Seventy-five years, millions of arrests and billions of dollars later, we are still living with the consequences of that ignorant, ill-considered decision, which nationalized a policy that punishes peaceful people and squanders taxpayer money in a blind vendetta...
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Legalization is a moral issue. We have literally incarcerated millions of people for simply possessing pot. It takes generally nonviolent offenders and places the in an atmosphere so violent and dangerous one can scarcely imagine it. Federal drug laws are unconstitutional, and racist. The marijuana laws were written as a way to send Mexicans b ack across the border in the depression, rather than address the immigration issue. Kicking the can for 75 years and counting.
Shortly before the House of Representatives approved a federal ban on marijuana in 1937, the Republican minority leader, Bertrand Snell of New York, confessed, "I do not know anything about the bill." The Democratic majority leader, Sam Rayburn of Texas, educated him. "It has something to do with something that is called marihuana," Rayburn said. "I believe it is a narcotic of some kind."
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