A Cannabis History Lesson

Discussion in 'Marijuana News' started by Storm Crow, Oct 6, 2022.

  1. I imagine many of you have only the foggiest idea about how cannabis went from a respectable medicine to the "Devil's lettuce". Well, there was a whole lot of heavy-duty lying and pure racism involved, as you can learn by reading this article on Kansas and the War on Cannabis

    How a racist disinformation campaign kicked off Wichita’s 95-year war on marijuana How a racist disinformation campaign kicked off Wichita’s 95-year war on marijuana

    Chance Swaim
    Thu, October 6, 2022 at 2:20 AM

    Wichita’s decision to repeal its marijuana laws could bring an end to the city’s 95-year war on “loco weed” deeply rooted in racism, disinformation and prohibition-era police tactics — a war that continues to disproportionately affect racial minorities.

    Wichita’s decision to decriminalize brings the city to nearly full circle on its marijuana policies. The drug was legal in Wichita for 57 years before a racial panic helped touch off a chain reaction across the country that eventually led to a federal prohibition that remains in place.

    The Wichita City Commission outlawed marijuana in the city in 1927, ten years before federal prohibition. In September, the Wichita City Council voted to decriminalize marijuana after city data showed Black residents are nearly nine times more likely to be charged with marijuana crimes in municipal court than non-Hispanic white residents.

    In the 95 intervening years, Wichita went from being one of the first cities in the country with a marijuana ban to one of the last major cities to decriminalize it — despite a recent green wave of marijuana-friendly laws in surrounding states and nearby major cities.

    Wichita is now aligned with the two largest cities in Missouri — Kansas City and St. Louis — and nearly 100 other cities that have recently reduced or eliminated low-level marijuana penalties.

    But a statewide prohibition means Wichita pot smokers could still be arrested by Wichita police and face charges in state court. Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, and Kansas is one of the few remaining states with a blanket prohibition.

    All of its surrounding states have legalized or decriminalized marijuana. Recreational use is legal in Colorado. Medical use is allowed in Missouri and Oklahoma. Nebraska decriminalized possession of small amounts, but marijuana sales remain a felony.

    The Kansas House passed a medical marijuana bill last year that died in the Senate. Senate leaders have said it could come up again in the 2023 session.

    While Kansas voters field ballot questions on whether to grant the Legislature more power to regulate abortions or state agencies, voters in Missouri and Oklahoma will soon get to decide whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana.

    Nineteen states, two territories and the District of Columbia have legalized small amounts of marijuana for adult recreational use, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. They have also reaped the benefits of more tax dollars, which are usually directed to boost funding for schools, law enforcement and local government.

    The Tax Foundation estimates Kansas is forgoing at least $45 million in annual tax revenue by banning marijuana. But that could be a conservative estimate. Colorado, which legalized adult-use recreational marijuana in 2012, brought in an additional $423 million in tax revenue from marijuana sales last year.

    Plant war
    Marijuana was first viewed as a rather benign substance with some medicinal use. Then it was demonized and treated as a deadly, dangerous and highly addictive drug that would turn users into violent predators. Now, even the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency recognizes its short-term effects are no more serious than sedation, coughing and increased appetite. No overdose deaths of marijuana have been reported, according to the DEA. (Snipped for length)

    And I'll leave you with a couple of examples of just how bad it got-

    THE LEGEND OF THE HOT TAMALE PEDDLER: What the Newspapers were saying. (USA) (news –1929-1940) Myths and Legends from the Reefer Madness Era -- Hot Tamale

    Marijuana, Assassin of Youth - by H. J. Anslinger. (USA) (full – 1937)

    (Anslinger was a "real piece of work" :coolalt: - look up his quotes some day)

    Granny :wave:
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  2. #2 paul paner, Oct 13, 2022
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    thanks for sharing this informations :p

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  3. The early 20th-century prohibition of marijuana in the United States was fueled, in part, by racially charged fears and stereotypes. Cannabis was associated with Mexican immigrants and African-American jazz musicians, and anti-marijuana campaigns often used these associations to stoke fear and prejudice.
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