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Reefer Madness: Government Efforts to Criminalize Marijuana

Historical Controversies Podcast

Tags Big GovernmentU.S. History

04/25/2019Chris Calton

This episode features a talk Chris Calton gave to Auburn’s Young Americans for Liberty on April 20, as part of the Reclamation of Liberties event.

In the talk, Chris offers an overview of the history of the governmental efforts to stigmatize marijuana in order to justify criminalization and draconian enforcement policies. He traces the changing narrative and strategies for propaganda to illustrate the evolution of propaganda over time, providing insight into how the government and media work together to shape public perception. 

You can find the other two talks, given by Dr. Mark Thornton and Tho Bishop here.

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Chris Calton

Chris Calton is the Research Fellow in Housing and Homelessness at the Independent Institute. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Florida. He is a former Mises Institute Research Fellow and host of the Historical Controversies podcast.