One photo showing America losing her wealth and protection… that is if you agree with Thomas Jefferson’s quote: “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country.”
(If you don’t have time to read this blog, please consider calling your Senators in Washington DC and urge them to cosponsor the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015. Their contact information is at the end of the blog.)
One photo showing America losing her wealth and protection
Can you imagine back in the day, Aunt Bee from the Andy Griffith Show relaxing in her easy chair, sipping her sweet tea and reading the above article in the Mayberry Gazette. “Oh look, it’s Sheriff Andy and Deputy Barney diligently guarding the hemp seed for us. Nice work, fellas!” she thinks to herself as she moves onto the next story. Confident the hemp seeds are safe from the birds and other predators.
Hemp 101: Both hemp and cannabis come from the cannabis sativa plant. Industrial hemp varieties contain less than 0.3% THC. This single factor (0.3%) is how most people distinguish between what is classified as “hemp” and what is classified as “cannabis.” Cannabis can contain upwards of 25% THC. THC produces the euphoric and medicinal effects. Both hemp and cannabis produce effective CBD oils.
Did you know hemp seeds are a super food? The seeds are rich in essential fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids, including omega-3s, which can help fight coronary heart disease, cancer, and even symptoms of depression. Hemp seeds are also a rich and unusual source of the polyunsaturated fatty acid gamma linolenic acid, or GLA.
Hemp seeds are also a great source of food for livestock, poultry and pets.
For more on hemp seeds as a super food: http://greatist.com/health/superfood-hemp also Hemp Seeds: A Super food You Need In Your Diet http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/03/01/hemp-seeds-a-superfood-you-need-in-your-diet/
Little did Aunt Bee know…
A story about a sovereign nation quietly losing vast amounts of her wealth and protection will no doubt include plenty of deception and intimidation. The deception in the photo is in the caption; that the people could expect around 350,000 acres of hemp to be grown the following year. That’s the amount of acreage the USDA said they were hoping for. Well, 80 years later, we all know ~ that didn’t happen.
The intimidation in the photo is obvious. Safe to say these two armed guards probably weren’t local. Were they even American? What American law enforcement personnel would ever go along with the dastardly deed of removing such a valuable crop from our society? Unless these men were lied to or deceived as to what the real mission was. Continue reading “One photo showing America losing her wealth and protection”
In the 9th chapter of the Gospel of John is a story of Jesus healing a blind man. There in the shadows of the Temple Mount, surrounded by multitudes of disciples, Pharisees and visitors, Jesus is once again confronting the Pharisees through the healing of a blind man. We read that Jesus spit in the dirt, took the “illegal compound” out of the ground and mixed it up. One could imagine Him raising his hands above his head as He mixed the mud in His hands. This way, everyone present could clearly see His rebellious acts. As Jesus, the rebel, stood in front of the blind man applying the “illegal eye salve” for all to see, the Pharisees probably seethed with anger.
Now it was the blind man’s turn. After Jesus performed the ” illegal acts” of mixing and applying the eye salve, he instructed the blind man to go wash off in the Pool of Siloam. Seems like an odd inconvenience for the poor blind man to have to walk so far since he could have just washed off right there at the Temple Mount.
Yes, Jesus was at it again – blatantly violating the oppressive and controlling man-made laws of the Pharisees and now instructing the blind man to do the same. Somewhere along the way, the Pharisees concocted a law forbidding anyone from mixing liquid with dirt on the Sabbath. To them this constituted making something – mud, which became a violation of their laws and deserving of their punishments. Same thing with the eye salve – Illegal on the Sabbath according to the Pharisees.
The Pharisees knew Jesus was right; as Moses commanded the people in Deuteronomy 12:32 “Whatsoever thing I command you, observe to do it: you shall not add thereto, nor take away from it.” But, instead of listening to Jesus and repealing their unlawful laws, the Pharisees determined to shut Jesus up by killing him.
