So why should we consider legalizing hemp in South Africa? The benefits will be many.
[Besides the fact that it is a crop that can be grown by people who have no real knowledge of farming – so if we can appropriate the land that the government is sitting on, and redistribute it we can kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.]
Here are just a few benefits:
• Essential oils
• Nutritional supplements
• Paper products
• Body care products
• Consumer Textiles
• Industrial Textiles
• Construction materials
• Livestock feed
• Livestock bedding
• Agricultural benefits
As the picture says, Hemp makes more than 50,000 Products, including food, clothing, shelter and medicine, so this is definitely a plant that must be brought back into our lives.
If we take but ONE product that can be manufactured from Hemp – [ tampons], and investigate the benefits of producing this commodity, we can see that it is FAR superior to what is currently on offer;
Hemp derived CBD or cannabidiol products constituted 19% ($130 million) of the $688 million U.S. hemp retail market in 2016, making the CBD dietary supplement market the fastest growing product category in the hemp sector. [Source: morningagclips.com]
Here is a quote from Jack Herer: “I don`t know if Hemp`s gonna save the world, But I`ll tell you this…it’s the only thing that can”.
However legalizing hemp will be a real battle because there are forces at work that do not want this to happen, ever.
Very few people are aware that the ban on hemp was created to allow the banning of marijuana – a plant that seriously threatens the massive profits conjured up by the Big Pharmaceutical industry; but that is a subject for another article.
Besides the pharmaceutical giants, hemp also threatens the cotton industry, the wood industry, Big Oil, the paper industry [wood again] the pesticide industry and more, so banning hemp was a stroke of genius and luck for these players.
So in a nutshell: hemp is illegal because of corporate and political greed, and these giants will no doubt fight tooth and nail to maintain its current status, no matter that denuding Earth of trees plays a big part in Global warming and destroys habitat of precious fauna, or that fracking for gas by the oil oligarchs destroys the planet and our drinking water.
In order to save our country, our people, our water, our agricultural land, in fact, the very world we all inhabit, it is our duty to overturn this vile and unfair law that was put in place to benefit a few megalomaniacs.
Let us examine the benefits of legalizing hemp for South Africa
In America their annual turnover for 2016 was estimated at $688 Million [Source: naturalproductsinsider.com]
Imagine how that would impact on our beleaguered long suffering economy.
Jobs: hemp will be able to nearly eradicate joblessness. [More on this later]
The many uses of hemp will create a slew of industries that will make South Africa once again a vibrant economy [we will be able to drag ourselves by the bootstraps back into a First World status].
So easy to grow and it yields a crop within 90 – 120 days.
Hemp has natural defenses against pests and weeds so no need to spray pesticides that poison the ground and air.
Its deep roots are natural soil aerators.
It produces oxygen so will aid in negating the greenhouse effect
It is a natural weed suppressor
It produces a plastic that is bio degradable [gone in 80 – 100 days, as opposed to hundreds of years that ‘petro plastic’ takes.]
4. A “Lifeline” for the little guy – the people who have no jobs.
Hemp grows just about anywhere, you get three to four crops a year so it can provide an income for just about anybody.
These benefits listed are only the tip of a very large iceberg; it is my prediction that if there are enough jobs to go around that crime rates will decrease dramatically.
Hemp and the so called “Land Reformation act”
Our government is hell bent on keeping the racial fires burning by stirring up the people to take away land from the whites; yet they are sitting on many thousands of acres that should be distributed. One can only conjecture that they wish to keep it for themselves.
Surely a better plan would be to give parcels of this land to deserving folk, with the proviso that they grow hemp?
[Vote Hemp has calculated that approximately 9,650 acres of hemp crops were planted in 15 states during 2016 in the U.S. – SOURCE: naturalproductsinsider.com]
Politics and the Resurrection of Hemp
Yes, politics will also be a stoppage to getting Hemp legalized. Why? Well, you can be sure that the oligarchs who want to keep it illegal will lobby like crazy.
This means in layman`s terms that a lot of money will flow under the table, a lot of palms will be greased and as we unfortunately are aware, there are plenty of rotten eggs in the basket – those “politicians” who are only self serving, and have weaseled themselves into positions of power for their own ends.
It is going to take someone with immense integrity, someone who has the vision and intelligence to see the massive benefits, and someone who is brave enough to withstand the onslaught that trying to get Hemp legalized will create.
Integrity because there will be millions of dollars offered to keep Hemp illegal;
Vision because the far reaching benefits of Hemp are limitless;
Intelligence because there will be many “reasonable” arguments brought forth as to why this must not happen,
Bravery because this is not a game; the forces behind keeping Hemp illegal will literally stop at nothing to maintain the current status of Hemp.
This is not a job for the fainthearted; this is not a job for the weak.
Hemp must be removed from the political arena if we have any chance of legalization.
The Infrastructure for Hemp Utilization
Production plants would have to be set up for the various uses of Hemp – oil reproduction, animal feed, paper products and more.
Naturally, this would involve plenty of job creation.
Yes, there will be a cost involved, and undoubtedly this will be a “big stick” used against legalization, but the benefits far outweigh the cost factor; it is my belief that there will be many people who would be more than willing to get involved.
