IMHO-- That war on facts maybe began circa 1900. California first state to outlaw cannabis in 1913 and Harrison Narcotic Act (El Paso TX was the first city ban). Propaganda really went national with the Marijuana Tax (Stamp) act of 1937 and Anslinger single-handedly ran that war until handing off to Nixon (Anslinger actually retired by 1962--JFK). It was Anslinger that took the drug war globally in the UN. Many people say the War on Drugs began with Nixon, but really over half a century sooner.
Surely though--war/political propaganda predates even the drug war, so I'm not even correct with that claim.
So true. And regarding cannabis,most Americans do not realize that in 1800's, 50% of medications included cannabis and during that century 90% of Americans took cannabis medicine during their lifetimes. (And until cotton came along, hemp was the #1 textile crop in the USA.)
The War on Drugs has cost over a trillion, enslaved millions, and killed hundreds of thousands (if not 1 million).
With 29 states now having medical or recreational or both, (20,000 research papers written in the last 15 years alone) a thousand of documented medical applications ( over 1000) the DEA denies any medical value even though decades of medical research and over 10,000 years of medicinal use. Even the US govt. (H&HS) received a patent on some cannabinoids in 2003. Remember that?
So the same government that tells you it can treat diseases from cancer to Alzheimer's, also claims that it has absolutely no medicinal value. And that CBD (cannabidiol), which is used to treat kids with Dravet's syndrome (Colorado, Charlotte's Web) is just as dangerous as Heroin, Quaalude, Ecstasy, LSD, and Bath Salts. Theater of the absurd.
A study in 1973 found that THC could fight cancer (did you ever here about that). Dr. Alan Shackelford told me there are no known hard copies of this test left in the USA, that someone must have systematically destroyed them in all medical/university libraries. As drumpf would say, he is a "great, great, really great guy".
Just for fun, here are some cannabis/hash advertisements from the 1800's. The latest great find was one featuring endorsement quotes from General Grant and General Lee (and many other military dudes).