- by Doug
Yurchey – 2005
Where did the word 'marijuana' come from? In the
mid 1930s, the M-word was created
to tarnish the good image and phenomenal history
of the hemp plant...as you will read.
The facts cited here, with references, are generally
verifiable in the Encyclopedia Britannica
which was printed on hemp paper for 150 years:
* All schoolbooks were made from hemp or flax
paper until the 1880s; Hemp Paper Reconsidered, Jack Frazier, 1974.
* It was LEGAL TO PAY TAXES WITH HEMP in America
from 1631 until the early 1800s; LA Times, Aug. 12, 1981.
* REFUSING TO GROW HEMP in America during the
17th and 18th Centuries WAS AGAINST THE LAW!
You could be jailed in Virginia for refusing
to grow hemp from 1763 to 1769; Hemp in Colonial Virginia, G. M. Herdon.
* George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other
founding fathers GREW HEMP; Washington and
Jefferson Diaries. Jefferson smuggled hemp seeds
from China to France then to America.
* Benjamin Franklin owned one of the first paper
mills in America and it processed hemp.
Also, the War of 1812 was fought over hemp. Napoleon
wanted to cut off Moscow's export
to England; Emperor Wears No Clothes, Jack Herer.
* For thousands of years, 90% of all ships' sails
and rope were made from hemp.
The word 'canvas' is Dutch for hemp; Webster's
New World Dictionary.
* 80% of all textiles, fabrics, clothes, linen,
drapes, bed sheets, etc. were made from hemp
until the 1820s with the introduction of the
* The first Bibles, maps, charts, Betsy Ross's
flag, the first drafts of the Declaration of Independence
and the Constitution were made from hemp; U.S.
* The first crop grown in many states was hemp.
1850 was a peak year for Kentucky producing 40,000 tons.
Hemp was the largest cash crop until the 20th
Century; State Archives.
* Oldest known records of hemp farming go back
5000 years in China, although hemp industrialization
probably goes back to ancient Egypt.
* Rembrandts, Gainsborough’s, Van Gogh’s as well
as most early canvas paintings were principally
painted on hemp linen.
* In 1916, the U.S. Government predicted that
by the 1940s all paper would come from hemp
and that no more trees need to be cut down. Government
studies report that 1 acre of hemp
equals 4.1 acres of trees. Plans were in the
works to implement such programs; Department of Agriculture
* Quality paints and varnishes were made from
hemp seed oil until 1937. 58,000 tons of hemp seeds
were used in America for paint products in 1935;
Sherman Williams Paint Co. testimony before Congress
against the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act.
* Henry Ford's first Model-T was built to run
on hemp gasoline and the CAR ITSELF WAS
CONTRUCTED FROM HEMP! On his large estate, Ford
was photographed among his hemp fields.
The car, 'grown from the soil,' had hemp plastic
panels whose impact strength was 10 times stronger
than steel; Popular Mechanics, 1941.
* Hemp called 'Billion Dollar Crop.' It was the
first time a cash crop had a business potential
to exceed a billion dollars; Popular Mechanics,
* Mechanical Engineering Magazine (Feb. 1938)
published an article entitled 'The Most Profitable and
Desirable Crop that Can be Grown.' It stated
that if hemp was cultivated using 20th Century technology,
it would be the single largest agricultural crop
in the U.S. and the rest of the world.
The following information comes directly from
the United States Department of Agriculture's 1942
14-minute film encouraging and instructing 'patriotic
American farmers' to grow 350,000 acres of hemp each year for the war effort:
'...(When) Grecian temples were new, hemp was
already old in the service of mankind.
For thousands of years, even then, this plant
had been grown for cordage and cloth in China and
elsewhere in the East. For centuries prior to
about 1850, all the ships that sailed the western seas
were rigged with hempen rope and sails. For the
sailor, no less than the hangman, hemp was indispensable...
...Now with Philippine and East Indian sources
of hemp in the hands of the Japanese...American hemp
must meet the needs of our Army and Navy as well
as of our industries...
...the Navy's rapidly dwindling reserves. When
that is gone, American hemp will go on duty again;
hemp for mooring ships; hemp for tow lines; hemp
for tackle and gear; hemp for countless naval uses
both on ship and shore. Just as in the days when
Old Ironsides sailed the seas victorious with her
hempen shrouds and hempen sails. Hemp for victory!'
Certified proof from the Library of Congress;
found by the research of Jack Herer, refuting claims
of other government agencies that the 1942 USDA
film 'Hemp for Victory' did not exist.
