The Clog (Cannabis Blog)

Why Cannabis Was Made Illegal

by in Resources October 9, 2018


Let’s get this straight from the start.

There has never been a single recorded fatality from cannabis use, unlike many pharmaceutical drugs.  No one has ever died from taking cannabis, nor have there been any instances of brain receptor damage through its use. Alcohol and other drugs wear out your brain receptors. Cannabis merely stimulates them.

One estimate of THC’s lethal dose for humans indicates that a mountain of cannabis, i.e., 1500 pounds (680 kilograms would have to be smoked in a 15 minute period for the smoker to pop their clogs. If you wanted to kill someone using 1500 pounds of cannabis you would achieve the result by dropping it on their head from a great height!

The  Median Lethal Dose (LD50) is the standard measure of the toxicity of a material through skin contact, taking internally or injection . The estimated lethal threshold for cannabis (the LD50) established in 1988 by the DEA’s appropriate factfinder is 1:20,000 or 1:40,000. In simple terms, this means that in order to succumb to death a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much cannabis as is contained in one ordinary joint.

Studies indicate that the effective dose of THC i.e., a normal dose that you would take is at least 1000 times lower than the estimated lethal dose (therapeutic ratio of 1000:1).

To put that into perspective, heroin has a therapeutic ratio of 6:1

Alcohol and Valium both have a ratio of 10:1.

Cocaine has a ratio of 15:1.

Aspirin has a therapeutic ratio of 20:1; 20 times the recommended dose (approximately 40 tablets) could cause death and almost certainly would induce massive internal bleeding.

Note: Drugs used to treat patients with cancer, glaucoma and M.S. are all highly toxic. In fact, the ratio of some drugs used in cancer inhibiting therapies have therapeutic ratios below 1.5:1.2. Compare that to cannabis, 1000:1 LD50.

The Reason Behind The Prohibition of Cannabis

Cannabis prohibition stems from a commercial conspiracy that was started in the early 1900’s. The word ‘marijuana’ was created out of the names Marie and Juan by the US Government, who wanted to put into people’s minds that the cannabis plant was not a phenomenally  useful fibre and safe medicine used for thousands of years, but instead it was an extremely dangerous, addictive, destructive substance. This was done as a means of annihilating the hemp industry and instead, replacing these natural products with toxic pharmaceutical drugs and petrochemical products. They achieved their aim by printing incredible stories of the dangers of marijuana in the media, including totally printing fictitious stories connecting marijuana use with crime.

In the 1930s, the U.S. federal government backed the campaign by the newly formed Bureau of Narcotics, led by Harry Anslinger.

A disgusting individual - Harry Anslinger

Anslinger was a corrupt, racist bigot who generated a fear of cannabis use through propaganda and lies in order to build his reputation, and that of his Bureau. Unfortunately, he led the Bureau for over 30 years, and did huge damage in that time. Anslinger created nationwide concern over a problem that did not actually exist by demonizing marijuana through incredible tales of crime, violence and insanity. The Narcotics Bureau spun horrific tales of murder, violence, loose morals and the effects that marijuana had on the “degenerate races,” exploiting the endemic racism that was prevalent at the time.

The media mogul at the time by the name of William Randolph Hearst had invested heavily in the timber industry to support his chain of national newspapers. Hearst realised that paper from hemp was unwanted competition and he became a staunch ally of the Bureau of Narcotics by publishing lurid anti-cannabis propaganda from the

Bureau’s “Gore Files”, printing ludicrous headlines such as:

“Marihuana makes fiends of boys in thirty days – Hashish goads users to bloodlust.”

“Marihuana is responsible for the raping of white women by crazed negros.”

“Three fourths of the crimes of violence in this country today are committed by dope slaves, that is a matter of cold record.”

“Marihuana influenced negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men’s shadows, and look at a white woman twice.”


A poster issued by the Bureau

It was a clever move. By associating marijuana use with ethnic minorities he ensured that the majority of white Americans would be sympathetic to any proposed banning of cannabis in all its forms.

So the eventual prohibition of cannabis stemmed totally from false evidence, propaganda, mis-information and complete lies, and was based solely on greed along with the desire for profit to the detriment of people and to the detriment of our environment. God knows how many people have been denied this natural medicine, and have instead suffered cruelly and horribly from the effects of pharmaceutical drugs and ‘conventional’ treatments.

Take a look at these ridiculous quotes by Anslinger himself, as laid out in the files of the Bureau of Narcotics:

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are

Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek

sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”

“…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”

“Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”

“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”

“You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother.”

“Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”

Marijuana and musicians

Hearst and Anslinger were joined in the conspiracy by the Dupont chemical corporation, who were keen to make multi millions of dollars from the plastics and nylon industry, and as such wanted to get rid of hemp production altogether.  

In 1937 Anslinger presented the Marijuana Tax Act.18 to Congress.

Apart from some opposition from William C. Woodward of the American Medical Association, the bill was passed after very little discussion, and cannabis was effectively prohibited. Most people did not even begin to realise that the “evil marijuana drug” which was referred to in the tax act was in fact the cannabis plant that had been essential to the early settlers and was a useful and well-known medicine.

The Act was ruled unconstitutional several years later, and instead, the Controlled Substances Act in the 1970’s came into being which established Schedules for ranking substances according how dangerous they were perceived to be, and their potential for addiction. Cannabis was placed in the Schedule I category (the most restrictive) as a temporary measure whilst Nixon, the President at the time commissioned a report in order to give a final recommendation.

The Schafer Commission, as it was called, declared that marijuana should not be in Schedule I and even doubted its designation as an illicit substance. However, Nixon discounted the recommendations of the commission, and marijuana remains a Schedule I substance.

I wonder who he was being advised by…

So there you have it. This beautiful, incredible life giving plant was falsely made illegal by corrupt people in a position of power, and to this day, the stigma of marijuana still exists, as a result of that mass propaganda drive, destined to wipe cannabis off the face of the earth.

God knows how much damage has been made to our world, and the people in it, since those days. Hemp is a natural, sustainable, renewable resource, made illegal so that companies could profit from the destruction of millions of acres of trees, and from the huge plastic problem that we are now faced with, along with the dwindling fossil fuel resources.

In our view, it is the biggest crime ever committed upon the human race, and the planet that we live on. And it is time to right the wrongs, before it really is too late.



Says it all...

“What is the lethal dose of marijuana?
Quizlet, “BBH143: How Drugs Work”,
Peter Kershaw, Economic Solutions: The Incredible Story of How You and America are Being
Bankrupted & What You Can Do to Avoid the Wipeout, (self-published, 1997), 29
“History of Marijuana as Medicine–2900 BC to Present”,
“Reefer Madness”, The Economist, April 27, 2006,
“Evidence Found of Ancient Marijuana Use”, Albany Times Union, May 20, 1993,
Leslie L. Iversen, The Science of Marijuana Second Edition, (USA: Oxford University Press, 2007), 116.
Gerald E. Wickens, Economic Botany: Principles and Practices, (Springer, 2004)
The Federal Observer, “Get Hemp to Jive, Man: Part II”,
“Anslinger’s Lies”,
“Prohibition Then and Now”,
“Mary Jane: Legal or Not?”
“Harry Anslinger Quotes”,
“Mary Jane: Legal or Not?”
“Mary Jane: Legal or Not?”
“Why Hemp is Confused with Marijuana”,
“Reefer Madness Propaganda Through the Ages”,


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