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Washington's farm diary spoke about the quality of seeds, always taking
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He also documented the importance of cultivating seeds at the proper time
taking care to pull the male plants from the females. In 1790's he began
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Both Washington and Thomas Jefferson disliked tobacco, and on occasion they
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One could conclude that the herb 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!
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On October 2, 1937 the day that the Marihuana Tax
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MARIJUANA ON THE INTERNET TRIVIA & FACTS
"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered
considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more
destructive of respect for the government and the law of
the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It
is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in
this country is closely connected with this." - Albert
“Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the
prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has
done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever
could.” - William F. Buckley Jr.
Conservative Scholar, Editor-at-large of The National
When a private enterprise fails, it is closed down; when
a government enterprise fails, it is expanded. Isn’t that
exactly what’s been happening with drugs?” - Milton
1976 Nobel Prize in Economics, and is a Senior Research
Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford
For 3000 Years prior to 1842, marijuana and hashish
extracts were the most widely-used medicines in the
world. Prior to 1842, marijuana and hashish extracts were
the most widely used medicines in the world.
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alternatives for legal highs.
Benjamin Franklin started one of America's first paper
mills with cannabis, allowing a colonial press free from
The U.S. Government distributed 400,000 pounds of
cannabis seeds to American farmers in 1942 to aid the war
Archaeologists agree that cannabis was among the first
crops purposely cultivated by human beings at least over
6,000 years ago, and perhaps more than 12,000 years
Hemp has been grown for at least the last 12,000 years
for fiber (textiles and paper) and food. It has been
effectively prohibited in the United States since the
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp.
Ben Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper. Jefferson
drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp
Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag from hemp.
The first report of marijuana as medicine was 2727 B.C.
In the U.S.A. hemp was used as medicine began in 1840
with the introduction of stronger varieties of marijuana
and was used for almost 100 years. Some 360,000 acres of
marijuana was grown annually during World War II, the
seed crop grown by the 4H kids in Kentucky.
Abraham Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd, came from the richest
hemp-growing family in Kentucky.
The Volstead Act of 1920, which raised the price of
alcohol in the United States, positioned marijuana as an
attractive alternative and led to an increase in use of
the drug. "Tea pads," where a person could purchase
marijuana for 25 cents or less, began appearing in cities
across the United States, particularly as part of the
black "hepster" jazz culture.
By 1930 it was reported that there were at least 500 of
these "tea pads" in New York City alone. During the Great
Depression as unemployment increased, resentment and fear
of the Mexican immigrants became connected to marijuana
use. Numerous research studies linked marijuana use by
lower class communities with crime and violence. In 1937,
Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act which criminalized
the drug. From 1951 to 1956 stricter sentencing laws set
mandatory minimum sentences for drug-related offenses. In
the 1950s the beatniks appropriated the use of marijuana
from the black hepsters and the drug moved into
middle-class white America in the 1960s.
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.
Jefferson smuggled hemp seeds from China to France then
The War of 1812 was fought over hemp. Napoleon wanted to
cut off Moscow's export to England.
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
Oldest known records of hemp farming go back 5000 years
in China, although hemp industrialization probably goes
back to ancient Egypt.
Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Van Gogh as well as most
early canvas paintings were principally painted on hemp
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
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 constructed 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, Feb., 1938.
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. 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.
Benjamin Franklin started one of America's first paper
mills with cannabis. This allowed America to have a free
colonial press without having to beg or justify the need
for paper and books from England.
Cannabis extract medicines were produced by Eli Lilly,
Parke-Davis, Tildens, Brothers Smith (Smith Brothers),
Squibb and many other American and European companies and
apothecaries. During all that time there was not one
reported death from cannabis extract medicines, and
virtually no abuse or mental disorders reported, except
for first-time or novice users occasionally becoming
disoriented or overly introverted.
In early 1942, Japan cut off our supplies of vital hemp
and course fibers. Marijuana, which had been outlawed in
the United States as the "Assassin of Youth" just five
years earlier, was suddenly safe enough for our
government to ask the kids in the Kentucky 4-H clubs to
grow the nation's 1943 seed supply. Each youth was urged
to grow at least half an acre, but preferably two acres
of hemp for seed.
Marijuana was America's number one analgesic for 60 years
before the rediscovery of aspirin around 1900. From 1842
to 1900 cannabis made up half of all medicine sold, with
virtually no fear of its high.
The 1839 report on the uses of cannabis by Dr. W.B.
