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    THEY WERE MORE CONCERNED WITH SMOKING MARIJUANA THAN THEY WERE WITH LYNCHING NEGROES


    Marijuana has been illegal for 81 years. An antilynching law has been in effect for only two days. 81 years, two days, what's wrong with that picture?


    It was not until 2018 that the Senate would pass (unanimously) anti-lynching legislation, the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act. On February 26, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, a revised version of the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, by a vote of 410-4.


    On August 2, 1937 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, the first federal marijuana law, which prohibited the substance beginning in October of that year (yes, that’s how they spelled marijuana back then).