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Why cannabis became illegal in 1937.

12th Feb 2021

When we think of the mobsters from the early 1900's we think of men in suits smoking big cigars. Al Capone comes to mind. Was he the biggest gangster of them all? I want you to know that he wasn't at all. I want you to know the biggest crime against humanity was perpetrated by less than 5 key players and a few people that unknowingly helped pass the WORST law of all time. Hidden as a tax law the marijuana tax act of 1937 successfully stole the greatest plant in the world from the PEOPLE.

The very plant that can clothe, feed, medicate and house us.

The plant with more than 50,000 industrial applications.

A plant that you know by a scary name taken from a song sung by Mexican peasants.

"La Cucaracha, La Cucaracha, ya no puede caminar / porque no tiene, Porque se Falta marijuana que fumar"

This story starts with the diesel engine invented by Rudolph Diesel. He intended his engine to run on vegetable oils, especially hemp seed oil.

The use of fossil fuels wasn't necessary, but the Du Pont chemical company thought otherwise.

Using their tie with Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon and joint interest with a guy name William Randolph Hearst who owned the largest newspaper distribution company. They were able to use legislative carelessness to their advantage and pass a "tax bill", written by Herman Oliphant, as an all-out revocation.

Let's go back to Andrew Mellon and Du Pont.

Andrew Mellon owned the Mellon Bank of Pittsburgh, high was the 6th largest bank in the US. It financed an oil well in Texas that started the Texas oil boom.

A new York article from May 22, 1906 "making fossils of fossil fuels" touted "it is only the heavy tax imposed by the United States that has prevented the use of a large number of vegetable products for the manufacturing of an exceedingly cheap and available alcohol"

Alcohol prohibition is outside the scope of this article, but you should know it plays a big part in these tycoons being able to take over industries by eliminating their competitors.

Mellon and his partners controlled the Gulf Oil Corporation. When Henry Ford opened his first assembly line in 1913 gulf oil opened its first drive-in gas station.

In 1919 with ethanol on the verge of competing with gasoline, alcohol prohibition struck our nation.

How coincidental.

Mellon was considered the richest man in America at the time he was sworn in as Treasury Secretary.

In the '20s Mellon gave a loan to Du Pont so they could take over General Motors.

Du Pont invented new gasoline additives, as well as the sulfite and sulfate processes to make paper out of trees.

The oil depletion allowance was forced through congress thanks to Mellon. It gave huge tax rebates to Gulf oil.

Mellon encouraged policies that directly led to the 1929 stock market crash and thus the Great Depression.

In the 1930s Ford motor company was using a biomass (plant material) conversion plant that used cellulose to extract methanol, tar, creosote, ethyl-acetate, and pitch from HEMP!
These fundamental ingredients of the industry could also be created by fossil fuels.

Mellon didn't like the competition and neither did his good friend Du Pont.

DU PONT can be thanked for their worldly contributions of plastics, synthetics, and toxins.

They started with cellulose products from vegetables but switched to fossil fuels.

In 1917 du Pont supplied 40% of the smokeless gun powder fired by allied guns in world War 1.

Their ammonia department was able to develop nylon, cellophane, and Darian.
Nitrocellulose and neoprene were developed.

Du Pont became the leader in paints, rayon, plastics, photographic film, electrochemical, insecticides, and agricultural chemicals.

The annual report for du Pont in 1937 stated "the future is clouded with uncertainties"

"The revenue-raising power of government may be converted into an instrument for forcing acceptance of sudden new ideas of industrial and social reorganization"

William Randolph Hearst was the frontman for hemp demonization. He had major stakes in the paper industry. Specifically for his newspapers, which were used to stay public opinion. This was directly linked to the Spanish American War in 1898 and created the expression "yellow journalism"

Hearst hated poor people. He supported prohibitions and wanted cannabis to be next. He sought to have it on every anti-narcotics bill. Even though cannabis isn't a narcotic. Facts don't matter to these guys. They just use their power to push forward.

The word dope was originally used as a slang term for opium adding to the confusion of it all.

Hearst spewed racist and fear base rhetoric to scare the average American into hating their most beloved plant.

Anslinger's greatest accomplishment was his "gore files", a compilation of anti-cannabis BS, some were cited as late as the 1960s as a justification for demonizing and controlling this plant. He successfully campaigned against this plant with blatant lies and fear.

The hearings were executed perfectly.

To avoid discussing with the full house, Treasury officials and Anslinger brought forth the measure in the guise of a tax bill brought to the SIX MEMBER House Ways and Means Committee,


This would bypass the full house WITHOUT further hearings, and pass it over to the senate finance committee, controlled by another ally Prentiss Brown of Michigan, and then stamped into LAW.
Once on the books, Anslinger would "administer" the licensing process to guarantee no more commercial hemp was ever grown in the United States.

The Virginia law review analysis of the hearings for the 1937 marijuana tax act said this was a "near comic example of dereliction of legislative responsibility" and a "case study in legislative carelessness".

This is hardly the greatest injustice of them all.
The worst part is the overwhelming acceptance of this view on cannabis. The people that would benefit most were taught to be terrified of the world's most versatile plant.