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Texas should be on this already. As a state we're arguably the most affected by the drug cartel violence in Juarez, not to mention that Texas is an agriculturally-centered state, farmers made this state. Do you know what one of the crops they used to plant was? Hemp. 1856 Encyclopedia Britannica entry.

Legalizing cannabis Texas could:

  • curtail large amounts of drug trafficking & violence as the result of legitimizing the industry
  • poise Texas to lead the way in an emerging hemp industry
  • tax and regulate its sale (it's easier for a kid to buy pot than it is to buy alcohol because the latter is so heavily regulated - as it should be)
  • empower Texas farmers to grow an annual crop that does not damage the soil, in fact it enriches it, and can be used for...
  • textile and fabrics
  • paper
  • brain food
  • rope, twine, and cordage
  • art canvas
  • paints and varnish
  • lighting oil
  • biomass energy & alternative fuel (clean energy)
  • medicine (the American Medical Association agrees on it's medicinal benifit)
  • food (hemp) protein
  • building materials and housing
  • water and soil purification
  • organic weed control (no more harmful pesticides)

You get the idea, cannabis has got a lot of uses (even more than tobacco, according to Thomas Jefferson who, you guessed it, grew hemp). Ron Paul and Barney Frank have already created a bill to introduce hemp farming legislation (HR 1866, “The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009”. Show your support by writing your Congressional representative or Senators. Hemp is a clean, renewable source of clean energy that can be grown virtually anywhere, but all of this is unrealized at this point because of yellow journalism and rhetoric from the '30s.

Play “Cannabis History - Harry J. Anslinger” (4:18)

“Cannabis History - Harry J. Anslinger” (4:18)

Woody Harrelson narrates this segment from the documentary Grass

You know who else made a movie about cannabis hemp? The US Department of Agriculture that's who. In 1942 they created "Hemp For Victory" to encourage farmers to grow hemp during World War II.

The point is, cannabis has been a part of human history for something like 5,000 years and aside from its stigmata as a "hard drug" it's a harmless plant that could help us save the earth. The sobering reality of the matter is that the effects of marijuana (cannabis) are not what you'd expect; marijuana is not a gateway drug, it does not lead to lung disease/cancer or fry your brain, and it doesn't make you lazy (well, not necessarily anyway). Why should we put up with the millions of people that die every year from tobacco or alcohol? Why is it alright to "drink responsibly" and not alright to smoke in the privacy of one's home? If you look at the most recent data on emergency room visits you'd find a fairly startling picture revealing alcohol is a much more severely abused substance, especially considering there has never been a single reported case of a death caused solely from cannabis.

Legalizing cannabis, Texas would be the first to make strides toward the process of putting an end to deforestation, replacing non-biodegradable plastics, quelling our dependence on fossil fuels and quite possibly reversing the Greenhouse Effect. Did I mention it's also an amazing source for alternative fuel?

No one is asking you or your children to start smoking cannabis, it should be a personal choice when you're of age. What we are asking you to do is open your mind enough to see that if properly taxed and regulated, legalizing cannabis would have a positive effect on the state of Texas, and that, in the big picture, you would continue to get eight hours of sleep at night even if a guy in Garland can finally smoke legally to alleviate the pain of his multiple sclerosis.

If any of this makes sense, please do yourself a favor and watch the following trailer and consider renting or purchasing the film and telling others about it.

Play “The Union: Marijuana History 101” (3:52)

“The Union: Marijuana History 101”(3:52)

Available on Netflix Instant Queue and Amazon

The only way to make a difference is to be a citizen, register to vote and get in touch with your state & local representatives to let them know it's time to discuss legalization. Texas senators:

Play “Sarah Palin Can't Hang With Ron Paul!” (1:38)

“Sarah Palin Can't Hang With Ron Paul!”(1:38)

Ron Paul lays it down

Looking to know all you can about hemp? Check out Jack Herer's The Emperor Wears No Clothes, you'll be amazed. Don't have the money to buy it? Go to a bookstore that has it and thumb through it there. If you want to know more about the fight for cannabis legalization in Texas please check out DFW NORML, Waco NORML, Houston NORML, and Texas NORML.

News

April 20, 2011
Overgrow The Government Protest, Washington D.C.
Overgrow The Government, a group of grassroots activists, is calling on a million supporters, hemp farmers and protesters alike to join together for a protest march in Washington D.C. to demand an end to cannabis prohibition.
May 2 - 8, 2011
2nd Annual Hemp History Week

Bills you can support

HR 1866
HR 1866, Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009
Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009 - Amends the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of "marihuana." Defines "industrial hemp" to mean the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-nine tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. Grants a state regulating the growing and processing of industrial hemp exclusive authority, in any criminal or civil action or administrative proceeding, to determine whether any such plant meets that concentration limit.
HB 1491
Medical Marijuana Affirmative Defense Bill Reintroduced In Texas
Please urge your representatives to support this bill.
HB 548
Bill To Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalties Reintroduced In Texas
Please urge your representatives to support this bill.

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