Hemp For Victory

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In 1937, the United States outlawed Marihuana as the most deadly narcotic ever known, saying it caused murder, rape and incurable insanity.  With passage of the Marihuana Tax Act, any farmer growing hemp without a license was henceforth a criminal.  The US Treasury Dept. refused to issue any licenses, making Marihuana production illegal in the US.

In 1941, Henry Ford created a biodegradable plastic car body from hemp, sisal and wheatstraw.  The body panels were thinner, lighter, and stronger than steel.  A video shows Henry Ford beating the plastic trunk lid with an axe, and the axe is bouncing off, not even scratching the car.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMiHxYlPkkQ

In 1942, the United States legalized Marihuana to support our troops in World War II.  After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the US faced a shortage of materials because imports of fiber from SouthEast Asia were cut off by the Japanese.  In 1942, the US Department of Agriculture created a 14-minute instructional film for American farmers titled Hemp For Victory on how to cultivate and harvest Cannabis Sativa for the war effort:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6234815658481845054

While legalized Cannabis fibers were mainly used for Naval rigging, the film shows that legal pot also created boot laces, uniforms, and parachutes.  One such parachute was used by George HW Bush when his bomber was shot down over the Pacific.  Shown three minutes into the film is the license that allowed Americans to be a legal PRODUCER OF MARIHUANA - the same natural weed that we are still told today is "the most dangerous drug menace in history."  Farmers who agreed to grow Marihuana for the military were exempted from the draft, along with their sons.

It is arguable that had the US not legalized Marihuana in 1942, the US would not have had the necessary equipment to engage in a two-front World War, and the geopolitical climate of the entire planet could be drastically different than it is now.  And it is important to consider how our history would be different if this plan were reinstated during Vietnam.  All of those pot-growing, draft-dodging, long-haired, Pinko-loving, Commie hippies would have been patriots contributing to the war effort.  Would we have had a Kent State?  Would we have even been in Vietnam trying to secure trade routes and increase our influence in the region for things that could be produced domestically from weed?

How would our society change if this plan were reinstated now?  What if all of those lazy stoners out there were not committing a crime, but instead were contributing to our national defense?  What if the pot that Americans grow could be used to make equipment for our military and law enforcement personnel fighting in the War on Terror?  Or even the War on Drugs? 

The most common argument is, "We have better synthetic materials now so we don't need to legalize pot."  To which the counter-argument is, "Those synthetic materials are currently derived from petrochemicals, so even Nylon makes us dependent on foreign oil."

Any thoughts?

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miksilvr
There have been a few

There have been a few petitions out there already seeking to legalize hemp. Some have not reached the required signature total before the time period given expired, possibly due to a lack of awareness of the petitions existence. Here are a few active links (there probably are more) : 

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/legalize-industrial-hemp-as-an-alternative-to-logging/ 

[ this one produces a letter to your rep in the US House, your US senators, and the white house ]
http://www.petition2congress.com/3952/legalization-industrial-hemp/ 

these are no longer active : 

[ "The petition you are trying to access has expired, because it failed to meet the signature threshold." ] 
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/end-federal-prohibition-hemp-cannabis-too-vital-resource-be-kept-out-hands-people/1JyhVTZl

[ this one says it is closed, "The time period for signing this petition has ended" ]
http://www.change.org/petitions/legalize-hemp-creates-jobsbiofuelhousingfarmsfoodtextilespaperplastic 

[ this one says it is closed, with no reason or date given ]
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/legalize-hemp-farming-in-the-united-states/ 

 

JTaylor
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Such is the case with most

Such is the case with most petitions.  The general public has no idea about the thousands of uses for Cannabis other than smoking it.  For example, the plastic computer screen that you're reading this on can be made from the cellulose in hemp stalks.  If more people could see for themselves what Cannabis legalization means for jobs and the economy, like the USDA film shows, they may be more apt to sign the petitions and get this accomplished.

In 2008, the Lotus luxury sports car company released the Eco Elise, a modern interpretation of Ford's hemp-based automobile.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRysD6TuhHU

If we can make plastic cars from hemp, then we can make CDs and DVDs, children's toys, water bottles, lawn furniture, tupperware, and virtually everything else that isn't glass or metal, all non-toxic and biodegradable.  This plant isn't a 'drug' and people need to know that or the petitions will continue to be labelled as nonsense by the general public.  The legalization movement is painted in the corporate press as a bunch of hippies who want to get high without being arrested, with no mention of the economic and ecological benefits, so everyday Americans don't think that they have any reason to sign the petitions.

MrsBJLee
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This is sad!!

This is sad!!

JTaylor
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The current state of affairs

The current state of affairs is sad, but this is quite hopeful.  We have the answer to fixing so many of the world's problems.  For example, hemp seed is the most completely nutritious, self-contained food source on Earth, and hemp is very drought-resistant, so the legalization and production of Cannabis Sativa on a global scale, especially in developing nations, will greatly reduce world hunger.

The fossil fuel industry's main argument against wind, geothermal, solar, tidal and other energy conversion methods is that these are not as efficient as petroleum, coal and natural gas.  If we banned the use of fossil fuels and only used these other methods for our energy in order to save our environment, we wouldn't have enough energy and then productivity would suffer (more than it already is).

But the entire energy debate so far has omitted the legalization and use of Cannabis Sativa as a biomass crop.  All we're told about Cannabis is that marijuana is a drug for highschool dropouts, so no one pays attention to it.  The conversation needs to change.  It's very easy to accomplish.  It's as easy as talking or typing.

People pay a tax to the government, the government issues a license, and the People have jobs growing hemp for the common good.  It worked during World War II and for centuries before that, and it will work again.  We can offer a tax incentive to American families for growing Cannabis.  The more hemp that each person grows, the more of their income that they keep.  This worked for our Founding Fathers.  They paid their taxes with hemp, so can we.

Like Obama says, "Yes We Can."

Laborisgood
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In related news, Happy

In related news, Happy Birthday Jerry!!!

http://lightbox.time.com/2012/08/01/happy-70th-birthday-jerry-garcia/#1

MrsBJLee
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I actually started another

I actually started another topic on the environmental board with regards to hemp. I thank you for all that you know and have been fighting to bring to the light of day. Please check out what I wrote on the enviromental board. Let's keep both threads going! It's bound to wake some people up!

JTaylor
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I appreciate your interest in

I appreciate your interest in this subject.  It amazed me (and ashamed me even more, to be honest) when I realized that I had been using medical Cannabis for years and had no idea about any other aspect of the plant.  So when I learned this history, it was easy to just start telling everyone whether they wanted to listen or not.

I've told news people, politicians, police chiefs, everyone.  The more people that learn the truth, the more informed votes that they will cast.  But we always need more people to bring the truth to others.  Take what you learn and send it out to everyone you know on facebook or twitter and urge them to do the same, run off a dozen or so DVD copies of Hemp For Victory and pass them out at your local college or police station, or use any other avenue that you can think of to help get the word out.

Our corporate-owned government and media have done quite an extensive job in erasing this version of history from our collective memory, so it is up to us to plant this seed back in society's mind.

DdC
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New Bill Could Finally

New Bill Could Finally Legalize Hemp in the USPhillip Smith, AlterNet Aug 9 2012A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that would exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana.

douglaslee
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Canada will surpass us. I

Canada will surpass us. I think a marketing project ought to be launched, maybe just as an advertising exercise in a university course to rebrand hemp.   It wouldn't cost anything, and focus groups could test the harvested  options from the student projects semester after semester.

Regional names might be another way, red state brands would have to be something altogether different, they don't get biodegradable. If they know how to pronounce it, it has some greenpeace association which is a killer, anything with peace is doa.

