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Just Say Yes To Watching The Far Out History Of America’s War On Drugs

Just Say Yes To Watching The Far Out History Of America’s War On Drugs

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?AL