How A Marriage Between Capitalism and Idealism can Redeem Us From the Past

Ah, Bible toting, conservative anti-cannabis advocates. How do they justify their more than apparent hypocrisy, by other than claiming ignorance?

A man like Jeff Sessions,who cited the Bible as a justification for the incarceration of children, seems like the type of person who would find a way to deny Jesus himself wine during the prohibition, and perhaps even shut down his winery if he was around to have one.

I had a thought experiment the other day. What was the ultimate negative consequence of the hemp- and marijuana prohibition that happened in the 1930’s?

The catastrophic War On Drugs was a no brainer first response, but it went so infinitely deeper and wider than that.

The hemp prohibition started with our friend William Randolph Hearst, a paper mill owner and media mogul with heavy interest in the timber industry.

The paper from his timber business provided the paper for his newspapers, and the number one threat to both his timber business, and the supply of more than affordable wood based paper provided from him owning it, was, yes, you guessed it: hemp.

Which can yield four crops a year, in immense quantities, it can grow under pretty much any condition, in almost any kind of soil, effectively fertilises the soil it grows in, and provides more durable and better quality paper than that of wood. Unlike a tree, which can take up to 60 years to cultivate a single one,  and to repeat and elaborate on the previous sentence: is inferior to hemp in every industrial sense, regardless of what the product might be, other than perhaps planks.

But then again, hemp provides brick.

Then it was the case of Henry Ford, Dupont Oil and one Mr. Rockefeller.

In 1941, our buddy Henry made an automobile made from a blend of sisal, hemp and wheat straw cellulose fibres, making a  fibre plastic, which was lighter than steel, with ten times the impact strength, and which ran on hemp ethanol; a biofuel, made from the most sustainable, and one of the oldest crops man is known to have been cultivating, across a vast span of age, cultures and geographical locations.

Dupont and Rockefeller went to Ford, and said “Yo, Henry, we got this thing here… Oil. We refine it and get this thing called gasoline, it burns like nothing else. Use this stuff to gas up your engines instead, and we’ll all get paid”

So they did, and the rest is history.

Marijuana, which up until then was a known medicinal plant, sold in various pharmacies – and hemp, which would have become an industrial atomic bomb if utilised property, was put in the bin. – The oil industry saw it’s birth, and decades later, Planet Earth is suffocating.

What was the ultimate negative consequence of the hemp and marijuana ban? Man made climate change.

Ah, Bible toting, conservative anti-cannabis advocates. How do they justify their more than apparent hypocrisy, by other than claiming ignorance?

I want to encounter a bible toting conservative anti-cannabis advocate and ask him the following question: Do you accept the word of the bible, sir?

If the answer is yes:
The next question would be: “…every seed bearing plant, I give unto you” – Who said that, sir?

If this person is asked this question in this context, and tries to refute it, and still argues for prohibition, it makes little sense, as it is uttered by God himself.

– So who in the actual hell are YOU, to ban, outlaw and deny us God’s gift to man?

What could be the consequences of banning God’s creation, you ask? Well, it depends on your beliefs.

But hemp being banned, led to the rise of the oil industry, and and the oil industry led to the  slow, but steady destruction of earth, countless wars; because it is only found in abundance in certain parts of the world, and our grandchildren might not even live to see a planet with clean air because of it.

Is the state of the planet God’s wrath and retribution for banning his creation and gift to the creatures he moulded in his own image? Or is it just the chain of economic priorities  and events that led to us substituting a viable, renewable and practically emission-free fuel source for the sake of the greed of a few men?

Now we are facing the challenge of dealing with the consequences of the industry that arose from the ban, while re-legalizing a plant that can provide everything oil can, except jet- and rocket fuel, while dismantling said industry and use the resources it has provided to build an alternative that is already there to be built.

Will the greed of men be our undoing, or will the greed of men be what awakens their idealism? …Ka-ching ching ching, bro. Saving the world is the new “I’m gonna be famous” – kindness is the new cool – get on the wagon and get paid.

Do it for the right reasons, and you might actually achieve all four!

Will creating an industry from the plant that was banned to establish an industry that led to wealth for some, and nothing by death and destruction for most –  lead to it solving the problems caused by taking away a seed bearing plant that was given unto us?

Nah, I’m too realistic. But a true believer might not be…. Is it worth a shot, though?

I’ll just leave that question out there.


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