The internet group Anonymous, famous for disrupting business-as-usual in grand anarchic fashion, moved recently into what they're calling Phase Two of Operation Cannabis 420 (#OpCannabis). In this phase, the group has a two-pronged approach to mobilizing the global effort.
Last month, Anonymous entered Phase One of #OpCannabis, which begged for people to open their minds to legalization, and to "educate yourself" about the marijuana industry. This time around, Anonymous would like people to organize, join and observe October 1st marches for cannabis legalization.
But more importantly, Anonymous says that the second goal of Phase Two is "bringing to the forefront the 'narco-warriors'," or as they explain later, "the people who have a financial stake in keeping cannabis illegal."
Anonymous' style of decentralized global activism has yielded real results with other campaigns, most notably when file-sharing site Megaupload was shut down by the US Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Anonymous targeted the Department of Justice with a denial of service attack and within 70 minutes, had shut down their website. As well, other websites were slowed or taken down, including those for the Justice Department, the FBI, Universal Music Group, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and Broadcast Music, Inc.
Phase Two of Anonymous' #OpCannabis will target the larger companies and politicians who profit from anti-cannabis legislation. "We are calling them out," says the announcement, "and will not rest day or night until they end their unjust war on cannabis users."
As many are aware, Operation Cannabis 420 is a grass roots effort to bring all who use cannabis together for the purpose of legalization. Our efforts have been largely successful in terms of raising awareness and getting the word out. Our video and press releases for Operation Cannabis 420 - Phase 1 have reached countless numbers of people thanks to the internet and the pro-cannabis media. The support we have garnered for this operation is better than we could have dreamed.
Now, we would like to welcome you all to Operation Cannabis 420 - Phase 2! In this phase of the operation we will be focusing on two objectives: 1) Organizing several worldwide marches for cannabis legalization, the first of which is scheduled for October 1st (some of you may live in countries where the 1st falls on a Monday and might need to march a day sooner) and 2) Bringing to the forefront the "narco-warriors" (as they have come to be known). These are primarily the police unions, the private prison contractors, big pharmaceutical companies, the alcohol and tobacco industries, the corporate lobbyists for these organizations and the politicians who accept payoffs to legislate in their favor. These are the people who have a financial stake in keeping cannabis illegal, and are willing to spread lies, incarcerate cannabis users and ruin people's lives. No more. We are calling them out and will not rest day or night until they end their unjust war on cannabis users.
This is a wake up call. Every single person who uses cannabis and every single person who supports our right to do so must take a stand now. We have too many people languishing in jail for marijuana "offenses". We have too many people who are still ignorant to the facts of this miracle drug. It has been shown that THC can actually kill brain cancer cells, and also slow the rate of regeneration. It's been proven that cannabis is extremely beneficial to cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy. These are just some of the benefits we are being denied because of the sleazy activity of a greedy minority.
Join us as we venture to put a stop to this once and for all. Organize an October 1st march for cannabis in your city/town. Talk to everyone. Make people aware. This fight could be won by simple math alone. We have far greater numbers. It's time to put them to use.
Jason Steele, Enon E Muz, Portugese Manofwar, Anonymous_Nuke, You'May Call'Me Vee, Luke Windwalker, Young Guns, Milina Wolfrider
Though some brand and organization logos appear in the above video, Anonymous has not yet detailed exactly which "narco-warriors" they are targeting or what they plan to reveal about them.