Bill Bennett’s Marijuana Gateway Theory (And Harry Anslinger’s) | Forbes

By JACOB SULLUM | February 10, 2015

LEFT: Harry Anslinger (Image: California NORML) RIGHT: William J. Bennett (Image: Heritage Foundation)

By the 1950s, Federal Bureau of Narcotics Commissioner Harry Anslinger had backed away from his claim that marijuana turns people into murderers. Instead he began arguing that it turns them into heroin addicts. “Over 50 percent of those young addicts started on marijuana smoking,” Anslinger told a congressional committee in 1951. “They started there and graduated to heroin; they took the needle when the thrill of marijuana was gone.”

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