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Harry J. Anslinger

Director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics

1930 - 1967


General References to Anslinger

The History of the Marijuana Laws in the United States by Charles Whitebread - A Speech to the California Judges Association 1995 annual conference An excellent, and funny history of how we got our current drug laws.

The Forbidden Fruit and the Tree of Knowledge: An Inquiry into the Legal History of American Marijuana Prohibition by Professor Richard J. Bonnie & Professor Charles H. Whitebread, II -- The first major study ever done of the legal history of the marihuana laws.

The History of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 by David F. Musto, MD

From the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, 1972

From The Marihuana Tax Act Page

Correspondence about the legal status of hemp 1930 - 1938

Hemp Around Their Necks -- Chapter 3 of Harry Anslinger's 1961 book "The Murderers". - Among other things he tells how the La Guardia Committee Report gave children a signal to light up as many reefers as they want.