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Reefer madness

Dear Editor:

Etna Taucher has apparently forgotten that medical marijuana is now legal in Colorado (“Please, DEA, keep fighting war on drugs,” letters, May 30, 2011, The Aspen Times). Evidently the will of the voters is meaningless to her. Another point of ignorance on her part is the fact that marijuana prohibition is based on absurd racist lies.

“Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men-s shadows and look at a white woman twice.” – Hearst newspapers nationwide, 1934

“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 use. This marijuana can cause white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.” – Federal Bureau of Narcotics Director Harry J. Anslinger,

“… the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races” – Federal Bureau of Narcotics Director Harry J. Anslinger, 1930

“Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality and death.” – Federal Bureau of Narcotics Director Harry J. Anslinger, 1937

“Marijuana is the most violence causing drug in the history of mankind.” – Federal Bureau of Narcotics Director Harry J. Anslinger

“[Smoking] one [marihuana] cigarette might develop a homicidal mania, probably to kill his brother.” (see U.S. Government Propaganda To Outlaw Marijuana – http://www.druglibrary.org/ schaffer/hemp/ taxact/t3.htm )

So why does Ms. Taucher want more reefer-madness law enforcement?

Ralph Givens

Daly City, Calif.


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