Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Marijuana Conspiracy: The reason hemp is illegal

Hemp/Wikimedia Commons image
Doug Yurchey

They say marijuana is dangerous. Pot is not harmful to the human body or mind. Marijuana does not pose a threat to the general public. Marijuana is very much a danger to the oil companies, alcohol, tobacco industries and a large number of chemical corporations. Big businesses, with plenty of dollars and influence, have suppressed the truth from the people. The truth is, if marijuana was utilized for its vast array of commercial products, it would create an industrial atomic bomb! The super rich have conspired to spread misinformation about the plant that, if used properly, would ruin their companies.

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 – as you will read. The facts cited here, with references, are generally verifiable in the Encyclopedia Britannica which was printed on hemp paper for 150 years :

1) All schoolbooks were made from hemp or flax paper until the 1880s. (Jack Frazier. Hemp Paper Reconsidered. 1974.)

2) It was legal to pay taxes with hemp in America from 1631 until the early 1800s. (LA Times. Aug. 12, 1981.)

3) Refusing to grow hemp in America during the 17th and 18th centuries was against the law! You could be jailed in Virginia for refusing to grow hemp from 1763 to 1769 (G. M. Herdon. Hemp in Colonial Virginia).

4) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers grew hemp. (Washington and Jefferson Diaries. Jefferson smuggled hemp seeds from China to France then to America.)

5) Benjamin Franklin owned one of the first paper mills in America, and it processed hemp. Also, the War of 1812 was fought over hemp. Napoleon wanted to cut off Moscow’s export to England. (Jack Herer. Emperor Wears No Clothes.)

6) For thousands of years, 90% of all ships’ sails and rope were made from hemp. The word ‘canvas’ is Dutch for cannabis. (Webster’s New World Dictionary.)

7) 80% of all textiles, fabrics, clothes, linen, drapes, bed sheets, etc.,were made from hemp until the 1820s, with the introduction of the cotton gin.

8) The first Bibles, maps, charts, Betsy Ross’s flag, the first drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were made from hemp. (U.S. Government Archives.)

9) The first crop grown in many states was hemp. 1850 was a peak year for Kentucky producing 40,000 tons.Hemp was the largest cash crop until the 20th century. (State Archives.)

10) Oldest known records of hemp farming go back 5000 years in China, although hemp industrialization probably goes back to ancient Egypt.

11) Rembrandt’s, Van Gogh’s, Gainsborough’s, as well as most early canvas paintings, were principally painted on hemp linen.

12) In 1916, the U.S. Government predicted that by the 1940s all paper would come from hemp and that no more trees need to be cut down. Government studies report that 1 acre of hemp equals 4.1 acres of trees. Plans were in the works to implement such programs. (U.S. Department of Agriculture Archives.)

13) Quality paints and varnishes were made from hemp seed oil until 1937. 58,000 tons of hemp seeds were used in America for paint products in 1935. (Sherman Williams Paint Co. testimony before the U.S.Congress against the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act.)

14) Henry Ford’s first Model-T was built to run on hemp gasoline and the car itself was constructed from hemp! On his large estate, Ford was photographed among his hemp fields. The car, ‘grown from the soil,’ had hemp plastic panels whose impact strength was 10 times stronger than steel. (Popular Mechanics, 1941.)

15) In 1938, hemp was called ‘Billion Dollar Crop.’ It was the first time a cash crop had a business potential to exceed a billion dollars. (Popular Mechanics, Feb. 1938.)

16) Mechanical Engineering Magazine (Feb. 1938) published an article entitled ‘The Most Profitable and Desirable Crop that Can be Grown.’ It stated that if hemp was cultivated using 20th century technology, it would be the single largest agricultural crop in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

The following information comes directly from the United States Department of Agriculture’s 1942 14-minute film encouraging and instructing ‘patriotic American farmers’ to grow 350,000 acres of hemp each year for the war effort:

“…[When] Grecian temples were new, hemp was already old in the service of mankind. For thousands of years, even then, this plant had been grown for cordage and cloth in China and elsewhere in the East. For centuries prior to about 1850, all the ships that sailed the western seas were rigged with hempen rope and sails. For the sailor, no less than the hangman, hemp was indispensable… Now with Philippine and East Indian sources of hemp in the hands of the Japanese… American hemp must meet the needs of our Army and Navy as well as of our industries… The Navy’s rapidly dwindling reserves. When that is gone, American hemp will go on duty again; hemp for mooring ships; hemp for tow lines; hemp for tackle and gear; hemp for countless naval uses both on ship and shore. Just as in the days when Old Ironsides sailed the seas victorious with her hempen shrouds and hempen sails. Hemp for victory!”

