Pro Hemp Group Wants Cannabis To Power Vehicles

  Pro Hemp Group Wants Cannabis To Power Vehicles

Posted by FoM on September 24, 1999 at 21:23:20 PT
By Aaron Davis 
Source: Florida Today 

In a twist of logic, pro-hemp protesters picketed a Melbourne gas station during the evening rush hour Wednesday. Their message: "Don't use gas, use cannabis."
About a dozen hard-core hemp promoters from around the state descended on the Shell Gas station at the corner of Harbor City Boulevard and St. Clair Street. For hours they chanted, screamed, and hoisted signs toward honking motorists. "We are asking people to not buy gas at all", said 36-year old Kevin Aplin who's been promoting the medical and industrial uses of the cannabis plant full time for ten years. "We're looking for companies to start using hemp instead of oil." They argue that hemp could be used to manufacture a fuel that would power automobiles.  The protest was the first ever at the station and baffled its owners. "If they have a problem with Shell they should go to the company, not to the poor people who work 16 hours a day to live", said Rahman Kahn, who has owned the station for six years. "They are hurting my business." Protesters say they want all oil companies to start experimenting with hemp fibers as fuel, but they targeted the shell station because of the companiy's pro-apartheid stance in South Africa during the 1980's. "I've heard of any number of strange ones over the years, but this may be the most off the wall ever.", shell spokeswoman Kitty Borah said from the company's headquaters in Houston. Borah said the protesters' gripes should not be directed toward Shell or any of its franchises because only the company's parent operation, Royal Dutch/Shell, operated in South Africa. Either way,"there will be more protests in the coming weeks", said Jodi James, who brought her 1-year-old son Justus to the protest. Organizers hope the rallies spark intrest in the 6th Annual Hemp Freedom Fest they expect will attract 5,000 people to Wickham Park this November. Scott Bledsoe 27, was on hand at Wednesday's protest as a delegate from Cannabis Action Network. According to Bledsoe, the network already has gotten 50,000 signatures on a petition to hold a referendum on legalizing the medical use of marijuana in Florida. A handful of passers-by added to that list Wednesday. The movement needs 435,000 signatures by next June to get the referendum on the November 2000 ballot. James said the next local protest may target a drug-testing center. "We believe drug testing discriminates against marijuana users", Aplin said. "Cocaine only remains in your system for a couple of days, Marijuana may be linger for 30 to 60 days............We believe that people like airline pilots should be tested. But you should not have to be tested for every job"Pubdate: Tue 23 Sept, 1999Copyright: 1999 Florida Today*Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp*CRRH ; P.O. Box 86741Portland, OR 97286Phone:(503) 235-4606 Fax:(503) 235-0120 Web:

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Comment #3 posted by Lloyd Green on July 14, 2001 at 16:32:26 PT:
Force of change.
The only real force for change in the US in economic pressure. Some company outside the US will develop and market a hemp/acohol based alternative fuel that is as plentiful as dirt. Dirt, because that is all that is needed to grow it. Since, hemp is a "weed" it will growpractically anywhere. Also, with a little help from genetics, it call be enhanced to grow at any altitude and envirorment. Hemps uses are just being touched on. It once was the fiber of choice in the ancient world. It will be the fiber of choice for the 21st century and beyond. 
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Comment #1 posted by Stephen on December 14, 2000 at 23:33:45 PT:

Hemp Suppliers Needed
I am looking for a supplier of Hemp Pulp so that I may start a Hemp Paper business in Chicago Illinois.I fnayone could help please do not hesitate to get back in touch with me.With Love and HopeStephen Jones
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