We Can Put All Our Farmers
Back To Work Tomorrow
The Marijuana Trick, The
Real Reason Hemp is Illegal
- Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Where did the word 'marijuana' come from? In the mid 1930s,
the M-word was created to tarnish the good image and phenomenal
history of the hemp plant...as you will read. The facts cited
here, with references, are generally verifiable in the Encyclopedia
Britannica, which was printed on hemp paper for 150 years:
All schoolbooks were made from hemp or flax paper until
the 1880s; Hemp Paper Reconsidered, Jack Frazier, 1974.
It was LEGAL TO PAY TAXES WITH HEMP in America from 1631
until the early 1900s; LA Times, August 12, 1981.
REFUSING TO GROW HEMP in America
during the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries WAS AGAINST
You could be jailed in Virginia for refusing to grow hemp
from 1763 to 1869; Hemp in Colonial Virginia, G. M. Herdon.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers
GREW HEMP; Washington and Jefferson Diaries. Jefferson smuggled
hemp seeds from China to France then to America.
Benjamin Franklin owned one of the first paper mills in
America and it processed hemp. Also, the War of 1812 was fought
over hemp. Napoleon wanted to cut off Moscow's export to England;
Emperor Wears No Clothes, Jack Herer.
For thousands of years, 90% of all ships' sails and rope
were made from hemp. The word 'canvas' is Dutch for hemp;
Webster's New World Dictionary.
80% of all textiles, fabrics, clothes, linen, drapes, bed
sheets, etc. were made from hemp until the 1820s with the
introduction of the cotton gin.
The first Bibles, maps, charts, Betsy Ross's flag, the first
drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
were made from hemp; U.S. Government Archives.
The first crop grown in many states was hemp. 1850 was a
peak year for Kentucky producing 40,000 tons. Hemp was the
largest cash crop until the 20th Century; State Archives.
Oldest known records of hemp farming go back 8000 years
in Persia. Hemp industrialization began 5000 years ago in
Central Asia and North Africa, in ancient Persia, China and
Rembrandts, Gainsborough's, Van Gogh's as well as most early
canvas paintings were principally painted on hemp linen.
In 1916, the U.S. Government predicted that by the 1940s
all paper would come from hemp and that no more trees need
to be cut down. Government studies report that 1
acre of hemp equals 4.1 acres of trees. Plans were
in the works to implement such programs; Department of Agriculture.
Quality paints and varnishes were made from hemp seed oil
until 1937. 58,000 tons of hemp seeds were used in America
for paint products in 1935; Sherman Williams Paint Co. testimony
before Congress against the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act.
Henry Ford's first Model-T was built to run on hemp gasoline
and the CAR ITSELF WAS CONTRUCTED FROM HEMP! On his large
estate, Ford was photographed among his hemp fields. The
car, 'grown from the soil,' had hemp plastic panels whose
impact strength was 10 times stronger than steel; Popular
Hemp called 'Billion Dollar Crop.' It was the first time
a cash crop had a business potential to exceed a billion dollars;
Popular Mechanics, Feb., 1938.
Mechanical Engineering Magazine (Feb. 1938) published an
article entitled 'The Most Profitable and Desirable Crop that
Can be Grown.' It stated that if hemp was cultivated using
20th Century technology, it would be the single largest agricultural
crop in the U.S. and the rest of the world.
The following information comes directly from the United States
Department of Agriculture's 1942 14-minute film encouraging and
instructing 'patriotic American farmers' to grow 350,000 acres
of hemp each year for the war effort:
'...When Grecian temples were new, hemp was already old in
the service of humankind. For thousands of years, even then,
this plant had been grown for cordage and cloth in China and
elsewhere in the East. For centuries prior to about 1850, all
the ships that sailed the western seas were rigged with hempen
rope and sails. For the sailor, no less than the hangman, hemp
...Now with Philippine and East Indian sources of hemp in
the hands of the Japanese...American hemp must meet the needs
of our Army and Navy as well as of our industries...
...The Navy's rapidly dwindling reserves. When that is gone,
American hemp will go on duty again; hemp for mooring ships;
hemp for tow lines; hemp for tackle and gear; hemp for countless
naval uses both on ship and shore. Just as in the days when
Old Ironsides sailed the seas victorious with her hempen shrouds
and hempen sails. Hemp for victory!'
