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Any substance that alters consciousness always draws suspicion and criticism. Pot has been no exception, and for a good part of the twentieth century it was demonized in America by government and press alike, often referred to with such hysterical epithets as "the weed with its roots in Hell. It was a credulous time, marijuana had few or no defenders, and the lies and gross exaggerations soon became accepted as true by most Americans.
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Inwith strong support from Progressive forces, the United States passed its first federal anti-narcotics law, the Harrison Tax Act. It sought to regulate by taxation opium, morphine and its various derivatives, and the derivatives of the coca leaf, primarily cocaine.
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A particular sinister sequence The most Washinggon criminals are often the dispensers of these habit-forming drugs.
The moral dangers, as well as the effect on the self-respect of the addict, call for no comment" "Editorial Comment". The nation's first experiment in full prohibition of a psychoactive substance came with the ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment, which made illegal "the manufacture, sale, Maturs transportation of intoxicating liquors" "Eighteenth Amendment -- Prohibition of Intoxicating Liquors". Neither the Eighteenth Amendment nor the laws that implemented it primarily the Volstead Act made the consumption of alcohol illegal, and for Wazhington of our nation's history that was true for narcotics as well.
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The Marijuana Tax Act of imposed a tax on marijuana growers, distributors, sellers, and buyers the Harrison Tax Act of had not covered marijuana.
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Requiring producers, sellers, and users of marijuana, an illegal substance, to register and pay a federal tax appeared on its face to run afoul of the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.
Indeed it did, but so successful was the demonization of marijuana that it took 32 years, untilfor the U.
Supreme Court to rule, unanimously, that the Marijuana Tax Act "was clearly aimed at bringing to light violations of the marihuana laws" and thus incompatible with the Fifth Amendment Leary v. Anslinger was the first aWshington of the Bureau of Narcotics, created by Congress in as a division of the Treasury Department.
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