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How the DEA Scrubbed Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Poppy Garden from Public Memory
03-03-2010, 08:36 PM,
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How the DEA Scrubbed Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Poppy Garden from Public Memory
How the DEA Scrubbed Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Poppy Garden from Public Memory
By Jim Hogshire, Feral House
Posted on March 3, 2010, Printed on March 3, 2010
http://www.alternet.org/story/145872/

The following is an excerpt from Jim Hogshire's "Opium for the Masses: Harvesting Nature's Best Pain Medication" (Feral House, 2009).

Thomas Jefferson was a drug criminal. But he managed to escape the terrible sword of justice by dying a century before the DEA was created. In 1987 agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency showed up at Monticello, Jefferson's famous estate.

Jefferson had planted opium poppies in his medicinal garden, and opium poppies are now deemed illegal. Now, the trouble was the folks at the Monticello Foundation, which preserves and maintains the historic site, were discovered flagrantly continuing Jefferson's crimes. The agents were blunt: The poppies had to be immediately uprooted and destroyed or else they were going to start making arrests, and Monticello Foundation personnel would perhaps face lengthy stretches in prison.

The story sounds stupid now, but it scared the hell out of the people at Monticello, who immediately started yanking the forbidden plants. A DEA man noticed the store was selling packets of "Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Poppies." The seeds had to go, too. While poppy seeds might be legal, it is never legal to plant them. Not for any reason.

Employees even gathered the store's souvenir T-shirts -- with silkscreened photos of Monticello poppies on the chest -- and burned them. Nobody told them to do this, but, under the circumstances, no one dared risk the threat.

Jefferson's poppies are gone without a trace now. Nobody said much at the time, nor are they saying much now. Visitors to Monticello don't learn how the Founding Father cultivated poppies for their opium. His personal opium use and poppy cultivation may as well never have happened.

The American War on Drugs started with opium and it continues today. Deception is key to this kind of social control, along with the usual threats of mayhem. Ever since the passage of the Harrison Act made opium America's first "illicit substance" in 1914, propaganda has proven itself most effective in the war on poppies. This has not been done so much by eradicating the poppy plant from the nation's soil as by eradicating the poppy from the nation's mind.

Prosecutions for crimes involving opium or opium poppies are rare. But that has less to do with the frequency of poppy crimes and everything to do with suppressing information about the opium poppy. A public trial might inadvertently publicize forbidden information at odds with the common spin about poppies and opium. This might pique interest in the taboo subject and, worse, undermine faith in the government.

The U.S. government strategy to create and enforce deliberate ignorance about opium, opium poppies, and everything connected with them has proven remarkably effective. The Monticello campaign exemplifies an effective tactic. The poppies were swiftly removed, and sotto voce threats ensured no one would talk about it afterward. Today, visitors to Monticello learn nothing about opium poppy cultivation or why Jefferson cultivated it in his garden.

Disinformation about poppies has been spread far and wide. Some of it is subtle, like when the New York Times talks about people growing "heroin poppies." Some misinformation is so bald-faced as to stun the listener into silence, as when a DEA agent tells a reporter that the process of getting opium from opium poppies is so complex and dangerous that "I don't even think a person with a Ph.D. could do it."

This enforced ignorance reduces the chances of anyone even accidentally discovering the truth about poppies. Poring through back issues of pharmaceutical industry news from Tasmania might yield a mother load of cutting edge poppy science -- from genetically altered poppies that ooze double-strength opium to state-of-the-art machines designed to manufacture "poppy straw concentrate." Tasmania's output meets roughly a third of the world's narcotic requirement. But how many people know that Tasmania is the home of the world's largest and most modern opium industry?

Opium and opium poppy ignorance is augmented by widespread false beliefs, chief among them that it is extremely difficult for opium poppies to grow anywhere in the United States. Opium poppies surely require exotic climates or special climatic conditions, don't they? They're found on remote mountainsides in the Golden Triangle and Afghanistan, where growing them is a secret art known only to a few indigenous people who jealously guard the seeds from hostile competitors.

These beliefs are all widely held, but entirely untrue. Opium poppies, in fact, grow nearly everywhere but the North and South Poles. The second prong of the strategy is the copious propaganda that demonizes opium, opium poppies and opiates. At times this demonization has been brazenly racist, catering to the xenophobic American mind at the beginning of the twentieth century. Later propaganda linked opium with the despised German "Hun" who ate babies and (as was reported) had been mixing narcotics into children's candy and women's face powder in a diabolical plot to weaken the nation from the inside. Later, Germans were replaced by communists, who also shipped narcotics to America's youth to weaken and enslave us. This was the authoritative word from Harry Anslinger, the infamous first Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.

Another example of false history is the mythical "soldier's disease" or "army disease" that supposedly plagued the land after the Civil War. According to the story, opium and morphine were used so extensively during the war as a painkiller for wounded soldiers (especially amputees) that the inevitable result was opium and morphine addiction. As a result, crowds of broken-down men roamed the countryside, ramming themselves full of holes with their crude syringes, having been turned into dope slaves by the good intentions of doctors.

