March 16th, 2017
By Wes Annac
Guest writer for Wake Up World
What comes to mind when you hear the word “marijuana”? Do you envision a drug that makes people lazy, or a medicinal herb that could potentially save lives?
Although the Marihuana Tax Act 1937 effectively outlawed the plant in the 30s, a campaign to taint its image began in the U.S long before it was outlawed. It was a slow and steady process, beginning with individual states outlawing it and leading to a nationwide ban. (1) Yet, despite its slow progress, the criminalization of marijuana didn’t take much effort. The public was mostly indifferent to it until a flood of propaganda from the media, much of which was racist, convinced them it was dangerous and led to crime, violence, and hedonism. (1) Today, the accepted rhetoric is that marijuana dulls the mind, ensures you don’t contribute to society, and leads to harder drugs — a stereotype that still prevails.
What most people don’t know, however, is that the plant provides countless uses for mankind and, because of this, has been used by ancient cultures throughout history, for medicine, agriculture and much more. Many are also unaware that Big Pharma lobbies our lawmakers (successfully) to keep cannabis illegal in its natural form, which allows them to make huge sums of money from synthesizing and patenting its compounds. (More on that later.) Yes, the U.S. government and its corporate sponsors have been lying to the public about cannabis for nearly a century. So, in the interest of fighting propaganda, here are 8 scientific and cultural facts about the cannabis plant that defy its stereotype.
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