Certified proof from the Library of Congress; found by the research
of Jack Herer, refuting claims of other government agencies that
the 1942 USDA film 'Hemp for Victory' did not exist.
Hemp cultivation and production do not
harm the environment. The USDA Bulletin #404 concluded that hemp
produces 4 times as much pulp as wood with at least 4 to 7 times
From Popular Mechanics, Feb. 1938:
'It has a short growing season...It can be grown in any state...The
long roots penetrate and break the soil to leave it in perfect
condition for the next year's crop. The dense shock of leaves,
8 to 12 feet above the ground, chokes out weeds....hemp, this
new crop can add immeasurably to American agriculture and industry.'
In the 1930s, innovations in farm machinery would have caused
an industrial revolution when applied to hemp. This single resource
could have created millions of new jobs generating thousands of
quality products. Hemp, if not made illegal, would have brought
America out of the Great Depression.
William Randolph Hearst (Citizen Kane) and the Hearst Paper Manufacturing
Division of Kimberly Clark owned vast acreage of timberlands.
The Hearst Company supplied most paper products. Patty Hearst's
grandfather, a destroyer of nature for his own personal profit,
stood to lose billions because of hemp.
In 1937, Dupont patented the processes to make plastics from
oil and coal. Dupont's Annual Report urged stockholders to invest
in its new petrochemical division. Synthetics such as plastics,
cellophane, celluloid, methanol, nylon, rayon, Dacron, etc., could
now be made from oil. Natural hemp industrialization would have
ruined over 80% of Dupont's business.
Andrew Mellon became Hoover's Secretary of the Treasury and Dupont's
primary investor. He appointed his future nephew-in-law, Harry
J. Anslinger, to head the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous
Secret meetings were held by these financial tycoons. Hemp was
declared dangerous and a threat to their billion dollar enterprises.
For their dynasties to remain intact, hemp had to go. These men
took an obscure Mexican slang word: 'marihuana' and pushed it
into the consciousness of America.
- Only Thing New Is History
We Do not Know -
Hemp, or cannabis, or marijuana was outlawed in 1937 because
it threatened the nation-less corporate interests of - William
Randolph Hearst and - DuPont. They had to get rid of the competition.
- Hearst's yellow journalism newspaper chain wrote scathing stories
about "marijuana" - a word he made up - because he knew no one
would believe them about hemp, which George Washington himself
The decorticator, a state of the art hemp harvester, led Popular
Mechanics to call hemp the New Billion Dollar Crop. - - Because
of printing and bindery lead time required for publication, this
February 1938 article was actually prepared in the spring of 1937,
when cannabis hemp was still legal to grow and was an incredibly
fast-growing industry. - - Newsprint could now be produced far
more cheaply than any other method, and one acre of hemp could
produce as much newsprint as four acres of forest trees. - Hearst
owned vast timber acreage and competition from the hemp industry
might have driven his paper manufacturing out of business. He
stood to lose millions of dollars.
DuPont stood to lose on two fronts. DuPont owned the patent
for converting wood pulp into newsprint and supplied Hearst with
the necessary chemicals. Secondly, in the 1930s DuPont was gearing
up to introduce nylon and other man-made fibers, along with synthetic
petrochemical oils, which they hoped would replace hemp see oil
used in paints and other products. The decorticator meant that
hemp fibers could be manufactured as fine as any man-made fibers.
DuPont would lose untold millions of invested dollars, plus an
estimated 80 percent of all future business, unless hemp was outlawed.
DuPont's financial backer was Mellon Bank, owned and chaired
by Andrew Mellon. - - Andrew Mellon at the time was also Secretary
of Treasury Department, which was in charge of drug taxes - -,
i.e., prohibition - -. Harry Anslinger, commissioners of the Federal
Bureau of Narcotics, which answered to the Treasury Department,
was married to Andrew Mellon's niece. Thus they had the power
and the means. - Anslinger's lies about hemp were repeated endlessly
in Hearst's newspapers. Stories about marijuana, the killer weed
from Mexico, instilled fear and completely misled the public that
the weed was, in fact, just good old hemp.
