The Story of Cannabis

    Cannabis and Hemp are the same.

    "Marijuana" was  the Mexican name  given to cannabis. Cannabis
was first cultivated in China around 4000 B.C. The original drafts
of the Declaration of Independance were written on hemp paper. One
acre of hemp  will produce  as much paper  as four acres of trees.
Hemp  is a  source  of fiber  for cloth and  cordage for rope. The
hemp  fiber is  located inside the  long stem of the plant. George
Washington  and Thomas  Jefferson grew hemp. Washington, our first
president declared :

           "Make the most of the hemp seed. Sow it everywhere."

    Hemp seed  is nature's  perfect food. The oil  from hemp seeds
has the highest percentage of essential fatty acids and the lowest
percentage  of saturated  fats. Sterilized  hemp seed  is commonly
sold  as  bird seed. Rolling paper, like Bambu, are made from hemp

    In 1937,  the Marijuana Tax Stamp Act prohibited the use, sale
and cultivation of hemp/marijuana in the United States. Five years
later, during  World  War II, the U.S. Department  of  Agriculture
released  the film, "Hemp For Victory", which  encouraged American
farmers to grow  hemp for the  war effort. Hemp is  cultivated all
over  the  world. Today, China, Korea, Italy, Hungary, Russia  and
France are among the countries that grow hemp for fiber, paper and
others products.

    Cannabis is  classified as a schedule  1 drug by  the Food and
Drug  Administration... Designed  as a  narcotic, it  can  not  be
prescripted  by  physicians to  patients. In  1988, the  DEA's own
administrative law judge concluded that : "marijuana is one of the
safest, therapeutically active  substances known to man." Cannabis
can be used as a medicine to treat nausea, pain and muscle spasms.
It alleviates  symptoms  of  glaucoma,  multiple  sclerosis, AIDS,
migraines and other debilitating aliments. Thirty-five states have
passed  legislation  permitting  medical  use of marijuana. Twelve
Americans receive prescribed marijuana from the U.S. government.

    More than 400000 Americans are arrested each year on marijuana
charges. More than 400 000 Americans die  from diseases related to
cigarette  smoking each year. More  than 150 000  Americans die of
alcohol  abuse each year. But in 10000  years of usage, no one has
ever died from marijuana.

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