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Give this book away! We published this special web version for our community. It has links to current issues, trends, resources and groups. Some of these hidden gems will lead you to a few of the moving forces in the ganja nation.
After 15 years in the trenches, we have a slightly different attitude.
This is something YOU can DO. Right now. When millions of people take small actions - the world changes. Some people today point out the "1% vs 99%". We say that we are the other 1% that catalyze 3% more - who are the change.
Cannabis & the Circular Economy: toward a sustainable future. The key to industrial production is found in processing - separating the fiber from the core. We are bringing technology into the market. Eco-Canna.com
Cannabis agriculture, taken to industrial levels, has applications which reach into many other sectors of the economy. Massive amounts of stalk material are being used in cement mixtures to build houses: hempcrete. Roof shingles, carpets, drapes, plastics and more can all be manufactured from this one crop. Every home built would capture tons of CO2 for decades. The initial thesis presented around these ideas was published by Marc Deeley at University of Strathclyde in 2000. The Hemp Industries Association circulated the idea here via the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance in 2004. Estimates of carbon bio-mass sequestration were verified by the Manitoba Department of Agriculture in 2006. Later the idea was sent off to the Virgin Earth Challenge in 2007. Today in 2015, a mere 107,000 acres are cultivated in Canada. A drop in the bucket. Used as diesel fuel or processed into ethanol, cannabis production would skyrocket. Did someone mention pulp & paper and deforestation? Tip of the iceberg. Imagine. Fifteen years later we could be doing a global countdown as CO2 levels drop below 350ppm.
The wold has reached levels of 400ppm CO2 in our atmosphere. There is a rather direct way to reclaim the carbon ~ agriculture. Phytoremediation to be accurate. We are of the opinion that an ancient species: cannabis can reverse the trend of rising CO2.
Warriors of the Rainbow
The tasks of these "Warriors of the Rainbow" are many and great. There will be terrifying mountains of ignorance to conquer and they shall find prejudice and hatred. They must be dedicated, unwavering in their strength, and strong of heart. They will find willing hearts and minds that will follow them on this road of returning "Mother Earth" to beauty and plenty - once more.
The day will come, it is not far away. The day that we shall see how we owe our very existence to the people of all tribes that have maintained their culture and heritage. Those that have kept the rituals, stories, legends, and myths alive. It will be with this knowledge, the knowledge that they have preserved, that we shall once again return to "harmony" with Nature, Mother Earth, and mankind. It will be with this knowledge that we shall find our "Key to our Survival".
This is the story of the "Warriors of the Rainbow" and this is my reason for protecting the culture, heritage, and knowledge of my ancestors. I know that the day "Eyes of Fire" spoke of - will come! I want my children and grandchildren to be prepared to accept this task. The task of being one of the........ "Warriors of the Rainbow.
The Futures of Cannabis
The fall of prohibition 2.0 mirrors the fall of prohibition in the 1930's. Citizens had taken to the streets to protest the violence and criminal activity generated by prohibition on both sides. This trend was in direct response to police raids on illegal alcohol producers, social clubs and smugglers. As the hostilities escalated, "gangs" were formed and legends like Al Capone grew in power & influence. The program wasn't working. The people knew it and demanded change in "business as usual". Prohibition was a failure.
The corruption and violence associated with prohibition was taking its toll. First a couple of States 'legalized' alcohol. Then a few more. Finally Congress repealed prohibition. This exact same set of events is in motion today with one major difference. It has been the cannabis culture, the underground true believers who have championed this cause for decades. This sub-culture has proven & created "medical marijuana". It sure wasn't the chemical drug manufacturer's nor the doctors. Cannabis farmers have made (so-called) hemp 'legal' in Canada. Turns out that industrial cannabis crossed with medical cannabis produces a high CBD profile which controls epilepsy. Who knew? The ganja nation, that's who. The very people who have been relentlessly arrested, prosecuted and persecuted for generations.
