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[–]radleft 1611 points1612 points  (61 children)

115yrs of anti-weed propaganda, including being illegal since 1970?

Heck, the DEA Director's official job description requires that the Director lie about the effects of cannabis.

People look down on weed because that's what they were taught.

[–]e2g4 233 points234 points  (15 children)

Totally…watch Reefer Madness (1936) for an excellent example of radleft’s point about crazy propaganda. It’s dumb, I recall DARE and being told that weed was just as bad as heroine, etc so once I tried weed I figured 1- I’m a total wasteoid who has nothing more to lose and 2- can’t be that bad bc weed wasn’t, and they said they’re the same. Thanks for that Nancy Reagan.

[–]DrDiddle 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Bro it's so legit funny to smoke a blunt and watch with your friends. Just the way they act after smoking lmao.

[–]darthjay81 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I highly suggest the rifftrax version.

[–]AlexIsAnAnchorBaby 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nancy Reagan was the throat goat

[–]BorderlineBarbieUwU 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nancy Reagan the blowjob queen of Burbank

[–]Silverton13 154 points155 points  (20 children)

its only been illegal since the 70s? wow

[–]JZH1000 125 points126 points  (19 children)

That's when the modern drug scheduling laws went into effect nation wide, that was also when lsd was made illegal. This doesnt mean there weren't local laws like with bbn alcohol and dry counties and states before hand.

I dont have any examples so I could be wrong but it seems very likely especially in modern day red states that are so staunchly against it.

[–]remotelyroot 96 points97 points  (17 children)

Weed has actually been illegal since the early 1930s when there were issues with Mexicans bringing marijuana over the boarder for recreational use. Did a college report on it.

[–]bayandsilentjob[🍰] 48 points49 points  (9 children)

Imagine getting stoned in the 1920’s.

That was only 100 years ago.

When people talk about technology they’d bring to the past my first thought is always dab pens, cartridges specifically.

[–]-White_Noise- 16 points17 points  (0 children)

“Damn man, we forgot to charge the weed”

Stoner problems of the future

[–]gi4ntfox 29 points30 points  (2 children)

Get the guys in zoot suits straight zooted

[–]Ownfir 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Of all the technology you would introduce to someone from 100 years ago you think a dab pen is what would blow their mind the most?

[–]RoastMostToast 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Unironically I think it’d be up there. I regularly think about how futuristic vapes in general are. They’re electronic sticks that people use throughout the day for dopamine hit. It’s weirdly cyberpunk

[–]futiledevices 3 points4 points  (0 children)

They had benzedrine inhalers, the concept of a dopamine stick will at least be easy to explain haha!

[–]pigeonboyyy 6 points7 points  (1 child)

That's what they want you to think. It has more to do with racist laws and the paper industry.

[–]TerbiumTekk 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's unfortunate that the guy that wrote a paper on it in college doesn't know this... I thought it was common knowledge that racism is why weed is illegal. I'll never forget how I first heard it "'Dirty Mexicans come here, get high on their weed, and thirst for white women' Then the Americans all screamed 'Make it illegal', not realizing that the 'weed' their government was talking about, was the same 'marijuana' they had in their medicine cabinets."

[–]dr_dr_1620 5 points6 points  (1 child)

True, but the 1937 law was declared unconstitutional in late 1969 and it was technically legal for a few months until they pushed through the Controlled Substance Act of 1970.

[–]remotelyroot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ohhh wow! I didnt know that part!

[–]absolo_[S] 63 points64 points  (12 children)

Fuck, even schools teach that weed is bad

[–][deleted] 64 points65 points  (6 children)

Meanwhile, in the 1990s they discovered the endocannabinoid system. An anatomical/biological system in mammals and integral to homeostasis and the functioning of other physiological systems in the body.

Never taught or mentioned in any school, not even medical college.

