Um, speaksoftly, marijuana laws are dictated by the state, not Nixon.
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#8 | Posted by goatman
White House tapes reveal that Nixon's opinions about marijuana were based on his personal prejudices rather than the evidence.
He can be heard to make statements such as: "That's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob, what is the matter with them? I suppose it's because most of them are psychiatrists . . .
"By God, we are going to hit the marijuana thing, and I want to hit it right square in the puss . . . "
When Nixon was talking with TV personality Art Linkletter about "radical demonstrators," he said "They're all on drugs.'
On another occasion, Nixon contrasted marijuana to alcohol use saying that marijuana users smoke it to "get high," while "a person drinks to have fun."
Wanting to be strong, "like the Russians," and to "scare" marijuana users, Nixon ordered his administration to come down hard on users and to target them as enemies in his "war on drugs."
The war on marijuana and the false myths associated with its usage have been continued by every president since Nixon. Since 1973, 15 million people, mostly young people who were committing no other crime, have been arrested for marijuana. "