O'Shaugnessy, one of the most respected members of the
Royal Academy of Sciences, was just as important to
mid-19th Century Western medicine as the discoveries of
antibiotics (like penicillin and Terramycin) were to
mid-20th Century medicine.
From more than 1,000 years before the time of Christ
until 1883 A.D., cannabis hemp - indeed, marijuana - was
our planet's largest agricultural crop and most important
industry, involving thousands of products and
enterprises; producing the overall majority of Earth's
fiber, fabric, lighting oil, paper, incense and
medicines. In addition, it was a primary source of
essential food oil and protein for humans and
Until 1883, from 75-90% of all paper in the world was
made with cannabis hemp fiber including that for books,
Bibles, maps, paper money, stocks and bonds, newspapers,
etc. The Gutenberg Bible (in the 15th Century);
Pantagruel and the Herb pantagruelion, Rabelais (16th
Century); King James Bible (17th Century); the works of
Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Mark Twain, Victor Hugo, Alexander
Dumas; Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" (19th
Century); and just about everything else was printed on
The first draft of the Declaration of Independence (June
28, 1776) was written on Dutch (hemp) paper, as was the
second draft completed on July 2, 1776. This was the
document actually agreed to on that day and announced and
released on July 4, 1776. On July 19, 1776, Congress
ordered the Declaration be copied and engrossed on
parchment (a prepared animal skin) and this was the
document actually signed by the delegates on August 2,
1776. Hemp paper lasted 50 to 100 times longer than most
preparations of papyrus, and was a hundred times easier
and cheaper to make.
The DEA's own conservative administrative law judge,
Francis Young, after taking medical testimony for 15 days
and reviewing hundreds of DEA/NIDA documents positioned
against the evidence introduced by marijuana reform
activists, concluded in September 1988 that
"marijuana is one of the safest
therapeutically active substances
known to man."
The parachute used by George Herbert Walker Bush when his
bomber was shot down over the Pacific in 1944 was 100%
legal American "Marihuana." George W. Bush was not born
until 1946. Therefore, legal "Marihuana" has saved the
lives of two US Presidents.
During the three years that the United States was
officially involved in World War II, nearly one million
acres of "Marihuana" were legally grown throughout the
country. For the next forty years, every Federal
Administration denied the existence of the film,
For Victory." Finally, in 1989, independent researchers
discovered two copies of the film in the Library of
Congress. Yet to this day, the US Federal government
refuses to admit that Cannabis Sativa has any uses,
whether as medicine or as a resource.
In September of 1937, hemp became illegal. The most
useful crop known became a drug and our planet has been
suffering ever since.
The current laws against the cultivation of Hemp can be
attributed to three men, Henry J. Anslinger, Lammont
DuPont, and William Randolph Hearst, who made growing
hemp illegal. Anslinger was the head of the Federal
Bureau of Narcotics, DuPont and Hearst were the owners of
the largest chemical company and newspaper, respectively.
Hearst began printing outlandish stories with headlines
such as "Marijuana goads user to blood lust" and
clerk identifies Marijuana smoker as gunman". He also
took advantage of the country's prejudice against blacks
and immigrants by printing that marijuana-crazed negroes
were raping white women and by painting pictures of lazy,
pot-smoking Mexicans. DuPont's banker Andrew Mellon who
happened to be Secretary of the Treasury under Herbert
Hoover, also had a nephew-in-law, Henry Anslinger, who
had the Marijuana Tax Law of 1937 passed allowing
munitions maker DuPont to supply synthetic fibers for the
domestic economy without competition.
These men succeeded in a conspiracy which ultimately
added to the destruction of the environment, by them
producing plastic and paper where hemp could have been
more beneficial. In 1991 DuPont was still the largest
producer of man-made fibers, while no citizen has legally
harvested a single acre of textile grade hemp in over 50
years. The standard fiber of world history, America's
traditional crop, hemp, could provide our textiles, paper
and be the premier source for cellulose. The war
industries DuPont, Allied Chemical, Monsanto, and others
are protected from competition by the marijuana laws and
they make war on the natural cycle and the common
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.
Until the 1820s in America (and until the 20th Century in
most of the rest of the world), 80% of all textiles and
fabrics used for clothing, tents, bed sheets, and linens,
rugs, drapes, quilts, towels, diapers, etc.--and even the
US flag, "Old Glory," were principally made from fibers
of cannabis hemp.
