Recent chatter in the airways suggests the Ordinance regarding outdoor cultivation of medicinal cannabis within the city limits of Fresno Ca, will be on the June 21st Agenda. So here we go again! Only this time it’s with the city council and not the county. The one thing I can say is that the city of Fresno’s ordinance is a lot less restrictive by leaps and bounds. The Fresno County medical marijuana Ordinance is extremely restrictive. Here is a quick summary of the Fresno County medical marijuana ordinance in regards to cultivation.
So any patient that has the poor misfortune of living in the county has to meet all the requirements listed above. Even for personal cultivation? Yes! Fresno county’s ordinance is one of, if not the states most restrictive ordinance in regards to Cultivation, Use, distribution and possession in the entire state of California. Well now we have the city of Fresno planning to do the same thing.
( Here is a link of the proposed ordinance )
So for all of those patients out there who provide themselves with outdoor grown medicine on their own property every year will no longer be allowed to grow directly under the sun within the city limits. They will now have to spend 100′s to 1000′s of dollars building a secure structure for their medicinal garden. Much like the county’s ordinance we see they have chosen to restrict access to the cheapest and most affordable way of providing yourself with quality affordable medicinal cannabis. Cultivating your own medicinal cannabis is one of the only fail safe ways to ensure the patient knows the quality, the strain, and the grade of the medicinal cannabis.
Once again the local Fresno governing bodies choose to restrict patients access instead of addressing and correcting the real underlying issues. Most of the qualified patients that use medicinal cannabis are on a limited income, disability, social security, chemotherapy patients, cancer patients, H.I.V Patients, and many more ailments that already restrict their access and ability to cultivate their own medicine. Now the city of Fresno is telling those “Over-Qualified” patients they can’t even grow those plants on their own property. Most of these patients are already suffering in these low economic times from there overpriced healthcare costs. Now the City of Fresno wants to tack 100′s of 1000′s of dollars to an already struggling patient.
Does any of this seem fair to you ? Sure as hell don’t to me! What if the only relief or cure you found for your ailment or sickness was kicked around like a political football up and down the state. And your local city council or county supervisors decide that your medicine is too much of a health and safety risk for the citizens. Now the only thing that increases your appetite after chemotherapy, or relieves your completely disabling migraines, or help to stimulate and increase the function of your weakened immune system from the H.I.V Virus that is attacking it IS GONE. Walk a mile in the shoes of a qualified medicinal patient before you come to such restrictive ordinances and regulations.
The people and qualified patients of Fresno City and county deserve better than this. These qualified patients need acceptance, understanding and compassion, not restrictive ordinances that go against the very purposes of a voter approved proposition passed 16 years ago. I am only 1 man! But I am able-bodied and willing to fight and educate on behalf of those medicinal cannabis patients that can’t. We need the medicinal cannabis patients and community to show up at the Fresno City Council meeting this June 21, 2012. These elected representatives need to see that the medicinal cannabis patients really have a face and in fact are, Mothers, Fathers, daughters, Sons, Grandfathers, grandmothers, Black, Hispanic, White, Hmong, Asian and everything else I left out. We are the medicinal cannabis community, and we aint going nowhere. We are here to stay ! And I will be damned if I allow this to happen in my hometown without a fight. So I urge all patients and supporters of medicinal cannabis to start educating the masses here in Fresno, Ca. Sit down for an hour and put your thoughts to paper. Create a respectful 3 minute presentation on how this will affect you and the medicinal patients of Fresno, Ca. Then show up at the city council meeting and share that with the Fresno City Council members. Nobody is going to show up and do it for us. Untill the City of Fresno Understands the struggles of the medicinal cannabis patient and forms regulations and ordinances that truly address these issues in a compassionate and respectful way, I WONT STOP, AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU !
By: Dustin F. Lowery
It is almost 4/20, the cannabis community’s one and only holiday. Were all who consume the amazing cannabis plant proclaim their love for mother earths most vital resource, cannabis hemp. Many tokers, smokers, growers and medicators celebrate this day in many different ways. But this 4/20 we must try to make a real difference in which the average american perceives the average cannabis consumer and provider. We must break the stereotypes’ of un-productive, lazy, drains on society. We must show them that we are responsible adults, who live productive lives.
How do we do this ? Every single person who consumes cannabis for any reason or even believes that cannabis should be legal for responsible consumption must come out of the closet and proclaim to the world there use and love for the cannabis plant this 4/20. There is no reason why a responsible adult who consumes cannabis on his or her own time and in his or her own house, shouldnt have the same rights as those who consume alcohol. Cannabis in its known history, has had ZERO recorded cases of overdose. Approximately 2.5 million people die each year from alcohol related causes. “Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health.” So why should the cannabis consumer live his or her life in discrimination simply because he or she chooses a natural non toxic plant to relax or medicate.
This 4/20 there is a lot you can do to make a difference for the cannabis community. This 4/20 become a member of Norml, The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. They are the nations longest running lobbyist group for the cannabis consumer.
There is also a Anonymous operation taking place on 4/20 called, #Opcannabis420. They are calling for all who support cannabis legalization to turn all of your social media profiles green in a show of solidarity. Call your government representatives and let them know you want them to do something to stop the prohibition of cannabis hemp. Find out if there are any local protests or marches in your area on 4/20. Lets get out there in force and demand equality for the cannabis consumer. It’s all up to us, we must unite and demand equality for the cannabis community for ourselves, nobody is going to do it for us. So I urge all of you who really seek changes in our cannabis hemp laws and policies to get out there and let your voice be heard and make the impact we need to make those changes.
I will leave with this final and parting request for 4/20, I ask all who celebrate 4/20, when the clock strikes 4:19 please give a moment of silence and remembrance for the great Jack Herer. He was a special man who shared the truth about cannabis hemp with the world. It is up to us to carry on Jacks legacy and dreams of Re-legalizing cannabis hemp for future generations and the planet.
The title of this post comes to me from the song – Want more – as made famous by Bob Marley. In light of the recent raid on Oaksterdam University on April 4th 2012 by the federal government, I felt that the words to this song never rang so true. Now you get what you want, do you want more ? So as a Medicinal Cannabis consumer I ask you, do you want more ? Because the last 16 years has been nothing but a struggle for the average medicinal cannabis consumer,provider, and grower to provide, or receive access to those very medicines. Could you imagine the feds raiding your house because of your choice of medicine ? Imagine if the feds kicked down the doors of all the pharmacies on every corner and you no longer had access to your life saving medications. That is exactly what is happening here in California as we speak. Regardless of what your personal bias or opinions of Cannabis ( Marijuana ) may be, The Law is still the Law.
–( Now you get what you want, do you want more ? )– -Chorus- by Bob Marley
( Compliments of Wikipedia ) –> Proposition 215, or the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, is a California law concerning the use of medical cannabis. It was enacted, on November 5, 1996, by means of the initiative process, and passed with 5,382,915 (55.6%) votes in favor and 4,301,960 (44.4%) against.The proposition was a state-wide voter initiative authored by Dennis Peron, Anna Boyce [RN], Valerie Corral, Dale Gieringer, Thomas Seiler, William Panzer, Scott Imler, and psychiatrist Tod H. Mikuriya, and approved by California voters. It allows patients with a valid doctor’s recommendation, and the patient’s designated Primary Caregivers, to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal medical use, and has since been expanded to protect a growing system of collective and cooperative distribution. The Act added Section 11362.5 to the California Health and Safety Code.
–( You think it’s the end, But it’s just the beginning. )– -Line-1 -Verse-1- -Want more- by Bob Marley
16 years, you would think we would have it all figured out by now right ? Wrong ! California law enforcement has been having a hay day arresting any and all Cannabis consumers regardless of legality. Why you ask ? Because they can, 215 truly only gives you a legal defense within the state of California. So it all boils down to one simple tactic for Law enforcement, arrest them all and let the courts sort it out. Which in turn only further restricts access and further strengthens the black markets grasp over California’s #1 cash crop. Yes though it remains illegal for responsible adult consumption, Cannabis beats out Grapes for California’s #1 cash crop. Not a single dime of that money for Cannabis is taxed or regulated.