This "failure of good governance" continues unabated in the cultural clash struggle for control over this entire issue. The major difference here is that cannabis has far greater potential than mere alcohol. Several interlocking invested interests do NOT want to see cannabis legalized nor decriminalized. Between the politicians, industrial prison complex, pharmaceutical cartels and bloated police budgets, there is plenty of incentive to continue the war of drugs at any cost. Prohibition is it's own reward. In fact, the 1993 UN report on the subject noted that, in reality, prohibition breeds corruption at ALL levels of government. Remember, more police & politicians went to prison after the fall of alcohol prohibition than did bootleggers. The salient facts are no longer hidden from view and then the real the truth comes out. The uncomfortable part of "the truth will set you free".
The 'green rush' to invest in this new industry is both interesting and alarming at the same time. What most people fail to comprehend is that this is not a "new" industry whatsoever. The cannabis culture is already here. We've always been here. We will always be here far into the future ~ regardless of prohibition or not. This part of the sub-culture values & mind set. Natural, organic, renewable, alternative, sustainable, agricultural ...values not associated with corporate ventures or global conglomerates. Consider that corporations growing cannabis is against the very recommendations made by the Senate Report ©2002. The committee suggested that the private citizens, those with the experience, be the producers rather than existing or new corporate entities. They also suggested thousands of producers and thousands of outlets across the country.
What is new though is the freedom to openly engage in the cannabis arena; to learn, develop, innovate, create, research and produce an ever increasing array of products from what I call the Tree of Life. The medical cannabis market comprises 2% of the population. Social cannabis market impacts perhaps 10% of citizens. Industrial cannabis development has the potential to dwarf both markets by a vast margin. The smart money is going there.
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Free copy of Never Plead Guilty - self defence for the cannabis community. We first published this book in 2007 inspired by a book by Paul Copeland published several years ago (before the Charter of Rights & Freedoms) called Don't Plead Guilty. It was good advice then. Today it is still good advice... that requires that you stand up for your rights.
Our community has suffered for decades under the "law". It is time to once again REPEAL PROHIBITION. To this end, after a few years of trial and tribulation, the shift in public opinion has changed. When 65% of the population favours "legalization", we can only agree. Now we are doing this. Prohibition began in Parliament. It must end there.
The purpose here is to give you the tools & information to avoid a criminal record. The effect of this is to protect you, your family, friends and your freedom. If every cannabis consumer in Canada refused to plead guilty, the court system would be totally overloaded. Under the Conservative government, the arrest rate has accelerated. Since 2006, under the Conservative regime some 475,000 people have been prosecuted for cannabis. We estimate that 741,000 were stopped, ripped off and/or arrested, This is a massive "failure of good governance" in the words of the Senate in 2002.
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We are going to continue publishing works related to cannabis and global changes over the summer. Pass along all of these materials to your friends & associates. For us, this has been a serious undertaking.
A little history: the compassion club Section 56 was raided three times over a period of several months beginning on THE very day of the Supreme Court hearings regarding "recreational" cannabis May 3, 2003. I did not view that as an "accident" or a co-incidence. It was carefully planned by the police forces. The ensuing court case was very educational, to say the least.
The book Never Plead Guilty was written as a result. At first, none of the lawyers we knew would help us. Edwin Pearson, another Reverend of the Church, held two law degrees. One in Canada, the other in the United States. He agreed to help Brother Justin put the writing together and I set out to publish the work. Bless his soul. We printed a first run and took them to the Global Marijuana March events. We hope that some of them will help pass the word - so to speak. NPG was revised ©2012 and re-published on Amazon in print. You can get a printed copy there to give your best friend as a gift. Today, we've revised this for 2014 and it's being distributed on-line free to as many people as we can reach. We know that the "government" will arrest another 57,000 people this year. Imagine how many citizens have a criminal record over cannabis by now... a million? More? We also know that the "government" is now, officially, of three minds about the law. According to the principle of fundamental justice, under the Charter of Rights & Freedoms, the law must represent the will of the People. We do not consent.
Time to get up - stand up.
Take your wildest dream... and imagine it as reality. Blue Sky Projects are just that; shooting for the moon, having a vision of the future. Seeing something new. All advances in human civilization come from such things. Let's chase an alternate reality. One where industrial development occurs on slightly different basis: Is it sustainable? Is is ecological? Is it the best long term solution we have? In the very recent past, our civilization had the opportunity to follow one of two paths: 1. Petrochemical technology or 2. Agricultural chemical technology. We chose the first for a variety of reasons... none of which adhere to a Sustainable Vision. Changing course at this time is critical to our planet & humanity, you know, our children. All of the Blue Sky ideas listed below impact multi-billion dollar industries. Manufacturing, Construction, Concrete, Fuel, Chemicals, Plastics and Carbon technology.