' Whitetrash Supreme, when only the best will do' . Then maybe 'Shemp, the most underappreciated product of all' or Try Shemp, better than you thought.

anonymous green
douglaslee wrote: Try Shemp,

douglaslee wrote:

Try Shemp, better than you thought.

Larry and Moe smoked it for years, but Curly... that's the stuff of legend.

JTaylor
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douglaslee wrote:Canada will

douglaslee wrote:
Canada will surpass us. I think a marketing project ought to be launched, maybe just as an advertising exercise in a university course to rebrand hemp.   It wouldn't cost anything, and focus groups could test the harvested options from the student projects semester after semester.

Regional names might be another way, red state brands would have to be something altogether different, they don't get biodegradable. If they know how to pronounce it, it has some greenpeace association which is a killer, anything with peace is doa.

'Whitetrash Supreme, when only the best will do'. Then maybe 'Shemp, the most underappreciated product of all' or Try Shemp, better than you thought.

If Canada surpasses us, it's because they're using our ideas and we're not.  The marketing project is already done.  It was done by the US Dept of Agriculture in 1942.  There is no higher authority (no pun intended, really) than the US Federal government.  We have video proof from the US Federal government that MARIHUANA, or MARIJUANA, or CANNABIS HEMP, or whatever name we call it, was legalized, taxed and regulated as a legitimate industry in the United States of America.  Why was this "dangerous gateway narcotic" legalized and taxed?  To protect global freedom and democracy from the Axis of Evil.

According to the USDA film, the US grew 14,000 acres of fiber hemp in 1942, and 300,000 acres of fiber hemp in 1943.  In only one year, the rate of production increased exponentially.  We can do the same thing with even better results now.  The best thing about Cannabis is that it doesn't care if it's growing in a Red or Blue state, and most of the People don't care, either.  It is only because of a handful of these banker/gangster/corporate bastard lobbyists that this resource isn't available to us like it was during World War II.  So how do we turn everyone on to this?  We demand that Hemp For Victory be played on national television so that the People see what they have to gain from lifting the ban on this resource now.

People in Blue states will go along with a new Hemp For Victory program because it creates jobs and ends war over fossil fuels and cleans the environment all at the same time, and people in Red states will go along with it because it creates jobs and defends American freedom by providing for our strong national defense.  The only people who aren't on board with this plan are the corporate whores in government that are keeping it illegal in the first place.

The longer that the People remain in the dark on this subject, the longer it will take us to put the wrong things right.

anonymous green
An open letter to the Lake

An open letter to the Lake County Board of Supervisors, Lake County, CA, August 11, 2012

Dear Lake County,

Despite what was said in response to my complaint, that the ordinance
you passed does not ban commercial cannabis cultivation, the Board
either lied during the meeting I spoke at, or is unaware of its own
law and its ramifications.

Here is the text:
AN URGENCY MEASURE ADOPTING AN INTERIM ORDINANCE PROHIBITING
COMMERCIAL MEDICAL MARIJUANA CULTIVATION AND...

Again, you passed an ordinance that violated its own words, by
allowing cooperative grows and then banning them.

Furthermore, limitations on what a patient needs to grow are not
lawful, and your ordinance unfairly restricts the poor, the landless,
those without vehicles to drive to large co-ops, and others.

The hysteria in the local population over cannabis was force-fed to
them. I remember Rivero, last year, at the time the ATF was running
guns over the border to Mexico, stating on Channel 8 TV that "The
green dope from Lake County is causing a bloodbath accross the
border." It's this type of dishonesty you all exhibit.

You lie, you cheat, you allow Rob Brown to violate fair election
practices and take advantage of conflicts of interest in his
properties without censure or rebuke from the Board, you allow a
crooked Sheriff to run rough-shod over everyone, and meanwhile, your
greatest resource, Clear Lake, festers in the run-off from your towns,
your septic systems, your ranches where cattle can walk in their own
excrement and then into the streams, and your vineyards.

The latest nutrient load paper published now blames cannabis for the
problems you've spent 180 years compounding with ignorance, while you
cherry-pick the science on the Lake and on Cannabis and stash the
county's funds in slush accounts.

And you say the growers and patients are the problem?

J'accuse.

No new taxes for Lake County, until you can prove where the money went
that you were given thus far.

That's about 2.15 Billion Dollars, according to your budgets for the
last 20 years, not to mention the 8 billion that disappeared without
cleaning up the mercury you've allowed to poison the county.

Al Green-------------------------------------Cooperative farming is a barter system considered commercial activity by IRS Topic 420. Commercial cannabis farming cannot be banned and allowed in the same document. http://www.lakeconews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=25938:board-of-supervisors-interim-urgency-ordinance-on-marijuana-cultivation&catid=46:legals&Itemid=303You can register complaints yourself:Rob.Brown@lakecountyca.gov, Anthony.Farrington@lakecountyca.gov, Jim.Comstock@lakecountyca.gov, Denise.Rushing@lakecountyca.gov, Jeff.Smith@lakecountyca.gov

JTaylor
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Cannabis Fun Fact

Cannabis Fun Fact #16,340,094:

The Drug Enforcement Agency classifies crack cocaine as a safer medicine than Cannabis Sativa.

According to the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, cocaine is rated as Schedule II, which is for drugs that have an historically-accepted medical use but have a high rate of dependency and abuse.  Opium and Morphine are also Schedule II.

Schedule I narcotics are those drugs which have no medical use whatsoever and have a high rate of addiction and abuse.  Marijuana is Schedule I.

Because crack is simply freebase cocaine, it is classified as Schedule II.

So, according to the US Federal government, crack is a safer, more acceptable medicine than weed.

Perhaps medical crack dispensaries stand a better chance of not being raided by the DEA than medical marijuana clinics.....

MrsBJLee
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Wow....that is pathetic! How

Wow....that is pathetic! How did this happen? It's outrageous!

DdC
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MrsBJLee wrote:Wow....that is

MrsBJLee wrote:
Wow....that is pathetic! How did this happen? It's outrageous!

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Good Fascists and Bad Fascists
Nixon's lumping Medicinal and Hemp into the mix after the 1937 Marihuana Tax Ax was overturned kept crude oil, trees, cotton, booze, pesticides, plastic and wars protecting the pillages free to profit, without competition. Just a coincidence? Nixon did what the international banksters and corporate status weird said to do. Nothing about law and order. Law and  odor work for big biz the same as the Washington politikons.

Spraying Ditchweed Could Devastate Game Bird Populations
Legalize It! Audubon Mag

Ok here's the logic of the insane DEAth. Not only are they using non psychoactive wild unkept ditchweed hemp as statistics to show higher eradications, proving they're worthy of more Congressional funding. They were spraying it with abortion causing chemicals. Ruining pheasant habitat small game hunters appreciated.

Chemical Cotton vs Organic Hemp

Again, the insanity of mostly red necks, goperverts and gunutz lapping up neocons dribble following the dung worriers into battle against legitimizing Ganja. The so called ops res Que killers for keyrist pro liffers are actually aborting more than R v W. Funding corporations outsourcing their livlihoods. Poisoning their streams, dirt and air for their kids to breath. Buying Wall Mart crude oil plastic made in China, like the flags they jerk to ward off commies. Eliminating an organic stronger softer fabric and non poison textile that used to be made in the very same closed down mills today. Those tinkling down to India.

