Coming from a protected middle class background I was a Hippie as a teenager, mostly due to peer pressure , it was the done thing in the early 70ties: Woodstock was everywhere. After a few shocks I entered a permanent relationship when I was 28 but a painful realisation sank in: ( even though I always stayed away from getting involved in the trade and was prepared to pay the higher price for my smoke): it wasn't good enough to draw a line under the experiments of my youth sober up and be prepared to work hard. In 1987 I experienced first hand the sickness and absurdity of Reagan's total war on drugs. Ever since then my interest into this complex scenario of heated claims and counter claims and distorting noises from politicians has been growing.
I realized there is no real, clear headed,factual timeline of cannabis/ marijuana. Particularly the period from 1880 to 1937 and the interlinking interests of the pharma and oil industry with hemp and marijuana only started to bementioned with Jack Herer. With a lot of insight and hundreds of hours I wrote the TIMELINE CANNABIS. This is the webpage to introduce that TIMELINE to the world
It’s not easy going against the grain in any time period, in any society. In our present crumbling America, it may be more difficult than ever.
When you oppose both authoritarian political correctness, and the all-encompassing greed that has produced an unprecedented disparity of wealth, as I do, your prospects in all ways will be severely limited. Family and friends roll their eyes, at best, and at worst shun you. Prospective employers are not impressed.
It’s hard to enjoy anything when you’re a heretic. I should have been more thrilled than I was, as an old-time Washington Senators fan, to see the Nationals win the World Series. While I watched more baseball than I have in many years, and was happy over the victory, it was impossible to ignore the diminished level of play. This is probably even more the case with professional basketball and football. Since I can’t watch…
After a couple of hours where he started to complain that he is not feeling anything different , Beardsley broke out into loud, tumultous laughter ,which apparently was so infectious that they all had to laugh uncontrollable, even though they hadn’t ingested any .-With them was the publisher of de decadents, Leonard Smithers. Toulouse Lautrec hfeared sthey might get thrown out but fortunately they were in a chambre privee . which probably was sound insulated with more than a curtain. Those chambre privee never made it into anglo saxon space? Anyway here Aubrey Beardsley went on to develop his own artistic visual style and here is the cover of FITZ HUGH LUDLUM – the american son of a vicar from a small town where 100 years later Woodstock music and arts fair was organised by cannabis traders
Hemp ethanol is about five times cheaper than gasoline
According to biofuel expert Tim Castleman, hemp ethanol could be produced for 1.37 per gallon plus the cost of the feedstock, with technological improvements and tax credits reducing the price another dollar or so per gallon! Tell that to Henry Ford and the Chemurgy group in 1930s who had high hopes on renewable energies for cars from hemp through usage of the Schlichten decorticator.
All for nothing due to -as it seems the finanical investments by Melon banks investment in Du Pond, General Motors and possibly Hearst’s which needed protecting.
Andrew Mellon was the head of the Treasury and as such Anslinger’s boss. Around 1934 Anslinger changed tack with regard to Marijuana enforcement on federal level: initially perhaps only to get the Uniform Narcotic Act signed up by the States, though there are some indications that inside the treasury they gave him instructions to go for the Marihuana tax Act – which he really didn’t want, was understaffed and only had half hearted support of the states in the depth of the depression.
Fact is the orchestrated Reefer Madness media campaigns started just after the Volstead Act had been repealed by the new President, a democrat ( Anslinger was a Republican and might well have feared for his job or heard of plans to amalgate the FBN with all other secret services.
MARIHUANA TAX ACT of 1937 which hysterically claimed to go after non existing marihuana fiends did in fact wipe out thehemp industry which had a very promising future at that point in time . ( Popular mechanics headline 1938 spoke of ‘a 1 billion dollar crop of hemp’ . The MTA 37 outlawed a little little know, geographically and demographically limited drug called MARIHUANA , possibly the main purpose was to stop the industrial revival of hemp due to the labour saving Schlichten decorticator . ( Jefferson’s and Washington’s investments in hemp production had failed because of the intense and unpleasant labour processes involved.