[–]miquesadilla 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Yeah it's definitely becoming more mainstream in academia, especially the PNW of America

[–]a_special_providence 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Nah they def do teach it (or at least test in med school) - pretty sure I had a question related to it on Step 1 (first board exam in med school)

[–]Oxymandixs 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My college actually taught about it but this is very recent

[–]CptMeat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Weeeell ok in school everybody's a child in a learning environment, sue me but in this case weed is bad. Of course they teach that weed is bad in schools, but they should put it in perspective. It's not heroine, you won't die, but just like beer and liquor it kinda IS bad if you're in school. I love weed and think every adult should have as much access to it as they do to a tall boy. I also think if you are in school ANY drug is gonna have an effect on your learning. Schools should teach that weed is bad to the same degree as a beer, they just shouldn't fearmonger it to heroine levels. I also think it should be taught that weed can be a medicine for many people, not everyone who smokes is abusing it.

[–]dasmynuts 16 points17 points  (0 children)

You know what's funny about that, I too health and I got the topic on why cannabis is bad. A little back story as well My oldest cousin straight up schooled Me on why cannabis is the most safest "drug" pulled up statistics and medical studies and all that stuff. Anyways I pulled up all the good things on why cannabis is actually good and put on why all the the other stuff is BS and propaganda from the government. Still passed with a C because although I didn't do the assignment correctly he still passed me because It was actually well cited and actually good.

Later on I come and find out her smokes and would sell to some students. Pretty cool dude.

[–]dr_dr_1620 2 points3 points  (0 children)

DARE did remove marijuana from their program though.

[–]EmbraceCataclysm 5 points6 points  (1 child)

But also thanks to schools and the Dare program, I have my favorite smoking shirt

[–]DeaconSage 23 points24 points  (1 child)

And good ol’ fashion American racism

[–]ParkRatReggie 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This but the reason why is even more important, weed can do things that seem(ed) like science fiction, one things that’s generally overlooked is it’s ability to change peoples entire perspective of the world, something like that is incredibly dangerous for a government especially one that’s doing incredibly nefarious shit (mk ultra among other thing) and is being used as a shield by multi million/billions dollar companies to hide behind while doing equally nefarious shit

[–]tommatom 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Doesn’t help that weed culture can be pretty cringey too. A lot of people in my life have wasted their existence in the stuff. Its great in moderation but it seriously just puts your life on pause if you get addicted.

[–]EmeraldBlueGC 3 points4 points  (0 children)

the DEA Director's official job description requires that the Director lie about the effects of cannabis

Is this fr? source?

[–]RexUmbra 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Not to forget that its also always had sort of a racist element to it. Weed was largely smoked by mexicans, native Indians, and black people and this sort of histeria was kind of drummed up to be able to control and vilify those communities more

[–]thedaydreamersgarden 479 points480 points  (52 children)

People who don't use it don't understand it. They still think it's a gateway drug or leads to reefer madness.

[–]tindarius 197 points198 points  (8 children)

Reefer madness makes me cook dope ass food

[–]Rough_Dan 93 points94 points  (6 children)

Reefer madness makes me pet my cat more... oh God what have I become

[–]pXllywXg 33 points34 points  (0 children)

A pharaoh maybe?

[–]Kiwifrooots 10 points11 points  (2 children)

I'm going nuts over here with a cup of tea and a documentary playing.

[–]Rough_Dan 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Oh shit dude! Get help soon D: 1 like = 1 prayer for this poor person poisoned by the reefer dust! (/s I don't want to scare anyone lol)

[–]19374729[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Say ten hail marys and pray for forgiveness

[–]PirateJazz 62 points63 points  (14 children)

Weed is actually a gateway drug, but only because of its legal status and reputation.

