Nixon's Prejudices: 30-Year Anniversary of Federal Commission's Call to
Thirty years ago
today, the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug
Abuse ("the Shafer Commission"), appointed by President Nixon,
released its landmark report, "Marihuana:
A Signal of Misunderstanding."
The report, which
recommended the decriminalization of marijuana, was rejected by Nixon.
tapes of Nixon reveal that his prejudices and political fears led him to
reject his own commission's call to decriminalize marijuana. Nixon
believed that marijuana fueled political dissent, and also believed that
there was a Jewish conspiracy to legalize the drug.
of the Shafer Commission’s decriminalization recommendation has resulted
in the arrest of 15 million Americans since 1972.
"Nixon Tapes" Show Why the U.S. Outlawed Pot
Kevin Zeese, an essay by Kevin Zeese, President of
Common Sense for Drug Policy.
>> Read a
report by Common Sense for Drug Policy which documents Nixon's
misunderstandings, prejudices, and political concerns with respect to
>> Read the original
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