Saturday, February 28, 2009

Harry J. Anslinger was a bad man..


Anslinger at the 1937 Hearings
Harry J. Anslinger was an outspoken racist and the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, a unit of the Treasury Department, between 1930 and 1962. Known as the "Father of the Drug War" and as the "First Drug Czar," Anslinger helped fight against opiates, cocaine, and marijuana.

Many believe that Anslinger's intense interest in making marijuana illegal had to do with his collaboration with industry giants, such as Hearst Newspapers and DuPonts, who both had motives to make hemp illegal.

Harry J. Anslinger was the man who brought the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 to the floor of the Senate, where it was passed. These are some of the statements said by Anslinger, during the hearing:

"There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others."

"...the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races."

"Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death."

"You smoke a joint and you're likely to kill your brother."

"Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind."


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