The Conspiracy Behind Cannabis ProhibitionBy Marc Gromis | February 11, 2016
Why is the United States the only industrial country in the world that prohibits its farmers from growing hemp? And, why, in a nation that permits adults to use tobacco, alcohol and deadly pain medications like OxyContin and Xanax, is it unlawful to use marijuana for medicinal and other purposes?
To answers these questions one must examine the history of cannabis prohibition from the 1930s till today.
The origins of reefer madness:
In 1930, Harry Anslinger was appointed the first commissioner of the newly created Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN). The Narcotics Bureau, like the Bureau of Prohibition, was under the U.S. Treasury Department.
Anslinger had been appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury, banker/businessman Andrew W. Mellon of Pennsylvania, the wealthiest man in America and his wife’s uncle. The Federal Bureau of Narcotics was given a budget of $100,000 (about $1.5 million today). Anslinger did not consider marijuana to be a serious threat to American society. He changed his mind in 1934, the fourth year of his tenure (Prohibition ended in 1933), at which point he spearheaded an anti-marijuana campaign aimed at scaring the public and outlawing cannabis in all forms. Receiving heavy support from the famous newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, Anslinger propelled the anti-marijuana sentiment to a national movement.
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