But, as another cannabis author, Chris Conrad states in his book Hemp, lifeline to the future, published in 1994, “Make no mistake about it: this is not an overnight miracle cure for all our ills.” Conrad, who helped edit another landmark book revealing hemps potential, namely Jack Herer´s The Emperor Wears no clothes, says that; “Hemp is part of a long-term process of repairing our economy and environment. Hemp restoration will yield permanent financial benefits that will reverberate throughout the economy for generations to come. Given the scope of today´s environmental and economic crises, it is time for national and global crash programs to restore hemp and explore its vast potential.”
Global drug policy climate is also witnessing rapid change as first Uruguay in 2013 and then Canada in 2018 legalized “adult use” of cannabis. Even the USA, the initial instigator of the “war on weed”, has made hemp federally legal again, removing it from the Controlled Substance Act signed by Richard Nixon back in 1971, and which marked one of the many beginnings of the “War on Drugs”. Increasing amount of States have now legalized both medical and “adult use” of cannabis, so people are increasingly realizing that indeed, the Emperor wears no clothes.
Whether it is health or economics what drives this “lifeline to the future” as Conrad framed it over 25 years ago, cannabis is out of the green closet and what we need are practical and well-thought approaches on how to benefit from the plant in an efficient, ethical and sustainable way. In other words, let’s pave “the way for the next decade in Cannabis and hemp policies” (Riboulet-Zemouli et al 2019).
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