• iHR 9.23.14

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    iHempRadio on the Time 4 Hemp network
    Hosted by Anndrea Hermann
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    Recorded Sept 16, 2014
    Aired Sept 23, 2014
      6-7pmPST show time

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     Guest 1:  Brad Ervin, Co-founder and Chief Hemp Officer, Hippie Butter
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    Guest 2: Everett Swift, Executive Director, Michigan Industrial Hemp Education and Marketing Project (MIHEMP)
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    Mark your calendar for the 6th Annual Hemp History Week – June 1-7, 2015.

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     Guest 1:  Brad Ervin, Co-founder and Chief Hemp Officer, Hippie Butter 

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    Hippie Butter makes a variety of hemp seed-based food products and supplements, all of which carry high super food qualities. HIPPIE-BUTTER-FOUNDER1-UNDISCOVERED-KITCHEN-BLOG From the natural and simple hemp seed itself, to cacao hemp seed butter, all Hippie Butter products are free of GMOs, gluten, THC, herbicides, and pesticides.

    Co-founder Brad Ervin had first gotten his hands on hemp seeds at a convenience store in Canada when he was on a music tour. Not only did he love the flavor, but he noticed a positive change in his energy and stress levels. Soon after, he and his wife, Melete, founded Hippie Butter in 2011 in an effort to create an American source of high-quality hemp seeds. Now based in Texas, Brad and Melete have expanded from selling toasted and hulled hemp seeds to offering an impressive assortment of gourmet hemp seed products.

    Hemp Seed Food Products:

    • Hulled Hemp Seeds: Can be eaten as a snack straight out of the bag, or added to soups or salads, even baked into desserts
    • Toasted Hemp Seeds: Roasted and seasoned with sea salt and are perfect for trail mix or homemade granola
    • Hemp Seed Oil: Great alternative to olive oil and can be seasoned for marinating
    • Organic Hippie Hemp Seed Butter: A nutty butter that can be spread on bread or added to smoothies as an extra source of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids
    • Organic Cacao Hemp Seed Butter: Can be added to anything for a nutty dark chocolate flavor
    • Hemp Seed Protein Powder: An organic protein powder with a 50% protein content that serves as an energizing supplement and as an alternative to energy drinks
    • Hemp Seed Coffee: Combines the superfood qualities of roasted hemp seeds with Fair-trade Mexican coffee for a full-flavored coffee without a bitter after-taste
    • Hemp Seed Flour: Can be used as a gluten-free alternative in baking breads and pastries

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    Hippie Butter shares many of their favorite hemp seed recipes such as pesto sauce and granola on their website. Hippie Butter hemp seed products can be added to just about any recipe to add superfood goodness. There’re also several hemp seed video recipes, including an ultimate hemp seed butter smoothie and chocolate hemp seed bark.

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    Who are the business founders and when did you launch the business? Hippie Butter, L. L. C. was founded in 2011 by Brad and Melete Ervin.

    What inspired you to start your business? Former Chef and Sound Engineer Makes Good on His Hemp Seed Dreams. I’m Brad Ervin, former chef, 25-year rock ‘n’ roll sound engineer, and now the CHO (Chief Hemp Officer) of Hippie Butter Hemp Seed Food Products. As I toured the world with such artists as George Strait, Bette Midler, Paul McCartney, and many others, I discovered the “superfood,” hemp seeds. During a tour in Canada, I became sick and exhausted from the long hours and bad food that are so common in the entertainment industry. I was hungry and stopped at a convenience store that happened to carry hemp seeds. I bought some, loved the nutty, crunchy taste, and started to eat a handful a day. It wasn’t long before I was feeling more energized and less stressed, with a heightened sense of well-­being.

