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Unholy Alliance: Cops, Cartels, Cultivators and the Competition Unite to Keep Marijuana Illegal

In this series of interviews with my brother Police Officer and Detective Howard Wooldridge of Lansing, Michigan (retired) concerning the “War on Drugs”, hundreds of readers responded.  U.S. taxpayers do not understand the incredible deception perpetrated on them by the Drug War.  You might even term it a “racket” by those who stand in the power corridors of Washington, DC.
“The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” said Officer Howard Wooldridge.  “That explains how chiefs of police stand shoulder to shoulder with the blood-thirsty Mexican Cartels in their support for cannabis prohibition.  It explains why illegal growers cheer their sheriff in Northern California as the cops encourage no change to the market being controlled by the cartels & growers.  This week the California Beer and Beverage Association gave $10,000 to defeat Prop 19. (a California ballot issue to treat cannabis much like beer).  Even as the police officers know too well the horrific damage and death caused by the use of alcohol, they embrace these deadly distributors of pain and sorrow.   Why this unholy alliance, this gathering of strange bedfellows?  Simple money, money and money!
“Law enforcement stands to lose billions nationally (eleven billion according to Harvard economics professor Jeff Myron), when this nation repeals its 8-10 decade long marijuana prohibition.  In these tough times all the ‘free’ money coming from Washington and state capitols to search for green plants keeps the wallets and purses full of good overtime money.  Indeed the FBI just reported that despite cutbacks in the ‘Thin Blue Line,’ my profession arrested a new record number of Willie Nelsons and Snoop Dogs in 2009.  Marijuana arrests now account for exactly 50% of all drug arrests.   This nonsense even as every cop knows that pot is a much, much safer drug than alcohol.  Money trumps public safety, common sense and human decency.   Shame on the command officers like Sheriff Baca of Los Angeles SD who want the cartels to continue to be in charge of marijuana distribution and sales.   Bless the street cops who by the hundreds of thousands privately wish marijuana were treated like beer.
“The Mexican cartels have operational control of North American marijuana production and distribution, according to testimony in the US Congress.   They earn somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-20 billion (some 50 to 80% of their gross incomes).  Our Department of Justice reports that about 240 Mexican led gangs control the distribution of all drugs in that many cities across the USA.   This empire is as if Al Capone branched out of Chicago to control the illegal booze market across the whole country back in the 20s and early 30s.  In 17 states the cartels now grow marijuana in our national forests and parks, destroying watersheds, polluting the streams with chemicals and shooting and killing those hikers who are unlucky enough to come across their crop.  Note: the cartels are NOT growing grapes in our national forests.   I wonder why?
“As bad as we have it, the cartels have destroyed civilization in Mexico’s six northern states in the past 4 years.  Rule of law has completely disappeared.  Crimes are not reported because why waste the time?    The American response to this was best stated by Congressman McCaul (R-TX) at a foreign relations committee meeting this summer, ‘We need to keep the violence contained on the other side of the border.’  In other words, as long as 28,000 Mexicans are dying for our prohibition, no problema.   Disgusting.
“The growers of some of the nation’s best cannabis live in Northern California.   At watering holes there are worried looks on the faces of men and women who are making billions growing the weed.  Legalization would start to cripple their highly lucrative businesses.  They know their profit margins would drop like a stone (recent Rand Corporation estimated about an 80% drop in gross profits).  This writer just asked a waitress in Eureka what would happen to the city, if Prop 19 passes.   ‘This town would dry up in a hurry.’ She replied.  She was probably going to vote no on 19 in order to save her job.  The growers oppose Prop 19.
“This week the distributors of America’s second deadliest drug –alcohol- went public with their support for prohibition.   They donated $10,000 to the Stop 19 campaign.  The beer crowd knows full well they already compete with cannabis as a moderate, pleasant intoxicant.   Legalization would allow millions more to put down the martini or beer and choose cannabis for a change.   And the police embrace these dollars and support.  Embarrassing. 
“None in this Unholy Alliance have dared to write opeds stating all the advantages of pot prohibition because, of course, there are none.  None express their desire to keep the money coming because that would expose them as the worst of ‘leaders.’  The cops, cartels, cultivators and beer makers have joined hands to keep the money coming.  We will know in seven weeks how successful their distortions, outright lies and money have been.”
Writer Howard Wooldridge is currently on a 40 city, two month tour of California (Paul Revere style), promoting Prop 19.
The War on Drugs has been the most dysfunctional destructive and immoral policy since slavery & Jim Crow.
Today, my brother Howard Wooldridge heads up a task force in Washington, DC to educate and enlighten congressmen at the highest levels.  He works for a better future for all Americans.  He can be reached at:  Education Specialist, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, , Washington, DC.  He speaks at colleges, political clubs, Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions Clubs across America.  He engages citizens around the country to bring an end to the Drug War.  Check out the web site and join.  Book Wooldridge in your state! Wooldridge also presents at political conferences in Washington.
The mission of COP is to reduce the multitude of unintended harmful consequences resulting from fighting the war on drugs and to lessen the incidence of death, disease, crime, and addiction by ultimately ending drug prohibition. 
“Envision a country which employs the principles of personal responsibility, personal freedom and limited/effective government toward marijuana,” Officer Wooldridge said. “I see a growing respect for the police, as they stop intruding into the decisions of adults, made in the privacy of their castles.  Teens find it as hard to buy pot as beer.  Fewer teens use it because it lost its glamour.   Imagine a land where the deadly DUI and reckless drivers kill far fewer, as officers focus on them, not the next pot bust.  Envision detectives arresting more child predators as they abandon the time spent arresting someone selling pot to an adult.  All this becomes possible, when America becomes wiser and abandons the prohibition approach to marijuana.”


