The Canadian government has a long history of oppressing the drug culture. Take a quick look at how this affected our society, and where to go from here.
The Covid-19 pandemic has reminded us once again just how shady government entities can be. While the situation is getting better, it's important to remember just who we're dealing with when we hear those sweet-talkers on TV.
The war on drugs is widely accepted as being a colossal failure and resulted in the arrests and deaths of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people in Canada, primarily minorities. That's not counting the other thousands who ruined their lives or ended it early because they didn't have access to the mental health medication they needed.
In this blog post, we will explore the history of substance oppression from the Canadian government. From alcohol prohibition to marijuana prohibition and today's mushroom ban, governments have always felt the need to keep their population in check.
We're here to make sure you don't forget.
The Prohibition Strategy
There is an old saying in Canada that goes, "Canada has always been a land of plenty." This sentiment was never more true than when it came to alcohol.
Canadian citizens were able to drink freely and without fear of punishment for decades. That all changed in the 1920s with the implementation of prohibition by the federal government. Alcohol became illegal from coast to coast, with penalties including fines and jail time.
The only exception was Quebec, where they did not enforce prohibition laws due to concerns about a separation between church and state (the Catholic Church had strong ties to Quebec). Prohibition lasted until 1933, when it was repealed nationwide as part of Franklin D Roosevelt's New Deal legislation.
Marijuana was banned in Canada without explication in the year 1923. It could originally have been outlawed as a measure against the black market trade in opium, morphine and cocaine, which were banned simultaneously.
How did they ban these two substances loved by so many? Through lies and brute force. Propaganda movies were made and public statements by politicians and respected figures, claiming that marijuana was harmful to not only your body but society as a whole.
"But Those Were Different Times..."
We can sit and argue that the government didn't know better in those days, but that doesn't excuse the mess they made. Slave owners can't be pardoned because "That's just how it was back then." A bad person is a bad person, regardless of when or where they lived.
What's worse is that they seemingly have not learned their lesson since they also banned Psilocybin mushrooms in Canada.
Authorities claim that the mushroom is dangerous because it can lead to a state of confusion, paranoia and panic attacks. We think it has more to do with the fact that mushrooms can eliminate an individual's sheep mentality.
Psilocybin enables you to think outside the box, realizing you might not want to follow the path they laid out for you. It'll also allow you to view the world from a bird's eye view, seeing just how corrupt and broken our current system actually is.
Since the hippy haze in the 70s, it's been well-known that mushrooms were a drug of peace and love. There have been no reported overdoses on magic mushrooms, it's a natural fungus, and it can help people with anxiety, depression and PTSD.
Find el Vigilantes
During the nearly century-long war on drugs, it's no secret that the drug trade was still thriving. During alcohol prohibition, Italian gangsters in the USA like Al Capone supplied the people with what they needed, though their methods left much to be desired.
Decades later, Canadians found a much more peaceful and discreet way around cannabis prohibition. They began supplying weed to the people through Canada Post, and the government admitted defeat, looking the other way.
The point is, there are always some brave souls who decide to defy the government when they step out of line.
Final Thoughts/Free The Mushrooms!
Canada has a long and complicated history with drug users. For decades, the government was very strict about drugs - there was no leniency for those found in possession of any illegal substances.
They only started considering legalization if it made them money, and well, you know the rest.
The worst part is they're still doing this today. Look at how much psilocybin mushrooms could help people struggling with mental health issues, yet they are still considered illegal because of prohibitionist attitudes towards these substances from years ago that haven't changed or been updated to reflect modern research findings on psychedelics like psilocybin mushrooms and MDMA (Ecstasy).
If you're done being a sheep to their herd, come down to CAMMP and free your mind today with a dose of Psilocybin Mushrooms!