DISCLAIMER: Hemp is not weed. I'm not promoting the use of marijuana as a recreational drug. My interest is in it's medicinal, fuel, personal care, and textile uses which will challenge many current industry standards; with the benefit of less foreign independence, an increase in the US GDP, and a "greener" ecological footprint.
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Currently I am reading a book by Jack Herer - The Emperor Wears No Clothes.
It is considered by many, the ORIGINAL HEMP BIBLE. The historical record of Cannabis and the conspiracy against Marijuana.
The more I delve into cannabis and how good it is for our Nation and our world, I am FURIOUS, at how we've been lied to. Basically, it was a corporate business decision, to eradicate Cannabis so that others (Dupont) would make more money pushing through their own agenda. (Petro-Chemical interests) Of course, it helps to have friends in high places - like William Randolf Hearst who published propaganda in his newspapers, about the evils of Cannabis. NEVER-MIND that our Forefathers, GREW Hemp and it was used for everything and it was good for our country.
Enter, Harry Anslinger - Assistant prohibition commissioner and later was promoted to the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in 1930. From 1930 to 1937, he campaigned against Marijuana. Lies and scary propaganda scared Americans and still do to this day. It is encouraging though, that many are starting to do their research and are realizing how our Government has been lying to us to protect corporate interest.
Today pharmaceuticals do not want to see the legalization of Cannabis. It would hurt their bottom-line. The other special-interest groups that do not want to see it legalized are:
1. Police departments have become dependent on the "war on drugs" to finance their budgets.
2. Prisons - They make millions, incarcerating people on marijuana charges.
3. Beer and Alcohol companies - figure it out
4. Prison Guard Unions spent a 1 million dollars in California to defeat a measure that would have reduced prision time for non-violent drug offenders.
A Challenge to the World -
If all fossil fuels and their derivatives, as well as trees for paper and construction were banned in order to save the planet, reverse the Greenhouse Effect and stop deforestation;
Then there is only one known annually renewable natural resource that is capable of providing the overall majority of the world's paper and textiles; meet all of the world's transportation, industrial and home energy needs, while simultaneously reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil and cleaning the atmosphere ALL at the same time.
And that substance is - the same one that did it all before - Cannabis Hemp...Marijuana!