#HB1322 #IndustrialHemp4Texas

@NatureRxEdibles @love_life_1988 @TexasHemp @MMJHealthFacts @MmjStateLaws YEAH BABY! https://t.co/Nfw9nZXYMi — TwistedPolitix (@TwistedPolitix) February 7, 2016 Legislation to legalize the cultivation, production and distribution of industrial hemp has been filed in Texas. House Bill 1332, sponsored by Representative Joe Farias, would legalize industrial hemp, which would be…

REMOVE #IndustrialHemp from the Controlled Substances Act

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Last week, Kentucky & Tennessee were issued seed import permits from the DEA. In Tennessee, this process took almost six months. The potential for this to delay optimal planting had many licensed farmers in the state on edge.
It’s time to remove the DEA from this process altogether by removing industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.  

The Industrial Hemp Farming Act (S.134), introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), is a legislative effort to bring hemp home to the United States. It would remove industrial hemp from the controlled substances act and give states the opportunity to establish industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity.

The Industrial Hemp Farming Act currently has six co-sponsors — we need your help now to lend a name and a voice in support of this important legislation. 

It’s time to allow industrial hemp to become a domestically produced product.
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Tariffs on Chinese Solar Is Good for Jobs, the Economy, the Environment, and Saves Lives

Almost a week late I learned of new tariffs on Chinese solar imports.  Yahoo!  It’s about time.  Then I read this article on Forbes entitled “The US Should Be Dissatisfied With The Anti-China Solar Subsidy Tariffs” and I thought WTF? Why?  Only a Fossil fuel loving staunchy old Republican or globalist could say that! 

Tim Worstall writes:

This is one of those great moments in stupidity over trade policy…  The US governments, at both Federal and State level, are going all out to subsidise the installation of solar panels. Given the worries over climate change this might seem sensible enough. For the problem is that solar PV is still more expensive than juice taken straight from the grid in most places. So there’s not enough substitution from coal derived electricity to non-emitting solar. Given this massive expenditure it really is an action of the highest idiocy to then slap import tariffs on people who can provide those solar panels more cheaply.

Don’t forget Tim that we subsidize the oil and natural gas industry with our military.  The Seven Sisters couldn’t get their oil out of Nigeria, Iraq, Venezuela, Ukraine, or even Mexico for that matter if we didn’t run all out wars against them.  Only an ignorant fool can deny that our military is almost completely designed to protect the interests of the oligarchy that run this country. 

He goes on to say:

Further, assuming that you already agree with the ideas behind climate change and the desires to do something about it, we would like to encourage the move away from fossil fuels and over to renewables. Obviously, the cheaper those renewables are the greater the encouragement to make the move. So, to this end the US government, at the various different levels of it, provides subsidies to households to install such solar panels. There’s also low cost loans and guarantees to manufacturers (Solyndra anyone?). And various policies that insist that utilities must source some of their electricity, at higher than normal prices, from renewables based generators.
Whether those are all the correct policies or not is another matter (I favour imposing a carbon tax and that’s the end of it). But there is most certainly a large amount of money being expended on increasing the take up of solar panels.

Just getting things as cheap as possible is a dumb idea too.  We’ve seen what Walmart does to our own local economies with their tax breaks and economies of scale and White House support. We need to make more things in America and not just derivatives, weapons of mass destruction and so forth.  We need to produce and invest more in sustainable goods that have a shelf life of more than 3 weeks.  Oh, and a Carbon Tax is another bankster idea related to UN Agenda 21, the Rockefellers, the Rothschilds, and the British Crown.  It’s part and parcel with the global warming nonsense.

He wraps up by saying:

 This is just nuts. If people want to offer us free money the correct response is to say “Thank you, come again”.

Come on Tim.  Nothing is free.  You should know that by now.

Below is my comment on the Forbes website.  Let’s see if they take it down because I mention the Council on Foreign Relations.


I think this is a GREAT STEP FORWARD! The USA needs protectionism after YEARS of hollowing out our industries to the globalist profits.  We’ve given China every opportunity to take over the world and soon they will, but perhaps we can build a decent solar industry with REAL JOBS right here in the USA.

