|Craig LaRotonda/Denver Westword|
Breathes' absorbing six-page essay gives the background on the cannabis plant and the rich culture surrounding it, and what led us up to this historic point, with legalization measures being voted on Tuesday in Colorado, Washington and Oregon.
Did you know that Colorado passed a law against pot in 1929 -- eight years before marijuana was outlawed coast to coast? Minorities, unfortunately, were clearly the focus of that measure; a Denver chaplain told the Rocky Mountain News that the new law against cannabis was "necessary" to control the growing Mexican population.
To learn much more about the sad, racist origins of cannabis prohibition and the happy fact that we're about to end it, read the entire article: