence of the Northern Industrialists using the ethical platform.

President Theodore Roosevelt

President Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt, Bryan’s adversary, enjoyed a very strong post-presidential public and political reputation and was able to portray Bryan’s efforts, prior to WWI, to coordinate the US Army against Pancho Villa during the Mexican Civil War as ‘weak and humiliating’ to a hyper-nationalist public. The British blockade in 1916 on continental Europe would put pressure on the industrialist’s war profits and in turn, the pressure was put on Wilson’s re-election to ensure compliance with their demands for US involvement in the war. Wilson catered to the Republican’s demands, moving left politically to assuage labor voters, bringing in the coalition of Roosevelt Republicans to narrowly defeat Charles Evan Hughes and the Taft Republicans in the 1916 election. Wilson’s successful re-election allowed the floodgates on war profiteering to slam wide open. Famous Marine General Smedley Butler would later recount the utter corporate corruption that occurred during WWI in his now infamous book “War is a Racket”. Record gold imports by the US Treasury and US corporations for arms and supplies sales to Europe during World War I would occur at this time, enriching many American industrialists beyond their wildest dreams. The transfer of gold from Europe to America would be key to both America’s future economic power and key to the dominance of American big business in the century to come. Sales of opiate medication was the number one tradable item for gold during World War I and always remember “he who has the gold makes the rules”.

 

The Great War Changes The World

World War I

World War I

World War I is one of the most generationally traumatic events to ever occur in human history. It was the culmination of centuries long rivalries between the church, the monarchy and the moneyed elite for control of at the first the continent of Europe and then the world. World War II, nuclear weapons, The War on Drugs, financial crimes and panics of nations, and revolutions that followed would never have occurred without it. World War I was the first change in the order of the world since the fall of the Roman Empire and the rise of Charlemagne.

World War I was carefully crafted and planned by the monarchy and moneyed elite as a sick and perverse social and economic experiment; as we had discussed before, racial and cultural supremacy along with eugenics were cultural beliefs of the day. The elite viewed racial theory as a form of ultimate human competition with themselves being the best competitors of their own races and nations. The monarchs were at the head of the elite bloodlines and marriage into royal bloodlines became an obsession of the American and European industrialists from the 1880s to the 1920s. King Edward VII, King of England from 1901-1910 and son of Queen Victoria, had viewed the Third French Republic and the new German Empire as an existential threat to Anglo domination of the world. Edward was a politically powerful king with a vast network of friends in the international financial community who created the idea of the war as a potential goldmine for war profiteers and as a way to ‘keep Europe in balance’. France, Russia, Austria and Germany would square off on the continent of Europe while British and American pharmaceuticals, gun-makers, banks, oil and chemical manufacturers, steel makers and the shipping industry would all profit heavily from supplying the war effort. American and British gold supplies were heavily interlinked, thus America could be used as a source of war credit for England to maintain the war for several years.

King Edward VII

King Edward VII

Edward also saw the war as the way to maintain the international supremacy of the British Empire, something that had come to be challenged in recent years by German super-nationalism and German gold mining. The king wanted pound sterling financial supremacy to continue and this could only be done by heavily indebting the other European nations through war.   He manufactured the Entente Cordial with France to create a balance of military alliances with Russia and England against Germany and Austria-Hungary; he often criticized his own nephew, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, known for his temper, to openly to stoke diplomatic tensions. Edward also reformed the British military in preparation for war, creating the Expeditionary Force with the thought that the French would bear the brunt of the assault. German militarism under the Kaiser had also taken a hostile tone with the dismissal of Bismarck and the realignment of foreign policy for a war with England. The moneyed elite on both sides wanted the war, to expand their own wealth, redefine international trade, test the mettle of their military machines and to see which European tribes were indeed superior on the battlefield.

War broke out in 1914 following the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Serbia. Kaiser Wilhelm promised German support against Serbia, taking the bait offered by King Edward and triggering a war with Russia and the alliance system. The war break out in colonial hotspots around the globe but the primary focus of the war would be on the Western Front between France and Germany and the Eastern Front between Germany and Russia. Trench warfare, tanks, machine guns, air warfare and chemical warfare would make their debut reigning chaos across Europe. American troops were committed to the war in 1917.

World War I Map

World War I Map

Shades of the Iraq War persisted throughout the conflict with cost plus contracts, supply shortages, unsupplied payments and pay offs to participant commanders. Wilson and the Northern Industrialists transformed the US economy into a war economy of whose basis was total profit for the wealthy at the expense of poor. The Federal Reserve Act enforced the new Federal Income Tax to subsidize the war profiteers, using the tax monies to pay for the war contracts. Big Business were able to essentially wash their own money through the war knowing that any taxes paid would go to pay the contracts and war bonds they held. The First World War proved to be the most single profitable event for the American Upper Class beyond the Civil War itself, pushing them to a new height of power and influence unseen before in the world.

World War I’s legacy would impose its mark on every major military event since its occurrence, for it would trigger a chain of events that would lead to some of the most infamous events in world history. Engineering of war contracts by big financial names like JP Morgan, Rockefellar, Bernard Baruch and many other kings of Wall Street led to the beginning of Wall Street’s winner take all economy in the 20s as the Upper Class saw that they could plunder the populace at will. Wages had remained stagnant despite the imposition of production increases for the war, management refused to pass profits downward and labor unions were formed to oppose both the war and the harsh conditions that they were subject to by employers.

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The war would claim 39 million lives, both soldier and civilian, and would rewrite the balance of power for the entire world. The monarchy of Russia had been completely overthrown by a communist revolution and was left in a brutal state of civil war; the monarchy of Germany itself had also been overthrown and had been replaced by an oligarchical republican government. France and England found themselves in a state of financial and military disarray, exhausted resources and war time debts to the United States had left them in a dependent position. Most of the European countries left the gold standard during World War I, however the US had remained on the standard to allow its industrialists to settle supply shipments in gold payment. The United States would emerge as the wealthiest nation in the world.

 

The Labor Crisis of 1919

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1919 was a bell weather year for the United States as social pressures at home reached their boiling point and exploded. Despite the conclusion of the war, the United States remained in a state of wartime centralization and it had appeared that Wilson had no intention of demobilizing the power of the war profiteers. The Russian Revolution of 1918 also had empowered the spirits of labor movements worldwide as the Empire of the Russian Tsar collapsed under a workers revolution and a new Soviet state had been established much to the shock of the entire western world. Europe itself had devolved into a state of conflict between socialists and the emerging fascist groups born out of the disaffected military elite fighting to retain their royalist privileges. In the United States there was a feeling of disdain and skepticism following the war toward the economic rhetoric of the Upper Class, and the government itself which was seen as servants of wealth and pickpockets of the people.

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The First Red Scare broke out in 1919 over a dispute between newly formed labor unions and the war time provisions business leaders had used to oppress and bust the unions. The action began right away in early January when the Seattle General Strike broke out with over 60,000 shipyard workers striking for higher wages. The strike paralyzed Seattle and there was a general fear among the wealthy class that America now risked a Proletarian Revolution as seen in the Soviet Union just a year before. The Mayor of Seattle had 3000 police and federal troops engage with the rioters deriding them as anarchists. The Yellow Press owned by several members of the 60 Families and upstarts like William Randolph Hearst accused the Strike as being an attempt at Communist revolution. The General Strike would end the following month following labor negotiations and the government would respond to the striking workers with the creation of the Overman Committee.

