In a book called "It's A Conspiracy" I read this:
Hemp is used to make both rope, cloth, and marijuana.
Hemp was grown by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
The first and second drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on hemp paper.
The first LEVI pants sold to prospectors were sturdy hemp coveralls.
At the turn of the century, maple sugar combined with hashish was sold over the counter by Sears Roebuck as a harmless candy.
In the 1920's and 1930's America became aware of drug addiction to morphine and and a "miracle drug" introduced by the Bayer Company in 1898 under the brand name "heroin".
The newspaper man, William Randolph Hearst, began printing articles which talked about hemp (marijuana) as if it were in the same category as the addictive drugs. For example, a car wreck in which a marijuana cigarette was found in the car got front page coverage, while many car wrecks involving alcohol were relegated to the back pages.
The Du Pont Company introduced two new fabrics in the 1930's, nylon and rayon. Dupont lobbied to outlaw hemp because it was his only competition against his new products. He convinced the government to use nylon ropes instead of hemp.
A government study called the Siler Commission studied marijuana in 1930 and concluded there were no lasting effects and recommended no criminal penalties for using it. The government decided instead to tax the hell out of it, making it almost impossible for hemp farmers to stay in business.
During WWII our governemnt still bought hemp from the Philippines to make rope. When the Japanese seized the Philippines, the U.S. government lowered the hemp tax and urged American farmers to grow it once again becasue of a shortage of rope. As soon as the war was over, they quickly made it illegal.
When ex-president George Bush had to bail out of his plane during a battle over the Pacific ocean, his parachute was made of hemp. Parts of his aircraft engine were lubricated with hemp-seed oil.
Federal administrative law judge Francis Young, in the 1990's, said, "The record clearly shows that marijuana has been accepted as capable of relieving the distress of great numbers of very ill people and in doing so with safety under medical supervision."
I'm feeling a little "under the weather" myself.