Cannabis hemp was not prohibited because it was dangerous. Indeed,
for thousands of years it was the world's largest agricultural
crop used in thousands of products and enterprises, producing
the majority of fiber, fabric, lighting oil, paper, incense, medicine
and food. - No, cannabis hemp was prohibited to protect the Hearst
and DuPont corporations from devastating competition, as well
as appealing to the overt racism stirred up by Hearst's yellow
A media blitz of 'yellow journalism' raged in the late 1920s
and 1930s. Hearst's newspapers ran stories emphasizing the horrors
of marihuana. The menace of marihuana made headlines. Readers
learned that it was responsible for everything from car accidents
to loose morality. Films like 'Reefer Madness' (1936), 'Marihuana:
Assassin of Youth' (1935) and 'Marihuana: The Devil's Weed' (1936)
were propaganda designed by these industrialists to create an
enemy. Their purpose was to gain public support so that anti-marihuana
laws could be passed.
Examine the following quotes from 'The Burning Question'
AKA REEFER MADNESS:
A violent narcotic.
Acts of shocking violence.
Under the influence of the drug he killed his entire family
with an axe.
More vicious, more deadly even than these soul-destroying
drugs (heroin, cocaine) is the menace of marihuana!
Reefer Madness did not end with the usual 'the end.' The film
concluded with these words plastered on the screen: TELL YOUR
In the 1930s, people were very naive; even to the point of ignorance.
The masses were like sheep waiting to be led by the few in power.
They did not challenge authority. If the news was in print or
on the radio, they believed it had to be true. They told their
children and their children grew up to be the parents of the baby-boomers.
On April 14, 1937, the Prohibitive Marihuana Tax Law or the bill
that outlawed hemp was directly brought to the House Ways and
Means Committee. This committee is the only one that can introduce
a bill to the House floor without it being debated by other committees.
The Chairman of the Ways and Means, Robert Doughton, was a Dupont
supporter. He insured that the bill would pass Congress.
Dr. James Woodward, a physician and attorney, testified too late
on behalf of the American Medical Association. He told the committee
that the reason the AMA had not denounced the Marihuana Tax Law
sooner was that the Association had just discovered that marihuana
Few people, at the time, realized that the deadly menace they
had been reading about on Hearst's front pages was in fact passive
hemp. The AMA understood hemp to be a MEDICINE found in numerous
healing products sold over the last hundred years.
In September of 1937, hemp became illegal. The most useful crop
known became a drug and our planet has been suffering ever since.
Congress banned hemp because it was said to be the most violence-causing
drug known. Anslinger, head of the Drug Commission for 31 years,
promoted the idea that marihuana made users act extremely violent.
In the 1950s, under the Communist threat of McCarthyism, Anslinger
now said the exact opposite. Marijuana will pacify you so much
that soldiers would not want to fight.
Today, our planet is in desperate trouble. Earth is suffocating
as large tracts of rain forests disappear. Pollution, poisons
and chemicals are killing people. These great problems could be
reversed if we industrialized hemp. Natural biomass could provide
all of the planet's energy needs that are currently supplied by
fossil fuels. We have consumed 80% of our oil and gas reserves.
We need a renewable resource. Hemp could be the solution to soaring
THE WONDER PLANT
Hemp has a higher quality fiber than
wood fiber. Far fewer caustic chemicals are required to make paper
from hemp than from trees. Hemp paper does not turn yellow and
is very durable. The plant grows quickly to maturity in a season
where trees take a lifetime.
ALL PLASTIC PRODUCTS SHOULD BE MADE
FROM HEMP SEED OIL. Hempen plastics are biodegradable!
Over time, they would break down and not harm the environment.
Oil-based plastics, the ones we are very familiar with, help ruin
nature; they do not break down and will do great harm in the future.
The process to produce the vast array of natural (hempen) plastics
will not ruin the rivers as Dupont and other petrochemical companies
have done. Ecology does not fit in with the plans of the Oil Industry
and the political machine. Hemp products are safe and natural.
MEDICINES SHOULD BE MADE FROM HEMP.
