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Cannabis Prohibition Is Older Than…

By David Jenison on October 4, 2017

Cannabis prohibition turned 80 today. To put this in perspective, the war on cannabis is older than the following 21 cultural and historical moments:

1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves—the first full-length film made with traditional animation

2. Superman

3. The Constitution of Ireland

4. The March of Dimes

5. The first U.S. ski lift

6. Boxer Joe Lewis' famous Max Schmeling knockout

7. Nazi Germany's pre-WWII invasion of Austria

8. Slovakia

9. Orson Welles' panic-sparking radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds

10. Seabiscuit's historic victory over War Admiral

11. Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)

12. Batman

13. Dr. Seuss' first children's book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street

14. Count Basie's "Jumpin' at the Woodside"; Bob Hope and Shirley Ross' "Thanks for the Memory"

15. The film Heidi with Shirley Temple

16. Bob Eubanks

17. The Agatha Christie novels And Then There Were None and Death on the Nile

18. The swallowing goldfish craze, first popularized at Harvard University

19. Paul McCartney

20. The U.S. minimum wage

21. Lou Gehrig's amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) diagnosis 

Cannabis prohibition started in 1937. That year, a U.S. Gallup poll found that 45 percent of the country supported euthanizing "defective infants"; 30 percent wanted to prohibit all chain stores; and 33 percent said they'd never vote for a female presidential candidate. America has come a long way in the last 80 years on many issues, including cannabis, with support for legalization reaching 60 percent in a 2016 Gallup poll. Federal law, however, is still stuck in 1937 when a shady bureaucrat fed the government a pack of lies—all unequivocally proven false—to institute prohibition

On the topic of cannabis, the American people already grew up. Now it's time for the government of, by and for the people to do the same. 

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