Episode 38: On the second part of our series on Marijuana, we will be focusing on the legality of The Devil’s Lettuce. We begin the show with a quick run down of what we covered (or at least what we think we covered…) last week. We then move on to the story of the history of the legality of Cannabis. The original hemp laws were not for the prohibition of Cannabis, but for the mandatory growing of Hemp on your plantation during times of shortage. From their we go on to illustrate the story of Harry J. Anslinger and the career he made out of the prohibition of Cannabis and his persecution of it’s users. Between Anslinger and the Yellow Journalism of William Randolph Hearst and his chain of newspapers spewing anti-marijuana sentiments on every edition, Marijuana never had a chance. We then begin to discuss the recent push for the repeal of the prohibition of Marijuana and what states have already taken steps to legalize it for medicinal and recreational use. This and more on this episode of Surreal Talk.
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