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RACISM AND THE WAR ON DRUGS

RACISM AND THE WAR ON DRUGS

There are so many layers to unpack here and so many interwoven issues at hand.

This feels uncomfortable to even speak about! I think it’s because, in a way, many of us have become single-issue thinkers. 

Most of us can’t manage to think of two problems at the same time, like Racism and the war on drugs, or like scarcity/uncertainty and the rise of hate crimes. 

Historically, people’s views have been skewed, controlled, manipulated by the media and opinions. 

What do you think determines the laws/policies that we have now, science or opinion?

Former President Obama told the CNN medical correspondent, Dr. Gupta, That the government health policy regarding drugs should be directed by science and not opinion.

But when we take a closer look at the history of the war on drugs, we quickly realize that Racism was the driving force.

But when we take a closer look at the history of the war on drugs, we quickly realize that Racism was the driving force. 

Look, I realize my ability and audacity to speak openly about psychedelics may come from a place of privilege.

I also realize that now isn’t the time to create or promote any form of division between people… know, that THAT’S not my goal here. 

But there’s a lot of misplaced hate and Racism from people who need healing towards people who need healing. It’s a fucking mess! 

In a short series of posts, I’ll share the history underneath the legal ambiguity we still face today that denies us access to psychedelic medicine that WORKS.

I wouldn’t be doing this if psychedelics didn’t heal me or felt like my voice was being silenced in any way.

In 1939 secretary of the treasury Andrew Mellon of the Mellon banking company appointed his relative Harry J. Anslinger as commissioner of the federal bureau of narcotics.

Mr. Anslinger favoured religion and ideology over science. His ideology also included an obsessive hatred of people of colour.

Mr. Anslinger’s successful creation of laws that enforced his ideology while IGNORING science. Families shattered, cities damaged, and entire governments, such as Mexico’s, have been threatened. As a result, 87 years later, countless lives have been destroyed.

Along with his team he prosecuted:

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Chinese-Americans for the use of opium

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The Mexicans-Americans for marijuana

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And the African-Americans for Cocaine

Mr. Anslinger, spread propaganda minority POC were using the drugs to seduce white women and the public ROARED. 

Using the mass media, Anslinger propelled the anti-marijuana sentiment from state-level to national and international level.

By representing the US before the UN, Anslinger graphically depicted offences caused by different substances and made certain substances illegal worldwide. 

Alcohol prohibition in the US lasted 13 years.

In that time, two things became apparent:

First, the Americans weren’t going to accept prohibition. 

Second,  by making it illegal, he created the largest and most successful criminal enterprise, the mafia.

In summary, when he raged a war on alcohol, Nixon and Regan and a War on Drugs, they were declaring war on people of colour.

Eighty-seven years after his federal appointment, marijuana tax laws 1937, jails burdened with an ocean of POC. For minor drug charges.

While POC makes up about 30% of the US population, they account for 60% of those in prison.

Disproportionate incarceration. 1 in every 15 African American men and 1 in every 36 Hispanic men are incarcerated compared to 1 in every 106 white men. 

This war on PEOPLE happens when fucked-up racist ideology is at the foundation of laws instead of SCIENCE. 

Thank you for trusting me. 

Now, I’m curious, 

Would you rather have governed the laws in place: science or opinion?

Disclaimer: This post is for information and harm reduction purposes only. Note that psilocybin is deemed Schedule I substances under the United Nations 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and are illegal in most countries. The author of this blog does not condone the purchase, possession, sale, or consumption of any illegal substances.

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perspective

The war on drugs is actually a war on people of colour.

HOW TO HEAL THE WORLD

HOW TO HEAL THE WORLD

HOW TO HEAL THE WORLD

For us to start healing the world, we must learn to take responsibility for healing ourselves.

We all have the fundamental desire to create an ideal world where everyone is healthy, happy, and free of suffering. 

We all have the habitual tendency to look around us, find out what’s wrong with the world, and then try to “fix” it.

Look, I get it. Shit happens! Horrible things happen around us every day. However, to transform the world we all experience, we have to start with ourselves. 

Psychedelics have empowered me to heal in significant ways.

Healing from addiction has been the most important thing I’ve ever done in my life. You’re welcome! That’s one less addicted person on the planet for the rest of us.

We can only create change in the world if we first start with our own individual healing.

When we heal a part in ourselves, we also heal that part of the world.

How did you find yourself here? Are you on a healing journey too?

You are what the whole world is doing.

-ALLAN WATTS

 

Disclaimer: This post is for information and harm reduction purposes only. Note that psilocybin is deemed Schedule I substances under the United Nations 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and are illegal in most countries. The author of this blog does not condone the purchase, possession, sale, or consumption of any illegal substances.

take away

We can only create change in the world if we first start with our own individual healing.

TURN-ON TO CONNECTION

TURN-ON TO CONNECTION

CONNECT…

Breathe.

Connecting. 

The goal is union.

The goal is going higher, together.

The goal is leaving everything and everyone better because we are here. 

The goal is turning on, not turning off. 

So.

Dig deep.

Feel inside to the part of you that is deeper and wider even more powerful than anything.

Be surrounded by your breath,  connect with your heart and turn-on. 

And one of the things that breath teaches us best to do is feel.

Feel into a deeper truth that is being stated beyond your natural state.

Feel what that is.

And what you feel in the freedom of turning-on, it is your jet fuel.

And the tools we have been taught, not only do not work but, they actually reproduce and expand the problems that we currently have.

Reaching for new tools is the only answer.

But that is a nearly impossible task, for anyone, alone.

Catching my breath with you.

Together we have infinite resources. It is our job to envision and rebuild a different future, not just for ourselves, but for our collective children and their children.

THE SPACE BETWEEN BREATH

What if we can use the breath as medicine whenever your soul calls you to examine, transform, and renew yourself?

MUSH RUSH

Health Canada approves permission for some doctors and therapists to use magic mushrooms! The mass de-stigmatization has lots to do with companies that are advocating for access to education on psychedelics and their benefits – such as Delic (DELC).

WHEN YOU ARE HEALING…

Healing is for everyone. Forever.
The things that are easy to forget when we’re healing

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