Monday, April 30, 2007

Prohibition is over when We The People say it is.

Lobbyists for industries which comprise the "economics of punishment" are probably the largest, most influential group of unelected, policy-making "bureauc-rats." Infesting our legislatures they shmooze our "erected officials," inflating obscene budgets for the profitized prison industry, feeding the corrupt political elite.

Entrenched "drug war" posturing maintains the counter-productive prohibition, even though it's been proven over seventy years to only make drug abuse and violent crime worse. The so-called "confused message" being sent to our young people is that "Drugs are so bad, we're going to create an entire black market economy that will insure their inflated street value and their attractiveness to you rebellious young people." Especially poor, young, People of color, surviving in conditions so bad that anyone would deal drugs, if that was the only way to pay the bills.

Most people realize we're being mis-led by a broken "politiconomic" system, addicted to war, pollution and radioactivity, increasing everywhere. Are We still intimidated by an evermore thuggish government? Or are Americans stunned to inaction by some residual TV-socialised desire to be good boys & girls, longing for "things to be the way they used to be"?

How else would you explain our Austrian-born governor vetoing hemp cultivation in the California Republic, when in his native country, Cannabis farming is subsidised by the European Union? Well, We ain't buyin that anymore.

Our forefathers didn't die for the freedom to complain. Prohibition is over when the people say it is, not when the politicians sober up to what's real.

The shortest distance between where we are and where we need to go is our existing religious freedom. The Bill of Rights, Article 1 begins,"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

Whether we embrace Cannabis spirituality as a part of our experience with The Herb is up to each of us individually, naturally. Existing legal protection for the Cannabis culture will be instituted as soon as significant numbers of people actively claim our common, spiritual freedom to farm "every herb bearing seed."

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Constitutional Obligation

"Our safety, our liberty,depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States, as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both congress and the courts, not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."
--Abraham Lincoln

Friday, April 27, 2007

"...but the atmosphere itself."

Dear Mendocino Green Party friends,

Thank you for your great works in Mendocino. When I planted Cannabis publicly on the steps on the State Capitol, with Richard Davis and others on Earthday in '93, the Sacramento Green party was a huge help. The event was a great success, establishing individual responsibility for the truth about Cannabis, challenging Dan Lungren to debate, invoking "essential civilian demand" for an unique and essential natural resource. It is time for another planting of sacrament in Sacramento -- this time with Executive Order 12919 and a lot of credible science in our hands.

I'll try to be at your event in June, but June is a planting month on the farm. We already have federal protections for freedom of religion. What remains to be done is to outlaw prohibition, by Constitutional Amendment.

Anyone aware of the true value of Cannabis, knows that a massive planting of Cannabis is our best bet for healing environment, economics, and mankind's current slide into social degeneration. Cannabis produces 58 monoterpenes, which are "atmospheric areosols" that slow global warming by reflecting solar radiation into space and seeding cloud formation. A steady stream of monterpenes is needed because they dissipate quickly.

If someone has a better idea for healing this planet, then I'd sure like to hear it, but I've been asking the question for fifteen years, and by my reasoning, it is in the best interest of future generations for us to assume that this is our last year of relative normalcy. Synergistic collapse of global environment, economics and social evolution could come more violently and suddenly than most people can imagine. The good news is, that it's entirely avoidable, through the conscious shift of values, to embrace regional, biodynamic agricultural biofuels energy production, as the foundation for evenly, an equitably distributed global economy. Esentially, "Eat Your Work."

A new tax system based on excise taxes and "environmental externality" penalties, rather than income taxes, would eliminate an entire bureaucracy that is presently so inefficient that billions of tax dollars remain unaccounted for. Who in their right mind would give their hard-earned money to a government that's just going to lose it?

Since there is not one Spring planting season to waste -- because time is the limiting factor in the equation of our species' survival -- and because We The People have recently acquired the ability to peacefully influence fundamental change in spite of bureaucratic interference (using an unobjective court system like a weapon), through ingenious, affordable and efficient communications technology; it's like the largest organ in the global brain (us), is beginning to wake up, synapses firing and connecting as everyone thinks the same thing at the same time.

"Prohibition is over in our common consciousness, which man's "laws" inevitably follow." --from "Return to Reason", a film by Paul von Hartmann

I trust that folks who are able, will make it up to Mt. Shasta, next Thursday, May 3rd 7-9:30pm, at the Stage Door, to support the California Cannabis Ministry's evening of digital video and hemp foods information and tasting. If you can't make it, watch for the video of the meeting on UTube.

