And it always has been.
8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010, 88% were for simply having marijuana.
It’s about power and control, and another wedge to divide the poor and weaken them as an opposing force to the rule of plutocrats.
Alcohol is a toxic drug that kills people all the time. Whiskey is far more dangerous than cannabis, and yet you can have a basement full of the stuff, perfectly legally.
Top Adviser to Richard Nixon Admitted that ‘War on Drugs’ was Policy Tool to Go After Anti-War Protesters and ‘Black People’
“We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
-John Ehrlichman, Richard Nixon’s domestic policy chief