Who wants to be branded a pot top in our drug test economy? Not anyone I know. It’s a high priced label garnered from a stereotype of those who abuse cannabis but generally don’t consider they’re.
The’ evil drug’ psychological construct placed on cannabis officially goes back only 81 years in the United States. One man, Harry Anslinger, made it happen.
The Birth of Drug Wars
Back again in 1930 Harry Anslinger became the very first commissioner in the U.S. of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics that we now recognize when the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The story goes that he originally did not oppose marijuana, saying, at all, “There is no more absurd fallacy” regarding damage to individuals and its provocation to violence. (1) That is… until he became the commissioner.
Prohibition for alcohol was soon to end and so it appears that perhaps Anslinger chose to lump marijuana in with heroin and cocaine for the sake of the job security of his, holding the position for a record 32 years.
In a radio address he asserted, on the subject of that which was then known as “Indian Hemp,” that people which are young will become “slaves to this narcotic, continuing dependency until they deteriorate mentally, become insane, turn to violent crime and murder.”
Despite little scientific proof for his claims at that point in time, he craftily sensationalized marijuana and disparaged African Americans and Latinos, particularly, as those leading the way. Anslinger been successful in scaring the begeebers out of Americans.
Commissioner Anslinger’s all-out efforts produced the context for the film, Reefer Madness in 1936, to more terrify the American public. As the person who drafted the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, (two) his remarkable testimony before Congress no doubt influenced its passing.
Additionally, Anslinger found a significant friend in William Randolph Hearst, of the Hearst media empire, who easily provided the platform and also gave voice to Anslinger’s anti-Indian hemp campaign. (3) Some point out Hearst partnered with Anslinger to protect his own lumber enterprise interests against potential competition from industrial hemp.
The Medical Marijuana Challenge Continues
To this day cannabis is a Schedule I drug along side of heroin and others that are claimed to have “no at present accepted healthcare healing usage in the U.S.” Yet this official statement flies in the face of the very same government’s understanding of the plant’s evidence based benefits. Pure hypocrisy.
How so? In 2003, U.S. Patent No. 6,630,507 was granted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (four) It’s a patent for the prospective utilization of plant cannabinoids located in cannabis sativa that are non psychoactive, and also for the stated aim of saving the human brain inside the circumstances of damage and chronic diseases.
Though twenty nine states and Washington DC have legalized medical marijuana, you can find a lot of restrictions with many american states being cannabidiol (CBD) exclusively, and some don’t have any provisions for cannabis consumption at all. When you’ve an opportunity, watch this clip, The Life She Deserves: Medical Marijuana, created by the Brookings Institute in Washington, DC.
What more evidence might there be than the awesome recovery of the girl in the video. Cannabis is a plant, for goodness sake. Here’s what Willie Nelson reveals about it: