Tuesday, January 21, 2014

How Marijuana Become Illegal

Before the 20th Century, drugs used to be legal. Weed, cocaine, heroine & more. So what made the change in law? In the early 1900's a man named Harry Anslinger became the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and wrote in a report to the U.S. Senate that marijuana should be illegal because it "causes women to seek sexual relations with Negroes and Hispanics" and details how their "satanic music and jazz is a result of marijuana". Harry began gaining more and more popularity among politicians and eventually had the support of then-president Franklin Roosevelt. When the law banning these substances was first put, alcohol was also included in the ban, this was however later lifted. The law has been effect since 1937 but the states of Washington and Colorado has since lifted the law on marijuana.

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