Goliath and the hemp industry
Pop quiz! In the photographs below, one of the plants contributes to alcoholism, but another has healing properties. Can you identify them?
Answer: Photo on the top is an agave (tequila), the middle one is aloe, and the bottom one is a century plant.
How are they relevant to hemp? Similar to the above plants, hemp and its plant “cousins” share similar visual and genetic makeup, but are not identical. In other words, hemp and marijuana are both varieties of Cannabis sativa, but each offers unique medical, and renewable resources. Heavy hitter corporations’ propaganda, however, sells a different story in an effort to keep us in the dark for – what else – profits.
Solely for the purpose of research, colleges and universities in states with legalized industrial hemp farming are allowed to grow hemp. That’s it. Thus, we rely on imported hemp from such countries as China. In fact, the U.S. is the only developed country in the world not cultivating industrial hemp on a grand scale. How did we get to this point?
Even though drafts of the U.S. Constitution were written on hemp, decades later, the country’s greedy wealth contingent used its collective political stronghold to push for hemp prohibition, such as DuPont (petroleum), and Hearst (paper, lumber). As its illegal status continues to be in the best interests of petroleum, pharmaceutical, and lumber corporations, the 1937 Farm Bill – banning farmers from growing hemp – remains in effect.
In this week’s podcast, I interviewed two gentlemen – activist Magic J. Ellingson and Bob Dale of Hemp Inc. – about the stigma, and proven facts regarding hemp and marijuana, and their medicinal, environmental, and economic offerings.