Now in some part’s of California you will find cities and counties that have adopted ordinances and regulations that call for certain taxes and revenues generated from Medicinal Cannabis Collectives, dispensaries, and store front operations to be paid to the city or county. Even more counties and cities here in California have outright banned Collectives and dispensaries. If you were to look at the above picture of the Prop 215 election turnout, almost everywhere seen in green has some form of regulation and tax revenue and allowance in place. Everything in red has nothing and many of these cities and counties have gone as far as to outright bans that are still being challenged in court. Here we have the most neediest of the Cannabis Community being the only one’s providing tax revenues, and in most cases showing up in drones at city and county board meetings begging for regulations. While at the same time they watch the laws intended to protect them get kicked around like a political football. Which in turn only leads to further confusion, and further restricts access to the those who truly need cannabis.
–( They stab you in the back And they claim that you’re not looking.)– -Line-1- -verse-2- -Want more- By-Bob Marley
In 2009 the Obama administration issued a statement suggesting to prosecutors not seek to the arrest of medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they conform to state laws, under new policy guidelines, and it is 2012 and last I checked Obama is still president. Here are some of Obama’s quotes prior to his election.
– “I don’t think that should be a top priority of us, raiding people who are using … medical marijuana. With all the things we’ve got to worry about, and our Justice Department should be doing, that probably shouldn’t be a high priority.” (June 2, 2007, town hall meeting in Laconia, New Hampshire)
–”The Justice Department going after sick individuals using [marijuana] as a palliative instead of going after serious criminals makes no sense.” (July 21, 2007, town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire)
– ”You know, it’s really not a good use of Justice Department resources.” (responding to whether the federal government should stop medical marijuana raids, August 13, 2007, town hall meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire)
Then why is he doing exactly what he explained to the American public was a waste of D.O.J resources ? If he was a man who practiced what he preached, why then was Oaksterdam raided just a few days ago ? Why then have countless other collectives and medical marijuana patients who are compliant within there state still facing persecution or possible forfeiture of property and finances ? The entire cannabis community united behind president Barack Obama during the 2008 election cycle. It seemed as if we had a presidential nominee wo wasnt afraid of discussing the hypocrisy of our cannabis ( Marijuana ) laws. But here we are in April of 2012 and we witnessed one of the longest operating and industry forging leaders get reduced to rubble by the federal government, not to mention more D.O.J resources wasted.
In my personal opinion, HELL NO ! I believe we can do better. We must now unite under one common cause that helps the entire cannabis community as a whole. One of the biggest problems plaguing the cannabis community today is the separation of qualified patients and the recreational users . Though the majority of the medicinal community still smoke their cannabis as a regular form of medicating, to the average Joe, you look just like you’re getting stoned. Not to mention people associate smoking with leisure and relaxation, which is also something commonly associated with “stoners”. Until we have TRUE medical Cannabis that is controlled, studied and tested by scientists and doctors these stereotypes will continue to plague the Medicinal cannabis consumer. The medicinal consumer will always be lumped in with the stoner, so long as he looks and acts like one. you know the old saying, if it looks like a duck, it quacks like a duck, it must be a duck ! Even the Great Jack Herer originally opposed Prop 215 because it stopped at medical use only.
But the very same thing can be said for the stoners. just as there must be a place for the qialified patient, there must also be a place for use by the responsible adult consumer. In my personal opinion legalizing and regulating for responsible adult consumption is more important due to the sheer numbers of recreational cannabis consumers. This meaning the average Joe is more likely to encounter and interact with a stoner then a qualified patient. On May 31st, 2011. California NORML estimates that there are now over 750,000 medical marijuana users in the state, or 2% of the population. According to U.S. SAMHSA data, the total number of users in the state, including non-medical ones, amounts to 6.7% of the population (2.5 million) within the past month, or 11.3% (4.1 million) within the past year. Now remember cannabis ( Marijuana ) is illegal, would you admit to a stranger that you use an illegal substance ? So these surveys are only estimates and according to these statistics, last year in 2011 there was 750,000 medical marijuana patients. In that same year there were 4.1 million people in TOTAL that admitted they consumed cannabis wether it be legal medical use or for recreational use. So that leaves us with a number of 3,350,000 recreational users to 750,000 qualified patients, so who do you think you are more likely to interact with ? So about 5.46% of all people included in this study are medical users. Based off of this study roughly 1 in 5 of all who consume cannabis ( Marijuana ) is medical.
This places California only slightly above the national average in marijuana use ( 6.0% monthly and 10.4% yearly). Use of marijuana by California school youth has declined since Prop. 215 passed, according to data from the Attorney General’s Survey of Student Drug Use in California. The increase in medical marijuana use therefore appears to reflect a tendency for existing users to “go medical,” rather than the enlistment of new users. So instead of reforming our cannabis laws, we force those 4 out 5 cannabis consumers to use only medical or take the risk of criminal prosecution. These laws are tailored to favor the minority and not the majority, and even the minority has faced nothing but 16 years of opposition from local, state, and federal governing bodies. Dont get me wrong I know the medicinal powers of the cannabis plant, but I personally have witnessed cannabis do amazing things for people. That is why I believe we need REAL medical cannabis that is controlled by Scientists and Doctors who are working with and studying the many amazing compounds that make up the cannabis plant for measureable medical applications. What we have now with prop 215 is a quasi legal system that barely works for the minority, and the only ones clambering that things are just fine, are the Doctors writing the recommendations, Collective and dispensary owners, and growers profiting from the very system in place.
In the last 16 years the Cannabis movement as a whole has been making huge strides in gaining acceptance among the American public. Richard Lee and his Oaksterdam college have played a huge roll in the efforts to educate and advocate for medical cannabis and the legalization of cannabis. Richard Lee is the only dispensary owner that has ever funded a campaign to put himself out of business with prop 19. and by doing so he educated the nation even further to the many benefits of the cannabis plant. In my personal opinion Richard Lee can take partial claim to the recent polls showing 50% approval of legalizing cannabis. Now that’s not to say that prop 215 and the author Denis Peron and the many others who co-authored it didn’t play just as a big a role, if not a bigger role in educating the public about cannabis. But one thing I have always admired about Richard Lee is that he does not fear change, he embraces it. He has forged new and greater standards within our community. While at the same time advocating for all cannabis consumers and producers.
For the first time in American history 50% of Americans now say the use of marijuana should be made legal, Gallup first asked about legalizing marijuana, in 1969, 12% of Americans favored it, while 84% were opposed. Support remained in the mid 20′s in Gallup measures from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s, but has crept up since, passing 30% in 2000 and 40% in 2009 before reaching the 50% level in this year’s Oct. 6-9 annual Crime survey. THE TIME IS NOW ! we must unite as cannabis consumers and reform our laws to protect the majority, and not force the majority to abuse the minorities legal system.
BY: Dustin F. Lowery
( Link to change.org, please sign the petition ) –>https://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-medical-marijuana-raids?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=own_wall
Letter from- Richard Lee
Why This Is Important
On Monday, April 2, my school — Oaksterdam University in Oakland — was raided by the DEA, IRS, and US Marshals. Oaksterdam provides training to the medical cannabis industry, and is fully compliant with state and local law.
President Obama promised at the beginning of his administration to respect state medical marijuana laws. He has broken this promise time and time again — and the consequences have been devastating.
This was a senseless act of intimidation. But I’ve been an activist far too long to become intimidated — and with the majority of Americans and common sense on our side, I know this is a fight we can win.
With our government trillions in debt, why is our government using taxpayer dollars to come after me, Oaksterdam, and the thousands of patients who need medical marijuana just to get through the day?
Tell President Obama and the DEA: Enough is enough. Keep your campaign promise, and stop the raids on the medical cannabis industry!
Thanks Richard Lee for all you have done for the cannabis community.
Time to make a phone call!
Tell GOV JERRY BROWN TO CALL OFF THE FEDS. OUR STATE, OUR RIGHTS
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160
Call Federal Prosecutor Melinda L. Haag, SF (415)436-7200 — (415)436-7234
Did all of Fresno’s dispensary’s and collectives shut their doors ? From the research I have compiled, only one remains open to serve the Fresno medical marijuana community. I called the California herbal relief center to see if they were open, because they were the only ones still listed on Weedmaps. To my surprise they answered the phone, I said Hello and asked if they still remained open, the guy stuttered and hesetently replied ” Yeah, Yeah, We are open “. So it would appear that one collective here in town has decided to keep its doors open, even in fear of the County ordinance. Though I must tell you when I called back again to ask some more questions, nobody answered.
The next step in the medical cannabis community may be delivered right to your front door. There seems to be a growing number of collectives and dispensary’s that are either offering or switching to delivery. To me, it makes sense to do delivery when it comes to the sick, disabled, and the most needy of the cannabis community. Lets be Real for a moment here people. A storefront is all a collective or dispensary really is. And if your opening a storefront you will always be perceived as a business who makes profits in the public eye.
