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Our legacy in Liberia

Liberia: Govt Faces Huge Task Against Marijuana Farmers

When I read this kind of stuff, it makes me a little sad…

The Chief for central Liberia at the Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA), Flomo Weahma, says:”Currently, the laws on the book, in my view, are very weak, and they are permissive of these acts that are perpetrated by criminals who continue to have these drugs in our communities, that have caused our children, our brothers, our fathers and our mothers to become addicted to these harmful substances,” the report divulges. […]

The Director of the DEA, Anthony Souh, the report adds, stated that marijuana is illegal, no matter what, adding: “You cannot take crime to be an income-generating activity. What is a crime is a crime. To go into drugs does not justify one’s desire to make money because there are other cash crops that can make money as well.”

We have exported our drug war, our DEA, our propaganda, and our excuses for authoritarianism and the limiting of human rights to the rest of the world.

When we finally break and subdue this prohibition beast here in the United States, we will still have a moral obligation to undue the damage our drug war has caused abroad.

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26 comments to Our legacy in Liberia

  • Duncan20903

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    Listening to the prohibitionist propaganda from 3rd world countries does demonstrate that our homegrown variety of propaganda is the most sophisticated available world wide.

    Though I must admit that it’s very confusing when the authorities in Bong County cluck like prohibitionists. The first thing they need to do is to change that County’s name otherwise no one will be able to take them seriously.

    Wasn’t Liberia founded so that we could send the slaves back where they came from? It seems I can’t recall why that plan ended up being abandoned or how far it got beyond creating that Country. Wasn’t that the handiwork of James Monroe?

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    • War Vet

      It was under Monroe . . . he was a member of the ACS. At first it worked becuase Liberia got big enough to annex the Republic of Maryland and the region of the Mississippi-in-Africa. It failed for the same reason as to why we don’t give away our Saudi bought oil to the Arabians.

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  • Peter

    like so many other developing countries liberia has been corrupted by us taxpayer cash as distributed by the dea and the un to perpetuate the drug war

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  • Matthew Meyer

    Will the drug warriors be like the tobacco companies, seeking Asian and other markets as their US profits dwindle?

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  • Francis

    OT: Area experts weigh in on marijuana debate
    Here’s the opener:

    If you could entirely get rid of one drug, which would it be?

    This question was posed to a law enforcement officer with more than 30 years of experience at a recent drug-prevention conference in Columbus. Mentor Municipal Court Judge John Trebets, who runs the Lake County drug court, was in attendance.

    “In my head, I’m yelling out ‘Heroin!’ ” Trebets said. “Then he looks out and says if he could get rid of one drug it would be marijuana.”

    The officer’s explanation was simple, and well-known. Marijuana is a “gateway drug” which often leads users into experimenting with more harmful substances.

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    • Peter

      when i clicked on the link an ad for smirnoff vodka filled the screen…. further and further down alice’s rabbit hole we go

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    • Duncan20903

      Sigmund Freud did not choose to enjoy cannabis.

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      • Rick Steeb

        …and he SURE loved him some Coke!

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      • Duncan20903

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        There are idiots that actually believe in the gateway theory. Some of those actually believe that if we could make cannabis disappear without a trace (including people’s memory of it) that only a very few lost souls would get addicted to the stuff that actually is addictive. But not booze, everybody that likes drinking alcohol is busy drinking it but not getting drunk.

        Darwin was wrong. There is no such thing as too stupid to live.

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  • claygooding

    “”When we finally break and subdue this prohibition beast here in the United States, we will still have a moral obligation to undue the damage our drug war has caused abroad.””

    I think that shutting off the billions in ONDCP funding to these nations will pretty much end their interest in enforcing drug laws.

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    • Matthew Meyer

      I do think there might be a few places where fighting drugs has become relevant in local cultural terms, so that Uncle Sam’s money isn’t the only thing fueling the war.

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  • claygooding

    Pot inspires entrepreneurs

    http://tinyurl.com/bbsvhfz

    Now that Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana, entrepreneurs are embarking on what is being called “the green rush.” NBC’s Pete Williams reports.

    I love mainstream media for this,,building the greed of the many will end this shit.

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  • primus

    As soon as a couple more countries withdraw their support of the single convention, more will follow, because they simply can’t afford to continue, nor can their societies stand continuation of the societal upset that arises from prohibition. Once the exception becomes the norm, the end is nigh.

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  • claygooding

    I am now waiting on the first state to pass a law against selling bunk weed.

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    • NorCalNative

      That bunk weed that’s low in THC could be high in the cannabinoid CBD. Without testing you really don’t know if you’ve got rope or medicine.

