The war on drugs has been very harsh due to the way our government is handling the situation. A lot of people have a very strong taboo when talking about marijuana, and this just comes to show how much the government can make you think a certain way about a topic without having any form of information on it. Many years ago the USA government had a very racially biased look at the drug. They decided to link the use of said drug on to minorities to more potentially disbar the groups. Marihuana has been cropped for over a millennia and once one is informed its harm is undebatable comparable to other drugs.
During the Great Depression the budget for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics was cut so, the commissioner Harry J. Anslinger decided they needed to find a new chemical to deprecate in ordered to maintain relevant and not get shut down. So they grabbed something a lot of people didn’t like at the time and linked it with the drug use. They started making propaganda saying that Marijuana makes Mexicans, and Blacks thirst for white blood and spreading the rumor, which succeeded. All of that led to a huge amount of propaganda in movies, newspaper saying how bad the drug is, and worked because 7 years later Marihuana was banned.
The true irony is that the government knew that Anslinger claims were false, Scientists proved Marihuana wasn’t connected to violence and insanity, and the effects were pretty much the opposite in the 40’s . In 1973 a bipartisan commission recommended Nixon to decriminalize it. Mainly because of the Hippie Movement “Make love, Not Wars” started rising and people where catching on to the true facts about the drug. Counsel and Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs under President Richard Nixon explained as to why they would not decriminalize it perfectly and said
“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. 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.”
It is outraging to know that this is a real quote and that it was clear Nixon started the War on drugs to bully his political enemies and minorities. You’d think that after many years and a lot of scientific backup this has changed but it hasn’t at all for the good. Despite laws have been loosed in a few states, Marihuana still accounts for half of all drug arrests. And regardless of the fact that white and black people smoke at the same rate, Black people are 4 times more likely to get arrested in use of the drug.
We keep on being overruled by racist own laws to diminish minorities, we are starting to wake up and rest orating our Laws. An USA rep said this at a Pot Hearing to the FDA of Drugs. “ It is ludicrous, absurd, crazy, to have marihuana in the same level as heroin. Nobody dies from Marihuana, people die from heroin. Heroin and meth are 2 drugs that are ravaging our country, and every death is responsible of the FDA drug priorities for not putting emphasis on the drugs that kill. That’s why ever since you installed the D.A.R.E program the usage of drugs of young teens has doubled. People don’t smoke pot and beat up their wives.”
Straight to the facts Marihuana has never had any registered death due to overdose, while other regular drugs like tobacco are guilty of 1 out of every 5 deaths in the US and alcohol has 2,200 deaths a year. Alcohol is even as said so by President Barack Obama ”Smoking Marijuana is a bad habit but the damage is not remotely close to drinking alcohol.”. And even so smoking marihuana is seen as a terrible act when smoking a deadly cigarrete or having a couple of drinks is totally normal
Today in modern days we are being able to research more about the drug since its become legal in a lot of states. Scientist have found many great medical uses for the drug that have astonishing incomparable results to a handful of pills you would normally take. A lot of people also suggest the idea that the government does not want marihuana to be legal due to its good results in the medical field and the economic downfall that would generate in pharmacy products. But I think that they should consider the billion dollar business regulating marihuana could be. A good solution to the war on drugs, more specifically on Marihuana is to get started by saying the real facts and emphasizing the levels of each drug and fairly make the most consequential illegal. As the US Rep Steve Cohen said to the DEA of Drugs “You need to stop lying and start responding the real important questions in order for teens to hear you and save a lot of future addicts.