This doesn’t need to be a response to the man-made climate change nonsense being spread by the very same bankster globalists that run the media – I am of course referring to the Council on Foreign Relations – the Big Club that dominates EVERY SINGLE ADMINISTRATION since Woodrow Wilson.

Tariffs on China’s heavily subsidized solar industry is a good thing IF it stimulates domestic production and residential, government, military, and commercial consumption continues to grow.

This is a VERY POSITIVE move to reduce demand for nuclear which is a complete disaster, for natural gas which is overstated and has horrible environmental impacts vis a vis fracking, and for foreign oil, which requires WAR!

What I can’t figure out is how we got this through without BigOil and the CFR from interfering.  There must be something else, some hidden agenda, some kickbacks, or long term plan to rip it out – or the CFR intends for this to simply escalate the currency and trade wars with China as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization becomes a force of its own.

If I had my druthers, we would be taking advantage of the latest Farm Bill provisions that allows for research into industrial hemp.  Perhaps we could make solar panels from American grown hemp in the future!

Hemp and the Environment

Found this website from 1999:

Hemp helps detoxify and regenerate the soil

Falling leaves and shrubs not used in processing fall to the ground and replenish the soil with nutrients, nitrogen, and oxygen. This rich organic mulch promotes the development of fertile grassland. Some of the carbon which is “breathed” in by the plant in the form of CO2 is left in the roots and crop residues in the field. The CO2 is broken down by photosynthesis into carbon and oxygen, with oxygen being aspirated back into the atmosphere. With each season more CO2 is reduced from the air and added to the soil.

Hemp roots absorb and dissipate the energy of rain and runoff, which protects fertilizer, soil, and keeps seeds in place. Hemp plants slow down the velocity of runoff by absorbing moisture. By creating shade, hemp plants moderate extreme variations in temperatures, which conserves moisture in the soil. Hemp plants reduce the loss of topsoil in windy conditions. Hemp plants also loosen the earth for subsequent crops

Hemp plants can even pull nuclear toxins from the soil. In fact hemp was planted near and around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site to pull radioactive elements from the ground. The process is called phyto-remediation, which means using plants (phyto) to clean up polluted sites. Phyto-remediation can be used to remove nuclear elements, and to clean up metals, pesticides, solvents, crude oil, and other toxins from landfills. Hemp breaks down pollutants and stabilizes metal contaminants by acting as a filter. Hemp is proving to be one of the best phyto-remediative plants found.

The minimum benefit of a hemp crop is in its use as a rotation crop. Since hemp stabilizes and enriches the soil farmers grow crops on, and provides them with weed-free fields, without cost of herbicides, it has value even if no part of the plant is being harvested and used. Any industry or monetary benefit beyond this value is a bonus. Rotating hemp with soy reduces cyst nematodes, a soy-decimating soil parasite, without any chemical input. Hemp could be grown as a rotation crop and not compete with any other food crops for the most productive farmland. Marginal lands make fine soil for hemp, or hemp can be grown in between growing seasons.

Hemp and the Environment

All hemp products are completely biodegradable, recyclable, and hemp is a reusable resource in every aspect: pulp, fiber, protein, cellulose, oil, or biomass.

Hemp can grow in any agronomic system, in any climate, and requires no herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, or insecticides to grow well. Hemp is its own fertilizer, its own herbicide (it is a weed), and its own pesticide. Hemp plants only need 10-13 inches of water, 1/3 of the amount which cotton requires, to grow to 8-12 feet in 3-4 months.

Using hemp as biomass fuel would also reduce global warming because the hemp energy crop would pull carbon from the air and realease an equal amount when burned, instead of just releasing carbon as petrolium gasoline does now.

Using hemp biomass to make charcoal, could eliminate the need to burn petrolium coal. Hemp biomass burns with virtually no sulfur emissions or ash, which minimize acid rain caused by the burning of coal.

Deforestation is a big problem. Keeping trees alive and standing is necessary to our oxygen supply, and our well being. Trees provide the infrastructure which keeps microbes, insects, plants, fungi, etc. alive. The older and bigger the tree, the better for the environment it is. The more trees there are, the more oxygen is in the air, which helps reduce global warming.

