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Hemp 102: 1911-1940 How prejudice, bigotry, misinformation and one man’s quest for power caused marijuana to become illegal

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In Hemp 102, we discuss how the use of marijuana was outlawed as a means of attacking the Hispanic and black communities, how the first Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, Harry J. Anslinger, and billionaire newspaper baron and yellow journalist, William Randolph Hearst, disseminated false and prejudicial information about marijuana to successfully increase their own power and sell newspapers, and how truthful information was withheld from Congress leading to the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 which brought an end to all American research into the medical properties of cannabis.

Hemp 103: 1940-2008 How ignorance and prejudicial politics continued to suppress cannabis

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In Hemp 103 we discuss how the government began encouraging farmers to grow hemp during World War II, how President Richard Nixon sought the passage of the Controlled Substances Act leading to marijuana being classified a Schedule I drug, how the Controlled Substances Act was passed as a means of disrupting the anti-Vietnam War protest movement and the black community, how our politicians failed to follow the advice of expert panels when it came to drug policy, and how a trillion dollars was wasted financing the War on Drugs.

Hemp 104: 2009-2016 America begins to accept marijuana and hemp

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In Hemp 104 we discuss the rising acceptance of marijuana and hemp, especially medical marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD) and the battle against the resistance put in the way by the Department of Justice and the Food and Drug Administration.

Hemp 105: The rise of cannabidiol (CBD)

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In Hemp 105 we discuss the discovery of the human endocannabinoid system, the extraction of cannabidiol (CBD) from industrial hemp, and how CBD is one of medicine’s greatest discoveries. Hemp high in CBD has been used as a medicine since ancient times. Hemp has been accepted for its medical uses...