Comedienne Lily Tomlin observed, "I try to be cynical, but it's so hard to keep up." Exhibit A validating Lily's cynicism might well be our nation's so-called "War on Drugs." This War on Drugs blossomed in the 1970's, under the administration of our beloved President Richard "I am not a crook" Nixon. Only after passage of many years did confirmation arrive of what most cynics suspected from the beginning. This confirmation came from none other than John Ehrlichman, Nixon's Chief Domestic Advisor:
The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I'm saying? We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or blacks, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.
Ehrlichman's recollections were perfectly in tune with a sentiment expressed by a noted war criminal and perpetrator of crimes against humanity. We refer here to Richard Nixon's National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who said, not so tongue-in-cheek on March 10, 1975, "The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer."
New Jersey drug crimes are defined in Chapter 35 of Title 2C of New Jersey statutes. Federal drug crimes are defined, for the most part, in Title 21, Chapter 13 of the United States Code. The New Jersey and federal bodies of law, between them, are the source of billions of wasted dollars, and millions of destroyed lives. Drug Crime Lawyers in New Jersey™ work tirelessly to help salvage the lives that these two bodies of law would ruin.