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. ~