Archives from 1970s show Big Tobacco had high hopes for cannabis
Philip Morris considered entering the legal marijuana trade and was even promised ‘good quality’ cannabis by the Justice Department’s drug sciences chief
Big Tobacco firms were making plans to enter the legal marijuana trade in the early 1970s, even as US President Richard Nixon launched the so-called “War on Drugs”, according to documents from the era unearthed this week.
Though the Nixon administration was anti-drugs, there was popular support for marijuana legalisation in the US at the time, much like today, and tobacco firms sensed both a threat and an opportunity.
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