Hemp, the Rainforest and the World (DoP)




In 1916 the US Department of Agriculture calculated hemp would replace the need for cutting down trees for paper. It is also possible it can replace the need for petroleum.








“The most efficient and desirable way of making fuel from hemp is to turn the stalks into methanol. At last estimate, if we grew hemp on 6% of the U.S. landmass we could produce enough methanol to power the United States per annum.”







What are its overdose effects?
No deaths from overdose of marijuana have been reported.
• Merriment, happiness, and even exhilaration at high doses
• Disinhibition, relaxation, increased sociability, and talkativeness
















For this school year the group plans to sell T-Shirts, post and handout flyers, set up tables outside of the University Center, and hopefully get a speaker to come to campus. Any other ideas would be appreciated. If you are a student, faculty, staff, or the general public and would like to get involved in the organization you can send an e-mail.



“It doesn’t take that much for voters in various areas of the country to summon the candidates for their own debates. Less than 1 percent. We calculated in 2012 that if we had about 10,000 people in 20 areas of the country mobilizing to demand that the candidates go to their communities, that would be pretty decisive.” – Ralph Nader

“Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction” – Bob Marley

[Source of quote: http://writingcenter.dixie.edu/resources/titles-and-introductory-paragraphs/%5D

“Restore the public’s respect for police.” – Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (leap.cc)

“Hemp is of the first necessity to the wealth and protection of this country.” – Thomas Jefferson

[Source of quote: http://theprodigy.ucmerced.edu/article/editorial-archaic-hemp-law-modern-consequences%5D


Cannabis may cure cancer:

Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory.”



The use of cannabinoids as anticancer agents.
Velasco G1, Hernández-Tiedra S2, Dávila D2, Lorente M2.
Author information
It is well-established that cannabinoids exert palliative effects on some cancer-associated symptoms. In addition evidences obtained during the last fifteen years support that these compounds can reduce tumor growth in animal models of cancer. Cannabinoids have been shown to activate an ER-stress related pathway that leads to the stimulation of autophagy-mediated cancer cell death. In addition, cannabinoids inhibit tumor angiogenesis and decrease cancer cell migration. The mechanisms of resistance to cannabinoid anticancer action as well as the possible strategies to develop cannabinoid-based combinational therapies to fight cancer have also started to be explored. In this review we will summarize these observations (that have already helped to set the bases for the development of the first clinical studies to investigate the potential clinical benefit of using cannabinoids in anticancer therapies) and will discuss the possible future avenues of research in this area.



Hemp to clean up radiation:


Historians say the first American flags were made of hemp, which was grown by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, both of whom were said to be talented farmers.

It is likely, however, that drafts of the documents [Constitution, Declaration of Independence & Bill of Rights] were written on paper made from hemp. In that period, most paper was made from hemp or flax and a mixture of recycled rags and cloth.


Cannabis sativa comes in a male and female form. The male form is Hemp and the female form is marijuana. Hemp has been used for food and materials for thousands of years and contains virtually no THC, the most active chemical compound in marijuna that gives one a “high.” One cannot get high on hemp. Making hemp illegal would be like making poppy seeds illegal, since they can be grown to make opium or heroin, except that poppy crops aren’t nearly as useful and can make a much more dangerous drug.


It’s indisputable that the current prohibition of hemp stands in complete opposition to the vision of America’s Founding Fathers. In 1794, George Washington wrote, “Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere.” Additionally, Thomas Jefferson proclaimed, “Hemp is of the first necessity to the wealth and protection of this country.”


Cannabis sativa is extremely unusual in the diversity of products for which it is or can be cultivated. Popular Mechanics magazine (1938) touted hemp as “the new billion dollar crop,” stating that it “can be used to produce more than 25,000 products, ranging from dynamite to Cellophane.”
US Dept. Agriculture, Hemp for Victory:

“Henry Ford’s first car, the Model T, ran on hemp ethanol as he envisioned the fuel of the future would be extracted from plants.” It was also made from hemp and soy.
safest drug – zero deaths






Sea Water for fuel (another petroleum alternative):





Urine engine:



Hemp seed and hemp oil are also a “super food” rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9, essential for brain, immune and joint function.