We should go back to the days when the AMA supported hemp cures.
'Medical Marijuana' is given out legally to only a handful of
people while the rest of us are forced into a system that relies
on chemicals. Hemp is only healthy for the human body.
WORLD HUNGER COULD END. A
large variety of food products can be generated from hemp. The
seeds contain one of the highest sources of protein in nature.
ALSO: They have two essential fatty acids that clean your body
of cholesterol. These essential fatty acids are not found anywhere
else in nature! Consuming hemp seeds is the best thing you could
do for your body. Eat uncooked hemp seeds.
CLOTHES SHOULD BE MADE FROM HEMP. Hemp
clothing is extremely strong and over 8 times more durable. You could
hand clothing, made from hemp, down to your grandchildren. Today,
there are American companies that make hemp clothing; usually
50% hemp. Hemp fabrics should be everywhere. Instead, they are
almost underground. Superior hemp products are not allowed to
advertise on nation-less fascist corporate television. Kentucky, once the top hemp producing
state, made it ILLEGAL TO WEAR hemp clothing! Can you imagine
being thrown into jail for wearing quality jeans?
An acre of hemp produces over 5 times more pulp, than an acre of trees. Every country on earth grows hemp, but us, the United States. The process of transforming hemp pulp to paper products is much more environmentally friendly, than changing wood pulp to paper. - Hemp pulp also produces variety of durable textiles 8 times stronger than cotton fiber. Farmers across America want to grow hemp. Best of all, hemp literally "grows like a weed." Therefore pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers are not needed to cultivate this amazing plant fiber and we, the humanity, will get to keep our trees and forests.
The world is crazy...but that does not mean you have to join
the insanity. Get together. Spread the news. Tell people, and
that includes your children, the truth. Use hemp products. Eliminate
the word 'marijuana.' Realize the history that created it. Make
it politically incorrect to say or print the M-word. Fight against
the propaganda (designed to favor the agenda of the super rich)
and their bullshit. We must begin utilizing hemp now! Time is
running out! We need a clean energy source to save our lives and
planet Earth. WE MUST INDUSTRIALIZE HEMP!
The liquor, tobacco and oil companies fund more than a million
dollars a day to Partnership for a Drug-Free America and other
similar agencies. We have all seen their commercials. Now, their
motto is: 'It's more dangerous than we thought.' Lies from the
powerful Nation-Less Corporations, that began with Hearst, are
still alive and well today.
The brainwashing continues. Now, the commercials say: If you
buy a joint, you contribute to murders and gang wars. The latest
- anti-Hemp - commercials say: If you buy a joint...you are promoting
TERRORISM! The new enemy, (terrorism) has paved the road to brainwash
you any way THEY see fit. The untold truth is that fossil fuels
consumption is the direct link and help for maintaining, spreading
and protecting TERRORISM, all over the world! Think about this
next time pumping GAS into your SUVs at the pump!
There is only one enemy; the friendly people you pay your taxes
to; the war-makers and nature destroyers. With your funding, they
are killing the world right in front of your eyes.
OVER A MILLION DEATHS EACH YEAR ARE CAUSED BY TOBACCO CONSUMPTION.
AND HALF A MILLION DEATHS EACH YEAR ARE CAUSED BY ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION.
Ingesting THC, hemp's active agent, has a positive effect; relieving
asthma and glaucoma. A joint tends to alleviate the nausea caused
by chemotherapy. You are able to eat on hemp. This is a healthy
state of being.
There is physical evidence that hemp plant is not like any other
plant on Earth. Hemp is the ONLY plant where the males appear
one way and the females appear very different, physically! No
one ever speaks of males and females in regard to the plant kingdom
because plants do not show their sexes; except for hemp. To determine
what sex a certain, normal, Earthly plant is, you have to look
internally, at its DNA. A male blade of grass (physically) looks
exactly like a female blade of grass. The hemp plant has an intense
HEMP IS ILLEGAL BECAUSE
GREEDY STUPID CRIMINAL BILLIONAIRES WANT TO REMAIN BILLIONAIRES
AT ALL COSTS, TO HUMANITY AND EVEN THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH WE
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- - Evil Shall Triumph, Only When Good People Do
Nothing To Stop The Bastard - -
In The Absence of Sustainable
And Environmentally Safe Hemp Production
- Plastic Particles Are Choking Earth's Oceans -
Plastic is creating an - Ocean Commotion - For years, the problem
of plastics in the sea has been of plastics we could see. Six-pack
rings strangled wildlife, old nets snared birds and other creatures,
small bits and pieces clogged harbors, and garbage ruined our
days at the beach. Scientists are more concerned about what is
happening to these oceans of plastic. They say it's breaking down
into microscopic fragments that are drowning the sea.