The instructions from Jesus became a test for the blind man. If he decided to remain at the Temple Mount and not do as Jesus instructed – he probably would have remained blind. He also understood if he went to the Pool of Siloam and washed off as Jesus instructed, he would be violating a law of the Pharisees. Earlier on in history, the Pharisees concocted another law forbidding the people from walking over 2,000 cubits on the Sabbath. Ironically, the distance from the Temple Mount to the Pool of Siloam is roughly 2,000 cubits/950m/2,800 feet or half a mile.
Map data @2015 Google, Mapa GISrael
The Pharisees permitted the people to walk 2,800 feet each Sabbath day – even though there doesn’t appear to be any Bible/Torah passages that say anything about how many steps someone can take on the Sabbath. Nothing about making mud or an eye salve, either. All these man-made laws gave the Pharisees authority over the people. These laws also gave the Pharisees the ability to punish any offenders of their oppressive laws. Jesus didn’t approve of their laws and responded by calling them “Hypocrites!” “Brood of Vipers” and “Blind guides.”
Christians & Cannabis in the 21st Century – The Latter/End Times
In defense of the ancient Pharisees that Jesus was confronting in the above story, the Pharisees appeared to be trying to do good with their laws that they hoped would reinforce the Sabbath day. Their intentions seemed to be good. On the other hand, fast forward to the 21st century to a New Testament passage describing the latter times and how some of God’s people will blatantly turn against His creation and commandments.
1 Timothy 4:1-3 states: “Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.”
What could this “meat” be that we are commanded to abstain from – illegal in the latter or end times? Something created by God and referred to as “meats.” A Bible with a good cross reference links the word “meats” in 1 Timothy 4:3 to the word “meats” found in Genesis 1:29 which states: “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”
Although God said man can eat every herb bearing seed, and that they shall be for meat – the modern day Pharisees have decided contrary to God that cannabis and hemp are not good for man. Both cannabis and hemp are classified as Schedule 1 drugs. We have been commanded to abstain from them. It should be noted that hemp seeds are considered a super food. Some say hemp seeds are the safest, most digestible, balanced, complete source of protein, amino acids and essential fats found in any food. Hemp will grow practically anywhere and for the rich as well as the poor.
Speaking of rebellion, there is parallel situation between God’s green seed bearing herb and the rebellion of Adam and Eve. In a nutshell, God told Adam and Eve they could eat from any tree in the Garden of Eden except for one specific tree. This tree was off limits, but it probably wasn’t long before Adam and Eve were right there eating the fruit from the tree they were instructed to stay away from.
After this rebellious act from the first couple, the ground was cursed. But, apparently not everything was cursed. It’s worth noting what God commands Adam to eat after he and his wife disobeyed. In Genesis 3:18 God says “Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shall eat the herb of the field.” What is this herb that God is commanding Adam to eat?
This herb seems really important to God. After all during the Creation account in Genesis 1:29 we read of God allowing man to eat from every herb that bears seed. During the Fall of Man story in Genesis 3:18 God is actually commanding Adam to eat the herb of the field! But wait, there’s more… during the Flood account in Genesis 9:3 “Every moving thing that lives shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.” This time we get a little bit more of a description of this “beloved” herb of God – it’s green. Does anyone know of any mainstream churches encouraging the use of any herbs – especially a green seed bearing herb of the field?
Can you Imagine walking into a “latter time” mainstream Christian sanctuary and seeing cannabis sativa plants growing all around? Wouldn’t the thought of seeing these plants growing in the sanctuary seem demonic to you? Perhaps demonic to modern day Christians who have departed from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;? 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.”
The Body is the Temple
Many Christians reject the use of God’s green herb by saying: “The body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit and shouldn’t be defiled…” concluding that cannabis will defile the body. Do they have any scripture to back up their claim that God’s green herb will defile the body? I haven’t been able to find any Scripture/Torah verses that says cannabis & hemp are bad for the body/ Holy Spirit. Also, the Scripture passage that mentions this concept of the body being the Temple is sandwiched between verses which specifically mention “fornication”. It’s clear this passage is dealing with fornication – a sexual sin.
