Mr. President it makes no sense – in fact, it is economically and environmentally illogical that Hemp is currently illegal to be grown here.
You are a smart man and I believe a rational one as well and we are a resourceful nation that has made amazing progress over the centuries.
But we have also made some mistakes. We allowed hemp to get lumped in with marijuana. We allowed our Government to lie to its citizens about the hazards of Hemp. In 2001 the DEA tried to make food containing the hemp seed Illegal – thankfully they failed. As a result of this manipulation US Citizens have collectively forgot how important hemp has been in the growth of America.
During World War II the Federal Government was so in need of hemp for the war effort that they created a film called Hemp For Victory and distributed it to farmers across the country.
After we won the war, hemp was made illegal again and the ignorance about its myriad of uses spread throughout the country.
We are a different nation than we were back then. We live in a different time.
We are faced with different enemies now and one of those enemies is ignorance.
The people of the United States will continue to suffer economically if this campaign of ignorance perpetrated by government organizations like the DEA, Law Enforcement and Politicians that have a vested interest in certain mainstream industry continues.
The United States will fall behind as other countries continue to make strides in hemp technology.
We will continue to import our hemp instead of growing, processing and creating new products to be exported.
We will give other countries more of our hard earned money.
And frankly, we will lose any chance to be an industry leader in this field.
In the words of Henry Ford – “Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?”
President Obama, I ask you to support and actively campaign for our country’s farmers to have the right to once again grow Industrial Hemp on our fertile soil.
I will leave you with two quotes: One from the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, who said, “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country.”
Those words still ring true today.
The second quote is from our forty-fourth President: ” It is a future that is ours to decide, ours to define, and ours to win….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.”
Mr. President, those are your words and I believe in them.
Our only hope as a nation, is if you believe in them too.
US Citizen and Senior Editor at hemp.com