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Episode 4 (History, Law, And Society): How Did Marijuana Become Illegal? PART 1

Episode 4 (History, Law, And Society): How Did Marijuana Become Illegal? PART 1

Do you know how and why marijuana was first made illegal? Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937 and this effectively banned the growing, selling, or trading of the cannabis plant and its derivatives (such as hemp and marijuana)- by the federal government imposing hefty taxes that were not affordable. Congress did not pass this law because recreational marijuana smoking was a social problem; rather, the ‘issue’ was orchestrated by the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, Harry J. Anslinger, to benefit private financial interests.

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