The cannabis industry is America's new billion dollar industry. CSJ invites you to join us for Part 1 of our continuing series on "Reefer Madness."
February 2017 Chicago Street Journal May 2018 Starbucks - Exactly where does the buck stop? Editorials Inside. Stephan Roots — “This Black Man Is Still Going To Starbucks.” Page 9 Zachary Wright — “It Doesn’t Just Happen at Starbucks. Teachers Need Racial Bias Training Too.” Page 11 1 “Reefer Madness” Becomes The Billion Dollar Cannabis Industry. "Not long ago the body of a young girl lay crushed on the sidewalk after a plunge from a Chicago apartment window. Everyone called it suicide, but actually it was murder. The killer was a narcotic known to America as marijuana, and to history as hashish. Used in the form of cigarettes, it is comparatively new to the United States and as dangerous as a coiled rattlesnake. How many murders, suicides, and maniacal deeds it causes each year, especially among the young, can only be conjectured.” - Harry J. Anslinger (July 1937 as published in The American Magazine.) The campaign to pass, The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 (August 2, 1937) was a success, even though the American Medical Association (AMA) opposed the act because of the tax burden that would fall on those physicians prescribing cannabis, retail pharmacists selling cannabis, and medical cannabis cultivation and manufacturing. Nevertheless, after only one congressional hearing, the act was passed and it was not until 1996 that California passed the first state law, permitting the distribution of medical marijuana under the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Proposition 215). Follow the money from A – Z, in the cannabis industry and you’ll find that one of the richest men in America’s history, Andrew Mellon, sat at the helm, orchestrating, the criminalization of the possession and sale of marijuana in the United States. There were only two American industrialists, who paid more taxes than Mellon in the 1920’s. And in 1921, he was appointed the Secretary of Treasury by President Warren G. Harding, where he served for more than 10 years. In 1931, he appointed his niece's future husband, Harry Jacob Anslinger, as the first head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (The precursor to today’s Drug Enforcement Agency, or DEA.), a position he held until 1962. It was on his watch that a smear campaign for marihauna, a Mexican slang word for hemp, ensued via newspapers, along with private and government sponsored propaganda movies. Continued on Page 13 May 6, 2018 Volume 25 No. 5 August 11, 2017 Volume 23 No. 4 Interview With Ms. Zelda Robinson. “When Zelda Speaks! Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce Page 5 Page 7 Illinois Federal “The Only Black Bank In Chicago” Page 12 “The Chamber Report” www.ChicagoStreetJournal.com