Racism Made Marijuana Illegal? – US 101

0
13
Racism Made Marijuana Illegal? – US 101

Marijuana, cannabis, and hemp have been a part of America’s history since the beginning. So why did it have a negative stigma attached to it in the 20th century?

On this episode, we’ll learn about who campaigned to make marijuana illegal, how racism was the driving force behind that campaign, and why Richard Nixon’s administration used racism to begin the War on Drugs in the 1970s.

Read more about marijuana’s history in the US:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_history_of_cannabis_in_the_United_States
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_J._Anslinger
http://hightimes.com/culture/11-us-presidents-who-smoked-marijuana/
https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/busting-some-myths-about-the-founding-fathers-and-marijuana/
https://history.org/foundation/journal/Winter15/hemp.cfm
http://www.alternet.org/story/12666/once-secret_%22nixon_tapes%22_show_why_the_u.s._outlawed_pot
http://harpers.org/archive/2016/04/legalize-it-all/
http://www.drugpolicy.org/medical-marijuana

Watch the trailer for Reefer Madness:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbjHOBJzhb0

SUBSCRIBE to the channel!
Facebook: http://facebook.com/usahistory101
Twitter: http://twitter.com/usahistory101
Instagram: http://instagram.com/usahistory101

Mandeville by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100809
Artist: http://incompetech.com/