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WORLD HEMP HISTORY
8500 BC: Chinese history tells that hemp was used for fibre, oil, and as medicine.
3727 BC: Cannabis called a "superior" herb in the world's first medical text, Shen Nung's Pen Ts'ao, in
2000 B.C. - 1400 B.C. Cannabis mentioned in the Atharvaveda (Science of Charms) as "sacred grass".
Refered to as bhang or bhanga. The legend of Shiva, Lord of Bhang
2700 BC: The oldest complete human body ever found was wearing a hemp blouse with a silk like quality.
The body had been buried by ice for four thousand years, and was exposed by a heat wave.
1500 BC: Cannabis-using Scythians sweep through Europe and Asia, settle down everywhere, and invent
700 B.C. - 600 B.C. The Zoroastrian Zend-Avesta, an ancient Persian religious text of several hundred
volumes, and said to have been written by Zarathustra (Zoroaster), refers to bhang as Zoroaster's "good
500 BC: Gautama Buddha survives by eating hempseed.
450 BC: Hemp was being cultivated in the middle east for the same purposes as China. Herodotus records
Scythians and Thracians as consuming cannabis and making fine linens of hemp.
300 BC: Carthage and Rome struggle for political and commercial power over hemp and spice trade routes
100 BC: Paper made from hemp and mulberry is invented in China.
1 AD: Recognised birth year of Jesus Christ.
100 AD: Roman surgeon Dioscorides names the plant cannabis sativa and describes various medicinal
Pliny tells of industrial uses and writes a manual on farming hemp.
390 AD: A 14 year old girl dies in childbirth near Jerusalem. In 1993 researchers find residue of the drug
with the skeleton of the girl.The researchers said the marijuana probably was used by a mid-wife trying to
speed the birth, as well as ease the pain. "Until now," the researchers wrote in a letter to the journal
Nature, "physical evidence of cannabis (marijuana) use in the ancient Middle East has not yet been
The seven researchers -- from Hebrew University, the Israel Antiquities Authority and the National Police
Headquarters forensic division -- said references to marijuana as a medicine are seen as far back as 1,600
B.C. in Egyptian, Assyrian, Greek and Roman writings. But physical evidence that the hemp weed, cannabis
sativa, was used for that purpose had been missing.
500 AD: First botanical drawing of hemp in Constantinopolitanus. (Latinised version of Constantinople,
then a centre of learning.)
600 AD: Germans, Franks, Vikings, etc. all use hemp fibre.
1000 AD approx: Hemp was first introduced into Europe, and by the sixteenth century it was known to be
the most widely cultivated crop in the world producing rope, sails, cloth, fuel, paper, paint, food and
medicine. The English word 'hempe' first listed in a dictionary.
1090 AD: The Assassin movement, called the "new propaganda" by its members, was inaugurated by al-
Hasan ibn-al-Sabbah (died in 1124), probably a Persian from Tus, who claimed descent from the Himyarite
kings of South Arabia. The motives were evidently personal ambition and desire for vengeance on the part
of the heresiarch." (heresiarch: leader of heretical group) "As a young man in al-Rayy, al-Hassan received
instruction in the Batinite system, and after spending a year and a half in Egypt returned to his native land
as a Fatimid missionary. Here in 1090 he gained possession of the strong mountain fortress Alamut,
north-west of Qazwin. Strategically situated on an extension of the Alburz chain, 10200 feet above sea
level, and on the difficult but shortest road between the shores of the Caspian and the Persian highlands,
this "eagle's nest," as the name probably means, gave ibn-al-Sabbah and his successors a central
stronghold of primary importance. Its possession was the first historical fact in the life of the new order.
From Alamut the grand master with his disciples made surprise raids in various directions which netted
other fortresses. In pursuit of their ends they made free and treacherous use of the dagger, reducing
assassination to an art. Their secret organization, based on Ismailite antecedents, developed an
agnosticism which aimed to emancipate the initiate from the trammels of doctrine, enlightened him as to
the superfluity of prophets and encouraged him to believe nothing and dare all. Below the grand master
stood the grand priors, each in charge of a particular district. After these came the ordinary
propagandists. The lowest degree of the order comprised the "fida'is", who stood ready to execute
whatever orders the grand master issued. A graphic, though late and secondhad, description of the
method by which the master of Alamut is said to have hypnotized his "self-sacrificing ones" with the use
of hashish has come down to us from Marco Polo, who passed in that neighborhood in 1271 or 1272.
