During the very decade in which Anslinger’s ideas found their tightest grip on culture, in which cannabis had become as much socially taboo as it was illegal, the seeds were already planted these ideas to suffer a mass rejection amongst a new generation.
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As discussed in part one, while Americans used cannabis medicinally, purely medical use wasn’t really on Americas radar in the 19th century. Recreational cannabis, however, was used in much of the rest of the world – including Mexico. Mexican immigrants in this period introduced recreational cannabis to an American culture, which by its own account at least, knew nothing about using cannabis this way.