    What was your AHA moment? Since hemp seeds were too good to keep to myself, I brought home a small stock to my wife, a thyroid patient, who also found that the hemp seeds made her feel better, increased her energy, and her sense of well-being. She passed them along to her friends. Soon, many people were clamoring for my hemp seeds. I couldn’t keep up with the demand and decided to start buying hemp seeds by the case but ran into a problem – it was hard to find United States companies who carried hemp seeds, and finding quality hemp seeds was next to impossible. “There should be a company that makes a wide variety of high-quality hemp seed products in America!” That was my AHA moment and three years ago, I created Hippie Butter and launched the website.

    Where do you currently make your product and how did you find the process of finding a kitchen to be like? Hippie Butter sells hemp-seed-based food products directly to customers and to wholesale grocery markets. We receive first-phase goods from a Canadian hemp seed supplier and then process and manufacture our final products. When we first started, we were lucky to have friends in the food manufacturing business who suggested several kitchen co-ops. Kitchen co-ops are a great way to get started.

    Did you have a background in the food/drink industry when you started? Yes, as a co-founder I have a Culinary Arts Degree.

    A business idea that was left on the editing room floor? We always keep ideas on the back-burner.  You never know when a paradigm might shift and open a door that was previously closed. Some ideas might just need time to grow or adapt.

    What are some of rookie mistakes you made when starting out? Trying to do everything on the cheap from packaging to website development was an initial mistake.

    How do you stay motivated in the face of competition? That’s one of the hardest parts about being an entrepreneur! We keep our nose to the grindstone and work at it, knowing that no one is an overnight success.

    What’s the strangest customer request or feedback you’ve gotten?

    We really haven’t gotten any strange requests but we have lots of fun stories of our customers calling just to chat.

    What’s your main business goal for 2014? Hippie Butter is growing quickly. We are currently seeking verified investors to help us expand operations, purchase equipment, outfit a production facility and warehouse, and support operations.

    Where do you see the business in 10 years? We hope that Hippie Butter is in every 7/11 convenience store, and contributing to our school lunch program goal, which will contain healthy delicious hemp seed foods.

    What’s your team or company motto? Hippie Butter’s mission is to purchase, promote and deliver a growing line of delicious, nutritious, and organic gourmet hemp seed food and skin care products for people who live a natural lifestyle, love healthy foods and work to leave a healthy planet for future generations. Hemp is health and health is wealth!

    Advice for someone with a great artisan food or drink idea? Go for it! Ask lots of questions. If you can’t figure something out yourself, ask someone else for input or suggestions.  Artists and artisans love to help other like-minded artisans.

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    Guest 2: Everett Swift, Executive Director, Michigan Industrial Hemp Education and Marketing Project MIHEMPSwiftspeech1(MIHEMP)

    The Michigan Industrial Hemp Education and Marketing Project has the stated goal of “Working to expand hemp as a natural resource for industrial and private enterprise.”

    We get funding through membership dues, fund raising events, and donations.

    We are a grass roots movement that works to inform the public and gain exposure through public forums, setting up booths at community events, slide show presentations, and handing out brochures.

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    Our mission is to educate the public and state government officials about Industrial Hemp and try to clear up the myths and teach the facts through meetings and seminars and setting up booths at public events.
    We also will be working to connect consumers and vendors of hemp products in Michigan and in the United States.

    We are a Michigan non profit organization and funded through membership dues, fund raising events, and donations. If you are interested in helping out or becoming a member please do not hesitate to contact us.

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    Looking to directly work the halls and offices of Lansing, our direct geographically focused action plan involves YOU in the legislative process. With your 9-digit zip code, we will target both who your State Senator and State Representative in Lansing are. When we meet with your legislators, we will alert you with their contact information, allowing you to contact them to voice your support for our efforts.

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  • iHR 9.16.14

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    iHempRadio on the Time 4 Hemp network
    Hosted by Anndrea Hermann
    Listen to iHR show archives at iHempRadio
    Recorded Sept 9, 2014
    Aired Sept 16, 2014
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     Guest 1:  Leo Laurence, Speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Former Missouri Deputy Sheriff
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    Guest 2: Craig Nejedly, Founder, CEO, Satori Movement
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    Mark your calendar for the 6th Annual Hemp History Week – June 1-7, 2015.

