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The Hemp Conspiracy: Why U.S. Hemp Farming Was Banned

Becca Wolford, Contributing Writer
Waking Times

For thousands of years industrial hemp was a common staple. It fed us, clothed us, housed us, sailed our ships with hemp rope and sails, it was part of our livelihood.

Then, in the early 1900s, it was banned and pushed aside.

Why? Why did this wonderful, useful plant get labeled with a criminal stamp?

Around the turn of the 20th century companies like DuPont created chemicals that were used in processing of paper; DuPont also created chemicals used for pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, which were used extensively by the cotton industry (cotton is MUCH more chemical and water intensive compared to hemp). While this was going on, William Randolph Hearst invested in timber and mills to produce the paper for his newspaper, which was the largest chain in the U.S. at the time. His investments in the timber industry were backed by Mellon Bank.

The U.S. Secretary of the Treasury at that time was Andrew Mellon, who happened to own Mellon Bank (and was one of the backers for DuPont as well). Mellon’s niece was married to Harry Anslinger who, incidentally, was connected to the alcohol prohibition campaign. He was out of a job (as were everyone else in that sector of the federal government) after the alcohol prohibition ended. To keep his family employed, Mellon created a new division of the federal government, the Bureau of Narcotics, and made Harry Anslinger the new head of that program.

Also during this time machinery was being developed to make hemp processing easier and more efficient. This was a threat to the paper, chemical, timber, and petroleum industries. Pharmaceutical companies were creating new medicines and drugs and were also threatened by the natural healing properties of the plant we know as hemp.

Harry Anslinger began looking into rumors of the Mexican population smoking the flowers of the hemp plant. Because racism was quite rampant at that time, Anslinger played on that and used the Mexican slang, marijuana, in place of the word ‘hemp’. He spread lies and rumors about blacks and Mexicans becoming violent while smoking it and also labeled it as a narcotic.

Hearst’s newspapers spread the slander and propogated stories about the ‘evil marijuana’ and of people committing rapes and murder while ‘under the influence’ of marijuana. This, of course, had the papers selling like wildfire, but they failed to mention the everyday uses of the hemp (rope, fuel, textiles, food).

After the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was passed, Harry Anslinger ordered the hemp prohibition, using the excuse that his agents wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana, and that the farming of hemp made it too difficult to enforce the marijuana prohibition.

In 1942 the hemp prohibition was put on hold to allow farmers to grow hemp to provide the needed fibers to aid in the war effort. After the war, when the hemp was no longer needed, the Air Force and Marines were ordered to destroy all remaining hemp crops.

To this day, the ‘war on hemp’ is still in full force. However, more people are learning about the vast benefits of hemp – for food, medicinal purposes, textiles, fuel, and tens of thousands of other uses.

It’s time to let nature’s perfect plant flourish again. No more dependence on foreign oil; a return to natural, plant-based remedies for illnesses and diseases; no more petroleum based plastics; less dependency on chemicals that are harming our environment and health.

NOW is the time for HEMP to return.

About the Author

Becca Wolford is a writer, entrepreneur, artist, reiki practitioner, and hemp activist. She has experienced first-hand the nutritional and healing benefits of hemp and her passion is learning, writing, and educating others about the benefits of hemp – benefits that encompass nutritional health for humans, a healthy environment, and a healthier economy.

Becca also distributes Versativa, an amazing raw, clean, hemp-based nutritional supplement and Restoration90, a raw, clean, nutritional product with marine phytoplankton, hemp, and essential nutrients for optimum health. Please support her at her excellent blog Hemphealer.com.

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7 Comments on "The Hemp Conspiracy: Why U.S. Hemp Farming Was Banned"

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  1. Bonnie Lou says:

    The first and second drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on hemp paper. Also Bibles and paper money. Homespun clothing, covered wagons and the first American flags were made of hemp cloth. Ship sails and rigging, fishing nets, in fact everything that is now made of nylon was made of hemp until it was outlawed in 1937, “coincidently” the same year Dupont patented nylon.

  2. daisy says:

    Good article but the author should cite her sources of information. Would make it easier to check the accuracy of her statements and give added credibility to her article too.

  3. smokey mcpots says:

    I agree with Daisy, sources would be nice. But even so, weed is a miracle plant. So many uses.

  4. This article was Reposted at The Truth about Hemp:
    http://thetruthabouthemp.com/hempity/index.php/topic,494.new.html#new
    with ALL links intact!

    • admin says:

      Thanks for sharing, Santa.

      • Thank YOU!

        I plan on sharing more of your ‘creative commons articles’ via that other site. Links intact, of course: I’m an advanced enough web master to pull that off. And I know what it means to you, too. Linkbacks and better rankings do help. Gotta pay the bills, you know ….

        I’ve been researching banned nature, in general, for over 26 years and I agree that our economic problems in America are largely due to the Hemp ban (and a wasted $16,000,000,000 a year spent in enforcement and incarceration of “Plant Touchers” that could better be spent on education and social issues)!

        Obama and all the rest of the World leaders are FIRMLY in the pockets of big business – you can’t run for office without making a deal with those Devils: swearing allegiance to THEIR Interests – and NOT the Public Interest!

        And enforcement STILL follows predominantly along racial lines!!!!

        The change is coming – and people like you and I are more than ready for it NOW.

        The saddest part is stupid campaign promises to create, oh, say …. 12,000,000 new jobs in the next 5 years – WITHOUT legalizing Hemp AND Marijuana both – and you and I both KNOW we’d have that many new jobs in the FIRST YEAR: post Pothibition.

        We are at 99 Monkeys now. Any month now: the “100th Monkey” will wake up – and demand its plants back!

        $300,000,000 spent in other countries to import hemp …. and hempseed oil – whack that sum right off our trade deficit NOW!

        Oooops! Fiscal Ceiling! BY NOW the Special Interests have lined their pockets with SO much of our money: that the country is bankrupt. With No jobs left. Think they’ll stop there? Watch America economically implode, like Greece, this summer. Austerity for the POOR {No more “Middle Class” – the NEW Poor}, and pay raises all around for the masters at the top! I predict they’ll wind up doing themselves in – and we’ll be left to grow our precious plants in peace.

        Keep up the good work of whispering the truth under the roar of their continued lies. Folks with HEART, like us, hear you loud and clear! And we are all pulling, in that new direction, WITH You!

        Namaste, Santa/Sea Mac

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