Marijuana Study 1944 release

New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia released a Marijuana study in 1944 that infuriated Harry Anslinger. Anslinger, appointed as the first Commissioner of the Treasury Department's Federal Bureau of Narcotics, led the fight against Marijuana for 32 years. The Laguardia Commission, prepared by the New York Academy of Medicine, was to study the effect marijuana had on the City of New York in the early 1940's. The most interesting findings are still being argued today by multiple organizations and medical research companies.The following are the findings of The Laguardia Commission. Pay close attention to numbers 7, 9, and 10: 1 Marijuana is used extensively in the Borough of Manhattan but the problem is not as acute as it is reported to be in other sections of the United States. 2 The introduction of marijuana into this area is recent as compared to other localities. 3 The cost of marijuana is low and therefore within the purchasing power of most persons. 4 The distribution and use of marijuana is centered in Harlem. 5 The majority of marijuana smokers are Blacks and Latin-Americans. 6 The consensus among marijuana smokers is that the use of the drug creates a definite feeling of adequacy. 7 The practice of smoking marijuana does not lead to addiction in the medical sense of the word. 8 The sale and distribution of marijuana is not under the control of any single organized group. 9 The use of marijuana does not lead to morphine or heroin or cocaine addiction and no effort is made to create a market for these narcotics by stimulating the practice of marijuana smoking. 10 Marijuana is not the determining factor in the commission of major crimes. 11 Marijuana smoking is not widespread among school children. 12 Juvenile delinquency is not associated with the practice of smoking marijuana. 13 The publicity concerning the catastrophic effects of marijuana smoking in New York City is unfounded And people think he is remembered for bringing New York out of the Great Depression

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