“The Overman Committee was a special 5-man subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary chaired by North Carolina Democrat Lee Slater Overman. First charged with investigating German subversion during World War I, its mandate was extended on February 4, 1919, just a day after the announcement of the Seattle General Strike, to study “any efforts being made to propagate in this country the principles of any party exercising or claiming to exercise any authority in Russia” and “any effort to incite the overthrow of the Government of this country. The Committee’s hearings into Bolshevik propaganda, conducted from February 11 to March 10, 1919, developed an alarming image of Bolshevism as an imminent threat to the U.S. government and American values.”

Tensions were further inflamed following the landmark Supreme Court decision of Schenck vs. The United States, a case where one Charles T. Schenck, a member of the American Socialist Party, had been indicted under Wilson’s Espionage Act of 1917 for distributing subversive anti-war leaflets to military draftees during World War I stating that the Draft was illegal under the 13th Amendment. Schenck had appealed under his First Amendment rights but the Supreme Court upheld his conviction. To many this was seen as a travesty of justice and a declaration that the courts would be against organized labor for the time to come. The American Legion was formed following the verdict to put down unions by hiring unemployed veterans to form mercenary like security squads that would assist the police in quelling strikes and riots. Mitchell Palmer, an avowed anti-labor politician, was selected by Wilson to be his last Attorney General and squelch the labor menace.

Seattle shipyard

April grew even tenser, as prominent labor leader IWW head Eugene Debs was incarcerated for speaking out against the war and the Wilson Administration’s perpetuation of the war economy. The Boston Telephone Strike would soon follow as 9,000 telephone operators went on strike in New England. Strikebreaking groups were successfully beaten back by unions and the wage increases were implemented. Union reactionaries responded to the Debs imprisonment by mailing 36 mail bombs to several government officials, Attorney General Palmer and industrialists including John D Rockefeller. Unions like the AFL, CIO and IWW started looking for financial backing to step up their resources against the increased political pressure from the money industrialists. Strikebreakers were often aided by the police and the local city machines which were often ran by the Irish Mobs on behalf of the city’s landed gentry. Jewish and Italian gambling racketeers from ethnic immigrant gangs out of Cleveland and New York had rivalries with the Irish dating back to the late 1800s and would start providing financing and muscle to unions to help them conduct their strike activities against the municipal apparatus.

These racketeers would help finance the May Day Strike of 1919 which was a multi-city general labor protest in Boston, New York and Cleveland. Police tried to stop the marches but were overran by union organizers and mob thugs. Veterans and soldiers joined in the protest burning their military uniforms and government war propaganda. The largest protest was organized in Cleveland in support of the union candidate for Mayor; the Rockefellar Consortium organized a group of War Loan workers to form a gang and attack the protest, leading to a riot and street violence. Rockefellar and Oppenheimer-owned news magazines blamed the laborers, drug use and communism for inciting the War Loan workers to attack.

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The following month in June eight large mail bombs with up to 25 pounds of dynamite each were sent to several US cities with political and business targets alike. Mailers were sent with the bombs accusing the recipients of inciting class warfare and domestic subjugation.  The newspapers worked hard to frame the entire labor movement as an anarchist movement and this was aided by Wilson’s doubling down on Women’s Rights to Vote and Prohibition to keep the family focus on social management rather than labor rights. However by Mid-Summer the Chicago Race Riots would break out in what became known as Red Summer.

Chicago Race Riots

Chicago Race Riots

Red Summer was a culmination between labor tensions ongoing throughout the year and the influx of African American labor from the South into the Northern industries that had started during the decade. African Americans were largely blamed by the racial policies of the Wilson government as being socialist instigators in their demands for equal rights in both society and the workplace: “Authorities viewed African Americans’ advocacy of racial equality, labor rights, or the rights of victims of mobs to defend themselves with alarm. In a private conversation in March 1919, President Wilson said that “the American Negro returning from abroad would be our greatest medium in conveying bolshevism to America.”

Riots broke out all over the country with race riots breaking out in South Carolina, Texas, Arizona, and Illinois. Struggles between blacks and whites broke out in the military over Wilson’s policies of re-segregation, undoing much of the progress that had been achieved since the Civil War. Chicago saw the greatest violence break out between the black community and the police over police killings and unsolved murders. Government accusations of communism led to white lynch mobs killing black citizens throughout the country. Militias on both sides were formed leading to several skirmishes through the South. Race riots would continue ceaselessly for all three summer months of 1919.

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Deep divisions among the socialist political representatives emerged during their attempt to organize. Some factions wanted to work for Lenin’s Comintern, while others proposed an independent American communist organization and center-left unionist organizations. The Boston Police Strike would also break out during Red Summer, the AFL unionized the policemen who immediately went on strike for higher wages and benefits.

Police Commissioner Edwin Upton Curtis denied that police officers had any right to form a union, much less one affiliated with a larger organization like the AFL. During the strike, Boston experienced two nights of lawlessness until several thousand members of the State Guard supported by volunteers restored order, though not without causing several deaths. The public, fed by lurid press accounts and hyperbolic political observers, viewed the strike with a degree of alarm out of proportion to the events, which ultimately produced only about $35,000 of property damage. A report from Washington, D.C. included this headline: “Senators Think Effort to Sovietize the Government Is Started.” Senator Henry Cabot Lodge saw in the strike the dangers of the national labor movement: “If the American Federation of Labor succeeds in getting hold of the police in Boston it will go all over the country, and we shall be in measureable distance of Soviet government by labor unions. “The Ohio State Journal opposed any sympathetic treatment of the strikers: “When a policeman strikes, he should be debarred not only from resuming his office, but from citizenship as well. He has committed the unpardonable sin; he has forfeited all his rights. The strikers were called “deserters” and “agents of Lenin.” The Philadelphia Public Ledger viewed the Boston violence in the same light as many other of 1919’s events: “Bolshevism in the United States is no longer a specter. Boston in chaos reveals its sinister substance.” President Woodrow Wilson, speaking from Montana, branded the walkout “a crime against civilization” that left the city “at the mercy of an army of thugs.”

In September of 1919, the AFL voted with the steelworkers unions to have an industry-wide strike. Half of the US steel industry was immediately shutdown posing a threat to the power of steel barons like Andrew Carnegie. The Steel Barons paid the newspapers handsome sums to turn public opinion against the steelworkers and brought in 40,000 immigrant scabs to work the factories. Union power was widely blamed on the influences of alcohol and the vices of alcohol, marijuana, prostitution and opiates. The political discourse had become dominated by the radical KKK, Eugenics, Anti-Union and Temperance Movements who were all calling for large scale sterilization and prohibition programs. Rejection of law became popular as a cultural motif for the 1920s because government overall was seen as corrupt and subservient only to the upper classes. Narcotics abuse had also become an urban problem with the rise of popularity of heroin and the prevalence of post-war opium addiction. Heroin had out popularized Medical Marijuana as the narcotic of choice during that decade but had been regulated out of the market by the Harrison Tax Act, leaving a market opportunity for a Jewish gambler and fixer named Arnold Rothstein.

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Continue to Part 2…

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/07/27/the-devils-work-marijuana-in-the-20s-and-30s-part-2/

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Narc vs. Narc 2: The California Cannabis Coup D’etat

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Why was medical marijuana conceived? To quote a great man, it was conceived “to free a plant, to free a people, to free a planet”. Marijuana’s past had been lost in over a century of prohibition brought upon by an extreme belief in the pseudoscience of eugenics, previously used as a medicine to heal the central nervous system and the immune system for thousands of years. Marijuana had nearly come to be free again several times in the 1960’s and 1970’s but, due to financial forces seeking to keep the plant bonded and the people dependent on their products and services, the promised reform never came. The state created an organization called the Drug Enforcement Agency who were given carte blanche to enhance the prison complex by distributing drugs from cannabis to crack throughout the United States to entrap US citizens and confiscate their wealth for four decades. So medical marijuana had to be created, to free the pharmaceutical benefits of a plant, to free a people from an abuse of power and to free the planet from abuse of its resources.

