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"Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it 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. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."

Abraham Lincoln - Former U.S. President

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The Three Conspirators : Andrew Mellon

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Andrew Mellon, Banker and Congressman.

Andrew Mellon was, in his time, one of the richest men in America. He was owner of the Mellon Bank and was financial backer for petro-chemical giant DuPont Chemicals. He was also a Congressman and Secretary of the Treasury under President Hoover. This was power.

Part of his portfolio of political responsibilities was the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, to which he appointed his nephew-in-law, Harry Anslinger, as head. This was nepotism.

The appointment of Ainslinger was to have important historical consequences for U.S. agriculture and Big Business, and indirectly have a huge impact on the global environment.

In the late '30s hemp was shaping up to be 'the crop of the future' - and Mellon stood to lose millions because of his petro-chemical investments. With his powerful political and family connections he was in a strategic position to "look after" his business associates and frustrate their competitors.