Pubdate: Mon, 03 Mar 2008
Source: Quad, The (West Chester U, PA Edu)
Copyright: 2008 The Quad
Author: Kirk Muse


To the Editor:

Thank you for publishing Robert Sharpe's outstanding letter (Feb. 25).

I'd like to add that in any open discussion of this subject, we 
should review how and why marijuana was first made a prohibited 
substance. In 1937 the then Commissioner of the U. S. Bureau of 
Narcotics, Harry Anslinger, testified before the U. S. Congress 
urging the passage of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. Mr. Anslinger 
testified: "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 usage. This 
marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, 
entertainers and any others."

Mr. Anslinger's testimony is the main reason the Marijuana Tax Act of 
1937 was passed by Congress, which subsequently resulted in the 
prohibition of marijuana. Before marijuana was prohibited, less than 
1/10th of 1 percent of the U. S. population used marijuana. Today the 
U. S. Government estimates that 94 million Americans have used it.

 From a marketing standpoint, Madison Avenue must envy the success of 
marijuana prohibition.

Kirk Muse

Mesa, AZ
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