Compassionate Use

Dennis Peron and Jack Herer - Heroes of Marijuana

Jack Herer and Dennis Peron – Heroes of Medical Marijuana

The modern era of medical marijuana reform in the United States began with the passage of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 also known as Proposition 215. The Proposition was created by famous Pioneers of Medical Marijuana Dennis Peron and John Entwhistle Jr. in collaboration with the old Prop 215 gang Anna Boyce RN, Valerie Corral, Dale Gieringer, Thomas Seiler, William Panzer, the infamous Scott Imler, Steve Kubby, and psychiatrist Tod H. Mikuriya. Proposition 215 was organized when Peron united with Los Angeles AIDS commissioner Richard Eastman and Dr. Charles Farthing of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to lobby the State of California to make medical marijuana available to critically and terminally ill patients throughout the state.

Most Americans don’t realize that when Proposition 215 was first created there was a clause that existed within the bill that prevented law enforcement from abusing their powers to turn California into a state of quasi-legality and quasi-enforcement, there was more comprehensive allocations to the patients regarding insurance and general protections from prosecution were clearly delineated. However on the eve of the due date of Prop 215’s ballot signatures, Peron had come to realize that they did not have enough signatures to introduce Prop 215 on the ballot. Peron and the other Pioneers knew that the window of government allowance for such a piece of legislation would be short. They were desperate to find funding and gather enough signatures, Peron found himself without a choice and he turned to the only willing hand, George Soros.

George Soros

George Soros

George Soros had a long held interest in medical marijuana because he has heard rumors that the DEA had buried studies since the 1960s showing that certain strains of medical marijuana could extend life. Soros, already a major shareholder in several large pharmaceutical corporations throughout the world, wanted to dominate the cannabis seed market and take control of literally the entire marijuana market for his own profit, much like how Edison stole many inventions from Tesla so did Soros seek to steal cannabis’ medical secrets from the hippies and masters of medicine like Dennis Peron and Jack Herer. Peron, delinquent on signatures and funding was left with little choice but to cave in to the corporate consortium led by Soros and followed by business magnates like George Zimmer and Peter Lewis.  Soros used his financial and political prowess to immediately dominate the political proceedings for Proposition 215.

Soros quickly worked to build his alliances within the state by promising more leeway to the medical community in the legislation while also cutting a deal with the California Police Unions and Prison Unions to allow law enforcement activities against patients and dispensaries to continue unabated. Both Soros and Peter Lewis saw that it was in their interests to keep a law enforcement loophole open so they could employ gangs, corrupt police and DEA officials to conduct raids against competition, namely his former Prop 215 business partners the Pioneers of Medical Marijuana and the Green Triangle.

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis

Soros and Lewis would act upon this ruthlessly during the Bush years as they would soon discover that their dispensaries had trouble competing with the superior growing techniques of the Emerald Triangle and the California Hippies who had been growing themselves since the beginning of the Vietnam War. The hippies believed in the spirit and moral guidance of the original Proposition 215 and they tried to offer the marijuana at lower cost with superior quality to the people of California. This was completely contradictory to Soros’ plan, as he sought to monopolize the finer seeds and utilize them to develop pharmaceutical syntheses that he could patent and control. Soros turned to the Republican Party who had experience from the Sensimilla Wars of the late 70’s to early 80’s in creating intimidation campaigns against growers and doctors in California. Despite Democratic leadership, Republicans had been deeply imbedded in the executive offices of the government since the Nixon and Reagan eras; the DEA was practically a drug running paramilitary wing of the GOP after being utilized by the CIA to run operations in South America in the 70’s and 80s. They were especially loyal to Consortium power brokers like George H.W. Bush whose son, George W Bush, was unfortunately fated to win a controversial election in Soros’ favor in 2000.

The Bush Doctrine

That's Our Bush

That’s Our Bush

When George W Bush came to power, our long national nightmare truly began and to add insult to injury the Bush Justice Department catered to Soros’ demands: eliminate competition within the Emerald Triangle to the best of their ability and deliver the seeds of the hippies to him in which Soros would ensure premium compensation. Bush, on behest of his father Bush Sr. who shared financial interests with Soros in pharmaceutical opium from abroad, sent Dick Cheney to meet with a private group of individuals of which included Peter Lewis, Paul Wolfowitz, George Soros, the Reynolds family, the Seagrams family and a number of other billionaires to discuss the ‘opportunities’ the impending conflict in Afghanistan could provide. Many of the executives in the room were top Anglo-American pharmaceutical interests who were primarily interested in dealing with the Northern Alliance warlords of Afghanistan and acquiring the best opium on the planet to be used to mass produce millions of painkillers throughout America and Europe.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar – Afghan Opium Warlord

Soros and Lewis made their opinions clear at the meeting that they were more interested in the rare sativa and indica found in the regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Along with the new heroin route from the Golden Crescent to the Middle East, it had to be guaranteed that large supplies of rare cannabis and especially cannabis seeds were included. Routes were also created through Pakistan to India and Thailand to ship cannabis and heroin eastward to California.

“…….after American and British troops invaded Afghanistan, removed the Taliban and installed the interim government, the land under cultivation leapt back to 285 square miles (740 km2), with Afghanistan supplanting Burma to become the world’s largest opium producer once more. Opium production in that country has increased rapidly since, reaching an all-time high in 2006. According to DEA statistics, Afghanistan’s production of oven-dried opium increased to 1,278 tons in 2002, more than doubled by 2003, and nearly doubled again during 2004. In late 2004, the U.S. government estimated that 206,000 hectares were under poppy cultivation, 4.5% of the country’s total cropland, and produced 4,200 metric tons of opium, 76% of the world’s supply, yielding 60% of Afghanistan’s gross domestic product.[98] In 2006, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime estimated production to have risen 59% to 407,000 acres (1,650 km2) in cultivation, yielding 6,100 tons of opium, 82% of the world’s supply.[99] The value of the resulting heroin was estimated at $3.5 billion, of which Afghan farmers were estimated to have received $700 million in revenue. For farmers, the crop can be up to ten times more profitable than wheat. The price of opium is around $138 per kilo. Opium production has led to rising tensions in Afghan villages. Though direct conflict has yet to occur, the opinions of the new class of young, rich men involved in the opium trade are at odds with those of the traditional village leaders.”

-BBC News Aug 2, 2006 “UN Warns of Soaring Afghan Opium”

Soros needed a man to go around the world and arrange a centralized seed distribution system that he could control. The man for that job was someone with whom Soros had worked with before to control cannabis in Holland, Arjan Roskam the so called ‘Strain Hunter’. Roskam was connected globally to drug cartels and could use his connections with South American, African and Asian narco-traffickers to import their strains and also make the seed pipeline more efficient for his benefactor Soros. Watching the most recent marijuana special on Vice News featuring Roskam, it is clear to see that he is connected to narco-traffickers in Colombia.

Arjan Roskam

Arjan Roskam

Soros was able to entrap many of the California growers by introducing exotic seeds from Afghanistan, rare indicas that were not previously available on the shores of California. From a grower’s perspective, how could they pass it up. The potential of the new plants were relatively unknown and the prospect of newer, stronger, healthier, more potent and better pharmaceutical grade plants was impossible to simply just be left alone. After the growers created the strains Soros and his consortium would use their DEA assets to raid the farms and seize the seeds while arresting its creators. This led to large scale friction and distrust of other up in Northern California; the marijuana movement had been contaminated by the corporate oligarchy from its beginning.

