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The Color of Cannabis, September 11, 2019

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How a racist hate-monger masterminded America’s War on Drugs

Laura Smith describes the role of Harry Anslinger, first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, whose racist views were instrumental in the criminalization of drug use.  He targeted jazz musicians in particular.  His agents hounded Billie Holiday until her…

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‘This is a culture war’ When it comes to punishment, racial disparities are pervasive

Comparing the sentences received by two drug offenders, one white and one black, Herald Tribune reporters Josh Salman, Dak Le, and Michael Braga illustrate the racial inequities in the Florida legal system through policies like drug-free zones and mandatory minimum…

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