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!
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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 world of #Hemp is emerging faster then we can stay up with, and we’ve only just begun. It’s definitely strange that hemp is safe and legal in some countries and not in others. In the United States, we import over 1/2 billion dollars a year in hemp products from countries like China and Canada and some European Countries, yet our American farmers can not grow commercially. These laws need to be changed as soon as possible, and here’s a great article to explain why. Hemp is a Multi-Billion dollar Industry ready and waiting to be grown!
Leslie Bocskor, investment banker and president of cannabis advisory firm Electrum Partners, is one of the most passionate people in the cannabis industry Benzinga has come across. In a recent chat, Benzinga asked him to discuss a topic he was passionate about, an issue he found particularly interesting.
The Rise Of A Hemp-Ire
Bocskor recently became fascinated with hemp. Not marijuana, but good old-fashioned hemp, the kind that was used to make fabrics in the nineteenth century. “I have been talking to some scientists and there is a conversation about hemp for plastic,” he began, pointing out that Henry Ford — Ford Motor Company F 0.18% — had built one of his first cars using hemp plastic. In fact, that car even ran on hemp fuel.
“This could potentially create the largest carbon-negative industry in the world,” he continued.
But, what does carbon negative even mean?
Nowadays, most plastics are hydrocarbon-based, which means they use fossil petrochemicals pulled out of the Earth to be made. Leaving any discussions about climate change, global warming and carbon emissions aside, it does not take much scientific knowledge to understand why the process of making plastics out of petrochemicals implies pollution.
Hemp plastic, on the other hand, is extremely useful or convenient for several reasons,
Bocskor went on.
1. “I’m told it doesn’t have any of the ‘ene’s.’ Toluene, benzene, things like that, which are the most toxic byproducts of plastics that are produced from hydrocarbons.”
2. “I’m told that hemp can be engineered for biodegrading that will reduce it into much less harmful compounds than the ones that can be done with hydrocarbon-based plastics.”
3. “We can have fields, acres, and acres, hectares of hemp farms that are pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere – as plants do. Then, that carbon from the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere gets used to make the plastics, and the plastics, when they are going into a landfill and they are no longer usable, will biodegrade bringing carbon back into the soil [anecdotal data and initial research have suggested]. So, it’s essentially carbon negative, pulling carbon out of the atmosphere and putting it back into the soil.”
Better Understanding Hemp
It’s important to understand the difference between hemp and marijuana. Although they both belong to the same genus and species, they characteristics differ widely. The main difference: hemp does not have enough THC to have significant psychoactive properties; this basically means it cannot be used to get high.
“Hemp is far less controversial than marijuana. So, it’s hard to understand why it isn’t supported by the U.S. government, to help remediate the soil and add to the crop rotation, and even help the farmers in states like West Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee or Virginia, who have been seeing reducing crops for tobacco — which so much of their economies have been based on,” Bocskor pointed out. “This is a crop that is not only able to replace tobacco, but it even grows more easily, remediates the soil and has so many other potential areas that we can go with it besides hemp plastic, and hemp paper.
“In fact, this is a crop that would not even need subsidies, unlike so many other crops that we grow,” he supplemented. “So, this is an opportunity to not only bring economic benefit back to those regions I mentioned before but to do it in a way that has so many more positives.”
Betting On The Future
Companies in the industrial hemp industry include:
However, the valuations of these companies are pretty low. We wondered why.
“You have to say converging market forces,” the expert explicated. “On the one hand, hemp is potentially disruptive to the paper industry, to the textile industry, and to the plastics industry. And, disruption is not something that anybody in any industry that has an established, long-running, well-entrenched business likes.”
As Albert O. Hirschman points out in his book “The Rhetoric of Reaction,” defenders of the status quo conceive change as risky, and thus use this argument to fight it.
“The disruption potential of hemp combined with the fact that it’s not as glamorous, interesting or immediately profitable as marijuana makes it difficult for the industry,” Bocskor continued, calling for increased research to back the growth of the environmentally-friendly industry.
“I happen to think that the global hemp market could easily be bigger than the cannabis market in 10 years,” the specialist concluded. “When you start to look at the paper market, the textile market for cotton, the plastics market on a global scale, you realize that these are industries that dwarf what could be the cannabis market on a global basis.”
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.