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Why are drugs illegal? ~ David Nutt watch

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    The bit most interesting for me was the part about why weed is illegal...

    "To combat this (illegal alcohol industry at time of prohibition), the US government set up a special army of enforcers, under the command of Harry Anslinger, which became known as “the untouchables”. This army of enforcers was widely celebrated by the newspapers and the acclaim propelled Anslinger to national prominence. However, when public disquiet at the crime and social damage caused by alcohol prohibition led to its repeal, Anslinger saw his position as being in danger.

    To enable him to keep his army of drug enforcers, he created a new drug threat: cannabis, which he called marijuana to make it sound more Mexican. Working with a newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst, he created hysteria around the impact of cannabis on American youth and proclaimed an invasion of marijuana-smoking Mexican men assaulting white women."

    What promoted alcohol prohibition was the the actuality existing harmful effects alcohol does have on society. Weed had none of these to any comparable degree. It was instead just a result of cronyism and corruption. What is also interesting is how a lot of drug discussions is based around antagonism between different races, nationalities and class. So much of it is based on prejudice against certain groups of people, a lot of which is cynically manufactured by leaders and ruling institutions in society,
    as apposed to any concerned about what effect the actual drug has on individuals and society.

    As always though, it is a ****ing mystery why weed is illegal when we have alcohol and tobacco as being legal.
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