Hemp for Central America

Embracing and supporting the hemp industry in Central America could help ease the deplorable living conditions there as well as in other parts of the world. Our politicians know this – why can’t we seem to help?

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Doesn’t it break your heart to see all the people from Central America jumping onto trains with nothing more than the shirts on their back, in hope of possibly making it into the US? What would it be like to say “goodbye” to loved ones, jump on top of a smoldering hot train to travel to a foreign land in hope of a better life? Add to this the idea of uncertainty of what tomorrow will bring. Questions arise: What happens if I fall asleep and fall off the train? Will I ever see my mom and dad again? Will I ever make it home again?

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On the other hand it’s also easy to be frustrated with the politicians in Washington. We see them all dressed up for success and in fine form but doing nothing except bickering with each other over the immigration issue. None of them seem to have any real solutions to the human suffering going on in Central America. Perhaps this is why tensions are running so high in our nation’s Capitol.

Let’s help our friends out down in Central America by helping them build a more stable society in their own homeland, where they would rather be anyway. One way to accomplish this would be through establishing a thriving hemp industry. The benefits of the hemp plant are well known by the US government as noted in the “Hemp For Victory!” campaign during WWII.

Some benefits of hemp include: 1) Hemp seeds are a Superfood. The nutritional benefits of this plant are unmatched by most other sources of food. With hemp people could grow their own food giving them the ability to eat as much as they need. 2) Hemp can grow practically anywhere and it only takes 12-14 weeks to produce a mature plant with edible hemp seeds and useable plant material. 3) Hemp breathes in 4xs the amount of CO2 as most trees. 4) Hemp produces clean burning oil. 5) Hemp can be used for soap, lotions, shampoos etc. 6) Hemp makes very durable clothes, canvass, rope etc. 7) Perhaps the latest and greatest to make it’s debut in the hemp industry is a product called Hempcrete. Hempcrete is a natural, energy efficient building and insulating product that is being used to build homes. Here is an awesome site containing a video showing the construction of a house in Asheville NC. http://www.hemp-technologies.com/page15/page16/page16.html

Here is a link to Hemp Technologies home page. They cover it all. Check out the video of Henry Ford’s hemp car:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rgDyEO_8cI

But back to the desperate situation in Central America.  The only thing left now is to convince Uncle Sam and other world leaders what they already know, that hemp could help eliminate a substantial amount of suffering not only in Central America but other parts of the world. If we know of the benefits of hemp and continue to keep it out of the hands of the people, aren’t we then part of the problem?

Hemp Is A Schedule 1 Drug.

 

U.S. law governing hemp – from Kentucky Agriculture Department site http://www.kyagr.com/

  •  Under the current U.S. drug policy, all cannabis varieties, including hemp, are considered Schedule I controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA, 21 U.S.C. §§801 et seq.; Title 21 CFR Part 1308.11). Hemp production is controlled and regulated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It is illegal to grow hemp without a DEA permit. Cannabis varieties may be legitimately grown for research purposes only.
    Kentucky Agriculture Department.
  • THC levels for hemp generally are less than 1 percent. Federal legislation that would exclude hemp from the legal definition of marijuana would set a ceiling of 0.3 percent THC for a cannabis variety to be identified as hemp. Marijuana refers to the flowering tops and leaves of psychoactive cannabis varieties, which are grown for their high content of THC. THC levels for marijuana average about 10 percent but can go much higher.
    Kentucky Agriculture Department.

When many people hear that hemp is classified as a Schedule 1 drug they either don’t believe it or they laugh at how ridiculous this sounds. What is not so funny is the amount of hungry people in the US, Central America and Africa for instance, who could benefit from a robust hemp industry.

The US government is pouring huge amounts of (borrowed) money into border patrols and fences designed to prevent hungry people from sneaking into our country. The majority of these people are from Central America. Instead, shouldn’t we be working hard to improve the living conditions for the people living in Central America? The answer is yes, and the best way to accomplish this would be to revive the industrial hemp industry – not only in Central America but Africa and the US as well.

Just think what the industrial hemp revolution could do for all the hungry children, stagnant economies and even the environment. Hemp is the miracle plant of our time, breathing in 4x the carbon dioxide (CO2) of trees during it’s quick 12-14 week growing cycle. Trees take 20 years to mature vs 4 months for Industrial Hemp! Our forests are being cut down 3x faster than they can grow! One acre of hemp produces as much cellulose fiber pulp as 4.1 acres of trees!!! (Dewey & Merrill. Bulletin #404. U.S. Dept. of Ag 1916)

Does anyone see a downside to the re-legalization of hemp or the hemp industry? Since the USA is the only industrialized country that still prohibits hemp use – we could ask the rest of the world – even the communist countries(!) what they use hemp for – and if they have seen any unintended consequences from using it.

In all fairness – here is what the DEA has to say about hemp as a Schedule 1 drug. News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2001

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While most of the THC in cannabis plants is concentrated in the marijuana, all parts of the plant, including hemp, have been found to contain THC. The existence of THC in hemp is significant because THC, like marijuana, is a schedule I controlled substance. Federal law prohibits human consumption and possession of schedule I controlled substances. In addition, they are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for medical use.

The following lists are from the DEA web site.

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Imagine that – shampoo made with hemp is OK but a veggie burger made with nutritious hemp seeds is illegal because it may contain negligible amounts of THC. One would need to eat a veggie burger the size of an older model Buick in order to get high from a hemp seed burger!

If I were an elected official I’d be concerned the voters are no longer buying this kind of outdated information. This could and perhaps should turn into a credibility issue for them. Does anyone believe hemp should be classified as a Schedule 1 drug? I don’t think so.

There are 45 million Americans living in poverty – everyone of them should be allowed – even encouraged by Uncle Sam to grow their own hemp for food, clothing, shelter and clean fuel.

Hemp For Victory! Remember that campaign? What happened to it?

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Lets bring it back. Re-legalize hemp – and see the most beneficial & peaceful revolution ever.

~hempmeister