Patrick Moore: Saving the Planet with Hemp!
Hemp Advocate: Patrick Moore, Los Angeles, CA
He’s a maverick in his own regard, enlightening everyone about the truth and impact of cannabis and hemp. He’s presently focused on promoting the California Hemp Initiative 2016, and leading my example in every way he can to live out Jack Herer’s lifelong goal to save the planet! Our interview with him is nothing short of breath-taking – He takes us past the headlines and deep into the facts to discover the bottom line. He has a mission and he’s empowering us all to be a part of it and it all starts with you, right now…
Can you tell us about your current work in the space?
Well, right now we are gearing up for our year and a half campaign beginning with collecting signatures. California has a ballot initiative process, so if enough people in California sign a petition to create a law, the state must put it on the ballot to vote on. There have been some very famous ballot initiatives in our history, Prop 215 being one of them, which I also happened to work on back in ’94 and ’95. Currently, we are focused on passing the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative (CCHI 2016) which is more widely known as the Jack Herer Initiative since he is the one who wrote it. So, right now, we are focused on formulating our team, launching our new website, organizing a series of fundraising concerts through the summer, and pursuing a hundred different avenues to promote this incredible initiative.
Currently, we are focused on passing the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative (CCHI 2016) which is more widely known as the Jack Herer Initiative since he is the one who wrote it.
Although this is only a statewide initiative, California is at the forefront of the global movement on cannabis and a lot of the world looks to us as a model of what to do next. We aren’t focused on being first, we want to be the best. We’re glad to have held back for a few years on legalization to be able to review and see some of the faults happening in other states and hopefully do it that much better here in California and set a higher standard for the rest of the world in obtaining our rights to this miraculous plant – cannabis and hemp.
When was your interest first piqued by the cannabis plant?
It was during high school, like many people. There was a lot of things to be curious about at that age and cannabis was one of them, but before I decided to do or try anything, I did some meticulous research on my own. I read the Psychedelic Encyclopedia and every other piece of education I could get my hands on at the University of Austin library. I went down there and did a lot of research and that’s when I realized that cannabis had a lot of potential and I came upon literature by Jack Herer. A year or two later, I was able to meet him face-to-face in California, in Venice Beach, where he was promoting his book and his initiatives.
By that point, I was hooked. I had taken the challenge that I’d been given on the back of Jack Herer’s book that if you could disprove his premise that hemp could save the planet, he’d give you $10,000 and it was a very detailed premise stating that hemp has the biomass to support the sustainable energy needs of the planet and hence, we could stop using petroleum, stop cutting down trees, and stop all the harmful things we are doing right now to keep fuel moving around the planet. The harmful process we use to obtain fuel is the single greatest threat to the planet and he stated that HEMP could indeed alleviate that and save the planet. Once I was I was on that program and came to realize that it would actually work, all I could do at that point was work diligently to do what I could to legalize cannabis and hemp worldwide.
The harmful process we use to obtain fuel is the single greatest threat to the planet and he stated that HEMP could indeed alleviate that and save the planet.
What were you doing before becoming a part of this industry?
I’ve been involved in the hemp field for many years. I became certified as a hypnotherapist when I was very young and ended up spending almost 7 or 8 years in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. I was shocked to find that the community of Mayan indians there had been in an ongoing war with the government for over 30 years and that millions and millions of people were living in some of the most desolate, poverty-stricken conditions I had ever seen. I was horrified that I had not yet known about this up until then. So, I found my way into a refugee center up there in the mountains – Every day, more and more Myans showing up from around the country.
Myans make some of the most beautiful textiles in the world and they were very popular, hip, and trendy in the 80’s, but faded out by the 90’s and the Guatemalans didn’t understand why they’d lost their business. They were trying to work with more people and make their clothes better and yet, were selling less and less. I immediately saw a moment where I could test this theory of hemp being able to save the world. Since I had been fortunate enough to have talk with both Jack Herer and Dr. Bob Beck prior to moving to Guatemala, I knew the value of colloidal silver and ozone makers and so I helped them setup those first. Then, I started introducing hemp textiles into the communities of the Western islands and got little hemp cooperatives up and running in the area to rejuvenate their economy. After 8 years, all the collectives had found their own sources for hemp and all the villages didn’t really need me any more, so I moved up to Santa Cruz.