Hemp growing could completely eradicate the necessity to use wood at all because anything made from wood can be made from hemp, especially paper. The paper demand is suppose to double in next 25 years, and we simply cannot meet this demand without clear-cutting all of our forest. Using hemp for paper could reduce deforestation by half. An acre of hemp equals at least 4 acres of trees annually. Hemp paper can be recycled 7 to 8 times, compared with only 3 times for wood pulp paper. Hemp paper also does not need to be bleached with poisonous dioxins, which poison waterways.

Carpets made from nylon, polyester, and polypropylene contaminate ground water. Hemp carpet is biodegradable and safe for the ground water when it is discarded. In 1993, carpet made up 1% of solid waste, and 2% of waste by volume.

Our garbage facilities are overfilling with plastics. Hemp can make plastics which are biodegradable.

Petrochemicals lubricants, paints, sealants, etc., poison the ground when they are discarded. Hemp can replace all of these petroleum-based products with non-toxic biodegradable organic oil-based products.

“Why use the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the fields?”

–Henry Ford


How Can Hemp Restore America? New Farm Bill May Spark Hemp for Energy

Whether you are a liberal Democrat, or a moderate Republican, a progressive independent, an Occupy protester, a social security recipient, a US veteran, a farmer, a work from home mom, an unemployed dad, or a Silicon Valley software developer, you should be behind the movement to legalize or decriminalize non-narcotic industrial hemp.

If you are against hydraulic fracking, you should be for Hemp for Energy.
If you are against BigOil and their energy wars, you should be for Hemp for Energy.
If you are against the Keystone XL pipeline deal, you should be for Hemp for Energy.
If you are against polluting the earth, you should be for Hemp for Energy.
If you are against big government, you should be for Hemp for Energy.
If you are against the United Nations Agenda 21, you should be for Hemp for Energy.
If you are against the high cost of medical treatment, you should be for Hemp for Energy.
If you are against the high cost of gasoline, you should be for Hemp for Energy.

Hemp biomass, biofuels, and plastics could be produced to run our diesel trains, our internal combustion cars, diesel cargo trucks, and some airplanes.

Domestically grown hemp could be used to produce many of the products that are currently fabricated from imported petroleum.  Reducing the import of foreign oil would improve the economic equation for calculating GDP whereas Imports would decrease.

Domestically grown hemp would reduce the need to import oil from more and more expensive and dangerous locations, such as the Arctic circle, Nigeria, the Middle East, or from Canada’s tar sands.

That would mean fewer wars and fewer deaths due to military conflict.  It would mean a reduction in pollution caused by oil spills, such as that of BP in the Gulf of Mexico.

Why Democrats, Independents, Republicans Can All Get Behind Mitt Romney in 2012

(This is still a draft and several revisions will be made over the next few days so come back!)

This is the interview that convinced me to vote for Mitt Romney, even though I am a HUGE Ron Paul fan, and voted for Obama in 2008.

This is my list of reasons for begrudgingly supporting Mitt Romney in 2012.

Rand Paul endorsed Mitt Romney and he and his father the Most Honorable Dr. Ron Paul is behind some VERY IMPORTANT issues.

  • Legalizing industrial hemp.  Ron Paul submitted legislation in May 2011 called the Industrial Hemp Farming Act (HR1831) that would legalize non-narcotic industrial hemp.  Hemp is a HUGE part of the solution to the energy crisis, national security crisis, climate change (drought), the trade deficit, the ailing auto industry, the national debt, and more.
  • Audit and End the Federal Reserve.  Ron Paul has spoken endlessly on this topic and recently Rand Paul submitted legislation to audit the Federal Reserve.  For EXCELLENT research on the twisted history of the Federal Reserve, watch Money Masters by Bill Stills.  This is actually MORE important than hemp but not as personal to me since I want to build cars our of American hemp – (see Wikispeed).
  • Sound Monetary Policy – Ron Paul and Rand Paul are gaining support across the country for sound monetary policy that reduces the Federal Reserves ability to monopolize our currency and perpetuate poverty with their pump and dump falsely created economic cycles.  Economic variances will always exist.  Panics will happen, but we should not allow CENTRAL PLANNERS to manage our entire economy.  This is a form of Communism.  Yes, the Federal Reserve and all its puppet central banks around the world are GREATLY responsible for war, debt, and the destruction of the social progress that has been made by our founding fathers.  Gold and silver should be part of the global monetary supply officially to curtail central bank printing fiat money.
  • Ending the IRS and the Federal Income Tax.  Who wouldn’t be behind this.  How else can you starve the beast that has build a military empire around the world? Between the CIA, the US Military, and the Federal Reserve, backed by our tax dollars illegally stolen by the IRS, the USA has been in so many wars, I doubt any American could name all the countries and all the invasions, all the tackled leaders, all the death and destruction.  Rape, pillage, and plunder in the name of “liberty” and “democracy”.  BS.