After describing in glowing terms the magnificent garden surrounding the elegant pavilions and palaces
built by the grand master at Alamut, Polo proceeds:
"Now no man was allowed to enter the Garden save those whom he intended to be his Ashishin. There was
a fortress at the entrance to the Garden, strong enough to resist all the world, and there was no other way
to get in. He kept at his Court a number of the youths of the country, from twelve to twenty years of age,
such as had a taste for soldiering... Then he would introduce them into his Garden, some four, or six, or
ten at a time, having first made them drink a certain potion which cast them into a deep sleep, and then
causing them to be lifted and carried in. So when they awoke they found themselves in the Garden.
"When therefore they awoke, and found themselves in a place so charming, they deemed that it was
Paradise in very truth. And the ladies and damsels dallied with them to their hearts' content...
"So when the Old Man would have any prince slain, he would say to such a youth: 'Go thou and slay So and
So; and when thou returnest my Angels shall bear thee into Paradise. And shouldst thou die, natheless
even so will I send my Angels to carry thee back into Paradise.'"
(from 'The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian', translated by Henry Yule, London, 1875.)
The Assassination in 1092 of the illustrious vizir of the Saljug sultanate, Nizam-al-Mulk, by a fida'i
disguised as a Sufi, was the first of a series of mysterious murders which plunged the Muslim world into
terror. When in the same year the Saljug Sultan Malikshah bestirred himself and sent a disciplinary force
against the fortress, its garrison made a night sortie and repelled the besieging army. Other attempts by
caliphs and sultans proved equally futile until finally the Mongolian Hulagu, who destroyed the caliphate,
seized the fortress in 1256 together with its subsidary castles in Persia. Since the Assassin books and
records were destroyed, our information about this strange and spectacular order is derived mainly from
As early as the last years of the eleventh century the Assassins had succeeded in setting firm foot in Syria
and winning as convert the Saljug prince of Aleppo, Ridwan ibn-Tutush (died in 1113). By 1140 they had
captured the hill fortress of Masyad and many others in northern Syria, including al-Kahf, al-Qadmus and
al-'Ullayqah. Even Shayzar (modern Sayjar) on the Orontes was temporarily occupied by the Assassins,
whom Usamah calls Isma'ilites. One of their most famous masters in Syria was Rachid-al-Din Sinan (died
in 1192), who resided at Masyad and bore the title 'shakkh al-jabal', translated by the Crusades'
chroniclers as "the old man of the mountain". It was Rashid's henchmen who struck awe and terror into the
hearts of the Crusaders. After the capture of Masyad in 1260 by the Mongols, the Mamluk Sultan Baybars
in 1272 dealt the Syrian Assassins the final blow. Since then the Assassins have been sparsely scattered
through northern Syria, Persia, 'Uman, Zanzibar, and especially India, where they number about 150000
and go by the name of Thojas or Mowlas. They all acknowledge as titular head the Aga Khan of Bombay,
who claims descent through the last grand master of Alamut from Isma'il, the seventh imam, receives over
a tenth of the revenues of his followers, even in Syria, and spends most of his time as a sportsman
between Paris and London.
Credit for entry above: THE ASSASSINS by Philip K. Hitti
From _The Book of Grass: An Anthology on Indian Hemp_, edited by George Andrews and Simon
1150 AD: Moslems use hemp to start Europe's first paper mill. Most paper is made from hemp for the next
1155 AD - 1221 AD: Persian legend of the Sufi master Sheik Haidar's of Khorasan's personal discovery of
Cannabis and it's subsequent spread to Iraq, Bahrain, Egypt and Syria. Another of the earliest written
narratives of the use of Cannabis as an inebriant.
1271 AD: The eating of Hemp was so well known that Marco Polo described its consumption in the secret
order of Hashishins, who used the narcotic to fool initiates into thinking they had experienced the afterlife.
The Assassins were an early terrorist group. These were people with serious political motivation. (see 1090
AD) Note that the drugs were given to stupify, so that initiates would awaken in a fake paradise, and
believe the master had transported them there through a potion. The cannabis was not a reward or
incitement, just a means of rendering initiates unconscious.
First time reports of cannabis have been brought to the attention of Europe.
1492 AD: Hempen sails, caulking and rigging ignite age of discovery and help Columbus and his ships
reach America. Many puritans follow over the next few centuries.
1545: Hemp agriculture crosses the continent overland to Chile. Dutch achieve Golden Age through hemp
commerce. Explorers find 'wilde hempe' in North America.
