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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No offense intended,but I find it incredible that so many still believe that smoking pot will cause 'reefer madness' and make people want to rape and kill. Independent studies (those not funded by profits for the war on drugs,or the monopoly-driven pharmaceutical corporations) have repeatedly shown that it is not addictive,and does not cause violence. As for my own experience growing up around it, I would trust my own kids with someone smoking a little pot far more than someone consuming alcohol,which,although legal,does cause violence and neglect.
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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