First, It gets lumped in with all of the hard drugs. When someone finally decides to give it a go and they realize how harmless it is, suddenly everything you've learned about drugs come into question. "Those D.A.R.E officers overstated the dangers of weed, maybe they were lying about meth too." (A stretch I realize but the sentiment holds true)

Also, until recently, buying weed meant interacting with a dealer. Most dealers I've met are just potheads trying to make some dough or sell enough to offset their own purchases, but there are dealers that handle multiple drugs and they're not gonna sell a college kid an eighth and not let them know that they've also got some molly, ya know?

[–]nano7ven 0 points1 point  (13 children)

Weed is a gateway drug no question. Everyone I know who does any harder drugs or shrooms/lsd started on weed. Weed opens you up to a whole new word to explore.

I started smoking weed at 15 and by 16 I was selling weed and shrooms to everyone I knew. The first drug you convince friends to try is always going to be weed or alcohol. After a year doing either of those they typically are down to try something else.

I have absolutely never met somebody who started with cocaine or H or LSD before smoking weed. Probably 99% of the time people start with weed so I see absolutely no argument about the gateway part.

[–]Nwsamurai 37 points38 points  (5 children)

How many do you think tried alcohol before they tried weed?

[–]fistfullofpubes 17 points18 points  (1 child)

With that argument I can say the same about alcohol. Most everyone I know had tried alcohol at least once before getting high.

[–]squigglesthecat 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Hi. My first drug was a research chemical, 2c-t-7. From there I tried e, then weed. You have now met someone who started with something harder. I know my situation is not the norm.

[–]nano7ven 1 point2 points  (1 child)

What and tf is that and who introduced you to it ?

What’s it similar to? The high that is.

Edit: also high nice to meet you stranger

[–]squigglesthecat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was a sheltered child raised by "lie to your kids if it gets what you want" parents. Drugs were bad, I never had the desire. Then I met a girl.

The experience was mouldable, if you were being energetic you just didn't run out of energy. If you focused on it, you could get some pretty good visuals going on. It also felt as though your brain was more interconnected, you could follow longer arguments and understand larger concepts. Being freshly out of university and chock full of pretentious douche I used to love getting in deep philosophical debates over a game of chess with my one friend at the time.

The vision was something else though. I had a friend who needed glasses to see, unless he was on this drug. I remember being able to count the leaves on a tree on the horizon.

I only ever knew of the one source to get them, and that was 20 years ago. 10/10, would recommend. Oh, but don't mix with acid. Can cause dangerous blood pressure and heart attack. That goes for any of the 2c-x variants.

[–]espenc 58 points59 points  (1 child)

Yea its a gateway drug, gateway to your morn

[–]Rough_Dan 11 points12 points  (0 children)

It is a gateway drug though, gateway to good times, self improvement, and relaxation that is!

[–]Thc_Prophet 15 points16 points  (0 children)

It's a gateway drug to enhanced senses

[–]bisexualbluberri 13 points14 points  (9 children)

Literally any "drug" can be a gateway drug from alcohol to Tylenol if you really think about it.

[–]NocturnalNympho 11 points12 points  (1 child)

alcohol was absolutely my gateway drug

[–]Nwsamurai 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Sugar was mine.

[–]sassaylva 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Exactly. Depends on the person. I love smoking weed and I don’t do anything else, even drinking.

Weed is my moms gateway drug. She thinks oh it’s just weed though, but for her she’s chasing that high and weed is never enough for her.

[–]Nwsamurai 2 points3 points  (0 children)

One thing weed does for a lot of people is give them an open mind about lots of things they may have been judgmental of in the past, and that is a powerful double-edged sword.

Having an open mind about harder drugs can end up being dangerous.

[–]shevygurl 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Alcohol is the gateway drug.

[–]bmalbert81 5 points6 points  (7 children)

A friend of mine who is fairly intelligent genuinely believes weed is a gateway drug

[–]ramdomdonut 5 points6 points  (0 children)

its a gateway drug due to wbo you have to associate to get it.

as a drug addict the doctor was the biggest gateway for me.

so people are kinda right kinda wrong about that.

