We, the people, must raise our voices and vote. Vote for the change to the laws on Cannabis. We, the people have the right to use a whole plant, to grow our own medicine to have safe access to the medicine we need.
So much stigma over nothing. A plant that was used for everything up until a few years ago when Harry Anslinger decided to use his racist views to curb the possession of use.
Harry J. Anslinger was the director of the FBN (Federal Bureau of Narcotics – Now known as the DEA) from 1930 until 1962. This man was so full of hate and he was one of the biggest supporters of prohibition.
By using the mass media as his forum, Anslinger was the main person behind the creating of an anti-marijuana sentiment during those years. The anti-marijuana propaganda film Reefer Madness from 1936 is a good example of his work.
There were two components that he would use for the masses. First, the message that weed is evil. Second, racism, according to him, Latinos and black people were smoking ‘marihuana’ and made them ‘forget their place in society’. He made it to seem as if people of color were the only ones who used Cannabis. Looks like Jeff Sessions took a page straight out of the book of Anslinger.
Here are 14 of the most ridiculous, racist, hateful quotes Harry Anslinger made about cannabis users. Prepare yourself..
Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.
Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.
There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.
You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother.
Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.
The primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.
No one knows, when he places a marijuana cigarette to his lips, whether he will become a joyous reveller in a musical heaven, a mad insensate, a calm philosopher, or a murderer.
If the hideous monster Frankenstein came face to face with marijuana, he would drop dead of fright.
Some people will fly into a delirious rage, and they are temporarily irresponsible and may commit violent crimes. Other people will laugh uncontrollably. It is impossible to say what the effect will be on any individual.
Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing.
It is dangerous to the mind and body, and particularly dangerous to the criminal type, because it releases all of the inhibitions.
The use of cannabis, whether smoked or ingested in its various form, undoubtedly gives rise to a form of addiction, which has serious social consequences (abandonment of work, propensity to theft and crime, disappearance of reproductive power).
I do not think there is such a thing as not being able to cure an addict. Marihuana addicts must go to a Federal narcotic farm.
The addict pays anywhere from 10 to 25 cents per cigarette. It will be sold by the cigarette. In illicit traffic the bulk price would be around $20 per pound. Legitimately, the bulk is around $2 per pound.
This is an absurdity!
Now let’s look at some NORML, everyday people imprisoned for a plant.
Fate Vincent Winslow
Conviction: Distribution of marijuana
Sentence: Life imprisonment without parole, probation or suspension of sentence
Facility: Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola
Read the full story of all convicted here on the Rolling Stone article
Conviction: Conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, and structuring currency transactions to evade federal reporting requirements
Sentence: Five and a half years
Facility: Federal Correctional Institution Dublin in California. Read her Rolling Stone Article here
I am in absolute shock of how many are incarcerated over helping to heal themselves and others.
Here is another compiled article for you to see. From a Mother Jones Report
These are just a couple of lists. This must stop. We must get out and speak to people. If you are a patient and can’t physically get out, email your city council, your senators, your governor. Talk to your DOCTORS. More and more are becoming receptive to treating yourself with this herb. We must find a way to stop this insanity of locking a person up for a plant. A plant less harmful than your tomatoes or a rosebush.
The more we speak up, the more our voices will be heard. Join your local NORML chapter now and help with the good fight.