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    Guest 1:  Leo Laurence, Speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Former Missouri Deputy Sheriff leap th_leolaurence

    Leo E. Laurence, J.D. is a former deputy sheriff, and once served on the Biker Enforcement Task Force in the District Attorney’s office in San Diego. He still has his badge. He holds a law degree and completed an unprecedented, four-year, post-doctoral study in appellate law at the California Court of Appeal in San Diego.

    While Laurence continues to work on confidential law enforcement matters, he currently serves as editor of San Diego News Service, and is active on the National Committee on Diversity of the Society of Professional Journalists.

    About LEAP

    Founded on March 16, 2002, LEAP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies. Those policies have failed, and continue to fail, to effectively address the problems of drug abuse, especially the problems of juvenile drug use, the problems of addiction, and the problems of crime caused by the existence of a criminal black market in drugs.

    Although those who speak publicly for LEAP are people from the law enforcement and criminal justice communities, a large number of our supporting members do not have such experience. You don’t have to have law enforcement experience to join us.

    By continuing to fight the so-called “War on Drugs,” the US government has worsened these problems of society instead of alleviating them. A system of regulation and control of these substances (by the government, replacing the current system of control by the black market) would be a less harmful, less costly, more ethical, and more effective public policy.

    Please consider joining us and helping us to achieve our goals: 1) to educate the public, the media and policy makers about the failure of current policies, and 2) to restore the public’s respect for police, which has been greatly diminished by law enforcement’s involvement in enforcing drug prohibition.

     

    Guest 2: Craig Nejedly, Founder, CEO, Satori Movement satori criag_nejedly
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    CultureSkate is the Jam……Well, we hope you think so. Cultureskate.com is your exclusive online source for the highest grade, professional skateboard gear and expanded sustainable and culture goods.   At Culture Skate we strive to provide only the best to our customers from eco-friendly products to excellent customer service. We are committed to providing goods made with sustainable fibers such as hemp, bamboo, organic cotton and recycled polyester.  We realize that not all environmental and ethical change is possible immediately, but together we are working towards a better, more sustainable product with each season, everyday.

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  • iHR 9.9.14

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    iHempRadio on the Time 4 Hemp network
    Hosted by Anndrea Hermann
    Listen to iHR show archives at iHempRadio
    Sept 9, 2014 Guest
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     Guest 1: Ben Droz, Legislative Liaison, VoteHemp
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    Guest 2: Colleen Sauvé,  Vote HempNational Outreach Coordinator and Founder, Tennessee Hemp Industries Association- State Chapter
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    Would you like or do you know of a hemp product, project or person that would like to be a guest on our show? We are always looking to support current and ongoing hemp dreams! Sign up HERE
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    Mark your calendar for the 6th Annual Hemp History Week – June 1-7, 2015.

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    Guest 1: Ben Droz, Legislative Liaison, VoteHemp ben droz

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    CONGRESSIONAL LOBBYIST
    Schedules and attends meeting with congressional staff. Proven success in gaining co-sponsors and working across the aisle. Grassroots and community outreach. Sustainable agriculture, States Rights, Biobased products, industrial hemp.

    Vote Hemp is a national, single-issue, non-profit advocacy group founded in 2000 by members of the hemp industry to remove barriers to industrial hemp farming in the U.S. through education, legislation and advocacy. We work to build grassroots support for hemp through voter education, registration and mobilization, as well as defend against any new laws, regulations or policies that would prohibit or restrict hemp trade. Industrial hemp is the non-psychoactive, low-THC, oilseed and fiber varieties of the Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp has absolutely no use as a recreational drug.ourPartners_07

    Droz maintains presence on Capitol hill as a full-time advocate for industrial hemp farming. Droz has regular meetings with congressional offices, ranging from short education meetings, high level policy meetings, and presentations to working groups. Droz has been integral in developing and implementing legislative strategy, and continues to work day to day on these activities.