Another popular reason for rejecting God’s green herb is… “We must obey the governing authorities as quoted in Romans 13 and it’s illegal.” Well, the governing authority in the US is our Constitution. Therefore, one could argue that cannabis & hemp prohibition is disobedience to the governing authority because such laws are a violation of the people’s Constitutional rights – unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Another relevant Scripture passage is in Acts 5 where the Apostle Peter says “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
[Editor’s note: Many Christians are at odds with God on the issue of cannabis and hemp. We are not encouraging anyone to break any laws. Our intent is to educate, so Christians will reconsider their opposition to this useful herb – created by God to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.]
A Hedge of Protection for the 21st Century
The concept of a hedge of protection can be found in Job 1. Job was a wealthy and upright man. His self-sustaining wealth afforded him the ability to provide a hedge of protection against predators such as wild animals and thieves. Today, cannabis and hemp industries could be the backbone for local self-sustaining communities. They could provide a “hedge of protection” for everyone. Providing food, medicine, fuel, fiber, hempcrete etc., for both man and beast.
If these industries were thriving everywhere, they would shift control back to the local communities and away from the modern-day Pharisees/Beast Power/New World Order or whatever you want to call it. For me, one characteristic of the Beast Power/NWO – they are adamantly opposed to God’s green herb.
Christians should be outraged at man-made laws that are in direct violation of God’s laws; especially laws that take away their God given rights to provide for themselves and their families. Ironically, there is the widely popular belief that, the detestable “Mark of the Beast” scenario will arise from man-made laws that will control how people worship, and what they can buy and sell. Sounds like the people will be dependent on this Beast Power in order to buy and sell. With this, wouldn’t Christians be in favor of growing hemp as a hedge of protection against this enslaving Beast Power?
In the last chapter of the Bible, Revelation 22, there is a beautiful description of the new heavens and the new earth. “…on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding it’s fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
The heavenly leaves that will be used for healing in heaven sound like the healing properties found in cannabis & hemp based CBD oil. Many people are seeing, according to their own testimonies, “miraculous benefits” from using CBD oil. This link contains many credible and interesting studies: https://www.projectcbd.org/
Have you noticed the lack of media coverage and lack of support from the medical community for this seemingly “miraculous oil”? This lack of support for CBD oil might be better understood after reading Revelation 18:23. This verse describes the deception found during the latter days. “… For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery (Pharmacia) all the nations were deceived.”
Today, man-made drugs and genetically modified, phamaceuticalized foods are all the rage with the governing authorities. And while millions of Americans are addicted to mind altering prescription drugs, God’s green herb is classified as a Schedule 1 drug. Isaiah 5:20 speaks to this upside down scenario: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil…”
The blind man in John 9 didn’t receive his sight until he did what Jesus instructed him to do. In doing so, he broke the laws of the Pharisees when he walked all the way to the Pool of Siloam and washed away his blindness. What would Jesus, the rebel, do to confront the modern day Pharisees and their oppressive laws concerning cannabis and hemp? What would He instruct the blind to do in order to be healed? Probably something so confrontational and rebellious that, even though the blind received their sight, it would still get Him and His followers thrown out of most churches in America – maybe even thrown in prison.
Our goal of establishing 2,016 hemp farms in 2016 now seems within reach due to a few select words from Judge Arturo Zaldívar, Minister of the Mexican Supreme Court. He made headlines when he proposed to legalize cultivation, transportation and consumption of marijuana for leisure or recreation. He noted its ban goes against the free development of personality.
(Foto: Archivo / EL UNIVERSAL)
With that, the Mexico Supreme Court ruled in favor of recreational marijuana use for the four individuals who filed the suit.
