Newly revised and edited into a one-volume edition, Drugs are NOT the Devil’s Tools takes the reader through the history of drugs, the origin of the onerous United States drug laws, and why research and use of medical marijuana is fueling change. Dr. David Bearman shows how, through intertwining motives of discrimination and greed, often under the guise of morality, those in power have created a drug policy that is completely dysfunctional. As he points out, our drug laws have been very effective in further marginalizing discriminated-against groups and a total failure in every other respect.
From the Middle Ages through the present, the tactic of demonizing drugs and those accused of using them has been used against pagans, witches, Aztecs, Incas, Native Americans, Irish, Germans, Blacks, Chinese, Sikhs, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Catholics, Jews and Italians, among others.
If people let government decide which food they eat and medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny. – Thomas Jefferson
Using an historical perspective, Dr. Bearman shows how that there has never been a civilization in the history of mankind that has not been without some form of mind-altering and addictive substance. He also demonstrates that the very real medical properties of cannabis were recognized thousands of years ago, along with the medicinal use of other banned substances including opium and coca as well as the now legal “drugs” alcohol and tobacco.
The book covers the history of drugs from 2657 BC through the present-day and the growing recognition of the very important medical properties of cannabis as well as other currently banned substances.
Dr. Bearman’s reasonable suggestions about how to fix the U.S. drug policies–by implementing a harm reduction policy to replace the “War on Drugs”– are extraordinarily relevant. A must-read for anyone who cares about the health and welfare of our society.