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“We believe that drug prohibition is the true cause of much of the social and personal  damage that has historically been attributed to drug use. It is prohibition that makes these drugs so valuable –  while giving criminals a monopoly over their supply. Driven by the huge profits from this monopoly, criminal gangs bribe and kill each other, law enforcers, and children. Their trade is unregulated and they are, therefore, beyond our control.

History has shown that drug prohibition reduces neither use nor abuse. After a rapist is arrested, there are fewer rapes. After a drug dealer is arrested, however, neither the supply nor the demand for drugs is seriously changed. The arrest merely creates a job opening for an endless stream of drug entrepreneurs who will take huge risks for the sake of the enormous profits created by prohibition. Prohibition costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars every year, yet 40 years and some 40 million arrests later, drugs are cheaper, more potent and far more widely used than at the beginning of this futile crusade.

We believe that by eliminating prohibition of all drugs for adults and establishing appropriate regulation and standards for distribution and use, law enforcement could  focus  more on crimes of violence, such as rape, aggravated assault, child abuse and murder, making our communities much safer. We believe that sending parents to prison for non-violent personal drug use destroys families. We believe that in a regulated and controlled environment, drugs will be safer for adult use and less accessible to our children. And we believe that by placing drug abuse in the hands of medical professionals instead of the criminal justice system, we will reduce rates of addiction and overdose deaths.”

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“We believe that drug prohibition is the true cause of much of the social and personal  damage that has historically been attributed to drug use. It is prohibition that makes these drugs so valuable –  while giving criminals a monopoly over their supply. Driven by the huge profits from this monopoly, criminal gangs bribe and kill each other, law enforcers, and children. Their trade is unregulated and they are, therefore, beyond our control.

History has shown that drug prohibition reduces neither use nor abuse. After a rapist is arrested, there are fewer rapes. After a drug dealer is arrested, however, neither the supply nor the demand for drugs is seriously changed. The arrest merely creates a job opening for an endless stream of drug entrepreneurs who will take huge risks for the sake of the enormous profits created by prohibition. Prohibition costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars every year, yet 40 years and some 40 million arrests later, drugs are cheaper, more potent and far more widely used than at the beginning of this futile crusade.

We believe that by eliminating prohibition of all drugs for adults and establishing appropriate regulation and standards for distribution and use, law enforcement could  focus  more on crimes of violence, such as rape, aggravated assault, child abuse and murder, making our communities much safer. We believe that sending parents to prison for non-violent personal drug use destroys families. We believe that in a regulated and controlled environment, drugs will be safer for adult use and less accessible to our children. And we believe that by placing drug abuse in the hands of medical professionals instead of the criminal justice system, we will reduce rates of addiction and overdose deaths.”

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‘The Inquisition’ is one of those morbid curiosities of history. For centuries powerful religious authorities stretched the bounds of inhumanity in oppressing people whose ideologies either threatened their own, or merely differed from it.https://i2.wp.com/www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/images/Spain/inquisition.jpg

We look back in horror of what people will do to other people in the name of some funny old moral idea. I think that in two hundred years time, historians will be fascinated by the lengths the state went to in its attempts to control drug use. The shear harms it does to its own citizens through prohibition.

The war on drugs will be viewed as a political hysteria, a fad, a trick. It will be viewed as an unneccesary harm done to populations by the state. Historians may also come to understand that huge financial interests that motivate drug prohibition: just as in the Inquisition, this is all about a minority who have power, stopping at nothing to prevent the loss of that power.

Future generations will be shocked, as per usual, by humanity’s inhumanity, by man inhumanity to man.

Like the Witch-Trials and so many other moral hysterias: future generations will be bewildered by the irrationality, the moral-blindness, and the ignorance that underpins the war on some people who use some drugs.

As in the inquisitions of the past, the oppressing force does great violence in the name of an obscure moral principle: “taking drugs, even psychedelics, is morally wrong”. But isn’t it morally wrong to lock some one up when they did no harm to others? Isn’t that a greater harm? Isn’t it unjust to deprive people of their liberty and their prosperity simply for exploring their minds?