The stalks can be used to make biodegradable plastics, which there are ‘plastic soups’ the size of Texas in our Oceans, together perhaps as large as the mammoth continent of Africa.


Hemp can replace logging and grazing the rain forest for crops, it can help save the rainforest which helps reduce green house gasses, something that could have drastic consequences.






Fear of marijuana
During the Great Depression, massive unemployment increased public resentment and fear of Mexican immigrants, escalating public and governmental concern about the problem of marijuana. This instigated a flurry of research which linked the use of marijuana with violence, crime and other socially deviant behaviors, primarily committed by “racially inferior” or underclass communities. By 1931, 29 states had outlawed marijuana.

1916 – 1937 William Randolph Hearst’s newspapers introduced the word ‘marijuana’ into English from Mexican slang.

Hearst sold lots of newspapers using stories about “coloured” men using drugs to corrupt white women. Many of them allegedly carried big knives and would go wild at any provocation. New techniques for processing hemp for paper that pose a serious threat to his timber based paper businesses provide the motivation.




In 1916 the US Department of Agriculture calculated hemp would replace the need for cutting down trees for paper. It is also possible it can replace the need for petroleum.


Unfortunately in 1930s the production of Hemp was banned by the United States Government, under the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act. Hemp fails under the act because it contains low levels of THC, which is a psychoactive ingredient found in hashish and marijuana (hemp does not contain an amount to produce any intoxicating effect, even in significant quantities). According to Jack Herer’s book “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” the biggest supporter of the ban account was William Randolph Hearst, who coincidently had significant interest in the timber industry at the time. “In 1916 a USDA Bulletin (#404), reported that one acre of cannabis hemp, in annual rotation over a 20-year period, would produce as much pulp for paper as 4.1 acres of trees being cut down over the same 20-year period. This process would use only 1/4 to 1/7 as much polluting sulfur-based acid chemicals to break down the glue-like lignin that binds the fibers of the pulp, or even none at all using soda ash. The problem of dioxin contamination of rivers is avoided in the hemp paper making process, which does not need to use chlorine bleach (as the wood pulp paper making process requires) but instead safely substitutes hydrogen peroxide in the bleaching process. If the new (1916) hemp pulp paper process were legal today, it would soon replace about 70% of all wood pulp paper, including computer printout paper, corrugated boxes and paper bags.”
“The most talked about underground book [Emperor Wears no Clothes] of the last decade.” – Hugh Downs, ABC’s 20/20
[Hemp] has been successfully used for many years to create bioethanol and biodiesel, is environmentally friendlier to produce than sugar beet, palm oil, corn or any of the crops mentioned in the report and can grow in practically any temperate to hot climate leaving the ground in better condition than when it was planted.



http://norml.org/library/item/rheumatoid-arthritis (topical uses in Central and S. America) heated in water or alcohol and placed on soar joints
NORMLVerified account
#TBThursday to 1850-1937, when cannabis was listed as the primary medicine for 100+ illnesses in the US Pharmacopoeia


Bob Marley and the Wailers quotes:


“I was [in college] during the time of great social upheaval in the 1960s, but I floundered for another decade until I was given a leaflet that said, ‘El Salvador: Another Vietnam?’ It changed my life.”
–Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Time Magazine, March, 25th, 2013


“We’ve got to take a look at what we’re considering crimes. I’m not exactly for the use of drugs, don’t get me wrong. But I just think criminalizing marijuana . . . criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of pot . . . is costing us a fortune and ruining young people who go into the prison as youths and come out hardened criminals.” – Pat Robertson, Founder, Christian Broadcasting Network

IfEveryoneKnew.com (for profit prison systems)


The following four quotes are from Thich Nhat Hanh whom was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. King, Jr., he has also been praised by Oprah Winfrey (“The Queen of All Media”):

“We recommended that the Palestinians and Israeli talk about their suffering, fears, and despair in a public forum that all the world could hear. We could all listen without judging, without condemning in order to understand the experience of both sides. This would prepare the ground of understanding for peace talks to occur.”