The pot plant is an ALIEN plant. There is physical
evidence that cannabis 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 cannabis. 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. Growers know to
kill the males before they fertilize the females. Yes,
folks...the most potent pot comes from
"God makes the Earth yield healing herbs, which the
prudent man should not neglect. "Sirach: 38:4 (Catholic
Abraham Lincoln was an avowed enemy of prohibition. His
wife was prescribed cannabis for her nerves after his
assassination. Virtually every president from the
mid-19th Century up until prohibition routinely used
It was LEGAL TO PAY TAXES WITH HEMP in America from 1631
until the early 1800s
Between 1850 and 1937 marijuana was widely used
throughout United States as a medicinal drug and could
easily be purchased in pharmacies and general stores.
Recreational use was limited in the US until after the
Mexican Revolution of 1910, when an influx of Mexican
immigrants introduced the habit.
In 1619 the Virginia Assembly passed legislation
requiring every farmer to grow hemp. Hemp was allowed to
be exchanged as legal tender in Pennsylvania, Virginia,
The US Drug Enforcement Agency classifies all C. sativa
varieties as "marijuana." While it is theoretically
possible to get permission from the government to grow
hemp, DEA would require that the field be secured by
fence, razor wire, dogs, guards, and lights, making it
The US State Department must certify each year that a
foreign nation is cooperating in the war on drugs. The
European Union subsidizes its farmers to grow industrial
hemp. Those nations are not on this list, because the
State Department can tell the difference between hemp and
Hemp was grown commercially (with increasing governmental
interference) in the United States until the 1950s. It
was doomed by the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, which placed
an extremely high tax on marijuana and made it
effectively impossible to grow industrial hemp. While
Congress expressly expected the continued production of
industrial hemp, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics lumped
industrial hemp with marijuana, as it's successor the US
Drug Enforcement Administration, does to this day.
Over 30 industrialized democracies do distinguish hemp
from marijuana. International treaties regarding
marijuana make an exception for industrial hemp.
Who smokes marijuana? According to recent statistics
provided by the federal government, nearly 77 million
Americans admit having smoked marijuana. Of these, twenty
million Americans smoked marijuana during the past year.
Former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore,
former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Supreme Court Justice
Clarence Thomas and others -- admit they have smoked
Hemp was already in the new world when the first European
colonist arrived, thought to have been introduced from
China by explorers, migrating birds from across the
Bering Strait, or possibly drifting shipwrecks.
It is reported that the colonist were not eager to grow
hemp, however the European motherland wanted hemp, and
cultivation was deemed mandatory. The Puritans at
Jamestown grew hemp, as part of their contract with the
Virginia Company. Jean Talon at the order of France
Quebec colony minister, confiscated all thread the
colonist possessed and forced them to buy it back from
him with hemp. Talon supplied the seeds to farmers, which
had to be reimbursed after hemp crops were harvested.
Mandatory cultivation of hemp continued throughout the
New World, the General Court in 1637 at Hartford
Connecticut, and the Massachusetts courts in 1639 ordered
all families to plant one teaspoon of hemp seed. “that we
might in time have supply of linen cloth among
ourselves.” Several colonies passed legal tender laws,
hemp was so valued it was used to pay taxes.
Until 1776 many colonies passed laws to encourage farmers
to produce hemp, Virginia designed laws to compel
farmers, fining those who did not comply. Lobbyist were
hired to promote, and education the public about the
importance of hemp. Books were published that wanted to
establish hemp as America’s trademark product.
Colonies under the crown, were banned from spinning and
weaving hemp, this fostered dependence to England, which
was demanding raw materials from the colonies as a way to
increase its labor forces. The exported fibers, were then
bought back as finished products from England. As the
market was flooded with hemp, immigrant weavers from
Ireland arrived in Massachusetts, setting up shop and
passing their skills to the peasantry. What may have seem
a small movement, grew into self-sufficiency from the
British Crown, to the extent of a boycott of English
fabric products. These were some of the conditions which
lead into the War of Independence from the British. The
American paper industry was born of hemp, linen, and
cotton rags which provided writing materials throughout
the war, essential for communication.
In 1777, Edward Antil wrote in his introduction of
Observations on the Raising and Dressing of Hemp, “hemp
is one of the most profitable productions the earth
furnishes in northern climates; as it employs a great
number of poor people in a very advantageous manner, if
its manufacture is carried on properly: It ... becomes
worthy of the serious attention...of every trading man,
who truly loves his country.”
In preparation of war, mandatory cultivation laws were
passed, and colonist increased their production of hemp,
for paper and clothes. Colonist were convinced to take up
arms, as they read pamphlets published on hemp paper.
Thomas Paine in 1776 encouraged colonist to fight for
freedom with Common Sense he writes “in almost every
article of defense we abound. Hemp flourishes even to
rankness, so that we need not want cordage.”
