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Marijuana legalization must make War on Drugs’ victims whole before companies profit

Marijuana legalization must make War on Drugs’ victims whole before companies profit

Simon Moya-Smith

For years, the rich, white and powerful have demonized marijuana and those who smoke it, eat it or dribble CBD oil in their tea. They labeled it a “gateway drug”; limited research into its medicinal uses; designed and implemented policies that over-criminalized its possession (88 percent of marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010 were for possession, and marijuana represented 46 percent of all drug arrests in the United States); and disproportionately targeted black and brown people for arrest. Ronald Reagan fear mongered in 1980 that “marijuana — pot, grass, whatever you want to call it — is probably the most dangerous drug in the United States.” Now-former Attorney General Jeff Sessions said as recently as 2016 that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

But these days, the rich white elite are planning to wildly capitalize on the psychoactive plant. (And I’m not just talking about former Republican House Speaker John Boehner, who declared himself “unalterably opposed” to legalization in 2011 only to join the board of a marijuana company in 2018.)

Marijuana legalization must make War on Drugs’ victims whole before companies profit






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