Pro Life? Not even anti abortion

So what can we learn? Money "can't buy me love" but it can buy about anything or anyone else. No matter how silly or down right dangerous it seems logically. Someone will be lead to buy it and when they are Legislators, all of us are in deepshit Kemosabe. I really can't explain how Hemp or Ganja can be so demonized in this day and age when so many have done it, and it is so available to test. Bogus studies misleading gutter science. Banning research is a clue. Hiding studies another. When we authorize infallibility including the right to lie to the public . Scratch your heads, and stop it.

Stop all profits from Band Aids and change the goal from treatment bucks to prevention and cures. Cannabis is the most versatile plant on the planet. The only plant that identifies its sex, to separate before pollination, for us to produce healing for the nations. Hemp for the staples presently monopolized by the same polluters, election riggers, liars, scamps and mean people. Fire up a torch, sharpen up the pitchforks and lets go crash the gates and have s a good old fashioned public flogging and then lynch the masters of war. Causing us hell, to build a San Simeon castle with the blood of patriots. Selling yellow journalism lies, just for more money. Selling us poisons that make us sick just for more money. Buying more power to make us even sicker. Disposable labor and cage dwelling slaves.

FIBRE PLANTS
Hemp, The Children’s Encyclopedia, 1909

NEW BILLION-DOLLAR CROP
Popular Mechanics-February, 1938

One Pint (475 CC.) Fluid Extract (Cannabis Sativa).jpg
Contains Alcohol 80 Percent
Physiologically Standardized according to the U.S.P.
Use-Antispasmodic, Sedative and Narcotic
Average Dose-1.5 min. (0.1 cc.)
Antidotes-Emetics to remove as much as possible.
Strong Coffee as a respiratory stimulant.

Maple Sugar Hashish Candy
Starting in the 1860s, the Ganja Wallah Hasheesh Candy Company made maple sugar hashish candy, which soon became one of the most popular treats in America.

Starting in the 1990s, Today's entrepreneurs are making Ganja candy which hopefully soon becomes one of the most popular treats in America.

Cannabis Vodka
The 'Virtues' of Ganja
The Politics of Pot
The Ganjawar Fraud

Al Capone and Watergate were red herrings to divert the countries attention from the Fascist acts of eliminating competition. Booze/Ethanol or Ganja//Hemp.

miksilvr
Here is another use for hemp,

Here is another use for hemp, that has been mentioned in a few threads ... a substitute for corn in ethanol production, which would decrease upward pressure on food prices during a drought.

http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2012/08/severe-drought-creates-problems-ethanol-mandate-and-other-env-topics-friends-earth-mon

DdC
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Using corn was a sabotage by

Using corn was a sabotage by the power that be for the very reason you said. Corn is the world's base food crop and driving up prices only hurt the poor. Scrap vegetation, cobs and stalks just not the corn itself. I think besides ethanol, with Hemp there is bio diesel from the seed oil and cellulose for plastic and 3 fibers from textiles to fine linen. Many ways to reduce crude oil besides ethanol sabotaging the food crops. Not the first time Wall St has sabotaged alternatives. Ask Delorian. The Pharmaceutical corporations are doing the same thing with Ganja and the government seal of approval. Giving Bayer and GW distribution of their sublingual spray while keeping homegrown Ganja and Hemp outlawed for us.

Is The DEA Legalizing THC?

Cover-Ups, Prevarications, Subversions & Sabotage

JTaylor
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Hemp's contributions to our

Hemp's contributions to our energy demands are what make this plant so important.  Right now, 98% of the "Marijuana" seized and destroyed by the DEA each year is nothing more than feral hemp.  It's ditchweed that can't be used as a drug, but it can easily be turned into gasoline.  Our government agents just cut it all down and burn it.

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are about controlling fossil fuels for the next 50-100 years.  By reinstating the USDA's Hemp For Victory campaign and ending Marihuana prohibition again, hemp-based biofuels will be able to replace fossil fuels for transportation and production, greatly reducing and perhaps entirely eliminating the global use of fossil fuels, thus ending the wars for oil in the Middle East.

Perhaps when the US are no longer making deals with oppressive regimes like Saudi Arabia and Israel, or when the US stop training Islamic terrorists to be proxy soldiers, or when the US stop funneling money and guns to various tribal warlords, all in an effort to play God with their homelands over the black tar beneath their soil (and the other black tar coming from their poppies); perhaps when all of that stops, so too will the terrorists' revenge attacks against the US.

By legalizing "Marihuana" again to support our troops in the War on Terror, we will be able to domestically produce all of our own gasoline and electricity, and the wars for oil in the Middle East will end.

By legalizing Marijuana to help the war effort again, we can end these otherwise endless, unwinnable wars.

mjolnir
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JTaylor wrote:[...] but it

JTaylor wrote:
[...] but it can easily be turned into gasoline.[...]

I haven't kept up with the tech in a while but unless there has been a quantum leap forward in the enzymatic or destructive distillation of cellulosic materials this statement is a little overboard. Yes you can convert it but it is neither easy nor cost effective. I should note I am for the legalization of at LEAST industrial hemp. 

humanitys team
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Greed replaces common sense

Greed replaces common sense on our planet ,greed is a disease of fear,fear and guilt are the only enemies of man,we are all on the same team ,the level of society,s advancement is reflected inevitably,in the degree of its duality thinking.Social evolution is demonstrated by movement towards unity,not separation.

All life on our planet is built on separatism;based on duality.

That is why we will not even grow humanity's number one plant to benefit all of us?

The world needs new leaders who here will stand for humanity at the eleventh hour ?

We are all one and all of us have a stake in our collective future.

Anything that you can make from petroleum you can make from Hemp,and you would not have the huge plastic dumps floating on the pacific ocean for one thing ,the fossil fuel companies have to pay to clean there environmental suicidal mess up .

Nature is there to be used not abused ,as we are part of life and life supports all of us ,would it not be in our best interests to find out how to live sustainability ,do enquiring minds  not seek solutions to our predicaments and strive for another way to be on our wonderful planet ,our mother earth,our life giver do you have any idea who you are and what you are doing here ?

MrsBJLee
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Enquiring minds do seek

Enquiring minds do seek solutions to our predicaments and strive for another way to be on our wonderful planet however sadly too many who are at the top, who can actually make the change happen are not listening or even considering. We have to increase the level of noise that we are making!

MrsBJLee
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I finally got around to

I finally got around to checking out this article that you posted! We should all be calling or writing to our Senators and Congressional members to ask them to support this! Some of the text below & link for others to read.

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that would exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana. The bill, if passed, would get around the DEA's refusal to differentiate hemp from marijuana and could result in American farmers being allowed to grow the industrial crop.

The bill, Senate Bill 3501 , was introduced last week by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and cosponsored by Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR). It would amend the Controlled Substances Act to make clear that hemp is not a drug, even though it is part of the cannabis family. Hemp has much lower levels of THC than marijuana grown for recreational or medicinal purposes.

http://cannabisculture.com/content/2012/08/09/New-Bill-Could-Finally-Legalize-Hemp-US

 

 

JTaylor
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mjolnir wrote: JTaylor

mjolnir wrote:

JTaylor wrote:
[...] but it can easily be turned into gasoline.[...]

I haven't kept up with the tech in a while but unless there has been a quantum leap forward in the enzymatic or destructive distillation of cellulosic materials this statement is a little overboard. Yes you can convert it but it is neither easy nor cost effective. I should note I am for the legalization of at LEAST industrial hemp.

I admit that petroleum is more "efficient" than ethanol, but let's talk about "cost-effective."

