If we focus on the issues surrounding marijuana legalization nowadays, it is effortless to realize that there is something terribly wrong in our collective attitude towards a beautiful plant that has been treasured and used for thousands of years, and which has already been proven to possess a whole array of health benefits.
But have you ever wondered about the true reasons that lead to marijuana prohibition? Is it possible that the ban, and nonetheless, the war on marijuana have something to do with the rise of the automobile industry in the 1900s?
The truth is, up-to-date, we have finally reached some form of progress on legalizing marijuana. However, there is still a very long way to go before society gets to understand the real value of cannabis which extends from commercial, medicinal, and all the way up to spiritual merits.
Yet even more importantly, understanding better the multiple implications of cannabis might turn out to be one of the keys to coping with the disastrous consequences of human activity on the living nature. At some point in the bright future, cannabis can become one of the best, all natural remedies which, when studied better and combined with cut-edge, modern-day science and technologies can give rise to generations of healthy, happy individuals all across the globe.
Can Learning More about Cannabis Help Humanity Reach New Phases of Development and Well Being?
Whether we are capable of fully comprehending that we live in the most dramatic times in the entire history of mankind or not, facts and stats are quite clear: our Planet Earth is under great suffering.
Just like millions of people are dying because of cancer, so is planet Earth begging for help yet we keep failing to find a cure for either of these heartbreaking issues.
But why do governments continue to lack the right approach and the much-needed solutions that can help humanity avoid ending up into an unprecedented ecological catastrophe?
How is it even possible that we have learned how to travel to the Moon and back but we haven’t learned how to properly treat the health of millions of people across the globe?
In our highly polarized world where something as innocent as the cannabis plant has been propagated as the number one public enemy for over a century, it has become more relevant than ever before to put an end to the outdated, ugly, ruthless marijuana stigma. In a similar manner, it is time to embrace change and open up our minds to higher perspectives because when all conventional methods fail, it is obvious that we must look for solutions among substances, methods, and/or places that we have never dared to explore before.
Without any desire to dig into conspiracy theories, and without any desire to share negative vibes, it is crucial that we find the truth about why marijuana got listed alongside heroin. Because, without any prejudices on the matter, even the anti-marijuana part of our society does inevitably sense that there are some missing pieces of the puzzle regarding the ban on marijuana, and it is exactly these pieces that we will try to bring up to the very spotlights of your attention in this article.
Please note that we do not want to cast any form of biased opinions by what you are about to read below. Therefore, we do encourage you to keep an open mind, to think critically, and to feel free to interpret the facts that we are about to share in a way that best corresponds with your personality and unique point of view regarding cannabis use and abuse.
The Ban on Marijuana: In Search for Hidden Truths
Authorities around the world have long been dealing with issues when it comes to regulating the distribution and use of cannabis.
In fact, these issues date all the way back to the 1600s – 1700s when hashish became an item of a major trade between South and Central Asia.
Later on, in 1798, upon their return from Egypt, French soldiers brought back the Egyptians’ habit of smoking hashish which made Napoleon go very, very mad to the point of prohibiting the use of hashish.
In 1856, the British tried to tax the trade of cannabis buds and cannabis concentrates brought by the people of India and originally referred to as “ganja” and “charas.” Yet, as you might imagine, controlling the trade or use of a substance which comes from a plant, and therefore, grows in abundance all naturally, proved out to be quite impossible to handle.
The thing is, it is very, very hard to regulate the way people choose to use an innocent, gorgeous plant. After all, no government or institution on the planet will ever be capable of creating LIFE, for it is only God or the Universe, or however, you choose to refer to the brilliant, divine Mind who has brought to life all of the living creatures on Earth.
So, how do you control something that is somewhat naturally and totally out of your control? The answer is simple: by banning it!
