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Konichiwa, pardner. I am the Wild West Samurai.
Before I start this review, my captor has some questions for me. So, just give me a moment.
Yes, marijuana? What of it?
Yes, Einstein. It comes from the ground.
Anyway, what was your question?
Wait, what? Marijuana isn’t dangerous…
… Might dull a few brain cells, but hardly dangerous.
The War on Drugs is why. Basically, marijuana had already been illegal in America since the 1930s as a result of anti-Mexican sentiment. White American workers hated competing with Mexicans for jobs, so the Federal Bureau of Narcotics started a propaganda campaign exploiting white workers’ fears of Mexicans, associating marijuana with Mexicans, and getting the drug banned as a result. In the 1970s, President Richard Nixon started a “War on Drugs” by the government to allegedly save America from an epidemic of addicts and crime. In 1994, Nixon’s aide revealed the real reason behind the War on Drugs: “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. […] 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, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
It’s funny you should ask me about marijuana, though. The movie I was going to review coincidentally has a lot to do with the subject.
Oh, just a mid-’90s cult classic I’ve never seen called Friday.
My balls are in a precarious enough situation without your guys’ help, spank you very much. Yes, I know this is a popular movie. I’m on social media. I’ve seen all the goddamn memes. “Daaaaaamn!” “Bye, Felicia.” “You got knocked the fuck out!” Those memes are like the Hotel California. You can’t fucking escape them.
So, is the movie’s reputation warranted?