Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Broadening the definition of "medical marijuana" to include hemp seed nutrition.

I challenge President Obama, Governor Schwarzenegger, et al to sign an Executive Order recognizing hemp as a "strategic food resource" (as did Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon and Clinton); and to identify Cannabis as the world's most completely nutritious, globally available, environmentally beneficial, and industrially useful rotational crop; in time for "essential civilian demand" being presented this May in Sacramento; and an intensive planting in every state of the Union, in Spring of 2010.

I further challenge the medical marijuana community to broaden the definition of "medical marijuana" to include the unique and essential nutritional therapeutic benefits of fresh, fertile Cannabis seed (both "industrial" hemp [sic] and 'marijuana').

I further strongly recommend that a ban on genetic modification of hemp be stipulated, and and self-regulation of Cannabis farming be entrusted to the farmers, through the National Grange and the National Farmer's Union.

The best medicine is the one that keeps you from getting sick in the first place. Our freedom to farm "every plant bearing seed" is the first test of religious freedom." Drugs don't make seeds, plants do.

Def: "nutraceutical"
Hemp seed nutrition explained

Friday, March 26, 2010

Global Leadership for Climate Action

The Global Leadership for Climate Action
Dr. Yasemin Biro
Senior Policy Advisor
Energy and Climate
United Nations Foundation

Silvia Pescador
Club of Madrid

Dear Dr. Biro and Ms. Pescador,

I am writing to invite your consideration of the potential for a biogenic, agricultural strategy for climate change mitigation. Radiative forcing, using low-THC, industrial strains of Cannabis hemp, could produce a steady concentration of atmospheric "monoterpenes" while sequestering a ton of carbon per acre per growing season.

I would be interested to know your thoughts on this theory and invite the UN and Club of Madrid to initiate agricultural research projects to determine the radiative forcing, agricultural conversion potential, concurrent with determination of the organic protein and fuel production profile of Cannabis agriculture.

The Global Leadership for Climate Action

As solutions become obvious

The economics of punishment are reaching their inevitable inertial extreme in the economics of extinction. Unless the dominance of the current values paradigm is replaced with something that works in better harmony with the Natural Order, soon, the window of opportunity (that may or may not still remain open) will very quickly close.

Time is the limiting factor in the equation of survival. If growing hemp is a good thing to do, then it would be better to start doing it sooner than later. Spring is approaching quickly. The rationale for planting has achieved its inevitable critical urgency. "Essential civilian demand" for an unique and essential "strategic food resource" is entirely justified.

To delay the exercise of essential civilian demand for hemp risks wasting another growing season, another season of carbon sequestration and oxygen production, organic conversion and development of "Gaiatherapeutic industries", defined by net positive environmental benefit.

The bees are continuing to die and no one knows why...

Perhaps it would be wise to stop doing everything that could possibly be harming the environment.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

What Ike thought...

Here's what Ike had to say in his remarks to the National 4-H Conference.
June 19, 1958...when I was Rio's age, just about to turn three...

"You 4-H-ers are young. You have not yet acquired so many of the prejudices, the emotional antagonisms that so often prevail in people of my age. It is very hard to get rid of these things. You people are meeting others of your own age in other lands, of other religions, of other races, other colors. But of what importance it is if you are struggling for the same great ideals, principles, aspirations that they are and how helpful we could be to them. Then we would be talking not only from the brain to the brain on the way you can raise more corn or cotton or wheat or hemp, but you would be talking from the heart to the heart. Then there would be, coming directly, better understanding among ourselves, a greater elimination of prejudice and these mutual antagonisms, a relief from the burdens of armament, a use of our resources for the better development of our human resources, and in the long last, better promise of universal, just peace."

Remarks to the National 4-H Conference.
June 19, 1958


"The tin used in canning our food, the columbite and the cobalt that are needed in the manufacture of high alloys, the manganese that goes into our American steel, the hemp for our ropes and hawsers, all of these come, almost exclusively, from foreign markets.

"This dependence of our industry is certain to increase as the tempo of our industry increases. It highlights the most compelling practical reason why we must have friends in the world. We know that nations of hostile intent would not trade. with us except as it suited their own convenience. And this means that hostile rule of areas supplying us essential imports would place the American production line at the mercy of those who hope for its destruction."

Address in New Orleans at the Ceremony Marking the 150th Anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase
October 17, 1953

Cannabis isn't illegal, it's essential to national security.

