Marijuana is a term referring to the Cannabis
or Hemp plant. The term marijuana for cannabis, in English-language
usage, dates to the end of the 1800s. Marijuana is a word
derived from the Mexican Spanish slang originally spelled variously
as marihuana, mariguana, etc, but the ultimate derivation of the
etymology is unknown. The term "Marijuana" was popularized by Harry Jacob Anslinger and William Randolph Hearst, in
their complete and total assault on the cannabis plant by labeling
cannabis by the unknown name, “marijuana”. Harry Anslinger
was appointed the first Commissioner of the Treasury Department’s
Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) on August 12, 1930. He held the
office 32 years as the head of the department until 1962. The
FBN is now known as the DEA.
Anslinger and William Randolph Hearst used the word
marijuana to demonize the cannabis or hemp plant using
racism and lies in the most despicable ways, and is
reverberated into modern day Law Enforcement with its enforcement
and incarcerations disproportionally inflictied upon the Nations
Harry Anslinger Quotes:
Harry Anslinger, Testimony to Congress, 1937
”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.”
Other Anslinger Quotes:
"Reefer makes darkies think they are as good
as a White Man"
"The primary reason to make marijuana illegal is its effect on
"Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in
the history of mankind.” “Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users
insanity, criminality, and death.”
William Randolph Hearst
had lots of reasons to condemn cannabis or "Marijuana"
as it was to be called. First
of all it made him lots of money selling his racist
newspapers. Hearst ran hysterical headlines with stories
portraying "Negroes" and Mexicans as frenzied beasts,
the influence of marijuana, playing anti-white
"voodoo-satanic" music (jazz). He took advantage of
prejudice against blacks and immigrants by printing that
marijuana-crazed negroes were raping white women and by
describing images of lazy, pot-smoking Mexicans to his
nearly all white readers. Hearst had a special hatred for
Mexicans and Latinos starting with the 1898 Spanish American
War, where Hearst lost 800,000 acres of prime Mexican
timberland by the “marihuana” smoking army of Pancho Villa.
The Hearst newspaper denounced Spaniards, Mexican-Americans,
and Latinos non-stop for three decades. He also waged a
similar racist smear campaign against the Chinese, referring
to them as the “Yellow Peril.” Demonizing cannabis by
calling it "Marijuana" was a special thrill for
Hearst as new technologies in the hemp pulp paper industries
threatened his vast wood pulp paper making empire.
William Randolph Hearst
"The King of Yellow Journalism"
Example from the San Francisco
“Marihuana makes fiends of boys in thirty days"—"Hashish
goads users to bloodlust.”
“By the tons it is coming into this
country — the deadly, dreadful poison that racks and tears
not only the body, but the very heart and soul of every
human being who once becomes a slave to it in any of its
cruel and devastating forms…. Marihuana is a short cut to
the insane asylum. Smoke marihuana cigarettes for a month
and what was once your brain will be nothing but a
storehouse of horrid specters. Hasheesh makes a murderer who
kills for the love of killing out of the mildest mannered
man who ever laughed at the idea that any habit could ever
Hollywood also played up to the
new fears of this new alien "Threat to Humanity" called
Marijuana during the 1930's and 40's with movies like
"Reefer Madness", "Marihuana: The Devil's Weed", "She
Shoulda Said 'No'!", and others. You can watch some of these
full length films in our THC Cafe.
William C. Woodward, M.D., lobbyist for the
American Medical Association before the U.S. Congress at hearings
for the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act, testified, "The term 'Marihuana' is
a mongrel word that has crept into this country over the Mexican
border...." In fact, few people knew that the word marijuana was
demonizing cannabis or hemp, which was grown and smoked since the
beginnings of the United States and in fact for thousands and
thousands of years.
There are all kinds of theories about big business
conspiracies and back door meetings to eradicate cannabis hemp and
they may all be true. But the fact is cannabis hemp was eradicated
by one word.
That word was
What is Cannabis?
The Truth about Cannabis
Cannabis or "Marijuana" is one of the most
useful plants known to mankind. Cannabis has been used for fiber,
for seed and seed oils, for food, for religious uses, for medical
purposes, for clothing, for paper, and as a recreational drug for
thousands of years. Today there are 200000 uses for cannabis. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew
cannabis. The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are
both written on cannabis paper. The American flag sewn by Betsy Ross
was made from cannabis. The Holy Oil of God as described in Exodus
30:22 contained 6 pounds of cannabis, mistranslated by some Bibles
as calamus. The ropes used to build the Pyramids and the Temple of
Solomon were made of cannabis. Sails and rigging were made from
cannabis for thousands of years. The tents and clothes that our
soldiers wore were made of cannabis....
Yet this wonderful plant of God remains illegal, largely due to the prohibitionists reefer madness
smear campaigns and the efforts of racists like William Randolf
Hearst of the 1930s. Industrial Hemp is legal in most Industrial
Countries with the exception of the United States and a few others.
Henry Ford planned to run his cars with ethanol made from hemp.
Today we could produce 1800 gallons of ethanol per acre. Ethanol is
a non-polluting renewable energy resource. Legalization of
cannabis hemp could produce millions of jobs and eliminate of need
for foreign oil.
"Make the most of the Indian
hemp seed, and sow it everywhere!"
George Washington, The
Writings of George Washington Volume 33, page 270 (Library of
If George lived today he would likely be in prison for life for
such radical ideas.