Since 1937 when Hemp and Cannabis were banned and made illegal due to money that it would take away from the already uber-rich men of the country.
Dupont patented the process to to make plastics from oil and coal. Duponts annual reports urged people to invest in its new petrochemical division. Synthetics such as plastics, cellophane, celluloids, methanol, nylon, rayon, Dacron etc. All of which could me made from oil. Natural Hemp industrialization would have ruined over 80% of Duponts business.
William Randolph Hearst and the Hearst Paper Manufacturing Division of Kimberly Clark owned vast acreage of timberland, the Hearst company supplied most paper. Patty Hearsts' grandfather, a destroyer of nature for his own profit stood to loose billions because of Hemp.
Now here is the connection of profits and the government. Andrew Mellon, Dupont's primary investor became Hoover's Secretary of Treasure, HMMM already a little shady. He also appointed his nephew in-law, Harry J. Anslinger to head the Federal Bureau of Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs. Secret meeting were held by these financial tycoons and Hemp was declared dangerous and also a threat to their billion dollar enterprise. For their dynasties to remain in tact Hemp had to go.
These men took an obscure Mexican slang word, marihuana, and pushed it into the consciousness of America. Now because these materials were made from oil, the next biggest resource we the USA became dependent on became, that's right, oil. Till this day in 2011 we are still dependent on oil, so much that most of Americans are still complaining about gas, which also is a benefit of Hemp and Hemp seed oil, it also could be turned into a fuel alternative that would reduce the dependency of foreign oil, and is way less pollutant for the environment!
If that isn't greed over well being then I don't know what is.
Now the USDA bulletin #404 concluded that Hemp produced up to 4x the amount of mulch pulp as wood with at least 4-7x less pollutants.
I don't understand how we the people have been overpowered by this corporate greed that has ran this country and government of ours for so long. I'm saying we stand up not for just medicinal marijuana but for the industrialization of hemp also. This would be the most profitable crop in the history of man. Out doing even corn and grain. It would also be a world wide crop as well being easy to grow almost everywhere!