In 1937, the United States outlawed Marihuana as the most deadly narcotic ever known, saying it caused murder, rape and incurable insanity. With passage of the Marihuana Tax Act, any farmer growing hemp without a license was henceforth a criminal. The US Treasury Dept. refused to issue any licenses, making Cannabis production, both hemp and marijuana, illegal in the US.
In 1941, Ford Motors created a biodegradable plastic car from hemp, sisal and wheatstraw. The body panels were thinner, lighter, and stronger than steel. A video shows the plastic trunk lid being beaten with an axe, and the axe is bouncing off, not even scratching the car.
In February of 1938, just a few months after the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act, Popular Mechanics magazine ran an article praising a machine that “solved a problem more than 6,000 years old.” The machine was called a Decorticator, the hemp industry’s equivalent to Eli Whitney’s Cotton Gin. The article states that this machine would revolutionize the American agricultural industry by processing hemp at a faster rate and with higher quality fibers and more pulp than ever before in history. The prohibition of Marihuana ruined this industry and its potential for American farmers in every state.
Hemp: The Trillion Dollar Crop
In 1942, the United States legalized Marihuana again to support our troops in World War II. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the US faced a shortage of materials because imports of fiber from Southeast Asia were cut off by the Japanese. In 1942, the US Department of Agriculture created a 14-minute instructional film for American farmers titled Hemp For Victory on how to cultivate and harvest Cannabis Sativa for the war effort:
Shown three minutes into the film is the license that allowed Americans to be a legal PRODUCER OF MARIHUANA - the same natural weed that we are still told today is “the most dangerous drug menace in history.” “Marihuana” was legalized, taxed and regulated as a legitimate industry in the United States, and the drug aspects of the plant were not even part of the debate. While legalized Cannabis fibers were mainly used for Naval rigging, the film shows that legal Cannabis also created boot laces, uniforms, and parachute rigging. One such parachute was used by George HW Bush when his bomber was shot down over the Pacific. In other words, legalizing marijuana saved George Bush’s life. Cannabis was so important to the war that farmers who agreed to grow Marihuana for the military were exempt from the draft, along with their sons.
It is arguable that had the US not legalized Marihuana in 1942, the US would not have had the necessary equipment to engage in a two-front World War, and the geopolitical climate of the entire planet could be drastically different than it is now. Without domestic rope for naval rigging, the remainder of the Armed Forces would not have reached Europe or Japan, and D-Day would not have happened. And it is important to consider how our history would be different if Cannabis had been legalized during Vietnam. All of those pot-growing, draft-dodging hippies would have been patriots contributing to the war effort. Would we have had a Kent State? Would we have even been in Vietnam trying to secure trade routes and increase our influence in the region for goods that can be produced domestically from hemp?
In 1972, the Nixon administration ordered a report on the dangers of marijuana. The report was supposed to be the final word on the matter, giving support to the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 which classified Marijuana as a Schedule I “dangerous” narcotic with no known medical use. Instead, the report of the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, titled Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding, conceded that enforcement of Cannabis prohibition laws were more detrimental to American society than the use of the drug itself.
National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Since 1937, millions of Americans have been made into criminals for the exact same thing that helped America win every war from the Revolution to World War II. These are interesting facts which our government, both Democrat and Republican administrations, have conveniently kept out of school history books and public discussions.
How would our society change if the Hemp For Victory campaign were reinstated now? What if all of those lazy stoners out there were not committing a crime, but instead were contributing to our national defense? What if the marijuana that Americans grow today could be used to make equipment for our military and law enforcement personnel fighting in the War on Terror? Or even in the War on Drugs? Or simply for everyday use? If biodegradable hemp-based plastic can be molded into auto body panels, then that same plastic can be used to make water bottles, CDs and DVDs, television and computer casings, lawn furniture, and virtually anything else that isn’t glass or metal.
In 1916, a full 20 years before marijuana was outlawed, the USDA reported in Bulletin #404 that one acre of Cannabis hemp can make four times more paper than an acre of mature trees. Today, the US government spends billions of dollars on trying to wipe out marijuana, while importing millions of dollars of hemp products from Communist China. All of this can change with your votes. Please review the history and uses of Cannabis Sativa, and tell your Representatives to support reinstating the successful World War II Hemp For Victory campaign.