Why is Cannabis Illegal?

Why is Cannabis Illegal is a good question but a painful one to answer.

The reason Cannabis is Illegal is precisely what drove us to join the Cannabis Rebellion in the first instance, yet it is one of the last articles on my list that I’ve written.

I kept putting it off. It’s not a great subject and fills me with dread. But facts are facts and truth, although it hurts, is truth.

It's all been a lie

It isn’t pleasant and at the same time, astonishing how timely it all is, writing this article. There are many writings about this subject. It’s nothing new.

The Demise of Cannabis was due to Racism and Greed.

Awful but actual fact, such a gentleman was Anslinger (in my most sarcastic voice); he had Billie Holliday handcuffed on her death bed due to suspicion of drug use and possession. 


If you are unaware, I know, your first thought is why and how on earth is it to do with Racism?! 

Let me have a moment of your time, and I’ll explain.

It’s all been hoax, a very creative and cruel hoax. And it goes all the way to the top. 

Four names; Four villains all complicit in this whole ugly debacle. 

Harry J. Anslinger.

John Ehrlichman

President Nixon

President Reagan

Not at the same time, and not for the same reason but along the line, they all had a part to play.

Anslinger kicked off; he was a United States government official. He served as the first commissioner of the US Treasury Department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics. 

He was active during five presidencies, in the time of Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy. 

He became active in the process of Alcohol Prohibition around 1930. Just before the ending of alcohol prohibition.

Please note, at this time Anslinger spouted cannabis was not a problem. It did not harm people, and “There is probably no more absurd fallacy than the idea it makes people violent”.

Then came in the startling effects of the Alcohol Prohibition for Anslinger.

In 1933 the US Senate all took a vote to rescind the law on alcohol prohibition, it passed. 

At that moment this threatened 35,000 the jobs of prohibition enforcement officers. Now the ‘Drug Enforcement Administration’, together with the man at the top, Director Harry Anslinger.

1920s 1930s Prohibition March

Alcohol needed a replacement for their loss – Enter stage left ‘Cannabis’.

Anslinger’s narrative changed; it was horrific and very damaging, to communities and cannabis.  

He began to use the Mexican name ‘Marijuana’ and to associate its use with illegal immigrants. He created stories about its damaging effects and would band around rhetoric ‘It would Destroy American lives and would result in women being raped by drug-crazed foreigners. He created a moral panic.  

He went on to associate Cannabis with Heroin in the media and demonised the plant, to crush it and keep his job and his department going.

In a hideously racist plan, he began to direct his vilification at Black Americans. He targeted the black community, with harassment and drugs charges. 

He aimed him his sights at the great Billie Holiday and her song, Strange Fruit. Publicly threatening Billie, he demanded she stops performing her song. 

black and white picture of billie holiday with white flower in her hair

It was part of a broader strategy to keep minorities suppressed and earn money from Pharmaceutical companies. 

By vilifying cannabis, it prevented its cultivation for experimentation and medical use. 

Pharmaceutical companies have actively prevented the studying of this plant for many years. Anslinger was more than a willing accomplice in their greed and his own heartless needs.

Please don’t take my word for it; this is all public knowledge.  

“Marijuana was not made illegal because it caused criminality, insanity, and death” as was claimed by Harry J. Anslinger. It was made illegal in an attempt to control Mexican immigration into the United States and to help boost the profits of large pharmaceutical companies”.

And let’s not forget to justify his role and his departments’ existence.

In Anslinger’s book The Protectors (1964), a chapter called “Jazz and Junk Don’t Mix” is all about black jazz musicians Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker.

The saddest thing, both died after years of illegal heroin and alcohol abuse.

Awful but actual fact, such a gentleman was Anslinger (in my most sarcastic voice); he had Billie Holliday handcuffed on her death bed due to suspicion of drug use and possession. 


