Marijuana Prohibition Era Cartoon Par Excellence: Hemp's Notorious Cousin

Thanks to the GlobalMana Foundation and the design group Northshorecartoon for publishing a very creative, funny and spot-on political commentary in the form of a short cartoon focused on the costly absurdity of the U.S. government banning the domestic production of industrial hemp.

Most all other countries (Canada, France, Great Britain, China, Switzerland, etc…) do not allow the lawful use of cannabis for non-medical purposes, yet, they allow for the production of one of the most utilitarian and environmentally-friendly row crops that humans have been cultivating and prospering from for thousands of years.
Regardless of whatever happens in state and federal governments with ‘marijuana’ laws in future regarding medical access, decriminalization or legalization, the US government must stop trying to enforce a complete and total blanket prohibition on all forms and uses of the amazing cannabis plant—notably, like other major countries have done regarding industrial hemp.

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  1. What is this an attack to make heads explode? Do we need the founders to raise up to kick our opressors butt’s again? George Washinton wrote Here I am this supposed monument to integrity and
    I sit here with my hands tied behind my back
    watching otherwise law abiding citizens get
    hauled off to the hoosegow for harvesting hemp,
    Certainly not what the architects of our society had envisioned,
    Depressing isn’t it?
    The whole country is going to pot

  2. Who Cares if Arizona Shooter Jared Loughner Used Marijuana?
    By NORML – Monday, January 10 2011
    So Loughner was one of the 1-in-3 people his age who use marijuana? I wonder if he ever drank beer, too?
    Surprise –
    Drug War Now Killing More People Than War in Afghanistan
    More people were killed in prohibition-related violence in Mexico last year than died in the war in Afghanistan, according to year-end reports from both countries.
    Victims of Teabog rhetoric?

  3. That’s a great video! Really tells the story. Hemp is so misrepresented. There is so much money to be made in this industry. Why in the world is it not legal? Why can’t we have the freedom to choose? I choose not to drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes, I do choose to smoke cannabis.

  4. Walters was visiting Chicago, maybe Gilbert can do a Q&A tour. I’m on the left coast so I jotted down some questions anyway. Still applies so I changed it to the present drug worrier czar.
    My dearest Mr Kerlikowske,
    Since you never return my calls emails or letters I must assume you’re busy or your rudeness just comes natural. So if I was near Washington DC or if you ever dare show your two faces on the Central Coast I’ll present these inquiries in person. Ok first. If cannabis has no value then why did the government patent it? Or why do they roll and ship 300 joints every month to the 4 remaining IND patients? Why does wild unkept Hemp make up 98% of the “marijuana” eradications? Are tax dollars ever spent on Calvina Fay Straight Inc. Partnerships? When you die will you decompose or just lay around the landfills for thousands of years like the other plastic garbage? I do believe it would be worth taking up religion just to know you’re burning in Hell. Have a day.
    PS: Tom Delay got a 3 year prison sentence,
    hope you can join him soon…
    Reflections on the Drug War: A Conversation with John P. Walters

  5. Here’s Calvina…
    US Gov and Straight Inc – “A Study in Ethics” : Serial Child Abuse revealed
    Mothers Against the Drug Czar’s War on Kids
    Enacted during the Nixon administration, the so-called war on drugs was designed to reduce supply and diminish demand for certain substances deemed harmful or undesirable. But the drug war has never met this objective, and unintended consequences have undermined the health and safety of our citizens, especially our children.
    Calvina Fay Prohibition Inc.
    Kids Helping Kids began as Straight-Midwest and over time was incorporated into Pathway Family Center (owns/owned 4 known programs). Pathway Family Center was founded by Terri Nissley, a “satisfied” Straight, Inc. cult parent who wants to continue in the torturing and brainwashing kids for profit industry. Kids Helping Kids (a Pathway Family Center program) has closed or is closing according to recent reports. Closing after years of protesting against fraud, abuse, and torture at the Milford, OH location.
    In remembrance of all the victims of Straight, Inc.
    Tragedy in the Wilderness

    At least 10 children have lost their lives as a result of their participation in a wilderness therapy program (AKA “Brat Camps”) who failed them in the worst way imaginable. These are their stories as told through media reports, opinion and commentary.
    Anti-Drug Campaigns Dumb Down Vital Message
    Calvina Fay is the Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation and Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.) From 1976-1985 it was known as Straight, Inc. and had a reputation for abusing kids as a drug rehabilitation program. Mel Sembler and his wife Betty founded Straight, Inc. In 1985 it changed its name to Straight Foundation, Inc. in order to protect its money and its principals from civil suits. In 1995 it was changed again to Drug Free America Foundation. DFAF is a national and international drug policy think tank and provider of services for drug free work places.
    Drug Free America Foundation, Inc.
    5999 Central Avenue
    St. Petersburg, FL 33710
    Phone: (727) 828-0211
    Fax: (727) 828-0212
    Drug Free America Foundation,
    formerly known as Straight, Inc.

