Two days before Breonna died, we discussed the War on Drugs with Aaron Bosset, founder of the Black Cannabis Commission.
His words are even more relevant today.
The War on Drugs is not about race alone. The welfare state, qualified immunity, police unions, and the effects of these broken institutions all play a part. But it is important for us to give notice to this major piece of the puzzle.
The War on Drugs paved the way for the United States to lay a domestic foundation for a massive and overwhelming system of oppression.
Launched in the United States by former President Richard Nixon in 1971, drug criminalization served as the catalyst for firing an international crusade, strong-arming other countries into criminalizing cannabis whether they wanted to or not.
In this interview with Aaron Bossett, Founder of the Black Cannabis Commission, we answer the following questions:
– Who is Harry J. Anslinger and why did he invent a new ‘public enemy’?
– What discovery helped to reignite the medical marijuana movement?
– How does the War on Drugs continue today, despite seeing an upward trend towards legalization?
– How does state legalization fail to address the harmful effects of the War on Drugs in minority communities?
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The War on Drugs was launched in the United States by former President Richard Nixon in 1971. This allowed for the criminalization of drug use, which led to the mass incarceration of millions of Americans, particularly for communities of color.
Jacob Sullum, a senior editor at Reason magazine, has been writing about drug policy since the 1980s. In this video, he answers the following questions:
How does the War on Drugs give rise to a black market with fatal consequences?
How does the War on Drugs endanger the general public’s privacy?
How does the War on Drugs give police a license to steal your cash?
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