Now that’s not to say, that’s not exactly what some of these so-called collectives and dispensary’s intentions where. I myself am very glad that Mind, Body and Soul (SHIT-HOLE) closed their doors. Only Because I myself can assure that Jody Watkins and Shannon Luce the owners of Mind body and soul collective in Fresno ca, are former business consultants who took a course at oaksterdam in which they never even received a certificate of completion. But at the same time they pretend that they are the definitive source for medical marijuana in the Central Valley. When I first met them the only thing they knew about cannabis was the fact you could make money from selling it and how to run a business. When it came to Cannabis they knew very little to nothing on the subject other than what little they could remember from their course at oaksterdam. As a former employee of these Shmucks trust me when I say there only intentions where their profits and future profits that would be generated and nothing else.
But that is just my personal biast against one place here in Fresno. I believe we need collectives and dispensary’s here in Fresno. I just happen to really dislike and distrust Shannon Luce and Jody Watkins of Mind, Body and Soul (SHIT-HOLE) because of my own interactions with those scum. But what we do have here is perfect explanation of how the medical cannabis community can and is being abused by people who’s only intentions are the profits and the wealth that can be achieved from the sickest and most neediest of the Cannabis Community. As much as I have advocated for collectives and dispensary’s and I totally disagree with the ordinance put in place by fresno county and city. I am glad that at least one place, I know for a fact should be closed, is closed.
There are some major questions that need some serious answers in regards to the Fresno county ordinance, and what I believe is an Unlawful intrusion of Californians rights under state laws. The first question that comes to mind is always this, Can a city board of supervisors, or a county board of supervisors superced state laws and in fact disregard them and enact their own local laws through code enforcement ? Because that is exactly what is taking place here in Fresno, Ca.
Fresno’s ordinance is very unique and more restrictive to patients then most in the entire state. On July 12, 2011, Fresno County unanimously passed an ordinance to ban dispensaries and sharply restrict cultivation. It requires a “Medical MJ Cultivation Business License” for anyone seeking to grow in the county. Cultivation can only occur only in a secure, locked, enclosed structure in industrial zoning districts if 1,000 feet from any school, park, recreation area, sports facility, adult business, church, etc; maximum # of plants is 99. It also hands over all Code Enforcement over to the Local Fresno county sheriffs office. That is just the part on cultivation.
What about the collectives and clubs here in the county of Fresno ? the ordinance clearly states the following,
10.60.030 Medical Marijuana dispensary as a prohibited use:
A. A medical marijuana dispensary as defined in section 11.10.020 is a prohibited use in all zone districts in the County of Fresno.
And that is all they had to say about that. No beating around the bush with it, straight to the point with it. Now section 10.60.050 clearly states the following.
10.60.050 AMORTIZATION OF NON-CONFORMING MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENCARY:
Any marijuana existing on the effective date of this ordinance, which does not conform to the provisions of this chapter, shall be regarded as non-conforming use which may be continued until six months after the effective date of this ordinance. On or before such date, all such non-conforming uses shall be terminated.
Now I am not exactly sure what that means in terms of exactly how they are gonna come down on them, but what i do know is they seem to have pretty clear stance on collectives and dispensary’s, NONE SHALL BE ALLOWED PERIOD ! The city and county board of supervisors and even the fresno police department and fresno county sheriffs office are wanting to prevent crime. Now everybody wants less crime and safer streets for their children to walk right ? Then banning of collectives and dispensary’s is not the way to go about it. It is a proven fact that where most of these collectives and dispensary’s are in the county of Fresno are in fact now safer being occupied with security guards and people watching the surrounding buildings. Not only that but it single-handedly provides a safe and comfortable environment for the a medical marijuana patient to get access to their medicine in a secure public location, most have security and very secure front doors.
As a parent of a 5-year-old boy, I would prefer that Medical marijuana patients who need access to their medicine go to a place like that then get it from some dealer on the black market. As a parent i know my 5-year-old, or a child of any age other than the age required by law or, if under age has adult permission, will not be getting access to cannabis through a collective or dispensary. That I can assure you ! and if they did, can you imagine the outrage ? As there should be. but at least there is a place or business to hold responsible or liable. On the streets and black markets there is no justice for those who sell to children, let alone the fact that they are more likely to have access to more deadly drugs then just marijuana, and they also do not check their patrons I.D’s. Collectives and dispensary’s without a doubt would and are reducing crime and increasing access to the people who need cannabis the most. Not only does Fresno take their citizens money for Medical marijuana cards issued by the Fresno county health department. They also have their own doctor on staff to offer their own reccomendations. Not only does Fresno profit from medical marijuana currently. It in turn uses those funds to abolish the very places in which you can get access to your medications in your county and city. They will give all you need to be legal to consume the plant, even take your money and provide with the qualified paperwork. Only to turn around tell you, you’re going to have to go somewhere else to get that stuff.
Now the Fresno county sheriff’s office, with administrative assistance from the department of public works and planning, shall have primary responsibility for enforcement of the provisions in this ordinance. Lets get this straight, because we are dealing with deadly criminals and drug king pins that are disguised as medical marijuana patients. At least that’s what the police and local law enforcement want you to believe because, they get a shitload of funding from the federal government to prevent any and all Cannabis cultivation, distribution and sales. Be it legal medical marijuana, or by any means necessary. And the Police do not want to lose that funding, Period !
So they portray the average medical marijuana patient as a criminal to the public. Everyone that is a provider for these patients is also considered a drug king pin. This is getting to be a bit ridiculous, don’t you think ? their is no other business or industry out there requires handing over the enforcement of code enforcement to Law enforcement. But when your dealing with those damn Hippies, disabled people, Sick and dying people, and people seeking natural alternatives to the daily poisons offered by the pharmaceutical company’s. The only way to get there point across and accomplish their goals of keeping there federal bankrolls coming in is to demonize those who have actually been gaining acceptance within their own communities.
Ok lets start with of the most recognized Cannabis prisoners, The one and only Prince of Pot, Marc Emery. He is formerly a retailer of cannabis seeds for cultivation, having started Marc Emery Direct Marijuana Seeds in 1995, which he ran until it was closed by a raid by Vancouver police acting on the request of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on July 29, 2005. This has led to him being currently scheduled to be extradited to the United States for a sentence of five years.
Emery was taken into custody on September 28, 2009, and held at the North Fraser Pretrial Center in Port Coquitlam, BC, to await extradition to the USA. On November 18, 2009, Emery was released on bail, pending the Canadian Minister of Justice signing the extradition order; and on May 5, 2010, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson signed the order and ordered Emery to surrender to authorities, which he did that same day. The worst part was the statements of the US Department of Justice made after the extradition of Emery.
Here is the original text of DEA Administrator Karen Tandy’s statement released on July 29th, 2005:
Today’s DEA arrest of Marc Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine, and the founder of a marijuana legalization group — is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the U.S. and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement.
His marijuana trade and propagandist marijuana magazine have generated nearly $5 million a year in profits that bolstered his trafficking efforts, but those have gone up in smoke today.
Emery and his organization had been designated as one of the Attorney General’s most wanted international drug trafficking organizational targets — one of only 46 in the world and the only one from Canada.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery’s illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on. So there you have the head of the DEA Admitting that Marc Emery’s arrest Was Political.
Charles Eddy Lepp is a 52-year old Vietnam vet who looks older. He has had coronary bypass surgery and talks in a rasp. Over the years he has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, manic depression, chronic back pain, skin cancer, and degenerative arthritis. A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction and the 10 year prison sentence for medical marijuana advocate Eddy Lepp. He was accused of growing 32,000 marijuana plants that he insisted were for medical patients and his fellow Rastafarians. The cannabis was grown on his own land in lake County California. Charles, “Eddy” Lepp was sent to prison in 2009 by a federal judge, but became a legend after using the courtroom as a platform for protesting cannabis laws.
Michael Hinckly, Lepp’s lawyer, argued that the 10 year prison sentence for the 57 year old veteran in ill health was disproportionate for the crime. He was deeply disappointed by the appeals court decision and called the thought of Lepp spending 10 years in a prison cell tragic. Please support Eddy Lepp by sending him a card in jail, and fighting for the rights of all cannabis users.