For all practical purposes plastics are permanent. Because these
synthetic materials do not occur in nature, nature never evolved
a process to biodegrade them into harmless compounds. Plastic
particles don't disappear. Instead, they simply break apart under
the influence of sunlight, water, and abrasion into smaller and
smaller pieces. That piece of old Styrofoam that looks like it
is decomposing isn't at all. It's simply falling apart into trillions
and trillions of microscopic bits of Styrofoam.
And therein lies what researchers have now identified as a problem
of unknown dimension: The world's oceans are filling with invisible
bits of plastic. According to a study conducted at England's University
of Plymouth and published in the May edition of the journal Science,
the seven seas are swimming with polymer particles.
Scientists examined 20 sites around the British Isles and found
microscopic bits of plastic contaminating almost every soil sample
they obtained. From apparently clean beach sand to mud in tidal
estuaries and sediments on sea floors some 30 feet beneath the
surface, unseen bits of plastic were lurking everywhere.
The researchers looked for nine different kinds of plastic that
were easy to chemically identify in minute amounts, including
polyester, acrylic and nylon. What they found were polymer fibers
as small as 20 microns in length. (- One micron is equal to 1,000,000th
of one meter -). Smaller, fragments about 75% smaller than the
smallest grains of beach sand. These fibers were embedded in sands
and soils and even found inside sea plankton. (- Sea Planktons
are microscopic organisms, including algae and protozoans, that
float or drift in great numbers in fresh or salt water, especially
at or near the surface, and serve as food for fish and other larger
The scientists were also able to ascertain that the flood of
plastics filling the seas has been increasing for at least 40
years. Since the 1960s, merchant ships have voluntarily trailed
garbage can-sized filters behind them as they plied the ocean's
waters. By comparing the current contents of these filters to
those of archived filters, researchers were able to show that
the number of invisible plastic pieces has tripled over the course
of the last generation. Further, since the study's methods couldn't
measure plastic fragments smaller than 20 microns, experts said
the results, in all likelihood, underreported the actual amount
of plastics microscopically drifting in ocean waters.
Currently, scientists aren't sure what all this means for the
world and its wildlife, human included. The short answer might
be nothing, but that's far from a certainty. As part of the project,
researchers put some of the fragments in tanks containing tiny
crustaceans, barnacles, and lugworms and found that they were
readily eaten. Whether or not such materials accumulate in the
food chain to eventually create some type of toxic effect remains
to be seen, but previous research has shown that larger, one millimeter-sized
pieces of plastic readily absorb toxins from ocean waters and
can poison animals that ingest them.
The news that microscopic pieces of plastic are polluting the
oceans is just part of a recent tide of discomforting news about
the environment that covers 71% of the Earth's surface. According
to recent reports from both the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy
and the Pew Oceans Commission, the world's oceans are in poor
health as a result of human pressures. Water quality is falling;
coastal development pressures are increasing (some 37 million
people have moved to U.S. shore regions in the last 30 years);
populations of whales and large fish, like sharks and marlins,
have declined by 90%; only 22% of smaller fisheries are being
harvested sustainably; and invasive species are causing a number
of negative effects.
To combat this, both organizations have recommended a sweeping
series of regulatory changes in the way the world's oceans are
managed, and a dramatic increase in funding. For more information
about these reports and their suggested plans for a rescue at
Asthma Miasma: Have Phthalates Flung Dung At Our Kids' Lungs?
