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Two puffs on a marijuana cigarette and I turned into a bat flew round the room and into a 200 foot inkwell claimed Dr James Munch, under oath in court. Dr. Munch a Pharmacologist of Temple University, Philadelphia, USA was expert witness for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and US Government , from 1938 – 1962 stating the effect he had from marijuana. Well of course it’s laughable that anyone could believe such claptrap. Nevertheless his word was heard these now infamous words, crop up every now and again, well in my world at least. I read something years ago and it made me curious as to why Anslinger and his cronies (which I’ve just looked up and it means friends) hated cannabis so much.

So first of all where does JD Anslinger fit into the equation?  Well back in the 1930s, his wife’s uncle the Secretary of State to the US Treasury Department Andrew Mellon and a very powerful industrialist with interests/investments as diverse as DuPont and General Motors and not averse to political leverage in favour of his own businesses, appointed him head of the newly formed Federal Bureau of Narcotics. So first look at Mellon’s business interests and there is an undeniable link between the myriad uses of Hemp/Cannabis as opposed to coal, lumber and the new upcoming ‘fossil’ oil based, petroleum, nylon and plastics industries.  Anslinger wasted no time whatsoever in his goal to demolish the Hemp industries.

Now if we just backtrack a little to 1919 a newly re-invented machine called a decorticator had just been patented on 1st July by George W Schlichten which would have revolutionised the stripping of hemp as separating the fibres from the hurds had always been problematic. The first fully operative decorticator went to work in a spinning mill owned by John D Rockefeller, who tried unsuccessfully to buy out the patent.

However investors were needed to market and develop the invention but were in short supply one though Harry Timken the owner of Timken Roller Bearing Company wanted to develop it for both fibre and paper production, and met with Edward W Scripps of Scripps Newspaper Company, who along with William Hearst owned vast areas of Woodlands and Forests which they thought would be severely devalued by the development of alternatives for paper. This is true of most papers as Hemp paper is much stronger than other papers, including rag papers made from cotton and can be recycled up to seven times unlike others usually only three.

However for newspapers hemp paper is far too good a quality due to its cellulose content timber only contains about 30% cellulose whereas hemp can contain up to 85% which gives it strength and durability.

 Alongside these industries that hemp was seen as a threat to, there was also the Multinational Pharmaceutical and Petrochemical Conglomerate owned by Lammont Du Pont that bore his name were using fossil fuels to manufacture fuels and medicines and the recent invention of nylon synthetic fibres. General Motors car manufacturer was another industry the Du Pont family became part of building cars specifically to run on petrol or gasoline as it’s called in America.

There is an old joke about Ford automobiles from that time ‘Any colour you want as long as it’s black’, which quite likely originated as an idea for advertising GM Cars as they came in a variety of colours.

 As far as these investors were concerned something had to be done to put a metaphorical spanner in the works. So the FBN drafted the Marijuana Tax Act which would put hemp production under the jurisdiction of the Treasury Department.

Between 1935 and 1937 Du Pont persistently lobbied Herman Oliphant, chief counsel to the US Treasury Dept. Mellon Secretary of State to the US Treasury piled pressure on for federal legislation, not only was he Anslinger’s uncle in law but also Du Pont’s banker and a major shareholder in both Du Pont and Golf Oil and a large coal mining company.

With Hearst vilifying Mexicans and by association marijuana in print for many years and the recent Reefer Madness Campaign apparently made by a church group (although this is uncertain the films were later purchased and added to by notorious exploitation film producer Dwain Esper) the newly revived hemp industries were in for a rough ride.

Of course the sneaky part is the use of the word Marijuana often these days thought of as a racist word, I’ll not get into semantics here but will briefly look at the word and how it became known. Most people will have heard of the song “La Cucaracha” which translated literally means “The Cockroach”, in the song the cockroach loses one of its legs which makes it difficult to get around the words have changed over the years but many of the changes have highlighted political or social conditions originally included the following words;

But what has that got to do with Hemp well just after the turn of the 20th Century the President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt declared 150 million acres of land National Forests which meant Hearst was unable to cut down as much as he wanted for newspaper production, even though he owned much of the land mentioned. Possibly part of the reason for the new land titles were a bit of political rivalry. Roosevelt disliked Hearst’s style of yellow journalism as he wanted to read a newspaper full of facts not stories made up to sell papers. Hearst decided to head for Mexico where he also owned vast tracks of land; there he came across Pancho Villa the former bandit and his newly named by the President of Mexico Northern Division.

Pancho Villa revolutionary commander and one of the most prominent figures of the Mexican Revolution is generally one of the first names that comes to mind when the history and literal meaning of “La Cucaracha” is questioned. The revolutionary version was reportedly sung by Villa’s troops during battle they managed to secure 800,000 acres of the land mostly forest from William Hearst earmarked for timber and paper production and possibly the catalyst for the Mexican revolution and it’s also the adaptation that most notably references cannabis.

Quite possibly where the word marijuana entered the western world at first unnoticed but also a possible origin to the word Roach as the butt of a joint or spliff.

Hearst was renowned for anti Mexican propaganda printed in his many media outlets he also ran anti hemp ads in 20 daily newspapers, 11 Sunday newspapers in 13 cities, which provided huge support to the campaign for the Marijuana Tax Act. It is no coincidence Hearst thought he stood to lose a fortune as hemp production threatened the value of wood pulp.

Once passed the Marijuana Tax Act 1937 due to its bureaucratic, legal and financial barriers made it nearly impossible to be successful in the hemp industries. Strange that in a time of industrial decline a resource hailed as the new billion dollar crop by popular Mechanics Magazine would be doomed to failure.

Had the greed of the conglomerate of Hearst, DuPont, Mellon, Rockefeller and the racial hatred of Anslinger not won the day back in history it’s possible the climate of the world we currently live in may not have undergone such cataclysmic changes.

If you know the facts about Hemp it is not difficult to understand how the prohibition of cannabis would be beneficial to those invested in its rivals.

For just oil production alone, one acre of industrial hemp produces enough seed to make Three Hundred gallons of oil with Three tons of nutritious hemp flour produced from the waste of those same seeds.

Further to this fabrics can be made from the fibres in the stems, which are fire, water and mildew resistant, but also thermodynamic which means clothes made from the fabric are warm in winter and cool in summer. Cotton fabrics are prone to mildew, cotton also requires chemicals in the form of pesticides and herbicides and vast amounts of water when growing.

The centre of the stems or hurds can be made into building materials with timber style boards stronger than oak. Hemp bricks are a carbon sink as unlike conventional bricks they have not been fired and literally absorb carbon from the air making them stronger with age.

 There are so many uses for this plant that any government that can’t see the potential of this wonder crop is either blind or more likely so heavily invested in its rivals.

This brings us to where we are today apart from mentioning members of our government are heavily involved in a monopoly to grow what they call ‘Medicinal Cannabis’, although anyone that knows realises that Medicinal, Recreational, Sacramental and Industrial Cannabis/Hemp it is all the same plant as they are all Cannabis Sativa L, the L being Carl Linnaeus who formalised our modern system of taxonomy or classification.

The difference between Hemp and Cannabis is plant husbandry and geographical location, however genetically they are one and the same.

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