The original Reefer Madness campaign began in the early 1930s with media ads like the one above. In 1936-39 an American propaganda film called Reefer Madness was produced. It revolves around the melodramatic events that ensue when high school students are lured by pushers to try marijuana—from a hit and run accident, to manslaughter, suicide, attempted rape, hallucinations, and descent into madness due to marijuana addiction. Source: Wikipedia
Welcome to Reefer Madness circa 2015
What is it about cannabis that evokes such a negative response in so many people – even in 2015? Here is a plant that has been used medicinally for millennia. Cannabis is one of the 50 “fundamental” herbs in traditional Chinese medicine, and is prescribed to treat diverse indications, as described in the book “Chinese Materia Medica: Vegetable Kingdom.” by Frederick Porter Smith. Recently, positive results using CBD oil have also been shown with what looks to be “miraculous results”.
I personally don’t know anyone who has been harmed from cannabis or hemp. I suspect you probably don’t either. Unless as Willie Nelson says: ‘It Won’t Kill You Unless You Let A Bale Of It Fall On You’. Yet, so many people still appear to be programmed to hate cannabis and hemp. If their neighbor’s son is sent to prison for getting caught with this harmless plant, they don’t blame bad laws or crooked politicians – they blame the cannabis user. How did this change in attitude happen? Where did the prosperous American cannabis and hemp industries go? How did they become illegal and just disappear?
Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.” Hemp seeds are a superfood – it was a staple of the early American diet. The hemp industries helped communities become strong, independent and self sustaining. People prospered in the United States with cannabis and hemp until the 1930‘s when a small group of powerful men determined these God given plants needed to be eradicated from American soil.
The only problem – for well over two hundred years Americans had been using cannabis and hemp in their everyday lives. How could these power brokers just waltz right in and take away these vital industries from the American people? Impossible. Yet, in the 1930‘s something happened and, like sheeple, everyone suddenly just gave up and gave in. Cannabis and hemp had been eradicated. How did it happen?
Credit must be given to the Reefer Madness campaign produced back in the 1930’s portraying “evil marihuana” users as “zombies” and potential murderers.
As ridiculous as this erstwhile 1930‘s Reefer Madness campaign looks to us today, it was obviously successful back then. First came the Reefer Madness media blitz demonizing cannabis and hemp. Then came the laws outlawing them.
What would a Reefer Madness 2015 media campaign look like today? A campaign that would make us continue to hate this safe and effective herb so much that we are OK with our neighbors being fined or hauled off to prison for using it?
Meet Terrence Kellom, of Detroit. Kellom is WXYZ Detroit’s latest Reefer Madness zombie circa 2015.
A few months ago, Kellom was shot and killed during a raid by an ICE officer at a home in Detroit. It’s reported that Kellom charged at the officer with a hammer extended over his head. Boom! Just like that – WXYZ had what it needed. A Reefer Madness zombie with evil marijuana in his system attacking a law enforcement officer with a hammer! Reefer Madness 2015.
Kellom’s Autopsy & Toxicology Report was released Aug 20, 2015. The WXYZ Detroit newsroom got right to work reshaping their Reefer Madness version of this incident. Paragraph three of their online report is dedicated to Kellom’s toxicology report that had been whittled down to just one sentence which reads: “His toxicology report showed there was also marijuana found in Kellom’s system.”
Unfortunately, reporter Anu Prakach or the editor, who posted the toxicology report failed to remove the word “also” from this sentence while they were editing out the other pharmaceuticalized drugs and alcohol listed in the toxicology report.
As you can see from the toxicology report other drugs include Opiates, Benzoadiazepines, as well as cannabinoids. Along with the cannabinoids/cannabis, the toxicology report also lists another 15 different man-made or pharmaceutical drugs found in Kellom’s system. Alcohol was also found.
Apparently, Prakash & WXYZ don’t think you need to know any of this information concerning the alcohol or all these other pharmaceuticalized drugs found in Kellom’s system. What you need to know is… KELLOM HAD MARIJUANA IN HIS SYSTEM! The distorted WXYZ narrative: This crazed Reefer Madness zombie was under the influence of marijuana when he attacked the officer with a hammer!
Prakash’s online report http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/detroit/terrence-kellom-autopsy-toxicology-reports-released confirms her & WXYZ’s unabashed, angry biased reporting designed to demonize this beneficial herb while providing cover for their Big Pharma sponsors. It’s hard to believe WXYZ Detroit edited out the alcohol and all the other mind altering “hard drugs” Kellom had in his system. But, then twisting the truth to imply that it was just REEFER that turned Kellom into a zombie is reprehensible.
But, Big Pharma and alcohol commercials are a cash cow for WXYZ Detroit. Their influence on WXYZ must be enormous. We all know the pharmaceutical industry as well as the FDA has never embraced cannabis, hemp or any other natural products for that matter. It’s been a zero tolerance policy for cannabis and hemp in the war on drugs.
Now, for the rest of the story… Remember poster boy for the New World Order, President George H W Bush? Bush, a champion in the “war on drugs” loved talking about the New World Order. His cozy relationships with the pharmaceutical industries were also deep and wide. Coincidentally, pharmaceutical drugs/users/distributors etcetera, have for the most part, been exempt from the “war on drugs”. The long list of pharmaceuticalized drugs found in Kellom’s system shows how readily available these dangerous drugs are. No surprise, pharmaceutical drugs have also always been exempt from any kind of media scrutiny.
The results of the New World Order’s “zero tolerance” and “three strikes and you are out” drug policies can be seen in this chart showing the soaring prison populations in Michigan. Similar soaring trends can be found nationwide.
It looks like WXYZ Detroit’s Reefer Madness 2015 campaign continues full throttle and is well funded by Big Pharma and the alcohol industry. The related prison population boom also continues to generate huge profits for the New World Order. Their quest to keep cannabis and hemp out of the people’s hands show no signs of slowing down.
Thomas Jefferson would be right in saying these restrictions on cannabis and hemp have usurped the wealth and protection of our country. It seems obvious, that this must be a goal of the New World Order – to usurp the wealth and protection of our country. Here we see they will go to any lengths to achieve their goals.
Will anyone investigate the cozy relationship between Big Pharma and WXYZ’s blatant distortion of the facts? Shouldn’t we expect Michigan’s state attorney general Bill Schuette, to look into this disturbing trend? Yes, we should expect our AG Schuette to investigate – but after reading the following paragraph from an MLive article concerning Michigan’s AG Bill Schuette and his crusade against cannabis – an investigation doesn’t look likely to happen anytime soon.
MLive article states: “Dispensaries had been selling marijuana to patients under protection of Michigan’s 2008 law until a February 2013 Michigan Supreme Court ruling invalidated that protection. While patients remain protected as consumers, retailers no longer have clear legal protection to sell. Ever since, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette – a fierce opponent of the 2008 law – has aggressively encouraged and assisted the closure and criminal prosecution of those seeking to sell pot under the 2008 law.”
Maybe, this explains how a reporter like Anu Prakash and WXYZ’s newsroom could do something so blatantly unethical. They know they have “friends” in Lansing.
The struggle continues…
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