Yes, I offer cannabis-derived products for sale to my clients. Yes, I do so legally and within the confines of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) restrictions. As such, I cannot make overt health claims for my products (see the FDA Disclaimer I've included at bottom). And, as a liberty-loving American who wants to see cannabis restored to its legal standing as the fine, upstanding herb it is and has been celebrated as for thousands of years by many cultures around the planet for its healing properties, culinary uses, and spiritual applications, I'm going to keep advocating for the plant that has been much maligned and unfairly so by my people right here at home where I am now free to promote and sell it—albeit not yet on the federal level.
So why do I do it, you might ask. Why promote and market a line of products that run uphill against federal laws, attorneys general, most God-fearing Republicans, and almost a century of prejudice that relegate it to a Schedule 1 Narcotic, a Jim Crow holdover, and a revolving door to prison?
My first response is, because God created cannabis in the Garden at Creation and gave it to us humans to be food for us along with the other seed-bearing plants and fruits he had created. You can find this prescription plainly set forth in Genesis:
"Then God said, 'I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.'"—Genesis 1:29, NIV
It may interest you to know that, just two verses later, God looks upon all he has created and pronounces it "good." As a Christian child who endeavors to honor his Father in thought, word, and deed, I cannot in good conscience call it otherwise. In fact, I'm ashamed that the church has, for the better part of a century now, demonized what God has called good, often for racist reasons, choosing to parrot the conspiratorial propaganda of the 1930s Anslinger doctrine (more on that in a bit) rather than learn and speak the truth about this beneficial plant. It's particularly alarming to me in light of the hypocrisy of so many of my church brothers and sisters who have no problem smoking a pipe or cigarette or drinking alcohol, but hurl invectives at those who use cannabis. The cognitive and moral dissonance is staggering.
Secondly, in a free Republic, I figure Americans ought to be free to cultivate plants and consume them as we see fit. Cannabis is a natural herb, a plant. It's not a drug, as the FDA classifies it, nor is it a fermented drink like beer, nor a distilled spirit, like whiskey or vodka or Scotch. In fact, while you might well point to alcohol as a highly dangerous substance, one which leads to or plainly causes injury, violence, and death in demonstrable numbers, even the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) admits nobody has ever died from cannabis overdose (DEA: Drugs of Abuse, 2017).
Thirdly, the entire FDA premise upon which the FDA's denunciation against cannabis is founded upon a convenient fabrication. Recall the so-called Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 drummed up by Federal Bureau of Narcotics commissioner Harry J. Anslinger, along with business executives Andrew Mellon, Randolph Hearst, and the Du Pont family, when they jointly and severally demonized hemp and scapegoated it for their own selfish purposes, Mellon because he was heavily invested in the Du Ponts' new synthetic fiber, nylon—which encountered commercial resistance from hemp—and Hearst because he perceived hemp's cheaper, faster growing crop as a threat to his extensive timber holdings, which he had used to vertically integrate his newspaper business and supply paper pulp to the hungry paper mills that fed their massive supply chain. For Anslinger, he had the perfect industrial co-conspirators to helping scapegoat cannabis for his baseless assertions of addiction, violence, and overdosage. The propaganda film, Reefer Madness, marketed as a morality tale for church groups and parents, revolves around melodramatic events arising from teenagers who try cannabis, which in the film leads to outrageous acts, including rape, suicide, homicide, and carjacking under the influence. Of course, Anslinger would have eaten it up.
Fourthly—do I even need a fourthly? I am extremely guarded about what I allow in and around my body. That's why I don't drink alcohol or those fizzy drinks. I don't smoke, either. I'm a vegetarian. It's not because I think I'm better than anyone else; it's my choice for myself, and I'm happy living this way. Same with chemical exposure. I don't allow harsh chemicals like bleach or corrosive cleaners in my home; no processed foods or personal products. You won't find don't use air fresheners, perfumes, fabric softeners, or other fragrances here. One girlfriend found that boring; I just call it clean. So you can imagine how I feel about pharmaceuticals.
From the beginning, pharmaceuticals have had an incestuous relationship with the petroleum industry. Pharma is a byproduct of petrochemicals; the stuff they make are molecules produced in labs out of the chemical processes those chemists use to process and refine petroleum from its raw state into the finished products they market and promote as fuels in the global market. Pharma came out of that process and gave them another revenue stream for their raw material; it simply gave them another reason to mine petroleum out of the ground and continue producing it. They were clever enough to figure out how to manipulate the atoms and molecules such that they could simulate naturally occurring substances, mimicking nature by creating molecules in the lab. And because they could file patents protecting their new molecules as their own properties, they could "own" them and profit from them, at least for a time. And that's how Pharma made it's trillions. It helped that they had a global army of MDs armed with prescription pads to prescribe their drugs to every patient that walked through their doors. Those MDs received their degrees at medical colleges funded by none other than John D. Rockefeller, whose predilection for the particular philosophy called allopathy led him to fund all those schools and award the MD degree to the exclusion of other competing physician training schools. The effect was that his schools became the only kind around and competitors dwindled to nothing, essentially exiting the business. What do you expect from a monopolist robber baron?
The FDA doesn't allow purveyors of cannabis and products derived from cannabis to make health claims a lot of illnesses because it promotes balance in the body. Cannabis has been shown to alkalinize pH, among other things; so no wonder it yields anti-cancer (anti-disease in general) conditions for a healthier body environment. For myself—again, I make my own decisions and do not force my opinions on others—I am all about kicking Pharma drugs out of my life. I want natural ways to treat my disease processes, not just the symptoms that manifest them; that includes my type 2 diabetes as well as my panhypopituitary syndrome. The latter is a bigger challenge, given that the brain tumor that ate most of my pituitary was cut out surgically and burnt out by radiation years ago. One day, I will either triumph or die trying. We'll see how that turns out. In the meantime, I promise to give my clients a choice with cannabis and that's why I'm proud to offer them products derived from the highest quality, organically grown and minimally processed cannabis.
As I post this blog, 29 states and the District of Columbia (DC), have legalized medical cannabis, and 8 states plus DC have legalized it even for recreational use. It remains illegal at the federal level, of course, which creates tension between federal and state law enforcement and criminal justice courts, while creating a security nightmare for businesses trading in cannabis, which cannot get bank accounts under federal laws and must therefore deal in large amounts of cash. However, growing consensus among police, prosecutors, and judges suggests they are weary of the "War on Drugs" and the strain it has taken on the system, and that legalization—or rather, re-legalization—could be in the near future.
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Dom De Bellis is an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, coach, and minister of the Gospel. When he's not serving his church or Boy Scout Troop, he is helping people in cities grow organic food.