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Why Did The Feds Call It Marihuana

There is compelling evidence suggesting that the architects behind The Marihuana Tax Stamp Act of 1937 deliberately opted for the informal spelling of cannabis, 'marihuana', with the intention of mitigating any potential uproar or vehement resistance from the esteemed medical community and the flourishing hemp industry.

A noteworthy example of this can be found in the historical accounts of the Marihuana Stamp Act of 1937.

When the Marihuana Stamp Act of 1937 was up for a vote on the floor of the United States House of Representatives, a curious Representative from New York inquired about the purpose of the Bill.

In response, the eminent Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Sam Rayburn, candidly admitted, "I'm not quite sure. It seems to involve this mysterious substance called marihuana. I believe it's some form of narcotic."

When pressed further, he was asked if the esteemed American Medical Association had provided any insights or recommendations on the matter, a committee member deceitfully asserted its support, leading to a swift and decisive passage of the legislation.

In reality, the American Medical Association expressed strong opposition to the Marihuana Stamp Act of 1937.

During a Congressional hearing, a representative from the AMA testified, stating,

"We cannot understand yet, Mr. Chairman, why this bill should have been prepared in secret for 2 years without any intimation, even, to the profession, that it was being prepared." (William C. Woodward, M.D.)

During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the tincture of cannabis reigned supreme as a key ingredient in countless tonics and patent medicines.

This elixir, readily available over-the-counter, held the power to alleviate the torment of headaches, muscle aches, and all manner of pain.

Its profound medicinal properties were revered far and wide, making it a trusted remedy for those seeking solace from their physical ailments.

Furthermore, hemp seed oil had various uses such as lubricating, acting as a water repellant, and being used in paint manufacturing.

In the year 1935, a staggering amount of 116 million pounds of hemp seed found its purpose in the creation of exquisite paint and varnish.

The world marveled at the versatility and potential of this remarkable plant. And just three years later, in 1938, hemp production stood on the precipice of greatness, ready to ascend to the coveted position of a billion-dollar renewable energy crop.

The future of cannabis seemed boundless, brimming with endless possibilities for this extraordinary resource.


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