Certified proof from the Library of Congress, found by the research of Jack Herer, refutes claims of other government agencies that the 1942 USDA film ‘Hemp for Victory’ did not exist.

Hemp cultivation and production do not harm the environment. The USDA Bulletin #404 concluded that hemp produces four times as much pulp with at least four to seven times less pollution.

From Popular Mechanics, February 1938:
“It has a short growing season… It can be grown in any state… The long roots penetrate and break the soil to leave it in perfect condition for the next year’s crop. The dense shock of leaves, 8 to 12 feet above the ground, chokes out weeds. …Hemp, this new crop can add immeasurably to American agriculture and industry.” 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, a destroyer of nature for his own personal profit, 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.

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: ‘marijuana’ 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 marijuana. The menace of marijuana made headlines. Readers learned that it was responsible for everything from car accidents to loose morality.

Films like Reefer Madness (1936), Marijuana: Assassin of Youth (1935) and Marijuana: 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-marijuana laws could be passed.

Examine the following quotes from The Burning Question, aka 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 marijuana!

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 babyboomers.

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 U.S. Senate, Ways and Means Committee, at the time, Robert Doughton, was a DuPont supporter. He insured 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 Marijuana Tax Law sooner was that the Association had just discovered that marijuana was hemp.

Few people, at the time, realized that the deadly menace they had been reading about on Hearst’s front pages was in fact passive hemp. The AMA understood cannabis to be a medicine found in numerous healing products sold over the last hundred years.

In September of 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. Harry Anslinger, head of the Drug Commission for 31 years, promoted the idea that marijuana made users act extremely violent. In the 1950s, under the Communist threat of McCarthyism, Anslinger then 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% of our oil and gas reserves. We need a renewable resource. Hemp could be the solution to soaring gas prices.

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 DuPont and other petrochemical 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 cannabis cures.‘Medical Marijuana’ is given out legally to only a handful of people while the rest of us are forced into a system that relies on chemicals. Pot is only healthy for the human body.

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! Consuming pot seeds is the best thing you could do for your body. Eat uncooked hemp seeds.

Clothes should be made from hemp. Hemp clothing is extremely strong and durable over time. You could hand clothing, made from pot, down to your grandchildren. Today, there are American companies that make hemp clothing; usually 50% hemp. Hemp fabrics should be everywhere. Instead, they are almost underground. Superior hemp products are not allowed to advertise on fascist television.

Kentucky, once the top hemp producing state, made it illegal to wear hemp clothing! Can you imagine being thrown into jail for wearing quality jeans?

The world is crazy. But that does not mean you have to join the insanity. Get together. Spread the news. Tell people, and that includes your children, the truth. Use hemp products. 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) and the bullshit. Hemp must be utilized in the future. We need a clean energy source to save our planet. Industrialize hemp!

The liquor, tobacco and oil companies fund more than a million dollars a day to Partnership for a Drug-Free America and other similar agencies. We have all seen their commercials. Now, their motto is: ‘It’s more dangerous than we thought.’ Lies from the powerful corporations, that began with Hearst, are still alive and well today.

The brainwashing continues. Now, the commercials say: If you buy a joint, you contribute to murders and gang wars. The latest anti-pot commercials say: If you buy a joint… you are promoting terrorism! The new enemy (terrorism) has paved the road to brainwash you any way they see fit.

There is only one enemy: the friendly people you pay your taxes to, the war-makers and nature destroyers. 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. No one has ever, ever died from smoking pot!!

In the entire history of the human race, not one death can be attributed to cannabis. Our society has outlawed grass but condones the use of the killers: tobacco and alcohol.

Hemp should be declassified and placed in drug stores to relieve stress. Hardening and constriction of the arteries are bad, but hemp usage actually enlarges the arteries, which is a healthy condition. We have been so conditioned to think that smoking is harmful. That is not the case for passive pot.

Ingesting THC, hemp’s active agent, has a positive effect: relieving asthma and glaucoma. A joint tends to alleviate the nausea caused by chemotherapy. You are able to eat on hemp. This is a healthy state of being.

[one personal note. During the pregnancy of my wife, she was having some difficulty gaining weight. We were in the hospital. A nurse called us to one side and said: “Off the record, if you smoke pot… you’d get something called the munchies and you’ll gain weight.” I swear that is a true story.]

The stereotype for a pothead is similar to a drunk, bubble-brain. Yet, the truth is one’s creative abilities can be enhanced under its influence. The perception of time slightly slows and one can become more sensitive. You can more appreciate all arts, be closer to nature and generally feel more under the influence of cannabis. It is, in fact, the exact opposite state of mind and body as the drunken state. You can be more aware with pot.

