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GROWING OUR OWN
Food Chain Radio Show #915
April 13, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific
Michael Olson hosts Dave DeWitt, Author, Growing Medical Marijuana http://eatmoreheat.com/2013/02/growing-medical-marijuana-dave-dewitt-live/
Listen to Herodotus talk about the Scythians in 500 BC, as they gather around the campfire, throw marijuana seeds on the fire, and then…
“sit around in a circle; and by inhaling the fruit that has been thrown on, they become intoxicated by the odor, just as the Greeks do by wine; and the more fruit is thrown on, the more intoxicated they become, until they rise up and dance and betake themselves to singing.”
For as long as we can look back, which is around 10,000 years, we can see that people have used cannabis as a means to soothe their way through life.
Of course, people also used cannabis to make clothes for their bodies, paper for their books, sails for their ships, oil for their cooking, and rope to hold themselves together, to name but a few. Because it was so useful, cannabis became a principal crop of mankind, with tens of thousands of acres being grown around the world. Cannabis was so plentiful, in fact, one could harvest hundreds of pounds free from the roadside ditches of America’s heartland.
However, in the 1930’s the soothing properties of cannabis came to the attention of powers-that-be, and they threw the cloak of prohibition over cannabis. This prohibition, ironically, ended the cultivation of cannabis for all purposes but that for which it was prohibited, and thus increased its value to thousands of dollars per pound.
Today, the soothing properties of cannabis are claimed to be medicinal, and people now demand from the powers-that-be the right to grow and consume their own medicine. Their demand leads us to ask…
Should we be allowed to grow our own medicine?