Permaculture And Cannabis


As a person (and a student of history) who has seen how our modern farming of mono-culture has turned Eden’s into deserts. We have polluted our farm lands, killed them, and have rendered them barren for profit. Worse part is the farmer is not the one receiving the profit. Bankers get most, with the Seed and Chemical companies getting the next big slice and last but not least, Lobbyists and Politicians get the next slice and then your churches and so on and so forth.

Point being the producer receives less than the others involved with getting the produce/product to the consumer; too pointy a model. I like flat models, producer to consumer no middle to inflate costs. What I like to call “Ones and Zeros”, only society creates grey areas. This is a basic bad business model, no grand conspiracy for a new world order, other than greed. Making something from nothing and doing nothing.

PermaCulture, what I like to refer to as Permanent Culturists & Sustainable Horticulturists with good pattern literacy, teaches this. It’s the core of the sustainable culture, land, people and surplus, The PermaCulture circle. Not Right Wing Survivalists or Left Wing nut tree huggers. But people who understand that man can no longer harm the earth the way he has for over 30,000 years for profit. There is no profit in a dead earth!

The Capitalists model has everybody with their hand in the till. The PermaCulture model is, you get what you sow and if you want to reap food, you sow this year, if you want food for ever, you plant trees. My take on things and I call it MagoZeroScape™. You put in nothing, you get nothing. But if you want paperwork, that’ll cost ya’ cash!  I hate paperwork, that’s why we invented computers, to do paperwork, Trust me I’m a witchdoctor.

It is so simple for me to see, that I am dumbfounded that others have to have pictures drawn for them. Generations of farmers have fallen into the mass consumer market and bought into it, mono-culture farming, huge acreage producing one kind of crop year after year and that is all they understand. I have always been tough, this is called tunnel vision and doing it over and over again, each year after 30,000+ and expecting different results, well, as one great mind once said, “That is insane.”

Basic permaculture design teaches a 5 zone design around your home, the Doctors of perma-culture, teach food forests and a 7 zone design. No matter which you learn, the basic model is flat, you go out your back door and harvest your food, year round. Any surplus you generate after feeding yourself goes back into the land, the earth, whether it is a marketable crop for cash or a crop to enrich your soil (a carbon harvest of so called weeds, also known as “Chop and drop tending of forests/zones”).

The witch Doctors of sustainable horticulture teach permaculture as a philosophy. Because of this, as it has been down through history, men who preach these words are called all sorts of things, labeled by those they oppose. Those who say it can’t be done that way. Me, I have more faith than that in man. I can see how man is awakening to the problems in the societies he has created. There are just so many, they all look alike after a while, and conspiracy is born.

No one evil group but many out to make a profit. They have taught us to rely on them and now they see what they have created and blame us in order to divert the blame and continue exploiting the earth for their profit. Permaculture teaches that we are hunter/gatherers and we spend less energy if we don’t have to go to the grocery store, a thing created by man to make profit, if we grow our own food. To me, once again being a farmer/fisherman, it’s a no brainer y’all. But ay, I was born and raised on the farm from Texas to South Carolina and back.

 A farm-boy moved to the big city of Austin and exposed to marijuana, at a young age. Growing and catching my own food has never been a project, it’s always been a chore. City folks, as it seems to me, don’t seem to know what chores are, everything is a project to them. Maybe it’s just my Flat model way of thinking, who knows, could be deep space pulsars and gamma radiation pulses (Carl Sagan theory). And we all know what a pothead Sagan was, total nut job. (smrk)

The legalization of cannabis in America, would give every person the ability to grow their own fuel, food, fiber and medicine. There is no profit in the system for us to be self-sufficient and non-dependent on our government, no taxes in it or kick-backs.

What kind of world would it be if we could all work out the back door and gather or create what we needed or wanted? I’d like to find out someday and I plan to always fight for that basic of human rights, to be self-sufficient and independent human beings. Toby Hemenway talks about how the American Indian was the last free man in America; in my opinion, it was the invasion of profit seekers who exploited the Americas. Be they brown, white, yellow or red, they exploited Americas for profit and continue to do so today. Till We Meet Again. ~






The New world was explored and discovered with the use of hemp. America was built with hemp, cannabis and marijuana.