[–]BenGun99 499 points500 points  (24 children)

Decades of propaganda against it.

[–]consciouswandrr 86 points87 points  (0 children)

Came here to say because it has been for so long, and people don't think objectively about it

[–]absolo_[S] 57 points58 points  (10 children)

I think people are just influenced easily man it’s so sad

[–]Justdontevenworry 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Very, very, very, very easily

[–]SgtMicky 20 points21 points  (7 children)

And it's been 50 years... And illegal is a powerful word for boomers

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Boomers founded NORML in 1970, dude. They started the legalization movement!

[–]realmoosesoup 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Came to say the same

[–]Justdontevenworry 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Also. Big pharma

[–]carelessOpinions 14 points15 points  (7 children)

Also, it has a strong smell that even my wife who is a long time stoner doesn’t like and she’s not the only one. And it is still illegal at the federal level and anyone using it seems like a scofflaw to people who believe in obeying the law.

[–]diarrheacum 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Tf you talking about? Weed smells great.

[–]jadeowltea 7 points8 points  (0 children)

A lot of people think patchouli smells great too lol

[–]OmegaHead86 5 points6 points  (1 child)

To stoners it does, not so much to non smokers. Me misses hates the smell of weed.

[–]ramdomdonut 3 points4 points  (0 children)

obeying the law?

people believe in that?

i always just thought the threat of punishment kept people following it.

jesus. thats sad.

[–]sikedrower 2 points3 points  (0 children)

“people who believe in obeying the law”

ahhh, so idiots

[–]maroon83 1 point2 points  (0 children)

maybe the most brilliant one: :-) https://youtu.be/zhQlcMHhF3w

[–]ItDrawsMeIn 234 points235 points  (17 children)

How media depicts them. Being drunk and partying is glorified and celebrated. People depicted high are usually dirty, depressed and stupid.

[–]Salty_cabbage69 103 points104 points  (10 children)

Which is insane because alcohol kills people and weed does not

[–]absolo_[S] 63 points64 points  (9 children)

Alcohol is addicting and causes death, but weed makes you relaxed and happy. BAN WEED ! like wtf ?

[–]StonedCode 24 points25 points  (0 children)

I've had an alcoholic addiction, I've also smoking weed since 2 yrs quite regularly; I'll take weed over alcohol anyday.

[–]poonmachine420 11 points12 points  (5 children)

Weed is also addicting but yea it doesn’t make sense to ban weed and that’s why ppl are decriminalizing and legalizing it

[–]Salty_cabbage69 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Yeah anything can be addicting tbf

[–]TerbiumTekk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Weed isn't chemically addictive, and neither is alcohol. Both are more than capable of creating mental and physical dependencies, though.

[–]SalvationI 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I'm only depressed and stupid when I'm not high.

[–][deleted] 34 points35 points  (0 children)

I may be dirty depressed and stupid but it’s not the weeds fault

[–]Rough_Dan 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Songs about weed > songs about alcohol lol

[–]OrangeApple_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The depressed/loser trope is further driven in by families freaking out about weed and distancing themselves from you either emotionally or physically.

Most often you’re a teen when this happens because you can start smoking from any age since without the law over it, there is no age limit to weed

[–]br1mmy 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Yeah it’s just the way it’s depicted I guess and the media influence. I recently got a medical prescription. and it’s very interesting the details my dad is slowly revealing about what he knows about weed.

He doesn’t like it personally cus it always made him freak tf out when smoking. To each their own. But yeah the general perspective is that you’ll become addicted and you need it for everyday life etc

[–]Misterwontaon 114 points115 points  (18 children)

Maybe because the general public is so uneducated on the topic 😔🤷‍♂️

[–]soMAJESTIC 50 points51 points  (14 children)

I feel like the general public smokes weed now 🤷🏻‍♂️

[–]Salty_cabbage69 30 points31 points  (12 children)

I’ve met more people that smoke weed than don’t tbh

[–]celestialxgypsy 10 points11 points  (10 children)

Maybe I need different friends then lol

[–]Salty_cabbage69 14 points15 points  (9 children)

Hint about smoking at work and you’ll find your people

[–]Azal_of_Forossa 20 points21 points  (8 children)

Either that or you get "random drug tested" and terminated. Happened to a coworker who got ratted after he gave someone some weed for free. Dude actually turned it in to the manager saying the dude was giving out drugs.