Now these are just two out of the millions of people rotting in a jail cell for a non violent drug offense. these people actually have high profiles that allow there storys to be heard and discussed by major activists groups and social media. But what about all those Jon and Jane Doe’s out there that don’t get herd or discussed about on facebook or twitter. Now I know we hear a lot about the High profile Cannabis prisoners of the drug war, as we should. But There are literally millions of others out there who need a voice and someone to take action on their behalf.
This is why I like the CCHHI 2012 Initiative over all the other initiatives gathering signatures to get on the 2012 Ballot. Because as soon as it is inacted, all California cannabis prisoners will be set free and all marijuana criminal history destroyed. Now that is something I can get really get behind, and if the rest of the Cannabis community Cant, then we are way worse off then I or anyone ever imagined. I mean we sit here begging to see the end of prohibition, Yet we must not forget those already fallen victim to the Drug war.
One thing all cannabis consumers hate is Prohibition. There is no more common ground than that. No matter what your personal interest or personal beliefs may be, the end game still remains the same. Nobody, Not Even the Pope himself can condemn or prohibit something so natural as the cannabis hemp plant. Did god not create this amazing plant ? What is the words of god on the Subject of the Cannabis Hemp plant ? well here are some biblical mentions and what some say refer specifically to the Cannabis Hemp plant in the holy bible.
(Genesis 1:29-31)– “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth.…To you it will be for meat.” … And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. The Bible even speaks of the prohibition of such plants and Herbs. (Paul: 1 Timothy 4:1-3)– “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall … speak lies in hypocrisy … commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. The Bible also speaks of a special plant. (Ezekiel 34:29)–”I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.” The Bible also mentions a Healing plant. (Revelations 22:1-2)–A healing plant. On either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare 12 manner of fruits, and yielding her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Now i am in no way a religious person. but if you are and you don’t like Cannabis, Even your god would slap you and say “what the hell is wrong with you” ? Now if you are a religious person, which is totally cool with me by the way if you are. I believe the same right you have to believe in it, is the same right i have not to believe in it. and i do not judge a person by their beliefs, I judge them by their actions. Now if there was such a plant that the bible speaks about, and it in fact can do so much for mankind, and that god was so very proud of. why would any government, world leaders or hell even dictators prohibit such an amazing contribution to the world and there people. But yet that is the current status here in America and many other country’s worldwide for the cannabis plant. So if you’re not quite convinced on how or why the world needs the cannabis plant on a global scale now more then ever in human history. I am here to do my damnedest to convince you other wise.
So Here are some reasons why ending cannabis prohibition makes sense scientifically,socially, industrially, economically and i think we pretty much covered religiously. Now i want you take a seat before we dive into these topics. Now the reason i say that is. What I am about to tell you is going to blow your mind, anything and everything you have ever been told about cannabis or its slang term marijuana is a Lie. Yep ! Unless you happened to be someone educated to historical and modern uses of the cannabis plant by personal interests or for whatever reason. You would simply never know most of what you will find just here in this post, Let alone the fact that most of this is historically documented and can be researched and proven with factual evidence.
Botanically, Cannabis hemp is a member of the most advanced plant family on Earth. It is a dioecious (having male, female and sometimes hermaphroditic, male and female on same plant), woody, herbaceous annual that uses the sun more efficiently than virtually any other plant on our planet, reaching a robust 12 to 20 feet or more in one short growing season. It can be grown in virtually any climate or soil condition on Earth, even marginal ones.
Today we also know cannabis hempseed is the plant kingdom’s richest source of life-giving essential fatty acids. Of the 3-million plus edible plants that grow on Earth, no other single plant source can compare with the nutritional value of cannabis hempseeds. Even more important for building a strong immune system, cannabis hempseeds are the highest source in the plant kingdom of essential fatty acids. These essential oils, linoleic and linolenic acids, are responsible for the luster in your skin, hair, eyes, and even your thought processes. They lubricate (clear) the arteries and are vital to the immune system.
FOOD: So that just that little bit of basic information we just covered would suggest that just eating the cannabis plant would do wonders for the health and well-being of those who consume it as just a food. Not only that but this food source can virtually be grown anywhere on this planet and in any soil or climate. I know right ? its pretty mind-blowing that the most nutritional food source on this planet is hardly ever talked about and is prohibited to be grown here in America and most parts of the world. well let me continue to blow your mind.
So here is where the industrial uses of this plant tie together with economic stability and a lot of social issue we face today. The Cannabis Hemp plant is this planets number one source for Fuel, Fiber, Paper, Food and Medicine.
FUEL: America has been trying to lower its dependency on foreign oil, But yet we don’t utilize the planets number one renewable and natural source for fuel. On a global scale, the plant that produces the most net biomass is cannabis hemp. It’s the only annually renewable plant on Earth able to replace all fossil fuels. Biomass energy systems can supply a sustainable source of fuel and will create millions of new clean jobs. Hemp biomass derived fuels and oils can replace every type of fossil fuel energy product.so lets say for instance we have a huge spill of fuel or oil. This is no longer a planet altering event. The oils and fuels are as natural as the source in which they were derived. it’s a complete renewable cycle and source for fuel dependency, yet nobody speaks of it. Why ? Big business, corporate greed and special interests in washington share most of the blame.
FIBER: Cannabis hemp is, overall, the strongest, most-durable, longest-lasting natural soft-fiber on the planet. Homespun cloth was almost always spun, by people all over the world, from fibers grown in the “family hemp patch.” In America, this tradition lasted from the Pilgrims (1620s) until hemp’s prohibition in the 1930s. In the 1930s, Congress was told by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics that many Polish-Americans still grew pot in their backyards to make their winter “long johns” and work clothes, and greeted the agents with shotguns for stealing their next year’s clothes.
PAPER: Until 1883, from 75-90 percent of all paper in the world was made with cannabis hemp fiber, including that for books, Bibles, maps, paper money, stocks and bonds, newspapers, etc. The Gutenberg Bible (in the 15th century); Pantagruel and the Herb pantagruelion, Rabelais (16th century); King James Bible (17th century); Thomas Paine’s pamphlets, The Rights of Man, Common Sense, The Age of Reason (18th century); the works of Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Mark Twain, Victor Hugo, Alexander Dumas; Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (19th century); and just about everything else was printed on cannabis hemp paper.
MEDICINE: From 1842 through the 1890s, extremely strong marijuana (then known as cannabis extractums) and hashish extracts, tinctures and elixirs were routinely the second and third most-used medicines in America for humans (from birth, through childhood, to old age) and in veterinary medicine until the 1920s and longer. For at least 3,000 years, prior to 1842, widely varying marijuana extracts (buds, leaves, roots, etc.) were the most commonly used and widely accepted medicines in the world for the majority of mankind’s illnesses.
So cannabis Hemp is the number one source for all of those five topics discussed above. pretty amazing huh ? one plant really can do so much if utilized properly. and those are just five of the thousands of industrial uses of the cannabis hemp plant. Ok so we have pretty much determined that the cannabis hemp plant, no matter what your beliefs are is the planets number one source for Food, Paper, Fibers, Fuel, and Medicine. so that means that even the poorest of the poor people on this planet, in the worst climate and soil, if given access to dirt and sunlight and very little water can provide themself with Fibers to provide themself with clothes. They can provide themselves with paper for newspapers, books and education. They can provide themselves with the most nutritional food source for human consumption on this planet. They can provide Biomass fuels to power their tractors, vehicles and generators as well.
This single plant could uplift the poorest and hungriest person from poverty into economic stability in matter of a few crops. And its illegal why ? Well i say its time to stop ranting and start acting. The cannabis hemp movement is fractured in such a way, that we no longer fight the same fight. we need a drastic change in the direction of this movement. a change for the better. a more unified approach to achieve the goal that all cannabis hemp consumers want to achieve, Ending the prohibition of the worlds most amazing plant, cannabis hemp. so wether it be medicator VS stoner, hippie VS modern, science VS religion, in the end we all want the exact same thing. The freedom to choose a natural renewable plant for the many uses it was intended without fear of discrimination or persecution. I think that is something everyone within the cannabis movement can get behind. And if not, well we don’t need you around anyhow. from these ash’s must rise a phoenix the world has never known. we must tear down our walls of indifference and unite with a unified voice with a unified goal of ending the prohibition of the cannabis hemp plant for everyone and all purposes. If we keep that very goal in mind, in the end, everyone’s goal is achieved.
