“Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere”
“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.”
"When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point."
Cannabis has been cultivated by humans since the start of agriculture more than 10,000 years ago. The Greek Herodotus (480 BC) described Scythians ”howling with pleasure” from inhaling the vapors of cannabis in their bath houses.
The first medicinal reference to the use of cannabis dates back to 2700 BC. The Pen Tsao Ching, the pharmacopeia of Emperor Shen Nung, recommended “ma” (marijuana) for more than 100 ailments. Modern science is confirming the wide range of ailments for which “ma” reduces symptoms, and in some cases, provides cures.
For governments to withhold medicine from anyone is nothing but cruel.
In 1619, the Virginia House of Burgesses passed an Act requiring all planters in Virginia to sow "both English and Indian" hemp on their plantations.
We believe that ending the War on Drugs is an essential part of any plan to improve our justice system. Millions of people, disproportionately people of color, are arrested, jailed, and given a criminal record, because they voluntarily chose to consume something. Not only is it immoral for the government to decide what is and is not acceptable for people to consume, but criminalizing drugs does nothing to reduce the scourge of drug addiction and abuse. The War on Drugs hurts the people we should be trying to help and diverts criminal justice resources away from prosecuting actual crimes committed against people and property.
FUN AT THE MOVIES
In 1936 a church group made a 68 minute film titled “Reefer Madness” to scare the heck out of parents and their children. It was widely promoted by Harry Anslinger, who President Roosevelt appointed to head the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, to ensure passage of the “Marihuana Tax Act of 1937” - effectively starting marijuana prohibition. Anslinger was previously Assistant Commissioner of the Treasury Dept’s “Bureau of [Alcohol] Prohibition.”