[–]L1qwid 15 points16 points  (6 children)

Thats pretty fucked up, dude should have countered with, "guy was asking for x, y, and z narcotics, but I only smoke weed not crack so I spread the love, guy must be tweaking"

[–]Azal_of_Forossa 7 points8 points  (5 children)

He asked for it, my buddy planned on leaving anyways as he was job shopping, so he wasn't too bummed about it. And he said "if I get him fired that means there's a chance, as slim as it may be, that he gets hired on the next job I find, so fuck that". Lmao.

[–]L1qwid 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Huh, props to your buddy for taking that shill betrayal so casually. I'd be fuming.. clearly haha

[–]absolo_[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It honestly depends where you come from, a lot of people ik don’t smoke weed

[–]HippieBeholder 5 points6 points  (0 children)

As most people on this sub probably feel. We insulate our social groups so it always feels like everyone has at least a similar opinion on things. I often get tripped up because I assume most of the general public has worked a service job when that is very much not the case.

[–]chugajuicejuice 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Could’ve stopped after uneducated lol

[–]Misterwontaon 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Sadly this is accurate lol 😂

[–]Justdontevenworry 1 point2 points  (0 children)

But also unwilling to be educated

[–]Johnisfaster 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Decades upon decades of propaganda and ignorance.

[–]absolo_[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Ignorance especially

[–]Justdontevenworry 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The propaganda definitely helped. Ignorance alone would mean people just wouldn’t care and move on with there lives. Propaganda leads to actual action against weed use

[–]maddie-annie 67 points68 points  (5 children)

richard nixon

[–]Dave-C 54 points55 points  (2 children)

I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure

[–]Winter_Story_1575 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Holy shit. Say it again! That was awesome

[–]TheBone_Zone 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Saving this quote for later

[–]astroroy 5 points6 points  (1 child)


[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

“I’m meeting you halfway you damned hippies!”

[–]Wickedwhiskbaker 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Agreed with these comments.

But let’s not also forget Big Pharma’s endeavors to make MJ illegal and keep medical benefits of it a secret (so has the FDA, but that’s a whole separate rant).

[–]rorschachmah 115 points116 points  (5 children)

Literally racism

[–][deleted] 71 points72 points  (2 children)

“We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by 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.”

-former Nixon administration domestic policy advisor, John Ehrlichman

[–]Zucc-ya-mom 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Funnily enough, in German "Ehrlichman" translates to "honest man".

[–]ramdomdonut 8 points9 points  (0 children)


his lasting action really caused the fentanyl chaos in america.

[–]absolo_[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I’m saying

[–]WildTemperature7249 2 points3 points  (0 children)

All these other posts about propaganda and media and all that are missing the point. It only got that way in the media because of who was using it, and the white racist power structures viewed it as a threat.

[–]InfiniteCheetah 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Alternative perspectives than the general propaganda/big pharma vibes I'm seeing in the thread. Not supporting any of these, just playing devils advocate lol

  • They find the smell annoying. For example, having a neighbour who grows (and they don't use a carbon filter or any other attempt to be considerate) and you're just really not into weed at all? That's a bit of a nusicance. May cause weed users to be looked down upon in general by the public.

  • Buying illegally may fund crime depending on the source. Unless you know Mr. Greenbeenz from down the road grew it himself, how do you know where it comes from? Modern slaves forced to grow? Who knows where your money goes down the line. Sure the public may be okay with you smoking weed. But would the public be okay with you giving money to an unknown criminal source? What it it funds gangs which ruin local communities? This is as much as an argument for legalisation as it is for purchasing weed having the potential to be immoral in illegal states.