The four belong to the organization Mexico United Against Crime. Their aim was not sowing and consuming marijuana, but to discuss the negative affects of prohibition and to have the Court rule on the matter. The measure was approved in a 4-1 vote. If the court rules the same way on five similar petitions, it would then establish the precedent to change the law and allow general recreational use. Source: El Financiero
The Judge’s verbiage “…allows [guarantees] each individual to choose his own life plan as long as it doesn’t affect others…” sounds like something one might hear coming from Thomas Jefferson, Sam Adams or Ben Franklin. Thomas Jefferson’s life plan probably included growing hemp. He is quoted as saying: “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.”
Mexican Judge Zaldivar and his colleagues are open minded enough to return the God-given, natural right to grow cannabis back to the Mexican people. Wouldn’t they also be on board to give back the rights to grow hemp for food, fuel, fiber, CBD oil, and hempcrete, too? After all, using cannabis recreationally is one thing but, growing hemp as a necessity to the wealth & protection of the country is a more basic human right.
The international treaty, known as the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961, classified cannabis and hemp as Schedule 1 drugs. However, Article 28 (2) of the Convention states: This Convention shall not apply to the cultivation of the cannabis plant exclusively for industrial purposes (fibre and seed) or horticultural purposes. (Hemp is a specific variety of the cannabis plant. The THC content of hemp is 0.3%. Medical & recreational marijuana strains produce anywhere between 5-30% THC.)
Hopefully, Judge Zaldivar and his colleagues will interpret the hemp exemption found in Article 28 (2) of the treaty to mean the Mexican people have the right to grow hemp to at least, provide food for themselves and their families.
Comparing Judge Zaldívar’s thoughtful contemplation of peoples’ individual rights with what is happening here in the State of Michigan late in 2015, the contrast couldn’t be more noticeable. Michigan Attorney Michael Komorn claims Michigan prosecutors pressured state police crime labs to change the way THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, is reported in an effort to circumvent Michigan’s medical marijuana law. Komorn alleges scientists were told to report an “unknown origin” for THC contained in oil, wax or perhaps a brownie if no visible plant material was present. The THC would then be declared a synthetic substance or synthetic marijuana rather than natural marijuana – turning a misdemeanor pot charge into a two-year felony.
Komorn added “The crime lab is systematically biased towards falsely reporting Schedule 1 synthetic THC, a felony, instead of plant-based marijuana, a misdemeanor.” He also contends that the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan and state Attorney General Bill Schuette, an opponent of medical marijuana, influenced state police policy. “It is scandalous, scandalous. How can you trust the state lab when they are influenced by politicians?” Source: MLive
It looks as though Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette isn’t going to let Michigan’s Medical Marijuana laws that were passed in 2008, or the truth to get in the way of his crusade to eradicate cannabis from the State. On the federal level cannabis and hemp are still classified as Schedule 1 drugs.
So, it doesn’t look likely that the US war on cannabis & hemp will end anytime soon. This could easily give Mexico the advantage of becoming an economic superpower – based almost entirely on reviving the cannabis and hemp industries.
Many people agree that growing hemp for food, fuel, fiber, CBD oil and hempcrete is a basic human right. At hempforfood.org we are doing what we can to help make this a reality for those people here in the US and Mexico.
Hemp Farm Kits
In a nutshell, our strategy is to distribute Hemp Farm Kits to prospective hemp farmers in Mexico and the US States where legal. Each Kit contains between 100 – 1,000 plantable hemp seeds. Also included are growing instructions, soil support and a hand tool.
Wouldn’t it be great if we were able to distribute the Hemp Farm Kits through charitable, church, and other humanitarian groups already established in the country? We could send the Hemp Farm Kits to these organizations and they could deliver them to the local people.
The task looks daunting, but the rewards make it definetly worth trying.
First, we need to work to petition Judge Zaldivar and his colleagues in Mexico to change the laws regarding hemp.
Also, former Mexican president Vicente Fox has recently been very vocal about his efforts to legalize marijuana in Mexico and in the U.S. He believes that decriminalization could only improve a society and that recreational use should be allowed. One of the main reasons Fox is being very persistent in his struggle for the legalization of marijuana is that he hopes to reduce drug related criminal offenses in both Mexico and the U.S. He believes this is the only way to stop cartels from acting like mad dogs.Source: Legalization of Marijuana.com
At hempforfood.org, we are working to educate potential partners to the benefits of growing hemp to help alleviate hunger and poverty. The hemp industries would also help create more sustainable communities in Mexico making the country ~ wealthy and strong.
