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Reply #31: Great Post! FYI, Hemp WAS Originally Made Illegal Because of the WOOD PULP INDUSTRY [View All]

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Beetwasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-27-07 04:28 PM
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31. Great Post! FYI, Hemp WAS Originally Made Illegal Because of the WOOD PULP INDUSTRY
They were threatened by the superior quality, cheap pulp that hemp provided for paper. The paper was better quality and WAY cheaper, so they bankrolled the "reefer madness" campaign and paid lobbyists to pass legislation to outlaw "marijuana". They accomplished this through a bait and switch and a terror campaign. They purposely did NOT use the more well known name of "hemp" in order to confuse people who knew that value of that plant. At that time hardly anyone called the plant "marijuana". This was in the early part of the 20th cent., around 1919 I think, though not positive. When the equivalent organization of the AMA at that time found out that "marijuana" (which they only belatedly realized was actually "hemp") was made illegal, they protested LOUDLY to congress that the plant should NOT be illegal because of it's numerous medical benefits that it was being used for at the time. However, the wood pulp's bait and switch worked and it was too late.

Unfortunately the hemp farmers were not organized like the wood pulp/timber industry, it was much more of an independent/cottage industry with local suppliers all over the country since it grew everywhere, so they were not nearly as well funded as the wood/pulp industry and could not fight the campaign effectively.
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