Why was marijuana banned during the early 1960s?

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  1. The Amazing Sam's Ego

    The Amazing Sam's Ego Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I know that William Randolph Hearst and Harry J Aslinger banned marijuana in the United States during the late 1930's, in order to ban hemp in an effort to protect their business interests in the timber industries and also in the oil and chemicals companies.

    However, the United Nations also banned marijuana worldwide, which happened with the 1960's narcotics convention.

    However, my question is this. Was the worldwide ban of marijuana during the early 1960s connected in any way, shape, or form, with the greedy business interests of either Aslinger, or that other guy Hearst? Even if the late 1930s anti marijuana campaigns never had happened, would the United Nations still have banned marijuana in the early 1960s? There's no question that Aslinger (as well as Hearst) was responsible for banning pot during the late 1930s, but as far as I know of, those guys only banned pot in the United States. But did they ban pot worldwide?

    If Hearst and Aslinger was never born, would the United Nations still have banned pot worldwide during the early 1960s?
     
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    perdidochas Well-Known Member

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    Probably. Pot reduces productivity.

    Finally, you are showing your colors. I had a feeling your anti-alcohol rants were pro-pot inspired.

    The thing is, hemp is overrated as a crop. Everything I've read about it indicates that it's a great generalist crop. If I were a plantation owner in the 1700s, I'd plant hemp for it's many uses. The thing is, our world is now specialized. There are crops/materials that will do almost everything better and/or cheaper than hemp. There are better crops for making fiber. There are better crops for making oils. There are much better materials for making rope. Hemp does all of those acceptably, just not as good as the best material for the job.

    Anslinger was a lifelong government bureaucrat. He did what he did because he truly believed that marijuana was bad.
     
  3. The Amazing Sam's Ego

    The Amazing Sam's Ego Well-Known Member

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    Yes, but was Aslinger the guy that banned marijuana during the early 1960's? Well, I definitely know that Aslinger was the guy that helped William Randolph Hearst to ban pot during the late 1930's, which only happened in America, but did Aslinger have anything to do with the United Nations treaty of Narcotics, which banned marijuana worldwide during the early 1960's?
     
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    perdidochas Well-Known Member

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    Google is your friend. Stop smoking, and start surfing the web.

    It was the same Anslinger.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_J._Anslinger
     
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    Iriemon Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    Mexicans and blacks smoked it.
     
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    That helps explain a lot.
     
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    The Amazing Sam's Ego Well-Known Member

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    Wikipedia doesn't mention that Harry J Aslinger was involved there at the United Nations Narcotics Convention.
     
  8. perdidochas

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    Well, you said it was in the 1960s, and Harry J was in a position as head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in 1961. he went on to be the UN Narcotics rep for the U.S. from 1962 to 1964. Doesn't take much to connect the dots, unless you're consuming too much......
     

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