The Racial History of Weed

The Racial History of Weed

The impact of this decades-old war is still being felt today, especially by people of color.

In this audio from NPR’s Latino USA, Martin A. Lee describes how anti-cannabis propaganda stemmed from targeting the growing number of Latinos who came to the US during the Mexican Revolution. Harry J. Anslinger, the first drug czar in the United States, used fear based claims to target cannabis users of color, and the impact of this is still present today.


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