My “Why” on the status of cannabis comes from a curiosity factor of “Why” was it ever removed from the American pharmacopoeia and “Why” was it included as an illegal controlled substance.
Putting aside for the moment the known reasons of big money families and corrupt politics, has there ever been a definitive scientific clarification as to the medical harm cannabis actually presents–or any facts as to its affect on criminal based enterprises? “Why” was marijuana ever deemed in both the medical and legal disciplines to have no medical use and a high potential for abuse?
A Brief History of Cannabis Law in America
Let’s start with 1914. The Harrison Narcotics Tax Act introduced drug prohibition policies designed to address drugs of a known harm–such as opiates and cocaine. Marijuana, then known as cannabis, was not a concern in this act addressing drugs of abuse or addiction. At the time, cannabis was widely used and prescribed for a variety of medical and mental ailments.
Along comes 1937 and Harry Anslinger, a Rockefeller recommended drug Czar. Anslinger introduced the Spanish street slang name for cannabis into the American vocabulary with the enactment of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. This introduction was based on racial fears and inept claims of psychoactive behaviors and acts of violence. In reality, this was all about the Rockefellers losing their government lumber contracts.
Richard Nixon’s “War on Drugs” appears in 1970, and the Controlled Substances Act included marijuana in the dangerous substance abuse drugs classification. This action–much like the 1942 removal of cannabis from the U.S. Pharmacopoeia–both refused and denied the resistant American medical community’s requests to leave marijuana alone and permit its continued use and research.
Imagining a Different Why
With all that being presented as a brief and non-inclusive history, the “Why” still remains. The obvious reasons of big family money and corrupt government appear to have been the “Why”–and yet the world resists the global acceptance of a plant known for its many medical and industrial uses since the existence of humankind. For some eighty years now, our society has permitted the propaganda of this plant, allowing it to become known as the gateway drug to man-made deadly drugs and the cause of criminal cartel activities.
The opposing perception and possibly the “Why” would be if cannabis would have been left alone for its medicinal values and excluded from the War On Drugs. One can only imagine how many families would still be intact, how many patients would have access to a valuable medication, how many lives saved, how many law enforcement lives saved, how many lives would have not been disrupted, how the issuing of monetary fines, incarceration, and civil asset forfeiture would have affected the judicial system……..etc. I found my “WHY” to be infinite.
Tim Johnson is a security and safety specialist with over 30 years experience. He is a United States Air Force veteran, the founder of Cannabis Safety First, Associate founder of the Ohio Cannabis Chamber of Commerce and a security consultant for Security 101. Tim also sits on the advisory board for the Hocking College cannabis lab program and serves on various other boards in the cannabis community as a consultant on the Ohio MMCP. Over the last three years he has become an instrumental consultant and advocate in helping with the creation of HB523, Ohio’s MMCP. Tim is also the Director of Security, Safety and Compliance for the Paragon Development Group, a level two cultivator awardee company.