Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Hemp, it confuses kids - a Smithsonian Boondogle

One of my most enjoyable activities in drug outreach is talking to civic groups about the manner in which we educate our children (and adults) about drugs. It is always easier to begin at the beginning.

New Zealand has a unique history insofar as in it's European discovery 'by hempen canvas and tow', mirrored the importance of fibre to Polynesian navigators and traders. Hemp assets and supplies thereof were regarded as 'strategic munitions' crucial to the expansion of trade within, and defence of, the British Empire. If one reads Joseph Banks' diary's so to 'for Science and Discovery'. Hemp shaped European/North African Politics and Nationalism (WWI & WWII), as a result of Napoleon's failed attempt to sack Moscow (on behalf of the America's) to stop Russia from supplying munitions grade hemp to Gt. Britain's fleet (USA's National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, was written by Francis Scott Key, September 1814, during the War of 1812 with England. see hempen flag!).
After that it all just gets ironic, but this Yankee social engineering beats the cake "Only in America"....
BTW: When I visited the Smithsonian in 1996, the only reference to anything Maori, was a single word "Tuatara", but they had spelt it wrong. I made a formal complaint to the Smithsonian via our NZ Embassy. It still remains to the best of my knowledge an egregious reference to the worlds oldest living dinosaur, probably I speculate, because it wasn't Amercian.

"Jack Herer, author of that touchstone of hemp truth The Emperor Wears No Clothes, asked a curator why “hemp” had been removed from all of the exhibits. The curator replied, “Children do not need to know about hemp anymore. It confuses them.” SAY WHAT? One of the most important aspects of the history of civilization has been cleansed from the Smithsonian Museum so as not to confuse children? Someone decided simple omission was better than “embarrassing questions”? If the truth is embarrassing, doesn’t that imply profound systemic problems? Omission of important meaning is a cornerstone of our corporate-controlled media (CorpoMedia)...but the Smithsonian Pulling hemp from history left a hole in the Smithsonian Museum big enough to drive cattle through. History is a tapestry of events, and if you pull a thread hooked to so many others it’s no longer a tapestry, but a bunch of threads dangling into a big hole. Omission for convenience changes history to propaganda."

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  • At 7:22 am, October 15, 2007, Blogger Gordan said…

    Our governor here in California has just vetoed a bill on industrial hemp. I am afraid that steroids have affected his brains as well as other parts of his anotomy related to will of the people of this state.

    To the Members of the California State Assembly:
    I am returning Assembly Bill 684 without my signature.
    As I indicated last year, I appreciate and applaud the Legislature’s interest in actually
    expanding California’s economy; however, I am concerned about the impact of the
    particular type of expansion that is being proposed. I recognize and am proud of that fact
    that California is a national and world leader in the production of high-quality
    agricultural commodities. Our state has a rich agricultural environment and we must
    strive to protect and promote farming, ranching and agri-business in California, while
    preserving natural resources and protecting consumers.
    Given these facts, I would like to support the expansion of a new agricultural commodity
    in this State. Unfortunately, I am very concerned that this bill would give legitimate
    growers a false sense of security and a belief that production of “industrial hemp” is
    somehow a legal activity under federal law.
    Under federal law, all cannabis plants, regardless of variety or THC content, are simply
    considered to be “marijuana”, which is a federally regulated controlled substance. Any
    person in the United States that wishes to grow cannabis plants for any purpose,
    including industrial purposes, must first obtain permission and register with the U.S.
    Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Failure to do so would be a violation of
    federal law and could subject an individual to criminal penalties.
    In addition, California law enforcement has expressed concerns that implementation of
    this measure could place a drain on their resources and cause significant problems with
    drug enforcement activities. This is troubling given the needs in this state for the
    eradication and prevention of drug production.
    For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger


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