I found this site from a person who registered here named Christen-Mitchell and it is an awesome treatise on the history of Marijuana as well as facts about it's usage and medicinal history. There's even a free film for the kiddies to watch- the classic Reefer Madness
is here too. Watch the film that filled your grandparents and parents heads with so much bullshit they still live it today and passed it on to you
. Best of all- It's FREE. Woooooooo Scary stuff
The illegality of marijuana rests less on what it is than what it represents: nature, dissent, introspection. It's not marijuana the mildly psychotropic weed we condemn, but marijuana the nemesis of the state.
-- Ronald Reagan Jr., TV commentator
Included are some stories of founding fathers who have it in their history.http://Hemptopia.org
From the Rasta chronicles- http://list.uvm.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind98 ... sta&P=1152
Thomas Jefferson, while envoy to France, went to great expense and even considerable risk to himself and his secret agents to procure particularly good hempseeds smuggled illegally into Turkey from China. The Chinese Mandarins (political rulers) so valued their hemp seeds that they made their exportation a capital offense.
-- Jack Herer, "The Emperor Wears No Clothes
So you see that smuggling pot seeds into America is a tradition that goes back to the founding fathers and is continued to this very day!
The real reason hemp/marijuana is illegal- http://illuminati-news.com/marijuana-conspiracy.htm
* It was LEGAL TO PAY TAXES WITH HEMP in America from 1631 until the early 1800s; LA Times, Aug. 12, 1981.
* REFUSING TO GROW HEMP in America during the 17th and 18th Centuries WAS AGAINST THE LAW! You could be jailed in Virginia for refusing to grow hemp from 1763 to 1769; Hemp in Colonial Virginia, G. M. Herdon.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers GREW HEMP; Washington and Jefferson Diaries. Jefferson smuggled hemp seeds from China to France then to America.
* Benjamin Franklin owned one of the first paper mills in America and it processed hemp. Also, the War of 1812 was fought over hemp. Napoleon wanted to cut off Moscow's export to England; Emperor Wears No Clothes, Jack Herer.
Pot is NOT harmful to the human body or mind. Marijuana does NOT pose a threat to the general public. Marijuana is very much a danger to the oil companies, alcohol, tobacco industries and a large number of chemical corporations. Various big businesses, with plenty of dollars and influence, have suppressed the truth from the people.
The truth is if marijuana was utilized for its vast array of commercial products, it would create an industrial atomic bomb! Entrepreneurs have not been educated on the product potential of pot. The super rich have conspired to spread misinformation about an extremely versatile plant that, if used properly, would ruin their companies.
Here we see it's spiritual and nutritional values emphasized, especially for the Poor-
There are still other ways that the people in India use the healing
properties of the herb. A prepared drink of the plants resins and leaf is
known as Bhang. This is made by continuously cooking and straining the
ganja, along with other spices, through fatty milk. On the last day of a
festival known as Durga Pooja it is customary for Hindus to throw idols into
the river and celebrate by drinking Bhang with friends (Emboden, 225).
Bhang is one preparation of ganja that is still used by people in India
today. At the turn of the twentieth century, the Indian Hemp Drugs
commission set up to study the use of hemp in India posted the following report:
Bhang is the Joy-giver. The Sky-filler, the Heavenly-Guide, the Poor
Mans Heaven, The Soother of Grief.... No god or man is as good as the
religious drinker of bhang...The supporting power of bhang has
brought many a Hindu family safe through the miseries of famine. To forbid or even seriously restrict the use of so gracious an herb as
the hemp would cause widespread suffering and annoyance and lead to
large bands of worshiped ascetics, deep-seated anger. It would
rob the people of a solace on discomfort, of a cure in sickness, of a guardian whose gracious protection saves them from the attacks of evil
Hmm large bands and anger eh? Somewhat the effects of our drug Christianity- I don't like those side effects much. That's what happens when you go against nature and its laws. Perhaps it even inspired religious awe and movements- http://www.everyonedoesit.co.uk/cannabi ... abis_3.cfm
Throughout the East, Tibet, Japan, India and China, Buddhists have been using cannabis since the fifth century BC. In China, certain Buddhist sects ritually used the plant in their initiation rites and in mystical experiences. Some Tibetan lamas ...consider cannabis their most holy plant. Many Buddhist traditions, writings, and beliefs indicate that Siddhartha himself used and ate nothing but hemp and its seeds for six years prior to announcing (discovering) his truths and becoming the Buddha (Herer, 53). This story came up over and over again in various books and other reference sources. It is interesting to think that the tree that contributed to the enlightenment of the Buddha might have been the same ganja tree that we use today.
So you see it was a philosophy and inspired great men to achieve "Higher" consciousness! There is even a story about the tree being treated as a god- a first in history. Now some still engage in rituals of homage to their ganja- Rasta spirit.
In the fifteenth century BC a Chinese book known as the Rh-Ya
describes the first ritualistic or shamanistic use of the herb known as Ma
(Emboden 216-7). This ancient history brings forth a connection to cannabis that runs further back than even the oldest of western medical books.
When grown outdoors and under favorable conditions, the stalks of
the ganja plant can become very thick and woody. The early Chinese made a practice of carving this stem into a rod with a serpent coiled around it.
This rod was very similar to the caduceus or Staff of Aesculapius from ancient Greco-Roman times. This image was used in curing rituals; a
relative of the patient beat on the sickbed with the snake rod in order to
dispel evil spirits (Emboden, 217). It is interesting that the Chinese not
only valued the physical healing properties of the herb but they were also
very in touch with the spiritual aspects of this plant. Their relationship
with ganja was so powerful that they carved the serpent, one of the most
sacred symbols of convalescence, around their healing rods. Whether or not the patient was healed by the power of the rod, by medicines or both we cannot deny the longstanding spiritual and physical relationship that
Chinese culture shares with ganja.
This is why they want it banned- it helps people get past the mesmerizing affects of civilizations mores and helps one learn reality from a sublime perspective. A true gift from the creator and one that should be revered for its importance in our development as a society and perhaps even our spiritual beliefs were inspired by these types of plant encounters that our ancient ancestors first had while walking the plains of Africa. It may have been the spark required for consciousness to be entertained in those who would aspire to be anthropomorphic.
Since then it certainly has been entertaining. War on drugs my ass- war on reality and who owns it is more like it.