Miriam Boeri

Re-Criminalizing Cannabis Is Worse Than 1930s-Style Reefer Madness

 Editor's Note: This article has been updated to clarify that ‘Reefer Madness’ is a film, not a documentary.

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Why Politicians Keep Calling Marijuana A Gateway Drug

With states legalizing marijuana by popular vote, some politicians, including Boston mayor Marty Walsh and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, are still calling marijuana a gateway drug.

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Can Medical Marijuana Curb Heroin Addiction?

In the 1930s, Harry J. Anslinger, the first head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, embarked on a fierce anti-marijuana campaign. Highlighted by the 1936 anti-marijuana film Reefer Madness – where marijuana is depicted as a dangerous narcotic that makes good kids become sex-crazed killers – his propaganda efforts also maliciously linked marijuana use to African Americans and ethnic minorities.

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The Surprising Rise of Methamphetamine Use Among Suburban Women

The following is an excerpt from Women on Ice: Methamphetamine Use among Suburban Women by Miriam Boeri (Rutgers University Press, 2013).

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