Honor Our Hemp-Raising Patriot Heroes

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  Honor Our Hemp-Raising Patriot Heroes

Posted by CN Staff on July 03, 2009 at 13:42:06 PT
By Harvey Wasserman 
Source: Huffington Post 

USA -- It is our patriotic duty to honor our Founding Heroes, America's greatest hemp growers.George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison -- virtually all Revolutionary Americans who had access to land -- embraced hemp's critical role in our early economy. Accordingly, they raised it in mass quantities.
We must now honor them by demanding its immediate legalization, to save our economy and our ecology.For rope, for paper, for clothing, for food, for fuel, this miracle plant has been a critical crop for cash and survival for 6,000 years, since the onset of ancient China.Today it is a multi-billion-dollar product there and in Germany and Canada, among other major economies.There is no rational reason for hemp to be illegal. Some law enforcement "experts" say it resembles marijuana, and therefore must be banned.What are they smoking? Certainly not hemp, which gives its imbibers little more than a splitting headache and a nasty cough.Today, marijuana is the largest cash crop in many states and regions of the United States. A billion dollars-worth of it was purchased under medical auspices last year in California alone. Properly taxed, its users freed from our overcrowded prisons, pot's legalization could offer a giant step out of our financial morass.But as an agricultural staple, marijuana pales alongside hemp. This miracle weed returns on its own year after year, requiring no pesticides, herbicides or special fertilizers. It is hardy, fast-growing and supremely productive.A single hemp plant can provide the basis for very high-quality rope, sails for ships, cloth for clothing, paper for documents, seeds for food and oil, the cellulosic base for ethanol, and much more. It is the feed of choice for untold numbers of birds and land animals. It can be the basis for innumerable stressed eco-systems where it survives and thrives with virtually no human input.As a staple spread across the Great Plains and through the rest of America's battered farmland, it could help restore our shattered crop base and our devastated rural economy.Presidents Washington and Jefferson -- both of them extremely advanced agronomists -- cataloged their techniques for growing hemp at great length. They would simply not comprehend the concept -- let alone the reality -- that hemp might be illegal.Early drafts of both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written on sturdy paper made of hemp.Now, more than ever, we need the essence of both the documents and the crop.Save Our Planet! Stimulate Our Economy!Honor our Founders! Be a Patriot! Legalize Hemp Now!-- Thomas PaineSource: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Harvey WassermanPublished: July 3, 2009Copyright: 2009, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comURL: Hemp Archives

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Comment #7 posted by JSM on July 04, 2009 at 18:41:44 PT

Buy Hemp Products 
Want this to change? Buy Hemp Products. Encourage everyone you know to Buy Hemp Products and to tell their friends exactly the same. This will work. 
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Comment #6 posted by tintala on July 04, 2009 at 13:12:28 PT:

Thats fer ser. Our indepedance really is a laughable concept. Where in the USA, we imprison more ppl for possesion of cannabis than all countries combined and HEMP is still illegal but we have a black prez... WOW. I am amazed at the gullabilty of our nation.
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Comment #5 posted by museman on July 04, 2009 at 10:27:02 PT

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Comment #4 posted by HempWorld on July 03, 2009 at 15:41:03 PT

There is no rational reason for hemp to be illegal
Welcome to the party! There is a rational reason for hemp to be illegal but it is a BIG secret ... sssh.
On a mission from God!
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on July 03, 2009 at 14:36:39 PT

Hemp For Victory - YouTube
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Comment #2 posted by duzt on July 03, 2009 at 14:19:59 PT

Smithsonion Institute
It's worse than that. They have removed all records of hemp all together. They say it sends a mixed message (we have heard that before) I don't take the Smithsonian seriously anymore. After the explanation I received, they seem to be inventing history there. To not mention such an important part of our history because it sends the wrong message (whatever that means) is to do a disservice to our history. We wouldn't have made it to this country without hemp and we wouldn't have been able to establish the colonies without it. History in this country has always been what we invent it to be, truth be damned.
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Comment #1 posted by ezrydn on July 03, 2009 at 13:59:35 PT:

I may be wrong but...
I've been told that at the Smithsonion Institute, the mention of Hemp in regards to the two documents mentioned above have been removed. Any truth to that? Anyone been there recently and noticed?Plus, if it IS Cannabis, isn't the Curator of the Institute breaking the law by containing contraband?Hummmmmm?
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