America’s drug policy has been through a real trip, starting as early as the 20th century, and it’s still being reformed today. Following a presidential declaration of war in 1971, government-funded programs sought to purge the country of its drug use. Celebrities ranging from Rachel Leigh Cook to Pee-wee Herman have voiced their opposition to drug use, and private organizations released graphic PSAs–most memorably involving a frying egg–to steer people away from drugs.
The youth of the nation fought back with a counterculture that gets baked into the country’s DNA. States warm up to cannabis by 2000, but the sticky question remains: Can the war on drugs be won, or will it simply end?