by Mark Nestmann, Nestmann.com:
The “War on Drugs” is a great example of America’s slow descent into a police state. Only 120 years ago, you could actually buy cocaine – and syringes – out of a Sears catalog. Cannabis (marijuana) was widely used as a painkiller and to treat seizures. You could buy morphine over the counter at any pharmacy.
Admittedly, some people became addicted to these substances. By 1900, around 3% of Americans were addicted to drugs – mainly morphine.
The War on Drugs actually began in 1914, when Congress restricted the marketing of opiates and coca/cocaine products. Advocates for the new law spoke of “drug-crazed, sex-mad Negroes” murdering whites and “Chinamen” seducing white women with opium. Congress later imposed similar restrictions on marijuana.
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