DuPont's link with General Motors (GM) began with Pierre S. du Pont, who bought GM stock in 1914
William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper publisher who built the nation's largest newspaper chain
Andrew W. Mellon
Former United States Secretary of the Treasury
Once upon a time in the USA, Americans passed an amendment prohibiting alcohol. It was later to be the only U.S. Constitutional Amendment ever to be repealed. Alcohol was just one of the addictions that were available and abused by Americans; heroin, opium, and alcohol were all popularly used during the 1800s and well into the 1930s.
#1 Natural Resource by Roger Lothamer for Capitol Seed
When we study the history of prohibition in America, we see that the three forces behind prohibition laws were the emergence of the Temperance Movement, the Abolitionists, and the Federal Government Law Enforcement bureaucracies. The first attempt by these groups was the Civil War over slavery; then the Harrison Narcotics Act, which was thrown out by the Supreme Court eventually because of the language of the Bill.
When the lobbyists for the prohibition of alcohol became fanatically active in the national politics; newspapers, movies, and radio became major influences of public opinion. At a certain point, money talks, and so the fossil fuel lobbyists got their way.
Many Americans remember the days when organized crime in America was prolific and the local farmers had their stills—all just because of the law prohibiting alcohol. None of the local people, as jurors, wanted to put Uncle Samuel in jail for his moonshine that he made available to his friends. And the Kennedys, as well as other alcohol industries, went to Canada; and smugglers brought the pure hard liquor into the states.
Besides having illegal speakeasies in the larger cities, supply and demand ruled; so the demand for the prohibited alcohol was high. The costs also were high because of the dangers of smuggling and bribing officials, bath-tub gin became the dangerous last resort for the poor folks (something that is similar with current Cannabis prohibition versus black-market).
A major segment of the industrialists, however, had another reason to lobby for the alcohol prohibition. They were the leading edge of financial industrialists and the emerging fossil fuel industry; and their plan was to make petroleum the standard for the new-fangled ‘internal-combustion engine’—AND they pushed it at the same time Edison and Diesel were planning to use grain alcohol from farm biomass for their vehicles (a much ‘greener’ fuel with very little pollution).
These industrialists all knew that they were starting a totally new industry; one about to take over all the modern, civilized energy systems. Electricity and vehicle transportation made a major leap into the mass market, when Edison had created mass production of automobiles and a credit system to sell them, manufacturing hundreds of cars weekly.
The other Industrialists were Mellon as the richest man in America, also being the Secretary of the Treasury and president of the Mellon Bank, the largest bank in the country. His niece married Anslinger, who not only consulted Mellon, but also Hearst who even published Anslinger’s opinionated and non-factual news articles on ‘Marijuana’.
Hearst had his massive forest reserves in Mexico confiscated by Poncho Villa’s revolutionary army, which caused Hearst to start a campaign in his newspapers against Mexicans using a new evil drug. It is somewhat amusing that the song “La Cucaracha” about a cockroach, was where the word came from that Hearst chose to create as the description of this new evil in his papers. “Marijuana,” through Hearst’s ‘Yellow Journalism’ Nationwide syndicate of newspapers, became the name of the new drug, touted in the articles to be even more dangerous than opium or cocaine.
Metaphorically, the newspapers judgmentally called it the “Devil-weed, Soul-Destroying Drug, and the Assassin of Youth”—no longer Cannabis, Sativa, or Hemp related. That was another sneaky ruse used to get the prohibition passed, much like the racial side which depicted African Americans and Latin Americans as drug dealing dope fiends—none of it was based on scientific terms, or real facts, in all of the sensationalized events that were reported in the newspapers.
Mellon got together with the DuPont’s and gave them the money to expand their new chemical industry into the automobile industry. Mellon had been part of the first Oklahoma and Texas oil wells. He created the first gas stations, highways, and funded the DuPont takeover of GM. He knew that Ford was going to make the standard fuel to be from biological farm sources and not fossil fuels. So, he told the DuPont’s that it would also give them the opportunity to make the inside parts of the vehicles with fancy new plastics, vinyl, rubber and gizmos—all mostly made of metals or fossil fuels.
Certain industrialists networked together on this takeover of fossil fuels. DuPont’s, Mellon, Hearst, were not the only ones; the Rockefellers, as well as Carnegie and others, were also working to create steel industries, which required intense levels of heat fueled by coal, another fossil fuel.
