In the 19th century it was William Avery Rockefeller who hawked remedies and medications; medications that had opiate bases. He was literally a traveling salesman, a ‘hack doctor’ and a trickster. He was, in fact, a drug dealer.
He called himself a ‘cancer specialist’, and eventually, with the sales of his elixirs and growing ‘snake oil fortune’, was able to give large amounts of money to his son, John Davison Rockefeller, who used that money to start an oil business.
John Rockefeller saw that oil was going to bring in even bigger profits than ‘snake oil elixirs’. He played the railroad companies against each other, eventually gaining ‘control’. The railroads and cheap transportation were key to transporting the oil; refiners who could ship his oil for less would put the others out of business.
“By the turn of the century Rockefeller’s company, Standard Oil Company, refined more than 90 percent of the oil in the United States and two-thirds of the oil in the world. Rockefeller’s personal fortune was equal to some 2 percent of the GNP of the entire United States.
Rockefeller’s only son, John Davison Rockefeller, Jr., used the fortune to launch a number of crusades of his own, including financing a large part of the movement to prohibit alcohol in the United States . Although his crusade against alcohol ultimately failed, he was not discouraged from public enterprises. He built Rockefeller Center at the height of the Depression as a monument to the family’s enterprise, and encouraged his second-eldest son, Nelson, to enter public life.
Nelson first learned the techniques of propagating and controlling information when he was appointed coordinator of inter-American affairs at the age of thirty-two by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and given the responsibility of running a $150-million propaganda agency in Latin America. To gain complete control over the media of Latin America, Rockefeller engineered a ruling from the United States Treasury which exempted from taxation the cost of advertisements placed by American corporations that were “cooperating” with Rockefeller in Latin America. This tax-exempt advertising eventually constituted more than 40 percent of all radio and television revenues in Latin America. By selectively directing this advertising toward newspapers and radio stations that accepted “guidance” from his office, he was effectively able to control the images that the newspapers and radio stations of Latin America projected about America during World War 11. By 1945 more than 75 percent of the news of the world that reached Latin America originated from Washington, where it was tightly controlled and shaped by Rockefeller’s office. In developing this mode of psychological warfare, Rockefeller learned not only the vulnerabilities of the press but the techniques of manipulating news. By supplying a daily diet of some 30,000 words of “news”-including editorials, articles, news photographs, and “exclusive features”-to the media of Latin America, Rockefeller came to appreciate the reality that journalists acted mainly as messengers of dramatic and titillating stories, rather than as any sort of independent investigators. As long as Latin Americans were spoon-fed manufactured anecdotes and dramatic happenings that fell within the generally accepted definition of “news,” they would not question the interest or politics that lay behind the disclosure of this information to them. This education in the management and manipulation of news was to prove invaluable to Nelson Rockefeller in his political career after World War II.” (Agency of Fear – Opiates and Political Power in America, Edward Jay Epstein)
It was this manipulation of the media that also had a hand in hemp prohibition.
Rockefeller Jr. wanted marijuana gone. He knew that it was a huge threat to his oil industries and chemical investments. The strategy of controlling narcotics was his edge to getting hemp farming prohibited. With the help of his father, he was able to use his business sense to strategize and prohibit some medications, which gave him control over the whole medical system. Prohibiting only certain medications guaranteed that HIS pharmaceutical companies would continue to flourish.
Because hemp was known to be an excellent alternative to fossil oil, and known to have excellent healing properties, it was a tremendous threat to oil and pharmaceutical investments.
“Despite Industrial Hemp having 50,000 uses, Dupont, Rockefeller, Hearst, Mellon and their constituents cornered the industrial and medicinal market with political propaganda…so big business and capitalistic politics thrived and outlawed the hemp plant that had sustained the United States of America, since the days of our founding fathers and all for someone else’s selfish monopolistic goals.[Malmo-Levine, David]…Henry Ford achieved his dream, but he was denied any true public recognition and any further industrial hemp progression. Every citizen of America was denied Henry Ford’s hemp dream of a car made from the soil.” (Voteindustrialhemp.com)
Thus, the propaganda flourished, hemp was classified as ‘marijuana’ and the propaganda film ‘Reefer Madness’ was created.
Simply put, money and greed stifled the plant that could heal our bodies, our economy, our environment. It was replaced by products that do the exact opposite.
It was the greed of a few that kept this plant – hemp – from many.