“Why I want marijuana legalized…one word: Plastics (reason #2)”
Plastics. This was Mr. McGuire’s word of wisdom to a young man named Benjamin in a film called “The Graduate”. Ben had not really decided what to do with his life upon graduating from college so Mr. McGuire’s advice would have been a worthy career insight.
And with good reason. Just take a good look around you…the presence of the plastics industry is as ubiquitous as two molecules of oxygen. You will touch more plastic in a day than you touch yourself. You will see it, smell it, and use it to eat, drink, and cook with. It will save someone’s life or take it.
And you know what, 99% of the plastic you see around you is the product of crude oil. Consider that the top 5 largest companies in the world revolve around plastic. Wal-Mart sells it to the public. The profit and revenue of 4 other companies depend on the extraction of crude oil from the earth which goes into making the plastics we, as consumers, buy and consequently litter the earth with.
Plastics can also be made from hemp oil.
“Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?”
– Henry Ford
Yes, that very weed which people associate with Cheech & Chong and potheads can also take a serious chunk out of the profit margins of 4 of the world’s largest oil companies…IF it were legal to grow in the United States.
But, for the time being, hemp remains illegal for no other reason than the fact it looks like marijuana when, chemically, they are two differently distinct plants.
The fact remains then that keeping marijuana illegal keeps hemp illegal.
Legalized marijuana is not a threat to society.
Legalized marijuana is a threat to the plastics industry.
People who trivialize this matter are just ignorant to how much this would change things the world over.
Why? The United States of America is the largest consumer of crude oil.
© 2011 Jerry D. Elmore