The pot plant is an alien plant. There is physical evidence that cannabis is not like any other plant on this planet. One could conclude that it was brought here for the benefit of humanity. Hemp is the only plant where the males appear one way and the females appear very different, physically!

No one ever speaks of males and females in regard to the plant kingdom because plants do not show their sexes. Except for cannabis. To determine what sex a certain, normal, earthly plant is, you have to look internally, at its DNA. A male blade of grass (physically) looks exactly like a female blade of grass. The hemp plant has an intense sexuality. Growers know to kill the males before they fertilize the females. Yes, folks, the most potent pot comes from ‘horny females.’

The reason this amazing, very sophisticated, ET plant from the future is illegal has nothing to do with how it physically affects us.

Pot is illegal because billionaires want to remain billionaires!

“And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land.” – Ezekiel 34:29.

p.s. I think the word ‘drugs’ should not be used as an umbrella-word that covers all chemical agents. Drugs have come to be known as something bad. Are you aware there are legal drugstores?! Yep, in every city. Unbelievable. Each so-called drug should be considered individually. Cannabis is a medicine and not a drug. We should dare to speak the truth no matter what the law is.

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Big Bill said...

High times indeed! Some more citations wouldn't go amiss though.

john82 said...


Came across this from Reddit. If hemp/marijuana became illegal in 1937, why did a government agency like the USDA make a film supporting asking farmers to grow it in 1942?


Bryan said...

The USDA encouraged farmers to grow hemp during the war as it was used for its fibers; rope, clothing, etc. My dad got hemp seeds from the 4H club during that time.

Enquiring Mind said...

You seem to be confused. Hemp and marijuana, while related, are not the same. You can smoke hemp until the cows come home and all you'll probably get is sick from smoking so much. Industrial hemp would run the cotton industry out of business.

Another problem, from the standpoint of the all-controlling state, is that if you allow hemp to be grown, it will be easy to disguise the marijuana. Which makes one ask, "Why not legalize pot and forget it?"

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Sam said...

Many plants are divided into males and females, but when it comes to plants like marijuana, sometimes the delineation between the sexes is a blurry line. Ginko trees are one example. A quick read over the "Plant Sexuality" entry on wikipedia would help clear this up. It is no uncommon for predominantly female plants to also have male flowers on them. This nonsense about the alien plant that is different from all others on the planet at the end detracts from the credibility of this article. This is especially unfortunate because credibility is what is most needed regarding this topic and ironically credibility is the complaint the author is making about "the system". There is no need to romanticize about this wonderfully diverse and infinitely useful plant. It can stand on it's own merits without being anointed with "other worldly" attributes.

randc said...

Read the King Hemp series, and the novel, CASTLING, by Rand Clifford.

Nerdmaster said...

It's pretty sad that while this information may be 100% true, it's unlikely the hard-core anti-cannabis crowd would read all the way through, much less do the legwork to verify any of what you've written.

Everybody knows somebody who is against marijuana legalization. Sit down with this person, and talk to them about the truths. Even if you can't convince them, you can plant a seed (sorry) of doubt. The moment the critic sits down and starts to do a little research for himself, he's moving in the right direction. Not everybody will be convinced, because there is so much misinformation out there, but over time, the majority will learn the truth. That's all we need.

hemphead said...

What people need to know is that if hemp is legal, there will be virtually NO OUTDOOR MARIJUANA. Industrial hemp is preferably male plants. Smoke-able weed are the female plants. Anyone who grows their weed outside will end up with seedy, low-quality marijuana if there are acres of industrial hemp anywhere near it.

Plant hemp everywhere and lets stop waiting for a "miracle technology" to save our planet.

Sam said...

"Pot is not harmful to the human body or mind"

Although it is not nearly as harmful as most people will make you think smoking cannabis through conventional methods of combustion have shown to adversely affect the respiratory system (may have more to do with our lighters than our weed - vaporize lol)

Some studies show that cannabis affects neural response, however, other studies contradict this.

I feel most of what you said here is absolutely correct, and the first time I read this information it was eye-opening. But if we ever want hemp to be legal (for industrial, medical, or recreational purposes), we must admit that it is "not harmful."

Granted, it is not as harmful as anybody against cannabis will have you think, but we must be honest to start making a move.

Activist said...

Thanks for the info. everyone, and for taking the time to visit and comment. Stay involved! M.E.

Ken said...

Are you seriously suggesting that these multinational corporations that are threatened by the success of hemp, are incapable of diversifying into hemp and profiting from it themselves?

