OPINION: Minister Promotes Use of Cannabis and Hemp
By Rev. Steven Thompson
Where did the word ‘marijuana” come from?
In the mid 1930s, the “m-word” was created to tarnish the good image and phenomenal history of the hemp plant.
From 1921 to 1932 Andrew Mellon was the treasurer and Dupont paint’s primary investor. He appointed his future nephew-in-law, Harry Anslinger, to head the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
Secret meetings were held by these financial tycoons. Hemp was declared dangerous and a threat to their billion dollar enterprises.
For their dynasties to remain intact, hemp had to go. These men took an obscure Mexican slang word, “marihuana,” and pushed it into the consciousness of America.
A media blitz of yellow journalism raged in the late 1920s and 1930s. Hearst’s newspapers ran stories emphasizing the horrors of marihuana. The menace of marihuana made headlines. Readers learned that it was responsible for everything from car accidents to loose morality.
Films like ‘Reefer Madness’ (1936), ‘Marihuana: Assassin of Youth’ (1935) and ‘Marihuana: The Devil’s Weed’ (1936) were propaganda designed by these industrialists to create an enemy.
Their purpose was to gain public support so that anti-marihuana laws could be passed.
Examine the following quotes from “Reefer Madness”:
* A violent narcotic acts of shocking violence.
* Incurable insanity.
* Soul-destroying effects.
* Under the influence of the drug, he killed his entire family with an ax.
* More vicious, more deadly even than these soul-destroying drugs (heroin, cocaine) is the menace of marihuana.
“Reefer Madness” did not end with the usual “the end.” The film concluded with these words plastered on the screen, “Tell your children.”
In the 1930s, people were very naive; even to the point of ignorance. The masses were like sheep waiting to be led by the few in power.
They did not challenge authority. If the news was in print or on the radio, they believed it had to be true. They told their children and their children grew up to be the parents of the baby boomers.
On April 14, 1937, the prohibitive marihuana tax law, or the bill that outlawed hemp, was directly brought to the U.S. 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 Ways and Means, Robert Doughton, was a Dupont supporter. He ensured that the bill would pass Congress.
Dr. James Woodward, a physician and attorney, testified too late on behalf of the American Medical Association. He told the committee that the reason the AMA had not denounced the marihuana tax law sooner was that the association had just discovered that marihuana was/is hemp.
Few people, at the time, realized that the deadly menace they had been reading about front pages was in fact passive hemp. The AMA understood hemp to be a medicine found in numerous healing products sold over the last hundred years.
In September 1937, hemp became illegal. The most useful crop known became a drug and our planet has been suffering ever since.
Congress banned hemp because it was said to be the most violence-causing drug known. Anslinger, head of the Drug Commission for 31 years, promoted the idea that marihuana made users act extremely violently
In the 1950s, under the communist threat during McCarthyism, Anslinger now said the exact opposite. Marijuana will pacify you so much that soldiers would not want to fight.
Today, our planet is in desperate trouble. Earth is suffocating as large tracts of rain forests disappear. Pollution, poisons and chemicals are killing people. These great problems could be reversed if we industrialized hemp.
Natural biomass could provide all of the planet's energy needs that are currently supplied by fossil fuels. We have consumed 80 percent of our oil and gas reserves. We need a renewable resource. Hemp could be the solution to soaring gas prices.
The wonder plant
Hemp has a higher quality fiber than wood fiber. Far fewer caustic chemicals are required to make paper from hemp than from trees. Hemp paper does not turn yellow and is very durable. The plant grows quickly to maturity in a season where trees take a lifetime.
All plastic products should be made from hemp seed oil. Hempen plastics are biodegradable. Over time, they would break down and not harm the environment. Oil-based plastics, the ones we are very familiar with, help ruin nature; they do not break down and will do great harm in the future.
The process to produce the vast array of natural (hempen) plastics will not ruin the rivers, as other companies have done. Ecology does not fit in with the plans of the oil industry and the political machine. Hemp products are safe and natural.
Medicines should be made from hemp. We should go back to the days when the AMA supported hemp cures. Until recently “medical marijuana” was given out legally to only a handful of people. The rest of us were forced into a system that relied on chemicals.
World hunger could end
A large variety of food products can be generated from hemp. The seeds contain one of the highest sources of protein in nature. Also, they have two essential fatty acids that clean your body of cholesterol. These essential fatty acids are not found anywhere else in nature.
The world is crazy, but that does not mean you have to join the insanity.
Eliminate the word “marijuana.” Realize the history that created it. Make it politically incorrect to say or print the “M-word.” Fight against the propaganda (designed to favor the agenda of the super rich). We need a clean energy source to save our planet.
There is only one enemy; the friendly people you pay your taxes to. With your funding, they are killing the world right in front of your eyes. Half a million deaths each year are caused by tobacco; half a million deaths each year are caused by alcohol.
The Rev. Steven Thompson is the executive director of the National Organization for The Reform of Marijuana Laws, Michigan chapter.