Support HR Bill 5843

April 29, 2008

Representative Barney Frank (D – MA) has introduced a bill effectively ending the raiding of medical and recreational marijuana user’s homes by the federal government. This bill would also allow for the production of plastics, food, fuel and the replacement of petroleum based products with those made of industrial hemp, a non-psychoactive cousin of Cannabis Sativa.

This legislative move represents a great number of themes – states rights, personal rights of American citizens, and the refusal of our national government to permit industrial and medical use of a plant which has been described by Thomas Jefferson as being “…Of first necessity to the wealth and protection of a country.” ( http://www.hempcar.org/jefferson.shtml ) Instead of paying $4.00 per gallon and sending our hard earned money overseas, we could be growing our fuel domestically, thus keeping our money in the own country. Lumber companies also have great reason to lobby against it – One acre of hemp produces as much paper as 4 acres of trees. Hemp needs no pesticide, does not remove nutrients from the soil as other crops do, in addition to being remarkably fast – growing.

The matter of legalization is impeded by two things:

1) Intense lobbying by lumber, pharmaceutical and oil companies, whose products will be replaced by more effective and environmentally friendly hemp products and

2) A level of apathy and public ignorance of the benefits of industrial and medical use of hemp. Were the people of this nation informed as to the extortionist activities of the oil, lumber and pharmaceutical companies, they would not be able to act with the impunity with which they conduct themselves.

The issue is also a matter of federal – versus – state sovereignty with regards to the will of the people. Whereas many states have decriminalized marijuana, federal law continues to cling to ideas and assertions proven incorrect by science, which are in many cases detrimental to our overall national health.

Congressman Barney Frank summarized his views and validation for pushing this move in the following manner:

“I think it is poor law enforcement to keep on the books legislation that establishes as a crime something which in fact society does not seriously wish to prosecute. In my view, having federal law enforcement agents engaged in the prosecution of people who are personally using marijuana is a waste of scarce resources better used for serious crimes. In fact, this type of prosecution often meets with public disapproval. The most frequent recent examples have been federal prosecutions of individuals using marijuana for medical purposes in states that have voted – usually by public referenda – to allow such use. Because current federal law has been interpreted as superseding state law in this area, most states that have made medical use of marijuana legal have been unable to actually implement their laws.

“When doctors recommend the use of marijuana for their patients and states are willing to permit it, I think it’s wrong for the federal government to subject either the doctors or the patients to criminal prosecution. More broadly speaking, the norm in America is for the states to decide whether particular behaviors should be made criminal. To make the smoking of marijuana, whether for medical purposes or not, one of those extremely rare instances of federal crime – literally, to make a ‘federal case’ out of it – is wholly disproportionate to the activity involved. We do not have federal criminal prohibitions against drinking alcoholic beverages, and there are generally no criminal penalties for the use of tobacco at the state and federal levels for adults. There is no rational argument for treating marijuana so differently from these other substances.”

Write your congressmen – Help this issue to snowball. The will of the people must triumph over the environmentally destructive effects of petroleum and the economic stranglehold on our economy which the government executes and maintains.

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Henry Ford and Hemp, as fuel, building material.

If anyone would like informational materials, leave me a comment. There’s a wealth of information out there, and I’m happy to help others in this endeavor.

UPDATE: Tuesday, September 23, 2008:

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Comprehensive study finds no link between Marijuana use and Cancer

