Friday, February 27, 2009

Why Cannabis can never be truly illegal.

Unique and essential natural resources have never been within the rightful jurisdiction of the court. This law [to tax medical marijuana] would concede rightful jurisdiction. Better to end the income tax, tax the hell out of non-essential commodities and save a bundle by eliminating a dysfunctional bureaucracy.

The world’s most ancient, nutritious, useful, safely therapeutic, potentially abundant, globally available, agronomically and ecologically beneficial organic crop, Cannabis was federally recognized as a “strategic food resource” in Executive Order 12919 signed by President Clinton in 1994. When realistically assessed without prejudice, Cannabis agriculture, manufacture, trade and consumption could in fact prove critical to sustainable human existence.

The contradiction inherent in a strategic resource being concurrently classified a Schedule I drug erodes the credibility of government and threatens national security. Since political corruption is one of the known, predictable outcomes of prohibition, it is important to recognize that there must be a point at which corrupted governance reveals extreme dysfunction that ceases to command respect.

Prolonged prohibition of Cannabis agriculture has resulted in systemic imbalance, effecting the integrity of the Earth’s environment, global economics, human health and social evolution. To resolve compounded crises threatening humankind with extinction in the 21st Century, the true value of Cannabis agriculture must be thoroughly and accurately reassessed as soon as possible.

Because it produces the only common seed containing three essential fatty acids (EFAs), Cannabis is nutritionally unique and essential. Cannabis seed is also the best available source of organic vegetable protein, with nutritionally significant amounts of all the essential amino acids. Inducing scarcity of essential resources extends the jurisdiction of law beyond the moral accountability of government and is the on-going cause of global food insecurity and epidemic malnutrition. Until food insecurity and malnutrition are recognized as endemic to current drug policy, there will be no chance for resolving any of these issues.

Essential for normal physical and mental development in infants and young children, EFAs are recognized as critically important for optimum health, from conception until death. Because of the misguided social prejudice against ‘marijuana,’ resulting from seven decades of “drug war” propaganda, the vast majority of people on Earth are tragically unaware of the enormous significance of Cannabis seed nutrition.

Cannabis agriculture and manufacture may also be a key elements in the most available and proportionate global strategy for mitigating climate change. Particular urgency exists for examining the potential of Cannabis agriculture for production of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) called “monoterpenes,” to effect radiative forcing.

Cannabis is extraordinary in producing 58 monoterpenes that reflect solar radiation away from the planet and seed cloud formation. Cannabis agriculture has unique potential for reducing both global warming and increasing UV-B radiation. “Global broiling” by UV-B has been implicated in genetic mutation, immune system suppression, and stunted growth in amphibians and other indicator species.

Cannabis is additionally remarkable in being the only globally adaptable crop that produces both food and fuel from the same harvest. This makes hemp a critical resource for ending mankind’s addiction to fossil fuels without adversely impacting food security.

Expansion of the arable base using hemp as a pioneer crop could significantly increase the carbon sequestration capacity of agricultural lands, decrease chemical contamination of air, water and soils and increase the mitigation potential of the world’s most beneficial rotational crop.

An accurate review of Cannabis will establish that the human right to farm essential agricultural resources is protected by several Constitutional Amendments, including the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Because all herbs are God-given, the freedom to farm “every herb bearing seed” is the first test of religious freedom.