Now as I wrap this post up I want to take some time to introduce you to the CCHHI 2012 initiative that I am currently gathering signatures for here in Fresno California. The California Cannabis Hemp and Health initiative of 2012 is Jack Herer’s own initiative from 1994. nothings changed, it is truly Jack Herer’s own Legacy only continued by close friends and activists. There are dedicated activists statewide currently gathering signatures to place this initiative on the 2012 ballot. Let me explain in my opinion why i think this is the best initiative for all cannabis consumers as a whole, and with 2012 being a presidential election year is actually perfect timing for an initiative to really get passed.
First thing it does is legalizes cannabis hemp. (1)- Creates and funds new hemp based industries and jobs. (2)- It permits the use of Marijuana or Cannabis hemp by adults 21 and older and licenses, regulates, enforces, and taxes recreational marijuana or cannabis hemp just like beer and wine. (3)- It prohibits taxing and expands the accessibility of medicinal marijuana or cannabis hemp in accordance with prop-215. (3)- Prohibits counties from imposing discriminatory, excessive or prohibitive zoning requirements and fees on cannabis hemp outlets. (4)- Allows farmers to grow industrial cannabis hemp and hemp seed, and allows industries and entrepreneurs to use the crop for the many uses and applications that cannabis hemp provides, both historically and modern. (5)- Restricts the use in California of genetically modified cannabis seeds. (6)- Eliminates the unfair practice of drug testing for cannabis metabolites, which can be retained in the human body for months. Impairment testing for non-metabolized cannabis, a more effective and accurate measurement for impairment or recent usage, would replace the metabolite test. (7)- mandates the state establish performance based standards, similar to those established for alcohol, to determine levels of impairment for safe operation of motor vehicles and other equipment. (8)- Allows for the release and discharge of people currently being punished for non-violent marijuana or cannabis hemp related offenses, saving taxpayers millions of dollars annually and freeing up jail space, judicial and crime fighting resources. (9)- Removes cannabis hemp from the California Uniform Controlled Substances Act, which currently allows the federal government to regulate cannabis hemp as a schedule I drug. (10)- Prohibits California law enforcement from assisting federal drug agents attempting to enforce federal laws that are no longer illegal by reason of this legislation. (11)Allows for personal use and possession of cannabis hemp grown for personal consumption. (12)- Caps the excise tax for commercial sales at $10 per ounce. (13)- Caps the license fees for commercial production, distribution, and sales at $1000. (14)- Allows a physician to approve or recommend medicinal marijuana or cannabis hemp without fear of repercussion to patients of any age. (15)- Requires that 50% of excise taxes collected from sales of recreational cannabis hemp be made available to be used for the development, promotion, and assistance in the creation of industrial, nutritional, and medicinal cannabis hemp industries.
Pretty much this is the best and most well-rounded initiative that has ever been conceived. there is little to no flaws in it at all. and it totally covers the entire cannabis community as a whole, focusing all major aspects of Cannabis hemp reform, from the recreational user and grower, to the medicinal patient and provider, to the farmers and industries in which would finally be allowed to become out of the dark and into the light. It will Create and funds new hemp based industries and jobs in a time where unemployment rates are at all time high. It will provide farmers here in the central valley a cheap and easily manageable crop that will provide them with many outlets for their raw cannabis hemp products to be manufactured. It also can provide food for the hungry, Clean the polluted air we breath, and replenish the soil we have destroyed with pesticides and treatments.
We are at a major tipping point for this planet and this movement. We must unite, under a single and unified voice to achieve the restoration of the cannabis hemp plant. Please I am asking all who have taken the time to read this to please take the time to read this initiative, get motivated, and actually promote the change we all seek so desperately. Get involved, Contact the CCHHI 2012 via social networking or through E-mail or by whatever means nessacary and see how you can help. Donate the money, if you have it, or just educate your friends and family to the restoration of the cannabis hemp plant and CCHHI in 2012. ( CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO CCHHI 2012 ) —-> http://www.cchhi2012.org/media.html
Now i will leave you with a video of the High Times lifetime achievement award video that they played at the first ever L.A High Times medicinal cannabis cup last weekend, which I had the honor of attending. Though Jack is no longer with us,( R.I.P- Jack ) and could not accept his award. Dan Skye senior editor of High times said some very kind words about Jack, ” if not for Jack Herer, I wouldn’t be here today doing what I do” said Dan Skye. He then proceeded to announce Dan Herer, Jacks son would be accepting the award on his father’s behalf. Then Dan Herer after accepting the award, warned of complacency, and that there is still much to be done in the realm of cannabis hemp reform. the main thing that really stuck with me from this video was jacks words at the end.
” YOU GUYS HAVE TO BE WARRIORS FOR YOUR OWN FREEDOM, YOU CANT DEPEND ON ME OR ANYONE ELSE TO WIN THIS FREEDOM FOR YOU “
” LET MY PEOPLE GO, LET MY PEOPLE GROW ” ( R.I.P – Jack Herer – June 18, 1939 – April 15, 2010 )
By: Dustin F. Lowery
Dont let the Few, ruin it for the many, The needs of the many far out way the few !
Why would the Fresno county board of supervisors pass such an uneducated impartial judgment upon a group of people simply for their difference in choice of medicine ?
Sounds real innocent when you ask it like that, doesn’t it ? But you are all use to hearing marijuana, Drugs, hotbeds for criminal activity, drug stores, pot shops, marijuana busts and raids. If The Fresno County Sherrif’s Dept and Fresno county board of supervisors in fact do want to lower crime and drug activity, then banning Collectives, Co-op’s and dispensary is a terrible idea and an uneducated impartial judgement upon a group of people who choose to use a non toxic plant for holistic healing over western medicine. Collectives, Co-op’s and dispensary are single-handedly providing a legal and safe environment for Valid patients within the state of California to receive their medicine, While at the same time Removing black market middle men and putting drug dealers out of business. By removing street dealers you also greatly decrease the likelihood of other drugs being pushed on kids and adults who are only seeking medical cannabis. The people of the great state of California decided and passed prop 215 ( now HS11362.5 ) by popular vote in 1996. SB 420 was a compromise that considered much input from patients and reformers. It clears up certain implementation issues surrounding Prop 215 HS11362.5 and formulates a voluntary system to protect patients from arrest. It sets standards as the default baseline for protection, but also empowers localities to adopt scientific local medical marijuana guidelines. They must have got some misleading text from the state laws, because I don’t see anywhere it allows them to disregard the state laws and simply ignore it, or come up with such ridiculous regulations and intrusions of personal property in order to create a De facto Ban, Do you ?
Now don’t get me wrong, I do understand why they are doing what they are doing. They were Lied to, so was there parents and grandparents. Everyone has been lied to, or bought in to the notion That cannabis is this evil destructive plant that will alter the course of human history if allowed to exist. When actual Science and facts about the plant are locked away and never to be discussed again. All Clinical studies and research must cease to exist. if anyone does any research they are in direct violation of federal law and will be pursued and persecuted. We have all been lied to for the last 80 to 100 years about the truths of the amazing Cannabis plant. up until the mid 1800′s Extracts and derivatives of the cannabis plant where the second and third most prescribed medicines from birth to old age in the U.S.A. Eli Lilly, Parke-Davis, Squibb, Brothers Smith and other firms produce these medicines through 1930. During this time, not one death or severe side-effect is recorded as an attribute to use. Most Americans would have never guessed that in a million years. That Marijuana could be used as a medicine and in fact has been used as one for thousands of years. Not very many people know that they have a Endocannabinoid System in their body that reacts with the chemicals in the cannabis plant to help stimulate the ECS system.
The Cannabis Plant is not just for getting high, thow it is widely known for enhancing all sorts of activities and enjoyed in a recreational and leisurely fashion. Botanically the Cannabis hemp plant is a member of the most advanced plant family on earth. It is a dioecious ( having male, female and some times hermaphroditic–male and female on same plant ), woody, herbaceous annual that uses the sun more efficiently than virtually any other plant on earth, reaching up to a robust 12 to 20 feet or more in one short growing season. It can be grown in virtually any climate or soil condition on earth, even marginal ones. Cannabis Hemp is, by far, Earths premier, renewable natural resource. I could go on forever on this topic, so i will try to keep to the Subject.
The Fresno county board of supervisors misguided and uneducated decision to Ban all Collectives and Co-op’s in the UNINCORPORATED parts of Fresno co will only increase crime, Increase Access to children, create more problems and restrict the Legal medical Marijuana patients Access to their medicine, while at the same time forcing more money out of our local economy and into other surrounding county’s. Another big problem I have with the County of Fresno’s decision to ban is, The fresno county health department issues State medical marijuana ID Cards for Patients in fresno co. Only for the county to turn around and deny your access to those meds within your county. SAY WHAT ? the hypocrisy of it all is quite insane. Now I will say there are some bad apples in the bunch of collectives co-op’s, But the only reason they are getting away with it is because there are no rules, regulations and guidelines That show them the models in which to operate.