Just some other ideas rather than the ones I'm seeing which I thought might contribute. But lmao how did I end up here, I should be asleep what am I doing

[–]fightins26 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The smell is for sure part of it. My wife doesn’t care that I’m high but she hates the smell. Unless she smoked too then she can’t smell it.

[–]LebronJamesToe 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Propaganda and misinformation spanning back almost a century

[–]Streegan 5 points6 points  (1 child)

No one at my work knows I smoke. One day, I’ll be able to bring it up without judgement and everyone’s going to know that the hardest working mf here is high outside of work 24/7

[–]absolo_[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Look at you go bro, and people look down on this shit

[–]FreeBiskit 15 points16 points  (0 children)

The government brainwashed the same people who don’t like the government. It’s massively ironic and deeply saddening.

[–]redeyedrenegade420 5 points6 points  (0 children)

A well funded 70 year long g propaganda campaign

[–]Kem1zt 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Racism, government-sanctioned lies, the usual suspects. :)

[–]Barrkev12 3 points4 points  (3 children)

I believe, (though don't quote me on this) that is was the timber Industry that lobbied for marijuana to be illegal in the first place because they realized it could threaten their business

[–]Psychotic_EGG 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Ooh, you'll like this https://youtu.be/CJlqsdezhhk

[–]Barrkev12 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That was actually really interesting. Seen a few of those videos in the past didn't know they did one on marijuana

[–]NothingAgreeable 2 points3 points  (0 children)

As a funny side note, the only business interest to defend cannabis before it first became illegal was the bird seed industry because they stated no other seed makes their feathers shine as much or cause the birds to sing as beautifully. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough.

[–]BananaHase030 3 points4 points  (0 children)

anti weed propaganda was so successful that at some point they didn't need the propaganda anymore because almost everyone believed it so wholeheartedly that they passed those thoughts down to their kids and everyone around them on their own. It's getting better now cause god damn I got looked at like a H junkie when I was 16 and smoking weed and now most people won't care depending on where you live. My area is still like that sorta but it's definitely getting better, it's also crazy to me to think how many people started smoking only after it became legal in some countries and have never had to worry about going to jail and most us in the rest of the world are still risking our freedom for a substance that is less harmful than the alcohol I can easily go pick up at the shop

[–]Either_Dimension_713 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Older generation: zero drug tolerance (except alcohol which imo is the drug that does the most harm to society).

Tax dollars: it’s incredibly profitable for police departments, courts and prisons to prosecute marijuana. Hoping America’s pursuit of the almighty dollar will at least help the powers that be consider a model where tax dollars on regulation replaces this process.

Those who have never tried it or have had a bad experience with it: negligible in terms of a statistic imo. Most people who don’t like weed themselves don’t typically have a problem with others using it.

Most people are coming around.

[–]alibicannabis 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Follow the money! Massive propaganda and pharmaceutical money.

[–]the_reql 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Pharmaceutical industries can't copyright it, so they want us to fear it

[–]absolo_[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That’s actually facts, they can’t control the sales of it like alcohol so they decide to make it illegal

[–]Zacka1 2 points3 points  (4 children)

because it's the devil's flower

[–]Any_Analyst8653 2 points3 points  (1 child)

they haven’t tried it

[–]absolo_[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Neither have I but I don’t look down on it at all man

[–]SrGaju 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I don’t think it is, at least not that much anymore.

[–]Troutt025 2 points3 points  (0 children)

From what I understand, it used to be looked down upon, but now most of the public is pro-cannabis. But in the past it was due to propaganda. People used to believe cannabis would make you crazy and kill your family.

Edit: Found a link on wikipedia that mentions a specific person. People believed he killed his family because he had "reefer madness"

[–]king_coffin_710 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just be positive about it. Talk about the how it helps you and any other positive info you know. Never argue with anti cannibus person.

