Originally, the laws against Cannabis use had a great deal more to do with racism and religious bigotry than with public health.
Later on, oppression of Cannabis was reinforced by the influence and lobbying of the powerful 20th century capitalists who saw the superior and sustaining hemp fibre as a threat to their ‘growth’ industry of papermaking, synthetic textiles, fuel and plastics.
Cannabis was never ever prohibited because of any presumed health risk.
In 1988, Judge Francis Young of the US Drug Enforcement Agency stated, “Cannabis in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man”! As with alcohol prohibition last century, the prohibition of Cannabis was terribly counter productive. Prohibition also caused a black market industry which escalated its use to the huge proportions of today.
The ‘war’ against Cannabis is now politically motivated.
Such a useless war against a natural and relatively harmless herb is costing society dearly. The ‘war’ is a huge waste of people, resources and capital. The hypocrisy and lack of integrity with our Cannabis laws are obvious to young people when they experience Cannabis first hand. Sadly, this brings about a general disrespect for drug laws, social laws and authority in general. This is no doubt reflected in the lack of harmony within our society today. Not drug law, instead drug lore!
“Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes.” Abraham Lincoln