Marijuana “Tool of Self-Oppression”
Written By: Emmanuel
EXCERPT FROM NEW AGE COMMON SENSE’S “GREEN CURE” CHAPTER
Most commonly known as Marijuana, Cannabis is a world renowned plantwhich is recognized in our modern society is a menace in the streets runningrampant destroying communities. A plant of many names including hemp, bud,ganja, chronic, and weed among others. The perception people have about thisplant is due to propaganda propagated by the media and government to oppressand make it a tool of self-oppression. Our minds are much like computer except weare organic. Once turned on or born it has to be programmed, that is why we haveHead Start programs and pre-school. Since that age children are programmed withthe perception that this plant is an evil drug and we must stay away from it, yet theuse of it is more common than ever.
So what’s Marijuana and why does it have a negative reputation?
This plant is a plant of course, unprocessed and natural. It has chemicalcomponents which are not man-made or synthetic that gives users a feeling of euphoria. However, different growing techniques have shown to increase it’schemical components but still remains completely natural. This plant has beenaround just as long as humanity if not longer. Centuries ago, this plant was usedindustrially to make rope, paper, canvases, and clothes. America’s very firstCommander in Chief George Washington owned a hemp farm that was tended to byAfrican slaves because no matter how prestigious tobacco was, it was not veryprofitable and his attempts at farming it was unsuccessful. Marijuana was verycommon mainly because these farms were needed in order to make rope for navalfleets meaning it was completely legal. The very first state to outlaw this plant was Texas. While working in the fields,Mexican agricultural workers smoked this plant to ease stress and make their workfeel less daunting. Farm owners noticed the abnormal behavior of their workers andnoticed it was as a result of Marijuana. They didn’t want to see their workers happydoing such a stressful job because if they were happy it meant they must not bedoing their work or slacking, right? Eventually the plant that Mexicans had namedMarijuana, Spanish for Mary Jane, became illegal and those caught with it werearrested. Instead of calling it Hemp or Cannabis, government officials used the