Marijuana is the MOST demonized plant in America. How could one plant be SO dangerous? The truth is… its not. In fact, it is one of the MOST useful plants on earth for a variety of different things (as U.S. History attests to). Everything that has been said about the dangers of this “drug” is false and easily proven so. It has all been propaganda used for very specific purposes which began in the 1930′s. For those who are unaware of its history, it is more than fascinating. The widespread false beliefs about this plant that was once illegal NOT to grow in America, is proof that with the right “advertising” you can get people to believe anything. This is because we trust those in charge to tell us the truth and keep us safe. Unfortunately, in this case and many others, the exact opposite happens. Sometimes its done in ignorance, other times its intentional.
This plant that has been used for centuries to heal and nourish and is in actuality an incredibly safe medicinal herb. It also has a myriad of other uses which is why it was grown in abundance at the turn of the century and earlier. The items that can be made from this plant could SAVE US BILLIONS of dollars. Things like paper, gas, material, biodegradable plastics, textiles, clothing, and also has uses in construction. And that is aside from its phenomenal healing properties. It is quite literally a “wonder plant.”
The answer is very simple: Money. Or to be more specific: corporate profits. Legalizing marijuana would not only remove billions in funding for law enforcement and government agencies it would threaten MANY corporations bottom line. Not only the ones who profit off of our prisons being kept full but also those that manufacture things that could be replaced with MUCH less expense and much more safety and less harm to the environment.
SOME COMPANIES THAT PROFIT FROM MARIJUANA BEING ILLEGAL: DEA, FBI, law enforcement (local, state, and federal), prison guards, people who build prisons, people who sell supplies to prisons, tobacco companies, alcohol companies, prescription pain killer companies, cotton companies, clothing companies, rope companies, paper companies, gas companies…
Corporate interests of this magnitude and power are VERY DIFFICULT to fight. These corporations lobby congress aggressively, giving donations etc to get laws in THEIR favor.
Unfortunately the cost for protecting corporate interests has been millions of lives ruined and billions of dollars in taxpayer money. Would jobs be lost if marijuana (and other drugs) were made legal? Yes. Do we use that as a reason to keep doing something so incredibly harmful to our society? One would hope not. There would be many new jobs created by this much needed paradigm shift. Organizations that now work to help addicted citizens viewing the issue as what it really is… a health situation not a criminal one.
“Professors Richard J. Bonnie and Charles H. Whitebread II published an extensive inquiry into the legal history of American marijuana prohibition in the October 1970 issue of the Virginia Law Review.6 Their work includes many citations of the Congressional Record that show that public health and safety issues were not even considered by Congress in making this substance illegal. Instead, the motives appear to have been racism, fear, empire building, and ignorance. [emphasis added] (Judge James Gray “Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed: A Judicial Indictment Of War On Drugs”
In the 1930s, innovations in farm machinery would have caused an industrial revolution when applied to hemp. This single resource could have created millions of new jobs generating thousands of quality products. Hemp, if not made illegal, would have brought America out of the Great Depression. William Randolph Hearst (Citizen Kane) and the Hearst Paper Manufacturing Division of Kimberly Clark owned vast acreage of timberlands. The Hearst Company supplied most paper products. Patty Hearst’s grandfather… stood to lose billions because of hemp.
In 1937, Dupont patented the processes to make plastics from oil and coal. Dupont’s Annual Report urged stockholders to invest in its new petrochemical division. Synthetics such as plastics, cellophane, celluloid, methanol, nylon, rayon, Dacron, etc., could now be made from oil. Natural hemp industrialization would have ruined over 80% of Dupont’s business. Andrew Mellon became Hoover’s Secretary of the Treasury and Dupont’s primary investor. He appointed his future nephew-in-law, Harry J. Anslinger, to head the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. …On April 14, 1937, the Prohibitive Marijuana Tax Law or the bill that outlawed hemp was directly brought to the House Ways and Means Committee. This committee is the only one that can introduce a bill to the House floor without it being debated by other committees. The Chairman of the Ways and Means, Robert Doughton, was a Dupont supporter. He insured that the bill would pass Congress. (Doug Yurchey, “The Marijuana Conspiracy,The Real Reason why Hemp is Illegal” )
“We already know, the tests have been done, marijuana is not a problem. Driving under the influence of marijuana is not a problem. I don’t recommend it and it doesn’t help your driving, but it is nowhere near the problem that alcohol is. The studies have been done. There is no facts and evidence… in fact, when you are under the influence of marijuana, marijuana does not cause you to lose your better judgment as alcohol does. When you are under the influence of marijuana you know you are under the influence and you: 1) make the good judgment not to drive or 2) you drive more careful. Of course, every experienced cop will tell you that someone driving under the influence of marijuana is probably: 1) driving exactly the speed limit; 2) is stopping well short of of the line at a stop sign or red light, and usually waits a little too long when the light changes. They’re just being careful.” (Russ Jones, Retired Undercover Narcotics Officer, Interview Quote, East Bay Express, “Drug War Kills Kids, Not Pot“)
“In the United States, although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does acknowledge that “there has been considerable interest in its use for the treatment of a number of conditions, including glaucoma, AIDS wasting, neuropathic pain, treatment of spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis, and chemotherapy-induced nausea,” the agency has not approved “medical marijuana”. There are currently 2 oral forms of cannabis (cannabinoids) available by prescription in the United States for nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy: dronabinol (Marinol) and nabilone (Cesamet). Dronabinol is also approved for the treatment of anorexia associated with AIDS. The FDA does facilitate scientific investigations into the medical uses of cannabinoids.” (Wikipedia Cannabis )
ABOUT THE PLANT ITSELF
HEMP is the durable fiber that comes from the stalk of the plant. It contains no psychotropic properties and can be used for a variety of purposes.
Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington all grew hemp on their plantations.
Hemp is very easy and inexpensive to grow. The plants mature in 3 months requiring little or no pesticides.
The stalk is comprised of two parts — the hurd and the bast. The bast provides fibers that can be woven into many fabrics. These fibers (also called hemp) are woven to create canvas, which has been used to make ship sails for centuries.
The hurd provides pulp to make paper, oil to make paints and varnishes, and seed for food. Marijuana plants produce a high-protein, high-carbohydrate seed that is used in granola and cereals. Hemp oil and seed contain only trace amounts of psychoactive chemicals hence they are legal as they have no effect on a person.
Owning hemp products is legal. It is illegal to grow or own a plant or the drug form. Possession of the cannabis plant or marijuana seeds is punishable by fines and many times jail.
“The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the
prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and
the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret
that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.”
- Albert Einstein quote on Hemp
(Real Time July 8, 2011 3.5 minutes)
Factual and informative. 40 min.