I was pouring over my hard copy of “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by the venerable Jack Herer, and was struck by the ease by which public perception can be controlled. Even to the extent that the citizens would purposefully destroy the very thing that could have created for subsequent generations, our now present time, a clean, healthy, economically viable and stable atmosphere, poof, there it goes, with one bill, The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. (That’s a story of “douchy politics” at it’s best we can leave that for another time.) Had cannabis prohibition never happened, as Jack would say, “reversing Earth’s ecological dilemma”, there wouldn’t be one.
The insolence of the Randolph Hearst media giants in the day; as they launched one of the most destructive-to-mankind propaganda war against cannabis makes us realize just how far the government and business will go to manipulate the marketplace and the hence, the flow of money.
After all, cannabis was used for EVERYTHING. In the old days, you couldn’t have light at night without hemp oil. Need a new jacket or trousers that will never wear out, cannabis. How about those indispensable hemp ropes that propelled us into the industrial age. Machine lubrication, use hemp oil. And paper. Trees were never cut down to make paper, that’s what hemp crops were for. Food security and the abolition of famine was assured with hemp seed, being as it’s humanity’s best single food source.
But all that had to be tore down because chemical, petroleum and paper products needed a bigger market to make shareholders happy. And so they set out to destroy their biggest competitor, cannabis.
They constructed a massive campaign to disparage cannabis. Spreading hysterical lies, they handed scripts to willing public servants to read from, bought off politicians to enact laws and taxation in their favor, enlisted the entertainment industry who was eager to make low budget films depicting “weed with roots in hell”. And so it was done. Most assuredly, none of us have been better off for it.
As I sit here with my paleo hemp seed cookies and Jack’s book, I am thankful to those that pushed the envelope for 80 plus years of prohibition. They didn’t give up and they didn’t give in. They kept on growing, maneuvering, dealing, figuring things out and living life in the shadows, with their front jobs and practiced explanations to the question “and what do you do?”
A lot of time and a lot of real progress was wasted in those 80 years. We can’t get back the loss of environment and habitat when hemp was no longer grown, the man years of unjust incarcerations, the billions of gallons of chemicals that were used instead of hemp in paper making, machine lubricants, paints and varnishes, and the promise of a green economy that’s fair and equitable, the eradication of hunger! It’s a bit sickening to think what could have been.
We can forgive the people of the 1937. We can say, it was a simpler time, it was easier to trick people back then, people believed the government was acting in their best interest, access to information wasn’t very good, people largely didn’t know what was going on or how it was going to effect them or the generations to come. Are we just not able to see down the road or is the lure of today’s power and money just too strong, consequences be damned?
Heading into a New Year after what we’ve all just experienced and witnessed in 2020, I think we should lean on history. Lessons we can trust. Like don’t leave it up to others to make the right decision for you, especially if the answer to the question “and what do you do?” is, politician. They have no interest in making your life better. The lure of power and money is too strong for them, consequences be damned.
Let me know in the comments below if you think we’re better off legalized. Has it affected you in any way? And do you think we need to grow more hemp, like now?? I’ll be exploring just what it takes for future blogs