If you believe corrupt government officials are the new
kids on the block you haven’t kept up on your history. A
recent article about marijuana laws changing in Illinois
got me thinking. I knew marijuana used to be legal as was
cocaine, but was the change due to a public outcry or
Marijuana was banned in the 1930s and not for reasons you
might think. There were no public outrage, or numerous
deaths involving the substance. It all goes back to one
government official who actually thought pot was harmless.
In a tale that proves fact is stranger than fiction, the
blame can be put on the shoulders of Mr. Harry Anslinger.
Who was he you ask? He was the man put in charge of the
Department of Prohibition in our nations capital.
The 18th Amendment to our Constitution established the
prohibition of alcoholic beverages for those who don’t
know, and it took effect on January 16, 1920. Said
Amendment was repealed in 1933 with the passage of the
Prohibition was an utter failure, people still drank, and
gangsters got rich. What does this have to do with Mr.
Angslinger you ask? Well if there was no prohibition of
alcohol, or something, Mr. Anslinger wouldn’t have a job.
Suddenly he claimed if you smoked pot you fell into a
delirious rage, got errotic dreams, lost the power of
cognitive thought, and finally went insane. They did do a
scientific study with 30 scientists, but 29 of them agreed
marijuana was harmless.
Like any corrupt official, Mr. Anslinger did the only
thing he could do, He contacted the one scientist who said
marijuana did cause insanity and pushed him on the public.
Anslinger kept his job, marijuana is still illegal in most
of the civilized world, and it all started in Washington,
If you don’t believe us, look it up. If you do believe it,
you shouldn’t be surprised by antics currently going on.
Comments are always welcome.