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    Hemp Specialist- Expert on Industrial Hemp; current legislative status, industry and market. Connections throughout the global industry.
    Photography- Professional photographer specializing in events. Published regularly in Washington Life Magazine, Washingtonian Magazine, Brightest Young Things. Out and about.
    Technology- Former Technology Specialist, proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and general technical problem solving.

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    Guest 2: Colleen Sauvé,  Vote HempNational Outreach Coordinator and

    Founder, Tennessee Hemp Industries Association- State Chapter

    This was my opening summary statement in 2013…

    “I want to captivate a national audience by telling the story of an initiative that will improve the quality of people’s lives. Are you looking for me?”

    In 2014, Vote Hemp found me.

    After over a decade, having worked in civil law & utility advocacy (water & natural gas), a culmination of experiences laid the groundwork for strategic activism. In Tennessee, I spearheaded a non-profit organization for industrial hemp, Tennessee Hemp Industries Association, ahead of the legislation to tnhia logolegalize hemp farming. With major grassroots support & a social media campaign called “Hemp looks like this,” we began educating legislators about the opportunity to bring hemp farming back to the state. The campaign involved exhibiting Colleen in KY fieldfinished hemp products (food, t-shirts, cars, bio-fuel, etc.) and not the plant itself. This was a key strategy due to hemp’s popular, yet troublesome, conflation with high-THC varieties, i.e. marijuana. The campaign went viral nationally and continues to grow. With the foundation of the TNHIA and successful presentations to the legislature, we achieved a near unanimous victory in the passage of Tennessee’s hemp law.There is no plant on Earth that will improve the quality of people’s lives more than cannabis, especially fiber & oilseed varieties. Not only will they reduce our reliance on petrochemicals, but hemp can restore American agriculture offering sustainability & sequestering CO2. I have the great privilege to work with activists in realizing a major paradigm shift for our future. We will get back to farming & grow a great nation.

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  • iHR 9.2.14

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    Guest 1: Theresa Hellings, Co-Founder/Owner of both The Wonder Seed & The Healing Seed
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    Guest 2: Nini Martino, Co-author/Owner of HEMP, The Novel LikeonFB @HempTheNovel
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    Mark your calendar for the 6th Annual Hemp History Week – June 1-7, 2015.

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    Guest 1: Theresa Hellings, Co-Founder/Owner of both The Wonder Seed & The Healing Seed

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    Virgin Organic Hemp Seed Oil Body Care made with the optimal blend of hemp seed oil, the most nutritious oil on Earth. Ecocert Certified Organic Ingredients, vegan, cruelty free, free of any artificial colors or perfumes. Award-winning facial care, hair care and body care so ridiculously nutritious you get your most radiantly healthy glow! Helps heal skin conditions including Eczema, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Acne and dry, itchy, flakey scalp. Divine scents including Sweet Orange, English Daisy, Fresh Jasmine, Spring Lavender, Water Lotus and the soon to be released Green Tea.
    Wonder seed productsFormerly known as The Healing Seed, we’ve launched a new brand with a more accurate name. Yes, our products help heal skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne and itchy, flakey scalp) but they do so much more! They’re anti-aging, improve skin texture, balance your oil profile and give you your most radiantly healthy glow ever! Of course we kept the same, oh so divine formulas that are a product of our 25 years of expertise in natural body care, botanicals and aromatherapy. Our mission at The Wonder Seed is to nurture, heal and protect skin and hair with a complete line of products rich in virgin organic hempseed oil, the most nutritious oil on Earth. Our formulas contain the optimal amount of hempseed oil for human absorption and are 100% natural, vegan, with no parabens, and no artificial colors or perfumes. We never test on animals and we have an eco-conscious philosophy recognizing the importance of protecting our environment. We’re also socially conscious, always dealing by the highest of fair trade standards and donating to both local and international organizations that help make the world more wonderful.
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    We consider it a privilege to educate about hemp and all its benefits for our health and for our planet. From our families to yours, we wish you vibrant health for your most wonderful life!