Its going to be a long hard battle to get some real regulations in place that work for both sides of the aisle. And even worse so then before due to increased federal funding and activity in California to help the feds with their ongoing war on the 10th amendment of our constitution. But one of the main things that we all can do is be Active. Call your state Reps, congressmen and women, Obama, county board of supervisors, city council and tell them you are tired of thier bullshit, shit or get of the pot! Education is the key to a better future for all Cannabis consumers. So share the gift of knowledge onto one another, tell your friends and family, share news storeys and other blogs like this one with everyone. If wars can be started with lies, they can be ended with the Truth.
” while one has a legal and moral responsibility to obey just laws, one also has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws “
By- Dustin F. Lowery
I will first start out by saying that the title is actually taken from “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” written by the Grandfather of Hemp himself, Jack Herer. We lost a great man last April who truly saw the potential of cannabis as not just a recreational past time but as a solution to world hunger, deforestation of trees for paper and lumber, pollution, clean energy and economic stability. I would like to thank, Bene-Joaquin Herer, Barry Herer, River Walker-Herer, Mark Herer, Chanci Herer, Dan Herer and of course Jeannie Herer and all the other members of the Herer family for keeping his spirit and drive to see Cannabis/Hemp legalized and utilized alive and with us today. ( R.I.P – Jack Herer – June 18, 1939 – April 15, 2010 )
Here is the beginning to Chapter 8 of the Emperor Wears No Clothes.
Cannabis Hemp seed as a Basic World Food
In 1937, Ralph Loziers, general counsel of the National Institute of Oilseed Products, told the Congressional committee studying marijuana prohibition that “hempseed… is used in all the Oriental nations and also in a part of Russia as food. It is grown in their fields and used as oatmeal. Millions of people every day are using hempseed in the Orient as food. They have been doing this for many generations, especially in periods of famine.”
That was over 70 years ago. Today we know hempseed is the plant kingdom’s richest source of life-giving essential fatty acids, and may well be the cure for cancer and heart disease.
Hempseed: Humanity’s Best Single Food Source
Of the 3-million plus edible plants that grow on Earth, no other single plant source can compare with the nutritional value of hempseeds. Both the complete protein and the essential oils contained in hempseeds are in ideal ratios for human nutrition. Only soybeans contain a higher percentage of protein. However, the composition of the protein in hempseed is unique in the vegetable kingdom. Sixty-five percent of the protein content in hempseed is in the form of globulin edestin.1 (The word “edestin” comes from the Greek “edestos,” meaning edible.)
The exceptionally high edestin content of hempseed combined with albumin, another globular protein contained in all seeds, means the readily available protein in hempseed contains all the essential amino acids in ideal proportions to assure your body has the necessary building blocks to create proteins like disease-fighting immunoglobulins -antibodies whose job is to ward off infections before the symptoms of sickness set in.2
Cannabis seed protein even allows a body with nutrition-blocking tuberculosis, or almost any other nutrition-blocking ailment, to get maximum nourishment.*
*Cohen & Stillman, Therapeutic Potential of Marijuana, Plenum Press, NY, 1976; Czech. Tubercular Nutritional Study, 1955.
Even more important for building a strong immune system, hempseeds are the highest source in the plant kingdom of essential fatty acids. These essential oils, linoleic and linolenic acids, are responsible for the luster in your skin, hair, eyes, and even your thought processes. They lubricate (clear) the arteries and are vital to the immune system.
These essential fatty acids were used by Dr. Joanna Budwig (nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize every year since 1979) to successfully treat “terminal” cancer patients, as well as those suffering from cardiovascular disease, glandular atrophy, gallstones, kidney degeneration, acne, dry skin, menstrual problems and immune deficiency.
This, as well as other research, prompted William Eidleman, M.D., UCLA, and R. Lee Hamilton, Ed.D., Ph.D. Medical Researcher-Biochemist UCLA Emeritus, to speak out on behalf of “the life-giving values” of cannabis hemp. They state:
“These essential oils support the immune system and guard against viral and other insults to the immune system. Studies are in progress using the essential oils to support the immune systems of persons with the H.I.V. virus. So far they have been extremely promising.
“What is the richest source of these essential oils? Yes, you guessed it, the seeds of the cannabis hemp plant … The insane prohibitions against the most valuable plant on Earth, cannabis hemp, must yield to public demand … The promise of super health and the possibility of feeding the world is at our fingertips.” (December 29, 1991 and April 2007)
Hempseed extracts, like soybeans, can be spiced to taste like chicken, steak, or pork and can be used to make tofu-type curd and margarine, at less cost than soybeans. Sprouting any seed improves its nutritional value and hemp can be sprouted and used like any other seed sprout for salads or cooking.
Sprouted hempseeds make milk, just as soybeans do. Alan “Birdseed” Brady of Santa Cruz, California and Abba Das of Colorado use this milk to make a delicious and nutritious ice cream in many flavors that actually lowers cholesterol levels.
Hempseed is ground and used like flour, or cooked, then sweetened and combined with milk to produce a nutritional breakfast cereal-like oatmeal or cream of wheat. This type of porridge is known as a gruel. (Like the fiber, hempseeds will not get you high.)
“Hemp is a favorite [bird seed] because of its nourishing oily content.” (Margaret McKenny, Birds in the Garden, Reynal & Hitchcock, NY, 1939.) Incredibly, when cannabis hemp is grown for seed, half the weight of the mature, harvested female plant is seed!
English and European fishermen who cast in fresh-water lakes and rivers first told me in 1995 that hempseed has always been the preferred bait in Europe for chumming – that is, casting the hempseeds on the water – causing the fish to scramble from all over to get the seeds, thereby getting caught. Not one of the many European fishermen I talked to knew that hemp seeds and marijuana were one in the same. So hempseed is the favorite of fish, as well as, most birds.
The byproduct of pressing hempseed for its nutritious vegetable oil is a high protein seed cake. Hempseed cake was one of the world’s principal animal feeds until this century.* Hempseed can supply a nearly complete diet for all domesticated animals (dogs, cats), many farm animals and poultry, and allows animals maximum weight gain for less than current feed costs. And without any need for artificial growth steroids or other drugs currently poisoning the human race and food chain.
Isn’t it strange – doesn’t it make you mad as hell – that the number one food of all time for most birds, fish, horses, humans, and life in general, is illegal to have naturally and healthfully in the United States of America, as ordered by the Nazi/Gestapo-like Amerikan Drug Enforcement Administration and, through them, the USDA?
*U.S. Agricultural Index; Frazier, Jack, The Marijuana Farmers, Solar Age Press, New Orleans, LA, 1972; Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill, Udo, Erasmus, 1996
Hell yes it makes me mad! Does it make you guys mad? I mean I live in Fresno, CA. All we know here is agriculture. Small time farms as well as large industrial farms are a common sight around the surrounding parts of town and throughout the entire Central Valley. Fresno State University is celebrating its 100 year anniversary and is known around the world for their College of Agricultural Science and Technology. Now I know (from driving tractor-trailers full of tomatoes up, down and all around this great state) that there are a lot of dried up, un-utilized farm plots and acreage due to water shortages.
But don’t worry! Wal-Mart to the rescue? In a really big effort to try to feed the hungry, Wal-Mart offered up $1 million to the poorest and most needy city in America. The contest was held on Facebook and Fresno took 2nd place. We got a $100,000 donation instead of the the big prize of $1 million. The mayor of Fresno has asked its citizens to donate a dollar to help the homeless. Now I am all for that don’t get me wrong but, is this really the best we can do? Relying on HUGE corporations that barely pay their own employees a decent wage and refuse to pay their healthcare costs and expenses to provide the homeless and hungry with food and shelter. Or in a Economic downturn asking the Taxpayers to share just a little more through donations to help the homeless.
If we want to feed the fourth hungriest city in the nation it is as simple as planting the seed. We have a entire Central Valley of generation after generation of farmers. The Hemp plant requires far less water then corn and most vegetable crops, Replenishes the Soil, Requires very little , to no pesticides, and would also help reduce the nations 2nd most polluted city in America, Second only to Bakersfield Ca. Hemp in the Central Valley of California makes perfect sense in more ways the one. It puts our farmers back to work, it also feeds the hungry with the most nutritional seed for human consumption on this planet. All while cleaning the heavily polluted soil and very air we breath.
