It is our patriotic duty to honor our Founding Heroes, America's greatest hemp growers.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison -- virtually all Revolutionary Americans who had access to land -- embraced hemp's critical role in our early economy.
Accordingly, they raised it in mass quantities.
We must now honor them by demanding its immediate legalization, to save our economy and our ecology.
For rope, for paper, for clothing, for food, for fuel, this miracle plant has been a critical crop for cash and survival for 6,000 years, since the onset of ancient China.
Today it is a multi-billion-dollar product there and in Germany and Canada, among other major economies.
There is no rational reason for hemp to be illegal. Some law enforcement "experts" say it resembles marijuana, and therefore must be banned.
What are they smoking? Certainly not hemp, which gives its imbibers little more than a splitting headache and a nasty cough.
Today, marijuana is the largest cash crop in many states and regions of the United States. A billion dollars-worth of it was purchased under medical auspices last year in California alone. Properly taxed, its users freed from our overcrowded prisons, pot's legalization could offer a giant step out of our financial morass.
But as an agricultural staple, marijuana pales alongside hemp. This miracle weed returns on its own year after year, requiring no pesticides, herbicides or special fertilizers. It is hardy, fast-growing and supremely productive.
A single hemp plant can provide the basis for very high-quality rope, sails for ships, cloth for clothing, paper for documents, seeds for food and oil, the cellulosic base for ethanol, and much more. It is the feed of choice for untold numbers of birds and land animals. It can be the basis for innumerable stressed eco-systems where it survives and thrives with virtually no human input.
As a staple spread across the Great Plains and through the rest of America's battered farmland, it could help restore our shattered crop base and our devastated rural economy.
Presidents Washington and Jefferson -- both of them extremely advanced agronomists -- cataloged their techniques for growing hemp at great length. They would simply not comprehend the concept -- let alone the reality -- that hemp might be illegal.
Early drafts of both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written on sturdy paper made of hemp.
Now, more than ever, we need the essence of both the documents and the crop.
Save Our Planet! Stimulate Our Economy!
Honor our Founders! Be a Patriot! Legalize Hemp Now!
-- Thomas Paine