Hemp Not Marijuana Will Change the World

This blog is intended for two major audiences:

  1. The Millennials, Generation Xs and anyone who value sustainability, social, and environmental impact and through their purchasing decision could radically shift global business practices.
  2. US entrepreneurs and investors excited about the cannabis industry and yet uncomfortable about the risks and uncertainties of doing business in the US.

With California, the world’s largest market for legalized recreational marijuana, opening its doors on January 1, 2018, it is easy to lose sight of its more valuable cousin – hemp. With the current lifting of “Prohibition #2”, it is the real unsung hero. It’s highly plausible that it is the industrial value of hemp that triggered its criminalization with marijuana.

Why is everyone “so high” about marijuana? Is it because it’s the “lowest” hanging fruit offering immediate payback or instant gratification? (Forgive the pun!) After all, it is simply getting sterilized out of the black market. With the rising global supply, commercially and at consumers’ home, the novelty will wear off.

Think long term, sustainability, renewable resources, carbon negative plant.

Consider the following questions:

Why are tobaccos, alcohol, or sugar, legal considering their societal costs? And why was hemp lumped into marijuana; is it because it massively disrupts so many major corporations’ business?

 

Does it disrupt:

1.     Big pharma - because it is a plant that manufactures medicine without a patent?

2.     Big textiles - because cotton uses 20 times more water than hemp?

3.     Big wood, pulp and paper - because it takes 15+ years to

 make a forest when it only takes 90 to 110 days to grow hemp plant or trees?

4.     Big oil, plastic, chemicals – because chemical intensive oil based plastic is estrogenic/cancerous, a marine life destroyer, while hemp is not? 

Source:dailymail.co.uk

Coincidence, or did all the above businesses conspire to criminalize hemp and could it be the same reason, the US federal legalization has been slow?

In the 1930's, Pepperdine University professor John C. Lucien, hypothesized that hemp sparked the total prohibition of cannabis:

“From 1935 on, the Bureau actively re-wrote the history of hemp by demonizing cannabis — triggered by monopolistic greed and economic insecurity of a few financially threatened industries.”

Source: Leafly.com

The Federal Bureau of Narcotics (“Bureau”) reported to the US Treasury Department, led by Andrew Mellon, a very powerful industrialist with interests in companies like DuPont, General Motors, and various oil interests, who favored big businesses. He appointed Henry Anslinger (his niece’s husband) to head the Bureau, which ultimately drafted the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. 

Furthermore, William Randolph Hearst, a newspaper mogul and owner of various forest companies producing wood, pulp and paper, added more fire when he used his newspapers to spread more anti-cannabis propaganda.

Lastly, DuPont’s nylon, a plastic based synthetic also appeared to have been threatened by the many uses of hemp.

Do you know that your sashimi may contain plastics?

Plastic Bottle Addiction

There are tiny pieces of plastic in the seafood you're eating. -- Zooey Deschanel , h/t The Farm Project.

Posted by ATTN: on Sunday, December 10, 2017

What about The Health Risks of Toxic Fibers and Fabrics including nylon? Take a read (930 words).

To consumers, preserve your health and the planet by your purchasing decision, buying products derived from socially and environmentally sustainable sources. The millennials have now exceeded the population of baby boom and generation x. That is a lot of purchasing power that could make a better world.

To entrepreneurs and investors, why wait for the US federal level to decriminalize hemp and marijuana when Canada’s door is already wide open? Operate in Canada and export to the rest of the world. Hemp, more than marijuana, is the plant that helps a corporation’s triple bottom line – people, planet, profits (3BL) and/or environmental, social, governance (ESG) mandate.

Your comments or ideas are valuable to us. What do you think?

Antonio is a financial executive, an entrepreneur, and an investor interested in co-financing and co-developing health & wellness, health tech/agtech, and other tech enabled businesses, from funding to exit. Serving as strategic advisors to execute an evidence based plan, his team offers interim executive services to businesses designed primarily to enhance their growth and financing success.

www.alamidascapital.com  |Twitter: @alamidas @healthvcfunder

This blog is intended for two major audiences:

  1. The Millennials, Generation Xs and anyone who value sustainability, social, and environmental impact and through their purchasing decision could radically shift global business practices.
  2. US entrepreneurs and investors excited about the cannabis industry and yet uncomfortable about the risks and uncertainties of doing business in the US.