Hemp cultivation and production do not harm the
environment. The USDA Bulletin #404 concluded
that hemp produces 4 times as much pulp as wood
with at least 4 to 7 times less pollution.
From Popular Mechanics, Feb. 1938:
'It has a short growing season...It can be grown
in any state...The long roots penetrate and break
the soil to leave it in perfect condition for
the next year's crop. The dense shock of leaves, 8 to 12
feet above the ground, chokes out weeds.
...hemp, this new crop can add immeasurably to
American agriculture and industry.'
In the 1930s, innovations in farm machinery would
have caused an industrial revolution when
applied to hemp. This single resource could have
created millions of new jobs generating thousands
of quality products. Hemp, if not made illegal,
would have brought America out of the Great Depression.
William Randolph Hearst (Citizen Kane) and the
Hearst Paper Manufacturing Division of Kimberly Clark
owned vast acreage of timberlands. The Hearst
Company supplied most paper products. Patty Hearst's
grandfather, a destroyer of nature for his own
personal profit, stood to lose billions because of hemp.
In 1937, Dupont patented the processes to make
plastics from oil and coal. Dupont's Annual Report
urged stockholders to invest in its new petrochemical
division. Synthetics such as plastics, cellophane,
celluloid, methanol, nylon, rayon, Dacron, etc.,
could now be made from oil. Natural hemp industrialization
would have ruined over 80% of Dupont's business.
Andrew Mellon became Hoover's Secretary of the
Treasury and Dupont's primary investor. He appointed
his future nephew-in-law, Harry J. Anslinger,
to head the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
Secret meetings were held by these financial tycoons.
Hemp was declared dangerous and a threat to their
billion dollar enterprises. For their dynasties
to remain intact, hemp had to go. These men took an obscure
Mexican slang word: 'marihuana' and pushed it
into the consciousness of America.
A media blitz of 'yellow journalism' raged in
the late 1920s and 1930s. Hearst's newspapers ran stories
emphasizing the horrors of marihuana. The menace
of marihuana made headlines. Readers learned that it
was responsible for everything from car accidents
to loose morality.
Films like 'Reefer Madness' (1936), 'Marihuana:
Assassin of Youth' (1935) and 'Marihuana: The Devil's Weed'
(1936) were propaganda designed by these industrialists
to create an enemy. Their purpose was to gain public
support so that anti-marihuana laws could be
Examine the following quotes from 'The Burning
Question' aka REEFER MADNESS:
*a violent narcotic.
*acts of shocking violence.
*under the influence of the drug he killed his
entire family with an axe.
*more vicious, more deadly even than these soul-destroying
drugs (heroin, cocaine) is the menace of marihuana!
Reefer Madness did not end with the usual 'the
end.' The film concluded with these words plastered
on the screen: TELL YOUR CHILDREN.
In the 1930s, people were very naive; even to
the point of ignorance. The masses were like sheep
waiting to be led by the few in power. They did
not challenge authority. If the news was in print or
on the radio, they believed it had to be true.
They told their children and their children grew up to be
the parents of the baby-boomers.
On April 14, 1937, the Prohibitive Marihuana Tax
Law or the bill that outlawed hemp was directly
brought to the House Ways and Means Committee.
This committee is the only one that can introduce
a bill to the House floor without it being debated
by other committees. The Chairman of the Ways and
Means, Robert Doughton, was a Dupont supporter.
He insured that the bill would pass Congress.
Dr. James Woodward, a physician and attorney,
testified too late on behalf of the American Medical
Association. He told the committee that the reason
the AMA had not denounced the Marihuana Tax Law
sooner was that the Association had just discovered
that marihuana was/is hemp.
Few people, at the time, realized that the deadly
menace they had been reading about on Hearst's
front pages was in fact passive hemp. The AMA
understood hemp to be a MEDICINE found in
numerous healing products sold over the last
In September of 1937, hemp became illegal. The
most useful crop known became a drug and
our planet has been suffering ever since.
Congress banned hemp because it was said to be
the most violence-causing drug known. Anslinger,
head of the Drug Commission for 31 years, promoted
the idea that marihuana made users act extremely
violent. In the 1950s, under the Communist threat
of McCarthyism, Anslinger now said the exact opposite.
Marijuana will pacify you so much that soldiers
would not want to fight.
Today, our planet is in desperate trouble. Earth
is suffocating as large tracts of rain forests disappear.