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    Mommy Greenest Approved – 2014 EcoSalon Approved – 2013
    Best Hand Cream – 2009
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    Guest 2: Nini Martino, Co-author/Owner of HEMP, The Novel LikeonFB @HempTheNovel

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    : Co-Author Zack DiLiberto
    “Hemp,” the novel, a hidden chapter of American history, interwoven in a love story. “HEMP” enlightens its readers to the wonders of industrial hemp and thus encourages them to join the free-hemp movement – i.e., to end the unjust, insane ban on the world’s most useful plant.

    By Nini Martino and Zack DiLiberto

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    HEMP is the saga of fifth generation hemp-farmer, Noble Burnett, and his beautiful,

    unconventional daughter, Kate. As they struggle to keep their hemp farm intact through the throes of the Great Depression, the Burnetts discover, much to their dismay, that the failing U.S. economy is the least of their problems. A powerful anti-hemp lobby is bent on destroying their livelihood.

    The barons of the petrol-chemical and tree-paper industries had long viewed industrial hemp as a growing threat to their interests. But with major breakthroughs in hemp processing and rumors of Henry Ford’s hemp-mobile materializing, the hemp-threat becomes intolerable to the barons, and they conspire to obliterate it.

    A string of coincidences converge to their advantage: Prohibition is repealed, leaving its disciples without a cause. An obscure drug, marijuana, is vilified, and falsely equated with industrial hemp. A frustrated Prohibitionist is appointed chief of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics; and Prohibition is back – hemp, tagged as marijuana, its new target!

    In keeping with history, the story of HEMP ends badly. Prohibition, in all of its madness, rages on, while hemp, and its promise of a green revolution are eliminated! Nevertheless, with guidance from an extraordinary source, the resilient Burnetts find peace and escape despair. The questions they pose at a 1937 Senate hearing, moreover, continue to haunt the reader, and provide a glimmer of hope:

    “What shall we tell the children, Senators? How shall we explain this folly? And when will we put it right?”

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    Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 1933

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    Harry Anslinger, in his pajamas, disheveled and miserable, sat slouched over the breakfast table in the conservatory of his home, staring blankly at the larger-than-life headlines on the morning paper: PROHIBITION REPEALED. He breathed a heavy sigh, leaned his elbows on the table, and buried his grief-stricken face in his hands. His wife, looking on sadly from over his shoulder, slid the paper out of his sight, and stuck a plate of ham and eggs under his nose.

    “You must eat something, Dear,” she coaxed him, taking the seat beside him, gently patting his hand. “Come, now, I fixed the eggsmyself, the way you like them.” Anslinger looked to her briefly. “I can’t,” he mouthed silently, and hung his head again. She got up, drearily, covered the food, and put it back on a serving cart. Approaching him once more, she made a last effort to console him: “You knew this was coming, Harry. You did everything you could. Everything humanly possible. Clearly, it was meant to be. We must accept it.” “I can’t,” he repeated, in a sorrowful whimper. “Give it to the dog,” he said of the food, without looking up. “I’mnot hungry.”

    Across town, an hour later, William Hagar sat, peering at the same heading, in the newspaper on Andrew Mellon’s desk. Mellon, also at the desk, had been on the phone, and trying to get off, for several minutes. Hagar began to fidget, cross his legs, uncross them, tap his manicured fingers on the desk, on the arm of his chair, and hum, nervously. He got Mellon’s attention. “Okay! Okay! Enough!” Mellon shouted into the phone. “I’ll do my best,” he softened his tone, “but tell her I’m not making any promises. Yeah. Yeah. Good-bye.”

    “Jesus!” he cursed, as he slammed down the receiver. “Why me?” he murmured dramatically, lifting his tired eyes and timewornhands towards the heavens. And then he looked to Hagar: “Anslinger’s depressed. He’s resigning. His wife’s been crying to my sister, my secretary, and anyone else who’ll listen. They expect me to fix it – as if I could fix anything in this town anymore!”

