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Ancient Hindu text having documented ritual use of cannabis during religious ceremony as it was one of the five sacred plants of India with the ability to attain delight and lose fear ( Abel, 1980) . From 1930s to mid 1960s, cannabis was characterized as “killer weed” as it was believed to cause violent and aggression, as it came along with Mexican laborer immigrants. The violence theme on the matter immerged in popular media article alienate the lower-class laborer with the new word for the drug “marihuana” and a whole story of the horrid intoxicant. In order to successfully induce the propaganda on cannabis, Government bodies ignored medical studies, specifically information that demonstrated the harms were not as negative as were told (Himmelstein, 1983) . Further more, there was no identifiable social group either was there a concerned public showing interest in the matter, this made it utterly smooth for the government to shape the image of the drug with minimal effort along with the success of their propaganda, up until the 1960s. The image of cannabis
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shifted into a Drop-out Drug image along with the shift in the social locus of use as the number of users increased and middle class youth was involved, suddenly the drug was an important subject among important social groups with education and a voice. With this emerged a counterculture with marihuana as a symbol of rebellion against the dominant society as well as a complete opposite beliefs on the effects of marihuana. Dr. Lewis describes his experience with cannabis as ‘safe from depression, free of the nausea of shame’p49 while the acceptable effect is passivity and un-motivated as it was seen as failure or escaping from reality.
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