Herb is the Healing of a Nation Essay

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Herb is the Healing of a Nation Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the sovereign rights of a man. This means every human should be able to live a fulfilling life as they see fit following dreams and aspirations until happiness and inner peace is achieved. From the dawn of human time expanding one’s conscious was the known path to enlightenment, self actualization, and ultimate happiness. People take all different routes whether it is through religion, meditation, knowledge, or even the use of psychedelics like marijuana. Whichever way a person finds happiness; it should not be obstructed by humans genetically no different as marijuana is today by the government. Current marijuana laws violate not only human rights but …show more content…
The sensation soon spread to all corners becoming very prominent in the Middle East and Europe where doctors praised marijuana for its many ailments (Grinspoon 56). Hemp was the leading cash crop during the time of imperialism and colonialism helping build The New World. The first marijuana law passed was in 1619, requiring all colonists to grow hemp; in fact you could even pay taxes with hemp as it was so highly valued. It was known as the world’s strongest and most durable fiber. Uses are estimated today at over 10,000 ranging from medicine to food, textiles, timber, oils, and paper. Thomas Jefferson would even go on to draft the Declaration of Independence on cannabis hemp paper, forever engraining marijuana in our history. The downfall and prohibition of marijuana came with the appointment of Harry J. Anslinger as the first director of The Federal Bureau of Narcotics in 1930. Anslinger unique position allowed him to define the problem and solution. Anslinger’s reason for targeting marijuana is unknown but his tactics involved racism, fear, and falsified statistics. “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others (Brecher 4).” William

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