Was William Randolph Hearst responsible for giving hemp a bad reputation?



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    Probably not. William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) was an influential newspaper publisher and cultural icon (Orson Welles’s film “Citizen Kane” is loosely based on his life). According to some, in the 1930s Hearst conducted a PR campaign to associate hemp with marijuana usage so as to forestall the utilization of hemp as a viable alternative to newsprint, of which Hearst papers controlled a large market share. In fact the “Hemp Conspiracy Theory” rests upon a very few questionable assertions, such as the claim that Hearst papers would have been damaged by widespread hemp production when in fact a cheap alternative to traditional newsprint may well have been beneficial to them. It is probably more likely that a host of cultural and political factors ranging from the late 19th century through the 1930s sparked widespread criminalization of hemp in the United States, as opposed to the machinations of one man or group of business interests. Nevertheless, some, particularly among pro-hemp activists, staunchly maintain the “Hemp Conspiracy Theory.”

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    A major reason marijuana became so taboo was due to the work of Henry Kissinger, who implemented anti-marijuana laws as the National Security Advisor and then Secretary of State for the administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He encouraged countries worldwide who wanted the good favor of the US to also implement such laws.

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