Listen, Drew Carey all you adults always tell us
the same thing– Weed's gonna kill us,
it's a gateway drug. Lying isn't funny. Oh, no, for most people,
weed is essentially harmless. Whoa-kay,
no way, Jose. Look, I know this stuff is a little
overboard, but… you can't tell kids
weed isn't bad! Of course I can.
It's true. And we've known it
for decades. Counting deaths from
the substance alone, alcohol kills
88,000 people a year. Tobacco kills 480,000. And marijuana kills
absolutely no one. (buzzer) Uh, according to curriculum, marijuana can get you hooked
on harder substances. It's a gateway drug. Yeah, educators have been
saying that for years, but it's not true. Most people
who try marijuana don't even continue
smoking marijuana. This dude knows
what's up. Now, that doesn't mean
that it's perfectly safe. Dude, I thought
you were cool. Oh, I wish!
If you're under 25, smoking weed can lead
to memory problems and poor
cognitive functioning. But if you're an adult, and your brain
has finished developing, it's really your choice. Adam, wrong way.
Also, not in a school. Sorry, I usually
only smoke at parties, and I'm rarely
invited to them. Yeah, wonder why. The truth is,
if you know the risks and you use it in moderation,
weed is no big deal. And, in fact, humans have been
using it for millennia. Humans started growing cannabis
as a crop over 8,000 years ago. This crop will feed our family
for a year, and this crop
will make movies way funnier. (Adam)
In 440 BCE,
Herodotus wrote about the ancient tradition
of cannabis steam baths. Fellow citizens,
as a wise man once told me, VapeLife!
(laughing) And in America,
for many years marijuana was available in over-the-counter
medications. Step right up and try Professor Horkorium's
Rejuvenating Tincture! Now with the Arab hashish. For most
of America's history, weed was legal.
No one cared about it. All right,
so what changed? I mean, there must be
some reason we banned it. Oh, there is.
And it's real weird. Enter Harry Anslinger,
commissioner of the Federal Bureau
of Narcotics and a staunch
prohibitionist. Our funding has been cut!
They'll shut me down if I don't find
a new chemical to demonize. Let's see, what are people
scared of for no good reason? A-ha!
Mexicans! And Mexicans
smoke marijuana! That's it!
Hey, racist mob… (all)
Hmm? Marijuana makes Mexicans
thirst for white blood. Spread the word! (mob shouting) Anslinger used
that racism to fuel a propaganda campaign
against the drug, testifying before
Congress… Marijuana is
an addictive drug which produces
in its users insanity, criminality,
and death! (Adam)
Soon, the "Marijuana
causes violence" meme was everywhere, from
newspapers to movies… Just a young boy.
Under the influence of the drug, he killed his entire family
with an axe. …to subtle
political cartoons. (man)
Nazi propaganda. What does that
even mean? Why would he just say
the words, "Nazi propaganda"? Honestly, no idea.
But, it worked. In 1937, Congress
banned marijuana and later,
with Anslinger's help, they passed
the first mandatory minimum
sentencing laws which made it so that
your first time getting caught
with this could put you away
from two to ten years. Mm, thank you,
that's what I thought. (Adam)
And the true irony is, the government knew
Anslinger's claims were false. Scientists proved marijuana
wasn't connected to violence or insanity in the '40s. And in 1973,
a bipartisan commission recommended Nixon
decriminalize it. But, Nixon being
Nixon… Mr. President,
literally everyone agrees, marijuana is safe. Out! Get out!
I have zero chill! The war on drugs
begins now! I don't understand.
If he knew it was safe, why would he be so tough
on it? Well,
why don't you ask Nixon's aide,
John Ehrlichman. He said, in 1994… We knew we couldn't
make it illegal to be either
against the war or black, but by getting the public
to associate the hippies with marijuana
and blacks with heroin… Did we know we were lying
about the drugs? That's a real quote?
Yeah. That's a real quote. Nixon started
the war on drugs to bully his political
enemies and minorities. His own aide
admitted it. I can't believe I've been
teaching this to children. At least
it's better now, right? You wish. Despite laws being
loosened in a few states, mandatory minimums
are still in effect all across the country,
and marijuana still accounts for nearly half
of all drug arrests. And, despite the fact
that white and black people smoke at basically
the same rate, black people
are four times as likely to be arrested
for marijuana. Look, we know for a fact
that weed isn't dangerous, but we're still following
racist old laws and throwing countless
people of color in prison for no reason. (car approaching,
distant music) (tires screeching) Listen up! Everything this barf-boy
told you is wrong and will kill you! Well, we actually
have fact checkers, but– Shut it, barf-boy!
Before you barf everywhere. Drugs aren't cool.
D.A.R.E. says so. Oh, the D.A.R.E.
program! That was
a massive failure that may have actually
increased drug use. (taser clicking) Ooh! (Adam coughing) I told you he was a barf boy.