Contraband and Human Rights


From: Tarjei Straume
Date: Mon Mar 29, 2004 1:58 am
Subject: contraband and human rights (was: WTC)

At 04:01 29.03.2004, Christine wrote:

As for the "drug culture" - that too is a complex and emotional issue and I feel I have some understanding of the pros and cons involved. However, I have found many intelligent and insightful things written by or forwarded by people on many sites other than Anthroposophy sites per se. I even admit that when I first looked at Tarjei's site I was a little "put off" by the fact that he has articles relating to marijuana along side articles on Steiner. But I got over it.

I have a few comments here: On my website, everything related to marijuana and cannabis is collected in a separate section, although the site may be a little disorganized: On the third index page at there's Anthroposophy and RS lectures and portraits until you get to "Anthropop Photos" (Rudolf Steiner pictures) and then "Anarchist Photos" (pictures of myself and co-workers at "Gateavisa" involved in a political campaign prank related to the legalization of marijuana). The link below will take you to the marijuana section at

This particular section does indeed present a "drug culture", but it's primarily a human rights issue, not a recommended lifestyle. I was in prison for cannabis as a teenager in 1969, and I'm still being severely punished for it 35 years later. I am denied a green card to the U.S. for life because of it in spite of my mother being born in the U.S. and I was forced to leave the country after 12 years illegally in the U.S. because of that old cannabis conviction. I am denied access to certain jobs today because of it (after 35 years!), including sitting in a damn traffic toll booth. Ten years ago I visited a friend of mine (whom I've known since we were 20) in a maximum security prison, where he was serving a twelve year sentence for cannabis import and distribution, motivated only by a desire to keep his pipe filled up. He is a photographer by profession and has written a book and released a CD with songs about life in the cage. A very gentle and innocent soul. People get 3-5 years for murder. My friend was threatened with 21 years if he didn't "cooperate."

I believe most people have a "button" somewhere that nobody wants to push, and this is mine. I'm not a habitual smoker of cannabis and/or marijuana; I do what I call my socio-political duty of inhaling the substance two or three times a year (once in 2004 so far) so I can honestly speak as a smoker when engaging the police in public debates.

The War on Drugs, the War on Terror - what's next? The War on Subversive Thinking and the War on Suspicious Looks? The Salem witch hunt all over again? Fear is the weapon. The fear of terorists getting to you before cancer or a road accident does; the fear of your kids turning into junkies because people like myself smoke weed twice a year. It's all propaganda. And when they punish you after 35 years, it's a war between people like myself and the governments. A propaganda war.

Another friend of mine was arrested by customs officials on his way from Denmark to Norway. Because his name was in the police database in connection with a former drug arrest, he was held for 48 hours, subjected to X-rays that almost made him sterile, force-fed laxatives and placed upon a transparent toilet until all his diarrhea was out. They wanted to know if he had swallowed contraband! Holy Macro, I wish our members of parliament or members of the fearful bourgeoisie who endorse and sustain such torturous legislation would be subjected to this treatment! I read about a woman who went berserk when she was forcefully held down while a police woman dug in her vagina and rectum looking for contraband. She was a prostitute and a thief, and then you don't have any rights, just like my friend whose name turned up in the police database. No rights whatsoever.

So why do you think there is "drug culture" on my website? Because I believe "Everybody Must Get Stoned" -?

Think again.

My first-mentioned friend above was serving his twelve years - paroled after eight years - in a maximum security prison near Oslo called Ila Landsfengsel - "Ila National Penitentiary". Heavy clients. Murderers. A guy serving a sentence identical to that of my friend had been convicted for double homicide with a chain saw - a rare crime in this country. But it tells you a lot about how the courts look at cannabis and marijuana. But that's not all. It was in this very same prison my mother was locked up in World War II, during the Nazi occupation. In those days the joint - i.e. the prison, not the reefer - was called Grini, administered by the German Nazis. My mother was incarcerated for "the crime" of being an American citizen.

Watch out, because we're coming full circle here. My father was a telegrapher for Milorg during the war. Milorg, short for Military Organization, was the underground resistance movement. His contraband was illegal radio transmitters. He had one very close call with the Germans, but he lucked out by playing ignorant.

When I hear objections to my drug culture propaganda or whatever you prefer to call it on the grounds that it's illegal, I see no difference between radio transmitters and weed. None whatsoever. Why? Because Martin Luther King said: "An unjust law is no law at all."

Or as Theokles says to Lucifer in Schuré's play: "Rather a hundred thousand deaths and everlasting pain than forego a single fragment of my liberty!"


"Facts are stupid things."
-- Ronald Reagan


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