Is it Michigan’s Crony Capitalists or Crony Socialists?

Is it Michigan’s Crony Capitalists or Crony Socialists?

After reading Is it Michigan’s Crony Capitalists or Crony Socialists? you may agree that the “cronies” who are destroying the free market business climate in Michigan are not capitalists at all. Rather they are monopoly-forming socialists masquerading around as capitalists. Consequently, many concerned citizens see this cronyism and want change. They want to replace what they perceive as “crony capitalism” – with socialism.

When it comes to special government-granted privileges, the “too big to fail” multi-national Dow Chemical Company in Midland, MI. has an unmatched amount of influence in Lansing. It’s obvious they work very hard at preventing their most viable competition – the billion dollar cannabis and hemp industries, from returning to the state. Some may say this type of cronyism is legal and it’s just the way big money in business and government works.

But, as Dr. Charles Ormsby points out this isn’t crony capitalism – it’s crony socialism:

Highlights from Ormsby’s blog: Another Socialist Lie: Crony Capitalism

Ormsby: “In reality, crony capitalism is a logical impossibility. Because the special, government-granted privileges that are at the core of this problem contradict the very essence of capitalism and would never exist under capitalism.” (In other words, capitalism would never allow for these special privileges or monopolies.)

“In a capitalist society, individuals have the right to deal with others or not based on their own rational judgment. The government would have no power to interfere with a private commercial transaction… ” (What! The government would have no power to interfere..?)

 “So how does the “crony capitalist” end up with his unearned wealth (and control)? Did the government provide special monopoly power or restrict competition? Did the government give special tax advantages or burden his competitors with onerous regulations? If so, he is a thief and a beneficiary of socialism. If he supports the system that gave him these privileges he is not a capitalist, he is a socialist.”

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So, Is it Michigan’s Crony Capitalists or Crony Socialists? According to Dr. Ormsby’s definition – Michigan is filled with crony socialists. Continue reading “Is it Michigan’s Crony Capitalists or Crony Socialists?”

2,016 Hemp Farms in 2016 now seems within reach

2016 Hemp Farms in Mexico & U.S.

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.

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The Constitution allows each individual to choose his own life plan as long as it doesn’t affect others.

(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.)

Article 28, Single Convention of 1961
This Convention shall not apply to the cultivation of the cannabis plant exclusively for industrial purposes (fibre and seed) or horticultural purposes.

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.

Advantage Mexico

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.

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Michigan Crime Lab, synthetic marijuana, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, 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.

Hemp Farm Kit
Each Hemp Farm 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.

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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.

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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.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

 

This Recipe Will Replace Obamacare

This Recipe has b Replace Obamacare will give everyone, even the poor, an equal chance at receiving affordable top quality healthcare. This isn’t about health insurance. It’s about CBD oil that’s curing people of many different ailments. Consequently, we won’t need Obamacare any more.

So many people have already experienced “miraculous” results from using CBD oil. This simple recipe is already in the hands of the public, so no matter how hard they try to contain it, it doesn’t look like they will be able to. *Please note, we are not selling CBD oil nor are we making any medical claims that haven’t already been published.*

Rick Simpson is credited as the man who rediscovered this oil. Simpson published the recipe so people everywhere could make their own medicine. He’s also known for his documentary: “RUN FROM THE CURE: The Rick Simpson Story”.

Rick Simpson of Phoenix Tears.ca
Rick Simpson of Phoenix Tears.ca

So here it is, the recipe straight from the author himself: “I usually work with a pound or more of bud from very potent high quality indica or indica dominant (cannabis) sativa crosses. An ounce of good bud will usually produce 3 to 4 grams of high-grade oil and the amount of oil produced will vary from strain to strain.”

“All one requires is the starting material (the bud), a solvent such as pure light aliphatic naphtha or 99% isopropyl alcohol, a 2X2 piece of wood for mashing, two plastic buckets, a few small containers with funnels and coffee filters, an electric rice cooker, a fan, a stainless steel measuring cup, a coffee warmer and syringes.”

Our edited version of Simpson’s recipe: Wash the buds, muddle, shake, stir, and heat. After several hours ~ presto! A thick gooey substance appears. Voila! The great Obamacare disruptor: CBD oil. For the detailed recipe or his videos visit Rick Simpson’s site at: http://phoenixtears.ca/

Back to the recipe: “Then, using plastic applicators or syringes without needles that are available in your local drug store, use the plunger to slowly draw the warm oil up into the syringes and allow it to cool.”

CBD oil ready for use
CBD oil ready for use

“In a short time, the resin will become a thick grease-like substance. Now, you have become your own doctor.” — Rick Simpson.

