America’s War on Drugs Has Been Racist for a Century

To understand the history of cannabis in the United States, it’s crucial to examine immigration.

Though many people associate the war on drugs with the Nixon or Reagan administrations, the truth is that the drug war’s history dates back nearly a hundred years, to the advent of the US Border Patrol. There’s a clear historical connection between cannabis prohibition and immigration enforcement, and drug policing remains critical to border security today.

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