posted on Nov, 6 2008 @ 03:18 PM
reply to post by pieman
Starred for both the theory and for the obvious warning to keep the topic on hemp as a resource lest we see yet another thread closed because of that
While I do not believe hemp is this magical cure all for our resource woes (I believe it's benefit has been grossly overstated by people who support
legalization and are scrambling for any reason to reach that admirable goal which they can find) I definitely think we've allowed the government to
overstep their bounds where hemp is concerned. Decades of indoctrination and brainwashing have made the average citizen view any mention of canibis
with a mind filled with images of hippies and druggies.
The real irony to me is that our society has moved towards associating anything natural or "earthy", including industrial hemp, with that same hippy
and new age culture. When I was a little kid (we're talking the late 80's here, so not that long ago) there was a certain pride in buying natural
foods and growing your own crops. That pride wasn't just in small communities, either, it was espoused in the media and even in our leaders. (I
recall some politicians calling for a return to "Victory Gardens" when the first Iraq war broke out.) Then the commercial megacorporations like
Monsanto came along, bought our leaders and bought our media and those feelings went straight to hell. Now instead of seeing commercials that tout
additive free, organically grown, no hormones used foodstuffs, we see crap like those pro-High Fructose Corn Syrup commercials or news reports on how
wonderfull GMO crops and hormone treated dairy cattle are.
Hemp falls into the same category. You can bet that right now corporations and governments are hashing out a plan to make hemp highly profitable and
as soon as that goal is reached, we'll see hemp products up the wazoo.