Further along the line, Presidents would accept this information. Anslinger went to the trouble of travelling the globe to Peddle his awful bag of lies and deceit, including the World Health Organisation. The UK joined the party in denying cannabis, and it’s medicinal validity.

President Nixon ensured this continued In the 1960s. Drugs became a symbol of youth and rebellion. With social upheaval and political dissent, the government had to come up with a plan, and they halted scientific research, to evaluate their efficacy and medical safety.

This culminated with a purge of all the literature on cannabis, from every University and College across America. Nixon’s campaign; spearheaded by John Ehrlichman, his assistant and Watergate Co-Conspirator.

We move along to 1972 when we saw the US commission unanimously recommend the decriminalising the distribution and possession of marijuana for personal use. 

To which, Nixon ignores the report and rejects its recommendation.

To which, Nixon ignores the report and rejects its recommendation.

John Ehrlichman was later quoted as saying “We couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalising both heavily, we could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news.

Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course, we did.”

President Reagan furthered this colossal injustice by hitting it up a few notches.

Margaret Thatcher. Reagan’s commission was very much focused on the prison system. Reagan’s political career cantered around privatising the US, with similar thoughts of his partner in crime

President Reagan Margaret Thatcher in a meeting

Reagan’s privatisation plans began with his War on Drugs and quickly spread across the country. The War on Drugs was given a new life in 1982. Drug addiction was being treated as a crime instead of a health issue.

Nancy Reagan was everywhere with her ‘Just Say No’ Campaign and Zero tolerance ensued with American parents up and down the country.

With the public behind him, Reagan convinced his loyal followers’ incarceration, and longer criminal sentencing was the answer to addiction.  

Reagan went on and developed and passed harsher criminal sentencing reforms that caused the prison industry to grow exponentially. Reagan launched his War on Drugs, with the intent of creating a wave of mass incarceration. The aim, to cause a failure of the existing prison system. The goal; the development and growth of the private prison industry.

Mandatory minimum sentences were increased for Drugs offences. They were eliminating parole for most prisoners. 

They created a Crime Control Act, enshrined ‘Civil forfeiture’ that allowed any proceeds from ceased assets to be shared amongst both Federal and local agencies. All this was even possible before charges had been brought. It was siting the Death penalty for so-called ‘Kingpins’, ‘Drug Lords’.  

Random drug testing became an everyday occurrence in the workplace for Federal Employees. The military was to get involved with drug law enforcement. Reagan began to work his drug policies into other countries, compelling them to commit to US drug control initiatives.

The incarceration rates in the US rose to unprecedented levels between 1985 to 1995 began with 740,000 prisoners to 1,600,000. White males were only accounting for 29% of the prison population.

We move into the 2000’s Theresa May Primemisnister, and her husband Phillip May. Are the largest investors in a British Sugar company, GW Pharmaceuticals. This organisation, to date one of the largest suppliers of Medical Cannabis in the World. With her colleague Victora Atkins, of the Home Office. Her husband is the Managing Director of GW Pharmaceuticals. They have a large complex growing cannabis, to the tune of 23 football pitches.

All the while, both ladies in the House of Commons, voting against legalisation, all the time telling the House Cannabis has no medical benefit.

Every Police Commissioner in the Country has been asked for the Foundation Evidence that sees the plant sit within Schedule, 1 Misuse of Drugs Act.  

None of which can provide the evidence, the reason they cannot give the proof; It does not exist.

The health authority was asked to provide evidence that cannabis causes schizophrenia. Again, the evidence cannot be delivered because it does not exist.

The consumption of cannabis has increased massively since the 1930s.

Yet the rate of schizophrenia has remained at 1% of the world.

If cannabis caused schizophrenia, we would see a massive uptick in cases. This has not occurred. Professor David Nutt of Imperial College London and Leicester Grinspoon MD of Harvard University have been studying Schizophrenia and Cannabis use, both have stated cannabis categorically does not cause schizophrenia. 

Revolution Cannabis UK 2020

Why is cannabis illegal = It’s Political.