Cannabis Prohibition: Present Day
As of 2016, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Germany, India, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay, and some U.S. jurisdictions have the least restrictive cannabis prohibition laws.
Medical cannabis in the United States is legal in 29 states as of December 2016.
China, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam have some of the strictest cannabis prohibition laws.
In 2008, a Britain was jailed for four years in Dubai after customs officers found cannabis weighing less than a grain of sugar under his shoe, read more.
Marijuana still remains illegal at the US federal level because it is classified as a Schedule I drug, which is defined as a substance that has a high potential of being abused by its users and has no acceptable medical uses.
Under the UK ‘Misuse of Drugs Act 1971’, it is illegal to grow, produce, possess or supply the drug to another person.
It is also an offence to allow your house to be used for growing, preparing, supplying or smoking cannabis.
Penalties for dealing in cannabis within the United Kingdom remain a maximum of 14 years imprisonment and there is still no distinction between social and commercial supply.
Chad Balester writing for the British newspaper The Independent on the 5th November 2000, reported on the Swiss commission for drug issues who met to discuss cannabis prohibition.
It consisted of prominent members of the countries financial, medical, academic, and law enforcement agencies. They stated:
1). The commission states that cannabis policy must reflect prevailing moral values and attitudes to civil liberties.
2). Using criminal law to dictate the behavior of an individual is repugnant to the fundamental values of a legal system founded on personal liberties and is therefore illegitimate.
3). The effectiveness of cannabis prohibition no longer holds any symbolic value and criminal prosecution of cannabis users is an arbitrary act of coercion.
Cannabis Prohibition: Beginnings
Cannabis prohibition is rooted in fascist politics, endemic racism and corruption; even the term ‘marijuana’, a Mexican colloquialism favored by many cannabis users, has racist origins.
Propaganda headlines detailing “The New Killer Weed, Marihuana” first introduced the word into the English language in the 1930’s.
At the time people didn’t realize that it actually referred to cannabis, a harmless and popular, prescribed medicine.
By the 1900’s Rudolf Diesel had developed the ‘Diesel’ engine, which was powered by vegetable oil, and to this day diesel cars can still be run on vegetable oil.
Henry Ford later began developing auto mobiles and recognized the usefulness and versatility of the hemp plant.
Ford knew that hemp could produce vast economic resources if widely cultivated. He constructed a car of resin stiffened hemp fiber, and then ran the car on ethanol made from hemp.
Ethanol is produced from biological material through fermentation. It can be used as an alternate form of fuel.
At the same time Ford’s competitor; General Motors, were developing gasoline powered vehicles and promoted using a fuel additive called tetraethyl lead which made their engines run more smoothly.
“Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man”. Judge Francis Young
Lead was known to be harmful to humans. Several workers adding the metal to gasoline in US factories during the early 1920’s died, and at one stage Midgley himself took sick leave with lead poisoning.
Since the 1920s, DuPont produced leaded gas which is responsible for 80-90% of the world’s environmental lead contamination.
This product’s legacy among many include retarding children’s mental health and causing cancer.
Du Pont helped stop the U.S. ban until 1996, and then increased its overseas sales.
Cannabis Prohibition: Geneva
Consequently the advances made by Ford Engineers with regard to ethanol made from hemp posed a potential threat to the oil industry.
As a direct consequence, an attack on hemp was launched at the 1924 Geneva Opiates Conference.
Cannabis was listed as a dangerous narcotic after an Egyptian delegation had declared it to be a great threat to society that should be subject to the same controls as opiates such as heroin. Oil producers had sponsored the delegations proposal.
The British ensured they acted well before the US government and cannabis became illegal throughout Great Britain, without objection or dispute, on September 28th, 1928.
Coincidentally the same year that the American Mellon Bank began financing The DuPont Petrochemical Company.
Hemp posed a potential threat to key American corporations such as DuPont, and its major financial backer Andrew Mellon.
Dupont were primary movers in the conspiracy and subsequent global cannabis prohibition.
Cannabis Prohibition: The Medias Role
There is still much debate over the role newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst played in cannabis prohibition: read more
Hearst; then publisher of Readers Digest, owner of nineteen daily newspapers and one of only three American news agencies had a documented $400,000 a year deal with the German Nazi party.
This was arranged after personal meetings with both Hitler and Doctor Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister.
It is certainly true that cheaper, sustainable hemp paper threatened Hearst Paper Manufacturing Division, Kimberly Clark (USA) and other timber and paper companies, but this does not satisfactorily explain Hearst’s contribution to the propaganda war against cannabis.
Many believe Hearst, a known racist and Nazi sympathizer, had both a commercial and political agenda. The attack on cannabis began with an unprecedented propaganda campaign, in which Hearst warned readers of:
‘Negro men raping white women, whilst under the influence of marijuana and anti-white, voodoo-satanic, jazz music’.
‘Negroes and Mexicans, inflamed by the hell-spawned herb, accosted white woman, and openly laughed at white people in public’.
Sensational headlines reported tales of violent rape and murder caused by cannabis use, calling it, ‘The Assassin of Youth’.
Cannabis Prohibition: The FBN
The chief of the newly formed Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN), Harry J. Anslinger, supposedly responsible for giving impartial recommendations and advice to congress and the American people, himself played a key role in spreading cannabis misinformation. Anslinger regularly referred to the fabricated newspaper articles as fact.