    “Depressed?” Hagar responded, picking up the paper, waving it in the air. “This has been coming for a year. Where’s he been?” “You don’t understand, Bill. Harry lived for Prohibition. When he made chief, it was the happiest day of his whole wretched life!” Hagar smirked, half-laughed.

    “We gotta go see him,” Mellon asserted, “right away!” “Not me!” Hagar declined, loudly. “Make matters worse. Crazy bastard blames me for your fall from grace.” They glanced at each other knowingly, for a second, before Hagar broke contact. “Crazybastard’s right!” Mellon kidded him. “It’s all your fault!”

    On a stormy afternoon, a few days later, Mellon, having given up on Hagar, convinced Du Pont, who was in Washington on business, to accompany him to the Anslingers. A housekeeper greeted them at the door and collected their wraps, followed by Mrs. Anslinger, who burst into tears. “Thank you so much for coming, Uncle, Mr. Du Pont,” she collected herself, gave Mellon a hug, shook hands with Du Pont, and led them to a cozy, hearth-warmed parlor. “I’m so sorry to trouble you, on this wintry day, in these terrible times. With all you’ve been through, I should be comforting you…”

    “Not at all, Dear. No need,” Mellon assured her, as the three were seated round a coffee table, set with tea and assorted biscuits. “We’re fine, just fine… Monsieur Du Pont, here, and I are realists. We knew the Repeal was coming – saw the writing on the wall long ago.” He sighed and paused, but perked up quickly. “And so we did what we had to do, found ourselves a greater cause to champion!” Mrs. Anslinger nodded, but appeared somewhat confused. She remained silent, brow wrinkled, as she poured the tea and passed around the accompaniments. It dawned on Mellon then that her comments were not in reference to the Repeal, but to his ousting as Secretary of the Treasury.”

    As for me, and my new appointment,” he cleverly addressed and skirted the issue at once, “nothing ‘terrible’ about that either, my Dear! “On the contrary,” he fibbed, “haven’t you heard? I actually prefer the new post to the old!” “I hadn’t heard! And I’m so glad, Uncle, truly,” Mrs. Anslinger spoke elatedly. Returning to the problem at hand, however, she came to tears again: “I’m really worried about Harry, Uncle… He hasn’t eaten or come out of his quarters in days… He’s written his resignation letter; and wants me to send it. He insists that I send it! I was hoping and praying you could talk some sense into him. He looks up to you, Uncle, more than anyone – you know that.” Mellon patted her on the shoulder. “I’ll do my best, Honey,” he said kindly, “I promise you. Come, now,” he offered his handkerchief, “dry your eyes, drink your tea, and stop your fretting. Harry’ll get over it. We all will. There’s nothing else to do!”

    “Thank you, Uncle,” she repeated, as she wiped her eyes yet again. “And sorry about all the tears. It’s just that I feel so bad for Harry. And so helpless…”Come! Please!” She took a deep breath, got back on her feet, and motioned for the men to rise. “I’ll take you to him, you’ll see for yourselves how poorly he’s doing, and why I’m so distraught.”

    They followed her up the stairway in the entry hall to Anslinger’s study. She knocked on the door, repeatedly, to no response. Opening the door a crack, she peeped into the pitch black room, and called out, “Harry, wake up, Dear. It’s two o’clock; and you’ve got visitors. Uncle Andrew and Mr. Du Pont are waiting to see you.” Opening the door completely to light the way, she waved the visitors in; and then she left. They found Anslinger, unwashed and unshaven, wrapped in a rumpled bathrobe, un-slippered, one sock off and one on, lying on the sofa in the dark – the picture of gloom. As they opened the drapes, Anslinger groaned, “No! Please! No!” and covered his eyes with his arm to block out the light.

