Rachel Ehrenfeld examines nefarious association of George Soros intentions of legalizing marijuana – that includes the context of tobacco and vaping – the spread of the COVID-19 virus AND manipulating (brainwashing might be better) society at large to a frame of mind.
JRH 4/3/20 (H/T American Center for Democracy)
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How George Soros’s Marijuana Advocacy Makes the COVID-19 Panic Worse
April 1, 2020
George Soros’s first major effort to reshape America was undertaking the legitimization of illegal drug use, especially marijuana. Soros initially said his overarching goal was to promote informed discussion of drug policy. But debate and discussion are not his style and were not his objects. Instead, he used his resources to fund think-tanks, foundations, and public policy action groups that successfully muddled public opinion enough to change public laws, making illegal drug use legal.
In the early 1990s, the notion of legalizing marijuana in the U.S. was unthinkable and unacceptable. The voices to legalize drugs were marginal and not in sync. This changed in 1993, when Soros, who claimed that prohibitionist drug policies are wrong because they contradict his vision of the “Open Society,” launched a $15-million pro–drug legalization propaganda campaign that has made him the new darling of the media left. Soros and his acolytes have garnered enormous press attention through a barrage of magazine articles, op-ed pieces, and television appearances. By 1996, the slogans of “medicalization” and “compassion” joined “legalization” and “decriminalization,” as well as “nonviolent drug offender.” All of these were shaping the vocabulary of the public dialogue. Soros’s sponsorship provided the credibility theretofore lacking in the movement to legalize drugs.
David Callahan, the liberal founder and editor of the website Inside Philanthropy, noted in his 2018 book The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age, that “no philanthropist has done more than Soros to soften America’s drug laws. Soros got behind that cause in the mid-1990s, funding a new drug policy think tank and bankrolling the push for medicinal marijuana, widely seen as a bridge to legalization. Today, two decades after Soros began his push — and many tens of millions of dollars later — several states have legalized pot, and more are likely to follow.”
Many millions of dollars in funding pro-drug non-profits; organizing ballots; and creating the Drug Policy Alliance, which sponsored massive media campaigns asserting that allowing the sick the use of marijuana and other drugs for “medical purposes” is not only right, but also “compassionate.” Less than three years later, in 1996, Arizona and California passed laws allowing “medical marijuana” use. Alaska, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington followed suit in 1998. By now, most states in the U.S. allow marijuana use for loosely defined medical purposes, and many also allow marijuana for “recreational” purposes.
The strategy of lobbying states to change the law instead of the federal government — which still considers marijuana a dangerous drug – was “the best way to get the attention of Congress … to legalize marijuana,” explained a pro-legalization activist. “If a majority of states approve marijuana measures, and public opinion continues to swell in favor of cannabis, Congress may have no choice but to consider decriminalization — or legalize the substance,” he reasoned. By February 2020, marijuana use has been legal for medical use in 33 states, and 11 states allow recreational marijuana use for adults over the age of 21.
Soros’s successful legalization efforts assuaged the social stigma of drug abuse and drove more Americans to regularly use and get addicted to marijuana. Soros claims that marijuana use and addiction will decline once this substance becomes legal, as will the illegal trade in this drug. But this prediction has not panned out.
On the contrary, the number of users and addicts, especially among the young, has grown rapidly in the U.S., Canada, and other countries that have legalized the use of “natural marijuana” as a drug. In the U.S., for example, in 2018, the number of young adults who reported regular use of marijuana rose to 11.8 million, and the number of teens in 8th and 10th grades who say they use it daily has increased as their perception that regular use of marijuana is risky is decreasing. It is decreasing because Soros’s successful legalization campaign has deliberately misled the public on hazards caused by “natural marijuana.”
According to Dr. Carlton E. Turner, President Ronald Reagan’s Drug Czar, natural marijuana “is a dirty drug with so many different side effects that it will never pass the required safety and efficacy testing for medicine. Marijuana can contain over 700 individual chemicals, and when smoked the number of chemicals expands to the thousands. The smoke contains 50 percent to 70 percent more cancer-causing compounds than tobacco.”
