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COMMENTARY · 15th May 2011
Merv Ritchie
Updated with new links It is uncommon knowledge how the banning of Hemp production was corruptly instituted by the Crude industry. Today, 80 years after the corrupt USA government officials bent to the will of the DuPont and media lobbyists, we find a poisoned environment and population. The medical miracle remains sidelined under criminal legislation.

There is a grand joke, a humorous cartoon drawing, of a government lobbyist/industrialist behind a large desk talking about energy. He talks about all the various energy sources, Oil, Coal, Nuclear, Hydro (water), claiming how great they are stating, “We own the oil wells, we own the coal mines, we own the uranium mines (nuclear), we own the rivers!” Then when confronted with solar power, he suddenly shifts his confident performance and states, “Solar power isn’t feasible.”

In 1937 the USA all but made hemp illegal. Also in 1937, DuPont patented a Crude oil refining process that could make plastics, nylon, cellophane, Dacron and more.

There are numerous credible claims, serious allegations, that corrupt USA bureaucrats and government officials directed this policy for the direct financial benefit of the Crude Oil companies. These allegations include collusion of the media through William Randolph Hurst who was about to lose the value of his huge tracts of forest lands as a new machine had just been designed which would be able to make the thick, incredibly durable, hemp stock quickly ready for a paper pulp mill.

Two distinct industries, joined by the common goal of profit, even at the expense of humanity, manipulated the USA democratic institutions for greed. Hurst’s mass media empire promoted a new word for hemp, Marijuana. DuPont and his agents went to work on the political institutions. The result was the illegalization of marijuana, hemp.

The hemp plant can produce many more products, and products of a much higher quality than virtually any of the products refined from crude oil. The entire product line is bio-degradable and harmless to the environment. Other products actually provide stunning health benefits and there are many claims of cancer curing qualities of the oil produced from the plant. Even more remarkable is how the plant can be grown on the same plot of land, year after year after year.

A logger, any lumberman, would be overjoyed to discover a tree they could grow to full marketable size; harvest and sell it, from the same small plot of land every year. And this was the threat of hemp. Control of the economic viability of oil and lumber was limited if anyone could grow hemp.

The value of the product was inadvertently demonstrated when the USA Government promoted the production of industrial hemp during the Second World War. The oil industry couldn’t keep up with the demand and further, hemp products were better.

The real quality issue was and is the education of the population. As more citizens come to accept and understand the deception of those in political positions those who continue to perpetrate the falsehoods, at the expense of the nations health, we might just find the change so immediately needed for the planet.

It has been a hundred years since Hurst secured all the privately available forest lands in the USA for his pulp industry and 75 years since the crude industry began poisoning the planet.

This has nothing to do with the way we live, our cars or our lifestyles.

Henry Ford was an interesting man to say the least. A very advanced thinker.

Part one of this video here. Ford built his first car from hemp and fuelled it on hemp.

Part two here. Herr Diesel expected his diesel engine to run on hemp oil.

This has everything to do with the manipulation of the democratic institutions of our governments. Lobbyists and money manipulate almost all government administrations. Even electing new people as our leaders is not enough. Those who work behind the scenes for their own, and others, personal profit will likely remain.

It needs to become common knowledge how the banning of Hemp production was corruptly instituted by the Crude industry. Today we need to take a serious step back as we consider why we continue down a path we all inherited from our ancestors. We no longer believe there is cheese on the moon, why do we continue to believe hemp is evil? This environmental, health and medical miracle does not just need to be removed from criminal legislation it needs to be re-introduced to save us from ourselves. We have allowed Hurst and DuPont types to destroy us. Will we have the gumption to stand up and save us?

Had hemp production been allowed to progress without the restrictions imposed beginning in 1937, there is no telling what advances could have been achieved.

If you would rather laugh now rather than continuing to read, Watch this. And laugh a second time Part two here.

