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The Future of America

The Future of America



“It is a plant – this thing that we are about to discuss:
a green plant, a very abundant and ubiquitous plant, an unusually valuable economic plant, possibly a dangerous plant, certainly in many ways a mysterious plant.”

Dr. Richard Evan Schultes,
Random Thoughts and Queries on the Botany on Cannabis


Bibliography

·Cunningham, Lynda. Hemp Paper Saves Trees! Phoenix, AZ.
AZ 4 NORML. 1993
·Frank, Mel. Marijuana Grower’s Guide. Los Angeles, CA.
Red Eye Press. 1990
·Herer, Jack. The Emperor Wears No Clothes. 1992 Edition.
·Maiette, Vince. Legalizing Hemp Would Be Environmentally Correct. The Business Journal. February 10, 1992.
·New Million Dollar Crop. Popular Mechanics. February, 1938.
·Osborn, Lynn. Excerpted from: Energy Farming in America.
·Various. Page of Facts. Phoenix, AZ. AZ 4 NORML. 1993.


Foot Notes

1.Lynda Cunningham. Hemp Paper Saves Trees! Phoenix, AZ.
2.Lynda Cunningham…
3.Various. Page of Facts. Phoenix, AZ. AZ 4 NORML. 1993
4.Various…
5.New Million Dollar Crop. Popular Mechanics. February, 1938
6.Mel Frank. Marijuana Grower’s Guide. Los Angeles, CA. Red Eye Press. 1990. p. 13
7.Mel Frank… p. 21
8.Lynn Osborn. Excerpted from Energy Farming in America.
9.Lynn Osborn…
10.Vince Maietta. Legalizing Hemp Would Be Environmentally Correct. Business Journal. February 10, 1992.
11.Lynn Osborn…
12.Thomas Jefferson. Invest in America’s Future. Hemp Quarterly. Houston, TX. March, 1994.


Hemp For Victory

Hemp is a multi-million dollar industry waiting to be re-born. The hemp industry would help farmers, create desperately needed  jobs, reduce acid rain, offset our national trade imbalance and could make America an energy independent nation.
Hemp was first used by the Chinese in the 27th century B.C. for fiber and medicine and then for man’s first source of paper 3,700 years later. Hemp was used for producing everything from fabric to lighting oil and medicine, to food for humans and their livestock. The first draft of the Declaration of Independence was written on Dutch hemp paper. “In fact, until the 1920’s, U.S. Government documents were required by law to be written on hempen rag paper and 75-90% of all paper was made from hemp fiber until 1875.” (1)
Hemp is an incredible plant with over 60 synergistic compounds and can grow up to ten feet in three months. It is processed by retting the stems and breaking them into two parts. The outer crust are fibers and the pulp core are “Hurds.” Hemp fiber can be spun into thread for rope, textiles, fine linens and fabrics. “Hemp hurds are 77% cellulose and unlike trees can be made into dioxin-free paper, construction materials, cellophane as well as almost 40,000 other products!” (2)
Two million tons of junk mail, 44% of which is not opened, is produced each year. This takes approximately 150,000 trees annually. 500,000 trees are killed for production of the Sunday paper each week, 80% of which is not recycled. The U.S.A. uses 1.5 billion trees and produces 154 million tons of garbage annually, 50% of which could be recycled. (3) Why on earth does this country produce increasing amounts of virgin paper when recycled paper is available? If the public needs it for the long pulp fibers then why not use hemp? Loggers could be put to work re-foresting the land they raped. The heavily subsidized family farmers could grow pesticide free hemp paper and fiber crops, which would, theoretically, put the paper mills at full production.
If the act of growing hemp for fiber were legal today, we could replace all the wood pulp products, including corrugated cardboard, computer paper, and paper bags. “It takes a 15 to 20 year old tree to make 700 grocery bags.” (4) Wood pulp paper is broken down with sulfuric acid and is bleached with chlorine. This causes a harmful dioxin. Paper production poisons the air, ground and water, and studies have shown that dioxin is leaking into foods such as milk and coffee from the bleached containers and sparkling white filters.