But if cannabis was never depicted as a massive threat to society’s sake up until the 19th century, and despite the governments’ inability to make money from taxing and controlling the spread and use of the substance, in the early 1900s, the course of events on a global scale seem to have aligned in such a way as to make cannabis plants the worst enemy of the big players involved in the rapidly rising industries of that time.
Whenever big money and big corporations’ interests are concerned, history proves that governments are capable of anything, literally anything – even if that means lying to and brainwashing society – to reach their money-oriented, materialism-driven goals.
Talking about money, it’s astonishing to find out that the crop which farmers are shown to carry in their horse-drawn cart depicted on the US 10 dollar bill is actually Cannabis Sativa, or what is nowadays widely referred to as industrial hemp!
What’s even more important is that when it comes to discussing the war on marijuana, we need to do so from a broader perspective; and by a broader perspective, we mean taking into account not only the psychoactive varieties of cannabis plants but also the low-psychoactive cannabis varieties, and in particular, hemp plants.
Before we dig any deeper, we want to remind you of the numerous invaluable applications of hemp plants.
To start with, hemp is known to possess the unique, unparalleled quality to bring back 70% of the nutrients to the soil, thus, greatly contributing to fixing one of the global issued which need dire measures – soil phytoremediation.
Hemp is also the natural alternative to building the sustainable future we need so badly, as it can be used for the production of bio-paints, bio-fuel, bio-plastics, fabrics that do not require the use of pesticides and as much as water like cotton, as well as hempcrete, which is the better alternative to the non-eco-friendly concrete.
But banning hemp would have seemed deprived of any common sense, even back in the time when people were not fully aware of the incomparable value of hemp for the sake of a greener, better future for the next generations.
Yet, banning cannabis plants as a whole by blaming the psychoactive effects of marijuana as a potential threat to society was an excellent move.
Racism, Lies, Fear, and Control: This is How Banning Marijuana Happened
By declaring war on drugs, marijuana was put in the very spotlights of public awareness, even though the effects of cannabis consumption do not come even close to the effects of consuming, for instance, methamphetamine.
Now, more importantly, the authorities made perfect use of the fact that in the early 1900s Mexican immigrants brought the habit of consuming weed recreationally to the US. The government managed to find a crack in the immigrant-related circumstances at that time to lace the ban on marijuana with fear, as well as a massive dose of racism.
Both the Hispanic, as well as the black people were represented as the greatest threats to the well-being and future development of America, and especially to the young teenagers who were the ones the authorities unscrupulously used to spread the anti-marijuana propaganda among the vulnerable, worried parents.
The once thinly laced racist fears regarding the effects of cannabis use, which were, by no chance scientifically proven, had enough media support to bloom. And so, the stereotype that was used to make cannabis illegal in the 1930s was carefully fed until the point lies started to sound more like truths.
And here we reach the most interesting part of this article – the part where we are about to shed more light on a theory which has been discussed by many cannabis experts throughout the years – does banning marijuana have something to do with the rise of the automobile industry in the 1900s?
Nonetheless, we feel obliged to highlight that all of what we are about to share remains only a theory up-to-date, as much of the crucial evidence on that matter has been lost at some point in time and existence.
And so, the story goes like this.
In the early 1900s, a rapidly emerging industry in America was on the rise. This was none other but the automobile industry. As you can probably guess, this newly rising industry required a lot of parts to be produced, such as metals, rubbers, and fabrics, to name a few.
At that time, the US Secretary of Treasury was a man named Andrew Mellon. What’s more, Mellon was the head of Mellon Bank.
It is believed that it was exactly the Mellon Bank to have made some of the largest investments in Dupont petrochemical. It was thanks to these investments, as well as the further support of Mellon bank how Dupont petrochemical managed to acquire General Motors. In a nutshell, General Motors were the car makers, the biggest players in the rising automobile industry.
Furthermore, at that time, Dupont petrochemical was also involved in the development of nylon. It is no secret that nylon is a 100% synthetic fiber which is made out of fossil fuels (but isn’t it ironic we are currently faced with trying to fight fossil fuels?)
