On Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, a well known name from history began to trend thanks to a Google Doodle — the daily drawing of the Google logo that changes every day to draw attention to a special person, place, thing, or idea. The doodle featured a moving sketch inspired by great inventors Thomas Edison (who invented the light bulb), Alexander Graham Bell (who invented the telephone), and car man Henry Ford.
You know the name Henry Ford because he was a major innovator in the world of cars. But did you know his first products were made with hemp and designed to use hemp as fuel? In 1941, Popular Mechanics magazine noted that Henry Ford had produced a car that had fenders made of hemp that were (See the video on YouTube) ten times stronger than steel. The first unleaded fuel was made from hemp. Marijuana is incredibly useful. Even George Washington farmed it and made use of it. One of our founding fathers!
The only reason marijuana and hemp in general are today made illegal by the federal government is because it’s a huge competitor with other fuel makers. Marijuana and hemp make better fuels than any petroleum products, and hemp products are considerably more eco-friendly than petroleum products. We’re paying terrorist states for fuel oils just to make political friends. Industrial hemp has been around for hundreds of years and it’s readily available today.
Friends, the resources are here, and the technology has been available since 1941. Let’s use them. Stop criminalizing a product that for ages has been useful. If Ford Motor Company can use marijuana and hemp to make the first automobiles in the world, why shouldn’t we be using it? Henry Ford built an empire that lasts to this day. The Ford Motor Company is still running strong. We ought to learn something from him and realize that hemp is a useful product.