Thursday, February 18, 2016

Why Is Marijuana Banned?

Across the world, more and more people are asking: Why is marijuana banned? Why are people still sent to prison for using or selling it?
Most of us assume it’s because someone, somewhere sat down with the scientific evidence, and figured out that cannabis is more harmful than other drugs we use all the time—like alcohol and cigarettes.
Somebody worked it all out, in our best interest.
But when I started to go through the official archives—researching my book Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugsto find out why cannabis was banned back in the 1930s, I discovered that’s not what happened.
Not at all.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

btw; a lot of people point to all the people in jail "just for drugs". A friend who is a DA in a major US city says that it is not uncommon for someone who committed a crime to have an illegal substance on them. As such a plea bargain to the drug charge is a popular negotiating point because it is easiest to prove possesion of and for a perp toaccept as unavoidable to lose a defense too. Meanwhile the robbery, assaultetccharges get neglected. Since victims can be unreliable witnesses the DAs take the easier route.
Also; mandatory sentences for the use of a gun cause DAs to not charge people for crimes with mandatory sentences because over a third of the time the judge is offended that the DA is 'telling themwhat to do" and will go out of their way to screw up the prosecution. Thus; mandatory sentences for the use of a gun seem to be successful while actually they only hide reality.