The promoters of industrial hemp production act almost apologetically as they describe how little THC (the active ‘high’ ingredient) is in the industrial plant. In 1937 and through to the mid 1970’s the THC content was only a miniscule percentage compared to what is grown for ‘high’ production today. Still there are very few cases of violence, insanity and social problems as was described to promote the illegality of the product 75 years ago. What we do see however is these conditions after the consumption of alcohol and the exposure to refined and unrefined oil products.

In 1938, when education was popular, (the TV set offering “Programming” was virtually unknown until 1960), Popular Mechanics published a lengthy article on a new machine, which was to revolutionise the Hemp industry for America. They were likely unaware of the changes to the laws regarding hemp and the restrictions now placed on further production. Some believe the Hurst and DuPont empires heard about this new machine and prompted the passing of these new restrictive laws to protect their financial empires.

They wrote about it like this;

Popular Mechanics

February, 1938

AMERICAN farmers are promised a new cash crop with an annual value of several hundred million dollars, all because a machine has been invented which solves a problem more than 6,000 years old. It is hemp, a crop that will not compete with other American products.

Instead, it will displace imports of raw material and manufactured products produced by underpaid coolie and peasant labor and it will provide thousands of jobs for American workers throughout the land.

The machine which makes this possible is designed for removing the fiber-bearing cortex from the rest of the stalk, making hemp fiber available for use without a prohibitive amount of human labor. Hemp is the standard fiber of the world. It has great tensile strength and durability. It is used to produce more than 5,000 textile products, ranging from rope to fine laces, and the woody "hurds" remaining after the fiber has been removed contain more than seventy-seven per cent cellulose, and can be used to produce more than 25,000 products, ranging from dynamite to Cellophane.

Machines now in service in Texas, Illinois, Minnesota and other states are producing fiber at a manufacturing cost of half a cent a pound, and are finding a profitable market for the rest of the stalk. Machine operators are making a good profit in competition with coolie-produced foreign fiber while paying farmers fifteen dollars a ton for hemp as it comes from the field.

From the farmers' point of view, hemp is an easy crop to grow and will yield from three to six tons per acre on any land that will grow corn, wheat, or oats. It has a short growing season, so that it can be planted after other crops are in. It can be grown in any state of the union. The long roots penetrate and break the soil to leave it in perfect condition for the next year's crop. The dense shock of leaves, eight to twelve feet above the ground, chokes out weeds. Two successive crops are enough to reclaim land that has been abandoned because of Canadian thistles or quack grass.

Under old methods, hemp was cut and allowed to lie in the fields for weeks until it "retted" enough so the fibers could be pulled off by hand. Retting is simply rotting as a result of dew, rain and bacterial action. Machines were developed to separate the fibers mechanically after retting was complete, but the cost was high, the loss of fiber great, and the quality of fiber comparatively low.

With the new machine, known as a decorticator, hemp is cut with a slightly modified grain binder. It is delivered to the machine where an automatic chain conveyor feeds it to the breaking arms at the rate of two or three tons per hour. The hurds are broken into fine pieces which drop into the hopper, from where they are delivered by blower to a baler or to truck or freight car for loose shipment. The fiber comes from the other end of the machine, ready for baling.

From this point on almost anything can happen. The raw fiber can be used to produce strong twine or rope, woven into burlap, used for carpet warp or linoleum backing or it may be bleached and refined, with resinous by-products of high commercial value. It can, in fact, be used to replace the foreign fibers which now flood our markets.

Thousands of tons of hemp hurds are used every year by one large powder company for the manufacture of dynamite and TNT. A large paper company, which has been paying more than a million dollars a year in duties on foreign-made cigarette papers, now is manufacturing these papers from American hemp grown in Minnesota. A new factory in Illinois is producing fine bond papers from hemp. The natural materials in hemp make it an economical source of pulp for any grade of paper manufactured, and the high percentage of alpha cellulose promises an unlimited supply of raw material for the thousands of cellulose products our chemists have developed.

