industrial hemp

Prop 19, Hemp and George Soros

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Passage of Prop 19 in CA next week will not only go a long way to easing the fraud of the ‘war on drugs’ and the social injustices it promotes but it will also open the doors for reintroduction of hemp for industrial use

It would also intensify the states rights issue and maybe get folks thinking and acting along constitutional lines and fighting back against the feds and their over reaching criminal agendas.

But what’s troubling is when a new world disorderly  George Soros backs the proposition and contributes $1 million to get it passed. He even gets an ‘editorial’ in the Wall Street Journal.

Soros has agendas too. None of which are in our best interests.

Strange times indeed when some of us are on the same side of an issue as Soros. But that’s just for now. Plans are already being made for the corporate control of marijuana and possibly hemp. Monsanto will get the genetically modified contracts. 

As long as there are provisions to ‘grow your own,’ marijuana will not be completely taken over by the greedy corrupt corporations and tax and spend advocates but I get the feeling that Soros will eventually ‘move on’ and support to eliminate private cultivation.

Although he endorsed Proposition 19, noting that it would allow recreational use and small-scale cultivation, Soros also suggested “its deficiencies can be corrected on the basis of experience.”

What Happened to Hemp? Blame DuPont, Says Joe Baegant


The solution to our environmental woes is to end prohibition: Planting the seeds of their destruction

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by chycho

The best solution to our environmental problems is to end prohibition. There is no other viable option short of the immediate end to military conflict that will have the same positive impact on the ecosystem. Our first step towards a sustainable existence should begin with cannabis. Its assimilation into our civilization is the safest, simplest, most efficient immediate solution that we can implement in time to prevent an ecological catastrophe.

Cannabis is a plant, and its use is as old as civilization itself. It has thousands of immediate and potential applications. Its cultivation rejuvenates the soil, it can replace wood products, it’s medicinal, and it can be used as building material, textiles, paint, plastic, fuel, paper, food and body care. It is one of the most important bounties of nature. It’s a plant that we were meant to use.

So what’s the hold up? The short answer is America’s “War on Drugs”. The United States started a legislative war on this plant genus almost a century ago and they do not want to give up the fight.

The war on drugs is not a war between nations; it’s a corporate war on people, irrelevant of their nationality or ethnicity. It is a war against citizens of the United States and those of other nations. It’s a war without borders. It has gone through multiple mutations and over the last few decades grown into the monstrosity that it is today. It is a one sided war declared by nations on their citizens. A conflict not reciprocated by the citizens. It is a war that is sustained entirely do to ignorance, fear, and greed.

If there is such a thing as a just war, then the war on drugs is on the other end of the spectrum. It is the most unjust war that has ever been. It is a war exclusively waged for money. Every other war throughout history has had at least one other fathomable pretence. The war on drugs doesn’t.
The irony is that this war and the destruction that it unleashes can be brought to an end within an instant, if it was so desired. All that is required is to end prohibition, to repeal one law.

We know that the end to prohibition will have positive effects for our society because precedent for this has already been set. When prohibition of alcohol ended, so did most of the violence associated with gang warfare, as did much of the corruption in government. When prohibition ended, precious resources were made available again and a major source of revenue and employment was established through the sale of alcohol and its associated paraphernalia.

These same results have also been observed in Portugal’s experiment with drug decriminalization. The United Nations has also confirmed these findings in its annual report on the state of global drug policy, and many countries have been paying-heed and following Portugal’s example. Decriminalization is sweeping through major parts of Latin America as well as numerous municipalities and States within the United States of America.

The only reason that America’s Federal “War on Drugs” still continues to this day is because its so-called adversaries, criminal organizations and certain sectors of government, don’t want it to end since its continuation guarantees them flow of funds.

All of the above is common knowledge to anyone who has remotely researched this topic, or for that matter, even thought about it. After all, who in their right mind would ever approve of a war on nature, a war on a plant, a war on a plant that’s not even poisonous, a war on a plant that is actually beneficial for us, our society, and the ecosystem? You would have to be deranged to do such a thing. But this is exactly what we have done. We have been waging a war on a plant for almost a century. We have been waging a war on cannabis that spans the globe, costs trillions of dollars, destroys millions of lives, and consumes precious resources.