This perfect example of anti-drug propaganda sounds plausible enough that few ever question it. And it has endured long after researchers discovered that this mythical legend was purely invention.

There is no documentation of any mass opiate addiction after the Civil War. The term "soldier's disease" or its variants did not appear in literature until decades later. Yet the story fits the officially approved stereotype by portraying opium and morphine as so powerful and addictive that they could rob anyone's soul.

If you knew that opium poppies do not grow in the U.S., you would not recognize an opium poppy even if you were staring directly at it. So, the idea of making opium tea from a bunch of dried decorative flowers purchased at K-Mart is ridiculous--absurd, really. If it were that easy, wouldn't everyone be doing it?

Perhaps. But the establishment prefers to not test it. The idea of an individual having control over one's own life, especially regarding pain relief, is far too democratic to be embraced by tyrants.

The government and its allies in the narco-military complex have gone to great lengths to set things up as they are, and not allow a shift in control would affect licit or illicit sales of narcotics, poppy seeds, and any products derived from Papaver somniferum. In a market the size of America, nothing is too insignificant to generate huge sums of money. And the opium poppy is hardly insignificant.

Jim Hogshire is the author of many books, including most recently, "Opium for the Masses: Harvesting Nature's Best Pain Medication"; (Feral House, 2009).
© 2010 Feral House All rights reserved.
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09-01-2010, 05:45 AM,
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RE: How the DEA Scrubbed Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Poppy Garden from Public Memory
Good post,yeah that Tommy boy he was something else wasn't he ,really liked his drugs.
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09-01-2010, 08:35 AM,
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RE: How the DEA Scrubbed Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Poppy Garden from Public Memory
Quote:Opium and opium poppy ignorance is augmented by widespread false beliefs, chief among them that it is extremely difficult for opium poppies to grow anywhere in the United States.

Myth debunked emphatically:

Quote:RCMP score massive opium poppy drug bust in Chilliwack BC, CANADA
By Tamara Baluja, The Province August 27, 2010

Chilliwack RCMP say they have made the “largest opium poppy drug bust” in Canadian history.

Two men were arrested Monday after they were found working in a seven-acre field in west Chilliwack filled with 60,000 poppy plants.

Cpl. Lea-Anne Dunlop said the opium was intended to be made into doda — an opiate used by some South Asians — and gives a relaxing high similar to heroin.

Surrey-Newton MLA Harry Bains has been aware of the doda usage among South Asian immigrants for several years now and has actively spoken out against it.

“This drug is tearing apart the South Asian community,” Bains said. “I’ve had wives calling me who are very worried and knew their husbands were hooked on opium.”

Taxi cab drivers, construction workers, truck drivers and youth are just some of the subjects of the complaints that Bains has heard of. But he added that the use of doda has “never been socially acceptable in the South Asian community.

“About two years ago, about a dozens stores [in Surrey] were openly selling it over the counter,” Bains said, adding that RCMP were unfamiliar with doda at the time.

“Now, it has gone underground after the police have started putting heat on the issue.”

Although police refuse to comment on the ethnicity of the persons facing charges, a picture posted on the RCMP website shows officers talking to a man in handcuffs, who appears to be South Asian.

“This is a significant seizure,” said Cpl. Kurt Bosnell of the Chilliwack RCMP drug section. “There’s very few instances where this has occurred in Canada before so it took some time in order to confirm exactly what [the plant] was.”

Doda is made by grinding the dried seed pod of the opium poppy into a fine brownish powder.

“It is often taken with tea or hot water, and produces a quick high followed by a sense of well-being,” Cpl. Dunlop said.

Police were tipped off that opium was being grown in that field. Bosnell said there was “a lot of pressure” on his team to identify the plants — with their distinctive pink and purple flowers — and to clear the field before the poppies matured and began spreading their seeds throughout the region.

A local farmer was contracted by police to destroy the plants and ensure they do not return next year.

In the past, police said RCMP in B.C. have seized doda that was imported and then sold in various ethnic markets in Surrey.

“We also did our research and found that there have been cases where opium was being produced in someone’s backyard, but nothing on this commercial scale before,” Cpl. Dunlop said.

The names of the suspects have not been released, but police said they are a 24-year-old man from Mission and a 31-year-old man from Abbotsford.

Their names cannot be released until the men are formally charged, but Dunlop said police are recommending charges of production of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance.

They have been released on a promise to appear in court Dec. 14.

Police said the two men were allegedly leasing the farm from the owner who was not involved in the production. Police said they have spoken to the owner but would not name him to ensure his privacy.

“Based on the stages of the growth of the opium poppy plants, we can say they’ve been there for at least a month or two,” Dunlop said.

A spokesperson for the RCMP Federal Drug Enforcement program said the large-scale nature of the grow-op suggests the presence of organized crime.

“For one or two people, it would be very difficult for them to harvest” seven or more acres, said Staff Sgt. Dave Goddard, adding that an operation of this scale needs investors, farmers, manufacturers and distributors.

