How The War On Drugs Started
Interesting info on the beginning of the War on Drugs over at The Daily Sheeple. According to them it was a sort of conspiracy by the White House. It reads as believable to me. I was unaware marijuana was made illegal at the federal level in 1970.. I was under the impression it happened long before that:
"Nixon aid John Ehrlichman told journalist Dan Baum in 1994, according to an article published in Harper’s Magazine in 2016, the truth about the origins of the War on Drugs:
You want to know what this was really all about? The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings and vilify them night after night on the evening news.
Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did."