On the behest of certain corporations and a small minority that profit from prohibition, we have been waging a war on a plant that has the potential to help us reduce our ecological footprint. This must be the ultimate definition of stupidity, and if it isn’t, then it most definitely is the ultimate definition of psychotic.

So, the question is; how do we end this madness? How do we end the war on drugs? The answer is that we must destroy the beast that spawned this plague. The instigator, the aggressor in this war was, is, and continues to be the United States of America. They started this war and they are the main obstacle to peace. To end the global war on drugs, prohibition laws in the United States must be repealed.
{read the rest at The Peoples Voice}


Planting hemp seeds on DEA’s front lawn

David Bronner, left, joins Isaac Nichelson. (Photo By Jonathan Ernst For The Washington Post)

David Montgomery, in the Washington Post, has a delightful article about the symbolic planting that took place Tuesday at DEA headquarters by industrial hemp advocates.

The group included David Bronner of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, North Dakota farmer Wayne Hauge, and 73-year-old Will Allen, a farmer from Vermont. VoteHemp staff were there as well.

A total of six were arrested for trespassing and will have hearings this week. The expected fine is $240.

The DEA had nothing to say.

Phillip Smith has detailed coverage of this protest, including video, over at Stop the Drug War.
{source – Drug War Rant}

Bart Gordon on the Industrial Hemp Farming Act

Posted on Tennessee’s 6th district congressman, Bart Gordon, responded to my request that he back HR 1866, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act 0f 2009.

As usual on certain issues, Bart has no opinion. He will defer to the recommendations of his colleagues. This bill would be of great benefit to Tennessee’s farmers but Bart slides out the back door and will not take a stand. He’s sure the bill will never leave committee so he won’t make a public statement on it.

Dear Kenneth,

Thank you for sharing your support for the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. Hearing from you helps me better represent Middle Tennessee.

In this difficult economic climate, farmers need all the help they can get. This bill which would permit agricultural hemp farming has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. I look forward to reviewing the recommendations of my colleagues should this bill come to a vote on the House floor.

Again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to call on me again if I may be of assistance to you or your family.

Stay in touch,
Member of Congress

Ron Paul and Barney Frank… Allies?

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At times Congress has some strange bedfellows. Ron Paul and Barney Frank team up to propose states rights in allowing the growing of industrial hemp.

“Federal law is standing in the way of farmers in these states growing what may be a very profitable crop,” said Paul when introducing the bill.

Frank and Paul,in a letter [PDF] to congressional colleagues, note that “during World War II, the federal government encouraged industrial hemp farming to help the war effort.” {source}

Is This The Year That Congress Finally Says the Word “Hemp?”

By: Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

It’s that time of year again.

Texas Republican Ron Paul, along with ten co-sponsors, is seeking once again to allow for the commercial farming of industrial hemp.

House Bill 1866, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009, would exclude low potency varieties of cannabis from federal prohibition. If approved, this measure would grant state legislatures the authority to license and regulate the commercial production of hemp as an industrial and agricultural commodity.

Several states — including North Dakota, Montana, and Vermont — have enacted regulations to allow for the cultivation of hemp under state law. However, none of these laws can be implemented without federal approval. Passage of HR 1866 would remove existing federal barriers and allow states that wish to regulate commercial hemp production the authority to do so.

Upon introducing the bill in Congress, Rep. Paul said: “It is unfortunate that the federal government has stood in the way of American farmers, including many who are struggling to make ends meet, from competing in the global industrial hemp market. Indeed, the founders of our nation, some of whom grew hemp, would surely find that federal restrictions on farmers growing a safe and profitable crop on their own land are inconsistent with the constitutional guarantee of a limited, restrained federal government. … I urge my colleagues to stand up for American farmers and cosponsor the Industrial Hemp Farming Act.”

Is Congress listening?

Previous versions of The Industrial Hemp Farming Act were introduced in both the 108th and 109th Congress, but failed to receive a public hearing or a committee vote. In short, members of Congress decided that this issue was not even worth talking about!

But times have changed. The U.S. economy is down and unemployment is up. Further, we have a President who is championing the notion of ‘green’ (environmentally friendly) job growth. (And who has even appointed one of our own to serve as his special advisor.)

Will this be enough to finally convince members of Congress to break their silence and utter the “H” word? Why not ask them yourself?

source: NORML


Major Uses of Industrial Hemp