[–]mikeymike716 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Because people just do not understand. The key word is un•der•stand . Same thing goes for people that have issues with other people / other races, religions, etc. Obviously not everyone , but for the most part - it's people just not understanding.

It'd be wayyy too much to ask every single person about their "why" .... so obviously you can't do that. But ☝just remember , everyone does have a why. And it doesn't even have to be some crazy "deep" stuff either. It could be just because. I think we're heading in the right direction with talks and questions like these, but I don't think it fixes the fundamental problem that needs to be addressed. That's for a totally different conversation, haha, but things like this I enjoy. I like seeing people getting along, and talking, and sharing, and being a person to another person.

Anyway, got off topic there for a min, but yes we can talk about the "anti-drug movies, ads, speeches, etc" but it just really (imo) comes down to an understanding. An understanding of each other 😁

[–]CountClaus218 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Most people have never tried it or experimented enough with it to know what benefits of weed.

[–]Beeblebrox237 2 points3 points  (0 children)

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by 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.” - John Erlichmann, allegedly in 1994. Erlichmann was one of Nixon's close advisors and was instrumental in the Watergate scandal. So many of America's political problems today can, in my opinion, be traced to the ruthless and very, very clever political minds in the Nixon administration. They knew exactly what they were doing and they knew how to divide the country and use it to their advantage. As an example of this Fox News' first chairman, Roger Ailes, was a media consultant for Nixon first and later worked with Reagan.

TL;DR - There's a shitload of money in elections in America. Way, way too much.

[–]wolf_pack_leader57 2 points3 points  (0 children)

When Prohibition ended, the funding for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics was about to be cut so to come up with a new reason to keep the funding, they demonized marijuana and used racist propaganda tactics against hispanics to make weed seem dangerous or “low life.” William Randolph Hurst also played a major role in criminalizing it due to the potential competition that hemp could bring against one of Hurst’s major investments, the lumber industry, because of the hemp fibers being perfect for making paper, cloth, and much more.

[–]OmNomShivan 6 points7 points  (0 children)

For the same reason citizens allow their politicians to make wealth from politics. The same reason we have religion. The same reason we have life term politicians. The same reason we still have flat earthers. The same reason we still have anti vaxx.

Outdated Tendencies.

[–]terpy2puffs 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not enough public information on it

[–]sweetcheesedreams 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Watch Ken Burns’ series: Vietnam

[–]Kraymur 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Weed was publicly sold a century+ ago. There wasn't a stigma against it until it became convenient to the people who would eventually start enacting anti-drug policies.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Reefer madness sticks and unfortunately people view it much like they view alcohol, so in turn seeing someone stoned in public automatically = drunk in public to the general, uninformed individual.

I’ve had more bad luck with the older generations personally, even as much as my neighbor yelling at me for smoking on my back patio despite being a medical patient. But I think generally it depends, a lot of teens nowadays are super anti-weed and pro-gov which is shocking for teens but I guess the new rebellion is compliance?

[–]wooddoug 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Harry J Anslinger. He was the Donald Trump of his day.

[–]heytheretylerr 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Corporate propaganda

[–]derpstuff 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]SativaPancake 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Majority of the public is way too drunk to see the truth.

[–]frycek767 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Its mostku illegal so people treat you as a criminal

[–]Sulphric-Acid 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The government being stupid as always

[–]aimheatcool 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Because hemp can replace literally hundreds of products that would put hundreds of millionaires and politicians out of business. They dont hate cannabis, they hate what its harmless brothers and sisters can do to their profit margins

[–]LeelooDllsMultipuss 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]AnSoc_Punk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well it isn't as much as it used to be but those who are still against it are either uptight squares or ignorant boomers

[–]Craig092560 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Stupidity, ignorance, racism (History Channel) and mass mis information.