1564: King Phillip of Spain orders hemp grown throughout his empire, from modern-day Argentina to
1616-1654: Nicholas Culpepper (1616-1654), listed a variety of medical uses of the common european
hemp (Cannabis sativa), including anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antiparasitic activity
1620: Mayflower carried the Pilgrim Fathers to New Plymouth. America beckons to many religious groups
looking for a new start for their followers to escape persecution or worldliness.
1630: John Winthrop and many Puritans migrate to America
1631: Hemp used as money throughout American colonies.
1636: Harvard founded by Puritans
1762: In the U.S. the state of Virginia rewarded farmers with bounties for hemp culture and manufacture,
and imposed penalties upon those who did not produce it. George Washington grew hemp for fibre and
recreational use, and Thomas Jefferson acquired the first American patent for his hemp break, a device
used to separate the hemp stalk into usable hurds and fiber with greater speed than the retting of past.
Without hemp America could not have successfully waged the revolution, and for the next one hundred
and fifty years hemp enjoyed the position as America's top cash crop.
1772: Samuel Taylor "Estese" Coleridge born in England. Writes beautiful poetry, but spends his life
battling opium addiction. (1772-1834)
1807: Czar Alexander of Russia was forced to sign the treaty of Tilser, which cut off all legal Russian trade
with Great Britain, its allies, or any other neutral nation ship acting as agents for Great Britain. Napoleon
hoped to stop Russian hemp from reaching England, thereby destroying Britains navy by forcing it to
cannibalise sails, ropes and rigging from other ships; Napoleon belived that Britain, starved of hemp,
would be forced to end its blockade of France and the continent. As a result of Napoleons actions, hemp,
which normally sold at twenty five pounds per tonne, reached a price of one hundred and eighteen pounds
per tonne in 1808.
1818: The old (left) coat of arms for the Belgian town of Hamme was granted on January 31, 1818 and
confirmed on May 13, 1913. The arms show on the right half a branch of a hemp plant and on the left half
a branch of a flax plant (with blue flower). Both were important crops in the early 19th century. Hemp was
used for ropes, flax for linen.
1822: Thomas De Quincy published "Confessions of an English Opium Eater", which became his
masterpiece. In addition, he wrote numerous essays on political, social, critical, historical and
1839: The first Opium War between Great Britain and China. Early in the 19th cent., British merchants
began smuggling opium into China in order to balance their purchases of tea for export to Britain. In
1839, China enforced its prohibitions on the importation of opium by destroying at Guangzhou (Canton) a
large quantity of opium confiscated from British merchants. Great Britain, which had been looking to end
China's restrictions on foreign trade, responded by sending gunboats to attack several Chinese coastal
cities. China, unable to withstand modern arms, was defeated and forced to sign the Treaty of Nanjing
(1842) and the British Supplementary Treaty of the Bogue (1843). These provided that the ports of
Guangzhou, Jinmen, Fuzhou, Ningbo, and Shanghai should be open to British trade and residence; in
addition Hong Kong was ceded to the British. Within a few years other Western powers signed similar
treaties with China and received commercial and residential privileges, and the Western domination of
China's treaty ports began.
1842: Baudelaire, 19th century French poet, translator, and literary and art critic, received his inheritance
in April 1842 and rapidly proceeded to dissipate it on the lifestyle of a dandified man of letters, spending
freely on clothes, books, paintings, expensive food and wines, and, not least, hashish and opium, which he
first experimented with in his Paris apartment at the Hôtel Pimodan (now the Hôtel Lauzun) on the Île
Saint-Louis between 1843 and 1845.
1847: Mormons settle in Utah under Brigham Young, after years of moving around since beginning in New
York with Joseph Smith's vision around 1830.
1850: Tree-pulp papermaking becomes more cost-effective than hemp through the rise of assembly line
Hemp continues to be used for rope, birdseed, and other products. Constant efforts to improve hemp and
hemp products by producers and others.
The Gold Rush brings many Chinese.Opium seen as a Chinese drug. Racism enters the equation.
1856: The second Opium War broke out following an allegedly illegal Chinese search of a British-
registered ship, the Arrow, in Guangzhou. British and French troops took Guangzhou and Tianjin and
compelled the Chinese to accept the treaties of Tianjin (1858), to which France, Russia, and the United
States were also party. China agreed to open 11 more ports, permit foreign legations in Beijing, sanction
Christian missionary activity, and legalize the import of opium. China's subsequent attempt to block the
entry of diplomats into Beijing as well as Britain's determination to enforce the new treaty terms led to a
renewal of the war in 1859. This time the British and French occupied Beijing and burned the imperial
summer palace (Yuan ming yuan). The Beijing conventions of 1860, by which China was forced to reaffirm
the terms of the Treaty of Tianjin and make additional concessions, concluded the hostilities.
