My problems got worse

In 1930, Congress established a Federal Bureau of Narcotics and then they put Harry Anslinger in charge. This was right after the catastrophe of prohibition, but the population refused to give up alcohol. Congress hated to admit defeat. They needed a new enemy to fight, marijuana was the ideal target. Harry Anslinger told the public that there was 100,000 marijuana smokers among them and most of these were Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos plus entertainers. He pointed the finger at marijuana for their wild jazz plus their swing tunes. He then further warned the public that marijuana caused white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes! Crazy! The Great Depression had instilled a fantastic resentment against foreigners plus it bred racism. People were actually influenced. And so the bad connotations with marijuana began.  Where once cannabis was embraced for its medicinal properties, it was now being accused of inciting violence. Then by 1936, laws restricting marijuana were put in place across the country. Medicines such as aspirin and morphine took over as painkillers. A year later, Congress put the Marijuana Tax Act in place, still allowing physicians plus pharmacists to prescribe marijuana, but taxing it so that it became cost prohibitive. In the mid to late sixties, as young people objected to the establishment, our government once again held marijuana to blame for their refusal to conform, and unfortunately, these mistaken beliefs have stuck around. They still color people’s perceptions today. But gradually, however, as cannabis is proven effective in the treatment of multiple illnesses, I think that awareness plus acceptance is on the rise.

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