Hemp for Mastery

From a farmers point of view, hemp is an easy crop to grow and, “will yield from three to six tons per acre,” (5) on any land that will grow wheat, corn or oats. It has a short growing season, so that it can be planted after other crops are in. It can be grown in any state in the nation due to the plant’s wondrous adaptabilities. The dense shock of leaves, eight to twelve feet above the ground, chokes out weeds so no dangerous chemical sprays are needed. Any of our imported products like rope and linen could be produced here if the switch to hemp was made.
The only obstacle in the onward march of hemp legalization is the false connection between hemp and marijuana. You can not, no matter what the stoners say, get high from any hemp product. THC, the active ingredient of marijuana is not found in the processed hemp. This argument against hemp production does not hold up top scrutiny, “hemp grown for biomass makes a very poor grade of marijuana.” (6) Anyway, hemp seeds can now deflowered to take out all the illegal toxins. Seeds like these are sold at numerous health food stores for seasonings and many other strange uses.

Hemp for Success

Biomass is the term used to describe all the biologically produced matter. The twenty to forty million Americans who smoke marijuana (7) would loathe to smoke  hemp grown for biomass due to the non-existent high, so a farmer’s hemp biomass crop is worthless as marijuana. Biomass as fuel has proven to be economically feasible. When the energy crop is growing it takes CO2 from the air, controlling acid rain and therefore helping to save other plants and national monuments. About six percent of the United States land area put into cultivation for biomass should supply all current demands for oil and gas.
Energy farming, “where farmers grow and harvest crops for biomass conversion fuels,” (8) produces charcoal, condensable gasses, acetic acids, acetone, and methanol. The process can be adjusted to produce any one of the matters, “with a ninety-five percent fuel-to-feed efficiency.” (9) Methanol-powered automobiles and reduced emissions from coal fired plants can also be accomplished by the energy farming method. These plants will run three shifts per day. When this method is installed in all electrical power plants, a complex gasifying system that produces gasoline from methanol will be needed. The Mobil Company has already begun to work on such a machine.
Hemp is the number one biomass producer on the planet earth, “10 tons per acre in approximately four month.” (10) This energy crop can be harvested with equipment readily available. It can be “cubed” to reduce trucking costs just like hay. And these cubes are ready to make our energy with no other treatments needed. Hemp is drought resistant, making it an ideal crop in our part of the country. Hemp is the only biomass resource capable of making America energy independent. Our government outlawed it in 1938.
Farmers must be allowed to grow a resource able to produce the whopping ten tons per acre of biomass. This crop should not interfere with food for the most productive land, but should be grown in rotation with food crops or on marginal land where food crops are not profitable. When American farmers are able to grow energy and make a profit, it will not take long for all the growing space, 6%, to turn into a giant energy producing world power. We will no longer add to the increasing CO2 burden in the atmosphere. The threat of global greenhouse warming and adverse climate change will begin to diminish. And since the “power plants” will be located in small agricultural town areas, many farmers and out of work factory workers will move in to bring life back to rural areas.
Ten years from the now, or by the year 2000, “America will have exhausted 80% of her petroleum reserves.” (11) There is a chance we will then go back to war with the Arabs for the privilege of driving our cars down to the corner store. Will we strip mine our land for charcoal, and poison our air so we can drive an extra hundred years, will we rampage our forests for our energy needs? During World War II, our supply of hemp was cut off by the Japanese. The Federal Government responded by giving out permits to farmers to cultivate hemp. For just a little while marijuana prohibition was suspended in the case of emergency. Hundreds of thousands of acres of hemp were grown and today wild hemp can be found around fields in the “grasslands” everywhere. It is time the government once again responded to our economic emergency as they did in World War II to permit our farmers to grow American hemp so this mighty nation can once again become energy efficient and smog free.
In the words of a founding father; Hemp is of first necessity to the commerce and marine, in other words to the wealth and protection of our country. (12) ~Thomas Jefferson
 by Rasputin

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