Six American Presidents have signed Executive Orders identifying hemp as a "strategic food resource"--

1. December 5, 1942 Franklin D. Roosevelt Executive Order 9280 Delegating Authority Over the Food Program

3. September 9, 1950 Harry S. Truman Executive Order 10161 - Delegating Certain Functions of the President Under the Defense Production Act of 1950

4. August 14, 1953 Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Order 10480--Further providing for the administration of the defense mobilization program

5. February 16, 1962 John F. Kennedy Executive Order 10998 Assigning Emergency Preparedness Functions To The Secretary Of Agriculture

6. October 28, 1969 Richard Nixon Executive Order 11490 - Assigning Emergency Preparedness Functions to Federal Departments and Agencies

June 3, 1994 William J. Clinton Executive Order 12919 - National Defense Industrial Resources Preparedness

" The term "food" shall mean all commodities and products, simple, mixed, or compound, or complements to such commodities or products, that are capable of being eaten or drunk by either human beings or animals, irrespective of other uses to which such commodities or products may be put, at all stages of processing from the raw commodity to the products thereof in vendible form for immediate human or animal consumption. For the purposes of this Executive order the term "food" shall also include all starches, sugars, vegetable and animal fats and oils, cotton, tobacco, wool, mohair, hemp, flax fiber, and naval stores, but shall not include any such material after it loses its identity as an agricultural commodity or agricultural product."

To find these listed together, enter "hemp" in the first search box, and "executive order" in the second after choosing "and" from the menu on the lower left.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

"Essential Civilian Demand" due diligence

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.

Honorable Gentlemen,

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"
From Wikipedia

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 for the latest on essential civilian demand at the Capitol in May.


Thank you for your time and consideration.

Best wishes,

Paul J. von Hartmann
California Cannabis Ministry

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Local hemp advocate petitions to address Attorney General - Mount Shasta, CA - Mount Shasta Herald

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Miracle of the Seed

It falls upon the ground and life begins where there was no life before. It is the most common miracle there is. Common though it may be, the beginning of life is a miracle nonetheless.

Today is March 20th, the vernal equinox of 2010. Another Spring planting season has arrived. The miracle of the seed is happening.

Give thanks to the Great YouNameIt.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Heirloom tomato seeds planted February 17th

An evolving vision of "Hemp is Our Legacy Week" May 17-23, 2010

The character and effectiveness of "Hemp is Our Legacy Week" in Sacramento, California will depend on the ability to raise funding and other kinds of practical support. Ideally, a week-long series of wheel-chair accessible events will begin with multiple screenings of "Hemp for Victory", "Hemp and the Rule of Law" and other hemp-specific documentary films, on public access and other interested television media serving the Sacramento region and the State.

Films that present an objective, comprehensive, accurate valuation of the Cannabis plant are being selected for education of the general public. Talk radio programs, television news and internet media sites will also be invited to introduce the true value of the Cannabis plant in a clear, credible and understandable way.

Speaking events will include multi-media presentations to as many colleges, civic groups, activist meetings and public meetings as a can be arranged. Musical events and street theater will be included to celebrate the history and legacy of Cannabis agriculture, nutrition, manufacture and trade.

If possible, seminars and demonstrations of agricultural techniques will be conducted to introduce the practical aspects of growing hemp for food, fiber, fuel, etc. Wheelchair gardening techniques will also be introduced to help people with disabilities learn how to grow the freshest, most fertile, organic hemp to produce their own healing nutrition.

Publicity for the week will be generated through posters, fliers and "business card"-sized displays will be distributed to merchants and on bulletin boards throughout the Sacramento region and Northern California.

On Sunday, May 23rd, a public demonstration of responsibility for the truth about the true value of Cannabis will be held on the steps of the State Capitol Building in Sacramento. A formal challenge of rightful jurisdiction over natural resources both essential and unique will be sent by registered mail to California's Governor and Attorney General as part of the protocol for exercising "essential civilian demand" for the freedom to farm industrial hemp.

"Misprision of treason" for failing to act in the interest of national security will be cited as a legal consequence of refusing to recognize hemp as a "strategic food resource." Because hemp has been identified by six American Presidents as critical to national security in six Executive Orders there is significant historical precedent for reintroducing hemp agriculture to the free market economy.

Reclaiming the ancient, legitimate spiritual dimensions of agriculture with specific reference to "every herb bearing seed" introduces "freedom of religion" as a potent legal argument, protecting our "freedom to farm" secured by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Throughout the week, the court of public opinion will be referenced as the ultimate authority in a free society. Since the present, insolvent, dysfunctional, corporately corrupted, successive dominant political regimes have persistently refused to recognize the known value of Cannabis, it does not serve to encourage success of the hemp industry if it is taxed and regulated by the impacted bureaucracy that has suppressed the truth and opposed organic agricultural solutions for more than seventy years.

Freedom to farm is the first test of religious freedom.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Thinking Outside the Bong

Why a comprehensive rationale is needed to end Cannabis prohibition in Spring 2010

Decades of grassroots activism, public education and scientific research have failed to end Cannabis prohibition in the United States and at the United Nations. There is obviously something broken in a system of governance that fails to acknowledge the true value of an uniquely essential, "strategic food resource."

Prolonged essential resource scarcity is threatening the world with sudden, unpredictable, unresolveable, synergistic collapse of environment, economics and social structures upon which we all depend for survival. Because 'time' is the limiting factor in the equation of survival, a comprehensive and conclusive analysis of Cannabis is urgently needed to end the prohibition of hemp in Spring 2010.

