Researcher, Blogger, Activist

Researcher, Blogger, Activist

As the UK goes to hell in a handcart thanks to Brexit, one cannot help but sit back and admire just how badly the the Tories have got everything wrong! Six years of project fear has turned a nation of lions in to a horde of lemmings.

As all political parties fight each other, the politics of fear is driving us further apart. We’re out of Europe! We can make peace and move forward, or we can continue to let the country to be mired in division. The UK is falling apart and instead of more division, we need a united front. We need more than ever something to get behind. My personal perspectives are that we have one option to fill all of the gaps left by Brexit. The industrialisation of the cannabis industry!

As pointed out by The Canary, there are 5 major issues of major concern connected with this.

http://www.thecanary.co/2016/06/26/five-things-may-missed-distracted-eu-referendum/

1. NHS finances are a national crisis: Hospital deficits doubled in the last year

Cannabis can be a major tool the NHS. One of the biggest costs to the NHS is that of obesity related diabetes. £47bn per year, with a further £5bn in related cancers and 137 amputations per week. To put that in to perspective, that’s a massive 3% of GDP. It is a greater burden on the UK’s economy than armed violence, war and terrorism.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/20/obesity-bigger-cost-than-war-and-terror

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jul/15/rise-diabetes-amputations-figures

And yet, cannabis has been shown to regulate blood sugar and lower insulin resistance. Treatment of diabetes was of the reasons Aodharn O Riordain called for legalisation in Ireland last year.

http://www.diabetes.co.uk/recreational-drugs/cannabis.html

https://praguepot.com/2015/07/31/ireland-will-decriminalize-cannabis/

There’s also that antibiotics crisis doing the rounds that the likes of Merck, Bayer, and around 80 other pharmaceutical companies are trying to extort $37bn dollars from the global economy to develop new ones. However CBG, which is prolific in industrial hemp, along with CBD and THC, are so highly antibiotic they even kill of MRSA.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35363569

http://reset.me/story/marijuana-the-super-antibiotic-of-the-future/

Along with all of those savings to the NHS, we could be creating thousands of jobs! So do we shell out billions to companies who have been proven time and again to have zero in the way of moral ethics when it comes to their products or who they sell them to? Or start filling fields and poly tunnels?

2. 84% of people with disabilities are terrified of benefit cuts

As the benefits system is harder and more restrictive to access than ever, particularly for vulnerable and disabled adults who are in a position where they can’t work, the home growing industry can make a massive difference to their lives. Allowing people the opportunity to grow from home and sell their products in an established market can remove people from that process. Just as it’s doing in America!

http://thehustle.co/the-grow-your-own-marijuana-at-home-industry-is-growing-fast

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/22/cashing-in-on-cannabis-legalisation

Added to the fact that the industry is already busting state budget funding targets to the tune of millions because of the industry being set up to benefit state governance rather than federal, local industries of this nature can contribute to those budget shortfalls. Something any new government is going to have to address withe loss of EU funding now, along with suspension of central state funding from 2020.

http://taxfoundation.org/article/marijuana-legalization-and-taxes-lessons-other-states-colorado-and-washington

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/dec/17/councils-face-billions-more-budget-cuts-april-england-local-authorities-funding-settlement

I have no doubt that for most people with disabilities, knowing they can either work from home, or that there’s an industry out there that can generate the taxes required to cover their care costs, it would be a massive weight off their minds.

3. Britain heads for deforestation with lowest tree planting figures in a generation

I think we all know the dangers of deforestation. If you don’t, may I suggest you start your reading at Easter Island.

http://scribol.com/anthropology-and-history/archaelogy/how-deforestation-caused-easter-islands-society-to-collapse/

Hemp, just plain old industrial hemp, produces FOUR times the pulp per acre than trees. It matures in a fraction of the time at just 16 weeks. The industrialisation of medicinal and recreational strains can be utilised to maximise farmers financial output from their lands.

http://didyouknow.org/hemp/

By substituting our forestry land for industrialised hemp and cannabis, we can avert yet another catastrophic Conservative policy. For instance, there is currently in Port Talbot a biomass energy plant with two more planned. They are to be fueled on foreign timber pellets. Why not introduce hemp farming to the welsh valleys to fuel these plants instead?

http://www.eco2uk.com/en/our_projects/project_detail.asp?project_id=12

http://www.electricitypolicy.org.uk/hemp-the-biomass-power-plant/

http://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/2015/welsh-biomass-proposals/

With the closure of the steel plant in Port Talbot, maybe carbon fiber manufacturing could be an added industrial extra? Or there’s always Graphene. With a weaker pound, British Graphene products would be very attractive to a European customer base. What other manufacturing industry do we have?

4. Schools using cash earmarked for disadvantaged kids to plug budget gaps left by cuts

Schools have been one of the single biggest winners from legalisation. Colorado introduced a 15% sales tax that has been put towards school construction programs. Seeing as the state bust its budget by $66mn, they got a nice little bonus from the cannabis industry last year. On top of that, kids from deprived backgrounds are now being given scholarships paid for by taxes earned from the industry. Youth education programs have been an integral part of this industry and youth are set to be the biggest winners overall from legalisation in the long run. Something a lot of politicians nowadays may wish to take in to account considering the demographics results for the referendum.

http://www.mintpressnews.com/new-schools-less-crime-colorado-sees-benefits-of-marijuana-legalization/208751/

http://www.thecannabist.co/2015/11/04/marijuana-college-scholarship-pueblo-county/43314/

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/politics/2015-marijuana-tax-vote-results-colorado-considers-proposition-bb

5. We may not be in Europe but TTIP remains a threat!

TTIP, if you don’t know about this by now, its a big bad move! Multinational companies cannot be allowed to create laws that protect their profits and their being. We’ve seen the effect that has and I think we’re all in agreement it doesn’t work. These agreements stand in the way of everything that I’ve already detailed. From degradation of environmental rights to workers rights, these agreements would be a disaster. However when you have an industry that creates a high wage economy, opposition can easily be mounted. The race to the bottom can end at last!

Right now, more than ever, this country needs hope. It needs industry! Show me another that can fill all of these gaps! This is one of the best opportunities we’ll ever have to bring pressure for our cause!

Industrialised cannabis can be the hope that the UK  needs!

-Tree