During the early 1900’s, an influx of Hispania culture entered to the US, overall due the increment of Mexican immigrants after the Mexican revolution. This cultural bomb, which included language, gastronomy, and festivities, also included and famous plant which is known as the Cannabis in the English language, an herb already used in many medications in that decade. In the Spanish language is kwon as “Marihuana”, which was attributed the capacity to be a medical plant with relaxant property’s.
Marihuana is also kwon to possess is Hemp, the Cannabis herb possess fiber property’s that permits him to be included in the list of plants with high production values, helping to produce ropes, clothing, but overall, paper hemp.
Many people have heard about the of the allegation that William Randolph Hearst had connection with the DuPont company, as they both where concerned with the increase of Hemp as an alternative to wood paper, they both help in the anti-marihuana propaganda, making works with many journalist and even Hollywood, an strong propaganda media.
Many people debate that this allegations are lies, I will say, that is quite credible.
What is really true, in the nature of racism and fear that the anti-marihuana propaganda possess, as we said before, the word “marihuana” is just an replacement to the cannabis, but due to its Spanish past, it was associated to the Latin American culture, and of course, as being a minority group, a danger to the hegemony of the US in that time.
The use of fear and paranoia was used to scare the American people, which supported the marihuana ban at the beginning of the 30’s.
What I’m trying to say with all this talk, is that once the symbol of medication, was converted to the symbol of social degradation, they manipulate an symbol, and therefore, an ideology.
It’s not the first time this happens, during WWII, the sakura bloom or cherry blossom was converted from the symbol of the clouds, to the graves of the imperials soldiers, used to give a strong romanticism to the war. The Nazis converted the symbol of good luck, to the symbol of the supreme race.
Symbols, ideology’s and idiosyncrasy are completely unified, we can manipulate them to favor our cause, the use of propaganda and education can be used to change the meaning of something, the wrong concept, the lie, becomes the new collective truth, strengthen by any media or information distributive.
That’s why we most always doubt, we must question what we see, read, feel, work, but please, don’t take this meaning as of being cynical, when we get to that point, and life itself becomes unbearable, in the same way as being used as mere pawn. Humans being, have the capacity to associate any drawn image to an meaning, that is part of the work of our mind.