1937 August 2

Marijuana Tax Act Passed; War on Drugs Escalates

 

The 1937 Marijuana Tax Act is widely regarded as a major milestone in the U.S. policy of criminalizing drugs, which escalated into a “war on drugs” in the 1970s — resulting in many civil liberties violations. The law was prompted in part by a national panic over the dangers of marijuana, as can be seen in the now famous (and ludicrous) 1936 film Reefer Madness (see below).

See the ACLU report on marijuana arrests and the war on drugs published on June 3, 2013, which documented the dramatic increase in the number of arrests for mere possession of marijuana and the disparate number of African Americans and Latinos who have been arrested and imprisoned for possession.

Learn more about the war on drugs: http://www.drugpolicy.org/

Learn more at NORML: http://norml.org/

Watch the famous marijuana scare movie, Reefer Madness: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54xWo7ITFbg

Read the 2013 ACLU report on marijuana arrests and the war on drugs:

https://www.aclu.org/criminal-law-reform/war-marijuana-black-and-white-report

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