Obama and Romney Are the SAME! so I can vote my for Mitt Romney with social conscience still intact.  Let’s face it, Romney doesn’t look like a bad guy.  It’s his party I am not so fond of because the GOP includes in its umbrella Neo Cons who are responsible for stripping social benefits in order to make room for militarism.  That is FASCISM.  

Why NOT Obama?

Yes, I voted for Obama in 2008.  I read both of his books, did extensive research and finally decided that the GOP was the greater of 2 evils.  Little did I know then that The Republican and the Democrat presidential candidates are guided by the same puppetmasters.  They are the ones who REALLY deserve our WRATH!

  • Erosion of Civil Liberties – Obama has made continuous efforts to STRIP THE UNITED STATES OF OUR SOVEREIGNTY, grounding his ability to remove democratically elected leaders with NATO forces and suggesting that the UN and NATO give him the right to declare war, without Congress.  He should have been impeached for Libya.  Sound radical and conspiratorial? Do the research.  SOPA, NDAA, indefinite detention, Nation Defense Resource Preparedness (NDRP), and most recently the Transnationl Pacific Partnership Pact (or whatever name it has now) that would allow corporations in 8 other nations to completely circumvent our national laws.  This guy was a constitutional law professor and head of the Harvard Law Review?
  • Bank Bailouts – He did nothing to counter the rising power of the Big Banks that manipulate our policy, steal wealth from the middle class, cause financial havoc, all the while taking bailouts.  Privatized gains and socialized losses.  What is that but SOCIALISM.  It is NOT capitalism.  Free markets would have allowed the Big 4 banks to collapse years ago.  Instead they are protected by government, at our expense.

What has Obama done well?

I will give him credit where credit is due.  Obama came into office on the hopes and dreams of those who were completely disillusioned by the damage that George Bush did with his wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and massive deficits, scandals, and treason.  It wasn’t hard for ANYONE to look better than Bush.  That was probably part of an elaborate plan to deceive us, but I will save that for later.

  • Healthcare Reform – I am a social liberal progressive, I think.  I am not sure what the proper label is for my positions.  I think there should be competitive private healthcare for all, insured by the US Federal government or State governments.  This could be in the form of a public option or universal healthcare.  I am not caught up on the label.  Healthcare should be a natural right of every American citizen, regardless of race, state of residence, financial wherewithal, or current health condition.  Obama did manage to get more Americans covered, but did nothing to address the rise of healthcare costs.  This was a big failure, but let’s give him points for trying.
  • Energy policy – Obama has done quite a bit to support renewable energy.  This is the WISE business choice.  We need to be talking about efficiency, conservation, alternative sources, balanced usage, and ending the wars.  Something closer to the Carter Doctrine but without the part about “protecting our national interests abroad at all costs”.  That part was written by Zbigniew Brzezinski, the creator of the Mujahidin, National Security Advisor to Carter, and father of the 2 sons who were advisors to BOTH McCain and Obama in the 2008 elections.  Again, we have had puppetmasters controlling our government for generations and very few of us recognize that.  Ron Paul gets it.
  • The BP oil spill – By forcing BP to put aside $20B, Obama avoided the catastrophic financial damage that could have been inflicted on the region like Exxon did with the Valdez in Alaska nearly 30 years ago.  Very few people have been paid for the damage in that case.  The oil companies get away with murder all the time.  A more balanced energy policy and hard nosed investigative journalism may put the Four Horsemen back in their proper place – to serve the greater good of society.
  • Bank Subsidies in the Form of Educational Loan Origination and Servicing – I am pretty sure that Obama led the effort to remove the middleman banks from educational loans that cost borrowers about $6B in fees each year.

