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Hemp, Cannabis and Marijuana: What’s the Difference?

D. Paul Stanford

Cannabis & hemp were renamed marijuana in the early part of the 20th Century in a misinformation campaign designed by and to benefit the petrochemical pharmaceutical military industrial transnational crony corporate elite ruling class

By D. Paul Stanford, Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp

Cannabis, hemp or marijuana is our oldest crop, sown for over 12,000 years (1), and may have been domesticated over 30,000 years ago. It produces more fuel, fiber, food and medicine than any other plant (2). The seeds of cannabis produce the most productive and nutritious vegetable oil and protein (3). Hemp produces more fiber, from its stems and stalks, than any other plant (4), and hemp fiber can be used to make paper, canvas, rope, lace, linen, building materials and more. Cannabis flowers and leaves also produce over 100 unique compounds known as cannabinoids that have many physical and psychological effects. (5)

RIP Paul Kantner: Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship Guitarist, Cannabis Activist

Paul Kantner & Jerry Garcia Share a Joint

By Paul Stanford, Hemp News

Today, Paul Kantner, a guitarist for the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, passed away. Paul Kantner was, among many things, a cannabis activist who inspired me. We quoted Kantner's landmark Hawaii Supreme Court case in our preamble to Oregon's 2012 Measure 80 initiative, the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act legislation. In Nov. 2012, OCTA obtained 47 percent of the vote with comparatively no funding but my own.

Kantner's Hawaii state Supreme Court case, along with John Sinclair's Michigan Supreme Court cases, were influential in the drafting of the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act.

The Hawaii Supreme Court flirted with the idea of striking down marijuana laws with the 1972 decision in which it upheld the statutes and affirmed the conviction of Paul Kantner for marijuana possession during a visit on October 18, 1969. But the vote was 3-2.

Two justices said they believed an implicit right of privacy established in the state constitution permits one to smoke marijuana.

Thank you Paul Kantner for your incredible music and for standing for liberty and justice for cannabis. Blessings and prayers for you, your journey and your work.

Oregon: Vote Yes on Measure 91

Measure 91

By D. Paul Stanford, CRRH

Oregon's Ballot Measure 91 qualified for the vote on July 22nd, almost exactly two weeks after Washington state began regulated sales of marijuana just across the mighty Columbia River from Oregon. New Approach Oregon's petition campaign turned in enough valid signatures to qualify the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act for the November 4, 2014 ballot. On the same day in November, both the state of Alaska and the federal capitol, Washington, DC, will also vote on their own initiative petitions to end marijuana prohibition.

According to the Oregon Secretary of State's website, 145,030 unverified signatures were submitted for verification on Measure 91. Of those, 88,584 signatures, or 64.41 percent of the 135,722 accepted for verification, were valid. To qualify for the ballot, 87,213 were needed, so, according to the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division, Measure 91 qualified with 1,371 more signatures than the minimum required..

The proposed Oregon ballot measure would allow for licensed and regulated cultivation and sales of marijuana. Sales would be taxed to generate money for schools, state and local police and drug treatment, prevention and mental health programs.

It is important for medical marijuana patients to note that Measure 91, when passed, will not change nor effect the current medical marijuana law in Oregon. Measure 91 taxes will not be charged for people with an Oregon medical marijuana permit.

United States: Hemp for Fuel, Fiber and Freedom

HempCarPoster

By D. Paul Stanford, CRRH, Executive Director

Marijuana prohibition is really about suppressing hemp fuel and hemp fiber from competition with capital intensive, environmentally-harmful, mostly synthetic alternatives. This simple oil lamp demonstrates why they made up the 'marijuana' myth to stop competition to petrochemical fuels. We don't need to fight wars for petroleum because we can replace petroleum with hemp seed oil for fuel, plastics and most everything else. Marijuana prohibition is really about money, power and the further centralization of economic and political control. It is really about social and economic justice.

Restore hemp!

The History of Hemp News

D Paul Stanford CCS

This publication, Hemp News, is the oldest online news service. In 1991, Paul Stanford began posting Hemp News on the Internet, back prior to the creation of the web. The worldwide web wasn't created until 1994. Stanford began posting news stories about marijuana on Usenet newsgroups, or bulletin boards that are text only computer sites with names like alt.hemp, misc.activism.cannabis, alt.politics.marijuana, alt.drugs.pot. Usenet newsgroups still exist and are archived in perpetuity.

Starting in 1988, Stanford subscribed his Commodore 64 computer to Compuserve, the first national Internet Service Provider, at speeds of 1200 baud over the telephone landline, or about 50 alphabet/numeric characters per second. Stanford first subscribed to Compuserve's Executive News Service, which searched the printed news media's information, like the Associated Press and New York Times, and dropped news stories that matched selected keywords into an online folder, which cost $16 an hour to access. After reading the latest international news stories about marijuana, Stanford realized that most people, even those who were interested in marijuana and ending its prohibition, didn't have access to this news. When Stanford began posting these stories to Usenet newsgroups, no other online compilation of news had been posted about anything to the Internet.

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