Marijuana Tax Act Of 1937 Analysis

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The first federally passed law on marijuana was the, Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. This made it illegal to possess any amount of marijuana without a special stamp from the treasury department. The passing of this law was created from the widespread panic that was created from Anslingers propaganda. The funny thing about this tax act, was one could obtain marijuana legally if they had a stamp from the treasury department, however, what the treasury department did not tell everyone was that they would not give out any stamps after it was passed. This was signed into law by President Roosevelt. New York mayor, Fiorello H. La Guardia, did not believe that marijuana was as dangerous as Anslinger was making it out to be. He felt that the people overall
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