U.S.: 'Weed Not Greed' National Cannabis Education Tour Plans Kickoff For 2014
By Steve Elliott
A national cannabis education tour called "Weed Not Greed" is planning to launch next year, according to a press release from a group behind the plans.
"Weed Not Greed is on a mission to organize a national tour for cannabis visibility and education to re-legalize this long-cultivated plant of medicine, fiber, and consciousness," reads a Monday press release from the group. "To free innocent individuals incarcerated due to unconstitutional cannabis prohibitions, our group of passionate progressives will span the country visiting major metropolises.
" We are insisting on the right for anyone to grow, possess, consume, or distribute cannabis for all the gifts it has provided humanity over our thousands-year history together," the statement reads.
“We are making clear that cannabis use is a civil right, and the freedom to choose its use is as constitutional a right as freedom of religion and the pursuit of happiness,” said Weed Not Greed founder David Kowalsky.
"The mission," according to Kowalsky, "is to educate the unknowing and to raise the issue above the level of a key election topic (of which numerous polls now show a majority of Americans favoring legalization) to immediate health and economic concern. The number of neurological and muscular diseases that cannabis can treat is shown in the dozens, including many types of cancer."
The group maintains that the potential of cannabis as a crop for clothing, food, and building materials far exceeds that of cotton and trees. According to Weed Not Greed, cannabis is also preferable in terms of carbon footprint, soil management, and speed of production.
As a food it is what is called “a completely protein” which means it contains all the essential fatty acids our bodies require from outside sources, according to the group. The physical structure of the plant contains several times more cellulose by volume than trees, which is the part used for paper, making a switch to hemp a step in the direction of a more sustainable relationship with the environment.
"These and more benefits of the hemp plant are available to the public from many disparate sources, and we pull them all together in open spaces where people can see each other, and push the legalization movement over the tipping point," Kowalksy said.