Last But Not Least

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Hemp Prohibition is the Epitome of Fascism in America

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book entitled “The Great American Renaissance

“The issue of hemp legalization in the United States is the epitome of fascism. Remember fascism is the merger of government and corporations to monopolize the markets and control the citizens.  The same international money cartel and self appointed aristocratic families that have controled the American money supply, indebted our nation, brought war to our shores, and assassinated our presidents is responsible for the prohibition of industrial hemp.  They fear that let loose, hemp would create an entire new industry out of their control, one that would reduce their market share for the production of textiles, pharmaceuticals, energy, plastics, and eventually, most importantly, control of the money supply through the Federal Reserve.  
Legalized hemp would allow farmers to cultivate a plant that they could then distill into a fuel which would ease the financial burden of farming and provide financial freedom and indepedence to millions of Americans across the country as anyone that owns an acre of land could produce their own energy.  The very fact that industrial hemp is illegal in the United States, and around the world for that matter, represents the essence of control by the 1% of the remaining 99%.  By legalizing hemp, will we be well on our way to resolving the energy crisis, the health crisis, the personal and governmental debt crisis, as well as the man made portion of the climate issues.”

Como La Marihuana y Canamo Industrial Fue Prohibido en Mexico

En México la historia de la marihuana inicia desde la llegada de los españoles a México con miras a conquistar el territorio, ellos transportaron la planta con fines de producción de cáñamo en busca de nuevas tierras de cultivo y lugares donde procesar y fabricar textiles. Nuestros antepasados Mexicanos hallaron el uso medicinal de esta nueva planta, pero fue hasta entrado el siglo XVII cuando el consumo por placer o recreativo empezó incluso en la Revolución Mexicana los batallones preparados a la batalla siempre tenían un pequeño cargamento para el uso de sus soldados ya que les infundía valor, hasta la famosa canción mexicana La Cucaracha menciona a la marihuana en sus coplas.
La Cucaracha La cucaracha
Ya no puede caminar
Porque le falta porque le falta
Marihuana que fumar
Ya pisando los años de la década de 1920 cuando toma el poder el nuevo gobierno revolucionario. Prohíbe el comercio y producción de la marihuana en México, Dando inicio al enorme negocio del narcotráfico, quien no recuerda aquellas declaraciones de uno de los capos más fuerte en su tiempo Rafael Caro Quintero que citaba que si lo dejaban trabajar en paz y sin que lo persiguieran el mismo podía pagar la Deuda externa de México en un solo día.

¿Por qué se prohíbe el cultivo de esta planta si esta comprobado que puede aportar múltiples beneficios desde un plano medicinal, hasta la manufactura de productos imprescindibles como el papel, la ropa, o incluso proveer de elementos necesarios para la construcción y la gastronomía?

