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] Dupont established itself as the world leader in synthetic fibres, with such new inventions as Nylon and Raylon, with the aid of the global outlawing of one of the most useful natural fibres, hemp. This was achieved in the US by the1937 Marijuana Transfer (Tax) Act, which was passed in the same year DuPont patented both nylon and the polluting wood-pulp sulfide (sulfur dioxide) process used to make paper. The Act was the result of political pressure and a sustained propaganda campaign by du Pont and logging and oil companies.
Originally posted by St Udio
DuPont isn't that powerful...
Around 1935 Dupont had patented a new synthetic fibre called Nylon...
a machine which had been invented in the early 1900's and perfected around 1937 was set to revolutionise the Hemp industry
In the late '30s hemp was shaping up to be 'the crop of the future' - and Mellon stood to lose millions because of his petro-chemical investments.
Hearst had tooled up his paper mills to use wood-pulp as the raw material for the large scale manufacture of paper, no doubt a substantial commitment and investment? It was clearly not in Hearst's interest to see the strongest traditional challenger as an alternative raw material for paper, hemp, suddenly become much cheaper.