Drug Policy Alliance founder, Ethan Nadlemann, is known as "The driving force for the legalization of marijuana in America," according to Rolling Stone
. So there is little surprise when the 57 year-old sat down with Big Think
, to argue the government's criminalization of certain drugs in America.
Nadlemann paints a detailed and factual picture of the nation's volatile history with the use drugs and alcohol, and an eye-opening reason for the United States' stance on the issue. Racism.
"You know, some people sort of inherently assume well this must be because there was a thoughtful consideration of the relative risks of drugs..." Nadlemann says, "...So if you ask how and why this distinction got made, what you realize when you look at the history is it has almost nothing to do with the relative risks of these drugs and almost everything to do with who used and who was perceived to use these drugs."
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