In the meantime, the legalization of marijuana opened the door to the new multi-billion-dollar cannabis industry and increased revenues to the states that legalized the drug. According to the online publication American Marijuana, in a January 6, 2020 update, “[i]t is predicted that in 2025, legal marijuana sales will earn as much as 23 Billion USD in the US alone.” Moreover, the legalization of marijuana in the U.S. set the trend and encouraged other countries to do the same.
Despite Soros’s efforts, marijuana (cannabis) is still identified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), as a Schedule I drug, “with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”
Soros’s success in legalizing marijuana use is now putting millions of Americans who have taken up smoking marijuana (because it’s legal) at higher risk of infection by COVID-19. “Cannabis smoking is growing rapidly and has been linked with poor respiratory health, immunosuppression and multiple contaminants,” says renowned cannabis researcher Albert Stuart Reece, professor of medicine, University of Western Australia. A recent publication by NIDA says the virus poses “an especially serious threat to those who smoke tobacco or marijuana or who vape,” because — as was evident all along — their lungs have “enhanced tissue damage and inflammation.”
But the efforts to legalize marijuana in states that have not done so in the coming elections is ongoing, as evidenced by the Soros- (and friends) funded Marijuana Policy Project’s statement dated March 19, 2020. “In times of this pandemic, it is all the more apparent that finite government resources shouldn’t be wasted on cannabis prohibition. And states could use the economic growth and tax revenue that come with marijuana legalization in these challenging times,” the MPP advises.
Had Soros, the speculator who prides himself as a highbrow go-getter, genuinely considered marijuana as the important drug he has spent loads of money to legalize, he would have invested his money lobbying Congress to support scientific research to identify the medicinal properties of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis (marijuana) and would have sponsored the clinical trials necessary to develop effective treatments for a variety of diseases.
Discernibly, it was not compassion for the sick that motivated Soros’s drug legalization campaigns. Instead, he successfully used marijuana legalization campaigns to test his ability to reshape American society. It was his first successful venture of making the once unthinkable unacceptable and illegal, a thing of the past, turning Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World‘s “soma” distribution into reality.
© American Thinker 2020
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Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld is Founder and President of the New York-based American Center for Democracy, and the Economic Warfare Institute.
Dr. Ehrenfeld’s work encompasses economic warfare, including cyber-warfare, Weapons of Mass Effect (WME), corruption, lawfare, terrorist financing, the links between global networks of criminal and terrorist groups, disinformation, corruption and jihadist movements. Dr. Ehrenfeld focuses on recognizing patterns of seemingly unrelated foreign and domestic events as they link to threaten the U.S. political, social. economic and financial systems and other issues related to its national security. She lectured in and organized international conferences/workshops and specialized briefings and war gaming in the U.S. and elsewhere. She testified on terrorist financing before Congressional Committees, the Canadian and European Parliaments, and provided evidence to the British Parliament, and consulted the governments of Bulgaria and Indonesia on good governance. She also consulted U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Defense, Justice, State, Treasury and Homeland Security, and provided expert testimony in U.S. courts.
Dr. Ehrenfeld has initiated the anti-libel tourism legislations in the United States. “Rachel’s Law” passed in 2008 unanimously in New York State (New York Libel Terrorism Protection Act 2008). At least 10 other U.S. states had passed similar legislation.
The “Speech Act“, Public Law 111-223: Securing and Protecting our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage Act, passed unanimously by the U.S. Congress ans signed into law by President Obama in 2010.
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Dr. Ehrenfeld was a visiting scholar at Columbia University Institute of War and Peace Studies, a research scholar at the New York University School of Law, a fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Jesus College at Cambridge University. She has a Ph.D. in Criminology from the Hebrew University School of Law. Dr. Ehrenfeld is the recipient of the American Jewish Historical Society’s “Public Service Award” (2008), and the “Sappho Award” from the Free Press Society (2011).
Dr. Ehrenfeld has authored academic and policy papers and more than one thousand articles. Her books include FUNDING EVIL: How Terrorism is Financed – and How to Stop Ii (2011) • EVIL MONEY (HarperCollins, 1992,1994). Her latest book project is on The Economic Warfare against the U.S. from Within and Without. • NARCOTERRORISM (Basic Books, 1990, 1992).