Why are Hemp and Cannabis Still Illegal?

We are coming upon a time where the people of this country are needed more now than ever to take a stand. With unemployment, poverty, healthcare, war, taxes, and so many other overwhelming reasons. The time is now.

With medical marijuana on the forefront of reform we need to stand up now for what could save the planet. Yes it sounds cliche but really stop and think. How has something that was once so much a necessity to our economic survival on a global market that in the 18th and 19th century our government made it MANDATORY for citizens to grow Hemp. Now how does anyone find it surprising that with our economical staple, Hemp, no longer holding our economy together and illegal to grow in the United States that our Economy has fallen apart and crumbled? It's like if we would have made gold an illegal metal during the 1849 gold rush because it caused hysteria, that would have been really dumb, right? Then why did Hemp become illegal? Well it wasn't because it was a dangerous drug as the stigma of marijuana carries today.

Doesn't anybody else find it odd how while a free market for goods and trades in the United States hemp was turned into a villainous plant. Only to be replaced by such materials that could me produced by oils and coal. Why did these investors choose to invest in petrochemical industry rather than the Hemp industry? Well one can only assume why the investor invests usually. However with DuPonts new patents using oil and coal to make nylon, rayon, celluloid, and other synthetic materials it only makes sense to corner the market with this new technology. Oil was the new gold and unfortunately that was hemp's new opponent on the free market.

Harry Jacob Anslinger (May 20, 1892 – November 14, 1975) held office as the Assistant Prohibition Commissioner in the Bureau of Prohibition, before being appointed as the first Commissioner of the Treasury Department's Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) on August 12, 1930. He married Martha Kind Denniston (Sept 1886 - Oct 10, 1961) in 1917. In 1930, at age 38, when he was appointed as the first Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, he was renting an apartment at 16th & R Street in Washington, DC for $90 per month, where he lived with his wife Martha and son Joseph L. Anslinger (May 24, 1911 - Nov 1982), who were 44 and 18, respectively. Martha Denniston was the niece of Andrew W. Mellon, the Secretary of the US Treasury who would appoint Anslinger to his 32 year post as Commissioner.

Restrictions for cannabis as a drug, often called Indian Hemp in documents from 1900 to 1930s, started in District of Columbia 1906 and was followed by state laws in other parts of the country in the 1910s and 1920s. The early laws against the cannabis drugs were passed with little public attention. Concern about marijuana was related primarily to the fear that marijuana use would spread, even among whites, as a substitute for the opiates. In 1925 United States supported regulation of Indian hemp, Cannabis for use as a drug, in the International Opium Convention. Recommendations from the International Opium Convention inspired the work with The Uniform State Narcotic Act between 1925 and 1932. Harry J. Anslinger become an active person in this process from about 1930.

Anslinger received as head of The Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) (from his point of view) an alarming increase of reports about smoking of marijuana in 1936 continued of a spread at an accelerated pace in 1937. Before, smoking of marijuana had been relatively slight and confined to the Southwest, particularly along the Mexican border. The Bureau launched two important steps. First, the Bureau prepared a legislative plan to seek from Congress a new law that would place marijuana and its distribution directly under federal control. Second, Anslinger run a campaign against marijuana on radio and at major forums.

Some of his critics allege that Anslinger and the campaign against marijuana had an hidden agenda, DuPont petrochemical interests and William Randolph Hearst together created the highly sensational anti-marijuana campaign to eliminate hemp as an industrial competitor. Indeed, Anslinger did not himself consider marijuana a serious threat to American society until in the fourth year of his tenure (1934), at which point an anti-marijuana campaign, aimed at alarming the public, became his primary focus as part of the government's broader push to outlaw all drugs.

So why is Hemp and Cannabis Still Illegal?

It all returns to money, investments and people with power.  Another man and ignored technology at the same time as Hemp was being outlawed was brought to the public's attention through Henry Ford, and his Hemp Car. In this video it describes how Henry Ford grew his own hemp and thought ethanol bio-fuel would be the future, but it was brought down by smear campaign by the Petrochemical industries and US Government.

Now does it seem a little easier to see why and how hemp and marijuana became illegal?  I hope you will join the fight and stand up for the reform of Marijuana Laws and Industrial Hemp.  Find out your closest NORML chapter you can support  at


Thank you

Jay Blaze

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