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Grass: The History Of Marijuana

This film explores the history of the American government’s official policy on marijuana in the 20th century. Rising with nativist xenophobia with Mexican immigration and their taste for smoking marijuana, we see the establishment of a wrong headed federal drug policy as a crime issue as oppposed to a public health approach. Fuelled by prejudice, hysterical propaganda and political opportunism undeterred by voices of reason on the subject, we follow the story of a costly and futile crusade against a substance with questionable ill effects that has damaged basic civil liberites.

The history of marijuana in the United States since its unofficial introduction in the early twentieth century is presented. As a product, it has been a focus of a strong government campaign to rids its distribution and use, primarily from the 1930’s to the 1970’s. Harry J. Anslinger, the first Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and President Richard Nixon were the chief persons waging the war. During the early battle, marijuana was popularly thought to cause a slew of maladies, including temporary insanity and murderous tendencies, as depicted through such movies as Marihuana (1936/I) aka “Reefer Madness”.

This popular belief led to marijuana being effectively classified an illegal substance in the United States in 1937. When some of these myths were debunked, especially through the free-wheeling 1960’s, anti-marijuana messaging turned to it being a gateway substance to stronger more dangerous illicit drugs, such as heroin. As much of the marijuana coming into the United States since the 1950’s was from China, the government also used anti-Communist messaging. Both Anslinger and Nixon quashed any scientific reports that came out refuting the government’s claims, such as a report commissioned by New York Mayor ‘Fiorello Laguardia’ . To the end of the century, America’s war on marijuana has cost the government several billions of dollars

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A great documentary conveying the history of grass in America. It is refreshing to see all the propaganda documented from the last 100 years, so that anyone who watches this, may contemplate the modern day equivalent garbage regarding war, politics, economics, etc. (believe nothing you hear, and only half of what you see)
Of course, anyone today (who hasn’t lived under a rock) knows that alcohol is far more dangerous than grass ever was. It should be noted that my statements are not a defense of grass, but are merely a reality check for ungrounded people who believe stupidity without knowledge or experience. In reality, no one should do any of it, but since we do not live in a vacuum, and people are going to partake, and experiment, then choose the far lesser of the evils.
P.S: Right and wrong will never be determined by politicians, nor the courts, so if you are looking for fairness or justice, morality rules the day. (critical thinking)

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God was so proud of cannabis he created people to share it with

Its sucks that just because it came from Mexico and it was different, no one gave it a chance.

I have a question. In Marijuana it is time for a conversation they said that Marijuana was prescribed by doctors in the 1850’s and farmers were even required to grow hemp. That the deceleration of Independence of the constitution were even written on hemp. But in this one it says that the Mexicans brought it in the 1900’s and we were unfamiliar with it…. which is true.
thank you!

OK so as you know marijuana, cannabis and hemp are 3 names for essentially the same plant. Hemp is generally the term used for low THC containing varieties used for fiber and cellulose, cannabis is the scientific name for the genus and marijuana is the term used originating from Mexico for recreational smoking varieties. Cannabis has been used medicinally throughout the world from as far back as the first written medical texts in ancient china, and as such was WIDELY used in American remedies and medicines until the effective ban in 1937. The confusion comes from the terminology of cannabis vs. marijuana and this was exploited by Anslinger in his push to outlaw it. EVERYONE in the United States in 1937 knew EXACTLY what cannabis was as most people had at some point taken medicine derived from it in tonic or tincture form, many smoked it recreational (particularly in hemp farming communities)and their Levi’s jeans were made from it. HOWEVER, virtually no one knew that marijuana referred to the same plant, it is the TERM marijuana that the mexicans imported to the US not the plant. Very few Americans or even the congressmen voting on the bill realized they were outlawing cannabis/hemp and it would have gotten 0 traction if they had.

In answer to Lexieydoodle, and to add further to your comments, Wavy Blade, Cannabis sativa is the Latin name for Marijabanana, and Cannabis indica is the Latin name for Hemp. (There is also another cultivar, called Cannabis ruderalis but I dunno nuffink about it, except that its growth is limited to parts of Asia.) There are possibly other cultivars (varieties) but I am not berry knowledgeable – oop!

Hooch was outlawed in Australia in 1957 (I think… along with all other so-called drugs of addiction eg, Heroin and Cocaine – heroin was available in Aussie in our cough mixtures until 1957, and Cocaine was in Coca-Cola up until …?whenever? it was outlawed in the USA) And Australia just copied English Legislation, as far as I know.
Before the 1970’s hooch had a potentiality of approx 3% active agent, but wif the advent of the new breeds of ‘Skunk’ percentage of active-ingredient strength grew to 8% by early to mid 1980’s(??). (And of course, all of the different types of cannabis sativa have different levels of diff active agents, such as Delta-8 and Delta-nine THC, CBD, CBN THCV, CBC (all big long words that are hard to spell, and wuss to pronounce – hoot, and perhaps even more agents for all that I know.

As you say, Wavy Blade, it was in many tonics, tinctures and many a linctus., and also in vaporizor form. And it was formally used by medical practitioners up until 1957 in Aussie.

