Yes but the manufacturing hemp industry and the 'smoke' are 2 different things...because they are 2 different plants. It was the cotton industry lobbying for contracts that killed the hemp industry...
Cotton was just one of several that lobbied against Hemp. But if you notice, only one plant species was ever actually made illegal; the one that could be manipulated by fear and made into a moral crusade
. Naturally though, the differences between the two plants was conveniently ignored once the one was made illegal (save for an ironic short reprieve during WWII) and the rest is, as they say, history.
All things said and done it is a sick and sad state of affairs. Hemp is a miracle plant with amazing and versatile uses.
As for weed- I think Bill Hicks said it best:
Ron Paul wrote:
But you can't have a budgetary solution if you don't change what the role of government should be. As long as you think we have to police the world and run this welfare state, all we are going to argue about is who will get the loot.
Patrick J. Buchanan wrote:
Free trade, the Kennedy Round of trade negotiations, the Uruguay Round, the Doha Round, NAFTA, GATT, the WTO — what they all produced is a Magna Carta of the transnational corporation, which looks longingly to the end of nation-states and the arrival of world government.