The most fundamentally destructive policy in human history, prohibition of the world's most nutritious and useful agricultural resource has imposed essential resource scarcity, banned research and impeded public awareness of critically important nutritional information for more than seventy years. Inflicting imbalance at every level of our existence, the prohibition of Cannabis -- both low-THC "industrial" hemp and high-THC 'marijuana' -- has engendered crises that can best be addressed by a simple shift in values.

Reconnecting agriculture to ancient spiritual dimension of proportionate gratitude for the succession of miraculous events that result in an abundant harvest, affords the Constitutional freedom to farm "every herb bearing seed" under protection of the First Amendment. Giving thanks for the true value of Cannabis in a meaningful way, demonstrates respect for Nature and the processes that our present system of values is antagonistic toward.

Attacking the Natural Order as we have done and continue to do is self-defeating and unnecessary. There are resources and sustainable methods of agriculture that can provide what we need to live, without damaging the operating systems of the Earth. Shift our perception of Cannabis value will do more to afford balance in environment, economics and social evolution than any other single change in policy that we could make. Affordable, timely, and urgently needed, ending Cannabis prohibition must be recognized a s a global priority, followed by intensive, widespread organic cultivation, without crippling government regulation.

Since American farmers are still hobbled by hemp prohibition, it can be concluded that intimidated reasoning which fragments understanding of Cannabis value, rather than clarifying it, hasn't worked. A few years ago, concerns about "confusing the public with information" may (or may not) have been a legitimate concern, though undoubtably insulting to people's intelligence. In the current state of increasing public awareness about hemp seed nutrition and industry, we only perpetuate the stigma against hemp by accommodating a disingenuous, limited conversation.

Perhaps the most obvious impacted lie resulting from divisive attitudes toward Cannabis, has been to allow law enforcement/prohibitionists to perpetuate the myth that industrial hemp is difficult to distinguish from marijuana. This is simply not true.

Hemp is sown four inches apart over vast expanses of farm land; grows a single, unbranched stem 12-18 feet tall; and the single hemp bud is either covered with seeds or kicking out copious quantities of pollen from the male flowers growing among the female plants.

This lie is all that prevent you and I from feeding our families the freshest, fertile hemp seed possible from our gardens. Sterilized hemp seed has begun the process of oxidization, making health-building "cis-fatty acids" into toxic "trans-fatty acids." What power on Earth has the right to sabotage our well-being and our basic human right to eat, at such a fundamental level? Inducing scarcity of essential nutrition is far beyond the accountability of any court.

If put to judgement in the court of informed public opinion, considering the opinion polls concerning both marijuana and industrial hemp, I think our "fearless leaders" would be faced with the choice of becoming political dinosaurs, or stepping into a 21st Century understanding without the hangover from the "Reefer Madness" of previous generations.

That the UNFAO fails to recognize an ancient source of complete nutrition as fit for human consumption is the result of failing to distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana. 950 million people go to bed hungry every night. One in six people on Earth are malnourished. One in three dies of cancer. How bad do things have to get before the UN is held accountable for the true value of hemp seed?

Cannabis is also the only crop on Earth that produces both fuel and a complete food from the same harvest. This eliminates the argument against agricultural production of biofuels causing food insecurity. Regional production of hemp biofuels and would dramatically decrease fuel costs, enable efficient regional energy production/consumption, increase food security and improve nutrition.

Failing to acknowledge differences between low-THC hemp and marijuana obviates consideration of cross-pollination between low- and high-THC strains as the most effective strategy for discouraging pot plantations in wilderness areas.

A week-long series of educational events and media, culminating in a formal challenge of rightful jurisdiction will be backed-up with a non-violent demonstration of civil disobedience. Planting industrial hemp on the steps of the State Capitol building in Sacramento (as I did with the help of the Sacramento Green Party for Earth Day 1993) will provide a forum for people's legitimate questions and concerns to be responsibly addressed, while punctuating the end of hemp prohibition by formal public exercise of essential civilian demand.

The Attorney General of California, Jerry Brown has been notified (by registered mail) that it is criminally negligent to ignore the true value of hemp, considering the threat to national security imposed by present Cannabis policy. It is in fact a "misprision of treason" to fail to act in ending prohibition of a known "strategic resource" value in the context of the national and global crises we face.

Accepting an artificial, impotent, pigeon-hole approach to discussing Cannabis agriculture, manufacture and trade, rather than a realistic, comprehensive evaluation of Cannabis policies, will only perpetuate confusion and increase the dysfunction afflicting our world and threatening our children's future. Considering Cannabis in relation to climate change mitigation, food security, health, ecology, economics, and other major facets effecting our lives is perhaps the most direct route for getting from where we are to where we need to be to avoid extinction.

An iron-clad Constitutional legal strategy is currently in force that secures agricultural exercise of religious freedom. I will try to raise funding through a public speaking tour that begins at Humboldt State University in April 2010. Your help in sponsoring "Hemp is Our Legacy Week" could mean the difference between a conclusive, broad-based grassroots action and just another exercise of our "freedom to complain.

Timely Cannabis policy reform depends more than ever on practical support and encouragement from those who recognize the strength in persisting in a comprehensive, objective, science-based rationale. Please do what you can to help me help you help everyone.