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   There is a reason that, as reported in this article, marijuana was not illegal 100 years ago.  It wasn’t until the New Deal ushered in Socialism in this country that it could be prohibited by the federal gov’t.  Drug laws are actually based upon foreign commerce. 

  There is a large number of Americans who now believe that the federal gov’t is ignoring the Constitution and enacting unconstitutional laws.  Nothing could be further from the truth - the federal gov’t is quite aware of its limited jurisdictions.  In fact, the following dissertation will actually evidence this to be true - the federal gov’t has meticulously gone to great lengths to stay within its limited jurisdictions.  What the gov’t has done is to create legal “terms” that have meanings only within its jurisdictions.  

  The Declaration of Independence is the organic law of the land and its main tenet is that "all men are created equal".  Under such a tenet no person or group of people, including some group called government, may ever initiate force or fraud against any other person or group of people.  This is the basis of individual sovereignty.  The Constitution was adopted to form a gov't that would uphold this tenet.

  The Constitution acknowledges this where in Article I, section 8 it grants the federal government jurisdiction over foreign commerce, interstate commerce, and trade with the Indians.  The federal government has no jurisdiction over intrastate commerce since the law is based upon the tenet that "all men are created equal".  The individual American is sovereign, not the federal gov’t.  See the following Supreme Court decisions that uphold the sovereignty of the individual - United States v. Lee, 106 U.S. 196, Hale v. Henkle, 201 U.S. 43, Julliard v. Greenman, 110 U.S. 421, Chisholm v. Georgia, 1 L.Ed. (2 Dall.) 415.  All of these Supreme Court decisions were rendered before the bankruptcy of the federal gov’t in the 1930’s. 

  The FED bankrupted the gov't in the 1930's.  This is easily evidenced by the correlation between the United States Code (USC) and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR):  title 11 USC, "Bankruptcy", is implemented by title 11 CFR, "Federal Elections".  Our vote is simply to elect a bankruptcy "administration". 

  However, bankrupting the federal gov't wasn't enough to make Americans pay the interest on the FED's counterfeit money loans to the gov't.  Sovereignty lies with the individual American, not the federal gov't. as evidenced above by the Supreme Court.

  To get around all of the chains that the Constitution imposes on the federal gov't, Social Security was created to destroy American sovereignty.  The "Form SS-5" that an applicant uses to apply for a S.S.# is actually a federal employment form.  After all, only a federal employee is liable for federal employment taxes.  You know the name of the federal employee - the "taxpayer".  "Taxpayer" is a legal term defined at 26 CFR 2.1-1(a)(5) as a member of the Merchant Marine - a federal employee.  26 CFR 2.1-1(b) states that this is the definition of the term as used throughout the Code and the regulations for all calculation of taxes.

