Thursday, October 30, 2008

George wrote

"We need serious planning at the global level based on some sort of clear vision on how to make hunger and malnutrition history within this generation. At this stage there is no global agency to facilitate this planning effort."

Absolutely correct. Many people in many countries are sharing the same clear vision of returning to an historically proven, globally distributed crop as an available, efficient, proportionate strategy for addressing hunger and climate change.

I suggest we initiate a comprehensive discussion at the highest levels of the UNFAO, regarding the potential for ending prohibitions and restrictions imposed on Cannabis agriculture, in order to facilitate global distribution of protein-rich seeds, abundant fiber and cellulose.

Best wishes,


Hemp considered?

Syad asked, in the UNFSN forum:

Regarding "...using Biochar in soils for reducing global carbon emission...the question is how to trap it and deposit safely or reuse?"

Manufacture of biodegradable building materials from fiber/cellulose crops would be one way to store large quantities of carbon.


for more about Cannabis history, manufacture and trade.

I am curious to know Ruy and others, to what extent Cannabis agriculture is employed in the production of biofuels, food and other products where you are?

I believe that the answer to many of the questions asked in this forum has been hidden in the forbidden and tragically under-valued Cannabis plant. If considered for its unique and essential food value alone, next spring would see a return to intensive global Cannabis agriculture.

Beyond the urgency of soil retention, detoxification, re-mineralization and de-compaction of damaged lands, Cannabis agriculture could also realize the planet's most efficient atmospheric carbon sequestration/oxygen production potential.

In addition, Cannabis production of atmospheric monoterpenes, could effect radiative forcing and reflection of increasing UV-B radiation. Except for the suppressive influence of 'marijuana' prohibition, Cannabis agriculture is an available, proportionate response to a huge global threat. Sufficient regional "seeding" of clouds with atmospheric aerosols called "monoterpenes" (of which Cannabis produces fifty-eight) would protect the Earth's surface from "global broiling" by producing a protective cloud layer.

I suggest that consideration of Cannabis agriculture warrants much more thorough and active discussion. If hemp isn't a viable solution to many of the problems being discussed in this forum, then will someone please explain why. One good reason that's true is all it would take to change my mind about Cannabis.

I propose and challenge this community of to consider what the effects would be if absolute Cannabis freedom was allowed to exist in the world, as the Creator apparently intended (i.e. Genesis 1:29). I am convinced that a global distribution of industrial hemp seed would provide people with the fast-growing protein they need, while providing a regional source of several bio-fuels, including pyrolytic charcoal, easily made from hemp stalks.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Re: “Marijuana I.D. card hearing scheduled” Mount Shasta Herald

Mount Shasta Herald
Letters to the Editor

Re: “Marijuana I.D. card hearing scheduled” October 22, 2008

October 25, 2008

Dear Editor,

Before the perverse county “ordinance,” imposing a self-serving tax, sinks its revenue-raising tentacles into the ill and dying people of Siskiyou County, it is urgent to recognize once and for all that no government has ever had rightful jurisdiction over natural resources that are both essential and unique. A rationale, science-based assessment of Cannabis agriculture is happening all over the world, reversing public attitudes toward both industrial hemp agriculture and ‘marijuana’ cultivation.

The true costs and incredible harms being created by a failed “drug war” linger on in this tax against people who are shamelessly preyed upon by state and federal governments. Revenue raising by voracious “drug war dinosaurs” targets people who are already struggling with illnesses, ranging from cancer and chronic pain to multiple sclerosis and clinical depression. Most are on fixed incomes.

Increased fees blatantly reward unaccountable public servants; the economics of punishment churns through our natural born rights and hard-won freedoms; the global environment suffers and world economies crumble.

How bad do things have to get before all solutions are considered? Every generation is responsible for reclaiming the rights that previous generations have sacrificed so much more than most of us can comprehend. The so-called “drug war,” hypocritical and selective as it is, has imposed the economics of scarcity, a violent black market, food insecurity and epidemic malnutrition on the world.

Because of ‘marijuana’ prohibition, all Cannabis agriculture is foolishly and tragically forbidden. Where’s the “free-market” economics in that? What an insult to our ancestors, rendering their sacrifices obsolete and pointless.

All those interested in the process of “essential civilian demand,” for reclaiming our freedom to farm “every herb bearing seed” are encouraged to attend or otherwise support strong community participation in the November 18th meeting.

For peace,

Paul von Hartmann
California Cannabis Ministry