The Federal government as well as the medical community will likely take issue with Simpson’s last statement – “Now, you have become your own doctor.” First, it’s foreign to our way of thinking that anyone can easily be cured of anything ~ especially cancer. Especially if you are using a natural substances that is classified as a Schedule I drug. Sure, problems can easily arise with people becoming their own doctors.

Dr. Ben Rush
Dr. Benjamin Rush warning of those who would restrict the art of healing

It’s no secret that the DEA/FDA/AMA has been at war with cannabis since at least the 1930s. The new head of the DEA, Chuck Rosenberg, was quoted as saying “…heroin is probably more dangerous than marijuana.” (Your tax dollars hard at work.) He believes cannabis should remain as a Schedule I drug. For those who don’t know – Schedule I drugs are defined as a drug with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.

The US Government loses credibility by continuing to assert that cannabis has no medical value and that it’s a very dangerous drug. By doing so they are pitting themselves against mothers and others, who know better and would risk going to jail if necessary to get the CBD oil needed to treat a sick child.

Cannabis is very accessible now and very easy to make as the above recipe shows. Since the dawn of creation cannabis and hemp have been proven safe and effective. Would they try to restrict fellow Americans from making their own medicine as Dr Benjamin Rush suggests they might?

People are becoming increasingly suspicious of the federal government because of their Schedule I mentality. Instead of supporting CBD oil for all it’s promising results – they are perceived as restricting the art of healing by doing what they can to restrict it’s use.

Another disconnect is happening between drug makers and patients. Drug makers are perceived as trying to grab every penny they can and from anyone they can. News flash: Drug price rises 2,000% almost overnight, for a tuberculosis drug called cycloserine. The cost of the drug went up from about $500 for 30 pills to $10,800 after the company that manufactured the drug was bought by a thirty-two year old former hedge fund manager.

Much of the black market is becoming the new green market.

People don’t trust drug makers who raise their prices by 2,000%. That kind of increase isn’t the free market anymore. Many other drug prices are skyrocketing, too. This is what greedy ruthless black market drug cartel people do. Drug manufactures are supposed to be above this. Especially if the treatment is for people suffering from tuberculosis. It’s also worth noting that the black market is somehow currently flooded with an assortment of mind altering and addictive pharmaceutical drugs.

So, just what is the black market anymore? People no longer view CBD oil as part of the black market. It’s now perceived as part of the green market. It’s game over for DEA/FDA/AMA when mothers with sick children will venture into the green market even if DEA/FDA/AMA continues to classify this safe and effective oil as a Schedule 1 drug.

One solution: Since CBD oil is derived from an herb, its profile fits that of a dietary food supplement. According to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, “…a firm does not have to provide FDA with the evidence it relies on to substantiate safety or effectiveness before or after it markets its products.”

If reclassified as a dietary food supplement, CBD oil would remain in the free market. Reputable companies such as Rick Simpson’s phoenixtears.ca/ could produce the oil without the need to worry about the Schedule I stormtroopers raining down on them and destroying their future. Patients wouldn’t need to worry about paying exorbitant prices for their CBD oil as competition wouldn’t allow for it. This would end the threat of a 2000% rate hike from a greedy hedge fund manager.

Will CBD oil be the great healthcare disrupter of the 21st century?  To save their reputation, DEA/FDA/AMA needs to come out in support of reclassifying CBD oil as a dietary food supplement as defined under the DSHEA 94. Everyone would come out a winner except Obamacare.

In case you were wondering, yes, CBD oil has been shown to treat tuberculosis.

Welcome To Reefer Madness circa 2015

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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If you feel something we’ve written is in error, please correct us. Do you know of any similar stories with a similar media bias? If so, please share!

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Reclassify cannabis oil as a food supplement.

It’s time to reclassify cannabis & hemp oils as unregulated food supplements – not Scheduled drugs. Hemp seeds should be reclassified from a Schedule 1 drug to… food! Cannabis for recreational purposes should be regulated like we regulate our tomatoes. Go to the store and buy organic, non-organic or grow what you like at home.

Anyone who has been online lately has most likely, run into stories concerning the benefits of cannabis oils and hemp oils. The benefits of these products will be/should be astounding for many local businesses. The feds, the international bankers and Monsanto can smell the money already – and they are feverishly trying to control these vital industries.

However, the absurdity of the feds and the international drug laws should be enough proof that cannabis products would be better off in the hands of the people and the free market. Tax it, yes, but control needs to remain with the people and the free markets.