It was there that I worked with Valerie Carell in a similar way with her organization, Women and Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM). I helped in the gardens a little bit, but mostly I worked with her clientele who were about 500 of the sickest people in the Bay Area. The first collective I worked with was donation-basis only. All of her patients paid only what they could and sometimes it was only a dollar or so. That was my idea of a medical collective when I started working on Prop 215 and Valerie Carell held that ideal all the way through. So, I volunteered with her for some odds years and continued to set up colloidal silver and ozone makers across the world in places where they seemed to be most needed.
The first collective I worked with was donation-basis only. All of her patients paid only what they could and sometimes it was only a dollar or so.
And I spent a number of years doing that and as I saw the Jack Herer initiative gaining momentum and had the chance to spend some time with him in his last days here on Earth, he told me personally what he wanted to see done and that he wanted all of us to continue moving forward with everything he’d spent his life working on. So, I decided on a sacred oath to a man I honored very much to carry on and do what I could to moving forward with his initiative and have been part of the crew since 2008, am now on the board of directors, and really have found my place in this movement! I’ve dedicated the past 6 years and really the next two years to this to ensure that everyone in California has fair and legal access to this plant via this expertly vetted, legal poetry that Jack Herer wrote himself.
What’s the most touching story you’ve heard from someone you’ve encountered in your work?
Oh there are so so many and that’s really the thing that keeps you going against this uphill battle you often face in this industry. I’ve seen and heard SO many stories from SO many people. Just recently, what really stands out is Tommy Chong, who has been talking quite vividly about his prostate cancer and about how he really didn’t understand the full medical benefits of cannabis until he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and told that he did not have a very strong chance of surviving. And at that moment, after being one of the most famous cannabis activists in the world, he realized that he needed to learn more. So, he learned fairly quickly from the community around him about Rick Simpson Oil, CBD, and THCA and so, with still a little bit of skepticism, he started treating himself with a diligent regime of cannabis oils, he started eating better, and he started doing hemp depositories and within a little less than 2 months, he was 99% cancer free and within 9 months he declared to the world that he was 100% cancer free. I think what’s so touching about it is that it’s Tommy Chong – One of the most endearing figures in American culture; He’s someone that a lot of people can relate to. He saved his life with a couple hundred dollars worth of cannabis oil and that’s the story we want the world to hear.
So, he learned fairly quickly from the community around him about Rick Simpson Oil, CBD, and THCA and so, with still a little bit of skepticism, he started treating himself with a diligent regime of cannabis oils, he started eating better, and he started doing hemp depositories and within a little less than 2 months, he was 99% cancer free and within 9 months he declared to the world that he was 100% cancer free.
How would you describe the cannabis consumer community?
It is the most diverse and inspiring community in the world. It’s not a community made up of one type of persona; It’s a collection of people from all corners of the planet who are connected by a feeling for this plant. Many have risked their lives, their livelihoods, their reputations, and the ridicule from their community in order to preserve the human tradition of cannabis. It’s profound and I give props to the warriors of the last 100 years, who despite the forces against them, have fought in this war unwaveringly. And it is in fact a war and has been one for a long time and yet they’ve held their ground. There are references I’ve found in the early years of prohibition predicting that by the year 2000, cannabis will have reasserted itself into culture and that more and more will have stumbled upon the academic literature that was being hidden from them and it’s true – That’s what has happened. Cannabis is back in the public eye and that is because of the cannabis community, a collection of people united by that respectable level of integrity and diligence that it took to keep cannabis alive when it didn’t seem possible.
What do you wish people would know about the cannabis plant?
More than anything, and again there is so much research going on in regards to medicinal cannabis around the world, I want people to know about TCHA, which is yet another non-psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant that people can attain by juicing the leaves, the bud, everything! In the future I can see everyone juicing this plant just like any other. For years, we’ve discovered hundreds of new diseases and come up with hundreds of causes to these diseases and I believe that 80-90% of those are going to be linked, by research, to cannabinoid deficiencies, essential fatty acid imbalances from losing the hemp seed in our diet, and the THCA that has been stripped from our bodies. All of this has created the health conditions we are now confronted with in our bodies today.
