Article by Jeff Siegel, High Finance Report
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While I have no love for the man that squatted at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave from 1969 to 1974, it would be dishonest to say that Nixon started the war on drugs.
Sure he “declared” it on national television, but the real war – like most wars – began long before anyone really knew what was going on.
The truth is, the drug war actually began in 1930, when a man by the name of Harry J. Anslinger was appointed as the first director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.
Activist Peter Guither did an excellent job summing up Anslinger’s role in the war on drugs, writing …
“In 1930, a new division in the Treasury Department was established — the Federal Bureau of Narcotics — and Harry J. Anslinger was named director. This, if anything, marked the beginning of the all-out war against marijuana.
“Anslinger was an extremely ambitious man, and he recognized the Bureau of Narcotics as an amazing career opportunity — a new government agency with the opportunity to define both the problem and the solution. He immediately realized that opiates and cocaine wouldn’t be enough to help build his agency, so he latched on to marijuana and started to work on making it illegal at the federal level.”