It is said that the Industrial Revolution began with the Steam Engine. In America that led to the railroads and the connection to both coasts to do commerce; as well as providing fuel for ships to carry cargos further and faster.
Yankee ingenuity created many industrial products, but its capitalism was run by the labor of slaves in the South, and indentured servants in factories of the North. This was a situation of long standing at that time.
Abolition of slavery was also rampant in Europe; and became the 1st problem in our colonies and our early country’s attempt to define Democracy to include more than just landed gentry who were White men. Even in the Constitutional Congress, slavery was a major point of dissention on both sides.
The founding fathers were at odds about this so much that they saw the danger of losing the Union, so they agreed to table the slavery issue until 30 years later, when the new country would be more stable. It actually took longer than that, and as a result the Civil war was the bloodiest war we ever had. But the Northern Industrialists won in the end, and rural Southerners suffered economic collapse for generations.
One of the major industries in America always was the industrial Hemp industry. From early pioneer days and Colonial times, all the way into the 1950’s, Hemp was grown in the USA. Even the 1937 law prohibiting Hemp went counter to the war effort’s needs, so it was suspended for a while during World War 2, and farmers were encouraged to grow it as patriots for the war. DuPont’s claims of nylon replacing hemp for the war needs did not actualize.
By 1950 the environmental problems now called “The Great Acceleration” became more obvious as the result of human over-Industrialization. It has kept exponentially accelerating from that point, and has caused Climate Change. Created by human ignorance of natural laws, and polluting our water, air, and food as we suck all the crude petroleum oil we possibly can get away with, and even go to war over it too; the fossil fuel industry lobbies are the main culprits causing this problem.
Industrial Hemp is defined by the federal government as less than .03% THC, (over that is called “Marijuana” by the government); we therefore see a problem in the continued prohibition on industrial hemp, when states are allowed to dispense high percentages of THC now.
Does the reality of Hemp seem so scary that it causes the government not to budge on this? How can they justify the fact that because we prohibited hemp for 78 years, the fossil fuel industries polluted our planet? There is no other natural, green sustainable, annually renewable resource on Earth with as many uses that Hemp has. Besides the healthiest protein possible in the Hempseed itself; the sticks and stalks make great building materials, bio-mass, and bio-fuels.
But wait, there’s more! Nothing eats carbon like hemp. Five times more than trees can, hemp not only eats carbon—it sequesters it from the atmosphere AND continues to eat the carbon around it for centuries. Nothing else can grow faster, or more plant material for bio-products—much less be carbon-free and carbon-neutral too. Only Cannabis/Hemp can do that.
Consider that throughout all history, humans NEVER used wood for paper until the mid-1800s—throughout history it was hemp, flax, rice, or papyrus. Carted street rag merchants bought the clothes made of hemp that were too old, as the main local industry around then for poor folks was selling hemp rags to the paper mills.
DuPont created the ability to use wood for paper using dioxin to make it white for publishing Hearst’s newspapers. As a result, trees were harvested so much that 70% of our National forests were lost. The other fossil fuel industries of coal, methane, gasoline etcetera, continued to exploit fossil fuels everywhere they could, nationally and globally. Before long, pollution became obvious. Most of this was subsidized by taxpayers’ government funding.
The reason I am mentioning this historical prohibition of hemp, is that it makes no sense to continue the war against industrial Hemp as part of the drug war. Defined legally by the federal government as less than .03% THC, hemp is a long way from 5% THC, which is how much THC a current blind test used, including a placebo group, and many participants used--the study found no psychoactive experience whatsoever present.
Even though 5% THC is a very long way from .03% this proves how the prohibitionists condemn Cannabis/Hemp for the reason of its THC levels based on opinions from past bureaucracies, rather than current science.
Besides the official level of .03% defining industrial hemp, “Hemp” is also a word that describes the use of Cannabis in an industrial manner, to make resources and products from it. As the #1 green sustainable resource, hemp can support local green sustainability more than any other resource available.So what rationale, other than addiction to bureaucracies, do the DEA and the DOJ have for trying to prosecute anyone who defies the reality of Hemp laws and grows it as an agricultural crop?
Why would they want the #1 green sustainable resource illegal, especially in the midst of the Climate Change we need to address? Why is it so hard to get the federal bureaucracies to cooperate? Why is it banned at all? Is THC so evil that it must be stopped, even at the level of .03% THC? If THC is the problem--then why are they allowing 90%+ THC concentrates and shatter in the states?
