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This is a vitally important 5-minute video that was produced by Willie Nelson in 1991 as an urgent plea on behalf of the American family farmer and Americans everywhere and it is even more important now, eighteen years later. It's time to organize again. We did it in the 60s and 70s and we're not too old to do it again. It's that important. WILLIE NELSON'S PLEA ON BEHALF OF THE FAMILY FARMER.
Click on the link, watch the video, and get involved. It's too important not to do so.
In 1937 Popular Science magazine called hemp "The New Billion Dollar Crop." Then the big money people struck out to protect their interests. Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst led the crusade to ban hemp. Hearst owned millions of acres of prime timber land and a machine that simplified the process of making paper from hemp had just been invented. Hearst used his power as a publisher to create public panic about the evils of hemp and marijuana. Another big money player Pierre DuPont held patent rights to the sulfuric acid wood pulp paper process. In 1937 DuPont patented nylon rope made from synthetic petrochemicals. The big money people prevailed and near the end of 1937 Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act. By placing a prohibitively high tax on hemp production it destroyed the industry. This was done to protect these big money interests of the timber, petrochemical, and cotton industries.
Hemp was briefly re-legalized during W.W.II. The U.S. government produced the movie "Hemp for Victory" to encourage farmers to grow hemp. Even 4H clubs were asked to grow hemp to help their country in wartime. The parachute that saved George Bush's life in World War II was made of hemp fiber.
Hemp is the perfect source for fuel. It produces more biomass than any other plant. If we had to pay at the pump for all the military costs to keep the oil flowing - clean burning alcohol fuel produced from hemp would be a bargain. Good for the planet and good for you hemp can truly be the new multi-billion dollar crop that Popular Science raved about back in 1937.
In his October 30, 1988, editorial in California’s most conservative newspaper, The Orange County Register, senior columnist Alan Bock stated that “Since 1937, about half the forests in the world have been cut down to make paper. If hemp had not been outlawed, most would still be standing, oxygenating the planet.”Today industrial hemp is cultivated in Canada, China, Russia, Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Spain, England, Poland and many other Eastern European countries.