A comment from Shabonee about the possibility
of John Deere having plans for a marijuana
harvester got us doing a little research. We
never found proof that Deere had plans for
such a machine nor did we find a denial.
We did learn about the demonization of
marijuana in the 20s and 30s, and the
subsequent Marihuana Tax Act of 1937.
General Counsel Herman Oliphant of the
Treasury Department believed that the drug
was the downfall of the youth and the main
reason for violent crime in districts
occupied by ‘Mexicans, Spaniards, Latin
Americans, Greeks or Negroes’.
He began drafting a bill to authorize the
prohibitive taxation of marijuana without
informing Congress or the public.
Oliphant enlisted the aid of Dr. Jules
Bouquet who was supposedly the world’s
foremost expert on cannabis drugs at the
Dr. Boquet decided to base his findings on
his study of cannabis smoking Moslems in
“The basis of the Moslem character is
indolence; these people love idleness and
day-dreaming, and to the majority of them
work is the most unpleasant of all
necessities. Inordinately vain-glorious,
thirsting for every pleasure, they are
manifestly unable to realize more than a
small fraction of their desires: their
unrestrained imagination supplies the rest.
Hemp, which enhances the imagination, is
the narcotic best adapted to their mentality.
The hashish addict can dream of the life he
longs for; under the influence of the drug
he becomes wealthy, the owner of well-filled
harem, of delightful cool gardens, of a
board richly supplied with exquisite and
copious viands; his every longing is satisfied,
happiness is his. When the period of
intoxication is over and he is again faced
with the drab realities of his normal
shabby life, his one desire is to find a
corner where he may sleep until a new orgy
of hemp brings him back to the realm of
This led to his belief that the use of pot
caused abandonment of work, a propensity to
theft, and the disappearance of reproductive
My how the times have changed. We now have
a Moslem loving president who admits to
smoking pot often in his youth.
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