Found recently at a garage sale outside Buffalo but never publicly released, these journals chronicle the life of Lyster H. Dewey, a botanist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture whose long career straddled the 19th and 20th centuries. Dewey writes painstakingly about growing exotically named varieties of hemp — Keijo, Chinamington and others — on a tract of government land known as Arlington Farms. In effect, he was tending Uncle Sam’s hemp farm.
What’s gotten hemp advocates excited about the discovery is the location of that farm. A large chunk of acreage was handed over to the War Department in the 1940s for construction of the world’s largest office building: the Pentagon. So now, hempsters can claim that an important piece of their legacy lies in the rich Northern Virginia soil alongside a hugely significant symbol of the government that has so enraged and befuddled them over the years.
Nothing sums up the absurdity of the $20 billion a year War on Drugs like the fact that the brain trust who leads us into one Oil War after another built their expensive office building on a former USDA hemp field.
Instead of simply allowing US farmers to grow the food, fiber and fuel we need to thrive as a nation, we send their children to die for foreign oil we wouldn’t need if they were simply allowed to grow hemp in the first place.
If that’s not the biggest example of a Corrupt Government running amok, I don’t know what is…
Unless you count the fact that anybody trying to grow the most versatile and valuable crop known to man, (like Presidents Washington and Jefferson did) will also be thrown in prison.
God Bless (Corporate) America!