Opium in anglo-saxon countries was sometimes referred to as "a filthy Chinese practice". This seems
highly hypocritical when it was the west that forced Opium upon them to maintain Tea supplies.
1865: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" was published in 1865, by Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, an
English writer and brilliant mathematician, under the pen-name he had first used some nine years earlier -
Lewis Carroll. "Through the Looking Glass" followed.Although he spent so much of his life in the academic
environment, Dodgson's real passions were always artistic. He loved the theatre and the company of
'theatricals'. He loved artists and their work. He courted the bohemian life in a way that sometimes
compromised the required dignity of his position as an Oxford don. Earlier, in 1861 he had become a
deacon of the Anglican church, but, despite his religious background, and in direct defiance of the laws of
his college, he refused to become a priest. Through the image of the caterpillar with a hookah he will
forever be associated with cannabis.
1869: The Prohibition Party is formed. Gerrit Smith, twice Abolitionist candidate for President, an associate
of John Brown, and a crusading prohibitionist, declares: "Our involuntary slaves are set free, but our
millions of voluntary slaves still clang their chains. The lot of the literal slave, of him whom others have
enslaved, is indeed a hard one; nevertheless, it is a paradise compared with the lot of him who has
enslaved himself to alcohol." [Quoted in Sinclar, op. cit. pp. 83-84]
1874: The Woman's Christian Temperance Union is founded in Cleveland. In 1883, Frances Willard a leader
of the W.C.T.U. forms the World's Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
1882: Laws in the United States, and the world, making "temperance education" a part of the required
course in public schools are enacted.
The Personal Liberty League of the United States is founded to oppose the increasing momentum of
movements for compulsory abstinence from alcohol. [Catlin, op. cit. p. 114]
1886: Congress makes temperance education mandatory in the District of Columbia, and in territorial,
military, and naval schools. By 1900, all the states have similar laws. [Crafts et. al., op. cit. p. 72]
1890:Queen Victoria"s personal physician, J.R. Reynolds described it in 1890 as "One of the most valuable
medicines we possess." In another Lancet article published in 1890, he described the use of cannabis
indica for treating insomnia in the senile, alcoholic delerium, neuralgia, migraine, spastic paralysis, and
convulsions. He allegedly prescribed tincture of cannabis to Queen Victoria.herself for the treatment of
menstrual cramps. Cannabis tincture and an extract made from resin were available from Peter Squire of
Oxford St in 1864, and wholesale through the Society of Apothecaries by 1871. Chemists extracted stuff
they called cannabene, cannabin tannin, cannabinnene etc but had no idea which, if any, was the "active
ingredient" until cannabinol was isolated in 1895. THC was not isolated until 1964.
1893: German inventor Rudolph Diesel published a paper entitled "The Theory and Construction of a
Rational Heat Engine," which described an engine in which air is compressed by a piston to a very high
pressure, causing a high temperature. Fuel is then injected and ignited by the compression temperature.
Intended fuel is vegetable and seed oils. Vision of a "people's engine" Petrochemical industry does not
encourage this view, and see's alternative use of seed oils instead of gasoline as threat to future sales.
1894:The Indian Hemp Drugs Commission Report (1894) to the British government, comprising some
seven volumes and 3,281 pages, is by far the most complete and systematic study of marijuana
undertaken to date. Because of the rarity and, perhaps, the formidable size of this document, the wealth of
information contained in it has not found its way into contemporary writings on this subject. This is indeed
unfortunate, as many of the issues concerning marijuana being argued in the United States today were
dealt with in the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission Report.
"Viewing the subject generally, it may be added that the moderate use of these drugs is the rule, and that
the excessive use is comparatively exceptional. The moderate use practically produces no ill effects. In all
but the most exceptional cases, the injury from habitual moderate use is not appreciable. The excessive
use may certainly be accepted as very injurious, though it must be admitted that in many excessive
consumers the injury is not clearly marked. The injury done by the excessive use is, however, confined
almost exclusively to the consumer himself; the effect on society is rarely appreciable. It has been the
most striking feature in this inquiry to find how little the effects of hemp drugs have obtruded themselves
on observation. The large number of witnesses of all classes who professed never to have seen these
effects, the vague statements made by many who professed to have observed them, the very few witnesses
who could so recall a case as to give any definite account of it, and the manner in which a large proportion
of these cases broke down on the first attempt to examine them, are facts which combine to show most
clearly how little injury society has hitherto sustained from hemp drugs " : From the report.