We’re looking for potential hemp farmers with the resources and fertile land necessary to succeed at hemp farming. Small to medium size farms may have many advantages.
We are looking for high quality hemp seed distributors.
Last, but not least, we are developing our online Hemp University designed to assist hemp farmers worldwide with finding seeds, growing and harvesting hemp, equipment needs as well as helping the farmers sell their hemp products.
Oh yeah, none of this is going to be cheap!
We are networked with many people and groups who may be able to help us get the hemp seeds to the future hemp farmers.
Daniel Roth, executive editor of LinkedIn talks about writing a piece like this… “All you’re trying to do here is start a conversation. So don’t feel like your piece has to be perfect, that it has to have all the answers. You’re just trying to start something that gets other people talking…” If you can help, please, let’s get the conversation going.
Similar to Black Friday shoppers waiting to get into the stores – hempforfood.org will be anxiously waiting outside the borders of Mexico waiting to get in with our plan to help end world hunger and help stabilize the region. Unlike many Black Friday shoppers, we will enter calmly and safely. It’s interesting to note that Black Friday shopper stampedes have actually killed people. To the best of my knowledge cannabis and hemp have never killed anyone.
Let’s end world hunger by ending the war on cannabis and hemp.
The original Reefer Madness campaign began in the early 1930s with media ads like the one above. In 1936-39 an American propaganda film called Reefer Madness was produced. It revolves around the melodramatic events that ensue when high school students are lured by pushers to try marijuana—from a hit and run accident, to manslaughter, suicide, attempted rape, hallucinations, and descent into madness due to marijuana addiction. Source: Wikipedia
Welcome to Reefer Madness circa 2015
What is it about cannabis that evokes such a negative response in so many people – even in 2015? Here is a plant that has been used medicinally for millennia. Cannabis is one of the 50 “fundamental” herbs in traditional Chinese medicine, and is prescribed to treat diverse indications, as described in the book “Chinese Materia Medica: Vegetable Kingdom.” by Frederick Porter Smith. Recently, positive results using CBD oil have also been shown with what looks to be “miraculous results”.
I personally don’t know anyone who has been harmed from cannabis or hemp. I suspect you probably don’t either. Unless as Willie Nelson says: ‘It Won’t Kill You Unless You Let A Bale Of It Fall On You’. Yet, so many people still appear to be programmed to hate cannabis and hemp. If their neighbor’s son is sent to prison for getting caught with this harmless plant, they don’t blame bad laws or crooked politicians – they blame the cannabis user. How did this change in attitude happen? Where did the prosperous American cannabis and hemp industries go? How did they become illegal and just disappear?
Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.” Hemp seeds are a superfood – it was a staple of the early American diet. The hemp industries helped communities become strong, independent and self sustaining. People prospered in the United States with cannabis and hemp until the 1930‘s when a small group of powerful men determined these God given plants needed to be eradicated from American soil.
The only problem – for well over two hundred years Americans had been using cannabis and hemp in their everyday lives. How could these power brokers just waltz right in and take away these vital industries from the American people? Impossible. Yet, in the 1930‘s something happened and, like sheeple, everyone suddenly just gave up and gave in. Cannabis and hemp had been eradicated. How did it happen?
Credit must be given to the Reefer Madness campaign produced back in the 1930’s portraying “evil marihuana” users as “zombies” and potential murderers.
As ridiculous as this erstwhile 1930‘s Reefer Madness campaign looks to us today, it was obviously successful back then. First came the Reefer Madness media blitz demonizing cannabis and hemp. Then came the laws outlawing them.
What would a Reefer Madness 2015 media campaign look like today? A campaign that would make us continue to hate this safe and effective herb so much that we are OK with our neighbors being fined or hauled off to prison for using it?
