Eight of the nine 2024 Republican presidential hopefuls presented their vision for America in Iowa last Saturday. Yet, none proposed a policy that could stop or reverse the terrible effects caused by George Soros’s “compassionate” initiative of decriminalizing and legalizing drugs, which began with marijuana.
In his 2004 book “The Bubble of American Supremacy” Soros stated:
“When I decided to extend the operations of my Open Society Foundation to the United States, I chose drug policy as one of the first fields of engagement. I felt that drug policy was the area in which the United States was in the greatest danger of violating the principles of open society.”
Following Soros’s lead, marijuana campaigners claim that legalizing the drug is “a necessary social justice initiative,” because, they say, marijuana use led to the mass incarceration of black and brown people. Thus, in addition to changing state laws to allow the use, possession, production, and selling of marijuana, provisions have been added to expunge and vacate low-level marijuana convictions.
Some states, like New Jersey, issued regulations to increase the number of cannabis businesses run by people with prior convictions for marijuana offenses, who were “most harmed by the failed war on drugs,” emphasizing that “social equity” does not necessarily include businesses owned by women, minorities, or disabled veterans.
When Soros debuted on the American domestic political scene in 1993, he was on his way to turning drug use in America — first with marijuana — into the relaxing, joyful “soma” that author Aldous Huxley described in “Brave New World.”
To test the American public’s resolve to keep long-held moral values and attitudes, and especially the resilience of his adoptive country’s legal system, he needed an illegal and unwelcomed behavior that could be successfully challenged. He chose laws controlling the use of illicit drugs.
The savvy international currency speculator chose well. He speculated that once marijuana was legalized, many Americans would be willing to use illicit drugs. He was right.
A national Gallup Poll revealed that more than 75% of Americans rejected drug legalization when Soros began his efforts in America. The public viewed the issue through the lens of common sense. It realizes being under the influence of mind-altering substances is the problem, not the drug laws. But Soros’s sponsorship unified the pro-drug groups, created a movement, and, more importantly, gave the drug legalization campaign a veneer of respectability and credibility.
Marijuana, similar to heroin and LSD, is still classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act with “high potential for abuse.” Most opiates, and even fentanyl, are classified under Schedule II, since they are prescribed for symptoms such as pain and anxiety.
The millions of dollars invested in the marijuana lobby have paved the way for the free use of the so-called “medicinal” marijuana products. When it comes to the multidimensional harm caused by marijuana use, the lobbyists, who claim to work in the name of compassion and social justice, are joined by the willful ignorance of politicians. It’s been reported that CBD oil, edibles, and THC gummies are sometimes laced with other addictive drugs, including fentanyl, and are occasionally consumed by young children and pets, with deadly results.
By October 2022, facing no organized opposition to the well-funded, pro-drug propaganda, the marijuana lobby convinced 68% of the public to support the drug’s legalization according to Gallup. As of May 23, 2023, Marijuana Moment, the movement’s major online news and support website was “tracking more than 1,000 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills” in state legislatures and Congress this year alone.
But evidence of the harm caused by marijuana is still being swept under the rug. As of May 2023, 37 states have passed laws approving the “medical” use of marijuana, while 23 states made the “recreational” use of marijuana legal. Many states along with the District of Columbia are also working to decriminalizing low-level marijuana possession. Add to that an influx of illegal immigrants and economic challenges, and the remaining states will be tempted to legalize pot in order to find new revenue in the multibillion-dollar marijuana industry.
Proving Soros wrong, again, the illegal marijuana market is growing exponentially, bringing with it expansive marijuana farms damaging the environment, an increase in violent crime, and homelessness.
Unless an aggressive counter-legalization campaign is mounted, marijuana and other dangerous drugs will be legalized in 2024, even if Joe Biden loses in the Presidential election.
The Republican presidential candidates did mention high crime rates and even fentanyl last Saturday, but not one connected the chaos facing the nation to Soros’s drug legalization scheme that aims to dope the population into oblivion.
While Republican candidates referred to Ronald Reagan, not one suggested using Nancy Reagan’s successful campaign slogan of “Just Say No.”
Rachel Ehrenfeld is the director of the American Center for Democracy and author of The Soros Agenda.
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