Numerous sponsors and vendors donated to our 420 prize giveaway that was to happen at our 4/20/2019 Hempfest.
But our 420 Prize Giveaway turned into a 420 monsoon as
Julia Davis Park was hit with a brief, but intense, thunder storm
at exactly 4:20pm.
Due to our sound system getting wet, and our schedule getting off track, we were unable to give away all these prizes!
So, we are hosting an "End the Drug War" Prize Giveaway to support
future Boise Hempfest events!
In an effort to raise awareness of the FAILED "War on Drugs" and continue
Boise Hempfest's tradition of Cannabis Education,
we will give these prizes away to some of our lucky supporters.
Be automatically entered into the giveaway to win
one of 12 different prize packages!
Winners will be randomly selected & announced on our facebook event page on June 18th 2019 -
the 48th anniversary of President Nixon's War on Drugs
The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history,
the question has become, how much more can the country endure?
He dramatically increased the size and presence of federal drug control agencies, and pushed through measures such as mandatory sentencing and no-knock warrants.
A top Nixon aide, John Ehrlichman, later admitted:
“You want to know what this was really all about?
The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying?
We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or blacks, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities.
We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news.
Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
Nixon temporarily placed marijuana in Schedule One, the most restrictive category of drugs, pending review by a commission he appointed led by Republican Pennsylvania Governor Raymond Shafer.
In 1972, the commission unanimously recommended decriminalizing the possession and distribution of marijuana for personal use. Nixon ignored the report and rejected its recommendations.
Between 1973 and 1977, however, eleven states decriminalized marijuana possession. In January 1977, President Jimmy Carter was inaugurated on a campaign platform that included marijuana decriminalization.
In October 1977, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use.
Within just a few years, though, the tide had shifted.
Proposals to decriminalize marijuana were abandoned as parents became increasingly concerned about high rates of teen marijuana use.
Marijuana was ultimately caught up in a broader cultural backlash against the perceived permissiveness of the 1970s.
The presidency of Ronald Reagan marked the start of a long period of skyrocketing rates of incarceration, largely thanks to his unprecedented expansion of the drug war. The number of people behind bars for nonviolent drug law offenses increased from 50,000 in 1980 to over 400,000 by 1997.
Public concern about illicit drug use built throughout the 1980s, largely due to media portrayals of people addicted to the smokeable form of cocaine dubbed “crack.”
Soon after Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, his wife, Nancy Reagan, began a highly-publicized anti-drug campaign, coining the slogan "Just Say No."
This set the stage for the zero tolerance policies implemented in the mid-to-late 1980s. Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates, who believed that “casual drug users should be taken out and shot,” founded the DARE drug education program, which was quickly adopted nationwide despite the lack of evidence of its effectiveness.
The increasingly harsh drug policies also blocked the expansion of syringe access programs and other harm reduction policies to reduce the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS.
In the late 1980s, a political hysteria about drugs led to the passage of draconian penalties in Congress and state legislatures that rapidly increased the prison population.
In 1985, the proportion of Americans polled who saw drug abuse as the nation's "number one problem" was just 2-6 percent.
The figure grew through the remainder of the 1980s until, in September 1989, it reached a remarkable 64 percent – one of the most intense fixations by the American public on any issue in polling history.
Within less than a year, however, the figure plummeted to less than 10 percent, as the media lost interest.
The draconian policies enacted during the hysteria remained, however, and continued to result in escalating levels of arrests
Although Bill Clinton advocated for treatment instead of incarceration during his 1992 presidential campaign, after his first few months in the White House he reverted to the drug war strategies of his Republican predecessors by continuing to escalate the drug war.
Yet, a month before leaving office, Clinton asserted in a Rolling Stone interview that "we really need a re-examination of our entire policy on imprisonment" of people who use drugs, and said that marijuana use "should be decriminalized."
At the height of the drug war hysteria in the late 1980s and early 1990s, a movement emerged seeking a new approach to drug policy.
In 1987, Arnold Trebach and Kevin Zeese founded the Drug Policy Foundation – describing it as the “loyal opposition to the war on drugs.” Prominent conservatives such as William Buckley and Milton Friedman had long advocated for ending drug prohibition, as had civil libertarians such as longtime ACLU Executive Director Ira Glasser.
In the late 1980s they were joined by Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, Federal Judge Robert Sweet, Princeton professor Ethan Nadelmann, and other activists, scholars and policymakers.
In 1994, Nadelmann founded The Lindesmith Center as the first U.S. project of George Soros’ Open Society Institute.
In 2000, the growing Center merged with the Drug Policy Foundation to create the Drug Policy Alliance.
Nancy Reagan coined the iconic anti-drug campaign slogan "Just Say No"
The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation's leading organization promoting alternatives to current drug policy that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.
DPA supporters are individuals who believe the War on Drugs is doing more harm than good.
Read the full article here - www.drugpolicy.org/issues/brief-history-drug-war
The Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP),
formerly Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, is a U.S.-based nonprofit group of current and former police, judges, prosecutors, and other criminal justice professionals who use their expertise to advance drug policy and criminal justice solutions that enhance public safety.
Watch LEAP videos here - www.youtube.com/user/CopsSayLegalizeDrugs
The following videos include personal stories that show how
The War on Drugs is dangerous and harmful to nonviolent citizens.
These videos are disturbing and sometimes graphic in nature.
Parental discretion is advised -
and so is having a box of tissues handy!
In the United States, a no-knock warrant is a warrant issued by a judge that allows law enforcement officers to enter a property without immediate prior notification to residents - such as by knocking or ringing a doorbell.