I do have a quick lil' something though. I had a good conversation with a coworker today about marijuana prohibition. Being an older guy, he schooled me to a lot of history I didn't know about. Most interesting was the 1972 National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse. It's a long story, so I'll just give the cliffnotes and links to the documents. You can take it as far as you wanna go.
So, once upon a time in 1972, President Richard Nixon ordered an intensive study of marijuana; weed had been criminalized since the 30s. The commission, which included the governor of Pennsylvania, returned to Nixon its findings entitled "Marijuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding". Nixon
Nixon: What do you mean weed isn't dangerous?
Commission: People that get high might be lethargic, passive, and hungry. That's about as bad as it gets. Civilization's fate doesn't hinge on this being illegal.
Nixon: "You see, homosexuality, dope, immorality in general. These are the enemies of strong societies. That's why the Communists and the left-wingers are pushing the stuff, they're trying to destroy us."
Commission: The Romans were pretty gay. And drunk. They seemed to do well at the whole ruling the world thing. There really isn't anything wrong with legalizing it, Mr. President.
Nixon: "That's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob, what is the matter with them?"
Commission: *Gets up, leaves Oval Office, and moves to Canada.*
This would be funnier if it weren't true. And if Nixon's ignoring of evidence provided by an elite group of scientists and sociologists he himself chose didn't serve as the basis for our modern drug enforcement policies. And if over 15 million people in the U.S. hadn't been incarcerated in the decades that followed for possessing or selling a plant that has never killed a human being.