Tell Congress: We Need Jobs, Not Cuts

In the coming weeks, Congress will be making decisions that will have long-term effects on our economy. If our elected representatives act responsibly, they have an opportunity to shrink the economic inequality gap and protect the vital services working families depend on for years to come. We need to make sure they do just that.

Dear Congress:

In the November election, Americans delivered a mandate: Fix the economy by strengthening the middle class and working families. Our country has come a long way since the worst of the recession, but far too many families are still struggling to make it.

As you consider urgent budget decisions over the next seven weeks, our highest priority is job creation and economic growth, and not devastating cuts that will cripple our recovery. The best way to reduce the deficit is to put people back to work and accelerate our recovery.

When you consider these proposals, we want you to:

* Create jobs and grow the economy. The best way to reduce the deficit is by investing in good jobs and keeping the economic recovery going.
* Protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Any deal must protect the millions of Americans who depend on these core programs and maintain our nation’s safety net.
* Let the Bush tax cuts for the top 2% expire and require corporations to pay their fair share.The middle class tax cuts should be extended immediately.
* Protect vital public services like child care, Head Start, and special education.


Dear Congress & SEIU,

New Billion Dollar Crop

Economics: Energy, Environment, & Commerce
Research by various hemp business associations indicate there are around 50,000 non-smoking commercial uses for hemp that are economically viable and market competitive. These include: continued...

Support The Industrial Hemp Farming Act capwiz

Lawmakers in both the House of Representatives and the Senate are seeking to allow for the commercial farming of industrial hemp by introducing the Industrial Hemp Farming Act.

House Bill 1831, which was introduced last year by Texas Republican Ron Paul and a coalition of 25 co-sponsors, and SB 3501, introduced this August in the Senate by Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden and three co-sponsors, would exclude low potency varieties of marijuana from federal prohibition.

Previous versions of The Industrial Hemp Farming Act have been introduced in the House, but failed to receive a public hearing or a committee vote. This is the first year the issue has ever been introduced in the Senate. Please write your members of Congress today and tell them to end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp production.

High on Hemp
Cannabis/Hemp Links
Journal of the International Hemp Association Linx
IHA Cannabis Educational Pack

Uses for Hemp youtube collection
FIBRE PLANTS -- HEMP,from The Children's Encyclopedia


The hempseed is one of the most balanced sources of omega-3 and omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). Studies link many common ailments to an imbalance and deficiency of EFAs in the typical Western diet: too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3.

Hemp as an Industrial and Food Resource
Starving Babies and Illegal Food
Omega 3: Fish v Hempseed Oil
Hemp Oil vs Fish
Cannabis Seeds:The Most Nutritionally Complete Food on the Planet
Protein: Mad Cows v Hempseed

Hemp is environmentally friendly crop that doesn't require massive applications of fertizilers and pesticides to thrive. It doesn't deplete the land and grows under adverse conditions. Virtually every other country in the world allows its cultivation and are developing its industrial uses which include the extraction of oils for food to the making of bricks for low cost housing. This is the crop that could save the family farm in America.

OPEC Fossil Fuels vs American Homegrown Bio-diesel
Cannabis Stalks for Fuel
HEMP FOR FUEL: Energy Farming in America
Hemp Powered Car Tours US/Canada
STOP the Fossil Fools Pipedream, Again! Got Hemp?
SF Bay oil refinery fire v Hemp


Industrial hemp has a THC content of between 0.05 and 1%. Marijuana has a THC content of 3% to 20%. The hemp plant is tall and stalky and the marijuana plant is short, shrub-like, and has "buds". It's an annual plant that grows from a seed, and because of its quick growth (average of 4 months) it requires limited pesticides.

Industrial Use of Trees vs Hemp

-Hemp planting reduces deforestation and improves the soil upon which it is grown.
"Hemp Horizons: The Comeback of the World's Most Promising Plant" John W. Roulac1997

Grow Your Own Home
Hemp Fiber Linx
Cannabis Fiber for Construction and Industry
Grow Your Own Hemp


Chemical  vs Organic Hemp
Hemp vs. Cotton

-Environmentally, hemp is a safer crop to grow than cotton. Cotton is a soil-damaging crop and needs a great deal of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.
"Frequently Asked Questions about Cannabis Hemp" Brian S. Julin, 1994

-Cotton crops in the USA occupy 1% of the country&rsquos farmland but use 50% of all pesticides.
The Emperor Wears No Clothes, Jack Herer, 1993

-1 acre of hemp will produce as much as 2-3 acres of cotton.
"Marijuana and Hemp: The Untold Story" Thomas Bouril, 1997

Hemp 'Eats' Chernobyl Waste
Hemp vs Dioxins

Cotton Vital Statistics
Reprinted from the Spring 1996 Patagonia catalog

Percentage of worldwide insecticides used on cotton production 25%
Percentage of worldwide agricultural acreage in cotton production 0.5%
Average pounds of chemicals used on one acre of cotton in the US per year 4
Pounds of pesticides used in 1993 on US agriculture fields 811 million
Percentage of the world market in pesticides controlled by 10 companies 73%
Pesticide spilled into Sacramento River that killed fish within 20 miles / metam-sodium
Rank of metam-sodium among pesticides used in 1992 on California cotton / 2nd
Number of fatalities worldwide caused by accidental pesticide poisoning each year / 20,000
Number of worldwide non-fatal pesticide poisonings each year / 3,000,000
Year Silent Spring was published / 1962
Approximate percentage of change in pesticide use in the US since 1964 / +150%
Number of years cotton has been cultivated / 4,000
Number of years cotton has been cultivated with pesticides / 50
Number of pounds of organic cotton used in Patagonia clothes in 1996 / 500,000
Cost to Patagonia of organically-grown cotton vs. cost of conventional cotton / apx. 2:1

Hemplastic or Fossil Fools Crud

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) products are everywhere and are dangerous to our health and environment from start to finish - in the factory, at home, and in the trash - releasing poisonous chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects.

The Ganjawar Comes to the The Rez
White Plume Hemp Crop Destroyed Again

A field containing one and one-half acres of hemp plants was cut last year and burned at Ellsworth Air Force Base. White Plume considered the hemp as the mainstay of an agricultural crop that could aid his Tiospaye in becoming self sufficient. He said he is "a proud grandparent trying to find economic independence for myself and my people so we will no longer be considered a dependent nation."

Cannabis in Japan Cannabis(Taima)
Czech's and Hemp

Hempseed was used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away.
(Czechoslovakia Tubercular Nutritional Study, 1955.)

Drug Czar Seeks To Ban All Hemp Products
Hemp, Hemp, Hooray? No Way, Says DEA
Urgent Warning About Industrial Hemp

Dr. Bronner/Farmers Arrested Trying to Plant Hemp
Bronner buys the hemp used in his soaps from Canadian farmers. He was arrested outside the DEA museum, which shares space with the headquarters.

Federal Hemp Policy Shift by Chris Conrad 03/19/00
Hemp’s Notorious Cousin
Washington Grew Hemp