Arjan Roskam on Vice News:

George Soros and Peter Lewis next formed three lobby organizations that hired Bush DEA officials in favor of their agenda, the Marijuana Policy Project, Americans For Safe Access led by rogue DEA agent Don Duncan and the Drug Policy Alliance led by Ethan Nadelmann. The goal of all three of these organizations was to use the influence of the billionaires to pressure municipal legislators into enacting legislation that disqualified and disallowed their competition from going into business.

Marc Emery

Marc Emery

Marc Emery was also an individual that came under the influence of Soros and Lewis following the passage of Prop 215 in 1997. Emery, like Peron, had hoped Soros influence would be enough to empower him to defy the Canadian government and bring about marijuana reform in Canada as well. After being raided several times by Canadian authorities Emery was beginning to see the game that was being played, many of his farmers were being sold out by his new business partners to the Canadian government in exchange for their seed hauls which Soros was gobbling up by the truckload.

Emery defied Soros and Lewis by starting a mail order seed service that became the largest in the world, distributing hemp and marijuana seeds to every corner of the Earth in an attempt to stop Soros and Lewis from cornering the global marijuana seed market by taking over Canada and then California. Soros and his partners would inevitably have Emery imprisoned and extradited to the United States in 2005 as punishment for what Soros viewed as the ultimate sin.

Welcome home Marc.

Proposition 19

Rouge DEA - Richard Lee

Rouge DEA Agent Richard Lee

Prop 19, also known as the “Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act” was created to monopolize the California marijuana industry under the power of Soros and his consortium. A new upstart group was formed from Duncan, Nadelmann, Steve DeAngelo, Richard Lee,  and some of the more greedy members of the marijuana elite to lead a business coup against the Pioneers of Medical Marijuana in the form of the legislation known as Proposition 19. The group had already made a fortune selling out rival dispensaries and growers to greedy California attorneys and the DEA of which many of them, including Duncan and Lee, were agents of.  Proposition 19 sought to further strip patient protections and entrap many rival growers to  Soros’ & the Consortium’s own group of marijuana cultivators.

Soros intended for Prop 19 to be the ultimate assault upon the Emerald Triangle. Despite importing seeds from around the world, Soros and his consortium failed to stem the dominance of the Green Triangle and its superior quality of medical marijuana. He wanted the ability to seize the marijuana farms of Northern California in a similar manner to that of George Deukmeijian circa 1980.

The Triangle, along with several other entities managed to defeat Prop 19 at the ballot however many marijuana advocates failed to realize that it was a two pronged attack. As Prop 19 failed the vote in 2010, the municipal bans that were planned by Soros and the League of California cities continued to be implemented statewide starting in Long Beach and spreading through California counties like a wildfire. Jack Herer also died that year, fracturing the Pro-Medical movement with the loss of his leadership and giving power over to the new Soros backed movement called Legalization.

Antonio Villaraigosa

Antonio Villaraigosa

The City of Long Beach was the first to take the lead with the fraudulent lottery perpetuated by City Attorney Robert Shannon and Mayor Bob Foster and the brutal crackdowns that followed on anyone that dared to compete with the anointed dispensaries that had paid their lords the proper tribute. Los Angeles attempted to follow suit, spearheaded by the traitorous Antonio Villaraigosa (a professed advocate) and Jose Huizar banning thousands of marijuana dispensaries throughout LA and allowing certain, more favorable dispensaries to remain open; not to mention those of the Mexican drug cartels.

Many dispensaries desperately turned to ASA, MPP, NORML and DPA for help. They found themselves in even worse hands among Soros litter as ASA attorneys drained the dispensaries dry of their financial resources and practically handed them over to county and state prosecutors on a silver platter. Marijuana attorneys made a profitable business out of offering their expertise at very high rates and then underperforming on the court case, often with the intention of acquiring their client’s very profitable medical marijuana dispensary for themselves.

Medical Marijuana vs. The Legal Marijuana Mob

The Marijuana Mafia. as we have previously acknowledged in past posts (see bottom), has a hand that controls its puppet strings and it is, as we also mentioned before, called The Consortium or The Opium Mob. A group of large big business interests that have held control over opiates and pharmaceuticals for well over 100 years and of whose actions are currently being led by George Soros to dominate the global marijuana seed markets so that they may ensure that their financial dominance along with the hegemony of the opium plant (plant of death) over the marijuana plant (plant of life) continue.

Steve DeAngelo aka Steve The Douche

Steve DeAngelo – DC Mobster

The Marijuana Mafia is currently in political struggle with the Pro-Medical patients advocacy groups that are seeking to see marijuana regulated as a medication, not regulated as an OTC intoxicant like alcohol. Pro-Medical advocates stand by the healing potential of the marijuana plant, advocating a potential worldwide multi-trillion dollar industry within ten years if medical research and grower innovation is allowed to continue in accordance with medically oriented regulations like Proposition 215. The Marijuana Mafia is fixated on seed control and short term profit through standard OTC marijuana sales, not wishing to explore or develop new strains but rather produce as much quantity and volume as they can, while stifling competition, innovation, improvement and exploration of the cannabis plant itself. The Marijuana Mafia have been DEA collaborators for the past twenty years, exercising their connections to put good growers like Eddie Lepp in jail so that he couldn’t produce medicine that could actually help the patients because it competed with the Mafia’s bottom line.

Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor Eric Garcetti

Their latest victory has been the passage of Proposition D in Los Angeles, championed by Villaraigosa and the notoriously corrupt LA County Board of Supervisors as a way to regulate marijuana collectives it has once again fostered an environment of unfair competition, police and municipal corruption and an increase in price while a decline in quality. Current Mayor Eric Garcetti has said nothing in regards to reforming the city or county Marijuana law. Interestingly enough, some of the champions of the law, like Cheryl Shuman, have been shut down under the regulation that they sponsored. Her Marijuana Farmers Market in Boyle Heights was shut down under the pretext of Proposition D, ah irony.

This madness needs to end.

A Glimmer of Hope

With that being said, I am proud that President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder recognized Washington and Colorado’s states’ rights to medical marijuana.  De Facto acknowledging California’s right to Medical Marijuana as well along with all other states that have passed their own medical marijuana regulation. The President has brought the country ever a step closer to the golden goal of rescheduling Medical Marijuana to a Class IV or V controlled substance; the final nail in the coffin of 100 years of prohibition and entrapment. God Bless America.

Commander in Chief

Commander in Chief

 

-The Green Chazzan

The Marijuana Mafia 

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/19/the-marijuana-mafia/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/22/narc-vs-narc-the-origins-of-the-modern-medical-marijuana-movement/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/27/the-opium-mob/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/26/the-secret-past-of-marijuana-laws-the-plant-and-the-poppy/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/02/11/rescheduling-marihuana-and-other-ideas-on-achievable-reform-part-1/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/02/24/marijuana-and-the-california-water-crisis/ ****That’s right! We reported it first!!!!!!”

