My first source comes from an article on the internet.
Why is marijuana illegal?
written by an organization that reports information regarding drug laws. In this article Pete Guither argues that marijuana is not illegal because of its harms to the human body etc. Guither arguesthat marijuana is illegal for reasons such as, private interests, greed, racism, journalism, andignorance. He and many others like him theorize that in the early 1900’s marijuana laws were passed to control immigration (marijuana being prominent amongst Mexican immigrants). Hegives a brief history of Harry J. Anslinger, The Director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics from1930 to 1975. Guither argues that Anslinger was a racist, and in order to keep his job had to finda scapegoat or something to fight, that of course being marijuana.Well connected within the government, Anslinger was also connected to a man namedWilliam Randolf Hearst, who owned several newspapers, who was also racist, and was quiteinvested in the lumber industry(Lumber being a direct competitor with hemp). It makes perfectsense why Hearst would want Marijuana prohibited. Needing something to pursue, Anslinger along with Hearst quickly painted a horrible and violent image of marijuana, and exposed it as athreat to the entire world. It makes quite a bit of sense why marijuana was immediately hated,and feared by people in this time period. (Guither)This was a very eye opening article, even though it may seem like it was written by somecrazy conspiracy theorist, it turned out to be a very legitimate argument. Guither had severalsources that were accurate and credible. In his defense, and in the defense of marijuana, it isvery hard to argue this side of the argument, but they say history is written by the victors and thatmeans that we must explore all sides of the argument to find the truth. I find this theory to be avery legitimate argument, with the exception of the last part of the article were Guither states thatthe actual law to outlaw marijuana was passed based on a lie from a congressmen. It could betrue but it seems a little far-fetched to me.