Pubdate: Wed, 23 Nov 2011
Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Copyright: 2011 Ralph Givens
Author: Ralph Givens


Re: Larry Gabriel's Higher Ground column for Nov. 16, Michigan state 
Attorney General Bill Schuette is apparently so blinded by his reefer 
madness campaign that he has forgotten that marijuana prohibition is 
based on racist lies and ridiculous myths about ultra violence caused 
by smoking cannabis.

"Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, 
step on white men's shadows and look at a white woman twice." (Hearst 
newspapers nationwide, 1934)

"There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are 
Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, 
jazz and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana can cause 
white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and 
any others." (Federal Bureau of Narcotics Director Harry J. Anslinger)

"... the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the 
degenerate races" (Federal Bureau of Narcotics Director Harry J. 
Anslinger, 1930)

"Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, 
criminality and death." (Federal Bureau of Narcotics Director Harry 
J. Anslinger, 1937)

"Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of 
mankind." (Federal Bureau of Narcotics Director Harry J. Anslinger)

These are the outrageous fictions marijuana prohibition is founded 
on. Considering that there is not one word of truth in all of the 
accusations against cannabis, how can Schuette defend his 
unscientific notions about marijuana? How can Schuette provide a good 
reason for throwing people into prison because of absurd lies?

- --Ralph Givens, Daly City, Calif.
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