This is a game changer and we are at the turning point.
Blue Sky Project #1: Harvesting Equipment Infrastructure in the industry lags behind other agricultural sectors. For example: 'combine fires', where your harvesting machinery (combine) bogs down, jams and then the plant material (etc) catches fire. Processing equipment to separate cannabis foliage, seed, stalk & the subsequent fibre decortication is required. Industrial scale oil, fibre & waste processing (plus logistics) are needed to push the sector forward. Companies involved in manufacturing farm & processing can gain market advantage in the cannabis sector. Substantial capital costs are required for Canadian & US industrial development. Certain companies have invested in this area in Europe where textile applications are growing. New investments are coming into Canada where we have more cannabis production. Suitable equipment is key to industrial agricultural solutions.
Blue Sky Project #2: Construction Materials Large scale fabrication of construction products is key to driving demand. Rapid turn-over crops like cannabis provide raw source stock: various grades of fibre are used in paper, wafer board, shingles, insulation and hempcrete. This last section works as a low-tech high-use operation. It is not a structural concrete material - more similar to building blocks. As the concrete industry is a major contributor to CO2 emissions, this sector would serve a dual purpose - with benefits. Particle board manufacturing plants require $170 million capital cost investments. Pulp & paper mills using cannabis require fewer chemicals to produce higher quality fibre than trees and impacts multi-billion dollar markets. This segment also requires large scale capital investments. Spin off: affordable housing.
Blue Sky Project #3: Bio-fuels Processing facilities for bio-fuel production require massive amounts of “waste product”. Trading fuel for food is not a logical trade-off in achieving energy independence. This segment has the potential to reach $185 billion within a few years. Treating agricultural waste as the source material changes the equation. One logistical nightmare (mentioned above) which must be addressed is the transfer of bulk product, which is normally burned or tilled back into the soil, to the processing facilities. Early projects in these two sectors discovered that farmers were not equipped to transport large amounts of “waste” material. Locating bio-fuel plants near agricultural production and transfer facilities, like DuPont’s new ethanol facility in Iowa, is part of integrated design required in this area. Side note: Tilling excess ‘waste’ material into the fields breaks the soil cycle. Using this biomass is a much more intelligent solution. Spin off: energy independence.
Blue Sky Project #4: Bio-plastics Industrial plastics are used in a vast array of products. Across an amazing range of sectors, plastics are used virtually everywhere. It is responsible for 500 billion pounds of plastics produced every year. On the other hand, most plastics don’t break down very well. Recycling efforts are doing a poor job of capturing and reusing plastic materials. Petrochemical plastics contribute more to long term pollution. Here bio-technology is making advances. Bio-degradable plastics are in production. This one sector has reached nearly $4 billion in 2014. Manufacturing plastics out of cannabis oil feedstock changes the equation to a more sustainable loop. Research into creating bio-plastics using methane also shows interesting promise. Investment in this sector requires similar logistics as the other large scale projects listed above. Spin off: reduction on petrochemical oil sources & plastic trash reduction in our rivers, landfills and oceans.
Blue Sky Project #5: Carbon Technology The Big Ticket Item: Research & development in this arena is proceeding at a very rapid pace. Carbon based technology has the potential to impact several significant and large industries across a wide spectrum. Food, water, shelter, energy, materials, electronics and a few more. Since the discovery of graphene about 10 years ago, this area has proceeded to yield far reaching applications. Recently the EU and the Chinese have begun to invest VERY heavily in carbon/graphene science. It is a ‘leapfrog’ approach - adopting the latest technology changes the future energy & materials needs of developing countries. The science is proceeding rapidly to industrial applications, even as we are talking about it. Sourcing carbon and graphene-like materials from agricultural material reduces costs and pushes forward a radical new carbon-neutral civilization. Spin off: Type 1 Civilization.
A strategic change to the elimination of fossil fuels, advanced land management and capturing carbon on a global scale presents the only solution to climate change on the horizon. What I want to know, is when are the thousands of organizations, environmentalists, research scientists and corporations going to figure this out?
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