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The Limit of Law
At what point does a law become so transparently perverse that it ceases to command respect? When
do truth, morality and reason over-rule an unjust, environmentally, economically and socially
degenerative law? In the absence of accountability for the truth, is there an obligation to obey
such a law, or is there a moral obligation to disobey it?
Prohibition of Cannabis was instituted seventy years ago, primarily in order to make money for a
relative few wealthy people, at the expense of many other, poorer people. The laws prohibiting
Cannabis hemp cultivation, manufacture and free trade have induced prolonged, essential resource
scarcity, induced global food insecurity and malnutrition, global chemical dependence on toxic
finite resources, and imposed radical economic disparity. At the same time, the "drug war" has
been proven to be -- beyond doubt -- counter-productive to its own stated objectives.
The reason for this is that problems are profitable. A wealthy, all-powerful and voracious
bureaucracy has been constructed to suppress economic competition from small scale, organic
agriculture. Small farms stabilize regional economics, evenly distribute the wealth of what's
truly valuable. Cannabis provides clean fuels, healing food, copious quantities of biodegradable
fiber, plastics, and substantial agronomic benefit. Without Cannabis as part of the global
economy, sustainability may not be possible for our species.
Time is the limiting factor in the equation of survival. Unless we make the best use of every
growing season that remains, before the planet is beyond saving, globally broiled beyond
recognition, then we are doing too little. It may already be too late to avoid synergistic
collapse of environment, economics and social evolution. Certainly that is happening in some parts
of the world, right now.
Cannabis is the only common seed with four essential fatty acids (EFAs)in proper proportion for
long-term consumption. Cannabis seed is, potentially, the best available source of organic
vegetable protein on Earth, is a valuable rotational crop. It also tastes wonderful.
In spite of all this, Cannabis seed is not even recognized as food for humans by the United
Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (UN/FAO). The overwhelming failure of logic that argues
for prohibition is obviously part of a generator for political corruption and the wealthy black
market. An unregulated drug market Is also a potential delivery mechanism for chemical pathogens.
On average, one law enforcement officer is killed per month, enforcing drug laws that only make
drug use more prevalent. Trillions of dollars have been wasted in the futile attempt to control
what can never be controlled through coersion.
The fundamental challenge of our time is to re-valuate the world's most useful and nutritious
organic agricultural resource, and initiate a normal relationship with this plant, in time to
plant this spring, for food, for biofuels and in the end, for world peace. The natural, god-given
freedom to farm Cannabis is "self-evident," beyond the rightful jurisdiction of any court. If our
children are to inherit natural rights, then we must claim them by limiting the rule of law to
serve the common good. This means allowing for a truly free, organic agriculturally-based, market
economy, operating in harmony with the Earth's Natural Order.
Paul J. von Hartmann
Planet Ecology Advancing Conscious Economics
posted by Paul von Hartmann @
Thursday, January 04, 2007