For years, we’ve discovered hundreds of new diseases and come up with hundreds of causes to these diseases and I believe that 80-90% of those are going to be linked, by research, to cannabinoid deficiencies, essential fatty acid imbalances from losing the hemp seed in our diet, and the THCA that has been stripped from our bodies.
I’ve run across numerous anthropologists who have said that 80% of the human diet, for the last 50,000 years, has consisted of cannabis seeds and that’s why we have such a particular need of essential fatty acid 3,6, and 9. I’ve been explained this by some of the top doctors in the world, namely Dr. Udo, who made his own essential fatty acid blend made up of several different oils, but who admits that his blend is basically mocking the oil that you can get from cannabis alone. Why doesn’t he just use that? Because there wasn’t, at the time, a good place to find a good sustainable source of hemp oil in the world because of its illegal status, so he sought to recreate it. I really think that’s the bottom line of the problem we are having with our health, we are missing that key element – Cannabis.
What words do you live by? Is it a quote? A mantra?
Well, again, I’ve adopted this campaign as my life for the next two years, so the mantra that I’m really working with is: “If you can’t grow it, it’s not legal.” In this endeavor, I am learning more and more about prohibition in general and as we move closer to cannabis legalization, what I know, scares me. What I’ve come to learn is that we lost alcohol prohibition. Alcohol prohibition, when it started, was about fuel. America was making its own fuel for pennies a gallon, and ironically it was clean burning fuel, and putting in it in their cars. At the time alcohol prohibition started, 50% of Americans were making some part of their weekly fuel at home themselves, while 100% of farms in America were 100% petroleum free; There wasn’t one farm in America shipping in some petroleum to run a tractor, it was all being made locally, sustainably, using clean alcohol fuel. So, 10 years later, alcohol prohibition “ends” and they said, ‘Ok, you can have alcohol, beer, and wine, and it’s going to be super taxed, and it’s going to be nightmare to get a license for, but it’s legalized. Hooray!’ and because of that, we thought we ‘won’ alcohol prohibition, but we didn’t.
At the time alcohol prohibition started, 50% of Americans were making some part of their weekly fuel at home themselves, while 100% of farms in America were 100% petroleum free; There wasn’t one farm in America shipping in some petroleum to run a tractor, it was all being made locally, sustainably, using clean alcohol fuel.
If we ‘win’ cannabis prohibition the same way we did alcohol prohibition, we’re going to have Marlboro Greens and have restricted access to cannabis. And anyone who tries to produce their own, or more importantly, tries to make fuel to run their cars… are going to be put in prison. A lot of these initiatives we’ve been running against say you can have 6 plants to 8 plants, 1 or 2 ounces, which means that if you exceed those limits, you’re back to being a felon. That’s just wrong! If you choose to grow it yourself instead of going to your corner store, you’re still going to go to prison and that’s what I fear the most. I don’t want people getting comfortable when it’s legalized and putting their guard down; We shouldn’t stop pushing until it’s entirely free. I refuse to continue watching our community be criminalized for being a cannabis consumer.
WallStreet is terrified of Jack Herer because he wasn’t talking about smoking cannabis, he was talking about running our cars on hemp oil, building our cars out of hemp, building ours houses out of hemp, and all these things are already being done, but not in America. We could’ve been doing this 20 years ago! I’ve often pondered that if I had the opportunity to rewind time to 20 years ago and beg Jack Herer to stick to his guns and continue advocating for industrial hemp instead of settling for Prop215, and definitely would have. Because now, we are still burning petroleum and inhaling cancerous chemicals when we could be doing everything with hemp. Our nuclear power plants could be running on hemp coal, a renewable resource, instead… we are poisoning the air we breathe with substandard dangerous unsustainable resources. So, I definitely believe legalizing industrial hemp will be the greatest impact of them all.
WallStreet is terrified of Jack Herer because he wasn’t talking about smoking cannabis, he was talking about running our cars on hemp oil, building our cars out of hemp, building ours houses out of hemp, and all these things are already being done, but not in America. We could’ve been doing this 20 years ago!
What part would you like to play in moving this industry in a positive direction?
I have some pioneering ideas on hemp plastics, which I think are going to be valuable down the road. I’ve personally been running my Mercedes Benz on hemp oil for 6 years now. It’s a little bit older model of a Mercedes, diesel, but hemp oil has been running through its engine as a fuel source beautifully, so I definitely have some ideas about what the future can look like for industrial hemp.
