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Marshall D. Culpepper

It all began in 1937 when the Marijuana Tax Act, disguised as a revenue bill, was passed and an entire plant species was banned by means of regulation enforcement. This was just four years after the 21st amendment repealed the Volstead Act, which should have ended the government’s constitutional authority for prohibition. The American Public had enough of the failed prohibition of alcohol, which began in 1919, and gave rise to some of the most violent and notorious criminal organizations of all time. One thing was clear, government bans on anything would enable opportunistic criminals and never prevented anything.  
Fast forward to 1961. The Single Convention Treaty on Narcotic Drugs was adopted by the United Nations, allowing for stepped up enforcement of drug regulations. This was all happening at the same time the C.I.A. went into Vietnam. Heroin started being imported to the…

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