The English approach was that if people were doing something you didn't want them to, that wasn't
covered by the commandments, you taxed it and made it expensive. Putting them in jail would only cost
the government to no benefit.
1895: Cannabinols isolated and extracted.
1900: Diesel runs his engine on peanut oil at World's Fair.
1909: Shanghai International Opium Conference was held at the insistence of USA, supported by European
powers, China, Japan, Siam and Persia.
1910: The Foster Antinarcotic Bill of 1910, the first of a series of draft statutes that led to the Harrison
Act, included cannabis. Only the vigorous lobbying of the wholesale drug industry prevented its
appearance in the final legislation.
1911: An Opium Conference at the Hague drafted the first treaty which attempted to control opium and
cocaine through world wide agreement. In that year, Henry Finger, a California druggist newly appointed
as a delegate to the Hague conference wanted the US delegation to propose cannabis control because of
California’s problem with a “large influx of Hindoos….demanding cannabis indica” but was told that Italy
already had a proposal.( See http://www.cfdp.ca/giffen.htm)
1912: Hague International Convention on Narcotics - to control the production and distribution of raw and
prepared opium (morphine and cocaine); it required parties to Convention to ‘examine the possibility of
making it a penal offence to be in illegal possession of’ drugs covered by the treaty.'
1915: Utah passed the first state anti-marijuana law. Mormons who had gone to Mexico in 1910 returned
smoking marijuana. It was later outlawed in that state as a result of the Utah legislature enacting all
Mormon religious prohibitions as criminal laws. Thus Utah first state to enact laws against use of
1917: George W. Schlicten patented the Hemp Decorticator; a farm-machine that mechanically separates
the fibre in the Hemp stalk. Heralds serious threat to wood pulping industry.
1920: In England the Dangerous Drugs Act came into force. Of interest here is that while the Americans
also outlawed the use of heroin for medical purposes, the English upheld this usage and even found the
provision of opiates, in this case heroin, to addicts to be acceptable medical practice.
The Hague treaty of 1912 was 'as leaky as a sieve' because it allowed the states to determine for
themselves when and how they would fulfil their obligations with regard to opium, which of course kept
the use of opium legal until that time. The chemical derivatives did, however, fall under this commitment:
that their use was illegal, making these substances more than opium, the object of the battle. To make
this battle more effective the League of Nations held two conferences which led to two Geneva
Conventions: one of 11 February and one on 19 February 1925.
Also around this time,William Randolph Hearst, media mogul, billionaire and model for Orson Welles'
"Citizen Kane", campaigns against new drug "marijuana". Most didn't realise Hemp was the same thing. His
aggressive efforts to demonize cannabis were so effective, they continue to colour popular opinion today.
Hearst owned a good deal of timber acreage; one might say that he had the monopoly on this market. He
also had paper-mill holdings, and a national network of newspapers and magazines to spread wildly
inaccurate and sensational stories of the evils of cannabis or "marihuana". Other tabloids jumped on the
bandwagon, printing similar stories about crazed mexicans and negros committing hienous crimes under
the influence of marihuana.
The sheer number of newspapers, tabloids, magazines and film reels that Hearst controlled enabled him to
quickly and effectively inundate American media with his propaganda. Hearst preyed on existing
prejudices by associating cannabis with Mexican workers who he said threatened to steal American jobs
and also African-Americans. With no strong voice to the contrary, Hearst was persuasive in his appeal to
Hearst was not alone in his efforts to destroy hemp production. He had allies.
The new techniques would also make hemp a more viable option for fabric and plastics. DuPont chemicals,
which at this time specialized in the chemical manufacturing of synthetic fibre and plastics, and chemicals
used in the process of pulping paper might have seen hemp products as competition.
Hearst and Lammont DuPont had a multi-million dollar deal in the works for a joint papermaking venture.
These two moguls, together with DuPont's banker, Andrew Mellon, combined and co-ordinated their
efforts to demonise "marijuana".
Hearst's "yellow journalism" campaign (so called because the paper developed through his and DuPont's
methods aged prematurely) and the 1930 appointment of Mellon's nephew-in-law, Harry J. Anslinger, to
Commissioner of the newly created Federal Bureau of Narcotics put them in control of US Federal drugs
policy. Anslinger was a committed prohibitionist.