We've been spending $2b every week in Afghanistan for ten years in a failed attempt to "secure" the region in order to build the TransAfghan pipeline that will transport nearly a trillion dollars worth of fossil resources out from under the Caspian Sea.  We've also spent hundreds of billions of dollars more in Iraq because "WMD posed an imminent threat to American freedom."  Since 2001, the US' taxpayer-funded drunken misadventures in the Middle East have been about protecting corporate investments in the fossil fuel industry.  Meanwhile, US police forces are wasting billions more cutting down and burning industrial hemp plants as the dreaded drug scourge, "Marijuana".  Meanwhile, mass-murdering drug cartels are profiting solely because Cannabis is illegal, just like the bootlegger gangs profitted during alcohol prohibition.  And we're spending even billions more in public taxes on private prisons to lock up thousands of non-violent marijuana offenders who should by all rights be free and growing hemp for the war.  Why do we spend so many hundreds of billions of dollars every year on destructive corporate endeavors when we don't have to?

If we're going to pay people to cut down all the hemp and burn it anyway, then why not legalize it like we did during World War II, let everyone pay a tax to grow it, then cut down the hemp plants and burn them in an incinerator that produces electricity for American homes and businesses?  Iraq never enters the equation.  Every state can do this, localizing production and limiting distribution costs.  How much money would we save annually?  How many lives would we save annually?

The money that We the People will save from ending the drug war, ending the oil war on terror, ending the environmental destruction of our entire planet, etc., etc., will far outweigh the costs of turning hemp into gasoline.  No more Exxon-Valdez, Chevron Frade Field or BP deep Gulf oil spills, no more Chernobyl or Fukushima or Three-Mile Island nuclear meltdowns, no more wasting billions of public tax dollars on corporate-owned, for-profit prisons to lock up marijuana growers who should otherwise be patriots contributing to our national defense, no more drug cartels using colossal black-market profits to legally buy automatic weapons and kill entire towns of innocent people, no more global deforestation for corporate profit, no more war for limited resources for corporate profit, no more shady deals with shady governments and shady terrorist organizations for corporate profit.

All of this is within our capability, simply by doing what we did during World War II.  They were called The Greatest Generation.  We can do better.

Hugh Downs, 1990, The Plant That Can Save Mother Earth

mjolnir
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@JTaylor   I would love to

@JTaylor   I would love to see the U.S.A. be able to tell the Saudi's to kiss it. I'm talking cellulosic ethanol v. starch-to-sugar grain alcohol. Right now there just isn't any comparison between the efficiencies of the two processes. It doesn't mean we shouldn't explore hemp as a fuel source, I'd love to see S.3501 pass. 

JTaylor
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This is from the US Dept of

This is from the US Dept of Energy:

Quote:
Cellulosic feedstocks offer many advantages over starch- and sugar-based feedstocks. They are more abundant and can be used to produce more substantial amounts of ethanol to meet U.S. fuel demand. They are waste products or, in the case of trees and grasses grown specifically for ethanol production, can be grown on marginal lands not suitable for other crops. Less fossil fuel energy is required to grow, collect, and convert them to ethanol, and they are not used for human food. There are challenges with harvesting, collecting, and delivering cellulosic feedstocks. Researchers are studying these challenges in an effort to formulate solutions to them.

http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/ethanol_feedstocks.html

You'll notice at that website that our Government has conveniently left out any mention of Cannabis Sativa.  The USDA Hemp For Victory film explains that because of its short growing season, Cannabis can be grown in rotation with other crops.  Hemp also grows in any soil condition, in any climate, so Cannabis is ideal for "marginal lands".  Industrial hemp grown strictly as a biomass crop - the same plants that the DEA is currently cutting down and burning anyway - would not interfere with food production.  Any amount of biomass hemp that is converted into useable fuel will end our dependence on foreign oil that much more.  But our society has to first admit that we have all been lied to, THC is not deadly, and this plant has much more to offer than just THC.

It makes sense for Representatives from the major Cannabis-producing states to be on board with hemp production.  Rand Paul from Kentucky is backing 3501.  Kentucky is mentioned by name in Hemp For Victory.  It would be interesting to see how Paul Ryan would respond to Cannabis legalization, considering hemp's historical importance in Wisconsin during World War II, as well.

It would be funny to see a 90-year-old Wisconsin farmer tell Paul Ryan how he used to grow pot for America and that's why Paul Ryan has the freedom to run as Vice President today.

mjolnir
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Only in terms of abundance at

Only in terms of abundance at the "feedstock" level. At the "process" level cellulosic ethanol conversion is much less efficient when you try to ramp up to production levels. That doesn't mean it can't be done, just that it hasn't been done. I live in KY. We were once the center of production for hemp. 

Sprinklerfitter
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mjolnir wrote: Only in terms

mjolnir wrote:

Only in terms of abundance at the "feedstock" level. At the "process" level cellulosic ethanol conversion is much less efficient when you try to ramp up to production levels. That doesn't mean it can't be done, just that it hasn't been done. I live in KY. We were once the center of production for hemp. 

What part of KY you from? I live just west of Louisville in Indiana......I read several history books at a museum in Salem some years back and hemp was a major source of income back in the early 1800 era in Indiana....Lots of ropes were made from hemp back in that day.

mjolnir
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Hey Sprinklerfitter  I live

Hey Sprinklerfitter  I live in Paducah down on the river. I went to U. of L. a long time ago. Ships of that era used tons of hemp in the ropes, sails, etc. Hemp ropes reigned supreme until manila came along. Hemp ropes had to be tarred to keep them from rotting, manila ropes didn't have that weakness.

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mjolnir wrote:Only in terms

mjolnir wrote:
Only in terms of abundance at the "feedstock" level. At the "process" level cellulosic ethanol conversion is much less efficient when you try to ramp up to production levels. That doesn't mean it can't be done, just that it hasn't been done. I live in KY. We were once the center of production for hemp.

What process are you referring to?  Pyrolysis is the process commonly used for turning organic matter into fuel.  Again, from the US Dept of Energy:

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Fast pyrolysis is a thermal decomposition process that occurs at moderate temperatures with a high heat transfer rate to the biomass particles and a short hot vapor residence time in the reaction zone. Several reactor configurations have been shown to assure this condition and to achieve yields of liquid product as high as 75% based on the starting dry biomass weight. They include bubbling fluid beds, circulating and transported beds, cyclonic reactors, and ablative reactors.

Fast pyrolysis of biomass produces a liquid product, pyrolysis oil or bio-oil that can be readily stored and transported. Pyrolysis oil is a renewable liquid fuel and can also be used for production of chemicals. Fast pyrolysis has now achieved a commercial success for production of chemicals and is being actively developed for producing liquid fuels. Pyrolysis oil has been successfully tested in engines, turbines and boilers, and been upgraded to high quality hydrocarbon fuels although at a presently unacceptable energetic and financial cost.
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/biomass/printable_versions/pyrolysis.html

Aside from the fact that their "presently unacceptable energetic and financial costs" are because they're using corn and not hemp, this supports what I said about petroleum being more "efficient" as a fuel but not very "cost-effective" when all the wars and death and white-collar crimes and pollution and diseases are factored in.

This is from Hemphasis.net:

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Pyrolysis is the technique of applying high heat to biomass, or organic plants and tree matter, with little or no air. Reduced emissions from coal-fired power plants and automobiles can be accomplished by converting biomass to fuel utilizing pyrolysis technology. The process can produce, from lingo-cellulosic material (like the stalks of hemp), charcoal, gasoline, ethanol, non-condensable gasses, acetic acid, acetone, methane, and methanol. Process adjustments can be done to favor charcoal, pyrolytic oil, gas, or methanol, with 95.5% fuel-to-feed ratios. Around 68% of the energy of the raw biomass will be contained in the charcoal and fuel oils -- renewable energy generated here at home, instead of overpaying for foreign petroleum.

