Marijuana Laws Based on Fiction

June 25, 2008


It is amazing how ridiculous lies, propaganda and political opportunism still affect attitudes about marijuana. The pot laws were passed based on the most absurd racist fictions:

“Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men’s shadows and look at a white woman twice.” ( Hearst newspapers nationwide, 1934. )

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana can cause white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”

“Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality and death.”

“[Smoking] one [marihuana] cigarette might develop a homicidal mania, probably to kill his brother.” ( See U.S. Government Propaganda To Outlaw Marijuana — )

Not one of these claims meets the standards of modern science, medicine or social knowledge. Indeed these Reefer Madness claims are generally rejected by the public. People are denied medical care, jobs are lost and yes, people are being jailed because of these odious lies. Nevertheless, legislators refuse to set the record straight by repealing policies that harm the public far more than any amount of marijuana use could ever do.

The absurdity of employment policies is that the victim of a pot law does not need to be under the influence of the drug to be fired. Merely using the drug off work can be detected for days or weeks. No impairment of any kind is needed.

Ralph Givens, Daly City, Calif.

Source: Albany Democrat-Herald (OR)


Medical Marijuana prohibition. A very sick law.

2 Responses to “Marijuana Laws Based on Fiction”

  1. though it is true the original laws and reasons for forming those laws are offensive and despicable but as a recovering drug addict i can tell you that marijuana has other side effects that have not only happened to me but verified by objective scientific study in later years
    grandious ideas that lead to dangerous behavior
    damage to lungs and decreased motor skills and cognative abilities
    among many many more no it is not exclusive to one race nor does marijuana lead to homicidal behavior in most people but it is still not good for any of us dont let the fact that the first laws against it where based on racist issues blind you to the dangers of smoking it and the real consequenses that result from addiction to it

  2. although i must say i do support the use of medical marijuana for the purpose of relieving pain and helping to generate hunger in terminally ill patients but do not want it to be any more accessable to people than a prescription for morphine yes there are some medicinal values but it is still dangerous to purport it as being a ‘harmless’ drug or encourage the ability for people to obtain it for illnessess that are not terminal or severe chronic pain i also feel that anyone with a history of drug abuse shouldnt have access to it as well as people who are suffering from illnesses that can be helped by other medication

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