☰ In this section

The Champion

December 2017 , Page 05 

Search the Champion Looking for something specific?

Preview of Member Only Content

For full access: login or Become a Member Join Now

From the President: Coming and Going - Racial Disparity in the Punishment and Profit of Marijuana

By Rick Jones

Read more From the President columns.

“[B]y getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”1 This admission by John Ehrlichman, a domestic policy chief in the Nixon administration, is a rare acknowledgment of an unvarnished truth. Cutting through the rhetoric of lost communities, preyed-upon children and moral imperatives, Ehrlichman admits that a driving force of the War on Drugs was the ability to oppress people of color. Perhaps nowhere is that more apparent than in the country’s continuing policy toward marijuana. In 1972, the Shafer Commission recommended decriminalization of marijuana for personal use.2 The Commission was ignored by the Nixon administration.3 In place of decriminalization was bad policy that eq

Want to read more?

The Champion archive is reserved for NACDL members.

NACDL members, please login to read the rest of this article.
login

Not a member? Join now.
Join Now
Or click here to see an overview of NACDL Member benefits.

See what NACDL members say about us.

To read the current issue of The Champion in its entirety, click here.

  • Media inquiries: Contact NACDL's Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan J. Dominguez at 202-465-7662 or idominguez@nacdl.org
  • Academic Requests: Full articles of The Champion Magazine are available for academic and research purposes in the WestLaw and LexisNexis databases.
Advertisement Advertise with Us
ad

In This Section

Advertisement Advertise with Us
ad