cross-posted from the Indiana Tenth Amendment Center
The Founding Fathers of the United States of America saw good promise in hemp and some even farmed it themselves. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington both grew hemp, and Benjamin Franklin owned one of America’s first paper mills that produced durable and long-lasting hemp paper that was to play a crucial role in the founding of a new nation. Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper, and other Founding documents written on hemp include Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”, the Articles of Confederation, the Federalist (and Anti-Federalist) Papers, and the United States Constitution.
Hemp helped build America into what is is today,with out it ” WE THE PEOPLE” could not sail the ships that brought goods from Europe, have the clothes we wore or the paper we wrote on. The uses for hemp are endless. George Washington said: “Make use of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere!”
Lawmakers are reveiwing the draconian drug laws that Indiana has, Senate Bill 0192 will look at possession and use, medical use and whether it should be treated like alcohol.
In the end this is a states’ right’s issue,that has been down played by some that think it’s just old hippies and young kids that want to have a good time. The economic benefits that would be realize from legalization would be a far greater boost to society than the drain of the drug war has now.
Indiana needs to lead the way into what will be common through out the world in twenty years, let’s quit letting a centralized government tell use what we can do with our bodies,property in our own state. The only way we will win against the Fed is to decentralize…TAKE BACK THE POWER WE GAVE…it is ours, not theirs and if WE stand up, they will back down!
Citizens can voice their support or opposition for changes by calling the committee at (317) 233-0696 or mailing a comment to the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee, Legislative Services Agency, 200 W. Washington St., Suite 301, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2789.