By regionalizing Cannabis production and limiting distribution costs, we can lower gas prices and only lose a little bit of fuel efficiency compared to what petroleum gives us.  And that small loss of efficiency will be more than compensated for by cleaner air, soil and water, an end to wars for oil and other limited resources, an end to Exxon-BP-Chevron oil spills contaminating the entire food chain for millions of species, an end to global deforestation and environmental devastation, an end to the private/profit prison industry lobbying our Congress to brand otherwise law-abiding citizens as "criminals", etc.

Hemp grows every 3-4 months, and the shelf-life of ethanol seems to be about 3 months.  Thousands of people will have jobs in every state making new gasoline every three months.  Without OPEC and war.

If we need more gas, we grow more hemp.

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I am talking about the

I am talking about the production of either grain alcohol or cellulosic alcohol. As far as I know no one uses corn GRAIN for pyrolysis. From the link you gave: "In the 1990s several fast pyrolysis technologies reached near-commercial status." I have said before it may scale up but here we are 12-15 years later and still no joy.

Pyrolysis oil is an entirely different fuel source more correctly seen as a feedstock. Hemp would almost certainly cheapen the cost of pyrolysis oil which could then be converted to ethanol, methanol but I haven't seen any studies from places where it is legal to grow, Canada, ?, to support that contention.

I hope Wyden & Paul are successful but I won't hold my breath. 

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mjolnir wrote:JTaylor

mjolnir wrote:
JTaylor wrote:
[...] but it can easily be turned into gasoline.[...]

I haven't kept up with the tech in a while but unless there has been a quantum leap forward in the enzymatic or destructive distillation of cellulosic materials this statement is a little overboard. Yes you can convert it but it is neither easy nor cost effective. I should note I am for the legalization of at LEAST industrial hemp.

Hillbilly's or as they prefer, Appalachian Entrepreneurs have been distilling alcohol for centuries, I don't think they have ever been accused of being a quantum leap. Just removing the leaks from the oil tankers would make it worhwhile. Let alone the spills and pipelines breaking. Plus it's carbon neutral and the most versatile plant on the planet to remove even more fossil fools addiction. Anything made from polluting fossil fools hydrocarbon can be made by homegrown carbohydrates like veggie oil plastic or fuel. Breaking down the cellulose can be natural retting or chemicals. Depending on the crop. The problem most have is they refuse to understand or accept that  this entire prohibition is based on lies. So basically only the prohibition profiteers, including ff competition and the blind following gullibles continue to argue against legalization. Especially hemp. By relating it to Ganja that was never dangerous to begin with.

Nixon's lies can never produce victims other than from prohibition, not Ganja and certainly not Hemp food, fuel and fiber. The drug companies keeping competition out of the market is why Ganja is illegal. Hemp was never outlawed by the 1937 tax act. Nixon lumped it into the CSA in the early 70's while the planet watched Watergate. Same with medicinal, never outlawed by Anslingers lies in the 30's. So fearing hobgoblins or more than likely trolls fearing truth are the only difficulty in producing the same tractor fuel farmers produced before the 18th amendment outlawed them. Home stills were the only thing prohibited after the 21st amendment repeal. Coincidence? I think not.

HEMP FOR FUEL: Energy Farming in America
Pyrolysis has been used since the dawn of civilization. Ancient Egyptians practiced wood distillation by collecting the tars and pyroligneous acid for use in their embalming industry. Methanol-powered automobiles and reduced emissions from coal-fired power plants can be accomplished by biomass conversion to fuel utilizing pyrolysis technology, and at the same time save the American family farm while turning the American heartland into a prosperous source of clean energy production. BIOMASS CONVERSION to fuel has proven economically feasible, first in laboratory tests and by continuous operation of pilot plants in field tests since 1973. When the energy crop is growing it takes in C02 from the air, so when it is burned the C02 is released, creating a balanced system. Biomass is the term used to describe all biologically produced matter. World production of biomass is estimated at 146 billion metric tons a year, mostly wild plant growth. Some farm crops and trees can produce up to 20 metric tons per acre of biomass a year.

Henry Ford and the hemp fueled and fabricated car he “grew from the soil” are shown in this photo with the original caption as appeared in Popular Mechanics in December 1941.

Hemp Powered Car Tours US, Canada

Hemp: Food, Fuel and Fiber

Cannabis Fiber for Construction and Industry

Cannabis Stalks for Fuel

Bioenergy technologies help protect the environment by making use of renewable plant material such as sawdust, tree trimmings, rice straw, hemp, alfalfa and switchgrass; poultry litter and other animal wastes; industrial waste; and the paper component of municipal solid waste.

Cannabis Fuel ddc

The Journey to Forever Project
More and more people all over the world are doing that now, it's spreading like a weed. You don't read about it in the media, and Big Oil doesn't have a clue that there are many, many millions of gallons of petro-diesel a year that they're not selling.

Moonshine isn’t just for hillbillies anymore.

Run of the Hillbilly Flute
Look no further!!! The Hillbilly Flute is handmade using the highest quality copper components on the market. This design has been around for many years on the commercial level, but was scaled down to a hobby sized still. Just like the commercial perforated plate distillation columns, the 4” Hillbilly Flute has an astounding take off rate while producing a high alcohol content, full flavored distillate

Easy Ethanol Production
Easy Energy Systems, Modular Energy Production System (MEPS®) is unlike any other liquid biorefinery in the market today. The MEPS® creates energy using various food and beverage waste, dairy waste and energy crops. As the industry evolves, new waste materials and crops will be introduced for fuel production. The MEPS® platform will easily adapt to those opportunities.

Modular design, flexible front and back-end modules, coupled with the open architecture of the MEPS® platform, solves critical issues of fuel and chemical production today while providing flexibility and adaptability for tomorrow.

Hemplastic or Fossil Fools Crud
It is twice the size of the continental United States, yet you cannot set foot on it. Scientists have named it "Plastic Soup", and appropriately so. Floating in the Northern Pacific Ocean lays a huge expanse of plastic refuse. This garbage patch is actually two attached areas on either side of Hawaii, known as the Western and Eastern Pacific Garbage Patches.

Hempanol
In this day of oil wars, peak oil (and the accompanying soaring prices), climate change and oil spills such as the Exxon-Valdez, it's more important than ever to promote sustainable alternatives such as hemp ethanol. Hemp turns out to be the most cost-efficient and valuable of all the fuel crops!

OPEC Fossil Fuels vs American Homegrown Bio-diesel
"Biodiesel as an alternative fuel is considered a more cost efficient choice among the available technologies for transit systems this size," said Richard Matthews, Transit Director of Athens. "The high capital costs associated with renovating the maintenance and fueling facilities to operate equipment on compressed natural gas is not present with biodiesel. The only facility modifications needed are a separate fuel storage tank and pump. Facility modifications were necessary for this project because only two buses were operated on a biodiesel blend. If a bus system would switch the entire fleet to a biodiesel blend, separate infrastructure would not be necessary. No modifications to the equipment are needed if the vehicle is run with a blend of 80% standard diesel and 20% bio-fuel. A vehicle can be run on a "neat" or 100% biodiesel, but some fuel system components may need to be changed."

High on Hemp
Hemp is environmentally friendly crop that doesn't require massive applications of fertizilers and pesticides to thrive. It doesn't deplete the land and grows under adverse conditions. Virtually every other country in the world allows its cultivation and are developing its industrial uses which include the extraction of oils for food to the making of bricks for low cost housing. This is the crop that could save the family farm in America.

