As we see our national unemployment figures rising to disturbing levels, and our Governmental entities all passing unbelievable amounts of deficit spending to “Stimulate” our economy and job market. One phrase has gained vast popularity in this national discussion: “Green Jobs”  Jobs that will decrease our dependency on foreign energy, while remaining environmentally neutral in their adverse effects. We do not need to invent some new system or engage in more deficit spending to accomplish the end that we all desire. We have only to do one thing.

All our country has to do, to create jobs and launch a new energy plan that will have the positive impact we are looking for,  is to repeal all aspects of the 1972 Controlled Subtance Act as it relates to “Hemp and Marijuana only”, and any surviving remnants of the bogus 1937 Marijuana Tax Act.

The Hemp industry, once a mainstay of American Domestic Manufacturing has for too long been imprisoned by legislation born of greed and fear. Greed, because Dupont and many Pharmaceutical Companies  in the 1930’s,  while developing new processes for plastics, prescription drugs, chemical  paper pulping  techiniques  and many other products, plied their influence upon our Government to remove the environmentally friendly and cheaper alternative currently being used, “hemp”. They needed to remove this competition for their newer petroleum and chemical based products, thereby cornering  many markets

Banker/Government Insider,  Andrew Mellon,  financed the deal with Dupont particularly, to launch their new chemical based paper pulping process and utilized his nephew-in-law, Harry Anslinger, (who he had appointed earlier in 1931 as the head of what was then the FBNDD , the forerunner to the DEA), To spearhead this assault upon the whole hemp industry nationwide.

Massive propaganda “fear” campaigns were started, “Reefer Madness” became “Scientific Documentation”, and Marijuana as a substance of personal consumption became the “Devil Weed”, (there words, not mine), causing poor citizens to jump from windows and kill each other indiscriminately.

The “Great Depression” itself became a useful tool to their agenda as the forces pushing this legislation along, began to see a chance to use the criminalization of marijuana as a way to address two other pet issues. Blacks , especially in the south were claimed to be “out of control” because of the “Madness” that smoking pot brought upon them and were becoming “violent” and “overly-aggressive”. The criminalization of marijuana gave the authorities the ability to reign them in.

At the same time, job losses spurred by the depression made the extra labor force of illegal Mexican immigrants a labor hindrance, therefore, they “who also smoked marijuana”, would be rounded up under the guise of this prohibition and forced to leave the country making those jobs available for whites who were also so desperately in need of work at that time: “Never Let a Crisis go to Waste”,  is not a new mantra.

The Progressives of the early 1900’s even at that time saw a chance to take advantage of the depression era woes to work their “Magic” of reform.

Remember, It was only two years earlier in 1929 when they added the 21st Amendment repealing  the 18th amendment and it’s prohibition on alcohol, because ”all” had come to realize that such prohibition had immense adverse effects upon our nation. The mandates of prohibition were causing massive violence and gang activities, as well as the cost of implementation of such prohibition to the government, and not the least, it’s direct  effect upon the lives of the individual citizens which they had basically turned into criminals overnight.

They had learned nothing from the “Prohibition years” and were bound and determined to do it again this time killing the hemp industry in America and appeasing the Oil and Pharmaceutical concerns, the same way they had appeased the temperance movement of the early 1900’s.

A 1938 Popular Mechanics article,(published one year after the criminalization of hemp), reported on the over 25,000 environmentally friendly products that can be from hemp. This with the available technologies of the time. Imagine what our great minds of this time could come up with.

Our Government itself realized the beneficial nature of hemp as they “decriminalized”  it temporarily during World War II efforts even going so far as to produce and distribute vigorously the film “Hemp for Victory”, encouraging and teaching Americans how to cultivate and produce hemp and hemp products for the war effort.

Plainly put, Hemp as an Agricultural and Manufacture industry would not only spark new and lasting job growth and economic stability, it would also fit nicely within the confines of the current National and Global concerns for environmentally safe industrial activities. In addition, Marijuana as a personal use product would also add to a dwindling tax base and could be regulated just as Alcohol and Tobacco are being currently regulated.

We must also add to this the savings to our City State and Federal Law enforcement budgets and labors as we would no longer be spending so much time, effort and money continuing to persecute and prosecute American citizens for nothing more than a basic personal choice. Money and efforts could be more focused on continued efforts against those illegal drugs that do actual harm. The large portion of Gang/Drug Cartel activities and violence as far as it is related to Marijuana would cease to exist.

We should immediately repeal the Laws criminalizing Hemp and Marijuana in America. The Industry could be up and running in such short order that the benefits to our economy, job market, Federal and State budgets, and energy base would be stimulative almost immediately, and environmentally sound.  Not to mention the Billions we would save annually by not importing the hemp products we currently import from foreign countries. ( Oh Yeah, We can buy it, we just can’t grow or manufacture it.)

Congress has over-reached their authority in this matter  in accordance to the Commerce clause of Article 1 of our Constitution, in preventing an entire industry from existing, and therefore the criminalization of  Hemp and Marijuana through the “Controlled Substance Act” and previous “Marijuana Tax Act” are in actuality, un-Constitutional.

Go and check Article 1 of our great “Constitution” and while you are there, take notice, it is written on hemp!

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