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Could Marijuana Save the World?

Updated on March 2, 2013

Hemp

Hemp

First of all let’s get one thing straight. Marijuana is a slang name for the Cannabis plant, which is also known as Hemp.

Hemp is a remarkable plant.

It is fast growing, perhaps ten times faster growing than other crops. It is very hardy and needs little pesticides to flourish, making it environmentally friendly.

It can be used to make paper, textiles and biodegradable plastics. It can also be used for medicinal purposes.

Hemp seeds can be eaten raw or ground into a meal or turned into milk [like soy milk].

Its fibers can be made into a strong rope.

It is estimated that Hemp has 25,000 uses.

Dutch Ships

Canvas, Dutch for Cannabis
Canvas, Dutch for Cannabis

History

Henry V111 of England required at least ¼ acre per 60 acres, be used to grow Hemp.

In the times of sailing ships, both the ropes and sails were made from Hemp. The word canvas is Dutch for Cannabis.

In America between 1631 and the early 1800s it was legal to pay taxes in Hemp.

Refusing to grow Hemp in America during the 17th and 18th centuries was illegal.

The first Bibles, the first drafts of America’s Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written on paper made from Hemp.

Henry Ford’s first Model-T, was not only made from Hemp but was built to run on Hemp oil.

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew Hemp.

Who Would Lose?

Billion Dollar Industries
Billion Dollar Industries
Tobacco Giants
Tobacco Giants

Why is it Considered Bad?

Industrial uses of Hemp could have brought the US out of the great depression, if it hadn’t been made illegal.

William Randolph Hearst owned vast timberlands and produced paper products. He stood to lose millions if Hemp was used for paper.

In 1937, Dupont patented processes for making plastics, cellophane and nylons from Petrochemicals.

Dupont recruited investors. One of his biggest investors was Andrew Mellon, who became Hover’s secretary of the treasury. He appointed his son in law, Harry J. Anslinger to become head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

Secret meetings were held between these financial tycoons.

It is now speculated that, in order to save their billion dollar industries, they declared Hemp to be dangerous. They chose an obscure Mexican word “Marijuana” to lead the assault onto America’s consciousness.

It is now thought that if Hemp were to again become legal, its food properties alone could solve the world hunger problem.

If the full potentials of this remarkable plant could be fully utilized, what other benefits could the world reap from its harvesting?

Surely it is time for an independent study, without Petrochemical and Timber giant’s influence, to be taken.

These giants of industry and the tobacco giants may lose, but the world would gain.

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      mib56789 

      6 years ago

      Could Marijuana Save the World?

      Seriously doubt it. Of course, I'm speaking second hand. Ask the citizens of Jamaica.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      A very interesting and well written hub . Yes we could benefits in so many ways has you pointed out in this hub if hemp was made legal to grow and use .

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      SusieQ42 

      6 years ago

      Interesting hub. I just wrote an article for Textbroker about the medical marijuana pharmacies in Colorado. Speaking of losing money, my ancestors, who immigrated from Ireland to NY, lost all of their money because of prohibition. They had hop farms that were making them much $$$. They began dairy farming and dairy farming continues to be my families main occupation, although they make very little.

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      PETER LUMETTA 

      6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      As in most other illegalities there is a basis of greed that abides the laws that govern it. When you can't patent it or control it then the powers that be like the timber and tobacco industry will not let it happen, even if it means the country will suffer for it. Thanks,

      Peter

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