Time Magazine Reports: U.S. Marijuana Party

U.S. Marijuana Party

By Christina Crapanzano Monday, Mar. 29, 2010
Top 10 Time Alternative Political Movements
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Long before Loretta Nall campaigned on her cleavage, the activist’s cause was cannabis. The Alabama resident gained national attention during her 2006 gubernatorial campaign when she produced T-shirts with the caption “More of these boobs …” (with a photo of Nall in a low-cut shirt) “… And less of these boobs” (next to photos of her opponents). But the write-in candidate’s political roots date back to 2002, when a misdemeanor arrest for possession was the spark behind her forming the U.S. Marijuana Party (USMJP). The group — which demands “an end to the unconstitutional prohibition of marijuana” — has official party chapters in seven states, including Colorado, Illinois and Kentucky. While Nall left the USMJP to be a Libertarian Party governor nominee, the group continues to back candidates in local, state and national elections under the leadership of Richard Rawlings, who is currently running for Congress in Illinois.

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Some facts about marijuana…

Some facts about marijuana:

– From 1681 until the early 1800’s it was legal to pay your taxes in hemp in the United States.

– Most all of America’s founding fathers grew marijuana including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin.

– Thomas Jefferson was the Marc Emery of the 18th and early 19th century. Most of the strains grown in America were imported by Jefferson from China.

– Benjamin Franklin owned one of the first paper mills in America and it was a hemp paper mill producing the paper that most everything in America was written on including the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.

– George Washington was the biggest marijuana farmer in the United States and this was the source of his fortune that allowed him to carry on the revolution.

– Marijuana was the largest cash crop in the world (going back over 5000 years in China) until the 20th century… likely still is. Kentucky alone produced 40,000 tons of it in 1850.

– In 1916 a US government report predicted that by 1940 all paper in the world would be made from hemp and that no more trees would need to be cut down for paper production.

– Quality paints and varnishes were made from natural hemp seed oil until 1937 when the Marijuana Act came into effect… they went from 58,000 tons of hemp seed oil for paints and varnishes to none. Instead a healthy product was replaced with lead based petrochemical paints to satisfy the monopolists in the paint industry (Dupont).

– Henry Ford’s Model-T was first built to run on hemp gasoline and the car itself was constructed out of hemp based plastics that had 10 times the strength of steel and never rusted.

– The Randolf Hearst Paper Manufacturing Company (owner of vast timber lands)… as well as natural hemp products would have ruined over 80% of Dupont’s petrochemical business products… and it was the corporate monopolists like them that spread the fear to secure their industry monopolies in the late 1930’s.

– The deindustrialization of hemp coincided with the Great Depression as the worlds first ‘Billion dollar crop’ was made illegal.

USMJParty Endorses NM Gov. Gary Johnson for President 2012

USMJParty Endorses NM Gov. Gary Johnson for President 2012

We the undersigned members of The US Marijuana Party hereby endorses candidates Former NM Governor Gary Johnson and Former Federal Judge James Gray for President and Vice President of the United States of America. Both candidates have shown to uphold the ideals of the US Marijuana Party’s Mission Statement, to wit:
“WE seeks to remove all penalties for adults 18 and over who choose to consume cannabis in a responsible manner.”
“We demand an end to the war on productive and otherwise law abiding citizens by the powers that be who claim to protect us.”
“We demand the right to use any medication our healthcare providers and we deem fit without government interference.”
“We demand the release of all people imprisoned on marijuana charges and that their criminal records be expunged.”
“We demand that all property seized in marijuana raids be returned to the rightful owners at once.”
“We demand that our law enforcement officers make more efficient use of our tax dollars and use the resources they have at their disposal to go after violent criminals and crimes that actually have victims.”
“We demand the right to grow marijuana for personal consumption, just as alcohol can be brewed at home legally so long as it is not sold untaxed.”
“We demand that you stop treating us like second class citizens for consuming something that is less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco, both of which are legal and cause numerous deaths each year. Cannabis has never caused one.”
Although our demands seem singular many of the social ills in American can be tied to the drug war and/or the war on a plant (cannabis). The cost of enforcement of cannabis laws, the cost of housing prisoners, subsequent welfare for the unemployable drug felons, the costs of the probate system of removing children from their homes, and the break up of the American family to name a few.
It is time for a turnover in American government let it start with Gary Johnson & Jim Gray as the leaders in the next White House administration.
Peace, Pot, Politics,
Wayward Bill Chengelis,
Chairman, US Marijuana Party &
Chairman, US Marijuana Party of Colorado
Richard J. Rawlings, Chairman, Illinois
Sheree Krider, Chairwoman, Kentucky
Jeffrey Kabik, Chairman, Maryland
Tom Johnson, Chairman, Pennsylvania
Nick Apuzzo, Chairman, California
The US Marijuana Party is thrilled to announce the formation of two new state chapters, California and Pennsylvania. Congratulation are in order for Nick Apuzzo (CA) and Tom Johnson (PA).
Like the fabled Phoenix the US Marijuana Party is rising from the ashes. It is our intent to have a chapter in every state in the United States by January 1, 2013.

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