He had been hand picked to head the FBN by a family relative, the very same Andrew Mellon previously mentioned, long-time Secretary of the US Treasury and owner, and largest stockholder of the Mellon Bank.
At the time Mellon Bank was the sixth largest bank in the United States, and DuPont’s backer since UK prohibition in 1928.
Anslinger was himself a racist, with far right political ideals, who openly referred to “Ginger-colored niggers” in letters to department heads, and famously told US Congress that fifty percent of all violent crimes were committed by Latinos, Negroes and Greeks, and that these crimes could usually be traced back to ‘marijuana’.
Harry J. Anslinger was perfectly aware that FBI statistics at the time showed almost 75% of all murders in the US were alcohol related, and remain so to this day.
Incredibly, he would later go on to contradict his earlier claim that cannabis inspired violence, and warn US Congress that communists were using cannabis to turn American men into pacifists.
Cannabis Prohibition: DuPont
In it’s annual report for that year DuPont urged stockholders to invest in its new petrochemical products citing: ‘Radical changes in the revenue raising power of government that would force acceptance of new ideas of industrial and social reorganization’.
They were of course referring to the marijuana tax act of the same year, an event marking the beginning of cannabis prohibition, of which many had prior insider trading knowledge.
More importantly the DuPont 1937 annual company report had inadvertently highlighted the main reason for cannabis prohibition; namely corporate greed.
Cannabis Prohibition: Dr. James Woodward
He claimed Federal testimony was based exclusively on tabloid sensationalism and questioned why the bill should have been prepared in secret for over two years without any intimation, even to the medical profession, that it was being planned.
Cannabis was a popular and safe medicine, prescribed for over 100 separate illnesses. However Woodward and the AMA were denounced and rapidly dismissed from the hearings. In late 1937, two years before the start of World War II, The Marijuana Tax Act was pushed through US Congress (in less than three months) and effectively crippled the US hemp industry and medical cannabis use was soon to follow.
“If cannabis were unknown, and bioprospectors were suddenly to find it in some remote mountain crevice, its discovery would no doubt be hailed as a medical breakthrough. Scientists would praise its potential for treating everything from pain to cancer, and marvel at its rich pharmacopoeia – many of whose chemicals mimic vital molecules in the human body. The Economist“
Cannabis Prohibition: United Nations
By 1961 Anslinger and his co-conspirators had gained sufficient influence to insist that the United Nations follow US drug policy and 100 member states were coerced into signing an agreement that virtually outlawed cannabis worldwide.
The conspiracy continues and in December 2002 Mr. John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy stated:
“Marijuana poses a greater danger to the United States than heroin, cocaine or amphetamines”.
Adding, “60 per cent of the six million people who need treatment services for drug abuse in the United States are dependent on marijuana”.
You cannot overdose on cannabis; no one has ever died from cannabis overdose. Cannabis is not addictive like many pharmaceutical drugs or heroin, cocaine and amphetamines.
You need to be a constant, chronic smoker to develop even mild physical dependence, and tests show that even chronic smokers can withdraw in 2 to 4 days and suffer only irritability and/or mild insomnia.
Heavy cannabis users can safely withdraw without any of the physical symptoms of sickness, sweating, cramps, drug craving, using dreams relapses and in extreme cases death that heroin, cocaine or amphetamine addicts suffer.
These same debilitating symptoms also occur with alcohol and tobacco withdrawal yet Walters’ didn’t even mention them.
Alcoholics should never attempt withdrawal without medication and medical support, as it is extremely dangerous.
Cannabis Prohibition: Big Pharma
Instead of developing natural, cannabis-based drugs, pharmaceutical companies produce synthetic cannabis in laboratories.
These are synthetic versions of cannabis, about which Omni Magazine wrote:
‘After 9 years, Nabilone is still considered useless when compared with home-grown cannabis, and Marinaol works in only 13% of patients’.
Sativex spray is developed by GW pharmaceuticals in the UK. They have a heavily guarded cannabis farm in England where they grow 20 tones of cannabis annually. This is then laboratory processed and THC and CBD are extracted and made into an alcohol based tincture. It costs the British taxpayer £120.00 sterling per 10ml vial, which is only enough to last the average MS patient 10 days.
There are estimated to be 80,000 MS sufferers in the UK alone – you do the math. If patients were allowed to grow their own cannabis it would cost the taxpayer zero – nothing.
Cannabis buds are far superior to Sativex as you get the full profile of cannabinoids, not just THC and CBD.
In some countries it is now possible to be prescribed pharmaceutical cannabis.
The British Medical Association (BMA) believes that cannabinoids should be extensively used in a wide range of medical treatments
They would like to see ‘targeted cannabis medicines’ developed to benefit all of mankind; not just multi national pharmaceutical companies.
Cannabis Prohibition: Sense Will Prevail
However, the federal government has ruled that if a state passes a law to decriminalize cannabis for recreational or medical use, they can do so, under the condition that a regulation system for cannabis is in place.
Cannabis has no potential for overdose and no person has ever died as a direct and immediate consequence of its use.
By making cannabis oil at home medical marijuana patients can save money and obtain a regular and consistent supply of unadulterated cannabis. This is all the more reason to become a cultivator, fight the corruption and help preserve the genetics of this magnificent and ancient plant we call: Cannabis sativa.
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