1923: Canada adds cannabis to a list of prohibited drugs.
1925: Geneva Convention adds cannabis to Hague Convention narcotic list at the urging of the South
African colonial government. A permanent Central Opium Board to supervise international trade in
controlled drugs is set up.
In 1925, South Africa asked the Advisory Committee on the Traffic in Opium and Dangerous Drugs to
consider the inclusion of “marijuana”. The secretariat distributed a questionnaire seeking information
about the production, use, and trafficking of this drug. Despite this, the 1925 Convention did not yet
include marijuana on the list of narcotics. The Egyptian delegate then introduced a special motion to
include it, which was passed.
Signatories were to make it illegal to export Indian Hemp to any country where its use was prohibited.
Where sale was permitted, sales were to be monitored by the use of certificates.
1929: The term “cannabis indica” was replaced by “cannabis sativa”in the Hague narcotic list. This was a
consequence of a British firm seeking to export “cannabis africanis” to Canada. Advice was sought, and the
advice was to use the all-inclusive term “cannabis sativa”.
1930: The (Federal) Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) was established in July that year when President Herbert
Hoover appointed that same Harry J. Anslinger its first Commissioner of Narcotics, a position he held
under four U.S. presidents, spanning more than three decades.In meetings with hemp industry
representatives he tells them that any new laws wont affect legitimate hemp producers.
In America each state has it's own drug laws, under State's Rights guaranteed by the US Constitution. The
American Federal Government has sought to gain control in this area by relying on the Commerce and
Trade provisions of the Constitution to justify national drug laws, and to try to make them binding on the
individual states, otherwise federal authorities could only intervene when illegal activities crossed state
When the first set of uniform drug laws were presented to the forty something states, only five or so took
them up within the year. Individual states were not that worried about it that there was any great hurry.
That's when the "demon weed, marihuana" stories hit the headlines, scaring the voters, and thus making
uniform drug laws a high priority for any state politician that wanted votes.
Anslinger never tires of the "marihuana causes death, murder, and insanity" line the whole thirty three
years he is in office. He has had more influence on Federal US Drug Policy than any other.
1931: Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods (New York) - signatories to
give estimates of legitimate controlled drug needs. Embargoes against signatories exceeding estimates.
1933: At 5:32 P.M. on December 5, 1933, Utah became the required 36th state to ratify the 21st
Amendment, thus officially ending National Prohibition. Alcohol controls were gone, but those on other
drugs remained in place.
1937: Marijuana Tax Act - $1.00 on every hemp transaction regardless of size, and a mountain of
paperwork to be filled in, passed on Anslinger's brief advice. Crippling blow to reviving hemp industry.
Sterilised seed for birdfeed exempted from definition of Marihuana, because this was only irreplaceable
use of hemp that was acknowledged. Nothing else adds condition to a bird, or helps them sing, like
hempseed. Read the Marijuana Tax Act at: http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/hemp/taxact/
Dupont files patent for nylon.
Sunrise industries proclaim product advantages, gain preferential treatment as "the next big thing", and try
to gain commercial advantage over competitors. The petrochemical, drug, and woodpulp paper industries
all competed with Hemp products.
In the first half of the twentieth century, one of the few sane voices that spoke out against the de-hemping
of America through the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, was Ralph Loziers of the National Oil Seed Institute,
who testified to the unhearing members of the Tax Act committee that "hemp seed... is used in all the
Oriental nations and also in a part of Russia as food. It is grown in their fields and used as oatmeal.
Millions of people every day are using hemp in the orient as food. They have been doing that for many
generations, especially in periods of famine....". As Loziers noted, it wasn’t just the possibilities of an
important food industry which would be squashed by the Marijuana Tax Act, but also the paint and varnish
industry would be greatly affected as hemp seed oil was a valuable drying agent and in the two years prior
to the installation of the Tax Act 179 million pounds of hemp seed had been imported into the US for this
purpose alone. Anslinger said his few words, the same ones, and the Bill was passed.
1938: “New Billion-Dollar Crop” article published by Popular Mechanics. This article revealed the details of
the new machine that removed the fibre from the stalk thereby drastically reducing the human labour
factor.It has been suggested that this machine, the now fully developed decorticator, would have reduced
the value of the vast timberlands owned by Hearst for pulping and further, reduced chemical sales by
DuPont for pulp papermaking.
"Assassin of Youth" by H. J. Anslinger & Cortney Riley Cooper published. It is a scaremongering diatribe
based on an earlier pamphlet by Anslinger.
