The illegalization of marijuana occurred in 1937 when the tortured soul of Harry J. Anslinger lobbied for its outlaw via the Marijuana Tax Stamp Act.
Driven primarily by racial fears, this piece of shit managed to outlaw a mostly benign natural psychoactive plant.
The following are excerpts of Mr. Anslinger's testimony before a Senate hearing on marijuana in 1937:
"There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others."
"...the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races."
"Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death."
"You smoke a joint and you're likely to kill your brother."
"Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind."
I don't want to get into A Free Republic shootout about whether marijuana is evil or benign. It is just important to know where all this crap starts and what starts it.
By the way, if you have a Marijuana Tax Stamp you can legally grow it. Except if you have one, the Feds arrest you for it. How's that for a Catch 22?
posted on 12/17/2004 11:02:29 AM PST
(John, you said I was going to be the First Lady, as of now, you're on the couch . . .)
"It is just important to know where all this crap starts and what starts it."
Why is it important? That's not the current reasoning.
None of those arguments were used by Congress in passing the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.
i go with legalize.
moderation moderation and dont drive.
has anyone ever seen the government ,either, produced or sanctioned movie REEFER MADNESS? what a hoot.
and there is a group of record albums called
them dirty blues, one of them is tunes with all drug references with some mighty big names in big band music singing them.
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