William Randolph Hearst, Andrew Mellon and DuPont Chemicals were scrambling against time, against the imminent release of the new hemp processing technology. The superior nature of hemp by-products, specifically hemp paper and hemp fabric, were not lost on them. That the hemp was cheaper, with a faster harvesting period and environmentally more efficient only made the situation bleaker.

With pressure mounting, the cabal made a decision to eliminate the threat of hemp once and for all, and in the process, achieved, as some would term it, one of the most blatant displays of abuse of power in the history of the nation.

Secretary of the Treasury, Andrew Mellon initiated the plan by appointing his nephew, Harry Anslinger, who was the Assistant U.S. Commissioner for Prohibition to lead the newly formed Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (FBNDD, which would eventually become what we now know as DEA). Mellon then followed that up by tasking the General Counsel of the Treasury, Herman Oliphant, to pursue the idea of criminalizing, or at the very least, heavily taxing the hemp.

The grateful Oliphant brilliantly decided to hitch their fortune with the 1934 National Firearms Act (which was designed to curtail the prevalence of machine guns among the public), structuring the proposed Marijuana Tax Act along the same concept, where while total ban was not sought after, a prohibitive tax was instead placed on the hemp.

As soon as the National Firearms Act was passed by the Congress, and subsequently affirmed by the Supreme Court after it was challenged by gun manufacturers, Oliphant’s officers, and the lobbyist hired by the cabal flooded the capital to lay down the groundwork for the eventual introduction of the Marijuana Tax Act on 14 April 1937.

Hearst meanwhile began to direct his editors to run anti-marijuana themed stories in his publications a few years prior to that. Despite the fact that there has never been any documented case of marijuana deaths, Hearst’s papers repeatedly published stories of criminal acts, accidents and socials ill that were purportedly caused exclusively by marijuana.

Second or third hands accounts by ‘witnesses’, ‘sources’ and ‘unnamed official’ were regularly cited to indict marijuana on various acts of violence, and the themed expanded to the racists territory, with direct allusions on how hemp based marijuana were causing the blacks, Chinese, Mexicans and other minorities of perpetrating dastardly criminal acts against the puritanical whites of the land. Bigotry and racism hid behind the façade of marijuana opposition.

The continuous and repetitive propaganda began to influence the public’s opinion on marijuana, and soon after, the myth became an accepted part of the mainstream body of knowledge on hemp and marijuana. Soon, the archetypical image of the marijuana-addicted dilettante – jobless, penniless and resorting to crime to fund their habit – became synonymous with marijuana.

This flew against scientific findings of the time, with the most famous being the research done by the Siler Commission, a government funded initiative to discover the effects of marijuana smoking among the nation’s soldiers in the Army stationed in Panama. The Commission opines that the habit was no more dangerous than smoking or alcohol consumption; where only an abuse of ingestion could lead to health or social issues.

This was corroborated by the United States Deputy Surgeon, General Walter Treadway, in a speech to the League of Nations (a predecessor of the United Nations) 1937, where he conclusively stated that marijuana consumption is no different from drinking coffee. In other words, it has the potential to be physically addictive, but not psychology addictive like other hardcore drugs.






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