Harry Anslinger becomes first head of Federal Bureau of Narcotics

Harry Anslinger becomes first head of Federal Bureau of Narcotics

An independent unit in the Treasury Department, the bureau’s primary concern was violation of the Harrison Act. When¬†Anslinger took command of the Bureau of Narcotics, he inherited a philosophy of law enforcement regarding narcotics that he could willingly endorse”strong laws, good enforcement , [and] stiff sentences”.¬†Anslinger has been accused of single-handedly manufacturing the marihuana problem in the United States.

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