Marijuana has been illegal in the United States for so long now that most people can’t remember a time when it was legal. Majority of the citizens have grown up in a society where marijuana is considered a harmful drug and is basically grouped in the same category as other substances such as cocaine, heroine and methamphetamine.
When marijuana was made illegal across the country in 1937, racism was again a major factor. Black jazz musicians were the main fringe group targeted this time. Sample what Henry Anslinger, the director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics at the time – and the man in question – had to say:
‘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 causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.’ and ‘…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.’
Unfortunately, the continued use of marijuana was quashed from then on and that law has been haunting Americans ever since.