Here are some awesome Hemp facts everyone should know: ( Hempfarm.org )
-Farmers around the world grow hemp. Legally. And they’ve been doing so for thousands of years. View a timeline of hemp throughout history here.
-Hemp is a plant grown from a seed. It can get up to 15 to 20 or so feet tall. It is an annual, herbaceous, long fiber plant similar to flax (linen), jute and ramie. [i]
-It’s the sister plant to marijuana but it won’t get you high. However, it’s good at doing almost anything else except making you ‘high’. You’ll learn more about its versatility in this document.
-Although hemp and marijuana are both from the cannabis species, hemp contains virtually no THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.) If you smoke hemp you will likely get a headache. You will not get ‘high’. Its THC level is less than 1%, whereas marijuana may contain between 5 – 15%.[iii]
-Its seeds are pressed for oil that can be used for food (salad dressings, supplements, etc.), industrial lubrication, diesel fuel, paints, varnishes and more.
-Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. [ii]
-Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery. [iv]
-The Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic of human industry is a piece of Mesopotamian hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC.[v]
-For more than a century, hemp was legal tender to pay American taxes.[vi]
-Over 600,000 acres of hemp grow worldwide today.[vii] Over 8,500 acres were grown in Canada in 2008.[viii]
-The 2002 figures for global hemp sales were US$250 million. US$150 million in the United States alone.[ix]
-The HIA (Hemp Industries Association) is confident that the total North American hemp food and body care market in 2008 accounted for at least $100 million in retail sales. In 2005-2008, hemp food sales have averaged 47% annual growth, making hemp one of the fastest-growing natural food categories. Source.
-For the first 162 years of America’s existence, marijuana was totally legal and hemp was a common crop. But during the 1930s, the U.S. government and the media began spreading outrageous lies about marijuana, which led to its prohibition. (“Marijuana: The devil’s weed with roots in hell”, “Marijuana makes fiends of boys in 30 days”, “Reefer Madness”, etc.) It was banned in the USA under the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. In a blatant case of mistaken identity, industrial hemp was banned along with it.[x]
-It is said that the motivation for the hemp ban was that new processing technologies were developed that made it a potential competitor with the newly founded synthetic fiber and plastics industries. Hemp’s potential for producing paper also posed a threat to the timber and oil industries. Evidence suggests that commercial interests, having much to lose from hemp competition, helped propagate the reefer madness hysteria and used their influence to lobby for Marijuana Prohibition. It is debatable at to whether special interests conspired to destroy the hemp industry via Marijuana Prohibition, but evidence exists to raise the possibility.[Xi]
-In Canada, parliament passed Bill C-8 in May of 1997, freeing industrial hemp from the drug legislation imposed in 1938 when Canada’s Opium and Narcotics Control Act followed the United States’ lead and banned hemp production. The responsibilities to regulate the “new” crop were given to Health Canada. [xii] (The UK lifted its ban in 1993.[xiii])
-It is currently illegal to grow industrial hemp for food, oil, paper or fabric in the USA, but it is perfectly legal to export hemp to the U.S. and to process, consume and wear it there. [xv]
-A Popular Mechanics article from 1938 stated that over 25,000 different products could be made from hemp in oil, seed or fiber form.[xvi]
-Used for thousands of years by a wide variety of cultures, hemp is currently being used worldwide in industries such as fabric, food, bio-diesel fuel, paper, plastics, rope, building material, molded panels, car components, wallpaper, acoustic baffling and barn bedding for farm animals.[xvii]
-125 years ago, 70 to 90 percent of all rope, twine, cordage, ship sails, canvas, fiber, cloth, etc., was made out of hemp fiber. It was replaced by DuPont’s then newly discovered petrochemical fiber (nylon) beginning in 1937. [xviii]
-The hemp plant is highly resistant to most insect and disease, largely eliminating the need for most (or all) pesticides and herbicides.[xix]
-No herbicides have been approved for industrial hemp. Early planting, as soon as the soil is warm enough, is a recommended weed control strategy.[xx]
-A normal stand of 200 to 300 plants per square meter shades out weeds, leaving the fields weed-free at harvest and covered in leaves that improve the soil in a self-mulching eco-system.[xxi]
-Industrial hemp can be grown on a wide variety of soil types, but tends to grow best on land that produces high yields of corn.[xxii]
-Hemp prefers a mild climate, humid atmosphere, and a rainfall of at least 25-30 inches per year. [xxiii]
-A hemp field produces a very large bulk of plant material in a short period of time. (Stalks can reach 15 feet tall in 70-90 growing days)[xxiv] [xxv]
-Yields can reach between 3 to 7 tons of dry hemp fibre stalk per acre.[xxvi]
-HEMP IS THE NUMBER ONE biomass producer on planet earth: 10 tons per acre in approximately four months. It is a woody plant containing 77% cellulose. Wood produces 60% cellulose.[xxvii]
-Low abrasion means low impact on farm equipment and workers hands. [xxviii]
-Hemp was one of Canada’s first agricultural exports when the fiber was sold to Britain and France for use in their navies. It was common practice for tracts of land to be issued to settlers in Canada on the provision that they grow hemp.[xxix]
-During World War II the U.S. government relaxed the anti-hemp laws and spurred mid-western farmers to grow over a million acres of the plant for the war effort. “Hemp For Victory” was the name of the informational film made by U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1942.[xxx] Decades later they denied they ever made the film. This was disapproved by researchers in 1989 when they found evidence of it at the Library of Congress.[xxxi]
-Of all the hemp grown in Canada, almost all of it was for seed, oil and construction material. Little went to the fabric industry. Most fabric is imported from China and Europe. [xxxii] See Canadian farming acreage stats here.
Fibers, Fabric & Clothing:
-The agriculture world’s longest and most durable natural fibers are hemp’s ‘bast’ fibers, contained in the bark of the plant’s stalk. [xxxiii]
-Cinema Space, in Montreal, is Canada’s first cinema to use hemp fabric to cover its seats.
-In 1853, the first pair of Levi’s jeans was made. Due to a fire in the Levis archives (San Francisco’s Great Earthquake and Fire – 1906 ) it can no longer be proven, but many believe the first pair of Levis were made from hemp.
-The word canvas (traditionally made from hemp) comes from cannabis (Latin). This word comes from kaneh-bosem, Hebrew for ‘aromatic cane’. [xxxv]
-Un-dyed hemp fabric will not rot and won’t fade in sunlight.[xxxvi] [xxxvii]
-Hemp is anti-microbial, anti-mildew, naturally UV resistant and readily takes on eco-safe plant-based dyes. [xxxviii]
-Frequently blended with cotton, silk, tencel, bamboo, spandex and other fibers to make a wide variety of fabrics with various attractive properties. It is also an efficient insulator keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer.[xxxix]
-A 2000 year-old hemp-rope toupé was found in Sichuan, China. Source.
-It is said that a parachute rigging made of hemp saved the life of George Bush Sr. when the young bomber pilot bailed out of his burning plane.[xl]
-Hemp softens with each washing, without fiber degradation.[xli] As the saying goes: “Hemp doesn’t wear out, it wears in.”[xlii]
Compared to Cotton:
-Environmentally, hemp is a safer crop to grow than cotton. Cotton is a soil-damaging crop and needs a great deal of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.[xliii]
-Cotton crops in the USA occupy 1% of the country’s farmland but use 50% of all pesticides. [xliv] “The pesticides used on cotton, whether in the U.S. or oversees, are some of the most hazardous available today,” says Doug Murray, Ph.D., a professor of sociology at Colorado State University who has studied pesticide use on cotton overseas. Source.