“The same situation now exists between the American people and people of Islamic and Arabic nations. There is much misunderstanding and lack of the kind of communication that hinders our ability to resolve our difficulties peacefully.”

“If I were given the opportunity to be face to face with Osama bin Laden, the first thing I would do is listen. I would try to understand why he had acted in that cruel way. I would try to understand all of the suffering that had led him to violence.”

“This past summer a group of Palestinians and Israelis came to Plum Village, the practice center where I live in southern France, to learn and practice the arts of deep listening and loving speech. (Around 1,600 people come to Plum Village each summer from over a dozen countries to listen and to learn how to bring peace and understanding to their daily lives.)… When a person spoke, they refrained from using words of blame, hatred, and condemnation. They spoke in an atmosphere of trust and respect. Out of these dialogues the participating Palestinians and Israelis were very moved to realize that both sides suffer from fear. They appreciated the practice of deep listening and made arrangements to share what they had learned with others upon returning to their home countries.”

“Thich Nhat Hanh offers a way out of this nightmare, a solution acceptable to rational leaders. He has traveled the world, counseling statesmen, religious leaders, scholars and writers, and enlisting their support. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.“ -Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If you have not met frequently with the broad and deep Israeli peace movement, you might wish to change your routine so that you can play a part in the historic effort to establish a broad and deep peace between the two Semitic peoples. The exchanges should be videotaped and widely distributed to further the cause of peace and to witness Abraham Foxman dialoguing without his customary lines that evade the issues.” – Ralph Nader

“And that is why [because of nuclear proliferation] I support the idea of a joint US-Soviet cooperation…There’s a huge amount of exploration to do. And all of it, every step that I described, could be before the television cameras of the world, and we could all participate in such exploration. ” – Carl Sagan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKQQAv5svkk (35-38 mins.)

“You and I are both…I think we share the same viewpoint of many of Hillary Clinton’s policies…she is the candidate of empire. She is the candidate also of regime change, of humanitarian cruise missiles. I mean she is hardly the dovish opponent or sort of alternate choice to Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders supports the kill list. So we have three candidates all of whom have very serious issues that should be investigated and they should be held accountable for in front of the American public. Partisanship doesn’t allow that though.” – Jeremy Scahill on Bill Maher (2016)

“Look as I’ve said before, if the governments abided by their own weapons control laws world peace could truly be at hand. But they won’t, they never have and I respectfully submit they never will.”
-Sam Cummings (arms dealer)

“To understand the motives of the terrorists, we must listen to their grievances against the United States.”

Social Problems, Ninth Edition by D. Stanley Eitzen and Maxine Baca Zinn. 2004, Pearson Education Inc. p.540

“This book [“How to Win a Cosmic War”] is, above all else, a proclamation: the War on Terror, conceived by the previous American administration as a cosmic contest between the forces of good and evil for the future of civilization, is over. It is time to strip this ideological conflict of its religious connotations, to reject the religiously polarizing rhetoric of our leaders and theirs, to focus on the material matters at stake, and to address the earthly issues that always lie behind the cosmic impulse. For although the grievances of the hijackers may have been symbolic, though they may have been merely causes to rally around, to the hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world who watched the towers fall—who were, in fact, the intended audience of that theatrical display of violence—they are nonetheless legitimate grievances and must be addressed as such. The Palestinians really are suffering under Israeli occupation. Arab dictators are in fact being propped up by U.S. polices. The Muslim world truly does have reason to feel under attack by a “crusading” West.” (Aslan, 11)
“This crusade. This war on terrorism. Is going to take a while”
– George Bush
Crusade (noun): One of the medieval wars of religion waged by Christiansagainst Muslims.

