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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 12:48 pm    Post subject: Industrial hemp for the world's ills? Reply with quote

Yay! Brother Paul von Hartmann in the news! Very Happy

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Industrial hemp for the world's ills?

By Paul Boerger
Published: Wednesday, May 9, 2007

When Paul Von Hartman talks about hemp, he is not speaking of getting high. What Hartman is referring to is industrial hemp, which he claims is one of the most valuable resources on the planet, capable of easing everything from global warming to malnutrition.

Hartman made a presentation at the Stage Door in Mount Shasta April 3 to a full house.

Hemp is illegal in the United States for any purpose, being classified with marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug along with heroin and crack cocaine.


As part of his work with the California Cannabis Ministry, Hartman said he creates “sanctuaries” where he claims hemp should be immune from federal law.

He is also aligned with Project PEACE (Planet Ecology Advancing Conscious Economics), whose primary mission “is to help heal fundamental imbalances being induced by prohibition of the world's most useful organic agricultural resource, Cannabis, a.k.a. hemp.”

Hemp is differentiated from marijuana in that the plant has low levels of THC, the intoxicating substance in marijuana, grows with more stalk and less leaves, and can be harvested for a variety of industrial purposes.



“Hemp is below .03 percent THC,” Hartman said. “There is no narcotic effect.”

The film, “Hemp and the Rule of Law,” was shown at the Stage Door, detailing the history of hemp in the United States, from its value as a major crop in early American history to its classification as a narcotic in the 1930s.

Hartman and the film claim hemp can be used to make medicines, paper, biodiesel fuel, biodegradable plastic, building materials, nutrition supplements, cloth and high protein flour.



The film depicts earlier eras during which hemp was a required crop in colonial times, was used for cordage in World War II, and was used by Henry Ford to make car bodies.

The film shows modern farmers petitioning the federal government to allow them to grow hemp as a valuable cash crop, a request the federal Drug Enforcement Agency continually denies.

Farmers claim hemp is good for the fields as a rotational crop with soy and corn, providing needed nutrients to the soil and being sold for a profit for its many uses. Farmers also claim hemp requires virtually no pesticides or herbicides to grow.



Hartman says the hysteria over marijuana has wrongly halted hemp production and that it should be removed from the drug classification. He claims the United States is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not take advantage of hemp, citing the example of Mercedes Benz, which makes 35 percent of its car bodies out of hemp.

Hartman said hemp-based biodiesel fuel produces few carbon emission, takes far less fossil fuel to grow and sequesters high amounts of carbon as it grows.

He said, “You've seen ‘Inconvenient Truth,' I call hemp the convenient solution. Cannabis can help global warming.”



Hartman and Project PEACE say hemp is unparalleled as a food, having the highest protein content of any vegetable while being the only plant that contains all of the essential fatty acids necessary for good health.

Calling for the legalization of cannabis, Hartman said, “We have entire economic systems based around prohibition with prisons, prison guards and police. Hemp is a critically determinant resource.”

For more information, visit the Project PEACE website at www.webspawner.com/users/projectpeace.

Hartman's website is at www.californiacannabisministry.blogspot.com.

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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TY Ferre. I have always agreed with Cannabis being for the healing of the nations.
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