STOP the Fossil Fools Pipedream, Again! Got Hemp?
We’ve always suspected that the Army Corps, an agency with an abysmal environmental track record, would rubber-stamp the Keystone XL southern segment. But the extent and nature of the stonewalling and secrecy displayed by the agency during this review would shock even a seasoned D.C. insider. It’s taken grassroots outrage and media scrutiny to pry from the Army Corps even basic details about the process.

Al Capone and Watergate were red herrings to divert the countries attention from the Fascist acts of eliminating competition. Booze/Ethanol or Ganja//Hemp.

 

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mjolnir wrote:I am talking

mjolnir wrote:
I am talking about the production of either grain alcohol or cellulosic alcohol. As far as I know no one uses corn GRAIN for pyrolysis. From the link you gave: "In the 1990s several fast pyrolysis technologies reached near-commercial status." I have said before it may scale up but here we are 12-15 years later and still no joy.

Pyrolysis oil is an entirely different fuel source more correctly seen as a feedstock. Hemp would almost certainly cheapen the cost of pyrolysis oil which could then be converted to ethanol, methanol but I haven't seen any studies from places where it is legal to grow, Canada, ?, to support that contention.

I hope Wyden & Paul are successful but I won't hold my breath.

Don't wait for Wyden or Paul to do anything.  Do it for yourself.  You're a free American.  At least, until the cops shove a gun to your head.  Here we are years later and technology has advanced so much but we aren't allowed to use it to its full potential because Marijuana is still illegal.    Hemp ethanol is being produced all over the world but not on the scale that it should be.  The US makes "Marihuana" production illegal through the UN so the entire global industry is hindered.

The US Federal government and their OPEC bosses on Wall Street use some very disgusting tactics to force poor countries to outlaw hemp production.  Food aid to third-world countries is one way that it's done - it's practically blackmail.  "We'll give you food if you don't grow weed."  And the countries have to go along with it because they're starving.  And they're not allowed to grow hempseed to feed themselves because then the US and the UN will choke out their dirt poor countries with life-threatening sanctions and maybe even run drone strikes on them as part of the global war on drugs.  The whole situation is sick and it's getting worse.  Until the People of the United States of America legalize "Marihuana" again, the corporate servants in the US Federal government and their compliant puppets in the United Nations are going to continue to enforce this global ban and we will continue to remain unaware of just how much we can accomplish with Cannabis Sativa and the farming methods and technology available today.

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E85 is 85% ethanol + 15% gasoline. The United States produces mainly biodiesel and ethanol fuel, which uses corn as the main feedstock. In 2005, the U.S. overtook Brazil as the world's largest ethanol producer. In 2006 the US produced 4.855 billion gallons of ethanol. Highly lignified wood is durable and therefore a good raw material for many applications.
http://relegalize.info/hemp/08-organic-biofuel.shtml#E85

Here's this from the State of Texas:

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About 90 percent of ethanol in the U.S. is made from corn, due in large part to federal subsidies to encourage the production and consumption of corn-based ethanol.  Cellulosic ethanol, by contrast, is produced from wheat straw, corn stalks (called stover), sawdust, rice hulls, paper pulp, wood chips, energy cane, sorghum, miscanthus grass and switchgrass, all of which contain cellulose and hemicellulose, which can be converted into sugars and then fermented into ethanol.

At present, corn is much easier and cheaper to process into ethanol than cellulosic biomass. However, compared to corn, cellulosic biomass crops require less energy, fertilizer, pesticide and herbicide to grow.  Cellulosic ethanol production may not become economically feasible for a number of years, although the basic technology has existed for more than a hundred years.
http://www.window.state.tx.us/specialrpt/energy/renewable/ethanol.php

Texas doesn't mention that we only use corn because hemp is illegal.  Hemp is overall better than corn, more cost-effective than corn, more efficient than corn, easier to harvest than corn, will not interfere with corn or food production (and will actually increase food production), can be grown on more land than corn, can make more products than corn, and 98% of the "marijuana" seized and destroyed by the DEA each year is wild hemp.  We first have to legalize it and then the numbers will become clear.

Most of the studies are based on corn or sugarcane fuels, not hemp, so it seems that we just won't know the full scale of the global hemp-based biomass energy market until "Marihuana" is legalized again and allowed to flourish.

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Free Speech TV played a

Free Speech TV played a documentary called Hempsters, about the Kentucky hemp trade.  It was a very good piece about the difference between smokeable marijuana and industrial hemp, and how the legislation that is supposed to separate the two is being shot down by anti-drug fanatics.  The fanatics simply don't understand that people can't ever get high from smoking industrial hemp.

One criticism that I had about the episode was that they played clips from Hemp For Victory which focused on the Kentucky hemp industry during World War II, but like every other time that I've seen Hemp For Victory on the air, they left out the Special Tax Stamp that clearly reads, "PRODUCER OF MARIHUANA."  If our government legalized hemp, why did the licenses say MARIHUANA?

Can we tell the difference between hemp and marijuana?  Yes.  Can our government tell the difference?  Absolutely.  Does the US Federal government care at all about the differences?  No.  The purpose of marijuana prohibition was to outlaw industrial hemp.  So in order to legalize industrial hemp, our government had to legalize Marihuana.  So is the case again.

I applaud the makers of the documentary and the featured activists for their passion in getting this information out there, but I see too often the legalization movement thinking that they can get the government to go along with legalization by separating the definitions of hemp and marijuana in proposed legislation.  The legislation fails even though it has nothing to do with drug use, and as the activists in the film point out, growing hemp near marijuana will actually ruin the drug aspects of marijuana.

However, our government simply does not care about the differences of hemp and marijuana because both plants are Cannabis Sativa.  And for 30 years now, the US Federal government has carried the attitude of "Just Say No" to any amount of logic or reason put forth to end the War on Drugs that never would have happened in the first place had that SOB Richard Nixon bothered to listen to the science.

It seems like the legalization movement is trying the wrong tactics.  Hemp For Victory is the most devastating piece of information that the legalization movement has against Federal prohibition because it shows full Federal legalization of both industrial hemp and "Marihuana," so that USDA film is what we should be focusing on.  In my opinion, based on what I've studied, the government can "just say no" to legalizing drugs, but they would change their tune if we can play Hemp For Victory to the struggling farmers of the midwest and convince them to demand that Congress reinstate this very successful and beneficial Federal operation.

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There are too many issues to

There are too many issues to count that are in the balance for the majority of Americans this election, and hardly anyone realizes that most of our current problems can be limited or solved completely with Cannabis Sativa.  If anyone cares to, please name any dilemma that our society faces today, and I will try to explain how the legalization of marijuana can help solve it.

From limiting corporate campaign contributions to reversing the Greenhouse Effect to teaching children how to read, there is virtually no aspect of our modern culture that will not benefit from the production and use of this resource.

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Just a friendly reminder

Just a friendly reminder before the election (it won't be the last) that the legalization of Marihuana during World War II gave the US military the equipment needed to stop the Holocaust, provided thousands of jobs in nearly every facet of American production, and aided in bringing the US out of the Great Depression.

It needs to be considered when we're still fighting an endless war and we have high unemployment rates.  Legalizing Cannabis worked before with massive success, and it will work again.

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Alberta Farmers Cashing in on

Alberta Farmers Cashing in on Hemp Farms

Many Alberta farmers have taken to hemp to round out their crops and some say they're making a tidy profit.

According to a recent study done by Alberta Agriculture, farmers in the province seeded the most hemp in all of Canada at 6,434 hectares last year.

The preliminary estimate for this year is 8,000 hectares.

"As long as we keep making money we'll keep growing it," says Will Van Roessel.