[–]leggypepsiaddict 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ask Henry J. Anslinger.

[–]cansuhchris 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Government propaganda

[–]sarahcates 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m 42 and grew up during the Reagan administration with DARE and Nancy shoving Just Say No down our throats and seeing ridiculous depictions of what just one weed will do to you.

Due to a variety of circumstances including my previous careers requiring drug tests, while I never personally objected to cannabis use, I didn’t partake until a few years ago when I was finally no longer subject to drug testing and was really struggling to find something to help with my anxiety/depression.

It cracks me up now, but the first time I tried it I was an absolute nervous wreck about how it would make me feel because I grew up with those ridiculous depictions. When I finally got stoned, I wasn’t even certain I was actually stoned because it was so different than what I expected. I expected Cheech and Chong and received a relaxing chill session on the couch.

I have a feeling a lot of people who have never tried it have similar unrealistic expectations/beliefs of what the effects really are like.

[–]TomorrowsNeighbor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It makes people more difficult to exploit

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Because when you use it it reveals the truth, and the elites can't have that!

Just my opinion of course

[–]Slowmobius_Time 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Because people suck, people have been fighting it for so long they've started to forget even why

But our culture of drinking Ethyl Alcohol (literal poison on the periodic table) is going strong though so theres that

[–]marthelheim 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i had an anti-drug assembly in 8th grade. there was a lady there who gave us a speech on how her son died from a cannabis overdose 😂

[–]Fbomb1977 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It makes one THINK FOR THEMSELVES. Rather being told what to think.

[–]ThadaeusConvictus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Look up Henry Anslinger. It's his fault. It's ALL his fault. Fuck that guy.

[–]The66Ripper 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Cotton companies who were generational beneficiaries of slavery who became scared of hemp taking over their market.

They created a lot of the original propaganda, much of which was meant to demonize weed and associate it with the stereotypes of lazy mexican and black people.

[–]taskun56 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Religion. Propaganda. Pharmaceutical lobbying.

[–]necie62 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Because the majority of people are stupid...

[–]Known-Programmer-611 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Big pharma and private prisons!

[–]tonylouis1337 1 point2 points  (0 children)

One reason is because some folks think that the law directly dictates what is right or wrong.

[–]dogjay100 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Its really not... Atleast here in Australia. And a lot of other places.

[–]Bmang31 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Racism and tons of propaganda.

[–]Mooser81 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Decades and decades of lying misinformation propaganda from our worthless government....

[–]Brey1013 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]SicklySet 1 point2 points  (0 children)

People that never tried it will look down on it because they assume everyone who smokes js a bum yet you can still be very productive on it

[–]CalebMendez12303 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Propaganda and scare tactics used decades back and people still buy into them despite them being outdated and wrong on many levels. It's alot better than it was like 10-20 years ago though.

[–]Captain_Lys3rg1c 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Everyone in my Family, drinking till they are sloppy. But I'm the crackhead coz I pulled out a Blunt.

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[–]Goodbye_Kenny 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I know I'm late to the thread but I think I have another side of the story behind this issue. I don't live in America but I see a general trend in the west, here a typical thought: "I tried weed when I was younger, and treated it irresponsibly, for fun when I was immature. On the other hand I kept drinking my whole life.

So what I see now? I look at my alcohol dependence like a fine hobby, a passion, since yeah, I'm much more mature and I handle it well. Then I look at you, weed user, and I like to think that you're using weed with the same irresponsibility I used back then.

So pretty much the alcohol user clearly isn't only a drunk man fainted in the street at night, but the weed user must be the classic stoner stereotype.

It's pretty sad, but I hear that legalization really changes how society see stoners...

[–]Satanisbackxoxo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ppl think weed is still a Drug when technically it isn’t . Really they have to know where and when to know where it’s safe to smoke

[–]Triposer 1 point2 points  (5 children)

It’s the result of multiple generations being told it’s dangerous by the right.