The articles range from poetry by Native American activist John Trudell to an interview with David Bronner and Will Allen as they reminisce over being arrested for protesting in front of the DEA offices against the fact that industrial hemp is still considered to be a Schedule I substance. Established contemporary artists Karen Gunderson and Glenn Goldberg create work from and about hemp while Mitch Epstein, one of the finest photographers of his generation, takes a stunning cover portrait of Alex White Plume wearing his grandfather’s feather bonnet.
Mia Feroleto, producer and creative director of HEMP NY CITY, edits this collection to share what is and the possibilities of what can be with industrial hemp.
1. Eric Steenstra, Executive Director of Vote Hemp on the history of industrial hemp and the industrial hemp movement
2. Joel Stanley, CW Botanicals
on the creation of Charlotte’s Web
3. Michael Carus, Nova
board member of the EU Industrial Hemp Association
on hemp in the EU
4. Jeffrey Silberman, Chairman of the Sustainable Textiles Department at FIT on hemp textiles
5. Will Allen, farmer and activist, named one of the 50 most influential people by Politico; and David Bronner of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap
on their experience in the hemp movement as activists
6. Glenn Goldberg, artist
on his experience at Dieu Donne making hand made hemp paper works
7. Mike Lewis, founder of Growing Warriors and hemp farmer in Kentucky
on farming hemp and the founding of Growing Warriors
8. Heather Jackson, Executive Director of The Realm of Caring Foundation,
on her personal experience
9. Steve Allin, builder, on building with hempcrete around the world
10. Michael Reif, attorney, and Marcus Grignon, farmer and activist, on Native American issues with farming hemp
We are thrilled to share this excellent interview with Tyler Strause, Founder & President of RandysClub.org.
Enlightening, This interview is informing, inspiring and engaging, you will definitely find your time well spent!
A scientist at heart as well as a dedicated activist for this legacy industry of Cannabis/Hemp/Medicinals Strause knows what he talking about, it’s his life’s passion. I need say no more, listen UP!
we’re making Cannabis History!
Tyler Strause interviewed on The Cannabis Entrepreneur Show
This interview with Tyler allows us to gain a greater understanding as we emerge into this mega transitional Cannabis industry paradigm! ‘We are moving from unregulated to regulated. It’s important to discover and understand the truth within the Cannabis Hemp world while being aware of the rules of this game-changing industry…there are many rules & regulations!
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It’s all about corporate greed and government-control of the population. Hemp – one of the world’s most useful plants – has been used to create fuel, paper, clothing, food and natural medicine. So why has the United States (plus other countries) criminalized the production of this valuable commodity? (“Dirty” details below)
this article is reposted from Jonathan Landsman, NaturalNews
The (ugly) reason why hemp is illegal
In 1901, Andrew Mellon (and his brother Richard) started an oil company in Texas called Gulf Oil. They wanted to drill in Kuwait but the British were in control – at that time. So, Gulf Oil appealed to the U.S. government and this is where it gets disturbing.
You see – Andrew Mellon gave up his position as Treasury Secretary of the U.S. (1921-1932) to become U.S. Ambassador to Britain (1932-1933). Naturally, as he traveled to Great Britain – he would bring up the subject of Gulf Oil’s interest in Kuwait. Just two years later, in 1934, British Petroleum and Gulf Oil struck a 50-50 deal and in 1938, struck oil!
The hidden agenda gets worse
In 1930, while Commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department, Andrew Mellon appointed Harry Anslinger as the first Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. Many political experts see Anslinger and his campaign against marijuana as a secret agenda to eliminate hemp as an industrial competitor. When you follow the money – everything gets a little clearer.
In the 1920’s and 30’s, the DuPont Petrochemical Company (heavily financed by Andrew Mellow) was making similar advances with oil – instead of hemp. DuPont went on to become a leader in the development of Rayon fiber (synthetic fabrics), paint, synthetic rubber, plastics and other (toxic) chemicals. Clearly, Andrew Mellon had a vested interest in destroying the hemp industry.
