Drugs Are NOT The Devil’s Tools punctures myths and casts a bright light on the irrational and discriminatory drug war that has been used for centuries to discriminate against minorities and keep the powers-that-be in control. Fact-based and extensively researched by one of the top medical doctors in the field of cannabinoid medicine, the book exposes the real story behind the War on Drugs. Here just one example:
Cannabis was legal and on pharmacy shelves in the United States from mid-19th century until 1937. It was considered one of the best pain relievers and was prescribed by doctors on a regular basis. So why was it outlawed and how did the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 come into being? It is a perfect demonstration of the confluence of greed, money, discrimination and power.
William Randolph Hearst had been conducting a yellow journalism campaign against Hispanics and Mexicans for decades. Hearst-papers lambasted Mexican immigrants for laziness and contributing to crime. His anger was believed to have been triggered by Pancho Villa, who had appropriated over 1,000,000 acres of his land in northern Mexico during the Mexican Revolution in 1910.
Henry J. Ansliger, was appointed to be the Director of the newly formed Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Agency in 1930. The FBN was responsible for enforcing federal drug laws against heroin, opium, and cocaine…but not cannabis because it was not considered a dangerous drug.
Anslinger, married the daughter of Andrew Mellon, the wealthy financier and, not so coincidentally, the du Pont family’s banker. Mellon was also secretary of the U.S. Treasury. It was in this capacity that he appointed his niece’s husband, Anslinger, to be the first director of the FBN.
DuPont® saw low cost hemp as a threat to their developing petrochemical line which provided nylon, lubricants and more to which they held the patents. Anyone could grow hemp.
In 1933, Anslinger launched a national propaganda campaign, speaking across the country and writing many commentaries in newspapers and magazines–with assistance from the Hearst syndicate–against what he called the evils of “marihuana” or marijuana. Most people did not know “marijuana” was cannabis so there was no real objection from the public. In fact it was the Spanish slang name for cannabis.
Anslinger asserted a bogus relationship between marijuana (never using the word cannabis) with murder, mayhem, Mexicans, Negroes and jazz. Anslinger worked hard to associate the word “marijuana” with depraved behavior and heinous acts. He was a great publicist. And Hearst papers happily carried and added exaggerated/fictitious stories of their own to add fuel to fire.
This racist assault culminated in the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, in spite of the chief spokesman for the American Medical Association testifying that cannabis was medicine and the AMA was opposed to calling it a drug. The Act classified marijuana as a dangerous drug, making it illegal, and imposed high taxes on hemp, which made it impossible for small farmers to grow it. It effectively shut down the hemp industry in the United States.
From the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937 to Nixon’s War on Drugs to the present, those behind the promotion and passage of U.S. drug laws often had a vested interest, usually financial or political or both.