Every single person, adult and child, needs to watch the Australian made documentary, The Hemp Revolution. This isn’t about getting high, its about getting sane. Its about recognizing how much gasoline lends itself to pollution, and a worldwide cancer problem only uncommon in the most remote and primitive of civilizations. Its about using factual information to truly build a better world. Its about removing corporate profit and greed from being the driving force in development and invention. From medicinal use to the fact paper (its current production having a harsh toxic effect on the environment), once always made from hemp, was nontoxic in production and sheets of it lasted thousands of years instead of dozens. That it grows annually, and that you can get four to five times the production use out of an acre of hemp versus an acre of trees, and do it every year instead of waiting years since it takes trees 8-12 years minimally to grow into available usage, and save trees, therefore, strictly for timber use. Hemp grows anywhere. Its necessary maintenance is nearly nonexistent. Its harvest would provide millions of jobs worldwide and in our nation, and dramatically increase (technically, bring back) stateside manufacturing and production. Cars and machinery can operate on it with extremely low toxic residue, virtually none whatsoever in comparison to oil. Pouring our energy into the agriculture development of hemp (actually re-establishing its importance and vast use to past levels) could remove our need for Middle East oil 100 per cent. Are we as students of history aware that the word canvas comes from cannabis? What do we think covered our pioneers in clothing and wagon trains in heat or cold, wind and rain? Sails for the U.S.S. Bounty and every other ship that sailed the seas? All rope. Or that in 1937 the oil industry conspired with Harry Anslinger, head of the newly formed DEA at the time, and William Randolph Hearst, to demonize hemp by renaming it marijuana (sounds more foreign, something Americans are always suspicious of), making absurd claims of its effects, claiming it had no redeeming usefulness, shortly after the 1935 invention of nylon and synthetic fibers? Kind of like Al Capone in the same time period, they knew if you eliminated the competition, business prospered. Hearst made money galore, Anslinger established a harmless crop as the number one enemy for his outfit to police, and Congress got their money, too.
Hemp For Victory (1942) demonstrates the crop’s importance, but was the last effort by the government to utilize this incredible agriculture product, after it assisted in our winning the war. At the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., an institution we are profoundly proud of and visit and support, there isn’t a single mention of hemp in its History of Textiles display. That elimination is explained off as “children no longer needing to know about hemp, and it is only confusing to them.” I am certain many readers have come here to see some leftist liberal diatribe about Let’s All Get High rather than the conservative, let’s get sane and healthy information that is here. Every American needs to watch this film. Every Congressman and woman should have to watch it every single morning before they do anything else until they do something else to benefit us as a nation. We are literally killing ourselves to avoid it. Ford actually made car bodies from it. Doctors utilized its potent medicinal properties. Factories produced enormous product from it. Ten times cheaper than corn produced ethanol for car fuel with no toxic emissions. Tens of millions of jobs just here in the U.S. waiting to become reality. An unlimited, profitable crop for farmers. It isn’t the only answer to our current dilemma economically, but it certainly is a major one.