Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) introduced the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, which would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act's schedules, transfer oversight of the substance from the Drug Enforcement Administration over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and regulate marijuana in a way similar to how alcohol is currently regulated in the U.S.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced the Marijuana Tax Revenue Act, which would set up a federal excise tax for regulated marijuana.
The decision of the United States Congress to pass the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was based on poorly attended hearings and reports based on questionable studies. In 1936 the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) noticed an increase of reports of people smoking marijuana, which further increased in 1937. The Bureau drafted a legislative plan for Congress seeking a new law, and the head of the FBN, Harry J. Anslinger, ran a campaign against marijuana. Newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst's empire of newspapers used the "yellow journalism" pioneered by Hearst to demonize the cannabis plant and spread a public perception that there were connections between cannabis and violent crime. Several scholars argue that the goal was to destroy the hemp industry, largely as an effort of Hearst, Andrew Mellon and the Du Pont family. They argue that with the invention of the decorticator hemp became a very cheap substitute for the wood pulp that was used in the newspaper industry. They also believe that Hearst felt that this was a threat to his extensive timber holdings. There are also facts that contradict that Hearst had a financial interest in banning the cultivation of hemp. The long term trend was an increasing use of cellulose. But no paper mill in the US used hemp hurds as raw material for the manufacture of newsprint in 1937; hemp hurds were just a waste when the long fibers were separated from the stem. The long hemp fibers was a fairly expensive materials more suitable for rope and some textiles. Hearst newspapers had very big problems with debts to Canadian suppliers of paper. They used wood as raw material. If there emerged an alternative raw material, it would have lowered the price of the paper needed to print Hearst's many newspapers. The long term worldwide solution for the paper industry to get more cellulose become to use recycled paper as raw material.
Mellon was Secretary of the Treasury, as well as the wealthiest man in America, and had invested heavily in nylon, DuPont's new synthetic fiber. He considered nylon's success to depend on its replacement of the traditional resource, hemp.
The company DuPont and many industrial historians dispute a link between nylon and hemp. They argue that the purpose of developing the nylon was to produce a fiber that could compete with silk and rayon in for example thin stockings for women. Silk was much more expensive than hemp and imported largely from Japan. There was more money in substitute for silk. DuPont focused early on thin stockings for women. As a commercial product was nylon a revolution in textiles. Strong, water-resistant, it was possible to make very thin fibers and made from cheap raw materials. The first sales in 1938 in New York of nylon stockings created a line with 4000 middle class women. Due to the nylon properties become demand for nylon a number of years to come much bigger than that DuPont could produce. And the DuPont Group was very big, it could move on if nylon had not become a success.
Just thinking out loud here....
Pay the 2.6 million
do not raise ticket prices for a minimum 15 years and give $0.50 of each ticket to the city of Reno...Of which 50% goes to the school district of the Reno/Sparks area....
That sounds like a win-win-win-win.....
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