I have a a book somewhere on the medical use of Cannabis sativa, but not can find it today…sob. From memory, I think it listed 57 or 58 recommended medical uses (??)
The book stated that it usage lessened over the years as increased use of Aspirin evolved, but some medical conditions I can recall include: headaches, migraine etc, rhematoid conditions (and in modern medicine I could imagine it being used with all sorts of autoimmune-type arthritis and other autoimmune problems) malaria, beriberi and other wierdo tropical diseases, constipation, menstrual cramps, stomach cramp, and even pancreatitis. These uses, are in relation to pain-reduction… so any painful ailment could possibly be included here… which is why the main modern use is for pain-relief in intractable (horrible) pain such as cancer and pancreatits. It was also used in treatment of asthma, glaucoma (reduces eyeball pressure), and it was and is used for nausea relief. It is and was used for appetite-stimulation, eg for folk undergoing radiation or chemotherapy (I wonder if it would work for anorexia nervosa -chuckle?). It was also used for pre-senile dementia (which we call Alzheimer’s now-days). The list goes on and on, but I not memeber any more – sorry! But I bet you could google it, or check out wiki.
By the way… modern drug companies have now produced a spray-form of CBD which they will be manufacturing for use in psychosis, and anxiety conditions (pretty funny when we consider that the pharmaceutical companies were the ones who made all the propaganda fillums claiming it would send you mad eh. ).

By the way, the main reason why I wanted to reply to you, was that during WW2, my father grew Hemp under government contract for the war effort… we still have the old hemp thrasher on our family farm. It was used to make canvas for the soldiers overboots and other uniform parts, and for the Army Trucks, I guess.

Anyhow, hope that helps a bit Lexiey… and I is hopin’ dat thet bloke wot abused yer spellin’ dusn’t be weally rude to me, and I hope you weren’t offended by his bad mood?
If you have some form of dyslexia, or if English is your second language, I hope you can get someone to read the crappy medical terms for you.

This film explores the history of the American government's official policy on marijuana in the 20th century. Rising with nativist xenophobia with Mexican

Emily Dufton

Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America

How earnest hippies, frightened parents, suffering patients, and other ordinary Americans went to war over marijuana

In the last seven years, eleven states have legalized recreational marijuana. To many, continued progress seems certain. But pot was on a similar trajectory forty years ago, only to encounter a fierce backlash. In Grass Roots, historian Emily Dufton tells the remarkable story of marijuana’s crooked path from acceptance to demonization and back again, and of the thousands of grassroots activists who made changing marijuana laws their life’s work.

During the 1970s, pro-pot campaigners with roots in the counterculture secured the drug’s decriminalization in a dozen states. Soon, though, concerned parents began to mobilize; finding a champion in Nancy Reagan, they transformed pot into a national scourge and helped to pave the way for an aggressive war on drugs. Chastened marijuana advocates retooled their message, promoting pot as a medical necessity and eventually declaring legalization a matter of racial justice. For the moment, these activists are succeeding–but marijuana’s history suggests how swiftly another counterrevolution could unfold.

“A comprehensive history of marijuana legalization in America. Dufton puts years of dedicated research, interviews, and social scrutiny to impressive use. The author’s astute, well-rounded report spotlights the virtual tug of war of the movement and pays close attention to each side’s setbacks and advancements. She presents an engrossing, evenhanded timeline of the marijuana legalization revolution and its backlash. A lively, perceptive refresher course on the politics of pot.”Kirkus Reviews

“Dufton makes a potent argument that, ‘more than any other legal or illegal substance, marijuana is a drug that makes people care.'”Publishers Weekly

“A balanced, comprehensive, scrupulously researched, and vividly rendered narrative cultural and political history of marijuana in America. Emily Dufton’s passion for her subject matches the fervor of the pro- and anti-marijuana movements she chronicles. This book puts her well on the way to becoming one of the preeminent drug historians of her generation.”—Martin Torgoff, author of Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats, and Drugs and Can’t Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age, 1945-2000

“Emily Dufton populates this brisk, three-act drama with a fascinating cast of marijuana activists and culture warriors, and reminds both sides that the long, see-saw struggle over America’s most symbolically potent drug is far from over.”—David T. Courtwright, author of Dark Paradise: A History of Opiate Addiction in America and Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World

“In Grass Roots, Emily Dufton traces the evolution of thinking and activism on marijuana over the past fifty years and provides important recommendations as we grapple with questions of decriminalization today. But even more than a compelling narrative history of marijuana in America, Dufton’s is the story of the power of social movements to transform society and of subsequent resistance to those transformations. No matter what side of the marijuana debate you’re on, Grass Roots will make you reflect on the meaning of democratic values and the role of government in our lives. A critical read.”—Elizabeth Hinton, author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America

“Emily Dufton has done an admirable job focusing on the activists, both pro- and anti-marijuana, who have helped steer the conversation, and in some cases, the legality of our favorite weed. And she ends with a cautionary note: if you don’t defend your freedom, it can be whisked away by a reactionary regime intent on imposing their morality on the multitudes.”―Larry “Ratso” Sloman, author of Reefer Madness: A History of Marijuana

Emily Dufton Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America How earnest hippies, frightened parents, suffering patients, and other ordinary Americans went to war over