It is generally believed that all linen is produced from flax. Actually, the majority comes from hemp - authorities estimate that more than half of our imported linen fabrics are manufactured from hemp fiber. Another misconception is that burlap is made from hemp. Actually, its source is usually jute, and practically all of the burlap we use is woven by laborers in India who receive only four cents a day. Binder twine is usually made from sisal which comes from Yucatan and East Africa.

All of these products, now imported, can be produced from home- grown hemp. Fish nets, bow strings, canvas, strong rope, overalls, damask tablecloths, fine linen garments, towels, bed linen and thousands of other everyday items can be grown on American farms.

Our imports of foreign fabrics and fibers average about $200,000,000 per year; in raw fibers alone we imported over $50,000,000 in the first six months of 1937. All of this income can be made available for Americans.

The paper industry offers even greater possibilities. As an industry it amounts to over $1,000,000,000 a year, and of that eighty per cent is imported. But hemp will produce every grade of paper, and government figures estimate that 10,000 acres devoted to hemp will produce as much paper as 40,000 acres of average pulp land.

One obstacle in the onward march of hemp is the reluctance of farmers to try new crops. The problem is complicated by the need for proper equipment a reasonable distance from the farm. The machine cannot be operated profitably unless there is enough acreage within driving range and farmers cannot find a profitable market unless there is machinery to handle the crop. Another obstacle is that the blossom of the female hemp plant contains marijuana, a narcotic, and it is impossible to grow hemp without producing the blossom. Federal regulations now being drawn up require registration of hemp growers, and tentative proposals for preventing narcotic production are rather stringent.

However, the connection of hemp as a crop and marijuana seems to be exaggerated. The drug is usually produced from wild hemp or locoweed which can be found on vacant lots and along railroad tracks in every state. If federal regulations can be drawn to protect the public without preventing the legitimate culture of hemp, this new crop can add immeasurably to American agriculture and industry.

Today, May 2011, 73 years later, we still act stupified

Today, in North America and around the world, populations suffer from the impacts of crude oil production, shipping, refinement, usage and exposure. Today, in North America and around the world, citizens are being charged and put in prisons for using a safe product while those promoting an entirely destructive range of products benefit from enormous financial windfalls and are actively encouraged by governments.

Even in regards to nuclear energy, hemp is being used to solve radioactive issues. At Hiroshima industrial hemp was planted in 1998 to extracted cesium and strontium from the soil. Even in Japan, today, after the recent nuclear disaster, hemp can help. It is a process called Phytoremediation. This is a process that takes advantage of the fact that green plants can extract and concentrate certain elements within their ecosystem. Hemp can grow in metal-laden soils, extract certain metals through the root systems and accumulate them in their tissues without being damaged. Pollutants are either removed from the soil and groundwater or rendered harmless. Japan however accepted the USA laws after the Second World War and banned hemp too.

The solution may not be Hemp or Solar however a significant part of the problem is definitely Oil and nuclear. The first consideration, the starting point for the solution, needs to be a re-evaluation of all our “programmed” belief structures.

Alcohol, oil, nuclear and cigarettes are not good and hemp is not only 'not bad' it is actually great, an incredible product of immeasurable value.
Keep it alive
Comment by Gary Edwards on 16th May 2011
It's good to keep this issue alive especially these days when the oil companies are gouging us the way they are.
I wrote about this when I first started my blog using Popular Mechanics and Jack Herrer as sources.
The thing that keeps nagging at me is how governments cannot come to their senses and repeal all the Acts that criminalize Hemp. I can only surmise that it is big business money that is preventing the use of a medicinal plant for the good of man. And their interests are selfish and profit driven.
Governments can talk all they want about calling in the oil industry to see why there is a gross difference between well head costs and retail prices but I'll bet that if there was a mass movement today to turn hemp into fuel you'd see a marked difference in the way we are being gouged at the pumps.