If hemp is so great and such a threat, then why do not these massive corporations use their considerable lobbying presence to legalise it, licence the growing of it, ensure through further lobbying that they are the only ones allowed a licence and then grow masses of the stuff themselves?

I just do not buy the notion that cannabis is illegal because corporations fear the production of hemp. What would there be to stop the corporations from cornering the hemp market, they way they are taking over every other kind of market with their huge intensive industrialised farming methods?

Daz Clucas said...

Wanna get high? Great article. Let's make this go viral. Needs more citations though. :-)

Dorothy/Dorian said...

Hey Sam, thank you for noticing the plant sexuality thing. That whole paragraph is basically incorrect, and that makes me (neither super-pro nor super-anti hemp) kind of doubt the rest of the research. Ginkgo, holly and juniper plants have distinct sexes and can be identified by sight (ginkgoes by smell, actually, ugh the females are gross!) Other than that, good article!

Health Maven said...

Everything regarding the corporations and industries suppressing hemp is true. Only a fool thinks all industry is logical and fair and could corner a market that is foreign to them. The pharmaceuticals have suppressed 300 plus cancer cures because they are all non patentable. One of the commentators needs to be educated a little better. When something that anyone can grow has so many uses as to threaten their patented chemical discoveries, or the oil industries grip on pharmaceuticals and plastics - well, duh, whada ya think - they're all gonna get a buncha hemp fields?

lioness said...

The answer to the comment "why do not these massive corporations use their considerable lobbying presence to legalise it, licence the growing of it, ensure through further lobbying that they are the only ones allowed a licence and then grow masses of the stuff themselves?"
may be found at
(short version)

(long version)

slate said...

I have been shouting this for years. Criminal charges should be brought up on Dupont and all the others .Our Gov't officials that allowed this lie that has killed thousands of people {Cancers from their chemicals} and destroyed our Climate in the process.The stupid timber companies should of just planted Hemp on the land they clear cut and made money anyway.

Jimmy Kane said...

Nice article there... I 've read many things that came across my mind here and then..
First to reply to some people about the sexuality of the plant:
Wikipedia:"Mechanisms of sex determination
Cannabis has been described as having one of the most complicated mechanisms of sex determination among the dioecious plants.[63] Many models have been proposed to explain sex determination in Cannabis."
Read a bit more before judging.
As you can read it has one of the most excelent and complicated mechanisms among most of the plants. And it's 3 sexes . Male,Female,and hermaphrodite.

Marijuana =Female
Cannabis=Both (not hermaphrodite)

Another thing that one should think about is:
Alcohol many times makes people violent and obsessed. You have seen the fights etc. Also if you drink you cannot study or even a nice sleep.
Only Marijuana will never get you into a fight. That's a fact. It will also relax you and make you think different for the next 2 hours etc.
Your nerve system relaxes and thus you gain a big bonus to all your senses. This is an excellent experience. You become more sense aware about you environment and it's highly recommended to try in at a forest,at a field, or by the seaside

But if someone was to smoke all day long then he could become a pot-head. Yes he will be so relaxed as to have no intension to do anything. But this is like smoking 10 joints per day, everyday.

Remember: all in good measure are ok.

And yes companies and governments have interest about the ilegalization of this plant.

Doug Yurchey said...

I'm Doug Yurchey; the guy that wrote the article. The article really took off and has been translated into 8-9 different languages; even Japanese. People can write to me at

Glad you liked it and I have so many other interesting articles to send you or answer questions. THANKS. Doug

Doug Yurchey said...

I'm Doug Yurchey, the guy who wrote the article. It has really taken off and been translated into 8-9 different languages...even Japanese. I'd be happy to hear your comments; answer your questions. I also have many other interesting articles I can send you.
Thanks. Glad you liked the article. You can email me at

Doug Yurchey said...

I’m the guy that wrote the hemp article; Doug Yurchey. Glad most of you liked it. It has really TAKEN OFF…translated into 8-9 different languages. Yes, there were a few inaccuracies – but don’t lose the overall truth that you won’t receive over the TV and other media. Learn some ‘hidden history.’ I’d be happy to hear your comments – you can email me at

You can ask questions – I also have many other interesting and controversial articles I could send you. Thanks. Doug

Duncan said...

It's almost certain that if Hemp became legal that the US GDP would contract, because all of the industrial products it can deliver with better quality and lower costs already have entrenched distribution chains established, an a significant capital investment which could make obsolete better than a trillion with a T dollars in equipment and infrastructure. The fact is that everything you can make from hemp can be and are provided by alternatives. Technically so is recreational cannabis but the foreign criminal syndicates and the price tag for law enforcement costs are stripping those dollars out of the US economy.

