Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter 1 Share on Facebook 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend (2 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   11 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

Legalize Growing Hemp to Improve U.S. Economy

      (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Well Said 4   Must Read 3   Valuable 3  
View Ratings | Rate It Headlined to H4 2/22/13

- Advertisement -

Have you ever wondered why the United States industries and people can not grow and harvest hemp? What's the big deal about this plant and prohibition against it? The reasons range from industrial competition to blatant prejudice and it's "high time" to change our feeling towards a plant that can literally change our economy and lift those up who are struggling against the prison industrial system and lack of jobs.

William Randolph Hurst was an American newspaper publisher who built one of the largest newspaper chains in the country, from the San Francisco Journal to the New York Journal. But he used his power in journalism to launch an extensive campaign against hemp with a vengeance and a monopoly of timber acreage for his newspapers. Hurst had lots of help in destroying the hemp industry. Starting with  Henry J. Anslinger, who was the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, to  Lammont Dupont, who developed ways to develop ways to extract fuel and synthetics from wood pulp and patented it.The assault on growing hemp was in full swing. and with the FBI's help, these 3 powerful men lobbied successfully against hemp. After alcohol Prohibition ended in 1933, Anslinger and the FBI then turned their assault to hemp and any products that come from it. 

There was also a dark side to their "demonizing" hemp and that was to go after the African- American population. William Hurst used his newspaper print, along with the county's  immense prejudice toward blacks and immigrants by printing outlandish stories of "crazed" negroes under marijuana's influence-assaulting and raping white women, or lazy-immigrants (mostly Mexicans) smoking pot and thus the term was coined "reefer madness" which has stuck throughout the centuries , including today, 2013.

- Advertisement -
But that was then and this is now. So what is the hold-up in growing hemp now? George Washington, Thomas Jefferson to name a few, grew acres of hemp and it's uses ranged from making ropes to clothing and bedding to medicinal uses. Our country was founded on the cultivation of hemp and it is time to open up the books again to it's great uses. This country is at a stand-still right now, with lay-offs, GMO foods being produced, and massive amounts of our brothers and sisters incarcerated for growing, smoking or selling marijuana. We can invent new ways to use hemp, and bring back some old uses too to create needed jobs for farmers, jobs for industry, jobs for our young who are struggling to find work, etc. We are the ONLY industrialized country that does not grow hemp and that is the travesty of it all. 

Many states now are considering other ways to bring jobs back to their states and boost state revenues. Viola-even states like Kentucky of all places, where the coal industry has lapsed and farmers are struggling. Now eight states have legislation in congress to be allowed to grow hemp.States like Colorado, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Vermont, Washington (my state) and West Virginia. With the passage of HR 525 (Industrial Hemp Farming Act 2013) along with the Senate bill 359, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp, we could be well on our way to digging ourselves out of this huge hole we are in right now-no jobs-no future. 

For more info on marijuana or hemp legislation-please go to for daily updates across the country and state by state.
- Advertisement - ;


I grew up in a very religious Jewish home and am a daughter of a retired Rabbi. I feel that religion does not work for me anymore and feel that is is more of a divider than a uniter. Very easy to get along with. Married over 30 years to the same (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -
Google Content Matches:

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Legalize Growing Hemp to Improve U.S. Economy


The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
6 people are discussing this page, with 11 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

I would like to see a real discussion about growin... by Deborah Dills on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 10:13:48 AM
There are nearly two thousand industrial uses of i... by Michael Germain on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 10:19:36 AM
things might be a lot better.  See what some ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 12:03:20 PM
I love hemp clothing, string, and rope. It's the b... by Tommy Wright on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 12:54:55 PM
As I had posted above, many states are taking the ... by Deborah Dills on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 5:35:53 PM
Hemp is one of those crops that due to lobbying pr... by Nelson Robison on Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 1:11:58 AM
I am hopeful that this new legislation before Cong... by Deborah Dills on Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 2:48:47 AM
is Kenaf, like hemp, kenaf has tremendous potentia... by Tommy Wright on Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 7:00:46 AM
Kenaf is legal to grow in the US, and there is som... by Tommy Wright on Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 7:02:28 AM
I recall reading, years ago, that the du Pont fami... by Amy Schreiner on Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 10:13:51 PM
All three-Randolph Hurst,   Henry J. Anslinge... by Deborah Dills on Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 at 2:24:28 AM