war on drugs

Marijuana

April 7, 2017

Under federal law, even legal marijuana is illegal. John Oliver explains why conflicting drug laws pose serious problems.

Legalize It All: How to Win the War on Drugs

Dan Baum
Harper's Magazine
“You want to know what this was really all about?” asked Watergate conspirator Ehrlichman. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. 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.”

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