Then in 1937 a crew of lairs, cheaters and thieves conspired, along with some members of our Congress, and used a campaign of racism and disinformation to make hemp and cannabis illegal, until 1942. During World War II, when Japan cut off our hemp supply. Patriotic American farmers from 1942 – 1945, who agreed to grow hemp were waived service in the military during World War II.

Sadly, the U.S. has not granted any large scale licenses to grow hemp since the 1950’s. Currently we have 11 states waiting for the DEA to approve their cultivation of hemp. The DEA’s response is that these hemp crops would be used as a cover for marijuana. They seem to have a problem telling the difference between hemp and cannabis. As a result of this ignorance, all industrial production of hemp products in the U.S. requires the importation of raw materials. This has led to higher production costs and decreased competitiveness in both domestic and international markets for America made hemp products. Canada grows industrial hemp and can offer these products cheaper than an American company that has to buy and import Canadian hemp.

Currently American cannabis farming is the number one cash crop in several states with U.S. yearly production estimates running into the billions of dollars that fund black-markets and supply medicine to a legitimate medical marijuana industry. Of the medical marijuana states, Oregon, Hawaii, Montana and California also have industrial hemp laws on the books and await DEA approval to plant the first industrial hemp crops in America since the end of World War II. It seems to me that there is no longer a need for DEA approval, especially if a state already has medical marijuana. Some want hemp and cannabis rescheduled from Schedule 1 to Schedule 3. I personally don’t see why it should even be a scheduled narcotic.

The medical value is a drop in the bucket compared to the economic value of the hemp plant. As my hero Jack Herer states in his book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, “Hemp is the number-one annually renewable, fully sustainable, non-pesticide-requiring and most abundant source of paper, fiber, fuel, food and medicine on the face of the Earth; with more overall uses than any other known plant. In other words, cannabis hemp is the greatest plant on Earth.”   So why should it be a scheduled narcotic?

There is no reasonable explanation other than greed. For too long greed has ruled our world, polluted our Earth and caused much death among our citizens. It’s time for people to wake-up and stop the greed that rules our government. Coal is not the answer; natural gas is not the answer. Nuclear power is not the answer. The tar sands of Canada can stay in Canada. Let our farmers grow the energy we consume. Industrial hemp is the answer.

 70% of a hemp crop is cellulose, which is used in the production of anything made from crude oil. It can be made in America, clean and renewable. An acre of hemp can produce 1,000 gallons of methanol or 500 gallons of gasoline, 90 million acres of land that is the “Soil Bank” (a huge chunk of land that the government pays farmers not to grow on); hemp doesn’t need prime agricultural land. We can grow the fuel America consumes, “Farming only 6% of continental U.S. acreage with biomass crops would provide all of America’s gas and oil needs, ending dependence upon fossil fuels” *(The Emperor Wears No Clothes and Manahan, Stanley E., Environmental Chemistry, 4th edition) There has always been argument on how much land we would have to cultivate with biomass crops to get the job done but the bottom line is without a change in the laws, it’ll never get done!

 “I don’t care what it is as long as it is Domestic fuel.” - A Texas oil man, T. Boone Pickens

 At a time when our manufacturing capacity is at an all-time low, I see no better time to retool, reinvest and reinvent this infrastructure to use hemp for biomass crops, for manufacturing feed stock and bring American jobs back home. The politicians will tell you it can’t be done. I say we can’t get it done with them in office. They vote No, they got to go! You want a Sputnik moment Mr. President? Then re-legalize cannabis, stop the Federal crackdown on states with legal medical marijuana, remove cannabis from the narcotics scheduling and let us grow what we need. Return cannabis to its rightful place as the most wonderful and useful plant on Earth!

Everything I have written about can be found in Jack Herer’s book The Emperor Wears No Clothes. I own one copy and call it my Bible. I encourage everyone to buy a copy and when you are finished with it donate it to your local library. I was sad to find that the Austin Public Library only had one copy and have been asking folks to donate a copy or two when they can. Spread the Truth! Till we meet again, Be Safe. ~