Yes, hemp would save the planet and I'm just the person to talk about it!
First off, let me lay out some basic points on why hemp is illegal today.
"Hemp, or cannabis, or marijuana was outlawed in 1937 because it threatened the nation-less corporate interests of - William Randolph Hearst and -
DuPont. They had to get rid of the competition. - Hearst's yellow journalism newspaper chain wrote scathing stories about "marijuana" - a word he
made up - because he knew no one would believe them about hemp, which George Washington himself grew hemp.
The decorticator, a state of the art hemp harvester, led Popular Mechanics to call hemp the New Billion Dollar Crop. - - Because of printing and
bindery lead time required for publication, this February 1938 article was actually prepared in the spring of 1937, when cannabis hemp was still legal
to grow and was an incredibly fast-growing industry. - - Newsprint could now be produced far more cheaply than any other method, and one acre of hemp
could produce as much newsprint as four acres of forest trees. - Hearst owned vast timber acreage and competition from the hemp industry might have
driven his paper manufacturing out of business. He stood to lose millions of dollars.
DuPont stood to lose on two fronts. DuPont owned the patent for converting wood pulp into newsprint and supplied Hearst with the necessary chemicals.
Secondly, in the 1930s DuPont was gearing up to introduce nylon and other man-made fibers, along with synthetic petrochemical oils, which they hoped
would replace hemp seed oil used in paints and other products. The decorticator meant that hemp fibers could be manufactured as fine as any man-made
fibers. DuPont would lose untold millions of invested dollars, plus an estimated 80 percent of all future business, unless hemp was outlawed.
DuPont's financial backer was Mellon Bank, owned and chaired by Andrew Mellon. - - Andrew Mellon at the time was also Secretary of Treasury
Department, which was in charge of drug taxes - -, i.e., prohibition - -. Harry Anslinger, commissioners of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, which
answered to the Treasury Department, was married to Andrew Mellon's niece. Thus they had the power and the means. - Anslinger's lies about hemp were
repeated endlessly in Hearst's newspapers. Stories about marijuana, the killer weed from Mexico, instilled fear and completely misled the public that
the weed was, in fact, just good old hemp.
Cannabis hemp was not prohibited because it was dangerous. Indeed, for thousands of years it was the world's largest agricultural crop used in
thousands of products and enterprises, producing the majority of fiber, fabric, lighting oil, paper, incense, medicine and food. - No, cannabis hemp
was prohibited to protect the Hearst and DuPont corporations from devastating competition, as well as appealing to the overt racism stirred up by
Hearst's yellow journalism."
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Cannabis was made illegal not because of its psychoactive properties, but in reallity to get rid of hispanic population in the southern states. The
great depression caused many out of work persons to struggle for even the smallest bit of work, there was just to many, the majority being hispanic in
what was racial tensions.
-The original testament of the bible was written on hemp paper.
-Hemp is the strongest plant fiber in the WORLD.
-50% of all pesticides is used on cotton, hemp does not need pesticides.
-Henry ford built a car out of hemp plastics and ran it on hemp ethyl, he believed the world could run off of plant fuel(s).
There are THOUSANDS of facts on hemp, it would literally RESHAPE agriculture in todays society.
If your interested in the 25,000+ uses of the miracle crop please check out some sites on the OP's subject.
Hemp car history
Same site, but info on a current hemp car that has used 600 gallons of hemp fuel and toured ~13,000 miles.
Hemp facts reasons for it being illegal
Excellent site for uses via hemp.
[edit on 19-8-2009 by Psychonaughty]