Why HEMP is called
Hoover’s presidency, Andrew Mellon Hoover’s Secretary of the Treasury
Dupont’s primary investor. He appointed his future nephew-in-law, Harry
Anslinger, to head the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
financial tycoons held secret meetings. Hemp was declared dangerous and
threat to their billion dollar enterprises.
dynasties to remain intact, hemp had to go. This then led these men to
obscure Mexican slang word: ‘marihuana’ and push it into the
America. The reason why they changed the name was because everyone knew
and how amazing it was for the world. They would never be able to get
banning hemp, so they used a name they knew no one would care about.
Not long after
this plan was set in place, the media began a blitz of
‘yellow journalism’ in the late 1920s and
1930s. Yellow journalism is essentially journalism where stories with
headlines are put into the mainstream media to get attention, yet these
are not well researched or backed up. They are often used simply to
public opinion. Many newspapers were pumping stories emphasizing the
and dangers of marihuana.
of marihuana made headlines everywhere. Readers learned that it was
for everything from car accidents to losing morality and it wasn’t long
public opinion started to shape. Next came several films like ‘Reefer
(1936), ‘Marihuana: Assassin of Youth’ (1935) and ‘Marihuana: The
(1936) which were all propaganda films designed by these industrialists
create an enemy out of marihuana. Reefer Madness was possibly the most
interesting of the films as it depicted a man going crazy from smoking
marijuana and then murdering his family with an ax. With all of these
the goal was to gain public support so that anti-marihuana laws could
Have a look at
the following regarding marihuana from ‘The Burning Question’ aka
Madness: A violent narcotic Incurable insanity Soul-destroying effects
the influence of the drug he killed his entire family with an ax. More
more deadly even than these soul-destroying drugs (heroin, cocaine) is
menace of marihuana! Unlike most films with a simple ending, Reefer
ended with bold words on the screen: TELL YOUR CHILDREN. In the 1930s,
were different than today.
did not question things very much. They did not have tools like the
quickly spread information and learn about things that were happening.
built their opinions and beliefs off of the news via print or the
radio. As a
result and what was instructed by mainstream news, many people did tell
children about marihuana and thus shaping a strong public opinion about
On April 14,
1937, the Prohibitive Marihuana Tax Law or the bill that outlawed hemp
directly brought to the House Ways and Means Committee. Simply put,
committee is the only one that could introduce a bill to the House
without it being debated by other committees. At the time, the Chairman
Ways and Means was Robert Doughton who was a Dupont supporter. With
interest, he insured that the bill would pass Congress.
In an attempt
to stop the bill from being passed, Dr. James Woodward, a physician and
attorney, attempted to testify on behalf of the American Medical
He mentioned that the reason the AMA had not denounced the Marihuana
sooner was that the Association had just discovered that marihuana was
at least a strain of it.
Marijuana are both varieties of Cannabis sativa, but this distinction
purposely not made well known to the public. Since the law was not so
focused on banning one or the other, both found their way into the ban.
recognized hemp/marihuana as a medicine found in numerous healing
and used for quite some time. The AMA like many others did not realize
deadly menace they had been reading about in the media was in fact
September of 1937, hemp prohibition began.
most useful plant known to man has become illegal to grow and use both
non-THC strain and THC strain called marihuana. To this day, this plant
still illegal to grow in the United States. To the public, Congress
because it was said to be a violent and dangerous drug. In reality,
nothing more than act as an amazing resource to virtually any industry
product. As you can imagine, this was also a big reason for the ban of
it was a serious threat to many of the big industries out there. At the
was mainly plastics, oil and paper.
we are in modern times and it is clear we are in some trouble when
it comes to how we treat our environment. The resources and practices
today for energy as well as product creation is very harmful and toxic
just our planet but ourselves also. Despite the full awareness that
surrounding hemp as an option to transform how things can be done on
planet, governments continue to have the plant banned.