Good reason for drug laws?

Althouse posted a video called “This is what your brain on drugs really looks like“, and of course the thread turned towards the subject of the drug laws. This was what I had to say in the thread:

When edutcher said that there was a good reason why the marijuana laws were first enacted do you think he actually knew what that reason was?

“The primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races” was what HJ Anslinger (Director of the recently-formed Bureau of Narcotics) told Congress when the ban was first being considered. He also went on to say that “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men” and “Marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.” Other people testified about how black men would look white men in the eyes and even dare to step on their shadow!

Is that really a good reason to ban anything?

(What is really interesting is that the first law in America regarding this plant wasn’t a ban but rather a requirement. Colonists in Jamestown were ordered, by law, to grow it)

 

Original post and the resulting thread can be found here.

 

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