Marijuana, Weed, Hemp and History from Before the 60’s

Marijuana, Weed, Hemp and History from Before the 60’s
1936 propaganda film now cult favorite.

Excuse the pun but Illinois and most of the U.S. and Canada are all abuzz about legalizing marijuana. The financials are off the chart. The tax revenue is staggering. We’re not just talking medical marijuana or as the Illinois draft law states, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. We’re talking legalizing pot smoking for fun and profit.  Most Americans like the idea even if they have no reason for the medical marijuana and don’t contemplate taking a toke with their friends. Yep I know lingo like “toke”. I was a teenager in the sixties.  The Beatles were hanging out with Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and a lot of people were taking the “everybody smoke dope” advice.  Frankly it was easier to accept than your friends going off to Viet Nam.  Dope, hemp, weed, blunts whatever, all of it was illegal. This wasn’t always the case.

As early as 2900 B.C. the Chinese were well aware of the possible benefits of cannabis.  The Hebrew bible (Exodus 30: 22-23) describes a mixture of olive oil and herbs one of which kaneh-bosem (according to researchers in linguistics, etymology, etc. is cannabis) was used to anoint the holy. I think even Bill Maher might have liked that church. The history of cannabis use is long in deed and covers many civilizations including the Egyptians. Early settlers to the new America carried hemp plants and were encouraged to cultivate it for export.  The father of our country, good old George Washington grew hemp on his farm or so the ledgers state and he was fond of the medicinal results. I just bet he was especially since the variety he preferred was high in THC, the chemical that produces the “high”.

The Wiley Act of 1906 created the legislation to label products containing alcohol, opium and cannabis but it wasn’t until the 1910’s that the Prohibitionists movement socked alcohol and cannabis use in the eye. Believe it or not oral sex went into the legislation. History tells us how well that went.  The illegal liquor business made a lot of now prominent families prominent and created lots of corruption and crime. If I had to bet I would bet that the sex trade probably did a booming business supplying the naughty that bible toting, law abiding wives wouldn’t.

Before the mid 1900’s we got cannabis from India but the U. S. Department of Agriculture got busy developing a strain that would grow in U.S. pharmaceutical farms to substitute for the loss of supplies during WWI. So how did Mary Jane get such a bad name?  It seems money was the root.  William Randolph Hurst of newspaper fame not only printed the news but owned a lot of trees that went into making paper.  He had a very vertical business going and hemp, also used in paper making, was not in the portfolio. In 1936 some church people made a film demonizing marijuana. The rights to the film were purchased and the now cult film Reefer Madness was born. (Link to film Reefer Madness on You Tube). Got to wonder if some Hurst funds didn’t get filtered into the film industry.

Now the circle has come full round.  Marijuana and hemp mean money.  We all know money talks. Of course there are people out there who still believe the old time brain washing, smoking pot is a gateway to heavy drug use.  No matter what actual data say they will choose to believe Pat Robertson or some other wing nut that also believes the earth was created in seven days and evolution is Satanism. It really is inconsequential what is believed.  Illinois like so many other states will have cultivators, dispensaries and doctors will prescribe marijuana to address illnesses of many varieties. We may even get “coffee shops” like those in the Netherlands.  I just hope our legislators give native Illinoisans the ability to apply and get the licenses needed to get on the gravy train and exclude out of state big money.  I hope jobs are created and businesses develop that bring wealth to the many and not just more money to the top 10%.  Yes, Illinois has to be careful that not just anyone with a plot of land can grow medicinal cannabis. There have to be safeguards for health and security but don’t forget to spread the wealth and don’t just tax the hell out of the users!