A Brief History of Hemp
This is where you will see exactly what you will be up against in your efforts to legalize Hemp! [I urge you to click the “source” link – it is extremely informative.]
This is just a small excerpt from the main article – [SOURCE] http://www.advancedholistichealth.org/history.html
10,000-year History of Marijuana use in the World
8,000+ BCE Use of hemp cord in pottery identified at ancient village site dating back over 10,000 years, located in the area of modern day Taiwan.
Finding hemp use and cultivation in this date range puts it as one of the first and oldest known human agriculture crops.
As explained by Richard Hamilton in the 2009 Scientific American article on sustainable agriculture “Modern humans emerged some 250,000 years ago, yet agriculture is a fairly recent invention, only about 10,000 years old … Agriculture is not natural; it is a human invention. It is also the basis of modern civilization.”
This point was also touched on by Carl Sagan in 1977 when he proposed the possibility that marijuana may have actually been world’s first agricultural crop, leading to the development of civilization itself (see 1977, below).
1916 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) chief scientists Jason L. Merrill and Lyster H. Dewey created paper made from hemp pulp, which they concluded was “favorable in comparison with those used with pulp wood” in USDA Bulletin No. 404.
From the book “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer the USDA Bulletin N. 404 reported that one acre of hemp, in annual rotation over a 20-year period, would produce as much pulp for paper as 4.1 acres (17,000 m2) of trees being cut down over the same 20-year period.
This process would use only 1/7 to 1/4 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. … [SOURCE] http://www.advancedholistichealth.org/history.html
1936 The American propaganda film Reefer Madness was made to scare American youth away from using Cannabis.
1937 U.S. Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act which criminalized the drug. In response Dr. William C. Woodward, testifying on behalf of the AMA, told Congress that, “The American Medical Association knows of no evidence that marijuana is a dangerous drug” and warned that a prohibition “loses sight of the fact that future investigation may show that there are substantial medical uses for Cannabis.”
His comments were ignored by Congress. A part of the testimony for Congress to pass the 1937 act derived from articles in newspapers owned by William Randolph Hearst, who had significant financial interests in the timber industry, which manufactured his newsprint paper.
1976 The U.S. federal government created the Investigational New Drug (IND) Compassionate Use research program to allow patients to receive up to nine pounds of cannabis from the government each year.
Today, five surviving patients still receive medical cannabis from the federal government, paid for by federal tax dollars. At the same time the U.S. FDA continues to list marijuana as Schedule I meaning: “A high potential for abuse with no accepted medical value.”
1977 Carl Sagan proposes that marijuana may have been the world’s first agricultural crop, leading to the development of civilization itself: “It would be wryly interesting if in human history the cultivation of marijuana led generally to the invention of agriculture, and thereby to civilization.” Carl Sagan, The Dragons of Eden, Speculations on the Origin of Human Intelligence p 191 footnote.
1977-1981 U.S. President Carter, including his assistant for drug policy, Dr. Peter Bourne, pushed for decriminalization of marijuana, with the president himself asking Congress to abolish federal criminal penalties for those caught with less than one ounce of marijuana.
Oct 2010 Just weeks before the November 02 California election on Prop. 19 Attorney General Eric Holder said federal authorities would continue to enforce U.S. laws that declare the drug is illegal, even if voters approve the initiative, stating “we will vigorously enforce the (Controlled Substances Act) against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use.”
Nov 2012 The States of Colorado and Washington legalize marijuana / cannabis for recreational use; promises are made to the people that these new initiatives will have no impact on medical marijuana in those states.
The country of Uruguay legalizes marijuana / cannabis for recreational use. The US District of Columbia decriminalizes personal use and possession of marijuana / cannabis.
July 07, 2014 Cannabis City becomes Seattle’s very first legal marijuana shop for over-the-counter purchase & recreational use. This generated world-wide media attention and a serious discussion over the legalization of marijuana and a possible end to the American “drug war.”
The first purchase, by Deb Green a 65-year old marathon-running grandmother from Ballard, is part of the collection of the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, Washington.
Nov 2014 The States of Alaska and Oregon legalize marijuana / cannabis for recreational use; the States of California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and Massachusetts all begin to draft legalization legislation.
Here is an excerpt from the article from Popular Mechanics “New Billion Dollar Crop.” Written in 1936!!! – If this does not convince you, nothing will. [Yes, it is an article aimed at America, but the truth holds good for South Africa too.]
“American farmers are promised a new cash crop with an annual value of several hundred million dollars, all because a machine has been invented that 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 that makes this possible is designed for removing the fiber-bearing cortex from the rest of the stalk, making hemp fiber available for use without prohibitive amounts 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 77 percent cellulose, which 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 per 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 $15 a ton for hemp as it comes from the field.
From the farmer’s 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 can be grown in any state of the Union.
It has a short growing season, so that it can be planted after other crops are in. The long roots penetrate and break the soil to leave it in perfect condition for 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.”
As mentioned before, this will not be an easy road to travel; however the time has come to take a stand if we are to have any chance whatsoever of rescuing our country.
This brings me once again to the question: Who is strong enough and brave enough, and has the foresight to see that if we can legalize hemp in South Africa how we will be able to transform our country and our nation, how we will be able to eradicate poverty and bring South Africa back to being a First World country?