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5th Grader Turns in Pot-Smoking Parents

Parents Arrested After Fifth Grader Turns Them In For Having Marijuana Joints; Kid Inspired By L.A.-Founded D.A.R.E. Program

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D.A.R.E. ensares parents who smoke — gasp — joints.

​ You gotta love D.A.R.E., the anti-drug program created by late Los Angeles police Chief Daryl Gates in 1983. It’s done a great job of eradicating drugs in schools. More importantly, it’s made snitches out of children who have been taught by cops to turn in their parents.

That’s what happened last week in Matthews, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte, where an 11-year-old elementary school kid brought a few joints to campus and turned them in, saying they belonged to mom and dad.

This, of course, was after the good officers at D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) came to school to give their anti-drug lecture.

Matthews police Officer Stason Tyrrell told WBTV the 5th grader did the right thing:

“Even if it’s happening in their own home with their own parents, they understand that’s a dangerous situation because of what we’re teaching them. That’s what they’re told to do, to make us aware.”

The dad, age 40, and the mom, age 38, were arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia — misdemeanors.

The dad, who’s name was withheld by the TV station, told WBTV it’s “no one’s business” how the 11-year-old got a hold the joints, and that “I don’t give drugs to my kids.”

D.A.R.E. has been widely criticized as ineffective, a product of the Just-Say-No ’80s. But its L.A.-based proselytizers carry on as if Nancy Reagan is still the first lady.

What’s ironic is that, had this case happened in D.A.R.E.’s hometown, the parents very well could have had a prescription for their weed, and the cops might have had to lay off.

Hemp History in America

A Brief History of HEMP in AMERICA by David Brannon

http://www.bakedlife.com/2011/06/brief-history-of-hemp-in-america-by.html

Here’s David Brannon‘s most recent editorial contribution for Baked Life.

Hemp was integral to early history of the nation, and the plant itself was exchanged as a form of money throughout most of the Americas from 1631 to the early 1800’s. Hemp and flax were both important and most farms had at least a field devoted to one of these crops.
By 1721 British colonists were receiving farm subsidies for producing hemp. England and Holland looked to their colonies to furnish enough hemp to supply their two enormous navies. At times colonial governments made the production of hemp compulsory.
In 1733 South Carolina hired a writer to create a book about hemp then travel the state promoting both hemp and flax. Georgia provided free seed and instruction to farmers in 1767. By the late colonial period North Carolina provided warehousing and inspection services for exports of hemp and flax.
Hemps major competitor in the south was tobacco. When tobacco prices were high, farmers preferred to grow tobacco. Whenever tobacco prices fell those farmers returned to producing hemp. Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp, with Jefferson writing about the crop and inventing machines and new systems to processes the plant. In 1810 John Quincy Adams travelled to Russia to study hemp manufacturing techniques there.
As the nation moved west so did hemp. Conestoga wagons were covered with canvas hemp and its new lightweight version called canvas duck. But the Civil War [1861-1865], while initially sparking demand for hemp, ultimately devastated the southern agricultural economy. National policy was in the hands of the industrial North and their fiber preference was for cheaper cotton. After the conflict, when southern farmers could not even produce sufficient hemp for the bagging needs of the cotton market, jute stepped in to fill that shortfall. Another cheaper alternative to hemp had entered the market.

Hemp had one huge disadvantage — cost. Breaking hemp [preparing it for market] accounted for nearly two-thirds of the expense of the crop from seed to market. Most breaking was done in the winter when farmers could not work their fields. Hemp provided year-round jobs but increased costs. Cotton had its cost-reducing-gin; hemp did not.
But new uses for hemp, especially the pulp of the plant, called hurds, were on the horizon. Industries as diverse as paper, plastics, and explosives could use the cellulose-rich hurds. USDA Bulletin 404, published in 1916, stated that “without a doubt, hemp will continue to be one of the staple agricultural crops of the United States.
In the 1930’s the Ford Motor Company was planning to build and fuel a fleet of cars using hemp and other plant matter. Popular Mechanics magazine wrote, “[h]emp will not compete with other American products. Instead it will displace imports of raw material and manufactured products produced by underpaid coolie and peasant labor and it will provide thousands of jobs for American workers throughout the land.”
Then came 1937. And everything changed.
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