Jack Herer, the author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, said that marijuana can change the world. In light of recent events, it appears that the world is changing after all. In the documentary about him entitled Emperor of Hemp, footage of Herer appears in which he discusses ways in which cannabis can be used in various industries and also under methods more sustainable than what is implemented today. He proclaimed that the cannabis plant can save the world.
In his book, Herer wrote: “...[T]here is only one known annually renewable natural resource that is capable of providing the overall majority of the world's paper and textiles; meet all of the world's transportation, industrial and home energy needs, while simultaneously reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil, and cleaning the atmosphere all at the same time... and that substance is -- the same one that did it all before -- Cannabis Hemp... Marijuana!”
Hemp has many uses but its medical properties have been the ones highlighted in the recent media and legislation amendments. Marijuana has been proven to aid pain sufferers and provide relief to cancer patients. In light of this, the use of medical marijuana is now legal in Canada, the Czech Republic and over 20 states of the USA. Other countries such as the Netherlands, Australia and India have provided leeway regarding marijuana laws. However, to date, only one country has put legislation in place both legalizing and regulating the possession, sale, transport and cultivation of marijuana. That country is Uruguay.
Herer’s claims have been criticised but if his research and analyses are correct, Uruguay has taken the first step in changing our global path. If the decision turns out to be a success, it may alter the stance of international politicians, environmentalists, and sociologists with regard to cannabis use, sale and cultivation leading to more breakthroughs.
The marijuana revolution is underway and our views on cannabis are undergoing a transformation. Perhaps it is possible that we can become a global nation of hippies, running our world on renewable energies, and governed by sustainable and ethical business practices. A wild-eyed and grinning stoner’s dream may be making its way into reality.