In prelude to UNGASS
It would be nothing less than criminal if all proven public health measures to reduce HIV among injecting drug users and nursing mothers were not featured uppermost in the Political Declaration that will arise out of the forthcoming High Level Meeting on drugs to be held in Vienna in March.
Certainly you must be aware of the most globally available and cost effective agricultural strategy that uses hemp seed nutrition to prevent the spread of AIDS between nursing mothers and their children.
You must know that Cannabis seed is the ONLY common seed with three ESSENTIAL fatty acids, and the best available source of organic, non-GMO, vegetable protein on Earth, yet the UN doesn't even recognize hemp seed as food for humans. Drugs don't make seeds. Herbs do. Exactly when did the government get rightful authority over "herbs bearing seeds" that are both unique and essential?
Mankind is far beyond its rightful authority in legislating scarcity of an unique and essential food resource upon which other species also depend for their survival.
It is criminally negligent for the UNFAO not to actively promote and facilitate industrial hemp agriculture throughout the world. At the very least the UN could recognize the true, unique and essential food value of Cannabis hemp seed on their website.
At what point does a law become so transparently perverse that it ceases to command respect? How bad do things have to get before all solutions are considered?
Solutions are usually simple, Mr. Costa. It is the problems that are complicated. End Cannabis prohibition and much of the hard drug use will stop. End Cannabis prohibition and a huge chunk of the black market in drugs will just disappear. End Cannabis prohibition and sustainable economics will lead to a clean environment and natural abundance.
You may also be encouraged to know that Cannabis agriculture produces biogenic atmospheric aerosols that could mitigate climate change more effectively and efficiently than any other human response to global warming and global broiling.
The freedom to farm "every herb bearing seed...and every green herb" is the first test of religious freedom. I challenge the rightful jurisdiction of any court over unique and essential natural resources, under individual protection afforded by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the freedom of religion that is assured by the International Declaration of Human Rights.
Time is the limiting factor in the equation of survival. Every Spring planting season that passes is gone forever. 2009 is the year of "essential civilian demand" in the U.S., as provided for in Executive Order 12919, signed by President Clinton in 1994.
Thank you for your consideration. I trust that you will recognize the urgency of rescheduling Cannabis hemp at UNFAO, and make it the UNODC top priority.