-1 acre of hemp will produce as much as 2-3 acres of cotton.[xlv]
-Hemp is 4 times warmer than cotton, 4 times more water absorbent, has 3 times the tensile strength of cotton. It is also many times more durable and is flame retardant.[xlvi]
-Many high fashion clothing manufacturers have produced clothes and footwear made with hemp. Some of these include: Nike, Converse, Armani, Patagonia, Polo Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta and many more.[xlvii]
-Hemp fabrics were once far more expensive than cotton and other fabrics due to limited supply, but increased demand and availability in recent years have lowered the price considerably. [xlviii]
-Hemp breathes well and wicks moisture away from the body better than cotton. [xlix]
-HT Naturals (Canada’s largest hemp t-shirt supplier) asserts that selecting their hemp/cotton blended t-shirt over an all-cotton t-shirt saves the environment 744 gallons of water. This company has recently partnered with Canada’s National Research Council to create Crailar an enzyme that will make hemp fibers as soft as cotton.[l]
-Hemp paper can be made from both the outer fibers of the hemp stalk (bast fibers) as well as the inner core (or ‘hurd’ fibers) of the stalk.[li]
-One acre of hemp (grown in a single season) yields as much paper as up to 4 acres of trees (which take many more years to grow). [lii]
-Hemp paper is stronger, acid free, has a longer shelf life and costs less than half as much to process as tree paper. [liii]
-Hemp paper can be recycled 10 times whereas wood-based paper can only be recycled twice without losing integrity and requiring additional virgin fiber content.[liv]
-China, the world’s first paper maker, used hemp to make paper 1,900 years ago. [lv]
-Both the Gutenberg Bible (15th C.) and the King James Bible (17th C.) were printed on hemp-based papers. [lvi]
-In 1776, Thomas Jefferson, a hemp farmer, wrote the first two drafts of the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper.[lvii]
-Since deforestation is a serious environmental concern, hemp can offer a significant contribution to the world’s environment as well as its economy.[lviii]
Building Materials and Plastics:
-The core of the hemp stalk is used to produce fiberboard, insulation, carpet, fiberglass substitute, cement blocks, concrete, stucco and mortar.[lix]
-Hemp oil extracted from hemp seeds is used in the production of plastics, oil paints, varnishes, inks, solvents, lubricants, putty and coatings.[lx]
-In an effort to initiate industrial hemp production, a Native farmer named Alex White Plume on his reservation in South Dakota built a house entirely out of what he calls “Hempcrete” bricks. [lxi]
-In 1941, Popular Mechanics ran a story featuring a photograph of Henry Ford standing next to the car he “grew from the soil”. The hemp-ethanol fueled and hemp-resin bodied vehicle was a dream of his but many bills proposing a national agricultural based fuel energy program were killed by smear campaigns launched by vested petroleum interests. One claim put forth was that the U.S. government’s plans “robbed taxpayers to make farmers rich”. [lxii]
-Hemp planting reduces deforestation and improves the soil upon which it is grown.[lxiii]
-All products made solely from hemp fiber are biodegradable, compostable and recyclable. As such, they are easy on landfills.[lxiv]
-A lightweight product: for greater fuel efficiency in transport, ease of handling, increased payload capacity.
-Hemp advocates say it is possible to leave the forests alone and go back to making paper from hemp, but is that really feasible? Technically, yes. Once plant cellulose is turned into pulp, machines cannot tell the difference between it and wood pulp.[lxv]
-A worker-friendly, non-toxic material
Food and Nutrition:
-Of the 3 million plus edible plants that grow on Earth, no other plant source can compare with the nutritional value of hempseeds. [lxvi]
-Hemp is edible as whole seeds, hulled seed (the hemp ‘nut’ or ‘heart’), protein powder, or as oil extracted from seeds.
-It is used in salad dressings, protein bars, breads, cakes, soups, beer, butters, shakes, milk, breakfast cereals and many more food products and recipes.
-Hemp plants produce seeds that contain between 25-35% oil by weight. This non-trans-fatty-acid oil is high in a perfect balance of essential fatty acids (EFAs: Omega-3, 6, 9) considered to be necessary to maintain health. [lxviii] Hemp’s EFA profile provides a healthy alternative to fish, often high in mercury and other toxins.
-Hemp’s overall protein content of 35% is comparable to soybeans and is higher than that found in nuts, other seeds, meats, dairy products and fish or poultry. Hemp protein contains all of the essential amino acids in more nutritionally significant amounts and at a ratio closer to “complete” sources of protein (like meat, milk and eggs) than all other seeds except soy. [lxix]
-65% of the proteins in hemp are “edestin,” which are easily digestible and act as pre-cursors to such vital body components as hormones, hemoglobin, enzymes and antibodies. Hemp’s edestin structure is the highest in the plant kingdom, making it more digestible than soy and many other plant foods. [lxx]
-Hemp also contains a healthy 35% of dietary fiber, the highest of all commercial flour grains, and it is high in the natural antioxidants Vitamin E, Vitamin C and chlorophyll.[lxxi]
-The hardiness and nutritional benefits of hemp could help address many of the world’s starvation problems.[lxxii]
-Hemp should not be cooked at temperatures over 350F because at this emperature the fats are in danger of becoming “trans” and thus unhealthy. Source.
-NOT including Whole Foods Markets sales, hemp food sales in North America grew by 39% over the previous year (from August 2006 to August 2007), or by $2.1 million, to a total of $7.7 million. Based on this, it is estimated that the total retail value of hemp foods sold in this period in North America grew from $14 million (in 2006) to approximately $20 million in 2007. Source.
-View a detailed scientific breakdown of the hemp seed here.
-Industrial hemp would be a viable bio-diesel fuel if hemp were legal to cultivate in the United States.
-In 2001, the “Hemp Car”, a converted 1980s diesel Mercedes station wagon drove a 13,000 mile 50 city tour of North America. It was powered by solely by 600 gallons of hemp bio-diesel fuel made from the stalk of the hemp plant.[lxxiii]
-The exhaust emissions of carbon monoxide from bio-diesel are 47% lower than carbon monoxide emissions from diesel.[lxxiv]
-Bio-diesel reduces the health risks associated with petroleum diesel. Bio-diesel emissions showed decreased levels of PAH and nitrited PAH compounds, which have been, identified as potential cancer causing compounds.[lxxv]
-In a period of 28 days, pure bio-diesel degrades 85 to 88 percent in water.[lxxvi]
-Any CO2 released from burning hemp as fuel matches the CO2 the plant had beneficially taken from the environment wile growing, creating what is called a closed carbon cycle that could slow down the effects of global warming[lxxvii]
Body Care Products:
-Thanks to its nourishing oil, hemp is booming in the personal hygiene industry with hemp found in soaps, shampoos, lotions, lip balms, bath oils, personal lubricants and more.
-Due to the large hemp body care line sold by The Body Shop, as well as the fact that many unreported leading mass-market brands of sun tan lotion and sunscreen products include hemp oil, the HIA (Hemp Industries Association) estimates the total retail value of North American hemp body care sales to be at least $50 million. Source.
-Cosmetics manufacturers, such as Revlon, include hemp oil in makeup, lotion and shampoo. In Europe they’re using hemp in household cleaners as a natural alternative to harsher chemicals.[lxxix]
Hemp Around The World:
Chinese: Ma 大麻
Japanese: Taima 麻
“Make the most of Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.”
-George Washington, 1794
It is not all about getting high, It is not about the money, It’s about a simple non toxic plant that has been prohibited by our government, who was duped by the lobbyist of there times. Most of the claims made in those days were so racist you would be afraid to say them in public these days in fear of hurting ones feelings. They scared the American public with propaganda and lies , they were conned into thinking it was something very Evil and destructive, things like ” Black men under the use of marihuana would want to look at a white women twice ” or smoking that Mexican loco weed will send you into uncontrollable murderous rages of psychedelic mayhem. Reefer Madness at its finest, they were lies then, and there even worse lies now! So Central Valley, its up to us now to carry the torch into a Cleaner, Renewable ,more nutritional food to eat and cleaner air to breath. Putting farmers back to work, creating and stimulating our economy with the worlds single greatest renewable resource known to man, Cannabis Hemp. We can do this, you cant have a tree that bears fruit without a seed, so lets plant that seed and grow it together.
BY: Dustin F. Lowery
Welcome everybody! My intentions for this blog are to help educate the citizens of the Central Valley of California and all of the world as to the benefits of Cannabis/Hemp. The quality benefits of Cannabis can no longer be hidden from the average American citizen. Here at my blog you will find nothing but the honest truth about Cannabis. Cannabis/Hemp is a god given plant and no form of government or society should be able to deny this planets greatest renewable resource for Medicine, Food Oils and Proteins, Textiles, Fabrics, Fiber, Pulp Paper, Bio-Mass Energy, Paints and Varnishes, Rope Twine and Cordage, Building Materials and Housing, and last but not least Smoking, Leisure and Creativity. This plant was put here for man to use surely in all those ways expressed above. You can’t fight against the very laws of nature and science. Trying to prohibit a plant that has been very much a part of our culture and genetic makeup since the very dawn of man has to have horrendous ramifications! Scientifically as well as economically! We can no longer continue to deprive mankind from the worlds greatest plant known to man…