Happy day,

Brother Paul


"Deaths and injuries from climate change are set to rise by more than double in the next 25 years, according to estimates to be published soon. The Financial Times (UK) writes that the World Health Organization (WHO) is finalizing data forecasting that deaths linked to even a very narrow number of causes most closely connected to shifting weather patterns will reach more than 300,000 a year by 2030. The number of disease- adjusted life years (Dalys) lost - a measure of injury and earlier death - linked to warming will rise in the period to more than 11 million. The data, set to be submitted to an academic journal for publication over the summer, focus on the impact of temperature change on diarrhea-related disease, malaria and malnutrition. "

--from "U.N. Round-Up"

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Earth Day Recipe for Cannabis Seed Milk

Cannabis seed is as delicious as it is healthful. I believe that the best way to eat hemp seed is to make "seed milk" from it. Here's how I make it...

Using 170 grams of washed hemp seed (about one cup)
One quart of the purest mountain spring water

In a blender, blend whole hemp seed in water and strain through a seed milk bag (available at most health food stores)

You may wish to add natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, agave syrup, honey or fruits (i.e. banana, apple, strawberries). A bit of vanilla extract, cinnamon, hemp leaves, and other flavorings can be tried to find the flavor that appeals to your taste the most. Coffee is another great flavoring that can be added for "grown-ups."

The health benefits of Cannabis seed for nursing mothers is particularly important for the essential fatty acids, essential amino acids, Vitamin E, and other vital ingredients. It is a crime that people in the U.S. are not allowed to grow this critically important food.

A digestive enzyme in fresh, fertile hemp seeds is destroyed, and the life energy killed, when hemp seeds are sterilised by the DEA. This is done routinely to seeds purchased from Canada for import into the U.S.

We the People have the "natural, self-evident, god-given right" to grow the world's most nutritious food, to feed our families. I trust that people will support all our right to grow Cannabis in our gardens, at home, for the health and well-being of our families and our planet.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Eat Your Work

"The best fertilizer is a farmer's footprint."

There is nothing more sacred than a sincere, working partnership with Nature. Having good work at which to excel allows for finding the art in a spiritual journey of boundless creativity. It's a worthy goal to reach for. Fifteen years ago, the process of selecting a worthwhile life path led me to appreciate the healing serenity and security that there is to be found in a garden.

If you can grow your own food, then you are free. The practical efficiency of not being dependent upon anyone for anything is profound. The products of an abundant garden go far beyond merely growing healthful food. For me, the result has been a healing existence and healthful life values.

Finding the art in agriculture includes digging into scholarly works to find the secrets of the ages. Cannabis has been a prominent resource, throughout mankind's existence on this planet. For the past three generations, the history of hemp's true value was largely hidden throught he influence of hemp's economic competitors. Thanks to Jack Herer, Chris Conrad, and other Cannabis scholars, the true value of Cannabis has been effectively re-introduced.

Protein determines carrying capacity. On Earth mankind has been neglect in recognizing the nutritional value of Cannabis, which means that everyone on Earth suffers from the imposed scarcity of this ancient and abundant essential resource.

If there is one good reason (that's true) not to grow Cannabis, then I have not heard or read of it, in fifteen years of scholarship and more than twenty years of direct personal experience. There are, however, many good reasons to include Cannabis into a balanced regional economy based in organic gardening and rotational farming.

Impacted, politically corrupt, economic forces have favored chemical agriculture and spawned the economics of punishment. Government permission to conduct research on Cannabis has been banned in the U.S since 1976. With the accelerating impact of global broiling becoming more apparent and destructive every year, the era of asking for government permission to farm the world's most useful agricultural resource is past. Our forefathers didn't die for the freedom to complain.

By the power of "essential civilian demand," as articulated in Executive Order 12919 (Clinton, 1994) I claim my individual right to feed my family fresh, fertile, biodynamically grown Cannabis seed. I also claim the power of truth in challenging anyone on Earth to offer a better, more scientifically sound plan for healing the planet than using monoterpenes to slow global broiling, and reclaim desertified lands.

The Green Market's time has come, the Black Market is being disempowered by initiating a truly free market, based in abundance. Unique and essential Cannabis has never been within the rightful jurisdiction of the court. Subsidised by the EU, and reintroduced all over the world, unique and essential "Mary" is rapidly being recognised as the gracious, capable and willing currency of the 21st Century. The redistribution of wealth, and efficient regionalization of economics, where fuel, food, herbal therapeutics, biodegradable plastics and fiber, biocides and repellents, paper, building materials.

If all of that's not worthy of "sacramental" status, then what is?

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

"Constitutional Cannabis" Film Night, Mount Shasta

"Constitutional Cannabis"
May 3, 7:00 – 9:30 PM @ The Stage Door, Mount Shasta CA
Admission: free

The first in a series of public presentations by the California Cannabis Ministry will feature three short films, discussion of the true value of Cannabis, restoration of the Natural Order and nutritious, delicious hemp foods.