Well, it comes as no surprise that Andrew Mellon is believed to have seen the opportunity of his life in making a fortune out of his shares and investments in both the nylon, as well as the automobile industry.
But, as you can probably already guess, Mellon also saw a huge threat to his gold-mine-to-be, and this threat was none other but cannabis, and to be more specific, hemp!
Quintessentially, Mellon was right to worry about the growth of his monopoly since hemp could have been used for the production of so many of the parts needed for the booming cars industry, that it was most obviously, an unbeatable competitor.
Since Dupont petrochemical’s business where Mellon is thought to have been a major investment player could have been taken away because of an extremely useful plant, Mellon took dire measures.
Of course, Mellon was not a stupid man, and he didn’t risk putting his name in the very spotlights as to be possibly suspected for trying to demonize cannabis. So instead, Mellon found a job for his nephew-in-law – Harry Anslinger.
And the job that Mellon got for Anslinger? Oh, well, he took the lead position of the Department of Prohibition in Washington DC in 1929.
Harry Anslinger was the driving force behind the ban on marijuana, and this is not a theory but a well-known fact.
What’s even more intriguing is that Anslinger’s trace in prohibiting alcohol was not a very bright one since the alcohol prohibition turned out as a complete disaster. It didn’t last more than 13 years after it began.
And then, all of a sudden, Anslinger was the head of a department that literally had nothing to do! Thus, despite the fact that Anslinger did never before speak up against cannabis when his department needed a new purpose, Anslinger changed his mind and started propagating against cannabis as a violent-inducing drug.
What’s even worse, Anslinger’s anti-marijuana campaigns which were deeply rooted in racism and racist-related fears, found a wonderful ground to bloom and prosper, because, unfortunately, at that time, way too many people of the US elite, including but not limited to politicians were deeply racist.
The anti-marijuana propaganda seemed unstoppable. Unlike the prohibition on alcohol, the results from the carefully plotted anti-marijuana campaigns were here to stay, mostly because of people’s fear of the unknown. Marijuana was depicted as a means that black people used to solicitude white women, and it was also said to drive people insane.
Well, the rest is history, at least as far as the war on marijuana and the rise of the automobile industry niche is concerned.
The Ban on Marijuana and the Rise of the Automobile Industry: Final Food for Thought
Weed culture is an astonishing phenomenon because it revolves around oneness, openness, awareness, letting go, acceptance, going with the flow, being here and now, gratefulness, calmness, inhibition, harmony.
We can learn from history in order to expand our horizons. However, what happened back in time is a yesterday that cannot be changed; tomorrow remains a mystery but today is truly a gift, and that’s why we call it the present, remember?
Knowing more about the ban on marijuana, as well as the war on marijuana can be a mind-opening experience but it is not worth sticking around in the past for too long since we really have an urgent job to do nowadays! Planet Earth needs us, bud buddies. Everyone can and will make a change through the small, consistent changes in habits and way of thinking for the better.
Just imagine what about 7.7 billion people can do if each takes a small step for the better.
Do yourself a favor and do the living nature a favor by growing herbs, composting, planting bee-friendly plants, reusing, re-purposing, and limiting waste, as well as over consumerism. And yes, cannabis plants are bee-friendly!
And yes, giving organic marijuana growing a try is so much worth it. Growing cannabis is a beautiful journey which never repeats itself over time; each grow is different, every month becomes a way to understand better the living nature and the laws that rule the Universe. In a perfect world, anyone will be free to pick some favorite strains and enjoy getting in tune with that unique vibe because it is simply incomparable.
Isn’t the cannabis culture so much about being able to share a particular vibe with someone to such an extent as to feel the profound pureness of one’s soul? Fossil fuels have been winning the battle for too long, so maybe it’s high time that we stop being fossil fools? High time to bust the marijuana monster myths, too.