    “Wake up, Dear, it’s two o’clock, and you’ve got visitors,” Mellon mimicked Mrs. Anslinger’s sweetness, while rummaging through the papers on Anslinger’s desk. He found the letter of resignation, and skimmed it. Holding onto it, he pulled up a seat near Anslinger’s head, and pointed Du Pont to the opposite end. “You can’t do this, Harry,” Mellon asserted, tapping the letter on Anslinger’s chest. “You can’t resign! You’re not a quitter! Think about it, Harry. Who would they get? There’s no one in this country could run that Bureau like you do – they might as well shut it down!”

    “It’s not like when you were there, Uncle,” Anslinger moaned. “I can’t do it anymore. They’ve tied my hands. Cut back my staff, cut off my funding…”

    “Hearst is going to help out,” Mellon assured him. “He’s got ideas for marijuana. Inexpensive ones. You need to meet with him, Harry, right away.” Anslinger shook his head, repeating under his breath, “It’s no use, it’s no use.”

    Du Pont grabbed Anslinger’s socked-toe, and wiggled it. “Forget about the Repeal, Harry – that’s history. You need to finish the job on marijuana. You’re off to a good start with the local bans. You keep that up! Then you take it to the federal level. Little by little, you get that poison off the streets! Just keep thinking of the good you’ll be doing the country!”

    Anslinger lifted his arm from his eyes, and started to lift his head, but fell back. Looking up at Du Pont squinty-eyed, he spoke, uncharacteristically, in a faint, whiny voice: “It can’t be done. I’m telling you, Mr. Du Pont. Hemp’s got a thousand legitimate uses, and more to come. It’s not just the farmers, it’s the manufacturers, and even the doctors we have to contend with! It’s thousands of jobs, and millions of users. There’s no prohibiting this plant – it can’t be done!” He sighed, and closed his eyes again.

    Du Pont got a hold of Anslinger’s foot now, and shook him to attention: “Listen to me, Harry! All that’s going to change! …And I’ll tell you why: “Hemp is expendable – absolute fact! There isn’t a single hemp product that can’t be replaced with something better. We’ve already seen it with cloth and paper, and the rest is on the way. We’ve got synthetics today, Harry, for everything! We’ve even got a synthetic cord in the works – amazing product; it’ll make the old rope obsolete within a year, and hemp with it – you mark my words! “Synthetics are the future, Harry!” He pretended to take a drag off a reefer, and go tipsy. “Hemp is dope!”

    Anslinger sat up, smoothed out the sleeves and lapel of his robe, brushed off his shoulders, and yawned. “Marijuana is dangerous,” he muttered. “Deadly,” Du Pont egged him on, “especially in the hands of children!”

    “No one said this would be easy, Harry,” Mellon put in. “This is a complicated, gut-retching assignment you’ve taken on. But it needs to be done. And we’re convinced that you, and only you, can do it!” He hesitated… “Unless you know someone else?” Anslinger shook his head ‘no.’

    “Unfortunately,” Mellon went on, “we don’t have the pull or connections we had before either. But we’ve got plenty, enough to see us through. You will have what you need, Harry! Don’t be afraid to ask!”

    “But you’ll be abroad, Uncle,” Anslinger whimpered, “for months at a time.”

    “I will, undoubtedly,” Mellon conceded. “But,” he gestured toward Du Pont, “we’re all in this together, Harry. And Hearst, and Hagar, and Sanford, and their allies are our allies. And let us not forget, the lawyers, obscenely expensive as they are, are on my payroll!”

    Anslinger cracked a smile.

    Mellon smiled too. “So, Harry,” he wrapped it up, waving the letter of resignation, “can we dispose of this, finally? …Stop all the crying around here?”

    ‘Yes!’ said Anslinger, definitively, nodding his head, clearly relieved.

    Mellon crumpled the letter, and shot it neatly into a wastebasket. “Good!” he said. “Perfect! How ’bout we celebrate with another round of tea? The biscuits are delectable.”