"Constitutional Cannabis"
Sponsor: California Cannabis Ministry
Date/Time: May 3rd, 2007 , 7-9:30 pm
Location: The Stage Door Coffeehouse & Cabaret
414 Mount Shasta Blvd , Mount Shasta , California
Admission: free

The first in a series of public presentations is scheduled to take place on May 3rd, at the Stage Door Coffeehouse in Mount Shasta , California .

Three short films will be shown, followed by discussion of the true value of Cannabis (aka hemp, marijuana). Topics of discussion include the harms Cannabis prohibition imposes on society, potential economic, environmental and social benefits of Cannabis, and consideration of existing Constitutional protections to end suppression of this valuable agricultural resource.

Films to be shown are:
· Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (L.E.A.P.) video (12 minutes)

"Anyone concerned about the failure of our $69 billion-a-year War on Drugs should watch this 12-minute program. You will meet front line, ranking police officers who give us a devastating report on why it cannot work. It is a must-see for any journalist or public official dealing with this issue." -- Walter Cronkite

· "Hemp and the Rule of Law" (50 minutes) a Tin Roof Video film by Kevin Balling

· The trailer for "Return to Reason" a digital video documentary film by Paul J. von Hartmann that is currently in production. (10 minutes)

This event will fill the room, so people are encouraged to show up early, and enjoy a meal to support the Stage Door, taste hemp seed foods and look over available info. Admission is free to the public, though practical support for the work of the California Cannabis Ministry is most welcome.

For more information, please contact:

Paul J. von Hartmann, founder
California Cannabis Ministry
Project P.E.A.C.E.
Planet Ecology Advancing Conscious Economics


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Regarding the death penalty for Cannabis

Malaysian authorities sentenced Mr. Basil Omar to death after he was arrested with approximately 1 kilo of cannabis.

Religious arguement for herbal rights

Recognizing several significant differences between "drugs" and "herbs" is essential for advancing an accurate, inarguable religious appeal to Malaysian and other punitive authorities. Those who consider Cannabis a drug rather than recognizing it as an herb are legally, factually and practically inaccurate.

To allow that inaccuracy pass for truth, as many people do, concedes a critical point of Natural Law that is at the basis of all democratic governments, all human rights treaties and every religion. Ancient tradition has always conveyed the inalienable right to use "every herb bearing seed" as instructed by every god that people anywhere have ever worshiped. A spiritual defense against prosecution invokes "self-evident" protections afforded by a Power greater than government's insubstantial and transient statute laws.

Drugs don't make seeds. Herbs do. Man makes drugs, "God" makes herbs. Our freedom to farm "every green herb" is a "god-given" right that can never be lawfully taken away.

In light of extinctionistic realities most obviously evinced by global broiling and the death of bees all over the world, the global Cannabis culture is being called upon to reclaim our Natural right by honoring our moral obligation to value Cannabis for what it truly is -- the world's most useful agricultural resource.

In the U.S., public awareness is achieving critical mass, as accelerating environmental collapse looms ever-larger. Legislation effecting changes in statute law, allowing for cultivation of medical marijuana and industrial hemp are publicly supported and passing, state by state. Federal protections afforded by sincere religious regard for Cannabis are being widely respected and cases are being dismissed, often at the point of arrest.

Once prohibition of Cannabis ends in the U.S., hemp agriculture, manufacture and trade will have the opportunity to compete in a free market. Hemp will succeed because of its potential for abundant, global distribution, its sustainable energy production profile, exceptional nutritional values and numerous environmental benefits.

In explaining the difference between drugs and herbs, it may be helpful to point out that drugs tend to be made with a single-ingredient (i.e. delta9THC, in the case of Marinol). In contrast Natural, herbal Cannabis contains hundreds of compounds, which convey synergistic effect.

Because herbs make seeds, herbs grow out of the ground so easily that it is impossible to control them in anything remotely resembling a free society. Anyone with water, sun and soil can grow an herb.

I trust there may be some advantage in offering an holistic, culturally rounded view of this issue, in contrast to the narrowly channeled thinking into which most of us were born.

Monday, April 9, 2007

All our relations,

Taxing people who are unprotected from arrest for the activity in which they are employed, makes
no sense at all. Don't you wonder if the feds will break down your door after you register with
the taxman as a proud, tax-paying California 'marijuana' farmer?

The only function of the proposed tax is to confuse and distract our attention from the fact that
"the green herb" Cannabis has never been truly illegal. Nor has "involuntary servitude" ever been
Constitutional. Income taxation is a tax on your labor. Read the thirteenth amendment, "slavery
and involuntary servitude prohibited."

