Why the 1970s Effort to Decriminalize Marijuana Failed

Observers in the galleries of a legislative hearing about a marijuana bill in May 1973 (Denver Post via Getty Images) Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-1970s-effort-decriminalize-marijuana-failed-180972038/#qkVgRIBDU3XaD25d.99 Give the gift of Smithsonian magazine for only $12! http://bit.ly/1cGUiGv Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter

A blatant rush to profit today, similar to the paraphernalia market of the 1970s, could overturn the progress made by countless legalization activists over the past 20 years. Unless the market chooses to self-regulate, another graduate student might be at the Library of Congress in 40 years, wondering at how quickly and easily America’s brief experiment with legalization was overturned.

This article originally appeared on the American Historical Association’s newsmagazine Perspectives.

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