Consider this information from the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961: For the first time, cannabis was added to the list of internationally controlled drugs. In fact, regulations on the cannabis plant – as well as the opium poppy, the coca bush, poppy straw and cannabis tops – were embedded in the text of the treaty, making it impossible to deregulate them through the normal Scheduling process. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

But wait… The Controlled Substances Schedules lists marijuana as a non-narcotic! Here’s proof: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/orangebook/c_cs_alpha.pdf  (pg9)

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Yet, Uncle Sam still classifies cannabis and hemp to be Schedule 1 drugs. Obviously, Uncle Sam needs to get out of the cannabis & hemp business. For whatever reasons – they are clearly in over their heads. Everyone knows that cannabis & hemp aren’t narcotics. One might also wonder why the media hasn’t picked up on this conflict of what cannabis is or isn’t. They’ve had  50+ years to figure it out.

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Way back in the early 90s the Food and Drug Administration or FDA wanted to reclassify food supplements & vitamins as “drugs.” As expected, the uproar from the food supplement industry was deafening. But, what made this fight unique was the supplement users. These health conscious people got involved. They felt the access to their natural supplements was being threatened by an FDA that has never liked natural food supplements. Flyers like this were everywhere:

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The stakes were high for the supplement users that sensed their health was in jeopardy – by their own FDA! Everyone was worried. If the FDA wins – they would claim the supplements were drugs that had not been proven safe or efficacious. Then the FDA would remove the supplements from the shelves. People wondered… could this possibly happen here in America?

Fortunately, Senator Orrin Hatch (Utah) introduced the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994. The Act protected the peoples right to their food supplements.

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On October 25 1994, president Bill Clinton signed the Act into law, saying that “After several years of intense efforts, manufacturers, experts in nutrition, and legislators, acting in a conscientious alliance with consumers at the grassroots level, have moved successfully to bring common sense to the treatment of dietary supplements under regulation and law.”

It’s interesting to note President Clinton uses the phrase “…to bring common sense to the treatment of dietary supplements…” Common sense prevailed because the FDA’s request to reclassify food supplements as drugs was rejected. Food supplements would remain what they are – food supplements. No one believed the FDA was trying to reclassify food supplements as drugs to help promote the food supplement industry or to protect the public.

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) defines dietary supplements as food and not drugs. This is critical to maintaining access to high quality, natural food-supplements. A natural product, by definition, may not be patent-protected. Without the promise of the economic reward that follows successfully patenting a product, it is impossible to weather the new-drug approval process, which can literally cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Thus, if supplements were categorized as drugs and required to go through the new-drug approval process, we would see most of our supplements disappear. Source: Alliance for Natural Health.

From: ConsumerReportsHealth.org – Nutritional Supplements: Your Questions Answered Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA)

  • The FDA essentially treats supplements as if they were foods. DSHEA defines nutritional supplements as products taken by mouth that contain an ingredient intended to supplement the diet. Those ingredients could include vitamins, minerals, or natural biological substances such as enzymes. They can come in a variety of forms, including extracts and concentrates, and as tablets, capsules, powders, or liquids.
  • Drugs, on the other hand, are legally defined as substances intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent disease.
  • In fact, DSHEA makes it the FDA’s responsibility to prove that a supplement on the market isn’t safe; so far, that’s happened just once, with the hazardous weight-loss and energy supplement ephedra.

Note: the FDA would have a difficult, if not impossible task of proving cannabis and hemp oils to be “unsafe.”

  • This may be the most important part: The 1994 law, whose passage was secured in part through heavy lobbying from the supplements industry, restricts the FDA’s authority over supplements, as long as companies are careful not to claim their products treat, prevent, or cure disease. Seems like a game but so far, it has worked.

The following are a few more key points from the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). As you know, cannabis is currently a Schedule 1 drug. After reading these points ask yourself if you think cannabis and hemp products should be reclassified from Schedule 1 drugs to a food/food supplement classification.

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (“DSHEA”)

  • Under the act, supplements are mainly unregulated, without proof of effectiveness or safety needed to market a supplement, as well as dietary supplements being classified as foods instead of as drugs.
  • Definition of supplement DSHEA defines the term “dietary supplement” to mean a product (other than tobacco) intended to supplement the diet that bears or contains one or more of the following dietary ingredients: a vitamin, a mineral, an herb or other botanical, an amino acid, a dietary substance for use by man to supplement the diet by increasing the total dietary intake…

There is no such thing as “cannabis abuse.” We all know this. Isn’t it time for another “common sense” victory? 

Hemp should be reclassified as a food. A superfood at that. If hemp were to be reclassified from a Schedule 1 drug to a food – we would have an easier time ending world hunger. Growing hemp for many reasons should be encouraged by government – not made illegal. Hemp seeds are a nutritious, THC free superfood. “It has been used by humans throughout recorded history for its food, fiber and medicine.” Source: Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture.

It would be great to see the people get involved again as they did in the early 90s. Lets end the war on cannabis by easily reclassifying it and putting it where it belongs – back in the hands of the people.

Feedback welcome.