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  •  Randolph P. Hearst (7+ / 0-)

    i.e. The Hearst Paper Company got hemp illegal, used propaganda (i.e. Reefer Madness) to demonize pot to begin with.

    -6.13 -4.4 Where are you? Take the Test!!!

    by MarciaJ720 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 07:47:47 AM PST

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    •  If I wasn't so optimistic (3+ / 0-)
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      twigg, mrkvica, ladywithafan

      I'd say there was collusion.

      "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

      by rocksout on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 08:05:50 AM PST

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    •  True Marijuana is a slang term and not a drug (1+ / 0-)
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      Before the invention of the Hemp Decorticator during the Great Depression "marijuana" was a slang term used by Mexican migrant workers for wild tobacco plants which was used to villianize the entire genus of cannabis plants to promote prohibition.

      Even today marijuana is still just a slang term for the dried female flowers and leaves of only the varieties of cannabis plants that produce significant concentrations of the only scheduled cannabinoid, Dronabinol (THC), out of more than sixty cannabinoids found in cannabis resins.

      Wealthy and politically powerful people like William Randolf Hearst and Andrew Mellow felt threatened by hemp paper and fiber production as the costs of production declined after the invention of the Hemp Decorticator. The slang term "marijuana" was first linked to cannabis plants by the sensationalized stories about crazed Mexican's committing horrific crimes under the influence of "Marihuana".

      "Marijuana" was originally created as a rhetorical device to frame the case for the prohibition of the the entire genus of cannabis plants to prevent hemp from competing with other sources of organic and synthetic fibers. Today "marijuana" is still used as a rhetorical device to frame the debate by vested interests to shift the debate away from the science around the cannabinoids in cannabis resins.

      Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

      by RMForbes on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 07:32:20 PM PST

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