Meet Terrence Kellom, of Detroit. Kellom is WXYZ Detroit’s latest Reefer Madness zombie circa 2015.
A few months ago, Kellom was shot and killed during a raid by an ICE officer at a home in Detroit. It’s reported that Kellom charged at the officer with a hammer extended over his head. Boom! Just like that – WXYZ had what it needed. A Reefer Madness zombie with evil marijuana in his system attacking a law enforcement officer with a hammer! Reefer Madness 2015.
Kellom’s Autopsy & Toxicology Report was released Aug 20, 2015. The WXYZ Detroit newsroom got right to work reshaping their Reefer Madness version of this incident. Paragraph three of their online report is dedicated to Kellom’s toxicology report that had been whittled down to just one sentence which reads: “His toxicology report showed there was also marijuana found in Kellom’s system.”
Unfortunately, reporter Anu Prakach or the editor, who posted the toxicology report failed to remove the word “also” from this sentence while they were editing out the other pharmaceuticalized drugs and alcohol listed in the toxicology report.
As you can see from the toxicology report other drugs include Opiates, Benzoadiazepines, as well as cannabinoids. Along with the cannabinoids/cannabis, the toxicology report also lists another 15 different man-made or pharmaceutical drugs found in Kellom’s system. Alcohol was also found.
Apparently, Prakash & WXYZ don’t think you need to know any of this information concerning the alcohol or all these other pharmaceuticalized drugs found in Kellom’s system. What you need to know is… KELLOM HAD MARIJUANA IN HIS SYSTEM! The distorted WXYZ narrative: This crazed Reefer Madness zombie was under the influence of marijuana when he attacked the officer with a hammer!
Prakash’s online report http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/detroit/terrence-kellom-autopsy-toxicology-reports-released confirms her & WXYZ’s unabashed, angry biased reporting designed to demonize this beneficial herb while providing cover for their Big Pharma sponsors. It’s hard to believe WXYZ Detroit edited out the alcohol and all the other mind altering “hard drugs” Kellom had in his system. But, then twisting the truth to imply that it was just REEFER that turned Kellom into a zombie is reprehensible.
But, Big Pharma and alcohol commercials are a cash cow for WXYZ Detroit. Their influence on WXYZ must be enormous. We all know the pharmaceutical industry as well as the FDA has never embraced cannabis, hemp or any other natural products for that matter. It’s been a zero tolerance policy for cannabis and hemp in the war on drugs.
Now, for the rest of the story… Remember poster boy for the New World Order, President George H W Bush? Bush, a champion in the “war on drugs” loved talking about the New World Order. His cozy relationships with the pharmaceutical industries were also deep and wide. Coincidentally, pharmaceutical drugs/users/distributors etcetera, have for the most part, been exempt from the “war on drugs”. The long list of pharmaceuticalized drugs found in Kellom’s system shows how readily available these dangerous drugs are. No surprise, pharmaceutical drugs have also always been exempt from any kind of media scrutiny.
The results of the New World Order’s “zero tolerance” and “three strikes and you are out” drug policies can be seen in this chart showing the soaring prison populations in Michigan. Similar soaring trends can be found nationwide.
It looks like WXYZ Detroit’s Reefer Madness 2015 campaign continues full throttle and is well funded by Big Pharma and the alcohol industry. The related prison population boom also continues to generate huge profits for the New World Order. Their quest to keep cannabis and hemp out of the people’s hands show no signs of slowing down.
Thomas Jefferson would be right in saying these restrictions on cannabis and hemp have usurped the wealth and protection of our country. It seems obvious, that this must be a goal of the New World Order – to usurp the wealth and protection of our country. Here we see they will go to any lengths to achieve their goals.
Will anyone investigate the cozy relationship between Big Pharma and WXYZ’s blatant distortion of the facts? Shouldn’t we expect Michigan’s state attorney general Bill Schuette, to look into this disturbing trend? Yes, we should expect our AG Schuette to investigate – but after reading the following paragraph from an MLive article concerning Michigan’s AG Bill Schuette and his crusade against cannabis – an investigation doesn’t look likely to happen anytime soon.
