Submitted by Pachamama
Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Amy Winestone, Jean-Michel Basquait, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on – again. A few days ago Whitney Houston joined a Glorious Band of the most exceptional artists this world has known. There are many factors that seem to militate against the most talented human beings who give meaning to the aesthetics as philosophy. These could include certain self destructive elements, a seeming inability to deal with the lavish adoration of millions of fans globally, a vicious entertainment management culture constructed on predation, a drive to go to a certain place to find that elusive and perpetual genius and a perception that we make unreasonable demands of our most talented citizens. In fact, this culture of death is not recent. It goes back for centuries. What is a growing factor however is the role played by the pharmaceutical industrial complex. In fact, in the United States big pharma is directly responsible for 150,000 deaths every year and a total of 1 million people injured by so-called ‘legal’ drugs. In this article we will argue that we are long past the stage of asking for the decriminalization of all plants. We consider that no human being or institution has the authority to criminalize nature and that all of mother earth is our collective birthright. What we will demand from all Governments, everywhere, is the immediate and total LEGALISATION of all plants – without apology.
We are aware that there is a necessity to launch a preventive attack on the enforcers of the dominate cultural narrative that finds comfort in a petite bourgeois Barbadian ‘elite’ society and that is defended by useless people like Hilary Beckles, Matthew Farley, Leroy Trotman, Jeffrey Bromes and the so-called institutions of state – a State that never tires of mimicing its colonial masters. These misfits argue that the marijuana plant and the coco leaf should forever be immorally criminalized. What these old fogies don’t know but what all the young people know too well is that in their very own houses there are substances that are widely used as hallucinogens. These could include vim, bleach, glue, nutmeg and toilet bowl cleaner. All dangerous substances and there are many, many more easily available. But we don’t hear the paragons of virtue calling for the criminalization of these substances. This would be counter to their ‘moral’ compass. To them dominate global corporations are moral beings who are incapable of evil – incapable of murdering our children with their medical weapons of mass destruction. Neither do we hear the self-appointed protectors of this Little English calling for a defense of the innocent people who are going to see their trusted doctor tomorrow morning. A doctor who will prescribe a drug which even the pharmaceutical salesman knows more about that the very doctor. These are the real ‘legal’ drug pushers in Barbados. And those who aide-and-abet them are criminally liable before the fact.
While not one pharmaceutical executive has ever been charged for the mass ‘murder’, using medicine as the weapon of choice, anywhere in the world, today most of the people in jail in Barbados are being immorally held on petty ‘illegal’ substance abuse crimes. In the USA as many as 80% percent of the people in jail are for small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, meth, oxycontin or some other so-called illegal drug. Most of them black or brown and are in jail primarily because jail has proven to be an effective social control mechanism (modern slavery). Some of these drugs are peddled or dispense by the pharmaceutical companies themselves using their established networks of doctors and nurses (drug pushers). Medical doctors, who know well how to write vast number prescriptions to supply large quantities of pills to dealers which are intended to be re-circulated into the ‘illegal’ drugs market. The Michael Jackson trial revealed that that his relationship with his doctor was not connected to the lofty principles that the marketing of medicine, as a science, pretends – the Hippocratic Oath. In the first case, Jackson was able to order his doctor to give him what he (Jackson) thought he needed. Second, Murray was eager and ready to comply with the order for a significant drug buy. Third, the dispensary was glad to sell Murray more drugs for Jackson alone, than a large hospital needs for a few months. In the end only the doctor will go to jail, not the pharmaceutical company, not the executives selling the deadly drugs.
In California and several other States there is the industrial scale distribution of medical marijuana under a Federal government which continues to fight a losing war against ‘illegal’ drugs that has been ongoing for over a century. An immoral war against nature that Barbados believes it too must fight. But the war on ‘legal’ drugs is yet to be declared. Several European countries that the Barbadian elites have utmost respect for, otherwise, have long liberalized their so-called ‘illegal’ drugs laws to varying degrees. Many other countries have found hemp, coco leaf and marijuana to have valuable applications in industry but Barbados is waiting for its European and American masters and a backward social class to permit the decriminalization of all plants. Why can’t we follow the lean of Bolivian President Evo Morales. We contend that there are too many other substances around for those who choice to consume. And there may be no measurable difference in consumption patterns. In fact, some studies seem to suggest that de-criminalization/legalization may have a reverse effect. In any event people have a natural right to use alternative herbal treatments as opposed to risking their lives in the hands of legal drug pushers.
We believe that the life of Whitney Houston has ended much too soon. If there is a silver lining, and it is difficult to see what that would be especially for her grieving family, it could be for us to develop a rational approach to all types of drugs – legal and illegal. We should also move, ex post haste, to protect Rihanna and all the other artists from a world that pretends to be glamorous but is full of treachery and deceit from many sources. Finally, big pharma must be brought to heel and their mass murder must stop now.