- From: VFW <georgeswk@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2010 21:13:29 -0700
It is worth mentioning that Robert Deitch's book,
"Hemp: American History Revisited" explains that the
Great Depression was not caused by the Wall Street
stock market crash of '29, but by Prohibition (the 18th
Amendment that prohibited alcohol from 1920 until it
was repealed in 1933). Other businesses, besides the
production of alcoholic beverages, that used alcohol
were ruined. Deitch claims that the big oil interests,
like Rockefeller (Standard Oil) and Mellon (Gulf Oil)
demonized alcohol, not on propagandized moral grounds,
but to eliminate competition. The automobile industry
was in its infancy and they wanted to corner the market
on energy, so they devised a plan to knock out the
competition of alcohol powered vehicles.
Later, in 1937, after relentless lobbying, they did the
same thing with hemp, and through deception and
demonization of marijuana, hemp was outlawed. -Hemp
contains only miniscule trace amounts of THC (the
active agent in marijuana), yet it is considered a
Hemp is a low maintenance plant that needs no
pesticides or herbicides, and can produce Oil, paper
products, biodegradable plastics, medicine and textiles
(it is also a super nutritious food). Because the
Robber Barons (Rockefeller and Mellon- oil, DuPont-
chemicals and Hearst- paper) were threatened, they
joined together to outlaw hemp.
Hep was later needed during WWII, so its cultivation
was allowed in the US. Hemp was a threat to the
Rockefellers not only because it produces oil, but also
because Cannabis has uses as a medicine, thereby
threatening their pharmaceutical drug monopoly. Nelson
Rockefeller, as govenor of New York, in 1973,
established ma-ijuana as a Schedule I narcotic drug,
through the "Rockefeller Drug Laws" which had harsh
penalties for the possession and sale of drugs
(including marijuana) that could result in a sentence
of 15 years to life. As other States followed suit,
this became the cornerstone of America's abysmal 'War
California was the first State to defy the federal
government in de-criminalizing marijuana for medical
use, through the 10th Amendment (States' rights).
Fourteen other States have followed suit. California
will be vote on marijuana legalization in November;
this may pass because the government wants to tax it.
Ironically, in 2006, a bill to allow hemp farming
passed both houses of the California legislature, but
collectivist Arnold Schwarzenegger, in another act of
cowardice, vetoed the bill because he said that
marijuana and hemp are indistinguishable under federal
law. Hemp could go a long way toward saving
California's bankrupt economy.
Interestingly, California will have an initiative on
the ballot in November to legalize marijuana. This
means that if it passes, anyone can smoke marijuana for
any reason, as opposed to limiting it to medical
marijuana use. This is important for 2 reasons; first,
it would open the door for Hemp cultivation for food,
oil, natural plastics, paper, etc. The second reason
this is important is because it would nullify the
federal drug laws, thus enforcing the Tenth Amendment
for state sovereignty.
Jack Herer sez;
"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!
Money! What a concept.
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