    From 1976-1985 it was known as Straight, Inc. and had a reputation for abusing kids as a drug rehabilitation program. In 1985 it changed its name to Straight Foundation, Inc. in order to protect its money and its principals from civil suits. In 1995 it was changed again to Drug Free America Foundation. DFAF is a national and international drug policy think tank and provider of services for drug free work places.
    Bush. Religious drug treatment in Texas
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Tex. – Over the door of one church-based drug treatment center in Houston, a sign printed in foot-high letters announces: “Drug Addiction Is NOT a Disease. It’s a Sin.” At another, clients pass by a poster of an addict in a hospital bed, ripping IV tubes out of his arms and throwing his pills in the garbage. An angel hovers nearby, offering her protection from this plague of prescriptions.
    And at a Christian young adult home in Corpus Christi, police recently took the unusual step of arresting a supervisor after teenagers complained that they were beaten and roped to a bed, all in the name of Christian discipline. More arrests are anticipated, authorities say.
    These are some of the results–expected and unexpected–of Gov. George W. Bush’s “bold new experiment in welfare reform.” With his conviction that religious groups can transform lives in ways government can’t, Bush sponsored laws in 1997 that allow churches to provide social services their own way, outside the intrusive glare of the state.
    The new laws exempted faith-based drug treatment programs from all state health and safety regulations followed by their secular counterparts, a list contained in a rule book as thick as a Russian novel that covers every detail from fire detectors to frayed carpets. Counselors in religious treatment programs now may skip the criminal background checks and hundreds of hours of training required of their state-licensed peers.
    Cover-Ups, Prevarications, Subversions & Sabotage
    The New American Century by Arundhati Roy
    (January 22, 2004 (February 9, 2004 issue)
    In the great cities of Europe and America, where a few years ago these things would only have been whispered, now people are openly talking about the good side of imperialism and the need for a strong empire to police an unruly world. The new missionaries want order at the cost of justice. Discipline at the cost of dignity. And ascendancy at any price. Occasionally some of us are invited to “debate” the issue on “neutral” platforms provided by the corporate media. Debating imperialism is a bit like debating the pros and cons of rape. What can we say? That we really miss it?
    Signatories to its statement of principles included future Bush administration officials Elliott Abrams, Dick Cheney, Paula Dobriansky, I. Lewis Libby, Peter Rodman, Donald Rumsfeld, Zalmay Khalilzad, and Paul Wolfowitz. Other signatories included Gary Bauer, William Bennett, Jeb Bush, Midge Decter, Frank Gaffney, Norman Podhoretz, Steve Forbes, Eliot Cohen, Fred Ikle, and Dan Quayle.

    On the Larry King Show in late 1989, then drug czar William Bennett, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2000, said he had no moral problems with beheading drug dealers -only legal ones.
    ” U.S. leaders commit war crimes as a matter of institutional necessity, as their imperial role calls for keeping subordinate peoples in their proper place and assuring a “favorable climate of investment” everywhere. They do this by using their economic power, but also … by supporting Diem, Mobutu, Pinochet, Suharto, Savimbi, Marcos, Fujimori, Salinas, and scores of similar leaders. War crimes also come easily because U.S. Ieaders consider themselves to be the vehicles of a higher morality and truth and can operate in violation of law without cost. It is also immensely helpful that their mainstream media agree that their country is above the law and will support and rationalize each and every venture and the commission of war crimes. ”
    ~ Edward Herman, political economist and author
    If Bill Bennett is slouching toward Gomorrah, he has a layover in Las Vegas. Bennett, the former drug czar and author of “The Book of Virtues,” has lost up to $8 million gambling in the past decade, according to published reports. He says he does not have a gambling problem.
    Can you say “denial”? Bennett’s wife says he gambles only three or four times a year and that he is not addicted. Can you say “enabler”?
    There is one more word to say about the former drug czar who advised drug users to just say no: hypocrite.

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