Dear Everyone,

February 22, 2008

Voting is a civic duty. That is, as a part of our social contract in a representative government, we are obligated to cast our votes in elections and referendums, driving forward our political machine in the direction that we as Americans feel is best expressive of our constitution, our principles, and our purpose in the world today. Voting is, in many countries, a privilege. In the United States, it is an unalienable right.
Along with such a right comes a responsibility to our country and to each other to make informed decisions based on solid, verified information and applied logic. To do this is to empower ourselves, not only politically, but in our daily lives as we strive to make decisions that will be beneficial to us and the people around us.
A society that is governed based on the will of the people cannot sustain itself without an educated populace. When a population begins to make its decisions based on the unsubstantiated opinions of others and ideals that are untrue to the founder’s visions for that country, its begins to deviate from it’s proven effective course, and it becomes a nation untrue to itself. As the newest generation of voters, we have the opportunity to forge this nation into a greater civilization than when first inherited it. The guiding light of American society is a devotion to equal representation, a desire to constantly improve ourselves, and the understanding that through education and hard work, prosperity is out of noones reach. Will there always be a lower and upper class? Yes. Will there always be political corruption? Yes. The sicknesses of government are inherent to human nature, and as long as America is led by humans, they are, unfortunately, here to stay. They do not, however, exist unchecked. So long as there is a desire to learn and those who are strong and courageous enough apply that knowledge to the decisions they make, we will, as a nation, remain strong.
In the coming election, I urge each and every one of us who would go to polls to research our candidates – Democrats, republicans and independents alike. It is essential to the health of a nation that the populace not to bind themselves to any one political party soley for the purpose of the advancement of that party. Our ideals and values must exist independent of any title or banner other than their own. Understand your candidate, and understand your candidates opponents. We must research and understand the purpose of government, so that our decisions will be a positive force in keeping our nation on track. Make your vote count, make your voice heard, and help build a greater country. For ourselves, for our parents, and for our children, we must ensure that our votes are not cast blindly, lest we lose credibility as the true leaders of this land.

Abortion

October 15, 2007

So we have the left and right embroiled in this great debate over abortion. Ever since Roe v. Wade, every candidate for nearly every political office is asked for their stance on abortion. The general opinions of each side seems to stem from a discrepancy over whether or not the process ends a human life. What is this thing we call a “life,” and how do some cling dogmatically to the belief that a fetus is certainly not “a life” (or possessing one) while at the same time other well-educated and intelligent people claim with the same vigor that a fetus certainly is.

1) A dictionary, we hope, can be counted on as a nonpartisan source of information. Dictionary.com defines life as “the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.”

Well, we all must agree, regardless of our political affiliation that by this definition a fetus is undeniably alive. Growth through metabolism? that’s why there’s an umbilical chord. Check. Reproduction? The tools lie dormant, but they’re present. Adaptation to environment? anyone who has ever felt a fetus kick through the wall of an expectant mother’s abdomen to reposition itself has seen that.

Verdict: By a dictionary definition, a fetus is living.

2) Biologically, the issue is clear as well – from the moment of conception, a child/fetus/baby is, one hundred percent genetically complete. (http://www.crosswayprc.org/content/facts.asp)

3) The following story was posted sunday, october third, 2007, at

http://www.tylerpaper.com/article/20071003/NEWS08/710030326

Emphasis added is my own.

Teen Charged As Adult In Unborn Baby Death

A 16-year-old has been charged as an adult for allegedly driving intoxicated and colliding into a pregnant mother’s car, killing her, her unborn baby boy and critically injuring her 6-year-old daughter. Jaime Arrellano, of Carthage, remains in the Smith County Jail on bonds totaling $2.5 million after being indicted on two counts of intoxicated manslaughter and one charge of intoxicated assault for the June 23 wreck.

A story expressing the same sentiment can be found here: http://www.jamestownsun.com/articles/index.cfm?id=55488

“GARRISON, N.D. (AP) — A woman here is accused of causing the death of her unborn child by overdosing on prescription drugs.”

These incidents are not at all isolated, and would appear to indicate that a child inside the womb is extended the same legal protection as a fully grown adult (obviously outside the womb.) So my question would be this: If John Doe shoots a pregnant mother, killing her and her child, he gets charged with a double homicide. If John Doe is a doctor performing an abortion, (ending the same life, albeit more precisely and profitably) he faces no criminal charges whatsoever. Does the legal protection of the unborn not extend into the delivery room?

In Cases of rape, incest, and when the mother’s life is endangered, however, I believe abortion should be permitted, but not in any other circumstances.