"Its first effect is sudden, violent, uncontrollable laughter; then come dangerous hallucinations -space
expands - time slows down, almost stands still....fixed ideas come next, conjuring up monstrous
extravagances...leading finally to acts of shocking violence, ending often in incurable insanity."
Movie called "Marijuana - Assassin Of Youth" made with Luana Walters, Arthur Gardner, Fay McKenzie,
Michael Owen, Dorothy Short, Dorothy Vaughan, Earl Dwire, Fern Emmett, Henry Roquemore, Hudson
Fausset, Eddie Johnson, Gay Sheridan,
Directed by Elmer Clifton, Writing credits: Charles A. Browne, Elmer Clifton (story), Leo J. McCarthy
Hilarious exploitation scare film showing good girls turning into fiends after smoking wacky weed. Some
versions had the moonlight nude scenes cut. A.K.A. "Assassin of Youth."
http://www.reefermadness.org/propaganda/rthages.html (More propaganda quotes)
"Reefer Madness" movie released.
Canada prohibits production of hemp under Opium And Narcotics Control Act.
1940: "Devil's Harvest" movie released.
1941: Henry Ford demonstrates hemp-fibre bodied car.[Similar product to fibreglass]
1942: Japanese take the Phillipines, cutting off America's supply of imported Manilla Hemp products.
"Hemp for Victory" Campaign to encourage farmers to cultivate hemp. Exemption from active duty one of
1943: "Marihuana, Assassin of Youth, Feeding the God Moloch", by the Rev. Robert Devine published.
1955: US Hemp farming again banned. The wartime need for rope has ended.
For some time America even denied wartime hemp had been officially grown, until embarassing evidence
came into the public domain in the nineteen nineties, forcing an admission.
1961: United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs adopted at America's urging. Because of
international resistance, the penal measures eventually adopted are moderate and devised to avoid conflict
with the different legal systems of the Parties.Other countries are increasingly required to adopt Federal
U.S. style drug laws. Marihuana is still classed as a narcotic.
1963: Anslinger finally steps down after 33 years of shaping and enforcing US drug policy.
1964: THC isolated in vitro. The extremely delicate and costly equipment needed to manufacture it has left
THC solely in the hands of professional laboratories under regulated, contract to a limited number of
bona-fide drug researchers.
1965: Teenage Baby Boomers experiment with drugs. Pot invades white america. Flower Power and Hippies
challenge cultural assunptions.
1971: United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances. The major novelty in these two conventions
was the attention to providing facilities for medical treatment, care and rehabilitation of addicts. Moreover,
as Western social attitudes towards drug use became more relaxed in the 1960s and 1970s, the search for
more effective non-penal methods of treating and rehabilitating drug users resulted in a more elastic
interpretation of international obligations by some states.
However, this did not result in a fundamental change. On the contrary, under the influence of the United
States, law enforcement co-operation became a priority for the UN. When, by the mid-1980s, the problem
of money laundering grew, so did the growth of the global consciousness of the dangers of the illicit
traffic and the need for greater international co-operation.This lead to the 1988 Convention.
1975: Colorado decriminalises on the first of July.
1976: California decriminalises on New Years day. Minnesota follows on the fourth. Ohio in November.
1977: New York state decriminalises in July.
1978: By now California, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North
Carolina, Ohio and Oregon -- have in effect decriminalized minor marijuana offences. Some recriminalise
after a year or so leaving nine states
In Holland a new policy option is introduced, that of toleration. This implies that activities that in
themselves are punishable by law are nevertheless allowed to continue, if the policy makers decide that
this option causes less harm. This will be decided on a local level, in a meeting of the mayor, chief of the
police and the public prosecutor. So called "house dealers" had been dealing cannabis in youth centres in
the years before, but now the decision can be made to allow them to do their job. Furthermore, coffee
shops emerge, shops that do sell coffee, tea and soft drinks (in some cases alcoholic drinks also), but
whose ultimate reason for existence is the sale of cannabis products. These too are generally left alone,
unless they violate the regulations that have been established by the local authorities. The status of these
regulations is a curious one: they are binding on a local level, but do not have the force of law. The result
is that regional differences in policy crop up and continue to exist till today.
1981: Alaska decriminalises.
1988: United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.
1991: Alaska recriminalises, but court challenge stymies change.
Dutch policy towards the coffee shops is formalised, along the lines that were developed in Amsterdam.
