Pot Turns Man Into Bat

Discussion in 'Marijuana News' started by Superjoint, Apr 13, 2003.

  1. By Josh Indar
    Source: Chico News & Review

    Part of the reason that the government has been so ineffective in stopping people from using marijuana just might stem from the ludicrous, biased and often racist arguments it used to make the plant illegal in the first place.
    Marijuana has been prohibited under federal law since 1937, when Congress, acting on fears brought up by the DEA's predecessor, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, passed the Marihuana Tax Act.

    Although bureau Commissioner Harry Anslinger told Congress that marijuana was an addictive drug used primarily by Mexicans, "Negroes" and jazz musicians "which produces in its users insanity, criminality and death," William C. Woodward, chief counselor for the American Medical Association, lobbied against the act, saying, "The American Medical Association knows of no evidence that marijuana is a dangerous drug."

    Woodward, who was later misrepresented on the floor of the Senate as having solidly supported the bill, was told after his testimony that the committee was "sick of hearing him" and was advised to "go home."

    The only testimony that supported Anslinger's claims came from a Temple University pharmacologist who claimed to have injected a cannabis extract into the brains of 300 dogs, one of whom later died. After the law passed, the pharmacologist, James C. Munch, went on the narcotics bureau payroll as its "official expert" on marijuana.

    Although he was later reprimanded by the bureau for testifying in court that he had once used the drug himself--he evidently told a jury in New York that, "After two puffs from a marijuana cigarette, I was turned into a bat"--Munch still served as the bureau's pot expert until 1962.

    Note: The federal government's credibility on marijuana is suspect.

    Source: Chico News & Review, The (CA)
    Author: Josh Indar
    Published: April 10, 2003
    Copyright: 2003 Chico Community Publishing, Inc.
    Website: http://www.newsreview.com/
    Contact: chicoletters@newsreview.com
  2. When I first read your title, I though you were now getting your news from the National Enquirer. LOL

    But let's see now........

    Turned into a bat? I wonder if there is any of that strain left. And if there is, where can I get me a sack?
  3. this would be funny if it hadn't caused so much harm.
  4. huh..... a bat! hehe, never heard anyone use that to discribe their high before......
  5. It sounds like some of the nonsense that people came up with in medieval times.

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