Our “leaders” are just people. What gives one of those individuals the power to tell you what you can and cannot do with your mind and body? People have explored this stuff for thousands of years, I cannot fathom why the state is so determined to control it.

In our time, it is no longer the Catholic Church who are the main oppressors of liberty. It is the police and the private prison industry, the alcohol and pharmaceutical corporations, the state representatives of the military-industrial complex, and the many economic powers reliant on keeping the population as blind consumerist slaves.
See: ‘Psychedelics: Consumer-Capitalism, Power & Authority’

These are the powers that be, the status quo. Drug prohibition is fueled by their interests: not your interests, nor the interests of wider society.

Like the inquisition,drug prohibition is a form of spiritual oppression.

Psychedelic drugs are known to bring about states of being that users describe as “spiritual”, the very word “psychedelic” means ‘soul revealing’. Many of the users experiment with psychedelics as a part of their personal spiritual practice and to imprison them for doing so is indefensible.

The Catholic Church felt the need to torture and murder the Cathars , a mystical gnostic Christian sect who advocated renouncing worldly goods, following the example of Jesus, and bypassing the corrupt organised religions, in order to get closer to God. It certainly sound pretty similar to our current situation with LSD: a drug used to bring about spiritual experiences, but experiences that also undermine the power-structures controlling society, and the consequent reaction of the state in the form of violent persecution.

There is a community of individuals in this country, thousands strong. If only 1% of this country used psychedelics there would be 60,000 people being criminalised for having done nothing wrong.

This is a form of persecution, this is a form of persecution of a minority religious group, it is immoral and it has to stop. In the name of justice and fairness, Cognitive Liberty UK demands an end to this oppression by decriminalising LSD and Magic Mushrooms.

We term it ‘The American Inquisition’ because, quite frankly, this whole ‘drugs war’ catastrophe was caused by The United States. It is, in essence, a bi-product of America’s fetishistic puritanism: the same puritanism that has spawned these ‘moral panics’ and consequent brutal persecutions for thousands of years.

“We believe that drug prohibition is the true cause of much of the social and personal  damage that has historically been attributed to drug use. It is prohibition that makes these drugs so valuable –  while giving criminals a monopoly over their supply. Driven by the huge profits from this monopoly, criminal gangs bribe and kill each other, law enforcers, and children. Their trade is unregulated and they are, therefore, beyond our control.

History has shown that drug prohibition reduces neither use nor abuse. After a rapist is arrested, there are fewer rapes. After a drug dealer is arrested, however, neither the supply nor the demand for drugs is seriously changed. The arrest merely creates a job opening for an endless stream of drug entrepreneurs who will take huge risks for the sake of the enormous profits created by prohibition. Prohibition costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars every year, yet 40 years and some 40 million arrests later, drugs are cheaper, more potent and far more widely used than at the beginning of this futile crusade.

We believe that by eliminating prohibition of all drugs for adults and establishing appropriate regulation and standards for distribution and use, law enforcement could  focus  more on crimes of violence, such as rape, aggravated assault, child abuse and murder, making our communities much safer. We believe that sending parents to prison for non-violent personal drug use destroys families. We believe that in a regulated and controlled environment, drugs will be safer for adult use and less accessible to our children. And we believe that by placing drug abuse in the hands of medical professionals instead of the criminal justice system, we will reduce rates of addiction and overdose deaths.”

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Cathays Park, Cardiff, UK

Saturday, 5 May 2012

14:30 until 19:00
“The Global Marijuana March (GMM) is an annual rally held at different locations across the planet. It refers to cannabis-related events that occur on the first Saturday in May, or thereabouts, and may include marches, meetings, rallies, raves, concerts, festivals and information tables.

The Global Marijuana March also goes by the name of the Million Marijuana March (MMM). It began in 1999. Around 700 different cities worldwide have signed up since 1999. There are local names for the event too. Such as: World Cannabis Day, Cannabis Liberation Day, Global Space Odyssey, Ganja Day, J Day, Million Blunts March, etc..

The Global Marijuana March is a celebration embracing cannabis culture as a personal lifestyle choice. Participants unite to discuss, promote, entertain and educate both consumers and non-consumers alike.”

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