Among the more eye-opening pieces of evidence that things are
out of whack in today's world are the latest asthma statistics
for kids. Between 1980 and 1994, the incidence of asthma among
pre-school aged children rose 160%, more than twice the overall
rate. Today, the disease is the leading chronic illness of childhood.
Some nine million kids have the disease, or nearly one in 13.
Together, they miss 14 million school days each year and need
$3.2 billion of treatment. What's causing all this asthma has
been a bit of mystery. Now scientists think they may have a clue.
And it's a culprit called phthalates.
Dedicated Non-Toxic Times readers will recall that we've discussed
phthalates in these pages before, and never in a positive light.
A group of industrial compounds widely used in a variety of common
products, there are about 7.6 billion pounds of phthalates produced
throughout the world each year. The largest use of phthalates
is as a plasticizer in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and other soft
plastic products. These materials rely on phthalates to keep them
flexible. Without the addition of phthalate plasticizers, these
otherwise pliant materials would be fairly stiff and difficult
to use for their intended purposes. Consumer products that contain
phthalate plasticizers include everything from siding and flooring
to plastic food wrap and soft plastic toys.
TODAY'S HEMP INDUSTRY
AUSTRALIA - Tasmania research
trials began in 1995. Victoria commercial production since1998.
New South Wales has research. In 2002 Queensland began production.
AUSTRIA - has a hemp industry
including production of hempseed oil, medicinals and Hanf magazine.
CANADA - started to license
research crops in 1994 on an experimental basis. In addition to
crops for fibre, one seed crop was experimentally licensed in
1995. Many acres were planted in 1997. Licenses for commercial
agriculture saw thousands of acres planted in 1998. 30,000 acres
planted in 1999. In 2000, due to speculative investing,12,250
acres were sown. In 2001 ninety-two farmers grew 3,250 acres.
A number of Canadian farmers are now growing organically certified
CHILE - has grown hemp
in the recent past for seed oil production.
CHINA - is the largest
exporter of hemp paper and textiles. The fabrics are of excellent
DENMARK - planted its first
modern hemp trials in 1997. Committed to utilizing organic methods.
ENGLAND - lifted hemp prohibition
in 1993. Animal bedding, paper and textiles have been developed.
A government grant was given to develop new markets for natural
fibers. 4,000 acres were grown in 1994. Subsidies of $230 Eng.
pounds per acre are given by the govt. for growing.
FINLAND - had a resurgence
of hemp in 1995 with several small test plots. A seed variety
for northern climates was developed: Finola, previously know by
the breeder code 'FIN-314'. In 2003, Finola was accepted to the
EU list of subsidized hemp cultivars. (hamppu)
FRANCE - harvested 10,000
tons in 1994. France is the main source of low-thc producing hempseed.
GERMANY - only banned hemp
in 1982, but research began in 1992 and many technologies and
products are being developed. Clothes and paper are being made
from imported raw materials. Germany lifted the ban on growing
hemp November, 1995. Mercedes and BMW use hemp fiber for composites.
HUNGARY - is rebuilding
their hemp industry, and is one of the biggest exporters of hemp
cordage, rugs and hemp fabric to the U.S. They also export hemp
seed and hemp paper. Fiberboard is also made. (kender)
INDIA - has large stands
of naturalized Cannabis and uses it for cordage, textiles, and
JAPAN - has a religious
tradition requiring the Emperor wear hemp garments, so there is
a small plot maintained for the imperial family only. They have
a thriving retail market selling a variety of hemp products. (asa)
NETHERLANDS - is conducting
a four years study to evaluate and test hemp for paper, and is
developing processing equipment. Seed breeders are developing
new strains of low-thc varieties. (hennep)
NEW ZEALAND - started hemp
trials in 2001. Various cultivars are being planted in the North
POLAND - currently grows
hemp for fabric and cordage and manufactures hemp particle board.
They have demonstrated the benefits of using hemp to cleanse soils
contaminated by heavy metals. (konopij)
ROMANIA - was the largest
commercial producer of hemp in Europe in the late 80's and early
90's. Total acreage in 1993 was 40,000 acres. Some of it is exported
to Hungary for processing. They also export to Western Europe
and the United States. (cinepa)
RUSSIA - maintains the
largest hemp germ plasm collection in the world at the N.I. Vavilov
Scientific Research Institute of Plant Industry (VIR) in Saint
Petersburg. They are in need of funds. (konoplya)
SLOVENIA - grows hemp and
manufactures currency paper.