The Bow Island-area farmer is about to harvest hemp for the third straight year. continued

CalgaryFarmer.jpg

High on Hemp

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Unfortunately in the US, the

Unfortunately in the US, the people who are making the most profit from Cannabis are the same ones voting down the ballot initiatives to legalize it.  Many medicinal clinics and growers are still charging near to black market prices due to the threat of Federal prosecution.  It is often the growers who vote down legalization efforts in order to maintain those high prices to maximize their profits.

And let's not forget that the people who benefit the most from criminalization are the cartels.  Mexican drug lords have been shaking down medical growers in southern California for a good number of years.  "Pay us or die" tactics are still bringing what should be legal profits to illegal entities, and, of course, the DEA and other Federal agencies have their profits to maintain from raiding and eradicating grow sites, as well.  Keeping Cannabis illegal is the only way to keep the wealth generated from this industry in the hands of the few, even if those few are corrupt as all Hell.

Just like ending alcohol prohibition put the majority of bootleggers and vicious criminals out of business, so too will ending Cannabis prohibition.  But unlike alcohol production, Cannabis production can be universal, and the benefits to society will be far greater.

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As these "Super-Storms" get

As these "Super-Storms" get progressively worse and the majority of rational scientists continue to condemn our global society's unsustainable practices which contribute to the Greenhouse Effect, which spurs these storms to ever greater levels, it should be an important topic (especially with a Presidential election looming) that the government of the United States of America has intensified its efforts to eradicate Cannabis Sativa, an extremely important contributor to the world's natural processes, from existence, year after year, for almost seventy years.

These problems will only continue to get worse as long as we all allow it.

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Marijuana has been legalized

Marijuana has been legalized by popular vote in the states of Colorado and Washington.

http://money.cnn.com/2012/11/07/news/economy/marijuana-legalization-washington-colorado/

If only the Federal government would heed its own advice and end Cannabis prohibition.

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From England, 2006: THC cures

From England, 2006:

THC cures cancer.

http://www.labnews.co.uk/news/cannabis-destroys-cancer-cells/

Granted, this is not the simple THC that people ingest from smoking, but the marijuana plant contains certain necessary base ingredients to CURE CANCER.

In the US, this plant is illegal and the Federal government cuts down and burns, and incarcerates en masse the people who attempt to grow, a natural resource that contains the necessary ingredients to CURE CANCER.

Then there is this hyper-hypocritical nonsense from the US Federal government's own cancer website:

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Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a plant from Central Asia that is grown in many parts of the world today. In the United States, it is a controlled substance and has been classified as a Schedule I agent (a drug with increased potential for abuse and no known medical use).....

The use of Cannabis for medicinal purposes dates back at least 3,000 years.
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/patient/page2

Information such as this needs to be put out over the airwaves and spread from person to person so that the laws denying this resource to the public will be expunged.  As we see from recent votes in Washington and Colorado, the People are becoming more aware of the need to change our Cannabis prohibition laws.  So let's constantly drive the point home to everyone else.

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In February of 1938, just a

In February of 1938, just a few months after Cannabis was made illegal, Popular Mechanics magazine ran an article about hemp titled, "New Billion-Dollar Crop".

"American farmers are promised a new cash crop with an annual value of several hundred million dollars, all because a machine has been invented which solves a problem more than 6,000 years old."

http://www.jackherer.com/thebook/chapter-three/

http://www.hempfarm.org/BillionDollarCrop.html

The first sentence alone is intriguing enough, but the possibilities raised in the rest of the article are astounding, especially if applied today considering the global advances in technology and production in the 75 years since the article was written.

The legalization movement is often easily dismissed by the general public as being comprised of nothing more than a bunch of lazy stoners who just want to get high without being arrested.  It is only because articles such as this are not common knowledge.  But the more that people talk about it, the more common this knowledge will become.

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In Cannabis news,

In Cannabis news, Pennsylvania may be starting to wake up.

With all the insipid, roundabout gun-rights debates going on today, let's not forget that we might be able to lessen the frequency and severity of gun violence in the US if people had the option of smoking a bowl and relaxing.

The data for the economic benefits to the states that fully legalize Cannabis have yet to be made public but the savings to law enforcement budgets alone should be enough to get people's attention, not to mention the police being able to focus on more serious crimes.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/31/mitch-mcconnell-hemp_n_2593459....

"Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday came out in support of developing industrial hemp in Kentucky, becoming the most powerful voice to back the state's contentious effort.

"I am convinced that allowing its production will be a positive development for Kentucky’s farm families and economy," McConnell said in a statement. "The utilization of hemp to produce everything from clothing to paper is real and if there is a capacity to center a new domestic industry in Kentucky that will create jobs in these difficult economic times that sounds like a good thing to me."

McConnell joins fellow Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R), half of the state's six-member congressional delegation and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in supporting the push."

 

 

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We'll take their endorsements

We'll take their endorsements a step further.

We will also legalize marijuana again to use hempseed oil instead of high-fructose corn syrup, which will provide far greater nutritional value to virtually all food on the market, thus giving citizens a much healthier food source and lowering overall medical costs associated with heart disease, obesity, depression, etc.  Prominent compounds in Cannabis have also shown signs to cure cancer.  How much would curing cancer save in annual medical bills and insurance premiums?

As a safe, effective natural medicine for thousands of ailments, Cannabis will replace many overpriced and often harmful synthetic pharmaceuticals, thus lowering insurance rates and saving us hundreds of millions of dollars more each year in medical costs and class-action lawsuits against heavy-polluting pharma giant conglomerates.

Legalizing marijuana again will also negate most of the annual budget allocated to incarcerating so many hundreds of thousands of people in private-profit prisons, and free up the police and law enforcement to pursue real criminals such as international bankers who launder money for terrorists and government war profiteers.

Using hemp hurds for fuel instead of petroleum would remove the need to constantly be at war over limited resources, saving hundreds of billions each year in "defense" spending, plus the full $4T+ ongoing price tag for American atrocities across the Middle East and elsewhere.

Legalizing Cannabis again will achieve a peaceful rennovation of the global free market, crippling the elitist power structure maintained by the status quo and saving society billions annually.  We keep scrounging for an answer to all of these major problems when the answer has been growing along our railroad tracks and riverbanks for centuries.  It used to grow openly across our fields until some greedy oil barons wanted to corner the fuel market.

How much longer do we all want to keep fighting each other for whatever the 1% allows to "trickle down" to us while those same corporate criminals get away with mass murder and treason?  Americans need to take some responsibility for our government.  We the People are the government.

There is a much better alternative to what we're doing now.  Let's quit fucking around.

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U.S. Representative Massie

U.S. Representative Massie
Introduces Industrial Hemp Bill
in Kentucky — with 28 original co-sponsors!

“Industrial hemp is a sustainable crop and could be a great economic opportunity for Kentucky farmers,” said Rep. Massie. “My wife and I are raising our children on the tobacco and cattle farm where my wife grew up. Tobacco is no longer a viable crop for many of us in Kentucky and we understand how hard it is for a family farm to turn a profit. Industrial hemp will give small farmers another opportunity to succeed.”

 

☛ Signs of change
☛ High on Hemp
☛ Wars Are a Racket

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Does anyone care about any of

Does anyone care about any of this?  Do Americans actually want real answers to the real problems that we face as a nation, as a culture, as a species?

Even in the face of overwhelming scientific and sensible proof that Cannabis is not dangerous, and is actually extremely beneficial, the US Federal government has kept Cannabis illegal and corrupted one of our most important industries solely for the protection of consolidated corporate wealth.