Why does the DOJ and DEA debate with Congress about their right to prosecute the states that have passed legislation for Cannabis and Hemp? What is the problem they have, which causes them in this time of Climate Change to prohibit the # 1 plant that can turn the tide of Climate Change? Is it their lobbies in the Fossil Fuel Industry? When we look around the globe, we see major International corporations exploiting all the resources they can from 3rd world countries. Isn’t it obvious?
Two choices loom upon the horizon: either the federal government backs down on the prohibition by legalizing it totally, or the states will sue for their rights to use Cannabis/Hemp. When that happens, the scientific research now proves that Cannabis/Hemp IS THE #1 GREEN SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE—so what way is really logical?
Do our current hemp laws on the Federal level violate our Civil Rights as citizens—YES!
Soon, the states will band together as one voice and demand these Civil Rights be allowed. We cannot argue anymore about Climate Change—it is the reality that is obviously in our face. Every day that we do not address this, it causes more damage to the environment.
It carves years out of our chances to survive, when we continue to use fossil fuels and ban Hemp. Congress knows this, the Senate knows this—but if they only keep chasing the fossil fuel lobbies’ carrot, we would have to recall them from their job—just to survive the future at all.
Whether it is money, slavery, alcohol, or drugs that are used to control--any prohibition of our Civil Rights to grow the #1 green sustainable plant is unacceptable, because there is really no excuse.
This is the most dangerous time in history—to ignore Climate Change science, AND to allow lobbying to rule us. This is insane if we continue with this prohibition. In fact, we need to demand that this all be resolved immediately by passing the Federal Industrial Hemp Bill and the CARER Bill. It is cruel and unjust punishment to deprive us of the only natural resource that can radically change climate change.
Is the right to survival actually a civil right? It is certainly involved environmentally and economically at this time with Cannabis/Hemp. Perhaps this years’ Hemp History Week, starting June 1st, will be the last chance for the federal legislatures to get this right before we toss them out of their jobs. The next Federal election and the 2016 Presidential race will see Cannabis /Hemp as a major election campaign issue.
Even when the Civil Rights’ Movement was used by the African Americans, it took citizens actively supporting it by going into courts to get the federal government to follow our Constitution. In fact the Civil Rights Act is binding on all public officials who take the oath to uphold our Constitution.
Yes, elected officials can be sent to prison and fined for breaking this law. The simple process is to notify the public officials that they are violating your civil rights and that they must stop. If they do not stop violating, then you tell their Supervisor, and if they do not stop the violation, then the supervisor too is liable for prison and fines.
The Civil Rights Law can go a long way, it is a law meant for times like this, and it is our right and duty as citizens to use this law--as our inalienable right to grow Cannabis/Hemp to heal the environment and the economy for the present and future generations.
All public officials who have conspired to violate these rights should be named in a class-action suit.
I see no reasons for this Cannabis/Hemp prohibition other than the lobbies in the way, and the politicians debating lobbied opinions rather than science facts.
Perhaps we might consider how to change all this? Action from citizens are politically allowed in our country; for civil rights and non-violent civil disobedience, as well as redress of grievances and environmental rights protecting the future generations of our citizens. Climate Change is the top priority now. The time to address change for the laws prohibiting Cannabis/Hemp is here now.
For food, fiber, energy and fuel--Hemp is paramount.
For handling health, medicine, and sequestering CO2, Cannabis/Hemp is unbeatable.
The time has come to demand our rights & get our reps actually representing us.
We are, as Martin Luther King said, “…free at last”his time of climate change peril is totally insane; AND prohibition of Cannabis/Hemp in itself should be prohibited in all states as a civil right, IMMEDIATELY. Cannabis/Hemp is absolutely essential to use in this time of Climate Change.
Pay attention to the facts of Cannabis/Hemp and how resourceful it is, and how tied to all humans it is as the main resource for the Endocannabinoid system in our bodies to heal us,
it backs up our toxically-challenged Immune system.
All the facts are on the table, but the lobbies are pouring money into desperate fossil fuel industries’ regulations. For more researched information on the Endocannabinoid System:
It is well past the time to address this issue. The Bills are on the table and ready to pass—if only the Senate and the House would pass the Bills they already have.
If they do not do that this year, before they go on summer vacation, we must consider adding every politician who votes against the Bills to the list of the Civil Rights Suit, and never vote them into public office again.