My job is to make sure that we have access to those markets cause either I’m going to do it or one of the top 10 largest corporations in the world is going to do it. Medical/personal/adult cannabis consumption is an $80 billion dollar a year industry; Industrial hemp… is a $10-$20 trillion dollar a year industry. So, while I appreciate all the emphasis being putting on medicinal use, the hemp movement is even bigger and needs more public attention. We’ll be able to stop cutting down our trees, reverse various environmental conditions, and really help sustainably build out our world. We could be like Saudi Arabia who is tapping into this sustainable resource they have for fuel, except ours would be hemp. We could undoubtedly become the most powerful entity on the planet, but not by destroying the environment, but by making it healthier!
Medical/personal/adult cannabis consumption is an $80 billion dollar a year industry; Industrial hemp… is a $10-$20 trillion dollar a year industry. So, while I appreciate all the emphasis being putting on medicinal use, the hemp movement is even bigger and needs more public attention.
I just want people to really pay attention to what’s going on and not be fooled by headlines. Take a look at the legalization in Uruguay. Everyone is so excited about it, but take a closer look. It’s not legal for Uruguayans to grow the cannabis they’ve been growing, but only the cannabis that the state provides who has partnered with Monsanto. So, the only seeds they’ll have access to are Monsanto GMO seeds. That’s not progress; The only thing that’s coming out of legalization there is a genetically-modified monster. It’s such a scary thought to even think about what Monsanto could do to the cannabis plant. A lot of people will shy away from this conversation, but this is the conversation that matters. We’ve addressed this in the Jack Herer Initiative and have proposed to ban all genetically-modified cannabis strains and seeds in the state of California. We’ve done our very best to solve the problems of the past and foresee the problems of the future to protect all California citizens and give them legal access to cannabis and hemp.
We want all people who’ve been arrested to be let free and their records expunged so they can go back to being truck drivers or school teachers without ever having to tell anyone that they got in trouble for herb. Legalization is inevitably coming. The question isn’t if or when… it’s going to happen, soon. So we need to focus on doing it right. What does that bill say? How many plants are you allowed to have? What is the tax rate? We’ve capped the tax rate at 10% in our initiative because we know what happens with the 40% tax rate that Washington has right now. Your $350 oz. is actually a $580 oz. out the door and there is still some kid at the park selling it for $280. The black market has grown in the years since legalization, not shrunk. Licenses and fees are very expensive for people who seek to do it the legal way; If we don’t fix that upfront, then we aren’t going to diminish the black market. It doesn’t solve the problem and give access to cannabis to everyone who needs it.
We’ve capped the tax rate at 10% in our initiative because we know what happens with the 40% tax rate that Washington has right now. Your $350 oz. is actually a $580 oz. out the door and there is still some kid at the park selling it for $280. The black market has grown in the years since legalization, not shrunk.
What trait does one need to do great work in this space?
Dedication! You really have to be able to go up against 80 years of war. Many still think that this is the devil’s weed. It’s an odd industry in that on one level, people are so incredibly thankful for it, and on another level, people are so scared of it! It’s still transitioning over from being public enemy #1 to being the savior of the planet and that’s going to take some dedication on our part to not give up on it!
What is your message to the CannaEffect community?
Do your homework! Now it’s more than ever. Cannabis is going to be big part of the 21st century and we’re all going to learn much more about it as it unfolds, but the research we can do right now, is going to serve us and keep us from being fooled later. We all know the foundation is incredibly important and right now, we are laying the foundation for the future of the cannabis and hemp community! What we know and the decisions we make right NOW are going to affect how our grandchildren are going to be dealing with cannabis down the road – And it can be in a very positive way or it can be in a very negative way. So again, I think the difference between something like Prop215 and the Jack Herer Initiative are profound and will be affecting us for decades and decades to come! It’s worth taking the time to read and learn about it! We’ve won the war, but it’s up to us to set the terms for victory! If we win the fight, we need to set the terms; We can’t have the anti-cannabis legislators define what legalized cannabis is going to look like. WE have to set the tone and set the foundation for the future of the industry, our healthcare system, and our world!