The Federal Marijuana Ban Is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia
The Federal Marijuana Ban Is Rooted in Myth and XenophobiaEditorial Observer
By BRENT STAPLES
The federal law that makes possession of marijuana a crime has its origins in legislation that was passed in an atmosphere of hysteria during the 1930s and that was firmly rooted in prejudices against Mexican immigrants and African-Americans, who were associated with marijuana use at the time. This racially freighted history lives on in current federal policy, which is so driven by myth and propaganda that it is almost impervious to reason.
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