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Is the ban on Hemp more corporate trickery?

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The BP-Gulf Coast oil disaster is just one example of what can
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their indifference and insensitivity to peoples' needs."
-- Hari Singh

Read on for important historical background.

From 'The Marijuana Trick'
by Doug Yurchey

And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be
no more consumed with hunger in the land.
-- Ezekiel 34/29

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 Encyclopaedia 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 1800s; LA Times, Aug. 12, 1981.

REFUSING TO GROW HEMP in America during the 17th and 18th Centuries WAS AGAINST THE LAW! You could be jailed in Virginia for refusing to grow Hemp from 1763 to 1769; Hemp in Colonial Virginia, G. M. Herdon.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other Founding Fathers GREW HEMP. Jefferson smuggled Hemp seeds from China to France, then to America; Washington and Jefferson Diaries.

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; Kentucky State Archives.

Oldest known records of Hemp farming go back 5000 years in China, although Hemp industrialization probably goes back to ancient Egypt.

Rembrandt's, 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; U.S. 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 Mechanics, 1941.

Cannabinoids, the active components of Cannabis sativa L., act in the body by mimicking endogenous substances--the endocannabinoids--that activate specific cell surface receptors. Cannabinoids exert various palliative effects in cancer patients. In addition, cannabinoids inhibit the growth of different types of tumor cells, including glioma cells, in laboratory animals. They do so by modulating key cell signaling pathways, mostly the endoplasmic reticulum stress response, thereby inducing antitumoral actions such as the apoptotic death of tumor cells and the inhibition of tumor angiogenesis. Of interest, cannabinoids seem to be selective antitumoral compounds, as they kill glioma cells, but not their non-transformed astroglial counterparts. On the basis of these preclinical findings, a pilot clinical study of Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme has been recently run. The good safety profile of THC, together with its possible growth-inhibiting action on tumor cells, justifies the setting up of future trials aimed at evaluating the potential antitumoral activity of cannabinoids.
Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17952650

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 mankind. 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 was indispensable ...

... 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 less pollution.

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.

THE TRICKS

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 Drugs.

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.

MEDIA MANIPULATION

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.
incurable insanity.
soul-destroying effects.
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 CHILDREN."

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 was/is Hemp.

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 gas prices.

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 durable over time. 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. 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? --

Blog comment from Knute9.

"The War on Marijuana has be going on now for over 70 years. More people have smoked marijuana today, by percentage, than in 1937. Presently the usage of marijuana is about the same as cigarettes among teenagers. Is that called success? Results are what matter. In the Netherlands, where it’s legal, they have a far lower use of marijuana among teenagers. They have a sensible approach that works.

Is marijuana a grave danger to society? Every year there is several hundred-overdose deaths from alcohol. How many people died overdosing on marijuana? Zero. Alcohol is well known to cause violent or aggressive behavior, marijuana does not. We must ask why our government is intentionally ignoring the facts?

Currently the only thing wasted is tax money. We are paying far more taxes today because the prohibition of marijuana. 70 years of wasted money on enforcement, judicial, and prison systems. Should the police and the courts continue to waste their resources on simple pot possession and use charges, while putting aside efforts on more serious crimes?

Our country’s marijuana policy has been a failure from start to finish, and we've spent a lot of money going backwards. Also we lost all the tax monies by not taxing it. Talk about waste in government. The tax monies would be better spent on education and PR campaigns.

It is well known that Al Capone was a big supporter of the prohibition of alcohol. Why? There's a lot more profit to be made in the untaxed market. There's so much profit that Capone bribed numerous politicians and law enforcement officials. When the prohibition of alcohol was lifted, the crime actually dropped. It brought the end of organized crime fighting for control of the alcohol market. That’s called success! The strategy right now is to ensure that marijuana is not taxed or sales regulated.

Presently the drug cartels are controlling the production and sale of marijuana, not our government. Do you think a drug dealer going to ask a kid for ID? There is a drug war happening south of the border that is undermining the Mexican government. Half the revenue of the drug cartels comes from the production and sale of marijuana. By legalizing marijuana would effectively remove 50 percent of the cartels monies. And any business, legal or illegal, which loses half their revenue, faces a great chance of complete collapse.

Our government is running up deficits, spending billions yearly fighting marijuana, and losing billions by not taxing marijuana. There are some who think that the Government should have final say regarding our health, others think the Government should increase more spending to fight marijuana. We need to have this issue debated, and have the all candidates state their stance regarding the current disastrous marijuana policy.

Sadly many candidates chase the special interest monies, and Lobbyists don’t always lobby for what is best for the country. Most people think of marijuana as a drug business, but actually it has far greater economic potentials. The hemp plant (marijuana) has many viable commercial and industrial uses (energy, material, medical, etc.).

Did you know that our founding fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp, and that the Declaration of Independence is written on hemp paper? And for the record, the last four Presidents of the United States of America smoked marijuana at one time.

Finally, how do I really know why marijuana should be legal? The Bible tells me so, Genesis 1:28-30. It's now the time to end the prohibition of marijuana. Legalize it, Regulate it, Tax it." --

"Hemp can be very helpful to mankind.
Hemp is illegal because billionaires want to remain billionaires!
"

"Due to the power and corrupting influence of big pharma, the teaching
of nutritional science and the use of vitamin and herbal supplements is
not taught to any significant extent in our medical schools. The obvious
reason is that less use of their prescription drugs would be the result."

ON THE OTHER HAND

A concerned parent wrote the following after visiting this page.

"I agree with the manufacturing parts and the agricultural advantages, BUT - - I have personally witnessed several individuals who have been regular users of marijuana completely waste their lives. They have ALL lost their ambition! They have become extremely complacent about life, work, anything that can make life successful.

None of them own their own homes, all have had good jobs at one time but lost them because they became "casual" about even showing up and their job performance declined severely, and they just didn't "give a darn" anymore. Some of them have children that have suffered because of their parents lack of ambition. All of them are receiving government subsidies of one form or another (food stamps, subsidized housing, etc.)

I personally do not know anyone on medical marijuana that actually needs it for a true medical condition. (Two of the above people however, do have medical certificates and they are healthier than I am!) I'm sure that it does have a medical use as well as for all of the above agriculture and manufacturing uses, but how do you again introduce it without creating the same problem we have with alcohol and that already exists with the current illegal use of the "drug"? It truly poses a dilemma.

I am currently a full time "Mommy" at the age of 70 because my foster child's parents can't stay off the drug and they can't function on it. They've both had serious injury accidents while driving under the influence of it and are both lucky to be alive at this point. Too bad they are missing the most important years of their daughter's life.

Thanks for sharing." --

My reply:

Thank you for your feedback.

I have made the same observations as a drug-abuse counselor. The key word is 'abuse'; abuse by the establishment in treating marijuana use as a crime; and marijuana-users treating it as harmless.

This is the reason I taught Kundalini Yoga for so many years, especially in our prison system. Practitioners get high on life, i.e., they get high on themselves sans substance abuse, and at the same time they practice self-control, which strengthens their character, a win-win for us all.

Knowledge is power.

Be well.

Hari Singh Bird Khalsa --

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