Cannabis Prohibition Started in Michigan

Timothy LockeNews

The truth be told, future history is being rewritten as you read this letter. Tomorrow will never again be like today. Maybe some of the most telling statistics come from the Pew Foundation. It reported in June of 2016 that its polling found one in two people were ‘afraid’ of the other’s political party. A dividend nation.

Our political mess today is because both political parties that have lost their way. Human corruption, within the governing and money classes, rules supreme; nothing is to displace them. This is just as the signers of the Constitution warned, ambitious men in ambitious places. In all today’s disarray the one thing that both parties agree with, along with the deep state, is that no other ideas of governing are allowed. I believe that we can all sense that.

I’m not talking socialism, capitalism, communism or democracy, I’m talking about secrecy and control vs. openness and freedom. Liberty was what made American Exceptionalism.

President Trump described government as a “mess.” The same mess that Henry Ford faced when wanting to unleash the power of cannabis in the industrial world (hemp, pot, cannabis, marijuana are all the same thing). In the 1930’s Michigan’s beloved son, Henry Ford, developed a method for biomass fuel conversion of cannabis to fuel his cars. Ford proved that hemp could be used as an alternative to fossil fuels (oil). His factory extracted methanol, tar, charcoal fuel, pitch ethyl-acetate, and creosote all from the easily and quickly grown hemp plant. At the same time, the Ford Motor Company also manufactured car parts and paneling from hemp. Ford could then produce their own raw materials to make cars, and the fuel to run them as well.

For those that like conspiracy theories, Ford’s technology would be devastating to Andrew Mellon, owner of Gulf Oil, a company that just opened the nation’s first chain of drive-through gas stations. Mr. Mellon not only had a huge financial interest in oil but owned one of the largest banks on wall street, would serve as US Secretary of Treasury, and had a keen interest in chemicals as well. The single largest financial interest of Mellon’s bank was in DuPont’s division that turned wood fiber into usable paper.

Twenty years earlier, in 1913, scientists with the US Department of Agriculture published studies that stated hemp paper was “favorable in comparison with those made with wood pulp.” William Randolph Hearst owned the majority of print publications in the 1930’s. He owned large areas of forested property which were harvested into newspapers, and lots of them. Hearst teamed up with Mellon and deployed ‘yellow journalism’ tactics while Mellon’s nephew, Harry J. Anslinger, the chief of the Bureau of Narcotics (DEA) testified before Congress, “Marijuana is the most violence causing drug in the history of mankind. Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes.” This propaganda from reefer madness deployed by the deep, deep interests of banking and media ‘convinced’ Congress to criminalize the harmless and multi-beneficial hemp plant.

The hemp plant with all its benefits, including medical, is still under attack because of human corruption, which includes forcing one’s morals upon the 2 in 3 people that voted for medical marijuana here in Michigan. We see the usual suspects, elected officials and big business that use the tools of secrecy and control in preventing the hemp plant from seeing the light of day.

Today, Michigan’s single largest enemy to medical marijuana patients and their providers is State Attorney General Bill Schuette. Some predict that Mr Schuette will become our next Governor. Why not? He has the money and support to do so. Ironically (or not) his family has deep ties to Dow Chemical (now owned by DuPont). The Great State of Michigan is my home. A good portion of this life has been engaged against corrupt men similar to those corrupt men that were against Henry Ford in the 1930’s. Only the names have changed.

While many things are personally important to each of us in this war against openness and freedom; and for me it is expungements, encouraging free markets, civil rights and absolute statute language. What we want to collectively achieve is what brings us together at Abrogate. We all know the Cause. What’s remarkable as Abrogate moves forward, is simply that a small dedicated group of individuals, like you, like us, do make the difference. We need something new, forward thinking, something that Henry Ford would support. is it.

Cannabis prohibition started in Michigan, and Michigan will end it. Go Abrogate.

About the Author
Timothy Locke

Timothy Locke

Founder and marketing chairperson of the Abrogate campaign.