The founding fathers of this nation George Washington and
Thomas Jefferson were both promoters of hemp, as noted in
their farm diaries spoke of their experiences as hemp
farmers. Throughout Washington’s farm diary he spoke
about the quality of seeds, always taking care to sow
seeds in best areas on his farm. He documented the
importance’s of cultivating seeds at the proper time
taking care to pull the male plants from the females. In
1790’s Washington began cultivating “Indian hemp” which
he said produced the best quality of plant, and noted its
superior quality to common hemp mostly grown during that
time. Both Washington and Jefferson disliked tobacco, and
on occasion they would exchange gifts of a smoking
mixtures, Washington reportedly enjoyed smoking hemp
flowers, however there is no hard evidence.
Jefferson, was also a promoter of hemp, and during his
tenure as Governor of Virginia he kept reserves of hemp,
and in May of 1781 used hemp as currency when money from
the government was in short supply.
Jefferson believed hemp to be a superior crop to tobacco,
which he said exhausted the soil, used to much manure,
provided no nourishment for cattle. Hemp on the other
hand “was of the first necessity to commerce and marine,
in other words to the wealth and protection of the
country.” Around 1815 Jefferson received the first US
patent for his hemp breaking machine, which reportedly
did the work of ten men.
Kentucky was a large supplier of hemp, primarily because
the soil would not sustain a grain crop. In 1792 its
legislature levied a tax of twenty dollars per ton on
imported hemp, this worked to Kentucky’s advantage and by
1850 domestic hemp crops increased and the amount of
imported hemp dramatically decreased.
1998: One in three Americans, approximately 90 million
citizens, have now tried it at least once, and some
10-20% (25 to 50 million Americans) still choose to buy
and smoke it regularly, despite urine tests and tougher
Richard Nixon ordered the FBI to illegally monitor John
Lennon 24-hours a day for six solid months in 1971
because Lennon had given a concert in Michigan to free a
student (John Sinclair) from five years in jail for
possession of two joints.
Approximately 50% of all drug enforcement money, federal
and state, during the last 60 years has been directed
Some 70-80% of all persons now in federal and state
prisons in America wouldn't have been there as criminals
until just 60 or so years ago. In other words we, in our
(Anslinger and Hearst inspired) ignorance and prejudice,
have placed approximately 800,000 of the 1.2 million
people in American prisons (as of August 4, 1998) for
crimes that were, at worst, minor habits, up until the
Harrison Act, 1914 (whereby the U.S. Supreme Court in
1924 first ruled that drug addicts weren't sick, they
were instead vile criminals).
Eighty percent of these government "War on Drugs" victims
were not dealing. They have been incarcerated for simple
possession. And this does not include the quarter of a
million more in county jails.
Remember, just 30 years ago, in 1978, before the
Drugs," there were only 300,000 persons in American
prisons for all crimes combined.
1890s, some of the most popular American marriage guides
recommend cannabis as an aphrodisiac of extraordinary
powers no one ever suggested a prohibition law against
cannabis. And while there was talk of an alcohol
prohibition law, a number of women's temperance
organizations even suggested "hasheesh" as a substitute
for "demon" alcohol, which they said led to wife
World Fairs and International Expositions from the 1860s
through the early 1900s often featured a popular Turkish
Hashish Smoking exposition and concession. Hashish
smoking was entirely new for Americans; its effects came
on much faster. However, smoking hashish was only about
one-third as strong or long lasting as orally ingesting
the cannabis extract medicines that even American
children were regularly prescribed.
Cannabis Sativa is the proper name for both marijuana and
hemp. From 1619 until outlawed as "Marihuana" in 1937,
Cannabis Sativa was the US' largest legal industry.
On October 2, 1937, the US Federal government passed the
Marihuana Tax Act, which put a prohibitive tax on
production of the "drug menace." To grow Cannabis Sativa
legally, a citizen of the United States would need to
purchase a Special Tax Stamp. To obtain the tax stamp,
citizens were required to possess Cannabis Sativa when
trying to buy the stamp. However, because of the rules of
the Marihuana Tax Act, anyone who possessed marijuana
without the stamp was then arrested as a drug dealer. The
Federal government refused to release these Special Tax
Stamps, thus ensuring that anyone who grew this ancient
crop would be deemed a criminal. This was the beginning
of marijuana prohibition.
The day the Marihuana Tax Act was passed, federal agents
arrested Samuel Caldwell, 58, in Denver, CO, for selling
two marihuana cigarettes. Samuel Caldwell became the
first American convicted under the new federal law. He
was sentenced to four years in Levenworth Penitentiary,
and died a year after being released.