By the way, Andrew Mellon became one of the wealthiest people in the United States. In fact, while serving as Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department, his wealth peaked at around $300 – $400 million by 1929 -30. Andrew Mellon, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford and many other industrialists (of the early 1900’s) would stop at nothing to kill the hemp industry. It’s time to re-discover the power of hemp to heal the world.
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John Roulac is the founder and CEO of Nutiva, the world’s leading brand of organic hemp foods and coconut oil. John is the author of four books on hemp and composting – with over 1 Million copies sold. He has successfully sued the United States DEA to keep hemp foods legal in 2001 – and has founded (3) nonprofit ecological groups.
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The more we learn about hemp the quicker we can get things to where they should have been all along.
Hemp is one of the most desirable, industrial plants on the planet. From its tensile strength, to its hardiness, the plant can grow almost anywhere and requires half the water that wheat would require. Its seeds are an incredibly healthy food and the herb, itself, is used as one of the greatest medicines on the planet.
Before the media-manipulated hemp prohibition of 1937, 30% of Americans were farming and US hemp was among the best in the world. It was a hugely popular export and the backbone of much of the agricultural economy of the time. 80 years of ignorance has left the plant on the Schedule 1 narcotic drug list, pretending as if it is more dangerous than crystal meth and cocaine (both schedule 2 drugs). Regardless, since entering the age of information, knowledge of the plant and the willingness of farmers to grow it has skyrocketed.
Canada, a front-runner in the legalization effort, is already raking in $1 billion a year on the production and sale of hemp. Many are seeing that it is the key to the revitalization of the agricultural economy and have followed suit. In 2014, Barack Obama signed the farm bill that legalized the use of industrial hemp for research purposes.
Rick Trojan, founder of Colorado-based Hemp Road Trip, has been hard at work petitioning the US government to pass the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, which would make it legal to grow hemp for use in manufacturing a variety of products. “Hemp, as a rotational crop, leaves the ground better than it found it,” Trojan told KSNT.com in Kansas. “It is also a great alternative for farmers.”
Recent moves to reinvigorate the hemp industry has given farmers hope for a new cash crop and inspired others to begin farming. It’s an easy plant to handle and the demand is soaring.
For now, the importation of seeds must take precedence, as the supply was depleted over the 8 decades of prohibition.
For those of us already in this industry we could not be more delighted to see these kinds of headlines – Hemp is emerging and it’s not going away!!!
If domestic hemp use and cultivation were practiced and encouraged, we might just be able to change the world…
The cultivation of the plant would be a boon for small farmers, especially organic farmers. We’re talking about industrial hemp this time, not medical cannabis/marijuana, which continues to prove its merits and gain acceptance.
The worldly benefits of using hemp are in plain view and clear to see. But it’s a complex concoction of legal and bureaucratic nonsense even without THC – the psychoactive element found in cannabis – that holds the industrial revolution of hemp back.
Commercial hemp cultivation is legal in Canada but the US government pushed the industry to the side when industry monopolies were threatened when it appeared that a hemp boom may compete for the very products of their monopolist concerns.
Around 1937 the hemp industry was boosted by the introduction of the decoricator machine. It replaced hand shredding of hemp to glean its fibers, fibers that could be used for textiles, clothing, paper, and plastic.
With this new invention, hemp would have been able to take over most competing industries in areas such as paper, textiles, fuel, and plastics. Growing hemp in abundance was easy, and it’s plant to harvest time was no more than six months.
According to Popular Mechanics during that time:
“10,000 acres devoted to hemp will produce as much paper as 40,000 acres of average [forest] pulp land.”
This was followed by a small number of large businesses with competition concerns used high level government connections to push through the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.
The inevitable marijuana scare mongering ensued and was hyped by movies such as “Reefer Madness” brought about more legislation that would prohibit all hemp cultivation, even hemp without THC.
George Washington –“Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.”
Thomas Jefferson –“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country.”