The Price Of Prohibition, By Erin Lindley


The problem with that statement is that the “science” it quotes is a direct result of prohibition. The rise in THC would not have occurred if it was never made illegal. Doctors, researchers and scientists have gone to jail for working with the plant, leaving the plant largely unstudied. The information we need still lies in people we have deemed as criminals.

Any “scientific” statements about Cannabis are premature and ill-formed. These ill-informed positions have restricted global access to a plant whose industrial, food and medicinal uses far overshadow its recreational applications.

The UN’s apparent need to stop people from relaxing on the couch, partaking in a bag or 3 of crisps and giggling uncontrollably at the TV has had detrimental effects on our health, our society and the planet. One acre of hemp has the same amount of fiber as 5 acres of trees. Hemp grows with 50% less water than cotton. Why is our access to it still under consideration?

Canadian scientist Carl Martel has been silently researching industrial cannabis and its applications for over ten years. Thanks to his quiet, under-funded commitment to a plant, we now know that hemp can act as an energy storage device. Yes, you can grow your own battery.

Scientists did not think that our body’s systems communicated with each other until the discovery of the endocannabinoid system in the 1980s (this was only theorized in the 1980s. However, the receptors were discovered years later in the 1990s).

This discovery was made because select scientists were finally given the chance to work with THC. Doctors and scientists have been arrested for studying a plant that taught them how our own body talks to itself. Many patented pharmaceutical drugs communicate in some way with the endocannabinoid system, yet we still have limited access and doctors in jail.

Entrepreneur Mitch Raynard decided that the materials that Kayak’s are made of are not eco-friendly or sustainable. Fueled with a dream for a better world, he is now hard at work making a Kayak and paddles out of hemp.

The Price of Prohibition. What right does another human being have to restrict access to a plant? That seems as preposterous as criminalizing air. Ill-informed fear institutionalized a world-wide ban on the largest cultivated crop in human history. Imagine a world where we didn’t have to find solutions to oil spills, or drinking straws or opioids because we built our society on a simple plant that grows as fast as a weed. That’s the Price of Prohibition.

Written and Published By Erin Lindley In Weed World Magazine Issue 143

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