“What ultimately led to the deradicalization of the Liberation Theology movement—or,for that matter, the environmental movement, the antiglobalization, the feminist movement, the black power movement, and so on—was the gradual co-option of their members’ grievances into mainstream society. Indeed, when it comes to dealing with a social movement, society has only two options: either it can address the members’ grievances, thereby making the movement irrelevant, or it can deflect those grievances and further radicalize the movement.” (Aslan, 139)

From Thich Nhah Hanh’s book “Vietnam: A Lotus in a Sea of Fire”

“Finally, if some may question why I ask the U.S. to take the first step, it is because the U.S. is militarily the strongest nation in the world. No one can accuse it of cowardice if it chooses to seek peace. To be a genuine leader requires moral strength as well as big guns. America’s history suggests that she has the potential to provide the world with leadership.” p. 114

“My solution wold be along the following lines.
A clear statement by the U.S. of its desire to help the Vietnamese people to have a government truly responsive to Vietnamese aspirations, and concrete U.S. actions to implement this statement, such as a refusal to support one group in preference to another.
A cessation of the bombings, north and south.
Limitation of all military operations by U.S. and South Vietnamese forces to defensive actions; in effect, a cease-fire if the Viet Cong respond in kind.
A convincing demonstration of the U.S. intention to withdraw its forces from Vietnam over a specified period of months, with withdrawal actually beginning to take place as a sign of sincerity.
A generous effort to help rebuild the country from the destruction which has been wreaked upon Vietnam, such aid to be completely free of ideological and political strings and therefore not viewed as an affront to Vietnamese independence.
Such a program if implemented with sufficient vigor to convince the now understandably skeptical Vietnamese people of its sincerity offers the best hope for uniting them in a constructive effort and for restoring stability of South Vietnam.” p.113


Kellog-Braind Pact
MLK and RFK’s Poor People’s Campaign/FDR’s Economic Bill of Rights
Truth and Reconciliation
Green Party
Department of Peace (DoP)
incentivizing Green Technology
UN Declaration of Human Rights
Seventh Generation Principle

This table demonstrates results of a recent study, which found that public dollars invested in health care, education, mass transit, or construction for home weatherization and infrastructure create more jobs than investing an equivalent amount in the military
(orin tax breaks)
In fact, twice as many jobs are created by equivalent spending on education and mass transit as on the military. The research was conducted by the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.



“Henry Ford’s first car, the Model T, ran on hemp ethanol as he envisioned the fuel of the future would be extracted from plants.” It was also made from hemp and soy.

Sea Water for fuel:

One Million pounds of food on 3 Acres:


“I am very glad to hear that the Gardener has saved so much of the St foin seed, & that of the India Hemp. Make the most you can of both, by sowing them again in drills.” – George Washington, 1794

(c) That industrial hemp is used in products such as building materials,

textiles, cordage, fiber, food, floor coverings, fuel, paint, animal feed, paper, particle board, plastics, seed meal, cosmetics, seed, oil, and yarn.



84 thoughts on “Hemp, the Rainforest and the World (DoP)

  1. Further reading:^
    This New York Times special provides an excellent overview of recent developments concerning the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
    This interactive map by National Public Radio shows which states have decriminalized medical and how their laws differ
    This TIME article provides a brief history of medical marijuana in the United States
    California’s Compassionate Use Act—note the list of treatments eligible under the law in Section 1(A).
    Hoffman DE, Weber E. Medical Marijuana and the Law. 2010. New England Journal of Medicine 362(16): 1453-1456.
    This very readable article provides a good overview of the status of state medical marijuana laws as of 2010.
    Vitello M. Proposition 215: De Fact Legalization of Pot and the Shortcomings of Direct Democracy. U. Mich. J.L. 31(3): 707-776.
    Although the intended audience of this article is likely legal students and scholars, the author provides a summary of the events leading up to and following California voters passing Proposition 215.
    Annas GJ. Reefer Madness—The Federal Response to California’s Medical-Marijuana Law. 1997. Legal Issues in Medicine 337(6): 435-439.
    This article gives a summary of how the Clinton Administration’s reaction to Proposition 215, including the government’s main arguments against the legalization of medical marijuana.
    Cohen P. Medical marijuana 2010: It’s Time to Fix the Regulatory Vacuum. 2010. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 38(3): 654-666.
    In this article, the author argues that the federal government’s current position on medical marijuana’s use and research is flawed.
    Pacula RL, Chriqui JF, Reichmann DA, Terry-McElrath YM. State Medical Marijuana Laws: Understanding the Law and their Limitations. Journal of Public Health Policy 25(4): 413-439.
    The authors provide an excellent summary of marijuana’s complicated history in the United States.


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