Marijuana in Afghanistan

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/legalizing-marijuana-shou_b_5583767.html

 

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The Green Pulpit Update

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Hey guys,

Just wanted to let you know the Green Chazzan and the Green Pulpit Team haven’t forgotten the readers, we have just been spending some time doing some serious historical and journalistic research to provide more content for you on Medical Marijuana. We have some new articles coming out soon, the long awaited article about Marijuana and the 1920’s, Marijuana during the Depression and more. In the meantime check out some of our Secret History of the Drug War Articles Here:

 

Learn About How America Was Built on Hemp and Slavery. Find out how class struggle became the foundation of our history with America: The Venetian Republic

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/27/interlude-america-the-venetian-republic-part-i/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/27/interlude-america-the-venetian-republic-part-2/

 

Learn About America’s Involvement in the Opium Trade and How Marijuana and Opium Came to Be Global Market Rivals with The Secret History of Marijuana: The Plant and The Poppy and The Opium Mob

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/26/the-secret-past-of-marijuana-laws-the-plant-and-the-poppy/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/27/the-opium-mob/

 

Learn Secrets About How The Modern Medical Marijuana Movement Came to Be with Narc Vs. Narc: The Origins of the Medical Marijuana Movement and  The Marijuana Mafia

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/22/narc-vs-narc-the-origins-of-the-modern-medical-marijuana-movement/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/19/the-marijuana-mafia/

Bonus Article: Marijuana and the California Water Crisis 

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/02/24/marijuana-and-the-california-water-crisis/

 

How We Can Fix It

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/02/23/where-is-the-medical/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/02/11/rescheduling-marihuana-and-other-ideas-on-achievable-reform-part-1/

 

-Team Chazzan

 

 

Long Beach Elections Go Full Blown Florida

Courtesy of LBReport(c)

Courtesy of LBReport(c)

No less than 24 hours after the news about City Attorney candidate Charlie Parkin, Long Beach Crime Boss Bob Shannon, the Long Beach police department, and the marijuana extortion rackets hit the papers; a new scandal has emerged in the much heated Long Beach City Council Elections. Pastor Misi Tagaloa, candidate for the 1st district seat of Long Beach city council, and his staff became the target of a recent intimidation and possible homicide attempt on the Tagaloa offices on the night of May 30 last week.

Courtesy of LBReport(c)

Courtesy of LBReport(c)

Armed gunmen were have said to come by the offices between the time of 10pm on the evening of May 30 and 430 am on May 31st, firing at least three shots through the windows of the campaign offices. Campaign personnel stated that office lights were on but luckily all campaign workers had left the office for the night prior to the shooting.

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Pastor Misi Tagaloa

Pastor Misi Tagaloa

Most notably the shooting incident comes within 24 hours of a bombshell news article making the front page of the Long Beach Beachcomber about a marijuana and small business racketeering network being ran out of the Long Beach City Attorney’s Office. Officials implicated in the extortion ring include City Attorney Charlie Parkin, yet to be named members of the City Council (Mayor Foster, Lowenthal, De Long, and Schipske), and members of the Long Beach Police Officers Association aka the Police Union. The Long Beach police have been alleged to have participated in a criminal racketeering network, conducting an extortion scheme via payoff’s, issuing illegal city fines and fees, pay-or-raid scams, illegal business license fees, using gangland intimidation tactics and violence, arming and directing gang hit squads, making threats of bodily harm and death, and using the budget and office of the police department and city attorney to conduct organized crime activities that violates Federal RICO statutes. The author of the Beachcomber article, a retired but prestigious LAPD police chief, stated that candidates sponsored by the Long Beach Police Union were not to be trusted and are most likely involved in the criminal network’s racketeering operations, either as financial interests or political front men.

Beachcomber

Beachcomber

This incident also occurred after a heavy week of politics and controversy in the City of Long Beach as it was revealed that many of the City Council candidates, including Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, Lena Gonzalez, Carl Kemp and Suja Lowenthal were receiving illegal campaign monies directly from Long Beach based marijuana dispensaries that were either owned or supplied by the 5th district candidate, Carl Kemp. All four candidates have received both financial and political support from the Police Union and Mayor Foster.

Kemp

Kemp

The same group of candidates was also identified as being the primary recipients of donations from the Friends of Long Beach, a consortium of donors arranged by Mayor Bob Foster and Councilman Gary De Long consisting of their own companies, Lyon Communities (who are attempting a large scale long beach land grab) Carl Kemp’s Long Beach marijuana monopoly, out of town construction firms owned by associates of Foster, and DOMA property management, who are seeking to imitate Lyon.

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Members of the Long Beach community have alleged in the past that the rackets are not limited to Marijuana alone but also extend to many business projects that Carl Kemp’s firm, the Kemp Group, are associated with including the Long Beach Yellow Cab Co-Op, the city’s taxi cab monopoly which was able to prohibit competition illegally within the city; properties located off of 2nd street and Pacific Coast Highway, like the Shore Ultra Lounge and Legends, which is used for rackets and money laundering like many clubs, bars and dispensaries in Long Beach; Evergreen Shipping, the number one crate/container company in shipping illegal narcotics through the Port of Long Beach; and Lyon Communities, which include apartment behemoths Pine Avenue, the Promenade, the Lofts, Gallery 421, Ocean Avenue skyscrapers and most of Shoreline Village, which have also given sizeable financial support and stash house support to this criminal narco-network to retain power over the city and to ensure support for redevelopment plans over Willmore City and other key real estate locations in the Downtown core.

Mayor Bob Foster

Mayor Bob Foster

The goal is to make Bob Foster the cloistered mayor of Long Beach, retired and gone, but still firmly in control of how city contracts are decided. With a majority of puppets in the City Council, Foster will continue to strip the city of its assets through ‘special’ or ‘friendly’ subcontracts without being impugned. The $1 billion dollar city deficit farce was an act no less than Highwayman banditry, as most of Long Beach’s city bonds were underwritten by the California Farmers and Merchants Bank and Wells Fargo, two of the least impacted banks by the municipal bond crises that hit the market during the AIG scandal in 2008, so where did all of the money go? And why during this period of time, were key areas of downtown land given preferential assessment to Lyon Communities?

The answer is simple, the money was washed through the tax free non-reportable marijuana clubs that were facilitated by the Mayor, Carl Kemp and their Coalition of Corruption which has taken over the city. Since marijuana monies were not taxed by the city both public expenditures and private endowments paid to the Carl Kemp dispensaries went unreported and uncollected by city coffers. The money was actually redirected through different accounts at the same banking institution mentioned above, Farmers and Merchants, through corporate deposits made by Carl Kemp to pay so called ‘vendors’ which included construction firms, legal firms, financing operations, unregistered ‘lobbyists’ like Kemp, members of the City Council for ‘consultations’ and to make illegal drug money campaigns contributions to city candidates like Robert Garcia, Lena Gonzalez, Kemp himself and Suja Lowenthal.

Billions of city tax dollars were funneled through subcontracts and non-profit donations to marijuana businesses and businesses owned and controlled by the Coalition of Corruption including the Long Beach Cab Co-op Subsidies, Housing Subsidies for Private Property Groups, inflated Public Works budgets with Iraq War style money misallocations, and port subsidies that used fixed/rigged bidding to ensure that only companies with shared financial interests could operate on large city contracts. Pay offs to city officials were made through special fines, fees, assessments and other forms of municipal illegality that resemble Tammany Hall style governance.

The most recent, blatant and obvious payoff has been the non-collection of rent on the political offices of Lena Gonzalez, Robert Garcia and Suja Lowenthal. All three candidates have offices in Lyon owned buildings in the very expensive street level floors, expenditures for such pricey properties have NOT been reflected in the campaign finance reports of all three candidates with Gonzalez and Lowenthal holding offices off of Pine Avenue and Vice Mayor Garcia using the entire bottom floor of the Lofts complex in the William Lyon owned Promenande.

The ring leaders of this City Charade are former city attorney and Irish Crime Boss Bob Shannon, Orange County Restaurateur John Morris, Land Baron William Lyon, ‘Edomite Musician’ and Jewish Crime Boss Larry Tischauer, Producer and Naples resident Kevin Kasha, Carl Kemp & The Kemp Group, John Vidovich of De Anza Construction, City Attorney Charlie Parkin, Councilman Gary De Long and Mayor Bob Foster himself. These men have made it their mission to centralize control of organized crime and municipal bureaucracy throughout the city and their method of application has been none other than the Long Beach police department and their pawns within the City Council Suja Lowenthal, Lena Gonzalez and of course De Long himself.