A continuación repasemos algunos datos históricos que ponen en evidencia el valor que otorgaban las sociedades a esta planta previo a su prohibición. La mayoría de estos datos, que corresponden a Estados Unidos ya que este país fue el principal promotor de su prohibición a nivel mundial, pueden verificarse a través de fuentes de conocimiento tradicionalmente legitimadas como la Enciclopedia Británica, la cual por cierto durante 150 años fue impresa en papel de cáñamo:
La criminalización de la marihuana en Estados Unidos tuvo sus primeros antecedentes en 1906, en el Distrito de Columbia, con la primer regulación en torno al cultivo de esta planta. Posteriormente siguieron Massachusetts (1911), Nueva York (1914) y Maine (1914). Mientras que en 1913 California pasó la primera ley de prohibición de marihuana y Wyoming (1915), Texas (1919), Iowa (1923), Nevada (1923), Oregon (1923), Washington (1923), Arkansas (1923), y Nebraska (1927) le siguieron. Ya en 1932 se creó el Uniform State Narcotic Act para invitar a los gobiernos estatales a que se unieran, sin excepción, a esta campaña nacional por criminalizar o al menos regular el uso de marihuana.
Cuatro años después, en 1936, durante la Convention for the Suppression of the Illicit Traffic in Dangerous Drugs llevada a cabo en Ginebra, Estados Unidos promovió ante el resto del mundo, a través de su Federal Bureau of Narcotics, un tratado de criminalización de cualquier actividad relacionada a la marihuana, la coca, y el opio (incluidas su cultivo, producción, manufacturación, y distribución) con excepción de contextos médicos y científicos. El Artículo 2 de esta convención invitaba a todos los firmantes a castigar severamente, en particular con penas que implicaran la privación de la libertad, a toda aquella persona que se involucrara con estas actividades neo ilícitas. Sin embargo, muchos países presentes se negaron a suscribir ciertos apartados del tratado y estados Unidos, principal promotor de la convención, se negó a firmar alegando la flaqueza del resto de las naciones sobretodo en asuntos relacionados a la extradición y la confiscación de bienes ligados al tráfico de drogas.
Al analizar la historia se puede percibir como un gesto bastante raro, incluso esquizofrénico, la transformación de posición estadounidense frente a la marihuana. Súbitamente Estados Unidos pasó de vivir un romance idílico con la cannabis, a promover enérgicamente su prohibición, castigo, y cuasi satanización. Sin duda existe un eslabón perdido que no aparece en la historia oficial y que tiene que ver con la presión de las corporaciones (esas abstractas y todopoderosas entidades que hoy controlan buena parte del planeta y que ya a principios del siglo XX comenzaban a consolidarse como una fuerza aún más influyente que el propio gobierno).
Corporaciones VS Cannabis
Como podemos ver la cannabis es una planta flexible, multifacética, y con diversas cualidades. A partir de ella se pueden generar desde combustibles y aceites comestibles, hasta ropa y todo tipo de telas, pasando por cuerdas y, por supuesto, papel. Sin embargo, precisamente estas bondades de la planta eran las que más incomodaban a las corporaciones que estaban monetizando frenéticamente mercados como el del abastecimiento de papel industrial, el algodón, y los hidrocarburos. Al parecer, en un principio fueron principalmente dos corporaciones las que se volcaron por completo para promover la prohibición de esta planta: DuPont y la Hearst Company (propiedad de William Randolph Hearst en quien se inspiró el film de Citizen Kane).
El banquero Andrew Mellon, quien se convirtió en el tesorero del gobierno del presidente Hoover, era uno de los principales inversionistas de DuPont, actualmente una de las mayores corporaciones del mundo y que en la época de 1920 a 1940 estaba consolidándose en el negocio de los petroquímicos y de los polímeros. Para ambas ramas de mercado el cannabis resultaba una seria amenaza pues de esta planta podían derivarse tanto fibras naturales que redujeran el consumo de nylon, uno de los productos clave de DuPont en esos años, como de combustible vegetal que amenazaba su apuesta por los hidrocarburos. En este sentido DuPont tenía claro que una de las premisas de su estrategia de mercado tenía que anular la presencia del cáñamo. Siendo Secretario del Tesoro Mellon influyó para que su sobrino Harry J. Anslinger fuese nombrado en 1930 como el primer comisionado Federal Bureau of Narcotics. Y a pesar de que el cabildeo en contra de la cannabis ya llevaba poco más de dos décadas lo cierto es que no fue hasta que Anslinger llegó al FBN cuando la verdadera guerra comenzó.
