Confirmed Anslinger Quotes

Acting as the first Commissioner of the federal Narcotics Bureau, officially created on June 1st 1930, Harry Jacob Anslinger is responsible, above all others, for outlawing marijuana in both America and around the world. Anslinger used his position of power to conduct his reign of terror from September 23rd 1930, until July 5th 1962, when he was forced into retirement during John F. Kennedy’s brief stay in the White House.

Quotes attributed to Harry J. Anslinger are very numerous in drug literature, but few authors provide a complete and traceable primary reference as proof. Attention authors, If you can not provide a good reference, than its not a quote! Therefore, I am providing a few confirmed quotes attributed to Anslinger on this web page. However, the most racist quotes are still being sought at: Harry J. Anslinger Quotes/Quotations Search.

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“I am surprised to learn that certain police officers have been inclined to minimize the effects of the use of marihuana.  These officers should review some of the cases that are reported to the Bureau. They would, I am sure, be convinced that the drug is adhering to its old world traditions of murder, assault, rape, physical demoralization and mental breakdown. A study of the effects of marihuana shows clearly that itisadangerous drug, and Bureau records prove that its use is associated with insanity and crime. Therefore, from the standpoint of police work, it is a more dangerous drug than heroin or cocaine.”(Harry Anslinger quotes, from the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, February 1938, published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice, quote p. 6.)

Quoting first half of  the article:  “Marihuana is “a more dangerous drug than heroin or cocaine.” Authority for this statement is United States Commissioner of Narcotics H. J. Anslinger. Mr Anslinger’s statement was made as part of a report on narcotics appearing in the bulletin of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “I am surprised to learn that certain police officers have been inclined to minimize the effects of the use of marihuana,”.Science Service quotes Mr. Anslinger. “These officers should review some of the cases that are reported to the Bureau. They would, I am sure, be convinced that the drug is adhering to its Old World traditions of murder, assault, rape, physical demoralization, and mental breakdown. A study of the effects of marihuana  shows clearly that it is a dangerous drug, and Bureau records prove that its use is associated with insanity and crime.” (Harry Anslinger quotes, Marijuana More Dangerous Than Heroin or Cocaine, from Scientific American, May 1938, p. 293. Article makes reference to the source when it declares the “statement was made as part of a report on narcotics appearing in the bulletin of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” ? See FBI Bulletin above for original Anslinger quote.)

“Narcotic effects are good or bad. Marihuana effects run in one direction only, and that is bad. Marihuana weakens the will.” (Harry Anslinger quotes, from the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, February 1938, published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice, quote p. 7.)

“Opium has all of the good of Dr. Jekyll and all the evil of Mr. Hyde. This drug [marijuana]  is entirely the monster Hyde, the harmful effect of which cannot be measured.” (Harry Anslinger quote, 1937 Marihuana Tax Act Hearing, April 27th through May 4 1937, quote p. 19)

“You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother. “I think this might be the origin of the quote: “I believe in some cases one cigarette might develop a homicidal mania, probably to kill his brother. … Probably some people could smoke five before it would take effect, but all the experts agree that the continued use leads to insanity.” (Harry Anslinger quote, 1937 Marihuana Tax Act Hearing, July 12, 1937, quote p. 14.)

Marijuana is “…as dangerous as a coiled rattlesnake.” (Harry Anslinger quote, Marijuana Assassin Of Youth, from The American Issue, July 1937, pp. 18, 19, 150-152, quote  p. 18).

“How many murders, suicides, robberies, criminal assaults, holdups, burglaries, and deeds of maniacal insanity it causes each year, especially among the young, can be only conjectured. …No one knows, when he places a marijuana cigarette to his lips, whether he will become a philosopher, a joyous reveler in a musical heaven, a mad insensate, a calm philosopher, or a murderer.” (Harry Anslinger quote, Marijuana  Assassin of Youth, from The American Issue, July 1937, pp. 18, 19, 150-152, quote  p. 18.)

“If the hideous monster Frankenstein came face to face with the monster marihuana, he would drop dead of fright.” (Harry Anslinger quote, Crusade Against Marihuana, from the Washington Herald, April 12, 1937, p. 6. Quote from speech to the Women’s National Exposition of Arts and Industries in New York City).
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