The 1942 USDA HEMP FOR VICTORY program was the final word on the matter of Marihuana legalization in the United States, and our government purged it from our history books.  30 years after that, the 1972 report of the right-wing Shafer Commission was even more truthful, stating that marijuana prohibition is more detrimental to society than the use of the drug itself, but Cannabis still remains illegal in 2013.

The war on drugs is a lie.  It's a war on personal freedom and economic independence.  The war on terrorism is a lie.  War is terrorism.  Vietnam was a lie.  The Tonkin Gulf incident never happened.  Iraq was a lie.  There were no WMD to pose any kind of threat to anyone.  Your government lies to you.  They don't care about any of you, left, right or center.  They don't care about you, your children, your hopes and dreams, or your "rights".  They don't care if you're registered Democrat or Republican, or if you live in a red or blue state.  They lie right to your face through 1700 HD channels of shit.

No one gets angry.  No one even seems to care.  Americans just go along with it because "that's just the way it is."  In 2006, US soldiers handcuffed and executed a family including four children ages 6 and under in the Iraq village of Ishaqi.  The only person to face "justice" in that case was Bradley Manning for releasing government cables of the event.  That is just the way it is because We the People allow it to continue.

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Trouble is if Obama went

Trouble is if Obama went along with McConnell, McTurtle would reverse himself overnight.

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JTaylor wrote:Even in the

JTaylor wrote:
Even in the face of overwhelming scientific and sensible proof...

the US Federal government has kept Cannabis illega...

solely for the protection of consolidated corporate wealth...

You answered your own question...

You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of
the land. The common clay of the new West. You know... morons.

Like I said, they're living in an Airplane movie...

Elaine : The gear is down and we're ready to land.
Kramer : Alright, he's on final now, put out all runway lights except 9er.
Towerguy: Captain, maybe we ought to turn on the search lights now.
MCrosky : No, thats just what they'll be expecting us to do.

But I can still buy hemp food and oil products locally or online. My hemp clothing from my cap to my shoes can also be bought locally or online. I can grow my own reasonable amount or for patients by state law and imho Federal law, as long as no selling or giveaways happen. The farmers are coming around and the economy isn't getting any better, or the foreclosures any less. We can only inform, its up to the people to stand up for what is right or bow down in obedient silence. As with the hypocrisy of the pro life bible belt abortionists. As they have done even longer buying into the first prohibition on ethanol. All in all, stealing from the NOW slogan. We Have Come A Long Way Baby...

Al Capone and Watergate were red herrings
to divert the countries attention from the
Fascist acts of eliminating competition.
Booze/Ethanol or Ganja//Hemp.

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Phaedrus76 wrote:Trouble is

Phaedrus76 wrote:
Trouble is if Obama went along with McConnell, McTurtle would reverse himself overnight.

So why don't We the People reverse both of them?  The HEMP FOR VICTORY film survived the government censors.  The cat is out of the bag, so to speak.  Given the facts presented by the US Federal government in this film, there is no logical reason to continue Cannabis prohibition in any form.

Let everyone on facebook and twitter know that American teenagers grew hemp for highschool credits.  Do you know who those teenagers were?  Your parents and grandparents.  Americans paid a tax to the government and legally grew Marihuana.  Do you know who they were?  Your friends' parents and grandparents. Many normal, hard-working American families were paying taxes and growing pot to defend peace and liberty for future generations like you.

And they were smoking it, too.

Society did not descend into a cannabilistic apocalypse of braindead meth junkies, so there is no reason to think that this would happen today.  We aren't talking about some ancient time of Lincoln or Columbus or Socrates.  It was World War II.  There are still people alive today who can tell us about it.

America grew Marihuana for the war.  Since that time we could have been growing legal Cannabis and providing jobs for Americans throughout the Cold War, Vietnam, Panama, the Persian Gulf, the war on terrorism, and even the war on drugs.

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Trouble is if Obama went along with McConnell, McTurtle would reverse himself overnight.

Most already assume that the bill will never get a vote. Rand Paul is siding with his father and McTurtle has to deal with the Kentucky economy and citizens and farmers knowing Hemp was a cash crop and could be again.

The CSA is bogus and until it is treated like any other legislation, they will perpetuate the war. Its never been about zero tolerance or the kids, Wall St competition to the crude oil and cotton pesticides is the problem. Fascism but no one is ready to use the "F" word so we wait...

These are obviously not rational people, just ugliness wrapped up in profits.

The lazy dishonesty of the ONDCP

Rafael Lemaitre, Communications Director for the Drug Czar’s office, made this post recently: Drug Laws: Why Do We Have them, and Do They Work?

For an office that claims to want to follow science, they go out of their way to bend not only science to fit their ideology, but language as well.  continued...

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So why don't We the People reverse both of them?

I think a few big named bands could gather a small woodstock and protest the CSA but it would probably take more than signs and they only profit on caging dissidents. I've been debating farmers 40 years on this and some are coming around. Some will never come around as long as they are told its for the kids. Farmers have the largest stake in Hemp and Willie Nelson has proven it can be done as well as the 30 some countries growing it. I remember when the farmers drove their tractors into the reflecting pool after Carter boycotted the Olympics over the Russian wheat crop fiasco. That is what it will take. The family farmer is losing ground and land daily to the big ag chemical corporations. That is the bottom line about Hemp being lumped into the mix by Nixon. too much synthetic nonrenewable competition. Plus the fossil fools make us sick so they get to sell even more chemicals in the form of white powder pharmaceuticals. Its the longest war for a reason, and you know what they say about that.

War Is A Racket

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The HEMP FOR VICTORY film survived the government censors.  The cat is out of the bag, so to speak.  Given the facts presented by the US Federal government in this film, there is no logical reason to continue Cannabis prohibition in any form.

Jack Herer told me and wrote about, that he had to find evidence to locate documents and films because Reagan ordered all of the archives to be kept out of the computer, He said he had to search old index cards and some of the information was stashed behind books.

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Let everyone on facebook and twitter know that American teenagers grew hemp for highschool credits.  Do you know who those teenagers were?  Your parents and grandparents.  Americans paid a tax to the government and legally grew Marihuana.  Do you know who they were?  Your friends' parents and grandparents. Many normal, hard-working American families were paying taxes and growing pot to defend peace and liberty for future generations like you.

FIBRE PLANTS -- HEMP, from The Children's Encyclopedia

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And they were smoking it, too.

American High Society
US Civil War Generals Were Hash Heads
Signs of change

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Society did not descend into a cannabilistic apocalypse of braindead meth junkies, so there is no reason to think that this would happen today.

'After Two Puffs, I Was Turned Into a Bat'

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We aren't talking about some ancient time of Lincoln or Columbus or Socrates.  It was World War II.  There are still people alive today who can tell us about it.

About the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance
Industrial Hemp Production in Canada

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$100,000.00 Challenge to the World...to Prove Us Wrong!

    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!

    Sponsored by: H.E.M.P. (America), Hanf Haus (Germany), Sensi Seeds/Hash Marijuana Museum (Holland), and T.H.C., the Texas Hemp Campaign (America).

    For details contact Jack Herer’s organization, Help End Marijuana Prohibition (H.E.M.P.) / 5632 Van Nuys Blvd. #310 / Van Nuys, CA 91401

    (818) 988-6210 / Fax: (818) 988-3319

Jack Herer’s “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” 11th Edition

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America grew Marihuana for the war.  Since that time we could have been growing legal Cannabis and providing jobs for Americans throughout the Cold War, Vietnam, Panama, the Persian Gulf, the war on terrorism, and even the war on drugs.

The Hippies Were Right All Along -- We Knew That
High on Hemp