Gary De Long

Gary De Long

Bob Shannon

Bob Shannon

It is critical, if the City of Long Beach is to survive, to vote in the upcoming City Council election. The City is at a juncture where we can choose to either stand up as a city or fall by the wayside to organized crime like Detroit and so many other politically rotted East Coast cities like Chicago, Benton Harbor, and Newark. Minorities, small business and medium business owners alike need to set aside traditional red vs. blue precepts and stand together to stop the Coalition of Corruption from rigging this election on Tuesday. The higher the turnout, the harder it is to rig an election.

-The Green Chazzan

Source Articles:

http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20140531/shots-fired-on-windows-of-tagaloa-campaign-office-in-long-beach

http://www.lbreport.com/news/may14/misisht1.htm

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/campaign-616531-office-damage.html

 

Links to Related Green Pulpit Stories About Long Beach Racketeering:

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/05/24/long-beach-election-mega-bomb-the-friends-of-long-beach-exposed/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/05/24/election-mega-bomb-update-lena-gonzalez-takes-marijuana-dispensary-money-in-long-beach-election-campaign/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/05/03/long-beach-election-update/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/14/420-news-update/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/05/something-is-rotten-in-the-city-of-long-beach/

 

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Long Beach Corruption Unveiled: Local News Connects Police and City Council to Marijuana Rackets

Original Story Found Here: http://www.longbeachcomber.com/story.aspx?artID=4416

Original Story from The Beachcomber:

The Beachcomber 

From Issue: Volume XXII – Number 11
5/30/2014
City Attorney’s Protection Racket
By Stephen Downing

Over the past few months this column has exposed the fraudulent and illegal practices of the Long Beach Police Officers Union (LBPOA) in its attempts to preserve their years of influence and control over the city attorney’s office. The exposures started with a fraudulent letter sent to the entire Long Beach electorate that, among other distortions, stated:

“We need an experienced, dedicated crime fighter like City Attorney Charlie Parkin helping us keep you safe. Parkin is the only candidate for city attorney with a real record of cracking down on crime, drug dealers, prostitution and fraud.”

We clearly established that Parkin is none of that.

Next we exposed that LBPOA board members had violated the law by conspiring with Parkin to pose for campaign photographs while in uniform, using expensive city equipment at their union headquarters in Signal Hill.

This was followed by revealing the LBPOA’s established pattern of deception upon the electorate by spending thousands of dollars on false, misleading and unethical slate mailers designed to dupe voters who were apt to identify with the POA’s “Crime Fighting” candidate based on party affiliation.

When asked about the election law violations clearly evident in the slate mailers paid for by the LBPOA, their president, Lieutenant Steve James, stated that it was an error, as he did not see a proof of the expensive mailer before it was sent to the printer – or the voters. Our response to that disgraceful reach for credibility was, “Pfttt!”

But, by this time it was becoming clear that the police union was struggling to protect its image with the electorate as a result of these exposures. By April 3, we saw for the first time the unblemished results of the spotlight put on their deceptions.

The union messaging designed to promote Parkin as a crime fighter suddenly disappeared. When asked why the LBPOA had spend $165,000 on Parkin’s candidacy their president, Steve James, stated, “The city attorney position is a critical component of public safety. We believe the city attorney is protecting us while we are protecting the public.”

It was finally out. Parkin was no longer their expert crime fighter, but rather their protector.

But, from what?

The history and culmination of a two-year lawsuit for excessive force this past week provides an excellent example of how the protection racket works and has worked for decades:

On June 19, 2012 the Long Beach drug enforcement unit raided the THC Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary, on suspicion of operating in violation of the city’s medical marijuana ordinance, a citable misdemeanor offense. After the front door was smashed open a security camera captured one officer using both feet to intentionally step on the back and neck of Dorian Brooks, a young African American volunteer clerk, after he was ordered to lay prone on the floor.

Brooks cried out in pain when the officer applied his weight. There was no sound accompanying the video, but Brooks alleged that several officers made many racial slurs toward him, including, “you’re a black drug dealer, you should be used to this.” Brooks had no prior criminal record.

A second officer stepped around Brooks without harming him and in doing so, spotted the security camera. It was clearly a threat. A third officer then used an iron pole to destroy the camera by hacking it off the wall, with the falling debris causing additional injury to Brooks.
What the officers did not know is that the camera recorded over the Internet and not at the location. The video soon went viral.

The full city council viewed it in council session, the police department launched a criminal investigation, Dorian Brooks sued the city, the local media told the story and exposed the video to the public and the city attorney went to work obfuscating the incident and threatening those who tried to bring the scope of its horrors to the attention of the public.

The Long Beach Post first wrote about the incident and City Attorney Robert Shannon retaliated by sending a letter to the publisher demanding that the article be retracted, threatening legal action if the publisher failed to do so.

Shannon was most upset by the fact that the Long Beach Post revealed that one of his own attorney’s was present at the raid, which gave rise to the question that the officer’s willingness to use excessive force and destroy property under the color of authority with a deputy city attorney present, suggested that all of it might be read as the officers belief that the city attorney’s office regards such criminal actions as legal.

In response to the tyrannical actions by the city attorney attempting to stifle free speech, Peter Bibring of the ACLU wrote to Shannon. In his letter he stated:

“As an elected official and an attorney, you have both the responsibility to uphold the constitution’s protections for freedom of speech and the press, and the knowledge necessary to do so. Frivolous threats against small, local organizations do not comport with your obligation to abide by the law, as well as enforce it.”
And, with specific regard to the actions taken by the officers in this case, Bibring, who currently serves as a member of the board recently appointed by the Chief of Police to study use of force in the LBPD, further stated:

“No matter how you look at it, it seems to me to violate the Fifth Amendment and the Fourteenth Amendment, which bar the deprivation of property without due process of law. For a police officer to take something and smash it is depriving someone of property without due process. […] Cops can’t destroy property. They can confiscate it; they can’t destroy it.”

In my 20 years experience as a police officer, and the expertise I gained as a deputy chief of police with the LAPD supervising misconduct complaints as well as sitting as chair of the department’s use of force board, I concur with Bibring that the property destruction was criminal.

I also concluded, as a result of viewing the video that the assault upon Mr. Brooks was avoidable, intentional and delivered with malice aforethought.

The “protection” of police union members begun by Shannon in this case has continued under his heir apparent and appointed successor, Charles Parkin.

As one example, the Press-Telegram reported just last week the following statements made by the city attorney’s office when responding to questions related to a pending settlement of the Dorian Brooks lawsuit:

“The city continues to maintain that the police officer did not use excessive force and his actions were reasonable” and that, “the camera was destroyed as part of standard procedures during the execution of a search warrant to protect the identities of officers for safety reasons,” positing that, “If there was an organized crime element involved … the officers could be viewed by people with weapons.”

To that, as an experienced law enforcement professional, I say rubbish. The officer’s actions were not reasonable, the use of force was excessive and to raise the idea of an armed threat from “organized crime” is specious.

Police officers make arrests, testify in court, patrol the streets and follow-up on crimes against persons and property countless times while on duty – and are often identified by dangerous people. It goes with the territory.

To rationalize a potential threat from organized crime is hysterical, specious, delusional and something a cowboy cop who needs to be weeded out would proclaim, not a professional police officer or a competent attorney.

In spite of their campaign of denials and obfuscation, the video evidence was strong enough that Parkin settled and recommended that the city pay Brooks $50,000.

On the evening the council was to act upon the settlement recommendation I placed a letter to the mayor and members of the council in the record that stated in part:

I agree that the recommended settlement of $50,000 is a very good deal for the city in light of the brutality, the egregious violations of Mr. Brook’s constitutional rights and the overt destruction of property executed under the color of authority.

