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What if a plant could save the economy, end the oil wars, restore the environment, improve everyone’s heath, provide nutritious foods as well as safer cars, healthier homes, better clothes, and more paper of higher-quality while protecting our forests? Would you agree it’s a super plant that America desperately needs?
Hemp is that plant. While the federal government bans the growth of industrial and medical hemp, marijuana reform is sweeping the states with over 80% of the country having reduced penalties for cannabis. The recent New York Times article “The Fight Over Medical Marijuana” documented the tragedies caused by this conflict. A medical hemp grower in Montana who was in compliance with state laws was arrested by federal agents and faces life in jail.
“As Feds Crack Down on Medical Pot, Groundbreaking Lawsuit Fights Back” shows the many legal aspects of this states’ rights battle. The film Code of the West addresses this issue by asking “Who gets to write the codes we live by?” California Gov. Jerry Brown reminded Obama recently, "It's time for the Justice Department to recognize the sovereignty of the states . . . We are capable of self government."
“R.I.P: Marijuana Prohibition” points out that the game just changed: “The citizens of Colorado, Washington and Massachusetts delivered game changing victories for the nearly fifty year-old cannabis law reform Movement . . . the die for major cannabis law reforms is now cast.”
In 2008, Obama promised to respect state hemp laws. Now’s the time to make good on that promise. In addition, Obama’s support for legalization of industrial and medical hemp would bring immediate Hope and Change -- and would reward Americans for still believing in him enough to give him 4 more years.
End the War on Drugs
Our Founding Fathers required farmers to grow hemp because it is so beneficial. Henry Ford created a hemp car powered by hemp ethanol. Canada’s hemp car, the “Kestrel”, will debut in 2013. Because of misguided policies, the US banned hemp in 1937. It’s time now for America to recognize industrial and medical hemp as national treasures.
“New Poll: 81 Percent Of Americans Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana” shows strong support for hemp as calls to end the War on Drugs escalate. Former President Jimmy Carter’s NY Times OpEd said: “Call Off the Global Drug War”. Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan made similar appeals. Ralph Nader pleaded, “Let Our Farmers Grow Hemp”.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), an international organization comprised of criminal justice professionals, called for an end to the War on Drugs. The Executive VP of LEAP describes the War on Drugs as “Public Enemy #1”.
America has dropped out of the top 10 most prosperous countries -- now in 12th place, down from 6th in 2008. The US is the only industrialized country with no hemp industry. We cannot afford to ignore hemp, the trillion-dollar crop! In his opposition to legalization of industrial and medical hemp, Obama is out of line with our best interests, American history, and the will of the American people.
Author and futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard said, "Without vision, the people perish...with vision we flourish". The secession petitions filed in November by all 50 states show that the country is falling apart for lack of a positive vision. It is urgent for Obama to announce an initiative that can inspire and save America! Legalization of industrial and medical hemp would unite the nation in a venture as visionary as the Peace Corps and would allow America to thrive!
Industrial Hemp: Trillion-Dollar Crop
Jack Herer, co-author of the ground-breaking book The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana said, “I don’t know if hemp’s gonna save the world, but I’ll tell you this… it’s the only thing that can”.
“Hemp - Could Save America” echoes that view. Legalization of industrial and medical hemp could be the Tipping Point that allows us to avoid the escalating financial, environmental, healthcare, and food crises, as well as the bankrupting wars. It could shift the country to a sustainable paradigm.
Some of the benefits of industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa) are:
- Cars – 10 times stronger and 3 times lighter than steel, biodegradable!
- Biofuel – replaces oil, saves environment, ends oil wars
- End Fracking of Our Water – hemp fuel would make coal unnecessary
- Plastics – replaces 6,000 products made from petroleum, saves land fills
- Homes – more energy-efficient, negative footprint, longer-lasting
- Clothes – more comfortable, warmer in winter, cooler in summer, durable
- Paper – 4x as much pulp as from trees, better quality paper, protects forests
- Foods/Drinks – mega-nutrition, superfood
- Free of Toxins -- does not need herbicides, fungicides, or pesticides
- Radiation Repair – reverses nuclear contamination of soil
Medical Hemp: Panacea
Medical hemp (Cannabis indica, aka “marijuana”) has been used in the treatment of over 100 diseases and ailments. However, the most revolutionary news is the discovery by Canadian Rick Simpson that the oil from the buds of the hemp plant is a cure all! He used the oil to treat 5,000 people – curing many “terminal” illnesses.
Simpson’s story is documented in the film Run From the Cure which can be found on his website at: http://www.phoenixtears.ca/. His new book PhoenixTears: The Rick Simpson Story covers the phenomenal rise of one of the most important movements in human history. In the amazing July 2012 interview “Max Igan Talks To Rick Simpson – Hemp As A Cancer Cure”, Simpson discusses the urgent need for countries to legalize medical hemp.
World Hemp Congress 2012
Max Igan’s speech at the World Hemp Congress 2012 provides an overview of the importance of hemp, the reasons it was banned, and why it should be legalized. He says change must be mandated by the people:
If we fail to act, we are through our own negligence risking life itself. [Hemp] provides mankind with one of the greatest opportunities for effective change we’ve have ever been presented with.Hemp Bills in Congress
The following bills are pending in Congress. If not passed, similar bills will need to be introduced in early 2013:
- H.R. 1831: Industrial Hemp Farming Act” to legalize industrial hemp.
- HR 2306: Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011”.
- S. 3501: Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2012”, a companion to H.R. 1831.
- An amendment to the “Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012” to legalize production of industrial hemp.
For more information on the wonders of industrial and medical hemp, please check my video Hemp Revolution 2012_New Hope! or search NaturalNews.tv for “Hemp Revolution 2012” where the video is periodically updated. If readers of this article take the video viral now, it can help ensure that industrial and medical hemp are legalized on a national level in America in 2013!
We can do this! Yes, we can!
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