Why Is Marijuana Illegal?

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Guither, Pete. "Why Is Marijuana Illegal?" Drug WarRant. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2015.

In the article, Why Is Marijuana Illegal?, speaks on the topic of marijuana legalization and the history behind it all. Marijuana goes all the way back to 7,000 B.C. and over centuries it was used as a household product; uses such woven fabric, food, incense, cloth and rope. In 1910 this drug entered the United States from the country of Mexico. Many Mexicans smoked marijuana and had brought the home grown plant with them. It was through this that California apparently passed the first state marijuana law, outlawing preparations of hemp. This drug was put to an end and the Marijuana Act of 1937 passed by Harry J. Anslinger, a member of the Bureau of Narcotics, which made the plant illegal in the fifty states. Pete Guither, the author is the Assistant Dean at Illinois State University. He is a drug policy reform expert and an advocate of ending prohibition that’s still existing today.Guither is also the editor of the website drugwarrant.com and Executive Director of the Prohibition Isn’t Free Foundation. The article, Why Is Marijuana Illegal?, is a popular source. Its purpose is to have a big audience and is intended on reaching out to everyone to share correct information on marijuana. One can see that this is a popular source due to the fact that it is one step removed from the original source and provides criticism or interpretation of a primary source. Guither’s stance is…

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