SPAIN - grows and exports
hemp pulp for paper and produces rope and textiles.
SWITZERLAND - is a producer
of hemp and hosts one of the largest hemp events: Cannatrade.
EGYPT, KOREA, PORTUGAL, THAILAND,
and the UKRAINE also produce hemp.
USA - The United States - granted
the first hemp permit in over 40 years to Hawaii for an experimental
quarter acre plot in 1999. The license has been renewed since.
Importers and manufacturers have thrived using imported raw materials.
Twenty-two states in the United States have introduced legislation.
VT, HI, ND, MT, MN, IL, VA, NM, CA, AR, KY, MD, WV have passed
legislation for support, research, or cultivation. The National
Conference of State Legislators has endorsed industrial hemp production
Get on the - HEMP WAGON
- and support the idea by forcing your local, state and federal
government officials to do the right thing for a change, and legalize
More Facts About Hemp
Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going
back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery.
The Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic
of human industry is a bit of hemp fabric dating back to approximately
Presidents Washington and Jefferson both grew hemp. Americans
were legally bound to grow hemp during the Colonial Era and
Early Republic. The federal government subsidized hemp during
the Second World War and US farmers grew about a million acres
of hemp as part of that program.
Hemp Seed is far more nutritious than even soybean, contains
more essential fatty acids than any other source, is second
only to soybeans in complete protein (but is more digestible
by humans), is high in B-vitamins, and is 35% dietary fiber.
Hemp seed is not psychoactive and cannot be used as a drug.
The bark of the hemp stalk contains bast fibers, which are
among the Earth's longest natural soft fibers and are also
rich in cellulose; the cellulose and hemi-cellulose in its
inner woody core are called hurds. Hemp stalk is not psychoactive.
Hemp fiber is longer, stronger, more absorbent and more insulative
than cotton fiber.
According to the Department of Energy, hemp as a biomass
fuel producer requires the least specialized growing and processing
procedures of all hemp products. The hydrocarbons in hemp
can be processed into a wide range of biomass energy sources,
from fuel pellets to liquid fuels and gas. Development of
biofuels could significantly reduce our consumption of fossil
fuels and nuclear power.
Hemp grows well without herbicides, fungicides, or pesticides.
Almost half of the agricultural chemicals used on US crops
are applied to cotton.
Hemp produces more pulp per acre than timber on a sustainable
basis, and can be used for every quality of paper. Hemp paper
manufacturing can reduce wastewater contamination. Hemp's
low lignin content reduces the need for acids used in pulping,
and it's creamy color lends itself to environmentally friendly
bleaching instead of harsh chlorine compounds. Less bleaching
results in less dioxin and fewer chemical byproducts.
pHemp fiber paper resists decomposition, and does not yellow
with age when an acid-free process is used. Hemp paper more
than 1,500 years old has been found. It can also be recycled
Hemp fiberboard produced by Washington State University
was found to be twice as strong as wood-based fiberboard.
Eco-friendly hemp can replace most toxic petrochemical products.
Research is being done to use hemp in manufacturing biodegradable
plastic products: plant-based cellophane, recycled plastic
mixed with hemp for injection-molded products, and resins
made from the oil, to name just a very few examples.
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- Marijuana Prohibition -
War On A Miraculous Gift
- By Stephen Young - June 2, 2006
If a miracle suddenly appeared, would we try to learn from it
or try to destroy it?
A common plant can relieve pain and muscle spasticity. The plant's
components show promise to inhibit tumor growth and control diabetes.
The plant contains remarkable substances identical to substances
which already flow through human bodies and are thought to regulate
critical functions from memory to mood.
A close relative of the plant also offers profitable but Environmentally
Friendly alternative fiber and food crops.
Research continues on the plant in the United States, but most
studies focus on allegedly negative effects.
The plant is cannabis - more commonly known as marijuana -,
and the government does not see it as a miracle. The government
denies that marijuana and similar plants - like the very useful
buy wholly non-intoxicating hemp - can ever be good. But that
denial took another hit from the facts recently.
