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Why Marijuana Was Really Made Illegal in The U.S.



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Is hemp Illegal because of Marijuana? No, Marijuana is illegal because of Hemp and power-hungry corporations and people in high places.

Most people in the mainstream never really mention hemp. That’s because hemp can’t make you high and thus mainstream media focuses on “Marijuana”. In turn, people tend to think that Hemp is illegal as a byproduct of “Marijuana prohibition” however, the truth is that if you look at history for a second you’ll realize it’s the other way around.

Why Marijuana Was Made Illegal in the First Place

Back in 1937 when cannabis was first made “Illegal” people referred to it as “Hemp” or Cannabis. People didn’t know the term “Marijuana” except for a few power hungry tycoons and of course the Mexicans, who used cannabis for enduring hard labor and relaxation at the end of the day.

Why the message of “marijuana intoxication” was plastered on newspapers and films, the real motives actually comes down to the DuPont’s and their ilk securing the patents for petrochemicals. Turns out Hemp made better plastics than petroleum ever could, and it’s biodegradable.

The newspapers who were publishing these rancid stories were owned by Randolph Hearst, whose timber industry was at risk from losing massive profits since Hemp produced four times the amount of pulp than trees do for the same space. That, and that all his lumberyards in Mexico were being attacked by Pancho Villa and his band of outlaws. Now you can see where the term “Marijuana” came from and why it was given such a negative connotation.

The DuPont’s, the Hearst’s and eventually Mr. Anslinger conspired together to pave the way for Marijuana prohibition not because of the “health impact on society” but rather the financial impact on the pockets of the super wealthy!

What we are missing with Hemp

With Hemp out of the picture, the petrochemical and lumber industry thrived. However, what else did we lose besides those two industries. As it turns out that Hemp can actually make well over 25,000 unique products and some estimate as high as 40,000. Not only does hemp make paper and plastic, but it also can make medicine, food, housing, clothing, animal feed and much more.

What humanity lost the day that hemp was made illegal and the subsequent impact of prohibition on nature has been devastating. A greater schism between the wealthy and the poor occurred because alternative means were prohibited under the guise of marijuana!

The turning of the tide

Nowadays we are seeing the return of marijuana and hemp and with this; we’ll see a revolution like never before. From superior medicine to superior building materials and biodegradable consumables, hemp and marijuana will invoke a new future for us all!

We must never forget the history of cannabis prohibition, the motivations of greedy men for the sake of future generations. Prohibition has kept the rich wealthy and the poor even poorer. It’s time we take a stand against this tyrannical monopoly and change these oppressive laws once and for all. This is the generation where it all changes.

How we ‘take a stand’ against the prohibition of marijuana

Right now, there are several states that are trying to pass legislation that would make medical marijuana legal. One such state is Florida, where United For Care has put in over $4 million to get Amendment 2 on the ballot, to make medical marijuana legal for doctors to recommend to their patients with debilitating diseases.

Most people may believe that voting these days doesn’t change anything. But in fact, your vote does matter and this is how democracy has ruled over the U.S. and around the world in certain countries that give a voice to its citizens.

If you live in Florida, here’s some information regarding Amendment 2 and how medical marijuana affects people with certain diseases and ailments.


Facts about medical marijuana:

  • 7 out of 10 voters surveyed across all parties support Medical Marijuana in Florida.
  • Many patients and their doctors find marijuana a useful medicine as part of the treatment for AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, dystonia, and other ailments. Yet Florida laws treat all patients currently using medical marijuana as criminals. Doctors are presently allowed to prescribe cocaine and morphine — but not marijuana.
  • Supporters of Medical Marijuana include: The American College of Physicians, Institute of Medicine, American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association, American Academy of HIV Medicine, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Lymphoma Foundation of America, American Medical Student Association, and the state medical societies of New York, Rhode Island, and California.
  • A few of the many editorial boards that have endorsed medical access to marijuana include:Miami Herald, Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, New York Times,Orange County Register, USA Today, Baltimore’s Sun, and The Los Angeles Times.
  • Since 1996, a majority of voters in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington state have voted in favor of ballot initiatives to remove criminal penalties for seriously ill people who grow or possess medical marijuana.
  • The American Medical Association believes that “effective patient care requires the free and unfettered exchange of information on treatment alternatives and that discussion of these alternatives between physicians and patients should not subject either party to criminal sanctions.”

Marijuana is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known. No one has ever died from an overdose, and it has a wide variety of therapeutic applications, including:

  • Relief from nausea and appetite loss;
  • Reduction of intraocular (within the eye) pressure;
  • Reduction of muscle spasms; and
  • Relief from chronic pain.

Marijuana is frequently beneficial in the treatment of the following conditions:

AIDS. Marijuana can reduce the nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite caused by the ailment itself and by various AIDS medications. Observational research has found that by relieving these side effects, medical marijuana increases the ability of patients to stay on life-extending treatment. (See also CHRONIC PAIN below.)

HEPATITIS C. As with AIDS, marijuana can relieve the nausea and vomiting caused by treatments for hepatitis C. In a study published in the September 2006 European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, patients using marijuana were better able to complete their medication regimens, leading to a 300% improvement in treatment success.

GLAUCOMA. Marijuana can reduce intraocular pressure, alleviating the pain and slowing—and sometimes stopping — damage to the eyes. (Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. It damages vision by increasing eye pressure over time.)

CANCER. Marijuana can stimulate the appetite and alleviate nausea and vomiting, which are common side effects of chemotherapy treatment.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: Marijuana can limit the muscle pain and spasticity caused by the disease, as well as relieving tremor and unsteadiness of gait. (Multiple sclerosis is the leading cause of neurological disability among young and middle-aged adults in the United States.)

EPILEPSY: Marijuana can prevent epileptic seizures in some patients.

CHRONIC PAIN. Marijuana can alleviate chronic, often debilitating pain caused by myriad disorders.

INJURIES: Since 2007, three published clinical trials have found that marijuana effectively relieves neuropathic pain. [2]

If you would like read studies on how marijuana’s beneficial effects on cancer, follow this link with 68 studies on the efficiency of marijuana against cancer.

Natural Revolution fully supports Amendment 2 for people who are living with debilitating diseases. For us, it’s about compassion, and a vote that would allow doctors to treat their patients as they see fit, and would keep politicians out of the medical decision-making process.

If you or someone you know lives in Florida, we highly encourage you to Vote YES ON 2.

Sources:

www.ballotpedia.org

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Steven Peters has been a health advocate for more than a decade and proponent for alternative healing by ‘Empowering Natural Living’ through homeopathic approaches. He is also an activist for social justice and environmental causes in the GMO Labeling and Non-GMO grassroots movements across the country, and a staunch advocate for cannabis education and reform.
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  • Taylor Bishop

    It’s amazing how the US government has, to this day, put such ridiculous restrictions on a plant that has so many countless benefits from using it. I pray soon, that this country will legalize it federally.

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