Now that Colorado has thumbed their collective nose at the Federal Government, farmers in that state are preparing land for the first hemp planting in this country for over 60 years.
Hemp is a relative of marijuana, although the plant is said to offer a high right up there with smoking newsprint. So here's the thing: our Federal Government's response to the fact that there is a botanical relationship between the two plants (hemp and marijuana) is akin to hanging you because they think your cousin robbed a bank. Maybe that's good enough for government work, but the War on Sanity, AKA the War on Drugs has done a lot of harm to farmers, as we've watched our friends to the north in Canada happily grow the lucrative crop and then SELL the end result here in the States, while growing it ourselves carries the same legal liabilities and dangers as growing marijuana. Brilliant!
There is a congressional effort afoot to change the Federal law; see: http://www.naturalnews.com/040606_farm_bill_Rand_Paul_hemp_farming.html
but since keeping hemp and marijuana illegal is a collusion of revenue enhancing government asset forfeiture and a corporate prison /legal industry in itself, I'm not holding my breath. Although, I have always said that the War on Sanity will come to an end when enough of the kids graduating from high school and in college today arrive in the halls of power. The utter idiocy of their parents' and grandparents' long standing support of this ignorant injustice will be thrown into the ashbin of pigheaded close minded, foot shooting stupidity where it belongs.
That said, in the spirit of paving the way to a greater awareness, enjoying the fruits of our Canadian Hemp growing farmers is easier than ever. Sprouts now offers Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest, and I'm telling you, they are really tasty. You don't have to be a health food advocate to enjoy hemp. Honestly, they rate right up there with macadamias, they're that good. After purchasing, I thought I'd need to cook the grain like rice, but the product I tried is best right out of the bag, raw. Here's the message from Mike Fata; the co-founder of Hemp Hearts:
"In 1995, I was unhealthy and unhappy. At over 300 lbs., I was unable to live the active, outdoor lifestyle I desperately wanted. Then a friend introduced me to hemp foods. Packed with nutrition, these versatile hemp foods provided the nutrients my body was craving. Before long, I had enough natural energy to climb a mountain, and a message to spread once I got there.
Today, we're proud to bring you Hemp Hearts, the very best and most nutritious part of the hemp seed, the heart. By shelling the hemp seed, you get only the center..with its raw nutrition, rich nutty flavor and tender crunch. It's a delicious, it's sustainable and it's packed with goodness. Try hemp--it could change your life."
Frankly, I know, it sounds like hyperbole until you try this stuff! I'm hoping that enough people try hemp, that a ground swell of common sense will eventually whittle away the current, multi-faceted injustice against farmers, property owners, and consumers alike.