With the invention of the decorticator, hemp became a very cheap substitute for the paper pulp--Newspapers. Hearst felt that this was a threat to his extensive timber holdings. Mellon, Secretary of the Treasury and the wealthiest man in America, had invested heavily in the DuPont's new synthetic fiber, nylon, and considered its success to depend on its replacement of the traditional resource, hemp.
So, Progressives had nothing to do with making Pot illegal.
Also, the Marihuana Tax Act was found to be unconstitutional in 1969. In response, Congress passed the Controlled Substance Act-- signed into law by Richard M. Nixon and enforced by his AG, John Mitchell.
Nixon also purposed the EPA.
Obama and Holder have been bigger anti-pot Presidents than either Bush, Clinton, or Reagan. And yet many in the pro-legalization crowd still will vote for him because of some moronic idea that the "right" is "out to get them"
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