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Preparing for social and racial justice in cannabis (access required)

American anti-cannabis policy can be traced back to the 1930s, when Harry J. Anslinger led the charge of cannabis prohibition, including industrial hemp, through racially targeted propaganda (“Reefer Madness”) that vilified the Mexican and Black communities. His influence would continue to shape said policy through five presidential candidacies. In 1971, the nation officially declared a “War ...

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