Pollution, poisons and chemicals are killing
people. These great problems could be reversed if we
industrialized hemp. Natural biomass could provide
all of the planet's energy needs that are currently
supplied by fossil fuels. We have consumed 80%
of our oil and gas reserves. We need a renewable
resource. Hemp could be the solution to soaring
THE WONDER PLANT
Hemp has a higher quality fiber than wood fiber.
Far fewer caustic chemicals are required to make paper
from hemp than from trees. Hemp paper does not
turn yellow and is very durable. The plant grows quickly
to maturity in a season where trees take a lifetime.
ALL PLASTIC PRODUCTS SHOULD BE MADE FROM HEMP
SEED OIL. Hempen plastics are
biodegradable! Over time, they would break down
and not harm the environment. Oil-based plastics,
the ones we are very familiar with, help ruin
nature; they do not break down and will do great harm in
the future. The process to produce the vast array
of natural (hempen) plastics will not ruin the rivers as
Dupont and other petrochemical companies have
done. Ecology does not fit in with the plans of the
Oil Industry and the political machine. Hemp
products are safe and natural.
MEDICINES SHOULD BE MADE FROM HEMP. We should
go back to the days when the AMA
supported hemp cures. 'Medical Marijuana' is
given out legally to only a handful of people while the rest
of us are forced into a system that relies on
chemicals. Hemp is only healthy for the human body.
WORLD HUNGER COULD END. A large variety of food
products can be generated from hemp.
The seeds contain one of the highest sources
of protein in nature. ALSO: They have two essential fatty
acids that clean your body of cholesterol. These
essential fatty acids are not found anywhere else in nature!
Consuming hemp seeds is the best thing you could
do for your body. Eat uncooked hemp seeds.
CLOTHES SHOULD BE MADE FROM HEMP. Hemp clothing
is extremely strong and durable
over time. You could hand clothing, made from
hemp, down to your grandchildren. Today, there are
American companies that make hemp clothing; usually
50% hemp. Hemp fabrics should be everywhere.
Instead, they are almost underground. Superior
hemp products are not allowed to advertise on fascist
television. Kentucky, once the top hemp producing
state, made it ILLEGAL TO WEAR hemp clothing!
Can you imagine being thrown into jail for wearing
The world is crazy...but that does not mean you
have to join the insanity. Get together. Spread the news.
Tell people, and that includes your children,
the truth. Use hemp products. Eliminate the word 'marijuana.'
Realize the history that created it. Make it
politically incorrect to say or print the M-word. Fight against
the propaganda (designed to favor the agenda
of the super rich) and the bullshit. Hemp must be utilized
in the future. We need a clean energy source
to save our planet. INDUSTRIALIZE HEMP!
The liquor, tobacco and oil companies fund more
than a million dollars a day to Partnership for a
Drug-Free America and other similar agencies.
We have all seen their commercials. Now, their motto is:
'It's more dangerous than we thought.' Lies from
the powerful corporations, that began with Hearst,
are still alive and well today.
The brainwashing continues. Now, the commercials
say: If you buy a joint, you contribute to murders
and gang wars. The latest anti-hemp commercials
say: If you buy a joint...you are promoting TERRORISM!
The new enemy (terrorism) has paved the road
to brainwash you any way THEY see fit.
There is only one enemy; the friendly people you
pay your taxes to; the war-makers and nature destroyers.
With your funding, they are killing the world
right in front of your eyes. HALF A MILLION DEATHS
EACH YEAR ARE CAUSED BY TOBACCO. HALF A MILLION
DEATHS EACH YEAR ARE
CAUSED BY ALCOHOL.
Ingesting THC, hemp's active agent, has a positive
effect; relieving asthma and glaucoma. A joint tends to
alleviate the nausea caused by chemotherapy.
You are able to eat on hemp. This is a healthy state of being.
The hemp plant is an ALIEN plant. There is physical
evidence that hemp is not like any other plant on this planet.
One could conclude that it was brought here for
the benefit of humanity. Hemp is the ONLY plant where the males
appear one way and the females appear very different,
physically! No one ever speaks of males and females
in regard to the plant kingdom because plants
do not show their sexes; except for hemp. To determine what
sex a certain, normal, Earthly plant is: You
have to look internally, at its DNA. A male blade of grass
(physically) looks exactly like a female blade
of grass. The hemp plant has an intense sexuality.
HEMP IS ILLEGAL BECAUSE BILLIONAIRES WANT TO REMAIN
Last updated 17/11/2005
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