John Ehrlichman, a Nixon White House advisor on domestic policy, was quoted in a 2016 magazine article about Nixon’s creation of the Controlled Substance Act in 1970.
According to the quote, Nixon placed cannabis in Schedule 1 for political reasons. “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.”
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