MLive article states: “Dispensaries had been selling marijuana to patients under protection of Michigan’s 2008 law until a February 2013 Michigan Supreme Court ruling invalidated that protection. While patients remain protected as consumers, retailers no longer have clear legal protection to sell. Ever since, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette – a fierce opponent of the 2008 law – has aggressively encouraged and assisted the closure and criminal prosecution of those seeking to sell pot under the 2008 law.”
Maybe, this explains how a reporter like Anu Prakash and WXYZ’s newsroom could do something so blatantly unethical. They know they have “friends” in Lansing.
The struggle continues…
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Is hemp > “central powers?” I think we will know in the next few months. Let me explain. Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.”
Hemp is a hearty plant. It will grow almost anywhere and for almost anyone. For the rich and poor alike. It is grown for food, fuel, fiber and medicine. Within local cannabis & hemp industries, people are able to produce products with intrinsic value independent of “the system.” Seems like a silly question, but could it be this independence from the system is the reason why cannabis & hemp are illegal today?
If people all over the world were able to grow cannabis & hemp for food, fuel, fiber and medicine – the world would be a strikingly different place. The power structure could easily be turned upside down. Central powers would diminish as local self-sustaining communities would flourish.
What could further this shift in power are ironically enough, the banks. They can’t take the chance of working with businesses in the cannabis & hemp industries – as the penalties are too great. This is from Forbes: …Bank employees, officers, and directors can be prosecuted for these crimes, some of which may, depending on the amount of marijuana involved, trigger 5-10 years of mandatory minimum sentences. BSA violations are punishable by up to 10 years in prison when combined with other federal offenses. Money laundering can get you up to 20 years, and life is the maximum for participating in a marijuana conspiracy. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobsullum/2014/09/18/local-banks-terrified-by-friendly-neighborhood-marijuana-merchants/
Could the banks or “the system” be cutting off their nose despite their face? What if, for example Joe quietly barters away two pounds of medical grade cannabis worth $7,500 to Bob, his neighbor. In exchange Bob, a home builder, provides Joe with the hempcrete he needs to finish building his new house.
Bob is also a businessman. He keeps a quarter pound of the medical grade cannabis for his wife’s anxiety issues, and sells the rest to a chef that makes cannabis infused edibles. The chef pays cash for the goods and then sells the edibles to upscale restaurants…also for cash. So far, life goes on without the need for the banks to be involved.
Uncle Sam is obviously familiar with hemp as an economic powerhouse. Here is a picture from the “Hemp For Victory” campaign.
“Hemp for Victory” is a US Government film made during World WarII and released in 1942, explaining the uses of hemp, encouraging farmers to grow as much as possible. But, who was after the hemp seeds back then that they needed armed guards? The Nazi’s, the Japanese or maybe even hungry birds? Well, 75 years later… we now know.
Will “the system” or the “Beast Power” or the “Central Banksters” – or whatever you want to call them relinquish control of the cannabis and hemp industries? Or will cannabis & hemp remain locked away in Schedule 1 classification under armed guards forevermore? I suggest it will be an uphill battle to free this herb from “the system.”
Interesting to note that within the Biblical narrative – the enslaving “Beast Power” is obviously opposed to God’s green herb. But, so are the “Christian Churches!” Add the “Central Banking System” to those opposed and you can see cannabis & hemp having formidable opponents.
However, people are once again understanding this Thomas Jefferson quote: “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.” With all this new momentum to re-legalize, will people and farmers in America have the audacity to just start growing this herb for food, fuel, fiber & medicine again – even with the risk of militarized storm troopers raining down on them?
I think we will have answers at the end of the 2015 growing season. Its starting to look like it could be quite an eventful summer and fall here in the United States in 2015! Much of the above scenario could be considered speculation – short on facts; long on innuendo. So, if anyone can add to this, feel free.