  The gov’t has been given jurisdiction over its possessions by Article IV, section 3 of the Constitution.  By checking the box " U.S. citizen" on the "Form SS-5" the applicant has given the gov't prima facie evidence that he has U.S. possession citizenship.  " U.S. citizen" is also a legal term exemplified at 26 CFR 25.2501-1(c) as a person born in one of the States who then establishes a residence in a U.S. possession ( Puerto Rico is cited in the example) and, further, acquires U.S. possession citizenship.  This regulation then references back to 26 USC sec. 2501(b) where it states that this is the definition of the term "citizen" "wherever used in the title".  The U.S. possessions are treated as foreign countries (see 26 USC sec. 865(i)(3), 872(b)(7), and 2014(g) for example).  This makes a “ U.S. citizen” a foreigner in relation to America.  This is the 14th Amendment citizen.

  The combination of the legal terms "taxpayer" and " U.S. citizen" is known as the legal term " U.S. resident" at 26 USC sec. 865(g).  A " U.S. resident" is a "U.S citizen" living in America - a foreigner.

  So by applying for a S.S.# an American has given away all sovereignty and become a slave to the federal gov't.  

  All of this evidences that the owners of the gov't are quite aware of its limited jurisdiction, but they have absolutely no regard for freedom.

  The federal gov't is legislating today on two main premises - under foreign commerce and that everyone is a federal employee.

  The CFR was created during the bankruptcy proceedings in the mid-1930’s to evidence the correlation of which of the new federal regulatory agencies would be in charge of implementing the regulations under the statutes of the USC. 

  Obviously, federal gov’t regulatory agencies can have no jurisdiction over a sovereign American since “all men are created equal” and the federal gov’t has no jurisdiction over intrastate commerce.  But a “ U.S. resident” has no constitutional protections.  

  Since one becomes a “taxpayer” by applying for a S.S.#, that person is now subject to the income tax.

  The income tax was ruled to be constitutional in several U.S. Supreme Court decisions - see Brushaber v. Union Pacific R.R. Co., 240 U.S. 1 (1916), Stanton v. Baltic Mining, 240 US 103 (1916), Peck & Co. v. Lowe, 247 US 165 (1918), Eisner v. Macomber, 252 U.S. 189 (1920).  These Supreme Court decisions all stated that the gov’t always had the power to tax income and, further, that no new power of taxation was granted to the federal gov’t by the 16th Amendment.  In other words, the income being taxed must be within the limited jurisdiction of the federal gov’t to begin with since no new power was granted to the federal gov’t.  Cites from each of these cases can be found at on my Blog.


  Internal revenue is within the customs.  Customs gains revenue for the gov't from importing duties from foreign countries.  Internal revenue gains revenue for the gov't from importing duties from the U.S. possessions - thus a source of "internal revenue".  Customs is foreign commerce.  Internal revenue is a legal term.


  The 3 commerce jurisdictions are cited separately in title 28 USC, "Judiciary and Judicial Procedure", chapter 85, "District Courts; Jurisdiction".  Section 1336, "Surface Board Transportation Orders", which was renamed from "Interstate Commerce Commission's Orders" in late 1995, is the interstate commerce jurisdiction.  Section 1362, "Indian Tribes", is obviously the trade with the Indians commerce jurisdiction.  Section 1340, "Internal revenue; customs duties", is the foreign commerce jurisdiction.  Income tax is the second plank of the Communist Manifesto.  Inheritance tax is the third plank of the Communist Manifesto.  These communistic taxes are only available to the federal gov’t under foreign commerce along with the presumption that the individual is a federal employee.

  Marijuana laws, like all drug and medicine laws, are within internal revenue jurisdiction - therefore, based upon foreign commerce.  See the actual laws at for more.

  Now the federal gov’t and its owners have an unlimited reservoir of revenue from the “taxpayers” that can be used to expand the gov’t’s apparent powers. 

  Abolish Social Security, return everyone’s money, with interest, and restore American sovereignty.

  I have evidenced the entire Social Security Scam on my Blog at  

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