To demonstrate the ridiculous way Industrial hemp
was outlawed in 1937, here is a quote from Charles
Whitebread, Professor of law, USC law school:
“Now, in doing this one at the FBI Academy, I didn't
tell them this story, but I am going to tell you this
story. You want to know how brief the hearings were on
the national marijuana prohibition?
When we asked at the Library of Congress for a copy
of the hearings, to the shock of the Library of
Congress, none could be found. We went "What?" It took
them four months to finally honor our request because --
are you ready for this? -- the hearings were so brief
that the volume had slid down inside the side shelf
of the bookcase and was so thin it had slid right
down to the bottom inside the bookshelf. That's how
brief they were. Are you ready for this? They had to
break the bookshelf open because it had slid down
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No Clothes by Jack Herer
Jack published "The Emperor Wears No Clothes" in 1985,
part scientific document, part journalistic expose and
part holy crusade, it has sold more than 600,000 copies
and is now in its 11th edition.
Rich in scholarly detail, the "Emperor Wears No Clothes"
was the first populist book to explore the forgotten
history and economic potential of hemp. It also took a
caustic, sarcastic and often irreverent look at the
bizarre circumstances surrounding marijuana prohibition.
Only in the 20th century did the ancient hemp plant
become a frightening new drug. The mexican slang word
"Marijuana" was unknown to most americans until newspaper
headlines first introduced its name in the 1920s.
Horror stories appeared regularly in the sensationalistic
newspapers of William Randolph Hearst and were works of
pure fiction but even respectable papers made
Although this story would be relegated to the tabloids
today, it was fit to print in the distinguished New York
Time on july 5, 1927.
"A mexican woman and her four children are driven insane
by marijuana," the Times reported. It went on to say
that... neighbors... "rushed to the house to find the
entire family... insane!!"
In its most controversial report, "The Emperor Wears No
Clothes" investigated the origin of marijuana prohibition,
specifically, a single federal law, the Marijuana Tax Act
Although alcohol prohibition required a constitutional
amendment, marijuana prohibition was brought about by a
law. The driving force behind this law was Harry J.
Anslinger, America's first drug Czar. Anslinger was the
government's expert witness during 1937 congressional
hearings on the proposed Marijuana Tax Act. As proof of
marijuana's malevolence, Anslinger introduced into
evidence flaming Hearst newspaper headlines that trumpeted
the "violence, insanity and death" allegedly caused by
John P. Morgan, M.D.
City University of N.Y. Medical School In 1937 when the marijuana tax act was established,
there were no data of any sort, much less scientific,
about whether this compound was harmful or not, there
was just evidence that it was being used by people who
we distrusted and feared.
R. Keith Stroup
Founder & Executive Director, NORML When you go back and read the record in congress, it's
amazing, the lack of information. There were literally
questions by members of congress saying: what is this
marijuana? Is it a narcotic, or what is it? And there
would be a sentence, someone would stand up and say oh,
it's the most dangerous new drug coming down the pike.
Michael R. Aldrich, Ph.D.
Historian In terms of what congress knew in 1937.... the only
history that they were given was all these cock and bull
stories about how it made people crazy and they went out
and killed people under the influence of marijuana.
President, Common Sense for Drug Policy The tax act was built on lies, and I think it's
outrageous that we have legislation that exists today
that was based on lies.
Despite opposition by the american medical association,
congress passed the law unanimously after debating for a
grand total of 90 seconds. President Franklin D. Roosevelt
signed it on august 3, 1937. Theoretically, the new law
did not actually prohibit marijuana and hemp - only a
constitutional amendment could do that. But by imposing
prohibitive taxes and mountains of red tape, it made
cultivation, processing, sales and use virtually
impossible. Technically, farmers could legally grow a hemp
plant like this one, but only if they could somehow grow
it without the leaves and flowers... this law is still in
The full reasons behind marijuana prohibition are still
being debated. Some experts think racism played a part.
John P. Morgan, M.D.
City University of N.Y. Medical School When poor people, avant-garde, immigrants take the
drugs, we're afraid that they are going to rise up,
smite steal and take the white woman, so we outlaw the
drugs because of our fears over that.
Others think Harry anslinger was motivated by ambition
Michael R. Aldrich, Ph.D.
Historian A great deal of the reason that marijuana was
prohibited was because of self-aggrandisement at the
federal level, especially with Harry Anslinger wanting
to be the J. Edgar Hoover of his own agency.
Jack sees darker motives. His book alleges a high-level
conspiracy revolving around Anslinger, treasury secretary
Andrew Mellon, the Dupont Chemical Company, and hemp.
Before the civil war, hemp was the nation's
second-largest cash crop behind cotton. But while cotton
could be processed by machine, slaves were the only
cost-effective way to separate the tough fiber of hemp
from the pulpy core that was used to make paper. When
slavery ended after the war, the hemp industry went into
decline. The death knell was sounded in the late 1800s
when papermakers converted to tree-based pulp.
Michael R. Aldrich, Ph.D.
Historian It meant you could chop down a forest a lot cheaper
than you could pay laborers to manufacture hemp fiber
Jack hangs his conspiracy angle on events that happened
simultaneously with marijuana prohibition. Coincidence
number one: the decorticator, a mechanical processing
machine invented by a german immigrant, was about to bring
hemp into the modern industrial age. Popular Mechanics
Magazine recognized the potential bonanza for American
farmers and entrepreneurs in a machine that could process
hemp quickly and cheaply for the first time in history.
Coincidences number two and three: the dupont compagny
out with both a sulphuric-acid method for making
tree-based paper, and a new invention called plastic.
Jack's book points out that a hemp resurgence in the
thirties would certainly have been a serious threat to
Dupont's petro-chemical strategies.
And Finally there's millionaire financier Andrew Mellon,
in 1937, Mellon was Anslinger's boss, Harry's wife's
uncle, and Dupont's banker. Coincidences number four, five
Extract from the film
"Emperor of Hemp"
Copyright 1999, Double J. Films
Used with permission
"The marketplace, not myopic rules, should determine
hemp's future in America."
--New York Times Editorial Board, April 11, 1998