With California, the world’s largest market for legalized recreational marijuana, opening its doors on January 1, 2018, it is easy to lose sight of its more valuable cousin – hemp. With the current lifting of “Prohibition #2”, it is the real unsung hero. It’s highly plausible that it is the industrial value of hemp that triggered its criminalization with marijuana.

Why is everyone “so high” about marijuana? Is it because it’s the “lowest” hanging fruit offering immediate payback or instant gratification? (Forgive the pun!) After all, it is simply getting sterilized out of the black market. With the rising global supply, commercially and at consumers’ home, the novelty will wear off.

Think long term, sustainability, renewable resources, carbon negative plant.

Consider the following questions:

Why are tobaccos, alcohol, or sugar, legal considering their societal costs? And why was hemp lumped into marijuana; is it because it massively disrupts so many major corporations’ business?

 

Does it disrupt:

1.     Big pharma - because it is a plant that manufactures medicine without a patent?

2.     Big textiles - because cotton uses 20 times more water than hemp?

3.     Big wood, pulp and paper - because it takes 15+ years to

 make a forest when it only takes 90 to 110 days to grow hemp plant or trees?

4.     Big oil, plastic, chemicals – because chemical intensive oil based plastic is estrogenic/cancerous, a marine life destroyer, while hemp is not? 

Source:dailymail.co.uk

Coincidence, or did all the above businesses conspire to criminalize hemp and could it be the same reason, the US federal legalization has been slow?

In the 1930's, Pepperdine University professor John C. Lucien, hypothesized that hemp sparked the total prohibition of cannabis:

“From 1935 on, the Bureau actively re-wrote the history of hemp by demonizing cannabis — triggered by monopolistic greed and economic insecurity of a few financially threatened industries.”

Source: Leafly.com

The Federal Bureau of Narcotics (“Bureau”) reported to the US Treasury Department, led by Andrew Mellon, a very powerful industrialist with interests in companies like DuPont, General Motors, and various oil interests, who favored big businesses. He appointed Henry Anslinger (his niece’s husband) to head the Bureau, which ultimately drafted the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. 

Furthermore, William Randolph Hearst, a newspaper mogul and owner of various forest companies producing wood, pulp and paper, added more fire when he used his newspapers to spread more anti-cannabis propaganda.

Lastly, DuPont’s nylon, a plastic based synthetic also appeared to have been threatened by the many uses of hemp.

Do you know that your sashimi may contain plastics?

Plastic Bottle Addiction

There are tiny pieces of plastic in the seafood you're eating. -- Zooey Deschanel , h/t The Farm Project.

Posted by ATTN: on Sunday, December 10, 2017

What about The Health Risks of Toxic Fibers and Fabrics including nylon? Take a read (930 words).

To consumers, preserve your health and the planet by your purchasing decision, buying products derived from socially and environmentally sustainable sources. The millennials have now exceeded the population of baby boom and generation x. That is a lot of purchasing power that could make a better world.

To entrepreneurs and investors, why wait for the US federal level to decriminalize hemp and marijuana when Canada’s door is already wide open? Operate in Canada and export to the rest of the world. Hemp, more than marijuana, is the plant that helps a corporation’s triple bottom line – people, planet, profits (3BL) and/or environmental, social, governance (ESG) mandate.

Your comments or ideas are valuable to us. What do you think?

Antonio is a financial executive, an entrepreneur, and an investor interested in co-financing and co-developing health & wellness, health tech/agtech, and other tech enabled businesses, from funding to exit. He leads an early revenue stage venture capital firm committed to change the world by supporting entrepreneurs driven to build a healthier planet and live a healthier lifestyle.

http://alamidascpartners.com/about/|Twitter: @alamidas @healthvcfunder

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