    Anslinger was back on the job the following day. Within a week, he had met with Hearst, Sanford, the lawyers, and even Hagar; and within a month, he had finalized a plan to reinstate American Prohibition, albeit with a new drug! Utilizing the resources of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and the fervor of Anti-saloon Leaguers desperately seeking a cause, he would spread the word about marijuana – defined as the “newest and deadliest of the hard drugs” – to grassroots America, and promote its ban. In districts where the bans were already in force, he’d send in federal agents to encourage and assist the local police with raids and arrests. Where feasible, ‘investigative reporters,’ on loan from Hearst, would cover and sensationalize the stories. As a final step, he’d push for federal control of marijuana, via nation-wide licensing, taxing, and, ultimately, criminalizing of the drug’s producers, peddlers and consumers. Given the merits of hemp, he reckoned it would take at least five years to get a bill before Congress. It wasn’t easy, but he did it in three!

    Katelyn Farm, the following Spring:

    The afternoon was dreary and drizzly; the living room of the Burnetts’ home dimly lit; the fresh flowers fading. Kate was at her desk at the bay window, writing to Will and missing him terribly. She raised her eyes to the sound of the front door opening. Noble entered and walked toward her without a word, his head hung low. He was holding a file of papers.

    “Hi, Daddy,” Kate welcomed him. “How was the meetin’?”

    Noble grunted unintelligibly.

    “What’s all that?” she gestured toward the papers?

    Noble mumbled low again, took a seat on the sofa, and motioned for her to join him.

    “Look like you lost your best friend,” she said, and sat down beside him, and kissed him on the cheek.

    He handed her the file. “The League is petitionin’ three counties, includin’ ours, to license hemp-growers,” he said gloomily, “on advice from the federal government. They’re sayin’ hemp contains a narcotic!”

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    About Nini & Zach
    Nini Martino has been an instructor/practitioner of yoga, meditative and natural healing for thirty years, and has written on these subjects throughout. She was drawn to spiritual healing and became a Reiki practitioner while living in Spain during the 1990′s. The practice was transformational, and ultimately resulted in her first novel, THE MYTH, (iUniverse, 2005), co-authored with members of Netti’s Circle, a meditation group she founded.THE MYTH was still in-the-making when Nini received some shocking information on the history of industrial hemp. After delving deeply into it, she contacted Zack DiLiberto, a young freelance writer she had worked with on an earlier project. Zack was equally intrigued; and the two quickly came to agreement: “HEMP is a story that needs to be told; and we’re going to tell it!”

    Since the first printing of HEMP, (iUniverse, 2011), Nini has been on a mission to heal the planet. She is convinced that her “easy-read” is nonetheless an eye-opener, and that by popularizing it, she can help bring the nation to its senses with respect to the wonders of hemp and the wrongness of its prohibition. She has joined forces with every organization dedicated to the fair and free-market for industrial hemp. And, of course, she is meditating on it

     Zack DiLiberto

    Zack DiLiberto

    Zack DiLiberto is an actor, musician and freelance writer, living and working in Los Angeles, CA. He and co-author Nini Martino partnered previously to write the screenplay, “The Hemp-Man’s Daughter,” on which their new novel, HEMP, is based.

    Following his exhaustive research for HEMP, Zack was also inspired to lend his efforts and talents for Green Causes. He has become active in groups as diverse as Tree Hugger and Vote Hemp! He performs at Earth-Day festivals, works with members of the Eco-Kids, and, of course, speaks at a variety of venues regarding the benefits of industrial hemp. “It’s time-consuming,” he says, “but fulfilling.” He believes that the pursuit of an alternative source for petro-chemical and tree-paper products is the single greatest mission of our time.

    Zack has been singing and acting professionally since his mid-teens, appearing in numerous TV shows. Zack has also fronted several touring bands and worked as a session vocalist in Los Angeles. As part of Malibu’s Great Music Studio team, he has provided the voice /music for hundreds of jingles, commercials and films.