An excerpt from Nixon and the Generation Gap
Family members of Ehrlichman, who died in 1999, are contesting the story.
Whether the motivation was the "damned hippies" "lawless blacks" or some other bigotry, the timeline of events is not disputed. Even though the health advisers unanimously stated that marijuana is not at all worthy of the Class One restrictions, politicians left it there because it was a convenient way to initiate police powers against suspected malcontents.
Here's more from DrugPolicy.org
The older generation drank beer and other 'spirits'. The younger generation had a markedly different culture with different habits. Criminalizing those younger habits became a justifiable & vicarious way to "Get them brats to cut their hair, shave their beards, and wear proper clothing!" It was the pot calling the kettle "irresponsible". It was ignorant and ultimately harmful. It was costly to our whole society. Yet anyone who questioned the wisdom was called "Soft on Crime!"
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