Did They Make The Cure Illegal?
Part two: Reformation                   
Nathan Goodfellow

Introduction: Attention:  January 18, 1920 alcohol was made illegal.  The aftermath that followed was devastating.  Mobs ran rampant in the street due to their increased profit from bootlegging.  Stills were setup underground to keep the supply to those who would pay.  Underground taverns opened up with violent police raids regularly.  All of this led to all states legalizing alcohol by 1966.(Wikipedia)  Thesis:  I am here today to convince you that prohibition still does not work.  Marijuana was made illegal throughout the United States on August 2, 1937.(Wikipedia)  Drug money still supports gangs and the violence that accompanies them.  Underground hydroponics labs are setup all over the nation and marijuana is smuggled into the country, just to keep the peaceful pot-heads high.  Credibility:  I first used marijuana when I was 15 years old.  Since then I have been an avid supporter of NORML (The National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws) and very outspoken on the issue of marijuana prohibition.  Now I pass on the peace pipe, but my views remain unchanged.  Preview: Today I am going to explain to you why marijuana is illegal, what problems have risen from its prohibition and how legalization is a productive solution.


I.  Why is marijuana illegal?

  A. Hemp is a very diverse resource.

      1. Hemp can be used to make hundreds of products.

      2. These products include; fabric, paper, rope, incense, oil and even food.

      3. In Amsterdam there is a “hemp hotel”

        a. The curtains, blankets, sheets and mattresses are all hemp products.

        b. Food that is served there is all made from non intoxicating hemp.

  B. In the early 1900’s competing industries wanted to increase profits by eliminating hemp.

      1. William Randolf Hearst owned a huge chain of newspapers and used this to support marijuana being made Illegal.

        a. He invested in the timber industry and didn’t want to see hemp paper becoming a competitor.

        b. He helped his own company sell more newspapers by printing headlines like the following: “Users of marijuana become STIMULATED as they inhale the drug and are LIKELY TO DO ANYTHING. Most crimes of violence in this section, especially in country districts are laid to users of that drug.” (Drug WarRant)


      2. DuPoint Chemicals joined the fight against marijuana.

        a. DuPoint had recently patented nylon and wanted to see hemp rope eliminated as a competitor.

        b. DuPoint also manufactured pesticides and other chemicals that were used by the cotton industry; another hemp competitor. (Earth Times)

      3.  Andrew Mellon, owner of Mellon bank, was DuPoint Chemical’s financial backer.

        a. His niece was married to Harry Anslinger.

        b. Anslinger was the deputy commissioner of the government’s alcohol prohibition campaign.

        c. Harry was put out of a job after prohibition was lifted so Andrew Mellon created the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and made Harry Anslinger the head of the new organization. (Earth Times)

      4. Harry took a stand to make marijuana illegal, in doing so he could greatly benefit not just his organization, but also the companies he was tied to through his family.

        a. The racist was quoted saying “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men… the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”

        b. He also spewed such garbage as; “Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind… it is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.” (Drug WarRant)


II. Why is marijuana prohibition a problem? [I’ll tell you why it’s a problem!]

  A.  Regardless of what Harry Asslicker says 4 out of every 5 people in our prison system today are nonviolent drug offenders.

      1. That’s 80% of people in our overcrowded prisons supported by hard working taxpayers that did nothing but sell or possess marijuana.

      2. These inmates’ lives have been ruined over a drug that is less harmful than alcohol.

        a. But not just the inmates, millions of people in America are on probation or parole for possessing a drug that has never been proven harmful.

        b. When these probationers and parolees are asked, in rehab, what negative effects marijuana had on their lives, there is only one answer; “I got arrested.”

      3.  I have even heard of cases where child molesters are getting lesser sentences than drug offenders, only because America’s prisons are so full.

  B.  Jail is not the worst thing that can happen from possessing marijuana.

       1.  I’ve seen it on the news all the time, especially in Austin.

         a. Police Officer being investigated after a teenager was shot in his sleep during a drug raid, all that was found was a small bag of marijuana.

         b. Young child shot in a gang related drive by, all over a stolen pound of pot.

       2. These people died over a drug; no, not a drug; a plant, that can grow anywhere; the worst side effect is an empty pantry.

       3. There has never been a case of anyone dying of a marijuana overdose, not one!


III. What will change if marijuana is legalized?

  A. Cannabis plants could be grown, taxed, and sold in stores and bars.

      1. Just like Amsterdam hemp and marijuana could be grown as natural resources.

        a. Hemp paper could save the rain forests that are being destroyed to meet our current paper demand.

        b. Hemp oil is the best known natural skin and hare care device.

        c. Hemp oil is also an effective ethanol fuel which is the cleanest burning bio-alternative to gasoline.

        d. Hemp extracts can be used to make paints, varnishes, and even plastics.

        e. Henry Ford once made the body of an automobile from hemp based plastic, and even had the engine running off clean-burning hemp based fuel.

        f. Hemp can even be pressed together to make particle board.

        g. Even hemp seeds can be used as food and have great nutritional benefits.

      2. Recreational use of marijuana could be regulated and kept to appropriate venues or private residences.

  B. Medicinal marijuana can be studied more in America.

      1. Canadian research teams have found that marijuana and cannabis derived substances have many medical benefits.

        a. Synthetic THC causes neurons to be created in the brain.

        b. Marijuana derived chemicals can cure obesity, epilepsy, anxiety, depression, nausea also give us better stress and pain management.

        c. THC is known to reduce the growth of and even prevent many forms of lung and skin cancers. (MedPage Today)

      2. If marijuana was legal our government would acknowledge these studies and we could do our own research.


Closing:  So if there are so many benefits of cannabis why is it still illegal?  Did “Reefer Madness” distort our view?  How could this plant stay illegal for so long?  Is it because of all the money the government makes off of arrests?  Could it be because the insurance companies don’t have to pay if you fail a drug test after an accident?  After all, THC stays in your system 4 times longer than any other drug.  Why have we continued to fall for the propaganda?  We continue to believe the lies that are spoon fed to us.  If you smoke pot, are you really under the influence of others?  Is it not mor
e likely for a drunk driver to run over the bicyclist at the drive through?   Just because they told us “If you drive and SUV you’re a terrorist” does it mean we have to believe it, or anything else they try to shove down our throats?  Join NORML, sign the petition, and join Denver Colorado in making a statement.  No more pushing us around anymore.  Marijuana users can be active and effective members of society.  Hemp can be a productive industry.  After all, man made beer, but god made pot, who do you trust?

Sources Cited:

Why is marijuana Illigial?  A brief history on the criminalization of cannabis
Drug WarRant       By Pete Guither

Prohibition – Wikipedia

The History and Benefits of Hemp – Earth Times
San Diego 1999  

MedPage Today