Despite the rampant propaganda of the 1930s against
"Marihuana," where newspapers and Federal agencies
condemned Cannabis Sativa as "the world's most dangerous
narcotic," the US Federal government began issuing the
Special Tax Stamps during World War II. Following the
attack on Pearl Harbor, with imports of coarse fibers cut
off by the Japanese, the US Department of Agriculture
enacted a plan to ensure a steady supply of the world's
strongest natural fiber by legally allowing Americans to
grow Cannabis Sativa.
The word `marijuana' is a Mexican slang term which becamepopular in the late 1930's in America, during a
series ofmedia and government programs which we now refer
to as the `Reefer Madness Movement.' It refers
specifically to themedicine part of cannabis, which
Mexican soldiers used to smoke.
Today in the U.S., hemp (meaning the roots, stalk, and
stemsof the cannabis plant) is legal to possess. No one
canarrest you for wearing a hemp shirt, or using hemp
paper.Marijuana (The flowers, buds, or leaves of the
cannabisplant) is not legal to possess, and there are
and possible jail terms for having any marijuana in
yourpossession. The seeds are legal to possess and eat,
butonly if they are sterilized (will not grow to
"Cannabis remains by far the most commonly used drug in
the world. An estimated 162 million people used cannabis
in 2004, equivalent to some 4 per cent of the global
population age 15-64. In relative terms, cannabis use is
most prevalent in Oceania, followed by North America and
Africa. While Asia has the lowest prevalence expressed as
part of the population, in absolute terms it is the
region that is home to some 52 million cannabis users,
more than a third of the estimated total. The next
largest markets, in absolute terms, are Africa and North
America." Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and
Crime, "World Drug Report 2006, Volume 1: Analysis"
(United Nations: Vienna, Austria, 2006), p. 23
Commissioned by President Nixon in 1972, the National
Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse concluded that
"Marihuana's relative potential for harm to the vast
majority of individual users and its actual impact on
society does not justify a social policy designed to seek
out and firmly punish those who use it. This judgment is
based on prevalent use patterns, on behavior exhibited by
the vast majority of users and on our interpretations of
existing medical and scientific data. This position also
is consistent with the estimate by law enforcement
personnel that the elimination of use is unattainable."
Source: Shafer, Raymond P., et al, Marihuana: A Signal of
Misunderstanding, Ch. V, (Washington DC: National
Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, 1972).
The United Kingdom officially downgraded the
classification of cannabis from Class B to Class C
effective Jan. 29, 2004. The London Guardian reported
that "Under the switch, cannabis will be ranked alongside
bodybuilding steroids and some anti-depressants.
Possession of cannabis will no longer be an arrestable
offence in most cases, although police will retain the
power to arrest users in certain aggravated situations -
such as when the drug is smoked outside schools. The home
secretary, David Blunkett, has said the change in the law
is necessary to enable police to spend more time tackling
class A drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine which
cause the most harm and trigger far more crime." Source:
Tempest, Matthew, "MPs Vote To Downgrade Cannabis," The
Guardian (London, England), Oct. 29, 2003.
Greek historian Herodotus records how tribesmen living
near Mongolia throw hemp seeds onto a hot stone. “As it
burns, it smokes like incense and the smell of it makes
them drunk, just as wine does,” he writes of what sounds
suspiciously like a pre-Christian Bonnaroo. “As more
fruit is thrown on, they get more and more intoxicated
until they jump up and start singing and dancing.”
Queen Victoria of England was prescribed cannabis for
menstrual cramps by her personal physician Sir Russell
Reynolds. He wrote in the first issue of The Lancet in
1890 that ‘when pure and administered carefully, cannabis
is one of the most useful medicines we possess.’
"State laws should make the public use
of marijuana a criminal offense
punishable by a $100 fine. Under
federal law, marijuana smoked in
public would merely be subject to
Richard Nixon's National Commission on Marihuana and Drug
Abuse "Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding" - March
Speculations on the Origin of Human Intelligence:
defense of the Pygmies, perhaps I should note that a
friend of mine who has spent time with them says that for
such activities as the patient stalking and hunting of
mammals and fish they prepare themselves through
marijuana intoxication, which helps to make the long
waits, boring to anyone further evolved than a Komodo
dragon, at least moderately tolerable. Ganja is, he says,
their only cultivated crop. It would be wryly interesting
if in human history the cultivation of marijuana led
generally to the invention of agriculture, and thereby to
civilization. "Carl Sagan - The Dragons of Eden 1977