BY THE WAY by BRUCE … CANNABIS or MARIJUANA??????
Cannabis or marijuana? Marijuana is a word that had no usage in these United States until the mid 1930’s. It was introduced into our lexicon by Harry Anslinger, chief architect of the Marihuana Stamp Act in 1937. Until then the word marijuana or marihuana had been restricted to an indigenous people of the Sonoro desert of Mexico/US. I don’t know where Harry found the word but he used it to trick Congress into passing the Stamp Act. Had he referred to the plant as cannabis or hemp, the Act would have never passed because then the Congress would have realized what they were banning. Although using cannabis as medicine had largely fallen out of favor by 1937 it was still popular with veterinarians. The value of hemp and its fibers was well known. Henry Ford built a car entirely out of fiber, no steel, and hemp was one of the main fibers. Popular Mechanics ran articles extolling the many uses of this plant.
Dr James Woodward, representing the AMA, objected to the proposed Stamp Act for two reasons. He objected to use of the word marijuana as trickery and again in removing this medicine from public access. He thought perhaps one day it would again be valuable as medicine. People with HIV/AIDS who use cannabis regularly live longer than those who don’t. Is that valuable?
William Randolph Hearst, publisher of newspapers, ran lurid, sexsational, horror stories of the no good end that becomes those who use the evil weed. Hearst and Anslinger were two of the biggest players when it came to demonizing cannabis and introducing “marijuana” to the English speaking world.
It becomes a bit of a mind____ for me to use the word that was used to make it illegal if you know what i mean. I favor using the word cannabis because it is more inclusive and maybe we can trick Congress into legalizing it. Although it is hard for me to not like the word marijuana after the plant has so ingratiated itself with me. There are two things i do like about the word, it makes a nice Hare Krishna chant and the Sonoro desert is/was the home of Yaqui Indian shaman Don Juan. For those interested there is a book by anthropologist Carlos Castenada called “Conversations with Don Juan – a Yaqui way of knowledge”. Don Juan used marijuana and other psychotropic plants in his practice.
By the way, prior to the Act, hemp seed was the birds’ favorite at back yard feeders. Just another victim…