A researcher has proved what stoners have known for a long time: alcohol is more likely to lead to hard drug use than marijuana. The idea that marijuana is a “gateway drug” is a myth that harkens back to the “Reefer Madness” era, which itself was a direct result of William Randolph Hearst’s efforts to get hemp banned to eliminate competition for his paper mills.
Also noteworthy is Mr. Heart’s relationship to Pancho Villa:
Hearst was a notorious xenophobe. He reportedly hated minorities, and he used his chain of newspapers to aggravate racial tensions at every opportunity. He especially hated Mexicans, portraying them as lazy, degenerate, and violent, and as marijuana smokers and job stealers. However, the real motive behind this prejudice may well have been that Hearst had lost 800,000 acres of prime timberland to the rebel Pancho Villa, suggesting that Hearst’s racism was fueled by Mexican threats to his empire’s source of newsprint.
Additionally, an early relationship with General Motors and DuPont was just as critical with conspiring against the threat of marijuana on their respective industries:
“The four justices in the majority were Chief Justice Earl Warren, William Brennan, Hugo Black and William Douglas; Brennan wrote the majority opinion, which stated that the “inference is overwhelming that Du Pont’s commanding position [in the sale of automobile finishes and fabrics to GM] was promoted by its stock interest and was not gained solely on competitive merit.”
What’s even sadder is that the lives of millions of people since 1937 have been ruined by these corporations because of a plant which the DEA claims no reports of marijuana overdose ever being reported.
And no president to date since then has dared challenge for the rights of marijuana users.
Instead, innocent people who would otherwise be law abiding citizens still continue to have their homes raided putting law enforcement at unnecessary risk, who, in turn have often shot homeowners and their pets in self-defense, primarily because of a “threat” to the bottom-line of major industries.
And, in 1937 when marijuana possession officially became a crime, it was easy to put the blame on minorities.