From HEMP TIMES Archives: Graham Nash Interview (1998)
“My hemp awareness goes back about four years now. You do a little research and find out about George Washington – all the usual stuff – that our first President had hemp farms, that hemp used to provide 80 percent of our rope for the shipping industry and 80 percent of our paper. If you go further, you find out about how hemp helps the land, and how toxic growing cotton is.”
“Unfortunately, the main obstacle that hemp has to overcome is its association with smoking marijuana. The whole industry has had to deal with a public-relations problem that is over fifty years in the making.”
In a 1998 interview, music legend Graham Nash explained his support for industrial hemp by summing up its history and potential, then finished with one clear step forward: “People should learn to distinguish propaganda from fact.”
The “mainstream media” often attacks celebrities for speaking their mind and challenging the status quo, but why should celebrities have any less right to ask the questions that affect all of our lives than the rest of us do? Indeed, attacks on celebrities “who don’t know their place” are just another attack on all of us “regular people” who are told to sit down, shut up, and trust the politicians, pundits, and corporate spokespeople to decide what’s best or us.
How’s that working’ out for us so far? And what do we do when “the accepted truth” is found to be lies?
Filling that void between Drug War Propaganda and the Actual Historical Truth about hemp prohibition (and its effect on American farmers and our economy) is exactly why I started this website in 2001 (back when the truth about hemp and its huge potential as a cash crop, was still considered a hippie pipe dream). For decades informed celebrities like Willie Nelson and Woody Harrelson have encouraged people on all sides of the political divide to learn the facts for themselves, and despite attacks from the Powers That Be, the tide has finally turned.
The truth is out there for all to see, and political leaders on both sides of the aisle are finally supporting hemp as a true bipartisan solution to many of our nation’s problems. The only people that oppose it are those who are trying to protect their own self-interests, like DEA agents, the petrochemical industry, and Oil War profiteers. But their day is done. While they cling to the past and hope nobody else learns the truth, the rest of us are moving confidently toward a better future.
So, who’s side are you on? The American people or the jack-booted thugs and multi-national corporations that profit from the Drug War and our forced dependence on foreign oil?
The choice is yours, so choose wisely.