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Current Attorney General (and despicable liar) Jeff Sessions has made it clear that he would like to revive the Reagan-era “War on Drugs.” But this time around, liberals are fighting back. Hard.

To give you some background history, the “war on drugs” was unofficially started in the U.S. back in the 1800s (the most recent episode of the podcast Reveal with Al Letson gives an excellent history of this), but the modern-day war was declared by Nixon in 1971 when he announced, “America’s public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse.”

The cause was later taken up by Reagan and has since been used by Republicans everywhere to lock up minorities for small-time drug offenses. As DrugPolicy.com reports, 31% of drug-related arrests are of Black Americans, despite the fact that they only make up 13% of the population and that Black and White Americans use drugs at approximately the same rate.

We’re not going to beat around the bush here — the War on Drugs was a massive failure that cost the U.S. millions of dollars and did not end drug abuse.

In honor of Sessions’ latest comments on his passion for the War on Drugs, and in honor of 4/20, Rachel Leigh Cook and Green Point Creative teamed up to recreate her classic “This is Your Brain on Drugs” ad from 20 years ago. Only this time, she’s dropping some major truth bombs, and it’s not the same old propaganda.

The best line in the ad comes at the end when Cook declares,

“The war on drugs is ruining peoples’ lives. It fuels mass incarceration, it targets people of color in greater numbers than their white counterparts. It cripples communities, it costs billions and it doesn’t work. Any questions?”

Check out the ad below.

Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel (by far!), but when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her hanging with her kitty Tom or tweeting at Sen. Chuck Schumer.