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When testifying before the US Senate Anslinger was asked, "Is it or is it not a fact that the marihuana user has been responsible for many of our most sadistic, terrible crimes in this nation, such as sex slayings, sadistic slayings, and matters of that kind?" Anslinger answered, "There have been instances of that, Senator. We have had some rather tragic occurrences by users of marihuana. It does not follow that all crime can be traced to marihuana. There have been many brutal crimes traced to marihuana, but I would not say that it is a controlling factor in the commission of crimes." (20 ).

When Anslinger went to the Whitehouse to see the FDR he was told "let me give you a piece of advice. Don't you ever send any pardon cases over here, approved, for dope peddlers. If there is one crime in the world that makes Franklin see red it is dope peddling. He has some sympathy for a man who becomes an addict and peddles in order to get it for himself, but for those slimy characters who peddle it and make addicts of other people in order to sell the stuff he has no sympathy in the world, hates them with deadly hate."(21 ).

Writer Earle Rowell wrote marijuana is "The Liar," which superimposes a "devilish form" on the user's character. The user could not tell the difference between good or bad, so the user go long with anything, he said "No totalitarian state can as completely convince its citizens of the truth of a lie as Marijuana can its serfs."(22).

Dr William C Woodward, long time legislative counsel for the American Medical Association was asked (during the 1937 tax act hearings) "Don't you think legislation is necessary?" He replied "No I do not...it is not a medical addiction that is involved."(23).

The Virginia Law Reviews study of the 1937 hearings on the Marihuana Tax Act said they were a "near comic example of dereliction of legislative responsibility" and "a case study in legislative carelessness."(24 ).

There was dissention against these polices. One dissenter was Prof Alfred Lindesmith. Lindesmith An Indiana University sociology professor who received his PhD University of Chicago in 1937 favored Treatment over incarceration(25 ).


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