Marijuana prohibitionists have long argued that since cannabis
smoke contains more tars than tobacco, it must cause cancer.
A thorough study presented recently at The American Thoracic
Society's annual conference showed that even heavy marijuana smoking
did not increase the risk for lung cancer. Indeed, in the study
by Donald Tashkin of UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, marijuana
smokers showed slightly lower cancer rates than non-smokers.
This is not an entirely new finding, as a review of the literature
on lung cancer and marijuana smoke by Dr. Robert Melamede suggested
Tashkin's study results should have been on the front page of
every newspaper in the nation. Why? Because we have been wasting
lives and resources on a war based on faulty intelligence, only
this war has been going on for close to 70 years. And because
the media has helped to disseminate this faulty intelligence for
an even longer time, it bears the responsibility of correcting
the record fully.
The initial reasons given for marijuana prohibition included
its supposed propensity to turn users violent. That misconception
finally got cleared up as the drug became more popular in the
1960s and 1970s despite prohibition. That era had its own litany
of false stories about cannabis, including the absurdity that
it made teenage boys sprout breasts. More recently we heard that
marijuana smoking will lead to lung, head and neck cancer. It's
a lie that is especially damaging considering the reality.
In other places in the world, marijuana is being studied medically,
and not only for the relief from cancer treatments like chemotherapy.
Research suggests cannabis might actually be an anti-cancer agent,
- which would explain why Tashkin's study showed marijuana smokers
with lower lung cancer rates than non-smokers. - Italian researchers
last week seemed to show anti-cancer properties in substances
found in cannabis. This hasn't been widely publicized, similar
to other promising research released in 2003, as well as research
that goes back to the early 1970s.
If any other substance were involved, this would have been on
the cover of major U.S. News magazines, but unfortunately most
US Media have missed most of the amazing new science related to
cannabis and human health.
Substances called cannabinoids found in cannabis plants also
occur naturally human bodies. Special receptors exist around the
body specifically to interact with the cannabinoids that we make
or that cannabis makes. The cannabinoids don't appear in any other
plant. Kind of, well, miraculous, isn't it?
More research needs to be done on how cannabis and cannabinoids
can be used beneficially. For now, that research won't take place
in the United States.
All U.S. Government funded research starts with the presumption
that marijuana is bad. Researchers trying to learn about possible
benefits report being denied a legal supply of the plant.
This notion that sending a wholly negative message about marijuana
- - even devoting a multi-billion dollar taxpayer financed ad
campaign equating the plant with badness - - will somehow keep
our young people away from marijuana has also been exposed as
a lie. For the past several years teenagers surveyed on drug use
say it's easy to get marijuana if they want it.
There are reasons for young people not to use marijuana. Hearing
over hyped scare stories about the substance isn't one of them.
A recent study of that multi-billion dollar taxpayer financed
ad campaign showed many teenagers who viewed the ads became more
interested in marijuana, not less.
The rationale for the war on marijuana, and the tactics used
to fight that war, have been exposed as false and counterproductive.
Each year police arrest more than 700,000 Americans for marijuana.
This summer, police across the nation will be out cutting down
wild hemp plants that can't intoxicate anyone. Certainly all that
police time could be spent on more pressing issues, and otherwise
law-abiding citizens don't need to get drawn into the criminal
As it stands, we are wasting vast resources to destroy another
beneficial resource and to ensure that our country stays behind
the curve in terms of scientific research. The next medical breakthroughs
related to this easily available plant won't occur in our country
solely due to ingrained political myopia and cowardice.
We must take off the ideological blinders that decades of drug
war have forced on us. We could have new medicine, new crops for
farmers, even new revenue streams for government through legitimate
taxation, along with regulation schemes to better keep young people
out of the market.
In fact, these things will happen one day. It's all coming,
and we could all save ourselves a lot of shame and misery by trying
to learn from the miracle now, instead of wasting billings trying
- but failing - to destroy it.
The miracle itself does not suffer for our actions, but we do.
Stephen Young is an editor with DrugSense Weekly and a member
of the Board of Directors for Illinois NORML.
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