In 1937, the Wrong Drug Was Legalized

By Jimmy Young host of “In the Weeds” on the network


What if alcohol instead of Cannabis was outlawed in 1937?  What if, instead of a glass of wine with dinner, or a shot of whiskey, people enjoyed a drag, dab, or hit, off their favorite strain of Cannabis flower, like Longs Peak Blue, Chem Dawg or Buddha’s sister?

Would people still have their prejudices, and ignorance about Marijuana? What if in 1937, instead of releasing a Reefer Madness video, the US Government’s Federal bureau of Narcotics created a video or movie called “Spirits Insanity”? How alcohol rots your body parts and can cause death!

What if alcohol instead of Cannabis was outlawed in 1937?  What if, instead of a glass of wine with dinner, or a shot of whiskey, people enjoyed a drag, dab, or hit, off their favorite strain of Cannabis flower, like Longs Peak Blue, Chem Dawg or Buddha’s sister? Would people still have their prejud

One thing we know now thanks to scientific research, Cannabis is a lot less harmful to the human body than alcohol.  In fact according to a study published in Scientific Reports in 2015 it’s 114 times more toxic than Cannabis.


“Alcohol is poison”, that’s not my opinion but a quote from Dr. Jordan Tishler from a featured speaker at the New England Cannabis Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Harvard educated (Undergrad and Medical School) Dr Tishler has spent the last five years researching the effects of Cannabis on the human body.


It is research, science and clinical trials that are leading the way to legality and acceptance now in Massachusetts and around the world. In fact, in the June meeting of the World Heath Organization, their leaders will be hearing a presentation about the medical uses and benefits of Cannabis. If the WHO likes what they hear, they could reclassify Cannabis, and that would change the entire worlds’ view on the substance, not to mention influence Federal classifications.


Thanks to the 54% “Yes” votes to question 4 in the 2016 election, Cannabis is legal in Massachusetts. It’s taken the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 18 months to put the opening regulations and rules in place for a July 1st opening day for recreational adult use. However, the medicinal program has been in place in the state for three years with just under 50,000 patients actively involved.  Massachusetts now joins 7 other states that have legalized Cannabis, to go with the 29 states (and Washington DC) that have some form of medical program. Billions of dollars are expected to be generated in this, pardon the pun, budding industry over the next few years in the Commonwealth, and even more billions around the world as science, capitalism, and democracy are finally reforming the Marijuana laws in the US and around the world.


Now about that word…”marijuana”.  It’s origin in the US is traced to a Mexican folk or slang name for the Cannabis plant, but it was fueled by the media mogul and documented racist publisher William Randolph Hearst. It was his “yellow journalism” that drove the propaganda campaign that led to the 1937 Marijuana law that banned the substance with a federal law. Hearst was a businessman who owned timberland that made the paper for his newspapers. His motivation was greed and racist, because he wanted to protect his holdings from the development of hemp and Cannabis.  His controlling interest in newspapers created “Fake News” that targeted the already existing racist practices of that time and solidified the laws of segregation in the south and western states known as “Jim Crow”.


So back to my opening premise that if alcohol was the drug that was banned in 1937. Thanks to a vote by the public, it was alcohol that has just been legalized. Now home made stills would be the equivalent to home grown gardens. Now imagine that all those liquor stores that have dotted modern urban cities and towns for decades are so called “Pot Shops”.  Local bars have been replaced by Cannabis clubs and the “bar fight” would be a thing for law enforcement to deal with in the future. Restaurants would be serving Cannabis infused desserts instead of rum or brandy. Napa Valley in California would be a hemp and Cannabis growing community not wine. (That has already begun!)


One thing’s for sure in a modern society that is so stressed out, Cannabis is finally being understood for what it has been used for over thousands of years, a holistic natural herb with many healing powers. It just might be the right prescription for a world that is more divided by hatred, racism, violence and gender discrimination since the 1960’s. Timing is everything in life, and Cannabis might just be the answer to what the Doctor has ordered. It’s 2018, the Cannabis revolution has already begun and there’s no turning back now.

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Jimmy Young

Jimmy Young is the host of In the Weeds as well as the founder of the Pro Cannabis Media, the voice of cannabis at PCM produces and distributes cannabis-themed podcasts, videocasts, live streams, and branded content from a diverse array of talented journalists and storytellers, anchored by its industry news and trend reporting. PCM's original podcasts include In The Weeds with Jimmy Young, Weed Talk Now, and Weed Talk News! A native New Englander, Jimmy is a product of the Newton, MA public schools. In 1979 he graduated from Tufts University where he started his 40 year career as sports producer at WBZ TV4 at the age 20. Hired by the CBS affiliate in Portland Maine in 1981 as a sports anchor/reporter, Jimmy worked at WGME TV13 for 11 years hosting shows, reporting from major sports events, and doing play by play for area colleges and high schools. In 1992, he returned to his hometown of Newton, MA where he joined the original team of New England Cable News. He hosted "Jimmy Young's Sports World" at NECN from 1992-98. He also won a regional Emmy Award for the nation's first TV sports talk show for kids, Kid Company's Sportworld with Drew Bledsoe as special guest. He currently lives in Needham, MA.