I do not use, grow, buy, sell, or possess hemp or pot (or any other
illegal substance). However, I have learned the truth about hemp.
is a hardy, fast growing plant that grows naturally as nature's best
source of fiber, fuel for engines, construction materials, and food.
can also be grown with intervention from man - keeping the female
plants away from the male plants, to make pot, a superior source of
Man has benefited by growing hemp for at least 7,000
years in China and Europe. Throughout history, societies that grew and
utilized hemp have consistently prospered.
History, the Internet,
and countless reference books prove that the founding fathers of our
country grew and used hemp. Hemp was very good for everyone on earth -
until about 1920 or so, when powerful men discovered how to import oil -
and hemp, the world's most unique and useful crop, was renamed MJ, lies
were invented and spread by media, and it was banned.
economy is stagnant. America, (and the world) is in trouble. We will run
out of oil. The toxic byproducts of oil and other products are a long
term disaster. The latest BP disaster alone is reason to rediscover hemp
- no more drilling the oceans, no more ruining the earth, no need to
buy oil from those who hate us.
The Diesel engine was designed to
run on hemp oil. Henry Ford's first cars ran on hemp oil. We must
rediscover the history and incredible usefulness of hemp - and change
the Federal law. Today's technology, combined with renewable hemp, would
make our country strong.
Hemp should not be part of the Drug War
- there is a very big difference between a natural plant (that never
hurt anyone) and "drugs". The drug war is a horrible disaster (on every
level). The only people that benefit from the drug war are gun makers,
criminals, and government law enforcement/prison systems. Everyone else -
even children, suffers greatly because of the drug war.
less violence, less pollution, less wasting of money and lives, new
sources of income (a super-crop for export would be good), and the best
biomass fuel source (without driving up food costs). Not only that, but
keeping drugs illegal and not growing hemp en masse means we fund
terrorists and criminals.
A summary of recent American history of
1700s - American farmers are required by law to grow hemp
in Virginia and other colonies.
1776 - The Declaration of
Independence is drafted on hemp paper.
1797 - The U.S.S.
Constitution is outfitted with 60 tons of hemp sails and rigging.
- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, our founding
fathers, grew hemp and told everyone of its benefits.
Abraham Lincoln uses hemp seed oil to fuel his household lamps.
- USDA Bulletin No. 404 shows that hemp produces four times more paper
per acre than trees.
1938 - Popular Mechanics article "New
Billion Dollar Crop" explains that new developments in processing
technology could use hemp to manufacture over 25,000 different products,
"from cellophane to dynamite."
1942 - Henry Ford builds an
experimental car body made with hemp fiber, which is ten times stronger
1942-1946 - American farmers from Kentucky to Maine
to Wisconsin to Oregon harvest over 150,000 acres of hemp through the
USDA's Hemp for Victory war program.
1957 - Hemp is last grown in
the U.S. due to government confusion over hemp and drug varieties of
the plant, while new government incentives for industry replace natural
fibers with plastics, ultimately bankrupting key hemp processors.
hemp illegal does not stop hemp, it just limits the wonderful plant to
be primarily grown illegally as "pot". It's time to change laws so this
plant regains its royal status in Nature, and let it help humanity
again. To verify the points made in this article, I suggest a search for
"the truth about hemp" on Google.
Mark D. Shapiro - Judgment Broker - http://www.JudgmentBuy.com
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