One year ago today, Jacki Rickert testified in support of AB554/SB368, the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act of Wisconsin at a hearing at the WI State Capitol in Madison where she literally begged for her medicine to be made legal.
Unfortunately, that bill did not pass, and with the republicans having taken over the state house recently I don't hold out much hope for anything happening until possibly the next election year...
In case anyone who reads this blog doesn't already know, I am a very strong proponent of the legalization of cannabis.
Although I would settle for just Industrial Hemp and Medical Marijuana as a start...personally I would actually favor legalization across the board with cannabis to be treated like (the far more dangerous) alcohol and tobacco. (http://www.amazon.com/Marijuana-Safer-Driving-People-Drink/dp/1603581448)
The first element in the series of events was the appointment of Henry Anslinger as the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. Then in 1936, experiments were being successfully conducted for the mechanical harvesting of hemp. This development would have done for the processing of hemp what the cotton gin had done for the cotton industry. It would make the production of hemp based products far easier, faster and more profitable. The only problem was that some very powerful friends of Mr. Ansligner didn't want hemp production to be easier, for their own personal reasons. First there was William Randolph Hearst, a newspaper publisher that owned millions of acres of timberland and didn't really want his paper production undercut by hemp. Then there was Mr. DuPont who was very close to patenting his newly created "wonder fabric"...nylon, which didn't want to have to compete with hemp either. DuPont's banker, Andrew Mellon, was also financially invested as well as being actually related to Anslinger by marriage (Mellon had also literally appointed Anslinger to his post as head of the Bureau of Narcotics while Mellon was Secretary of the Treasury under Hoover). So Mr. Anslinger, with help from the Hearst Newspapers and well-financed by DuPont and Mellon money, started a smear campaign filled with lies and misinformation in order to get both hemp and marijuana made illegal, over the strenuous objection of the American Medical Association who wanted this medicine to remain available to doctors and pharmacists.