The following is a guest post by Alan Salt, Vice-President of the Hemp Embassy.
I’m the current Hemp Embassy Vice-President, a drug user of thirty eight years experience, who decided eighteen years ago to limit himself to cannabis and try no more new drugs, ever. I came to Nimbin in 1974 and initially lived as a shareholder at Tuntable Falls on the Co-Ordination Co-Operative, which taught me why we have private property. I also learnt about self-appointed, self-promoting “leaders” who thrust themselves before cameras claiming to speak for all, and using our community to leapfrog into newspaper pages and political office. That taught me why voting developed. Unfortunately voting does not always affect outcomes. I learnt about governments that empty their mental clinics on the promise of outpatient services that never arrive, and tell them to go to Nimbin where they are “more likely to be accepted”. Shortly after comes a revival of “reefer madness” rhetoric to avoid the blame for putting these people out on the streets by sheeting their madness home to “drugs”.
The “War on Drugs” and “Zero Tolerance” are propaganda worthy of Goebbels, that endorses active discrimination against drug users and makes a virtue of intolerance. It might as well be code for “Feel free to druggy/hippy bash” because as criminals their word won’t stand up in court.
New South Wales missed its chance to break with the institutionalised corruption of its Police when Ryan was sent home, and the rotten old guard was re-instated. Since 2006, in collaboration with the local National Party member, Richmond Local Area Command has devoured public funds in paramilitary show policing via assemblies of weaponry and force, playing directly to the media. Policing for media cameras works to portray an image of good policing rather than being good policing. It lies and deceives.
The “War on Terror” too is little more than an orchestrated fear campaign to justify the centralisation of political powers and the denial of individual human rights. When voters are sheep, they can expect to be governed by wolves. The bigger a government the narrower its intent. Nice dividend on our stocks, shame the boy came home in a box. I just hope it does not all come to some monumentally stupid “final solution”.
Personally, I think all drugs should be legalised and regulated. While that may not seem anything like a “perfect” solution to some, to me it seems the most sensible and least costly answer on all levels. Prohibition merely magnifies the problems, and expense without positive result.
Do me a favour, all of you. Gentlemen, please attend MardiGrass in your suits and ties, and ladies, please wear your twinsets and pearls. Hippies are obviously not enough.