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The Mexican Revolution started which caused Mexican Immigrants to flee to America, bringing with them Marijuana.
The anti-mexican campaigners approched their issues with the immigrants as being anti-drug and labeled the event as the "Marijuana Menace" and claimed that Mexicans who used the drugs would do terrible crimes.
Harry J Anslinger is elected as the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics
The movie "Reefer Madness" was produced with a view that those who used the drug would take part in terrible crimes such as rape and murder.
Harry J Anslinger's research (which was prompted by the Anti-Mexican movements) related use of the drug to Crime and rape.
Congress passes the Marijuana Tax act where the term "Evil Weed" was used and brought even more concern over the usage of pot in America.
The La Guardia medical journal (funded by The mayor of New York City) published what is considered the first coherent article about marijuana in America's history. The researchers reached out to police, psychiatrists, and other people of the community to gain a full understanding of the "Problem with Pot." Ultimately, they found no evidence supporting the FBN's claims.
1972 Shafer Commission was appointed by Richard Nixon, the commission had found that it would be in the best interest of the community to legalize Marijuana, but Richard Nixon shrugged it off.
1976 The beginning of the Parents Movement Against Marijuana brought concerns of teenage marijuana use. with the backing of the Drug Enforcement Agency and The National Institute on Drug Abuse, the movement caused the drug wars of the 1980's.
1986 The anti-drug abuse act was passed by Reagan which caused federal penalties to go up for marijuana possession. Possession of 100 marijuana plants was treated like 100g of heroin. They also implemented the "Three Strikes and you're out" for repeated offenders to where many were sent to life in prison for marijuana possession and dealing.
1989 Bush's War on Drugs Speech was televised.
1996 California Legalizes medical marijuana use.
Stricter Sentencing laws were enforced. First offense of Marijuana possession was a minimum of two to ten years in jail and fines up to $20,000.
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