Marijuana actually is bad for you, mmkay — Many times now I have received comments praising the effects of marijuana. You should get stoned and drop out, man.
The video traces the drug war from President Nixon to the draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws to the emerging aboveground marijuana market that is poised to make legal millions for wealthy investors doing the same thing that generations of people of color have been arrested and locked up for.
After you watch the video, read on to learn more about the discriminatory history of the war on drugs.
The Early Stages of Drug Prohibition Many currently illegal drugs, such as marijuana, opium, coca, and psychedelics have been used for thousands of years for both medical and spiritual purposes. So why are some drugs legal and other drugs illegal today?
It's not based on any scientific assessment of the relative risks of these drugs — but it has everything to do with who is associated with these drugs.
The first anti-opium laws in the s were directed at Chinese immigrants. The first anti-cocaine laws in the early s were directed at black men in the South. The first anti-marijuana laws, in the Midwest and the Southwest in the s and 20s, were directed at Mexican migrants and Mexican Americans.
Today, Latino and especially black communities are still subject to wildly disproportionate drug enforcement and sentencing practices. Nixon and the Generation Gap In the s, as drugs became symbols of youthful rebellion, social upheaval, and political dissent, the government halted scientific research to evaluate their medical safety and efficacy.
A top Nixon aide, John Ehrlichman, later admitted: The Nixon campaign inand the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: 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. Inthe commission unanimously recommended decriminalizing the possession and distribution of marijuana for personal use.
Nixon ignored the report and rejected its recommendations. Between andhowever, eleven states decriminalized marijuana possession. In JanuaryPresident Jimmy Carter was inaugurated on a campaign platform that included marijuana decriminalization. In Octoberthe Senate Judiciary Committee voted to decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use.
Within just a few years, though, the tide had shifted. Proposals to decriminalize marijuana were abandoned as parents became increasingly concerned about high rates of teen marijuana use.
Marijuana was ultimately caught up in a broader cultural backlash against the perceived permissiveness of the s.
The s and 90s: Drug Hysteria and Skyrocketing Incarceration Rates The presidency of Ronald Reagan marked the start of a long period of skyrocketing rates of incarceration, largely thanks to his unprecedented expansion of the drug war.Some have also suggested that Namibia has no place in the list.
The ILGA report bases its assertion that it criminalises homosexual acts on Dutch common law, but the Namibian constitution prohibits discrimination, and takes precedence over Dutch common law. More than half of US adults, over million people, have tried marijuana, despite it being an illegal drug under federal law.
Nearly , Americans are arrested for marijuana possession annually – more than one person per minute. More than half of US adults, over million people, have tried marijuana, despite it being an illegal drug under federal law. Nearly , Americans are arrested for marijuana possession annually – more than one person per minute.
EMMA WALMSLEY was just six weeks into her tenure as CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, the $ billion British pharmaceutical firm, when “Glaxit” happened. Drug liberalization is the process of eliminating or reducing drug prohibition laws. Variations of drug liberalization include: drug legalization, drug relegalization and drug decriminalization.
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