I frequently say that the founding fathers of America would probably start a revolution again today, given the chance. Our country is heading closer every day to the realm of tyranny that our fore-bearers fought and died fighting against. You can’t record a police officer in some states. The Federal Government has completely disemboweled the 10th Amendment. Our politicians are corrupted and have made a career out of being a corrupted politician. The people have no say.
Not to mention one of their favorite crops is now illegal.
The Founding Fathers of the United States of America saw good promise in hemp and some even farmed it themselves. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington both grew hemp, and Benjamin Franklin owned one of America’s first paper mills that produced durable and long-lasting hemp paper that was to play a crucial role in the founding of a new nation. Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper, and other Founding documents written on hemp include Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”, the Articles of Confederation, the Federalist (and Anti-Federalist) Papers, and the United States Constitution.
Read that line again. The one about Franklin and the paper mill. Here, I’ll bold it to put a little ‘oomph’ on my point. ‘Thomas Jefferson and George Washington both grew hemp, and Benjamin Franklin owned one of America’s first paper mills that produced durable and long-lasting hemp paper that was to play a crucial role in the founding of a new nation’.
Maybe it’s a stretch to say without cannabis America wouldn’t exist as a country, but then again, maybe not. Communication is important in any war and since this was back in the day, you needed paper to communicate your beliefs. What better paper than hemp? I also think it’s fair to say that without the documents listed above, there would be no republic. Again, what kind of paper was the Constitution written on?
Moving forward. Our heroes of our past also were freedom lovers. They loved being free enough to start a Revolution and violently break away from old Mother England. The even tried to stick these freedoms in our Constitution. As Patrick Henry said:
‘Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!’
I am aware that I am taking that quote out of context as he was talking about fighting the British, but the general feeling remains the same. Patrick Henry, among many others of that era, would rather die than live by England’s tyrannical rule. I can almost promise that if Old Mother England had the same laws on marijuana/hemp that we do today back then, then they would have revolted over that. Our founding fathers believed that one should have the freedom to generally do what they want with minimal government interference.
The gist of what I’m saying is this. Hemp is versatile and our American Heroes knew it. So why is hemp still illegal?
And we better do something about it before the founding fathers get pissed off enough to start the Zombie American Revolution.