The solution to our economic crisis is not to borrow against our children's future. This transition from the Industrial to the Information Age can be smooth if we will just let hemp help us solve our problems. From global warming, to a food and medicine source, hemp can help in so many ways.
Global warming, toxic medicine and materials, economic collapse can all be traced back to the attempted elimination of hemp. This simple plant could turn our economy around in a heartbeat.
Every home would have an opportunity to participate in this new, green economy where a plant is grown and processed in small companies and made into safe, useful products.
Small business communities could spring up creating income for all participating from the growers to the processers to the manufacturers, through the retail/e-conomy system and finally generating a generous tax revenue. This system could quickly replace the high unemployment and tight credit markets we are in.
A 20% recreational hemp tax would create a substantal cash flow for the people to use to solve our problems and help those affected by poor government policies like Katrina response, 9/11, war for oil, failing schools, money for healing, etc.
Here's a paper written almost 20 years ago that explains how we can use hemp to help us save ourselves from the evil and stupidity that's been in charge for way to long. Osburn talks about the way forward. The entire paper is posted: TOWARDS A GREEN ECONOMY , by Lynn Osburn
"The Bush (I) Administration's plan is futile as long as fossil fuels remain America's major energy resource. And at the rate forests are being cut down to make the paper our society is wrapped up in, a billion saplings a year will barely compensate for that loss in CO 2 absorption.
Wood happens to be the government's chief biomass candidate to replace the dwindling fossil fuel supply. Officials claim U.S. yearly energy consumption can be met by harvesting one third of the trees in the National Forests on a rotating basis coupled with more intensive silvaculture (tree farming) techniques. Estimated yearly biomass production in the National Forests is one ton per acre. [Progress in Biomass Conversion Vol. 1 Kyosti V. Sarkanen & David Tillman, editors]
"The Green Economy based on a hemp multi-industry complex will provide income for farmers in every state. Regions for each hemp agricultural industry application will be established through open free market competition. The historical and traditional hemp fiber growing areas in the eastern U.S. will re-emerge creating new jobs in an old industry. The economically devastated northern plains will see a boom as the nation's energy farming states. Medicinal and intoxicant grade hemp will be grown on less productive higher elevation lands. Mountainous areas have traditionally produced intoxicant quality hemp.
Ironically, the hemp medicine and intoxicant industry will generate the least amount of capital, though it is the target of prohibitionist "reefer" propaganda. The hemp seed oil and food resource industries, and the hemp textile and cellulose industries will develop thousands of new products generating tens of thousands of sustainable new jobs. Hemp energy farming will become the backbone of a trillion dollar a year non-polluting energy production industry. And the petroleum corporations need not fear this for their expertise, hardware and manpower are vital to turn the farmers' raw biomass into refined fuels.
These projections represent a tremendous boon to our flagging economy that can be realized as a by-product of saving our world from human induced biocide. If we as a society have the courage and determination to set upon this bold path to planetary restoration, we can, in our life times, leave a healthier world to our children; and a lifestyle based on renewable resources in a balanced ecosystem that our children can leave to their children for generations to come.
Burning fossil fuels is the major cause of the greenhouse effect. The forests of the world can reverse it, if the trees are allowed to grow.
Hemp is a renewable natural resource capable of providing biomass alternatives to fossil fuels. Hemp cellulose and fibers can supply the demand for all products derived from wood.
Renewable resources mean economic growth and stability:
Please share the article Toward A Green Future originally produced as a public service by: Access Unlimited P.O. Box 1900 Frazier Park, CA 93225 805/632-2644 A web search for "hemp economy" The paper is posted
For more information on how hemp can help us save ourselves please visit the USA Hemp Museum, a private museum with a virtual wing.