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ALCP Recession Recovery Package

Bill English’s first budget as Finance Minister demonstrates that neither

he nor the Government has any idea how to survive the recession. While

other political parties debate how to deal with the Global Financial

Crisis, only one party has the solution to the problem: the ALCP.

Any currency is only as valuable as the primary commodity that backs it. In

modern civilisation that commodity is oil. The value of the fuel backed

dollar has been vital to rapid economic development in the west. However in

recent times this paradigm has been challenged, due to dwindling fuel

reserves and environmental concerns surrounding fossil fuel use.

The rise of fossil fuels in the west coincided with the prohibition of

cannabis. These two seemingly unrelated events are in fact causally

connected. Prior to the the introduction of fossil fuels, cannabis hemp was

the most important resource in the world. Cannabis hemp was the source of

almost all paper, fabric, canvas, sails, ropes and lamp oil. Cannabis,

amongst other things, allowed people to travel the oceans, record written

knowledge and see things at night.

Just one year prior to cannabis prohibition, a machine was invented that

would have revolutionised the Hemp Industry if prohibition had not come

into effect. The decordicator separated hurds from the strong hemp fibers,

an extremely difficult job when done by hand. Hemp Hurds are 100% cellulose

and can be turned into fuel in the same way as crude oil. Hemp produces far

more cellulose than any other plant, with the next best crop only producing

a quarter of the yield.

Thus, the motivation behind cannabis prohibition was the competitive threat

that the Hemp Industry posed to the burgeoning fossil fuel industry. This

can be seen by the close connections between DuPont Petrochemicals and U.S.

Drug Czar Harry Anslinger. These facts are at the core of ALCP’s concerns

about cannabis prohibition. They demonstrate that cannabis was banned not

because it’s a drug but because of vested interests in the fossil fuel

industry. The ban on cannabis continues to this day. Interestingly,

recreational cannabis use did not become common in the west until the

1960s, over forty years after prohibition was introduced.

Now as the oil industry faces decline, cannabis hemp once again emerges as

the economic saviour of mankind. All of New Zealand’s fuel requirements for

transportation and electricity production could be met with locally grown

Hemp. Hemp fuel could be produced at low cost, with practically no

environmental impact. The proof of this is the $100,000 challenge. For over

twenty years US$ 100,000 has been offered to anyone who can prove the

following claim wrong:

“If all fossil fuels and their derivatives, as well as trees for paper and

construction were banned in order to save the planet, reverse the

Greenhouse Effect and stop deforestation, then there is only one known

annually renewable natural resource that is capable of providing the

overall majority of the world’s paper and textiles; meeting all of the

world’s transportation, industrial and home energy needs; 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!” (www.jackherer.com)

The $100,000 has never been claimed.

If elected to parliament, the ALCP will introduce the following measures to

bring the country out of recession:

1. Immediate tolerance of adult personal cannabis use

This will save New Zealand $500 million each year, from money needlessly

spent on law enforcement, prosecution and imprisonment of cannabis users.

2. Regulate and tax all retail sales of cannabis.

Cannabis is the most popular illicit drug. Taxation gathered from an R18

cannabis industry would add $500 million plus to the economy each year.

This would also create a boom in tourism.

3. Produce all fuel and energy needs locally

Hemp will be planted on a scale similar to Pine Forests, at a density of

around 500 plants per square metre. In one year Hemp will produce more

resources than pine could in 30 years. All fuel for cars, trucks, buses and

aeroplanes as well as coal fueled power stations could be produced locally,

with profits staying in New Zealand. Hemp fuel  is carbon neutral and does

not contain sulphur. New Zealand could lead the world in renewable resource

management and environmentally friendly energy production.

4. Create new jobs.

Both the cannabis and hemp industry will create tens of thousands of new

jobs, including Hemp farming, processing, manufacturing and retail sales. A

wide range of products from textiles, to bio-plastics, to cosmetics and

medicines will offer many new opportunities.

5. Grow the economy.

Cannabis is a highly economic cash crop. Just as fuel oil has maintained

the economy up until now, hemp fuel could continue to do so. The only

difference with hemp is that it is annually renewable and therefore never

runs out. Cannabis Regulation would undermine the lucrative black market

and generate revenue for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

6. Social Advantages – A prosperous economy creates a financially stable

society, All evidence shows an economically stable society is a happier

less needy society resulting in less crime and associated costs.

Due to the first two steps alone, NZ is losing a billion plus per year

while cannabis prohibition is maintained. ALCP policy will add a billion

dollars to the economy each year. The cumulative social, environmental and

economic effects of legalising cannabis will be massive.

Any voter who wants to end the economic recession should vote for the ALCP,

the only party with the solution. Please support Dakta Green in the Mt

Albert By election and join the party online at www.alcp.org.nz

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