The headline may have seemed a bit ominous.
“A Far more Potent Marijuana Is Stirring Fresh Debates.” Undoubtedly, the story didn’t disappoint: “Most marijuana now getting sold all through the United States is 3 to 10 instances extra potent than the marijuana that was sold two years ago,” the New York Times wrote.
It was 1978, Jimmy Carter was president, and weed legalization, at least for a moment, seemed doable.
By 1995, politics and culture had changed radically, and the war on drugs was inescapable. That year, Bill Clinton’s drug czar Lee Brown was producing a similar—but even extra explosive—claim. “Marijuana is 40 instances extra potent today… than 10, 15, 20 years ago.”
The following year, current Democratic presidential candidate and pot legalization foe Joe Biden argued that comparing 1990s weed to that from the 60s was like “comparing buckshot in a shotgun shell to a laser-guided missile.” By 2002, a new drug czar, John Walters, was warning, “It is not your father’s marijuana,” and claiming a 30-fold current enhance in weed strength. [Read more at Vice]