There is no credible source that would lead me to a more sensible reason why planting of Cannabis Sativa or commonly known as Marijuana, weed, pot or hemp is being considered illegal in the Philippines. This hemp is highly prohibited, that a mere possession of it in a smaller quantity means risking yourself to be put behind bars between 12 years to a lifetime.
But why is it that planting of Marijuana or hemp is illegal in the Philippines? The straightforward answer to this is–Because it is illegal in the United States of America for quite some time.
The influence of USA over the Philippine Laws is too strong that whatever is deemed illegal by Uncle Sam is almost instantly unlawful in the Republic of the Philippines. This is very interesting to note, but be that as it may.
How unfortunate could it get that a plant known to have super qualities is being undermined by our government with no apparent solid reason aside from the intention of going with the opinion of the world’s super power that had once infiltrated by the secret alliance of greedy businessmen.
Marijuana is a gift to humanity, this is the only plant known to human that addresses the various needs of current civilization. It is a potent medicine in treating diseases including but not limited to cancer, skin problems, diarrhea, AIDS, depression, epilepsy, insomnia, lack of appetite, mental disorders and Alzheimer’s disease.
Marijuana is the best source of protein that a teaspoon of its seeds when chewed fresh provides essential amino acids that the human body can not produce. These amino acids found in Cannabis Sativa are proven to be very important in human nutrition and food technology. The same amino acids are said to be very effective in the production of biodegradable plastics for commercial purposes. The oil of marijuana seeds can be used in making quality paints and varnishes. In fact 58,000 tons of hemp seeds were used in America for paint products in 1935 -Sherman Williams Paint Co. testimony before Congress against the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act.
Aside from health benefits, this hemp provides one of the world’s strongest plant fibers that the ancient human civilization have used. Historians and various researchers confirmed that marijuana fiber was used by our ancestors in making their boat sails. This super fiber is believed to be 10 times stronger than steel.
Marijuana is also the best source of fuel that per estimate, can address the world’s dwindling fossil fuels while generating tremendous amount of job opportunities to the world. Ask Mr. Henry Ford about one of his pioneering cars and you will find that it was built to run on hemp gasoline and the car itself is built from the same hemp.
This super herb has also the potential in alleviating the dreaded onset of climate change. Studies show that one hectare of Marijuana can save at least 2 hectares of trees of paper industries and manufacturers. While trees need at least 5 years in order to become great papers, marijuana on the hand needs only 5 months to mature and serve the same purpose.
But why is it illegal then if this is the case? Marijuana is a threat to greedy businessmen. This conspiracy is very profound that selfish pharmaceuticals and leading industries do not want to discuss as they journey towards extreme profit.