However, the city attorney’s letter of transmittal establishes the city’s position that, “The city and the officers deny that any excessive force was used.”

It would be a travesty for this council to let stand the position taken by the city attorney that supports the legitimacy of involved officer’s actions in the eyes of the Long Beach community. To do so would be to denigrate the police department, its leadership and the rank and file professionals whose reputations and hard work have been tainted by those few incompetents who were able to worm their way into the ranks of the police department and remain there because the vested interests of the police union continues to outweigh those of the people.

When the city council took up the matter I attempted to read the letter into the record, but was shut down at the three-minute mark, a council rule imposed by the mayor that had been regularly waived or ignored during earlier council business that evening.

Prior to the vote Parkin once again mislead the council in an outburst proclaiming that, “Mr. Downing is wrong!”

The council voted to approve the settlement and the language of Parkin’s letter: “the city and the officers deny that any excessive force was used.”

The officer’s denial is to be expected. Parkin’s outburst was expected. But, the city council’s actions based upon Parkin’s recommendation were unacceptable.

Once again the city has sent a message to the rank and file police officer that continued impunity by those who should be weeded out will continue to be protected.

There is only one way to bring a stop to this protection racket and that is at the ballot box. We should be suspicious of any and all candidates endorsed by the Long Beach Police Officer’s Association now and in the future.

June 3 is our opportunity to send that message and break the LBPOA’s corrupting grip on City Hall.

Stephen Downing is a Long Beach resident and retired LAPD Deputy Chief of Police.

 

Links to Related Green Pulpit Stories About Long Beach Racketeering:

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/05/24/long-beach-election-mega-bomb-the-friends-of-long-beach-exposed/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/05/24/election-mega-bomb-update-lena-gonzalez-takes-marijuana-dispensary-money-in-long-beach-election-campaign/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/05/03/long-beach-election-update/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/14/420-news-update/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/05/something-is-rotten-in-the-city-of-long-beach/

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Long Beach Election Mega Bomb: The “Friends” of Long Beach Exposed

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Har Har We Stole EVERYTHING!

Hey there, ladies and gentlemen of the good city of Long Beach. Your friend in all things medical, The Green Chazzan, has sent his spies to see what latest election rigging mischief, the miscreant Mayor of Long Beach, Bob Foster, has been up to. As you know, the Chazzan is not happy with Mayor Foster for his deplorable treatment of Long Beach patients, especially the elderly and those with HIV/AIDS, who use medicinal marihuana to assuage their pain and heal their cellular conditions. As previously discussed in several of the Chazzan’s articles on the Long Beach election (see bottom of page) there is obviously something really wrong with how City Hall is handling business in this city. The Mayor’s cabal of developers, property management groups, bar owners, dispensary mobsters, and Hollywood based lawyers have basically stripped the town of its wealth. Where is the wealth going? Some to Orange County, some to DTLA and Hollywood, but none of that wealth is staying in Long Beach to support the citizenry, not a dime.

But Chazzan! You have made many allegations against many candidates in this race! What can you do to tie all the money together and show the people of Long Beach that the Mayor is nothing but a thieving brigand along with his band of Highwaymen including  Lena Gonzalez, and Carl “I Killed Long Beach Marihuana” Kemp? Didn’t you say they are just using the unions like pawns with plans to sell out the union workers to the property management companies that wish to see the Port go by the wayside?

Yes I did, and here is why. I spent some time this month to follow the money and I’m about to expose a little financial political club called the Friends of Long Beach. The so-called “Friends” of Long Beach may have first caught your attention in reports issued by the LB Report (http://www.lbreport.com/14elec/indie/indx2.htm) and (http://www.lbreport.com/14elec/indie/indiemo2.htm) about the corrupt lobby group headed by Mayor Bob Foster, who has assembled his masters in crime for the past 8 years into one mega lobby that would make even Justice Scalia turn pink. Foster’s financial architect of this Grupo De Evil is none other than neighborhood gentrification king and slumlord, Gary DeLong. So let me introduce all of you to the Friends of Long Beach and let it be known that the ‘Friends’ have pledged support for all of the Mayor’s candidates including Lena Gonzalez and Carl Kemp. You will soon see this election is all about the Corporate Land-Lords vs. The People of Long Beach and the rights to their own property.

The first and most powerful contributor within the Friends of Long Beach is none other than the infamous William Lyon, the land baron of Orange County, and his son Bill Jr.; a rotten apple that hasn’t fallen too far from the tree. Lyon has poured over $30,000 into the Friends of Long Beach to ensure the continued gentrification of Long Beach, the end of the Willmore City as a historic preserve, and to ensure that all future property deals in the city for Lyon Communities will be assessed by the city at a discount rate. How much of the city does William Lyon own? A lot. From what I have been able to track down, Lyon Communities owns the entire Long Beach Promenade Area , the Lyon Gateway, the Lyon Promenade, Gallery 421 and 1900 East Ocean and apparently there is more but digging through titles can be tough work for Israeli intelligence. Peter Zak, the Vice President of Lyon Communications has also been ordered to give between $800 to $1200 to support Lena Gonzales, Lyon Communications has also given the same amount to Kemp via corporate representatives of the company performing individual donations on behalf of Lyon. Make no mistake, Lyon dominates this city through ownership of the Promenade, Ocean Avenue properties, Pine Avenue and the Pike and the Gateway Area, aka the Rich Areas of Town.

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William Lyon and Son, Epitome of OC Greed

William Lyon and Son, Epitome of OC Greed

The next thief-in-law from the Friends of Long Beach is the Affiliated Development Group aka The Walker Building aka DOMA Property Management at 401 Pine Avenue. These guys are close and personal with Gary DeLong and they have contributed $5,000, with rumors of up to $20,000 dollars given to the Friends of Long Beach. DOMA would love to see the entire west side bulldozed and built over with their properties, as would DAUM and Lyon. That means the end of a lot of things for many low and middle income Long Beach residents, even those who think they are safe behind a historical designation on their home. These land grabbers have the political muscle to end such rules and regulations very quickly, just like they did in Hollywood, and that is why they all must be stopped.

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De Anza Construction, a general contracting company from the Bay Area of NORCAL has given over $20,000 to the Friends of Long Beach fund with much of that money going to Robert Garcia. This company is owned by one John Vidovich who has managed to funnel contributions to Garcia through his four companies Forge Homestead, Vidovich-Torre, Vidovich-Cupertino, and the Gardena Retail Center. De Anza intends to get all the new demolition and construction contracts after the Foster cabal passes measures allowing for the destruction and gentrification of the Western and Central parts of Long Beach. De Anza has been especially malevolent in supporting the Mayors programs to cut back on social programs like food drives, homeless shelters, foster care, and psychiatric wards in favor of awarding large cost plus contracts with the cities money to De Anza. It should also be noted that De Anza was one of the firms slated to receive a large share of the construction contract for the Mayor’s false scheme to ‘retrofit or rebuild City Hall’ after producing a bogus seismic report. De Anza also contributed to Garcia’s campaign in April.

TMSI, the company owned by Gary DeLong himself has given between $5,000 and $10,000 to the Friends of Long Beach despite the fact that he put out a red herring by verbally supporting Damon Dunn. Obviously DeLong could not put his money where his mouth is, because both funds from his personal company and his property management associates are pouring in large inflows of capital into Garcia, Lena and Carl Kemp’s funds in order to combat new community upstart Damon Dunn. Other contributors to the “Friends” fund include the crate companies Total Transportation and Price Transfer Group. Dunn has given loyalties to none, but to the people of Long Beach, and has spent $700,000 of his own hard earned money to earn the respect of the Long Beach citizens. Long Beach residents should respect Damon Dunn for sacrificing almost three quarters of a million dollars of his own money to earn our trust and fight the Bob Foster Machine that has wreaked havoc upon the city.

