Back In 1930, Congress established the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. They put Harry Anslinger in charge. This was shortly after prohibition, but the population refused to give up alcohol while Congress hated to admit defeat. They needed a new enemy to fight! Marijuana was the ideal target, and Harry Anslinger told the public that there was 100,000 marijuana smokers out there, most of whom were Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, plus entertainers. He pointed a finger at marijuana for their wild jazz music and warned the public that marijuana caused white ladies to seek sexual relations with them! The Great Depression had instilled a resentment against foreigners plus bred racism, and people were influenced about the negative connotations of marijuana. Where once cannabis was embraced for its medicinal properties, now it was accused of inciting violence plus promiscuity! By 1936, laws restricting marijuana were made. And medicines such as aspirin, morphine, plus opioids took over as the main painkillers. A year later, Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act, still allowing physicians or pharmacists to prescribe marijuana, but so heavily taxing it that it became cost prohibitive. In the late sixties, as young people objected to the establishment, the government once again held marijuana to blame for their refusal to conform! Unfortunately, these archaic beliefs stuck around and they still color people’s perceptions. Gradually, however, as cannabis is proven as effective in the treatment of several disorders, awareness plus acceptance is on the rise.