Some facts about marijuana:
– From 1681 until the early 1800’s it was legal to pay your taxes in hemp in the United States.
– Most all of America’s founding fathers grew marijuana including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin.
– Thomas Jefferson was the Marc Emery of the 18th and early 19th century. Most of the strains grown in America were imported by Jefferson from China.
– Benjamin Franklin owned one of the first paper mills in America and it was a hemp paper mill producing the paper that most everything in America was written on including the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.
– George Washington was the biggest marijuana farmer in the United States and this was the source of his fortune that allowed him to carry on the revolution.
– Marijuana was the largest cash crop in the world (going back over 5000 years in China) until the 20th century… likely still is. Kentucky alone produced 40,000 tons of it in 1850.
– In 1916 a US government report predicted that by 1940 all paper in the world would be made from hemp and that no more trees would need to be cut down for paper production.
– Quality paints and varnishes were made from natural hemp seed oil until 1937 when the Marijuana Act came into effect… they went from 58,000 tons of hemp seed oil for paints and varnishes to none. Instead a healthy product was replaced with lead based petrochemical paints to satisfy the monopolists in the paint industry (Dupont).
– Henry Ford’s Model-T was first built to run on hemp gasoline and the car itself was constructed out of hemp based plastics that had 10 times the strength of steel and never rusted.
– The Randolf Hearst Paper Manufacturing Company (owner of vast timber lands)… as well as natural hemp products would have ruined over 80% of Dupont’s petrochemical business products… and it was the corporate monopolists like them that spread the fear to secure their industry monopolies in the late 1930’s.
– The deindustrialization of hemp coincided with the Great Depression as the worlds first ‘Billion dollar crop’ was made illegal.