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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
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April 20, 2004
Before the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, which pushed hemp out of the marketplace and made it that much easier to ban outright, hemp products (industrial/fiber, food, and medicines) were standard fare in the United States. After WWII the Dupont chemical company (who wanted to secure market space for their new product, nylon), Samuel Hearst and major timber companies (who wanted to promote tree-based paper) and other emerging business tycoons joined up with the U.S. government to push the cannabis plant into the underground. Not surprisingly, the director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (Harry Angslinger), was related to a man named Andrew Mellon, who was both a banker for Dupont and Secretary of the Treasury for the US government. Surprise!

Why should you be worried? Regardless of your stance on marijuana (which comes from a cannabis cousin but is not the same as hemp), the whole plant can be used commercially. Easily renewable and requiring far fewer resources than wood pulp or even soy, virtually the entire plant can be converted into useful products. Back in February of 1938, Popular Mechanics magazine called hemp the billion dollar crop with 25000 uses. Hemp provides a exceptionally nutritional seed and seed oil (both edible and industrial uses), as well as a variety of versatile fibers. The cannabis plant has proved vital to the survival of industry and economy during times of hardship in the past, and virtually every environmental study from the past few decades has forecasted dire agricultural/social conditions in the future.

SEE ALSO: www.industrialhemp.net
SEE ALSO: www.hempreport.com
SEE ALSO: www.naihc.org
SEE ALSO: www.abouthemp.com
SEE ALSO: www.votehemp.com

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Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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