Coffee shops are not allowed to advertise their trade, sell hard drugs, be the cause of nuisance, sell to
youngsters under 18 (in some municipalities this age is 16) or sell wholesale. What "advertising" means
precisely differs from one municipality to the next. In 1994 the criteria are standardised even more: the
age limit becomes 18, advertising is better circumscribed. The maximum amount of cannabis that can be
sold per customer is set at 30 grams - and dropped to 5 grams in 1996. Local differences still exist in the
number of coffee shops allowed and in the sale of alcohol on the premises.
Visit http://www.a-klinikka.fi/transdrug/resources/nl_policy_article.html#Recent history of Dutch drug
policy for a very well written and reasoned overview of Dutch Drug Policy. Now why couldn't Australia be
this clued up?
1996: Oregon recriminalises.
1998: Oregon decriminalises again....
2001: Nevada decriminalises.
2003: Canada passes medical marijuana bill, forced to supply patients by courts. Due to unworkability of
existing marihuana laws cannabis decriminalised to end legal deadlock. New US Federal Drug Czar
appalled, makes veiled threats, but will not attend Canadian enquiry to argue against it.
UK and Switzerland move to decriminalise.
After an appeals court found an initiative to decriminalise cannabis valid, Alaska voters will have a chance
to vote for decriminalization on the 2004 ballot. But it may be a moot point, given last month's appeals
court ruling that there is no law against marijuana possession in the home in Alaska.
2004: US Supreme Court refuses to deny doctors the right to suggest cannabis. Declines the case on basis
of free speech. Feds wanted ruling denying right to even suggest it. Nine states are decriminalised, and
thirty five states have passed legislation recognizing marijuana's medicinal value. But federal law bans the
use of pot under any circumstances.
Britain amended its drug laws in 2004 to downgrade cannabis from a Class B drug to a Class C "soft" drug.
2005: On Tuesday, June 7, 2005, the US Supreme Court dealt a blow to the medical marijuana movement,
ruling that the federal government can still ban possession of the drug in states that have eliminated
sanctions for its use in treating symptoms of illness.
By a vote of 6 to 3, the court ruled that Congress's constitutional authority to regulate the interstate
market in drugs, licit or illicit, extends to small, homegrown quantities of doctor-recommended marijuana
consumed under California's Compassionate Use Act, which was adopted by an overwhelming majority of
voters in 1996.
The ruling does not overturn laws in California and 10 other states, mostly in the West, that permit
medical use of marijuana. In 2003, Maryland reduced the maximum fine for medical users of less than an
ounce of the drug to $100.
But the ruling does mean that those who try to use marijuana as a medical treatment risk legal action by
the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration or other federal agencies and that the state laws provide no
http://www.thc.nl/Documents/legislatableEU.htm#Spain (Comparison of European Drug Laws)
July 29th: Marc Emery, Greg Williams, Michelle Rainey, and other Cannabis Culture activists arrested in
Canada pending extradition to US for cross border seed sales.
2006: British officials reject an appeal to reclassify cannabis as a Class B prohibited substance. Their
rejection was in accordance with the recommendations of the British Advisory Council on the Misuses of
Drugs (ACMD) which determined that marijuana's relative health risks do not warrant increasing penalties
for those who use it.
"The harmfulness of cannabis to the individual remains substantially less than the harmfulness caused by
substances currently controlled under the [law] as Class B," such as amphetamines, the ACMD concluded.
The agency further added that cannabis presented only a "very small risk" to users' mental health,
including the onset of schizophrenia.
Today: The Federal American government is still trying to stop the world from smoking pot, even for
medical purposes as authorised by some of its own state legislatures.
Australia is party to these treaties and has similar laws, though some Australian states have altered or are
thinking of altering them. Some Euopean nations are changing their laws. Some U.S. states have long
refused to conform to their federal model too. Essentially, this is also a consequence of the United States
Federal Government's continuing desire to gain greater power than that granted to it under the American
Constitution, both over it's own states, and the rest of the world.
"The reasons the pro-marijuana lobby wants marijuana legal have little to do with getting high, and a
great deal to do with fighting oil giants like Saddam Hussein, Exxon and Iran. The pro-marijuana groups
claim that hemp is such a versatile raw material that its products not only compete with petroleum, but
with coal, natural gas, nuclear energy, pharmaceutical, timber and textile companies. It is estimated that
methane and methanol production alone from hemp grown as bio-mass could replace 90% of the world's
energy needs. If they're right, this is not good news for oil interests, and could account for the
continuation of marijuana prohibition." Hugh Downs, (US) ABC Radio Network journalist.
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