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    The President takes an oath to faithfully execute the laws of the United States. As important, if not more important, that oath also specifies that they uphold the Constitution. They can refuse to enforce a law if they believe it is unconstitutional since the Constitution, as the supreme law of the land, takes precedence over acts of Congress. Hence, Congress is under a duty not to pass unconstitutional laws, the President is under a duty not to enforce unconstitutional laws, and the courts are under a duty to strike down unconstitutional laws.' - excerpt from July 11/12 article - Moreover, Prohibition of HEMP is a crime against humanity. HEMP seed is the most complete food source in the world. - Public Knowledge - See Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 'The 9th Amendment to the US Constitution seems to provide firm legal ground for us to eat by our best understandings, asserting "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." Thomas Jefferson certainly advised us to claim and exercise the right of food choice when he wrote, “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”' - excerpt from | The US Constitution takes a different position - Furthermore, the US government owns the patent on cannabis cures which contradicts a Schedule 1 controlled substance. US patent# 6630507. Follow us on TWITTER @HempVodka

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    Actually Marijuana is mentioned in the bible by name:

    1980, etymologists at Hebrew University in Jerusalem confirmed that cannabis is mentioned in the Bible by name, Kineboisin (Also spelled Kannabosm), in a list of measured ingredients for "an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compounded after the art of apothecary to be smeared on the head. The word was mistranslated in King James version as `calamus' – Exodus 30:23 (Latimer 1988).

    The above means it was in the oil they used to rub on their skin, it was in the bread they ate called the Lord's Supper, and it was in the incense that was burned in the temples.

    Marijuana is the Tree-Of-Life talked about in the bible, indeed it was a real tree that grew from the ground:

    Gen 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree, the tree of life was also growing in the garden...

    The above reveals that the Tree-Of-Life is indeed a real tree that grows in the ground.

    Rev 22:2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the ocean, was the tree of life. The foliage of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

    We are living in a day when the Tree-Of-Life (what the world calls marijuana) is healing everything it comes in contact with.

    The ONLY thing dangerous about marijuana are the cops who shoot people for having it:

    Number of American deaths per year that result directly or primarily from the following selected causes nationwide, according to World Almanacs, Life Insurance Actuarial (death) Rates, and the last 20 years of U.S. Surgeon Generals' reports.

    TOBACCO - 340,000 to 450,000

    ALCOHOL (Not including 50% of all highway deaths and 65% of all murders) - 150,000+

    ASPIRIN (Including deliberate overdose) - 180 to 1,000+

    CAFFEINE (From stress, ulcers, and triggering irregular heartbeats, etc.) - 1,000 to 10,000

    "LEGAL" DRUG OVERDOSE (Deliberate or accidental) from legal, prescribed or patent medicines and/or mixing with alcohol - e.g. Valium/alcohol - 14,000 to 27,000

    ILLICIT DRUG OVERDOSE - (Deliberate or accidental) from all illegal drugs - 3,800 to 5,200


    (**Marijuana users also have the same or LOWER incidence of murders and highway deaths and accidents than the general NON-marijuana using population as a whole.** Cancer Study, UCLA; U.S. Funded ($6 million), First & Second Jamaican Studies, 1968 to 1974; Costa Rican Studies, 1980 to 1982; et al. LOWEST TOXICITY 100% of the studies done at dozens of American universities and research facilities show pot toxicity does not exist. Medical history does not record anyone dying from an overdose of marijuana (UCLA, Harvard, Temple, etc.)

    Accordingly a 1993 study done by the U.S. Department of Transportation came to the same conclusion as the above concerning marijuana and driving safety:

    “Marijuana, administered in a dose of 100 µg THC per kg of whole body weight...did not significantly change mean driving performance as measured...” - U.S Department of Transportation: Marijuana and Actual Driving Performance DOT HS 808 078

    The fact is people who use marijuana reflexes are not affected in a negative way and they become more conscious of safety, sometimes refusing to even drive.

    Marijuana is a plant with a safety record second to none.

    Anyone who would like to dispute these FACTS, point to a credible death that involves marijuana and nothing but marijuana, or hold your tongue.

  • In reply to Shepherd Yerusalem:

    Thank you for your information. Now if we can just get the folks who believe that marijuana is bad to look at the serious data and history perhaps we can utilize this amazing plant for the good it has provided over the centuries before competing interest used money and political influence to demonize it.

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  • In reply to Miktyson:

    I'm writing another article on this subject. I need to do some research first. There is a rumor that the top five organizations against legalization have some nefarious aims. Stay tuned.

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