Newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst's empire of newspapers used "yellow journalism" . . . to demonize cannabis and spread a public perception that there were connections between cannabis and violent crime. Several scholars argue that the goal was to destroy the hemp industry, largely as an effort of Hearst, Andrew Mellon and the Du Pont family.
"[...] sadly this very sensible move would actually be illegal itself. For the governing law here is not actually law made by either Congress or the Federal Government, it’s an international treaty obligation under the auspices of the UN. Dating back to the 1930s (under the League of Nations and updated since then) pretty much all of the nations of the earth have agreed that all cocaine, cannabis and opioids, except those used in medicine or research, are and should be illegal. Thus the Feds declaring cannabis legal, as the NYT proposes, is not in itself a legal action."
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