In a country that outlawed slavery by Constitutional amendment, any state or federal income tax is
patently unlawful. That means that excise taxes are the only legal way for the government to
collect money for our infrastucture. What you spend determines what you pay. Minimum bureaucracy,
and no involuntary accounting.

Why would anyone pay money to an outlaw administration anyway, except that they're scared of
getting audited and fined? Is freedom from involuntary seritude being sold so cheaply to such
predators as the Shrub & Schwartz administrations have proven themselves to be? We are being
forbidden from growing hemp -- at the point of a gun -- and kept ignorant about the true value of
Cannabis for fuel, food, therapeutics, plastics, building materials, and much more. Yet in the
midst of egregious economic disparity and shameless, "problems are profitable" politics, we're
supposed to give money to these outlaws? Give me a break.

We were given "every herb bearing seed" by whatever Creator made this planet. We all make an
individual choice about whether we claim the freedom to farm, or roll over to serve an unholy
consortium of international murderers.

I choose to claim the right to live in health and freedom. I've planted Cannais publicly twice, in
'92 and '93. The last time was on the steps of the capital in Sacramento. I'm a Cannabis scholar
and Minister. If people support the rising of the global Cannabis culture, and insist on a massive
planting all over the world, we may yet be able to heal the atmosphere of our planet.

We all know by now that we have nothing to fear but the atmosphere itself, so why are we
continuing to support the system that's killing us by prohibiting the world's most environmentally
essential crop?

There is no truly legal force on Earth which can rightfully demand the product of our partnership
with The Divine. If anyone can give me one good reason to give money to a government that is
contaminating the environment with depleted uranium, violating the Geneva Convention, insulting
our ancestors in every way, then I'll stop talking about coordinated tax revolt, but this tax
seems a great place to start.

Support the California Cannabis Ministry if you want to stop all this non-sense and exercise
essential civilian demand for the most useful, unique and essential agricultural resource on Earth
for industrial planting this June. Time is the limiting factor in the equation of survival. There
is no money on a dead planet, so now is the time to shift our values into respect for Nature, and
cultivating a sincere reverence for the only plant that can save us all from extinction.

for peace,

Paul J. von Hartmann
California Cannabis Ministry

Project P.E.A.C.E.

ENCOD member

Note: May 3rd, 7pm at the Stagedoor in Mount Shasta, California ("where Heaven and Earth meet")
The California Cannabis Ministry will e showing the L.E.A.P. video, Hemp and the Rule of Law, and
the production trailer for "Return to Reason," a digital video documentary tool for ending
prohibition, by Paul J. von Hartmann. Admission free to all who show up early to have a bite to
eat. Hemp seed foods will be available for tasting.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Constitutional Cannabis

The first sentence of the Declaration of Independence empowers people "to assume among the powers of the earth, the seperate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitles [us]." The government of the United States was founded in order to protect our Natural Rights, not erode them.

Article One in the Bill of Rights states that, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." On the first page of the Bible, God's first "commandment" is so important He says it twice -- "...I have given you every herb bearing seed" and "every green herb." (Genesis 1:29) Drugs don't make seeds. Herbs do.

To a degree, it is our own failure to fully embrace the spiritual dimensions of Cannabis healing (including the nutritional prevention and treatment of illness), that has invalidated our "natural, self-evident, god-given" right to therapeutic, and other uses of 'marijuana,' or any other herb bearing seed.

Consider the legal argument in eliminating arbitrary and disingenuous boundaries defining "medical" use, to include the obvious nutritional, ecological and entheogenic dimensions of the Cannabis plant. By recognising these properties, and embracing them with proportionate, sincere, spiritual gratitude and respect, conveys Constitutionally protected rights to those who find value in Cannabis.

The green herb Cannabis has unique and essential nutritional properties. It is the only common seed with three essential fatty acids, and is the best source of protein on earth. Cannabis has therefore never been within the rightful jurisdiction of any court. Inducing scarcity of any natural resource that is unique and essential is clearly beyond the moral accountability of government.

Anyone who has used 'marijuana' can attest to the spiritual properties of Cannabis, when used with sincere respect and appreciation. The healing dimensions of spirituality are also quite real for anyone who is ill. The California Cannabis Ministry is being founded to recognise the true value of the Cannabis plant, awaken the global Cannabis culture, by reclaiming our natural, self-evident, god-given right to use evry herb bearing seed, in whatever way we choose. People interested in learning more about the legal dimensions of Cannabis spirituality are encouraged to visit and for further insight into transcending anti-Constituional prohibition statutes, through "essential civilian demand" for Cannabis. (Executive Order 12919)

Paul J. von Hartmann, founder
California Cannabis Ministry
Project P.E.A.C.E.