Por otro lado, la otra industria que se sentía gravemente amenazada por la presencia del cáñamo era la papelera. La Hearst Company controlaba buena parte de la producción de papel e incluso era el principal proveedor del área de productos de papel de la hoy multinacional Kimberly Clark. Hearst, un despiadado hombre de negocios no tardó en darse cuenta, al igual que DuPont, de la necesidad de eliminar al cáñamo del mercado y junto con otros empresarios presionaron al gobierno, a través del FBN para que se criminalizara por completo el cultivo de esta planta. Incluso Hearst, el legendario magnate de los medios impresos, puso a disposición su ejército de diarios para promover una campaña cultural en contra de la cannabis y como parte de esta iniciativa se adoptó por primera vez el nombre de marihuana, una palabra con fonética recordable, breve, y precisa para designar a esta ahora diabólica planta (por cierto un término que hasta entonces era solamente utilizado en el argot popular de México).
Otro actor que desempeñó un papel fundamental en este proceso fue la ya entonces consolidada industria del tabaco. En esa época la cultura americana ya había adoptado integralmente el consumo cotidiano de cigarrillos. Sin embargo, las grandes tabacaleras habían comprobado que el consumo de tabaco entre la población que fumaba cannabis era menor que en aquellos que solo consumían su producto. Por otro lado los fumadores de esta planta jamás de someterían a un mercado industrial ya que era relativamente fácil cultivarla caseramente y autoabastecer su consumo personal sin recurrir a una marca industrial. Por el contrario, la siembra de tacabo era mucho más compleja y requería de una extensión de tierra suficiente para cultivarse y no solo de un par de macetas. Tomando en cuenta esto, y ante el poco futuro comercial que se percibía en el rubro del cannabis, las grandes tabacaleras no dudaron en apoyar la cruzada en contra de la marihuana.
Finalmente no podemos dejar de mencionar a la siempre oscura industria farmacéutica, conocida como el Big Pharma, y que consciente de las propiedades medicinales que la marihuana ofrecía a la población también la percibió como una amenaza contra sus intereses comerciales. Se tienen confirmados múltiples beneficios médicos que contiene la cannabis, entre ellos el combate al glaucoma, el ayudar a la prevención de Alzheimer, y reducir el dolor del síndrome pre menstrual entre las mujeres, por mencionar solo algunos. Contra todos estos males el Big Pharma ha desarrollado medicamentos sintéticos que en muchos casos han probado ser menos efectivos, o al menos mucho más costosos que tratarlos con marihuana. De hecho esta misma postura de las farmacéuticas alude a un fenómeno actual con la campaña que busca volver ilegal el uso de plantas medicinales en Europa como sustituto de medicamentos.
Aunque no ha sido comprobado, se dice que Anslinger se reunión con algunos de los más poderosos empresarios del momento, entre ellos obviamente representantes de las tabacaleras, DuPont y el propio W.R. Hearst, para pactar una guerra frontal contra la marihuana y diseñar una campaña mediática que imprimiera el imaginario colectivo con una nueva idea: la marihuana es una planta nociva para la salud y para la sociedad, y su consumo, cultivo y distribución debe ser tenazmente descalificado, denunciado, y perseguido.
A continuación se instauró una de las mayores cruzadas de manipulación mediática en la historia. Decenas de diarios se empeñaron en desatacar los “horrores” de la marihuana y la población aprendió que esta planta era responsable directo de todo tipo de sucesos negativos, desde asesinatos y accidentes Automovilísticos, hasta la pérdida de moral. El cine mainstream también se unió a la campaña con Films como ‘Reefer Madness’ (1936), ‘Marihuana: Assassin of Youth’ (1935) and ‘Marihuana: The Devil’s Weed’ (1936), todas ellas promoviendo la satanización de la marihuana y, aunque lo hacían de una manera que hoy nos parece cómica o altamente caricaturesca, lo cierto es que fue una movida bastante eficiente para generar una percepción profundamente negativa entre la población. Básicamente el discurso giraba en torno a conceptos bastante rudimentarios pero que para la sociedad de ese momento fueron más que suficientes: “un narcótico violento”, “efectos multi-destructivos”, “un enemigo público”, etc…
Nuestros días
Poco tiempo tomó que la movilización mediática en Estados Unidos en contra de la cannabis comenzara a impactar a la población de otros países. Y esto, sumado a la dominante influencia política de EUA en el escenario internacional, derivó en que eventualmente la gran mayoría de los países fueron adoptando medidas y discursos similares. Con el tiempo la legislación anti-marihuana fue sofisticándose y endureciéndose, hasta nuestros días. Actualmente, si bien es ya prácticamente imposible convencer a una persona con los primitivos argumentos sobre los que originalmente se fundó la campaña de desprestigio contra la ganja, lo cierto es que el marco legal ha sido afinado para obstaculizar la posibilidad de legalizarla y también la propaganda ha sido “refinada” pero en ningún momento ha cesado (basta recordar las pasadas votaciones en California donde incluso en contra de todos los pronósticos no se logró legalizar).