Pearls of Wisdom from Harry Anslinger

Here are some “pearls of wisdom” from  HARRY ANSLINGER, the founder of the War On Drugs.  He was especially vicious against Marijuana, resulting in a debacle that continues til this very day.  Hundreds of Billions of dollars a year are wasted each year in The War on Drugs and its senseless and outdated techniques.  Spank you very much Harry Anslinger.

(Quotes are about Marijuana)

“This drug is as old as civilization itself. Homer wrote about, as a drug that made men forget their homes, and that turned them into swine. In Persia, a thousand years before Christ, there was a religious and military order founded which was called the Assassins and they derived their name from the drug called hashish which is now known in this country as marihuana. They were noted for their acts of cruelty, and the word “assassin” very aptly describes the drug.”

“We seem to have adopted the Mexican terminology, and we call it marihuana, which means good feeling. In the underworld it is referred to by such colorful, colloquial names as reefer, muggles, Indian hay, hot hay, and weed.”

“But here we have drug that is not like opium. Opium has all of the good of Dr. Jekyll and all the evil of Mr. Hyde. This drug is entirely the monster Hyde, the harmful effect of which cannot be measured.”

“At my request, experiments were made for several months in 1912 with different preparations of cannabis.. The conclusion reached was that in a few rare cases Indian hemp gives good results..”

“It affects different individuals in different ways. Some individuals have a complete loss of sense of time or a sense of value. They lose their sense of place. That have an increased feeling of physical strength and power.

Some people will fly into a delirious rage, and they are temporarily irresponsible and may commit violent crimes. Other people will laugh uncontrollably. It is impossible to say what the effect will be on any individual. Those research men who have tried it have always been under control. They have always insisted upon that.”

“.. It is dangerous to the mind and body, and particularly dangerous to the criminal type, because it releases all of the inhibitions.”

“In Florida a 21-year-old boy under the influence of this drug killed his parents and his brothers and sisters. The evidence showed that he had smoke marihuana.”

“In Chicago recently two boys murdered a policeman while under the influence of marihuana. Not long ago we found a 15-year-old boy going insane because, the doctor told the enforcement officers, he thought the boy was smoking marihuana cigarettes.”

“Recently in Baltimore a young man was sent to the electric chair for having raped a girl while under the influence of marihuana.”

This drug is not being used by those who have been using heroin and morphine. It is being used by a different class, by a mostly younger group of people. The age of the morphine and heroin addict is increasing all the time, whereas the marihuana smoker is quite young.”

“MR. DINGELL: I am just wondering whether the marihuana addict graduates into a heroin, an opium, or a cocaine user.

MR. ANSLINGER: No, sir; I have not heard of a case of that kind. I think it is an entirely different class. The marihuana addict does not go in that direction.

MR. DINGELL: And the hardened narcotic user does not fall back on marihuana.

MR. ANSLINGER: No, sir: he would not touch that.” (Odd.  That argument was later changed into Marijuana being a “Gateway Drug“)

“MR. BOERNE: Just one of them will knock the socks off of you.

MR. ANSLINGER: One of them can do it.”

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