Gary De Long Community Super Villain

Gary De Long – Community Super Villain

The Union’s may think they have Gonzales  loyalty but Big Business and Big Property have outspent them 10 to 1 with both Gonzalez and Carl Kemp and no doubt union workers can look forward to getting jobbed out as their contracts are threatened again when Garcia decides to ‘bring waves back to Long Beach’ which is code speak for “wind down the port and increase commercial property development on the coast”.  His corrupt lackey, Lena Gonzalez, who neither has the political qualifications, the community credibility or the moral gumption to assume the District 1 seat, will be there to vote for all of Foster’s whims. Her shameless claims of union support will be immediately turned heel once Ms. Gonzalez takes office and gives the finger to the AFL-CIO in exchange for the William Lyon cash cut.

Does This Look Like A Face You Can Trust?

Does This Look Like A Face You Can Trust?

While we are on the subject of Foster’s foul politics lets it also be known that Foster’s pawns are supported by infamous LA District Attorney Carmine Trutanich, one of the most hated and reviled men in all of Los Angeles County. Trutanich is a self-proclaimed enemy of Medical Marihuana and Medical Marihuana treatment for anyone, regardless of your medical condition because he was a whore for mandatory minimum cases that he loved giving to young adults while he was the DA. Trutanich, which the gay community in Long Beach should know, is also homophobic and recklessly attempted to restrict marihuana care to AIDS patients throughout LA but was thankfully replaced by the infinitely more progressive minded and patient friendly Mike Feuer in a landslide election. Trutanich isn’t the only Los Angeles ex-bureaucratic elite that want to sink their meathooks into the Long Beach community. Matt Knabe, Don Knabe’s son, has aggressively used his firm EKA to support the Lena-Kemp Coalition of Corruption with thousands of dollars going into the Coalitions slush funds. This is no doubt to ensure that the Coalition of Corruption doesn’t forget to throw Don Knabe’s favorite New Year’s “Too Expensive For Normal People To Come” Party on the Queen Mary which is frequently attended by Mayor Foster, Trutanich, the Garcia-Lena-Kemp Coalition of Corruption and all listed within the ‘Friends’ of Long Beach.

LA Hates This Guy

LA Hates This Guy

Big Tobacco has also taken an interest in maintaining the Mayor’s imposed medical marihuana prohibition (No Mr. Mayor, there is no medical grade marihuana in Long Beach anymore and Carl Kemp is a HORRIBLE grower)  by providing several contribution streams in early May to  Lena Gonzalez and Carl Kemp. The incestuous nature of these campaigns is simply disgusting and has no bearing or interest on what the good people of Long Beach need or want; this Coalition of Corruption is going to continue to cut services, continue to indebt the city with obese and unnecessary subcontracts, will continue to skim their own shares of our money right off the top without shame, and will continue to buy up this city like it’s their own damn Scrooge McDuck coin vault to swim in. Even the City Police Chief McDonnell has resorted to plundering the public trove and many residents complain about his orders to underreport crime in order to lower Long Beach crime statistics and become LA County Sheriff. Also a quick note, the rumor is true, Suja Lowenthal’s largest contributor is charter schools, so take any notion of this woman being a liberal and throw it in the trash.

Carl Kemp

Carl Kemp

Carl Kemp has a very strange list of contributors, some of who may even be making federally illegal contributions from their marijuana dispensary earnings. Oh Carl, you just love tempting fate with the DEA don’t you? Kemp is backed heavily by the EK & EK Consulting Firm in San Pedro who have shared interest in Kemp’s marihuana clubs. He is also heavily funded by the former Chronic Pain Relief Center, Percy Ward of Herbal Blessings, a marijuana dispensary in Inglewood, and Westland Industries, a subcontractor with some of the worst ratings ever seen on Yelp for ripping off clients like it was the TV show To Catch A Contractor. Kemp is also quietly backed by Busch, the beer company with a long history of promoting marihuana prohibition while secretly attempting to monopolize the marihuana industry, kind of like how Kemp illegally monopolized the grows and dispensaries of Long Beach, killing our good bud. Let’s also not forget that Kemp is tied to Rogue Texas DEA agent Don Duncan of American’s For Safe Access, one of the most vicious leaders of the Marijuana Mafia and one of the biggest forces behind preventing federal reform of medical marihuana. People like Duncan and Kemp want to keep the price of medical marihuana high, while cheating the patients by offering low quality, non-medical grade, practically scrap, marihuana that is not suitable to administer as medical treatment or even for our misguided hipster locals that wish to use it recreationally. Kemp is shamefully supported by ‘Firefighters For A Better Government’ which upon further research turned out to be a non-firefighter related political scam group from Ventura County that has already been sanctioned several times by the Ventura County courts for election improprieties and bankruptcy issues. Kemp also says he has good relations with the Long Beach gay community, of course this is an utter lie as Kemp has been the only candidate in Long Beach to date to take donations from the notoriously gay hating Chic-Fil-A.

Proof from the Long Beach Clerk About Medical Marijuana Political Donations:

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Clerk File 1

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Clerk File 2

 

Last time I checked using the profits from a sale of Schedule I substance for political contributions and accepting such contributions is a federal crime. So did Carl Kemp, in his bent attempt to defeat Stacy Mungo, commit a federal crime? The answer is yes, using marihuana monies for any election, local, state, federal is absolutely 100% illegal and the irony is, thanks to Kemp’s foolish attempts to stop research and federal reform of medical marihuana, he may end being the victim of his own schemes. Kemp’s marijuana is just horrible, brown, moldy and just simply below Class B quality consistently, atrocious. The Party Van honestly can’t come to town fast enough to get Kemp the hell out of here; but if the Party Van deserves to take anyone to that 9 x 9 Party Room its Mayor Bob Foster.

-The Green Chazzan

***BREAKING UPDATE***Lena Gonzalez also takes Marijuana Cash!

 

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This just in, for all my Long Beach fans and friends it looks like Team Chazzan has struck gold once again, because it seems that Carl Kemp of the 5th District Election race is not the only person who has put his hand in the marijuana cookie jar during this Long Beach campaign season.

It seems that 1st district Candidate Lena Gonzalez also couldn’t help but take a whiff of that sweet medical marihuana cash, and has taken contributions from the Chronic Pain Relief Center and quite possibly the organization behind the ol’Long Beach Green Room. Our members have acquired the following election records showing $200 given from each organization, which is a decent contribution at the district level. As we have discussed before, Long Beach has aggressively tempted fate with the Drug Enforcement Agency by first passing a municipal tax on medical marihuana, which has been a federal crime since 1937 and an overall DEA agitator along with taking in monetary contributions from a drug trafficking or Schedule I drug producing organization which is also federally prohibited.

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You know it’s kind of funny Long Beach, when a conspiracy theory starts becoming a conspiracy fact and it seems that the facts are that not only does Carl Kemp and Lena Gonzalez have the same illegal marijuana contributors, but they also seem to have many other similar contributors from the Coalition of Corruption as well, see for yourself:

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It looks like Lena doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the Long Beach community. Having only lived in the district under a year, this is all really starting to smell.  We are definitely starting to ‘get the drift’ with Lena ‘Graft’ Gonzales, the Bob Foster corporate candidate, going up against the local Christian pastor defending his neighborhood from the forces of gentrification.

-The Green Chazzan

 

Further Reading:

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/05/03/long-beach-election-update/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/14/420-news-update/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/05/something-is-rotten-in-the-city-of-long-beach/

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