      CBD or cannabidiol is an awesome anti-inflammatory and works on joint pain that morphine doesn’t touch.

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      • Duncan20903

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        Because of my doctor’s prediction that I’ll get to experience chronic neuropathic pain he told me there is no medicine that works adequately for neuropathic pain. I replied “well none that you know of anyway.”

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    • Servetus

      Cannabis is an agricultural commodity, so it can be treated as one.

      The dairy industry might want to get involved. They give us Grade A milk, so the farmers might want to use the low-THC marijuana leaves they grow as a truly excellent cow fodder supplement, while sorting their Grade A bud for human consumption. The California milk industry’s ‘happy cow’ commercials on TV would finally make sense.

      The Grade A distinction will be needed for hemp fiber and hemp seed as well. All these distinctions are likely to emerge as legal commercialization develops and as the United States strives to become the producer of the finest cannabis products in the world. Otherwise, how else are we to compete with the Liberians?

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      • divadab

        In Bhutan, the local farmers feed their pigs cannabis regularly. The pigs eat well, and then fall deeply asleep at night so the farmers can go out and drink rice wine and gamble without worrying about their pigs getting up to no good.

        Source: the son of a WHO official in the 70’s.

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  • War Vet

    Madam Esmeralda the all seeing foresees violence and assassinations in the near future . . . car bombs will ring in the 2014 New Year. This nation will be the next Guinea-Bissau . . . Marijuana? Don’t they mean cocaine? The more intense the war on drugs is, the cheaper and purer the blow in Europe will be. A Help Wanted Sign on the door: Now Hiring Al Qaeda’s Al Shabaab network. Darn your prettiest wedding and Easter dresses young men –that’s the uniform of the dead. General Butt-Naked paging General Butt-Naked: Put down the Bible and pick up the gun and take off your pants, boxers and shirt for old time’s sake. The 3rd Civil War is up to bat. Repeating History in the Making

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    • War Vet

      General Butt-Naked was a real man who used to fight –well, you don’t have think to hard about that. The Sacrifice of a teenage boy stirred up the blessings of war. What are the odds of enough drug money (remember what happened to Guinea-Bissau not too many years ago?) stimulating corruption inside the military and government could lead it to be a Narco-State similar to the other above mentioned African nation? Liberia already isn’t the most stable one on the African block. Another civil war could happen in the future over control of the coke show as seen in Mexico.

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  • Deep Dish

    With New Year’s Eve soon upon us, it’s interesting to ponder if this NYE will see some changes in people’s drinking behavior in Colorado and Washington, just a few short weeks from legalization becoming official.

    It’s easy to imagine there will be more people who carry their stash to house parties. And at those house parties, there may be a few more people wanting to partake, who otherwise wouldn’t have thought about it. The mantra of “safer than alcohol” is still fresh in people’s minds and we all know upstanding citizens who refrain from marijuana only because it was illegal.

    The next morning will be interesting to see if there’s a drop in DUI arrests.

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    • claygooding

      Even better will be several years of lowered highway deaths during holiday travel periods for CO and WA.

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    • kaptinemo

      Yea, verily, it will be interesting. A reduction in auto accidents alone, without factoring in lessened numbers of injuries associated with such, will be a direct refutation of prohib blather.

      Not just the walls but the ceiling, too, is closing in on the mendacious prohibs. And when a lie is squeezed too hard, sometimes the truth it hid pops out.

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      • Dante

        I don’t like playing Devil’s advocate, but somebody has to.

        Kap’n, you know what the prohibs will do when accidents go down in CO and WA – claim responsibility!

        Seriously, how many times have the prohibs caused harm and then blamed it on “the druuuuuuugs”?

        They dishonestly blame their own crimes on others, or on prohibition. Always. You know they do.

        It follows then that the prohibs, when confronted with good news that was not attibutable to themselves or their doofus “missions”, would claim the prize anyway.

        Protect & Serve (Themselves!)

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      • Duncan20903

        I think it’s more likely that we’ll be privy to the THC-cooh levels of everyone who gets arrested for DUI-anything.

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  • claygooding

    Need proof that the bill is due?

    Sandy-hit agencies get no free ride for new cars

    By Stephen Dinan and Sean Lengell – The Washington Times

    The Senate passed a massive Superstorm Sandy relief bill late last week but not before lawmakers took a stab at some accountability — including insisting that the FBI, Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies first try to replace flood-damaged vehicles from within their existing fleets.””snipped””

    This is the first I recall of anyone trying to reduce FBI or any of the letter gangs spending habits.

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