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Hemp.com letter to President Obama

Dear President Obama,

In January I received an email from you after your State of the Union address, as did millions of Americans.

Reading this, I was struck by five of your statements which I believe bear repeating:

1. “It is a future that is ours to decide, ours to define, and ours to win.

2. “We see an economy growing again.”

3. “Overcoming the challenges we face today requires a new vision for

tomorrow.”

4. “Moving forward, America’s economic growth at home is inextricably

connected to our competitiveness in the global community. The more

products American companies can export, the more jobs we can create at

home.”

5. “This vision for the future starts with innovation, tapping into the creativity

and imagination of our people to create the jobs and industries of the

future.”

The last two statements especially resonated with me where you mention the importance of creating innovative new products and utilizing our citizens to create “jobs and industries of the future.”

Mr. President if we want to stay competitive, to offer something to the world, and to provide a better life for the men, women and children of our nation – it is imperative that the federal government remove existing barriers and allow US farmers to once again grow Industrial Hemp.

More hemp is imported to the United States then any other country in the world – yet the United States Federal Government continues to prohibit its cultivation even though 20 states have introduced legislation that would allow Farmers to grow industrial hemp.

There are over 30 countries, including Canada, Great Britain, Spain, France, Germany, Romania and China (which is the world’s leading producer of hemp) that currently grow or have moved towards growing hemp as an agricultural/Industrial crop.

How are we supposed to compete with other countries if we cannot even grow the same commodities as they do? How do we step into the future with you when we are shackled with laws that prohibit new industries to grow?

In 2009 we imported roughly $340 Million worth of Hemp products into the United States. That is $340 Million that could have gone back into our economy, back into the pockets of the very people that you are asking to help build our nation.

$340 Million in terms of the economy is not that much, however the potential for growth is staggering.

According to Nathan Armstrong, President of Motive Industries Inc.,

“Out of the total Bio-Mass on Earth that is available, only 3.5% is actually used. And from that 3.5%, 70% is gone to make food and 2.5% is used to make plastics and chemicals.  In terms of wealth about $400 Billion is generated out of the food side and about $400 Billion generated out of the plastics and chemicals side. So the potential for bio-materials in the market place is absolutely enormous.”

 

The modern hemp industry is extremely new. It has only been within the past 10-15 years that most countries have allowed their farmers to grow this plant. Innovation has been slow. Research has been slow.

That is up until now.

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10 comments

  1. Sir

    I commend you for your vision and courage in promoting the benefits of the hemp plant. I sincerely hope that people, not governments, become aware of the benefits of hemp and take back their right to grow this plant.

    All the best to you

    Jimmy

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  2. Thanks Jimmy. Much appreciated. Make sure you go to Votehemp.com and send a letter!

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  3. Just freaking Awesome Josh!
    Sent it out to all of our members at the Michigan Industrial Hemp Education and Marketing Project.
    I did the Vote Hemp action a couple of weeks ago.
    Got a reply from my Senator today.
    Same response I have been getting for years.
    “will keep your views in mind” bla bla bla.
    I’m sure you know the drill.
    Doesn’t mean we should stop trying though.
    If we do nothing that is what we get in return… nothing.

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  4. Keep up the good fight Everett!!

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  5. Way to go Josh!! It’s about time somebody does this!!

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  6. Hey Josh, very good letter, I only found one mistake, a b missing up by the fiber and about car bodies…in being. You should have this set up like the National Protection Agency does, they have you put in your information and then it gets sent to the person responsible, in this case each person can send it on to the President so it floods his in box with them.

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  7. The letter is a work of art…and and plea for action.

    W

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  8. Super letter.

    Note: The THC content of hemp is approx .05%-1%. Not 3% as stated above.

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  9. Your letter is indeed a work of art! Thank you so much for writing it, and expressing yourself so well. Industrial Hemp has so many non-toxic answers for our health and our economy. I will continue to share this. I hope you print it out on hemp paper so that this wonderful letter survives the tests of time.

    Hemp Hemp Hooray!

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  10. I agree with you whole heartedly and wish we could band together and get the word out to every American so we can overcome all of the lies that have been put out there. We here in Idaho should be growing Hemp and enjoying all of the benefits it could bring to us. Keep up the good work.

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