It's easy to see how one could be tempted to believe in a grand conspiracy, but it's really not likely. Now if one wants to argue a conspiracy of interests I think that very likely is what occurred.

Anonymous said...

"The Extinction of Kentucky Hemp" (

Also, as a point of information: hemp, when grown for fiber use, is grown much like flax. It is sown thickly to maximize the straightness of the stalk and minimize the size of the leaves, which rather makes it useless for smoking, no?

Outraged said...

Yes, there is an economic conspiracy. Efficiency is not a hallmark of american business. Profits and control are. Hemp is far more productive of fibers than cotton is, per acre.
Actually, here is much of what pertains to this subject.
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Anonymous said...

Hi all,
im an addiction studies university student in my 4th year and just thought id share my opinions on this article. while very interesting information is presented i have a hard time believing alot of it as the references are not necessarily credible. from what ive been taught marijuana was banned by the US government initially because they couldnt use it for any sort of interrogation purposes. since then it has been proved to cause paranoia and psychosis and other mental health issues, on the flip side however, while no drug use is "safe", marijuana is considered a "safer" drug to use than others with less harms. one opinion i have is that the general community would benefit from decriminalisation of marijauna, that is not making it legal but reducing the punishments for possesion and use. it seems a bit crazy to me that a drug like marijuana is prohibited when tobacco is still completely legal, in terms of harm they cause harms from tobacco, long and short term, far outweigh the harms from marijuana. so why is tobacco still legal? money. the revenue it produces for governments, world trade and employment. so theres my two cents on the subject if anyone cares :)

Anonymous said...

"since then it has been proved to cause paranoia and psychosis and other mental health issues"

Nobody has any definitive proof what causes psychosis, so how can bud be proved to cause it? that's bullshit right there.

The Branch said...

used to Pick it along the road up in indiana back then 1970s,and tye it to my back pack while hitchhicking wasnt much for smoking but we were just kids then of course on the back of my back pack in big bold letters were the words {Fuck the army} THE BRANCH

Anonymous said...

Upon having looked at the histrionics of this long-standing debate I have concluded that I am in full favor of the legalization of hemp cultivation for food, fuel and fiber. Not Marijuana trafficking. Marijuana (the intoxicant version) of the hemp plant is derived from selective cultivation, between male and female versions of the plant, so as to prevent cross-pollination between the sexes. The THC content in traditional wild hemp is non-narcotic even minuscule compared to the separated cultivation of female plants. It is an exhaustive process that is labor intensive and requires skill and a certain amount of horticultural expertise to achieve an intoxicant form of the plant. The uses of the plant are highly versatile. It is a miracle plant and it is illegal because of political powers that stood to profit wildly from its prohibition. If anyone would actually research the demise of Hemp cultivation by political forces they would have a definitive view. Too bad that most of the advocates for its legalization are of the dope-smoking ilk. They, unfortunately sully the legalization movement profoundly. They have missed the true essence of Hemp’s vast benefit to the planet Earth. Hemp for rope not dope!

Anonymous said...

You cannot corner the hemp market without keeping it illegal. It grows anywhere, whereas oil has to be extracted from the ground. Hemp is a direct threat to the profits of Big Oil, Big Pharma, Brewers and Distillers. As they found out during the 1960's, the psycho-active ingredient cannabinol gave it's users a built in BS meter, making the lies of politicians very obvious.
Now that they've selectively bred plants with high THC and low cannabinol content, they've taken care of that problem, giving marijuana users a heavy, oppressive stone, but very little hallucinogenic high - which is why it will now become "legalized", under Govt. control of course.
It's all about control.
I recommend the book "Marijuana: A History" by UK author Martin Booth.

Anonymous said...

To the addiction studies student your field is bologna!

Kes said...

I enjoy a puff as much as anyone but the credibility of this article was quashed the moment you said pot is not harmful to the mind.

Prop pot people have been spouting the same bollox for decades yet the evidence is clear that if you continually bend your mind your mind it will end up permanently bent

Anonymous said...

For anyone who is interested, here is an excellent free guide to growing your own cannabis for medicine or other...

Anonymous said...

I can't believe so few people understand why Hemp was made legal in the first place. I think if they knew the truth over "reefer madness" urban legend, they'd be as angry with their government's lie as I am because it was at the very origin of our government representing big money instead of the citizens it serves. Our latest economic recession is a result of the very same bed buddy attitude washington has with big business since, even before, hemp's ban in 1937.

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