Another police officer said growing opium poppy is very labour intensive.

“It takes a lot of work and organized crime only cares about their profit margins,” said Const. Michael McLaughlin, adding that opium is traditionally grown in such countries as India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, where cheap labour is available.

“There is some speculation that the growers thought that the opium wouldn’t be readily noticed compared to marijuana, which is definitely recognized and known to be illegal,” he said.

McLaughlin added the two arrested men knew their operation was illegal.

To view the RCMP’s two videos related to the incident, click here to watch them.

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Seems pharma has cornered the market they :

Opium is the source of many opiates, including morphine, thebaine, codeine, papaverine, and noscapine. ~wiki

I've seen the 'legalize it' movement for other drugs including mushrooms, weed and even ibogaine take a turn for big pharma to be the exclusive (legal) provider via pills, derivatives and gov't/pharma sold, distributed and sanctioned medical use purposes. I expand on this theory and tie it in with the agenda to introduce a digital currency in this post.

Pharma is also gradually being given immunity to prosecution recourse for illness and death.

Big Pharma May be Handed Blanket Immunity for All Drug Side Effects, Deaths
http://concen.org/forum/showthread.php?tid=31106

They cite that it was being produced for doda (opium tea) in the MSM article but it comes from opium poppy husks - same plant used for heroin, codine etc. Still not quite outright revealing that the shit grows more prolifically than the public is led to believe. The article also discourages the idea that may have formed in a savvy (but lazy) mind by slipping in a few paragraphs on how difficult opium poppies are to grow.

Doda (also called dode) is a greyish powder derived from opium poppy husks. It is prepared in a similar manner as an herbal tea and is often taken with tea or water. It is said to and produces a quick high followed by a sense of calm. ~wiki
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09-01-2010, 02:15 PM,
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RE: How the DEA Scrubbed Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Poppy Garden from Public Memory
It sure does grow here in BC,I had some growing in a flowerbed at an aparment I lived at many years ago,I was not into taking the drug as weed is my drug of choice.
But poppies were someonelses drug cause I caught some female junkie with scissors in hand cutting the flowers off in the middle of the night.
It was funny cause when I caught her the first thing she said was "do you know what these are'? lol I laughed and said yes but I like the look of it more than I want the drug and asked her to please leave me some.
She looked up at me and said "hey do you need any drugs cause I can get lots from my doctor" lol I had a good laugh cause I could see she was allready higher than a kite.
It made me laugh cause this was obviosly a woman who was not picky and would take any drug she could get her hands on lol.
She then ran away into the dark with her bag of poppies and I could see her running up the road where someguy was waiting in a car for her.
She probably would have gotten a good score but the rusttling of her plastic bag gave her away, that's what made me get up and look because of the sound.
I do know there is one favorite amung druggies who use it,a friend of mine showed me how they cut it properly to gain the drug,very interesting.
Poppies are actually very beautiful flowers,it pissed me off cause I was carring for them and watering them and I loose them to some junkie in the dead of night.

So oh yes they grow here in BC as the news has just shown with the doda.
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09-01-2010, 11:09 PM,
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RE: How the DEA Scrubbed Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Poppy Garden from Public Memory
Thanks for sharing PIA. A similar experience happened to my Grandfather in Edmonton (Yup they grow up here in northern Alberta too). He had a bunch of poppies growing in his back yard for years. He's quite a man and quite a gardener. One night someone must have spotted them through his chain link fence from the back and hopped over and snipped off a couple of ripe ones. The avid collector (or maybe someone else) then returned periodically under the cover of night a few more times to harvest the rest of the balance.

My parents ended up planting them in the flower bed and then took them out because they witnessed one of my little brother's friends was lustily eyeballing them and poorly veiled his intent.

I remember being around them as a child and popping the buds like a monster zit and watching them ooze and run through my fingers. Little did I know that they were used for at the time.

Too bad they're utilized as a tool to finance tyranny and widely abused in many cultures - used in very disciplined moderation they could have a positive benefit in certain situations.

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09-09-2010, 03:01 PM,
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RE: How the DEA Scrubbed Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Poppy Garden from Public Memory
I think this guy has a problem with easy.

By the way, do you think he is a turd or an arsehole?

Mixing these analogies rather lessens the impact is all I'm saying.

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09-09-2010, 04:01 PM,
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(09-09-2010, 03:01 PM)eyeland Wrote: I think this guy has a problem with easy.

By the way, do you think he is a turd or an arsehole?

Mixing these analogies rather lessens the impact is all I'm saying.

well, in just a moment, all 82 posts he made will be gone.... except for maybe one.

when someone has an issue with someone else... spamming the entire board for hours, is not an adult way of handling a situation. ~Peter, April thinks your an jerk!~ Thanks for trashing the fourm! Angry
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09-09-2010, 04:59 PM,
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RE: How the DEA Scrubbed Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Poppy Garden from Public Memory
Look at the bright side April...
At least this arsehole didn't spam the board with gay porn images like they used to do with my boards.

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