Some of you may be wondering why it is that cannabis is illegal. After all, someone had to get the bright idea to start making laws that made this amazing all natural herb the choice of outlaws. The truth of the matter is that one of the main reasons why marijuana is currently illegal to smoke and grow is because our government officials were as corrupt back in the day as they are right now.
Here in the UK cannabis became illegal in 1937. This means that before that time, which in the grand scheme of things was not very long ago, smoking, selling and growing pot was not a crime. In fact, in the 19th century, there were many doctors that used the plant to create pain relief medicine. This was a time before aspirin was readily available.
I know what you are all probably thinking, “So, they made it illegal, how is that a government conspiracy?”. Well, in the 1900′s there were basically only two industries that were large enough to influence politics, the agricultural and industrial industries. These two business types spent billions facing off against each other. You should also note that at the time billions were worth a lot more than they are right now. This will help to put the size of this industrial competition into perspective.
At the turn of the century one of the biggest inventions in years came to light. The motor was created by Rudolph Diesel in 1896. Initially Rudolph created his engine to run off of seed oil. The reason being is that these oils ran much cleaner and would cause less damage to the engine over time. One of the most prominent agricultural products of the time was hemp. It was used to make everything from clothing to paper and the seeds were harvested for their oil. It wasn’t long before petroleum companies began a huge smear campaign against the cannabis plant.
There were advertisements claiming that marijuana would lead to “weird orgies, wild parties and unleashed passions”. This was much more shocking back in the 1900′s. They began to blame the drug for murders and just about any kind of heinous crime that you can think off. By the time Ford created the first automobile 20 years later, cannabis and the hemp plant were illegal in most European countries and the US.
So, who promoted this campaign to defame the cannabis plant? All of the ads were funded by the Du Pont company, the leading supplier of petroleum products at the time. As you can see, the signs are there. It was shady businessmen and easily influenced politicians that brought our beloved hemp plant down, not health concerns.