The following was mailed as an OpEd piece to the Sacramento Bee. It will be interesting to see if they publish it...
An Open Letter to President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and State Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr.
I think it only fair to offer you all the individual opportunity to make an obvious leadership decision. I believe there may be legal repercussions for failing to act positively in the interest of national security.
Industrial hemp is coming back to American farmers and gardeners, with or without permission from the latest in a succession of insolvent, warmongering regimes. War and crippling national debt are threats to national security. There is no acceptable reason for either.
War is a symptom of radical imbalance. Disparity of wealth has created global armed conflict. Sustainable agriculture is the remedy. Cannabis hemp is a part of that equation, as is the factor of 'time' in this Spring's planting season. We can't afford to waste another year. We must begin planting industrial hemp in 2010.
In the absence of a single rational reason not to do so, "essential civilian demand" for Cannabis is being implemented under the protection of the First Amendment. An unique and essential historically revered hemp has been recognized in Executive Orders signed by six American Presidents as a "strategic food resource." Both the National Farmers Union and the National Grange support the reintroduction of industrial hemp for production of food, fuel, fiber, cellulose and oil.
"Misprision of treason is an offence found in many common law jurisdictions around the world...committed by someone who knows a treason is being or is about to be committed but does not report it to a proper authority. It is therefore unusual in that it is a criminal offence which may be committed through inaction."
"Misprision of treason"
I submit that by failing to recognize the true value of Cannabis as a strategic resource, as other Presidents have done, may appear as a misprision of treason, considering the threat posed to national security by Cannabis prohibition.
Please see www.cannabisvsclimatechange.com for the latest on essential civilian demand at the Capitol in May.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Paul J. von Hartmann
California Cannabis Ministry