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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

Prohibition in Oz

Pot Paranoia taken up by Aussie Press


 The Australian Press discovers "the Weed from Hell..."

On the 23rd of April, 1938, only some four months after the American introduction of the Marijuana Tax Bill, the Australian popular newspaper "Smith's Weekly" printed a front page article headed :

"New Drug That Maddens Victims".

Sub-headed "Warning from America", the article states that Marihuana, which it reports to be growing wild in Queensland, has violent sex-stimulating effects.

It goes on to explain exactly how to process it for smoking, and lists about a dozen places where readers could find it. The bulk of the copy focuses on murder, rape and pillage, leading to the conclusion that Marihuana is the same as, if not worse than cocaine and morphine:

"There is only one way of dealing with the marihuana curse, and that is by the application of the most drastic penalties for the possession of the dried leaves, lest this country, having checked the cocaine and morphine habits, finds that it has acquired another, equally as bad, and infinitely more difficult to suppress."



The Three Conspirators : Randolph Hearst

William Randolph Hearst,

Newspaper & printmill baron

Randolph Hearst was, during his lifetime, proprietor of one of the largest and most powerful newspaper empires in the U.S.A.

Through editorial sway over his print-media outlets, Hearst introduced to America and the rest of the world the Mexican slang term Marihuana. Anti-Marihuana proganda in headlines and front-page stories from Hearst Newspapers were used by Harry Anslinger, head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, for his famous Gore File and later as the main body of evidence to support and push through the Marihuana Tax Bill of 1937, the beginning of prohibition as we know it today. By subtly linking the Marihuana menace with racial overtones, Hearst and Anslinger cleverly played on American pre-war xenophobia and isolationism.

This was beginning of the "smoke-screen" which uses the confusion between industrial hemp and "illicit psycho-stimulants" as a lever for eliminating the traditional use of hemp fibre from the Capitalist equation. This is still the problem to this day in gaining research funding for industrial use of the hemp.

Was it coincidence that around the time of this wave of media hysteria, Hearst had tooled up his paper mills to use wood-pulp as the raw material for the large scale manufacture of paper, no doubt a substantial commitment and investment? It was clearly not in Hearst's interest to see the strongest traditional challenger as an alternative raw material for paper, hemp, suddenly become much cheaper. The chemicals, such as deadly chlorine bleaches, essential to the process of turning wood-pulp into acceptable paper (a use for which timber is not particularly well-suited) were developed and supplied by Dupont, who by co-incidence (?) also held the patent on hemp's new artificial rival, Nylon.

The consequences of America going down this road have been felt in rainforests the world over in succeeding decades. Australia, still in a phase of political and cultural insecurity, followed blindly on "the shirt-tails" of this immoral conspiracy by the leading capitalists of the pre-war era. Little, if any, research has been carried out into these issues "down under".

The Three Conspirators : Harry Anslinger

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 Harry Anslinger

An Assistant U.S. Commissioner for Prohibition, Harry Anslinger was made head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics by the then Secretary of the Treasury, Andrew Mellon (his uncle-in-law).

The intense focus of his career became an assault on hemp, directed through the label "Marihuana" - the Mexican slang name for high-T.H.C. hemp plant. It is said that racial hatred fueled Anslinger's fervid character assassination of cannabis, but one must also question the convenience of his obsessive moral crusade to the vested interests of his mentor, Uncle Andrew.

In 1937 Anslinger testified before Congress. During his address he stated that 50% of all violent crimes committed in the U.S. were, in fact, committed by Spaniards, Mexican- or Latin-Americans, Negroes, Filipinos, & Greeks, and that, further, these crimes could be traced directly to the use by these racial groups of the evil weed, Marijuana. He stated that:

"Marihuana was the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind",

a substantial contribution to the passing of the Marijuana Tax Bill (December, 1937), the beginning of prohibition as we still know it today.

Harry ruled the Narcotics Bureau for 31 years before being forced to retire in less than honourable circumstances by President John F.Kennedy in 1962, after trying to censor Professor Alfred Lindsmiths treatise "The Addict & the Law" (Washington Post, 1961), and "blackmail and harass" the professor's employer, Indiana University.