Monday, September 2, 2013

U-Predict Blog - Was the War on Drugs Worth It? 08/27/2013

Blogger’s thoughts – When the research for this broadcast started, it was going to be a show about how the counter-culture drugs of the 60’s were taking their place in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and hospices as life-enhancing drugs.  Hallucinogens were being used to relieve the excruciating pain of cluster headaches; guided LSD trips give the dying a feeling of oneness with the universe, and make their final days joyous; and the list of benefits from use of marijuana grows longer every day.  However, when I started to put together examples for U-Predict, I discovered that most of this research and use was being done in Europe and especially in Israel.  Many of these treatments, no matter how beneficial, were unavailable in all or parts of the United States - the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, which was a compilation and continuation of laws going back to 1914, disallows their use.  So I turned in the opposite direction.  I decided to ask tarot if this prohibition had been worth or time and money.

In June 2011, the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a report on the War on Drugs, declaring "The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world.   In 40 years, the United States ALONE had spent over a trillion dollars; only to see many states pass laws permitting medical marijuana and two states’ citizens voting to make the drug legal.  So that was the question posed to the Reading Room – “Was the War on Drugs worth it?”  The Reading Room included Anita Perez, Ivy Lieberman, Jean Maurie Puhlman, Joanne Matthews, Deb Frueh, and ReeNee Cummins.  Because this topic had been argued to death with the open resurgence of marijuana, I truly worried if this topic was going to be of interest to readers or to the public in general; however, the results were amazing.

First, any time a reader sees a large number of Major Arcana cards in a reading, they tell the client that something very important spiritually or karmically is about to happen on this topic.  We pulled synchronicities on 9 Major Arcana cards!  Despite dismissal of this topic by many people as trite or non-important, the outcome is going to say a great deal about the future of our society.  I will let the cards do to talking about meaning.

But there was another interesting event that happened on this U-Predict and the U-Predict broadcast earlier this year entitled “Are we going to pot?” which dealt with Marijuana use.  The results of the “going to pot” show were that the legalization of pot was a slow-moving freight train.  After it got moving, it would be large and powerful enough to make it happen across the nation.  During this show, Ivy Lieberman said “There are so many bad connotations associated with the use of drugs, but the light is shining on it by legalization of Marijuana...the beginning.”  Other readings from the Reading Rook showed that there would be positive results in the near future on legalization.  On 8/29 The United States government took a historic step away from the drug war when Attorney General Eric Holder informed the governors of Washington and Colorado that the Department of Justice would allow the states to create system of regulation and implementation for the ballot initiatives that legalized the use of marijuana for adults.  The announcement also supported the states where marijuana could be medically prescribed.  While U-Predict did predict the outcome of the last election and the mood that affects so much of the United States in 2013, we aren’t a typical prediction program.  However, the Reading Room (again) was spot on.

The Major Arcana gave us this picture on the topic.  First, yes some people will abuse whatever drugs are legalized.  We had The Devil (many read this as a card of addiction) The Hanged Man, and The Hermit.   There was discussion from the Reading Room that some of the drug taking was out of boredom, or even curiosity, and did not lead to addiction.   In addition, that combination also suggests that we look at things in a different way and perhaps come to understand that drug use can by a symptom of mental illness.  Seen in this light, the answer is medical assessment and treatment. 

The Reading Room was quick to remind that for some people traditional medicine had failed; the use of marijuana may give the relief they have sought and been denied.  The Moon reminded all that there is not one answer for everyone.  We got the Star, which shows that legalization may give patients hope (this also was an echo that we got from the “going to pot” broadcast).  The Wheel of Fortune was a demonstration of the demographics behind the changing of minds and the law; more people support legalization than support continuing as we have in the past.  The demographic definitely has to do with age – those who are adamantly opposed are quietly slipping across the veil. Even many aging Baby Boomers admit to experimentation, and have no problems with an organized and controlled method of distribution. 

The final cards were Strength and The Sun (this is the 4th show in a row where the Sun has been the most synchronistic Major Arcana card drawn).    We do have the strength to use these substances wisely; we will be happier as a nation if we have more choices over what our healthcare looks like and how we choose to treat our health problems.  The fact that the nation can choose to allow citizens to make a natural choice instead of waiting for big pharma to determine how and what medication we are given is the reason for the large number of Major Arcana cards.  We as citizens need to speak up, or act up until our needs are met in a way that allows for personal freedom.

The Minor Arcana also echoed these ideas and the concerns that society may hold about both the War on Drugs and the legalization.  Most prominent was both the 8 and 9 of Swords pulled synchronistically.  These two cards together can denote illness.  And that is the underlying issue here.  Are we discussing drug abuse as an illness or as a reason for incarceration?  Is drug abuse the sign of an illness that could be treated and/or controlled with the proper help?  The other side of the coin is who will we help with the marijuana dispensaries who may not be helped any other way?  I know several Fibromyalgia patients who say that pot is the best pain relief they can get.  I can say the same thing about PTSD – many claim it is the best treatment. 
The 7 and 8 of Cups were also pulled in synchronicity.  We need to learn what truth is, educate with that truth, and move away from the fear mongering of the past. “Refer Madness” IS NOW A COMEDY.    

The final synchronicities of the Minor Arcana were about, of course, money.  We had the King of Cups representing health professionals who are willing to try or to recommend marijuana to give their patients relief.  We also had the King of Pentacles (reversed twice) which shows the monetary side of the argument.  Why should people grow their own medicine when it can be synthesized by big pharma to make corporations richer?  We also had a synchronicity on the 5 of pentacles which tells us that any negative arguments we hear should be filtered to hear who is trying to make money with their negativity.

Is the United States waking up?  Are we turning an important corner in which citizens will be able to make one more major decision about the healthcare or their quality of life?   U-Predict…