The story behind making marijuana illegal

July 11, 2009

I haven’t always been one to examine facts before making decisions; I acted on heart or what I thought was right before understanding and knowing. Not so much anymore.

I must have been in 6th grade when we were shown a video on the dangers of marijuana. I don’t know if it was “Reefer Madness” or something else. Beware! It will make you paranoid. Beware! You’ll commit unspeakable danger! Beware! You’ll have sex! For days and weeks afterward, we would discuss treefrog2wide-eyed the horrors of that *GASP* plant and as we’d walk home from school, we’d eyeball homes where we thought the leafy herb might be dancing around. Homes of troublemakers, of course. Never the straight A kids! Never!

A few decades later and wiser, it seems ridiculous to me that we have no problem selling tobacco that has 599 additives that form over 4,000 chemical bonds…wait, make that 600 now that ethylene vinyl acetate has been added, (It is not yet known how EVA affects humans; it has caused tumors in rats and is suspect in damaging immune systems. I’m thinking when we see the first waves of deaths from these FSC cigarettes, the government is going to have to shell out a hell of a lot of money.) yet marijuana, with around 400 chemical constituents (including Vitamin A), is illegal. By this point, you already know all of the benefits of hemp, so we won’t even go there except to ask…does the tobacco plant have the same fiberous texture??????

Marijuana hasn’t always been illegal. That other cannabis plant, hemp, was mandatory in the Jamestown Colony, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both raised it, and at one point, there were over 8,000 hemp plantations in the United States.  The fight to make this plant illegal has its roots in racism, corporate profiteering and greed. It’s an ugly story and it’s long past time to bury the fears and look at the facts. Ready?

Why is Marijuana Illegal?

Hemp Facts

“Forty million Americans smoked marijuana; the only ones who didn’t like it were Judge Ginsberg, Clarence Thomas and Bill Clinton.” Jay Leno


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