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Friends and to whom it may concern,

Soon, we will have a chance to usher in a new and exciting industry in West Virginia. Industrial Agricultural Cannabis Hemp is making a worldwide comeback and new rules and Legislation for West Virginia Hemp Operations is forthcoming. A public commentary period will be available to us all. As I have been involved in the cannabis legalization effort for some time, I strongly urge the citizens and leadership of West Virginia to take advantage of this long overdue opportunity.

I also strongly urge you research the history, the uses and the business opportunities of cannabis hemp. Please ensure the integrity of your research by using information that is peer reviewed science, factual and free of the cannabis prohibition propaganda that has been so effectively used since the 1930s to demonize and criminalize one of nature’s most beneficial plants.

You will discover that mankind has used cannabis for thousands of years. Throughout American history, you will find that Washington, Jefferson and Adams grew it by the ton and it served many uses for our nation. They referred to cannabis as a “gift of Divine Providence.” Our Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written on hemp paper. As our nation was in its infancy, Jefferson implored farmers to grow hemp instead of tobacco, as it took 300 acres of hemp to outfit a ship of the line and even more to outfit an army for the defense of America. Unfortunately, you will also find some nefarious deeds at the outset of the cannabis prohibition that were committed by “robber barons” of the 1930s. The draconian effects of this failed prohibition will be analyzed as the worst public policy miscalculation in American history. Yet, at our nation’s Fourth of July Celebration of 2013, a hemp cloth American Flag flew over the celebration.

As you look into the uses for Industrial Agricultural Cannabis Hemp, you will find there are over 25,000 uses for the plant. There is more food, fuel, fiber and medicine in an acre of hemp than any other plant on Earth. Amazingly, hemp seeds are considered a “perfect food,” which contains all essential amino acids. The seeds can be made into diesel fuel and the stalks can be distilled into alcohol. There is four times more fiber in an acre of hemp than what can be harvested from an acre of trees. As scientists have recently discovered humans are equipped with an endocannabinoid system, hemp and especially Medical Cannabis, is now scientifically proven to produce medicines of miraculous properties and efficacy for the remedy of a vast array of diseases. It really must be a “gift of Divine Providence.”

Additional uses of hemp include its use as a “mop crop.” As hemp is a “hyper accumulator,” hemp can clean up chemicals and even radioactive contamination in soils. As a “carbon sink,” hemp will sequester 1.67 tons of carbon for every ton of hemp harvested.

The business opportunities we are looking at in West Virginia are immense. It is not just the farming of hemp. It’s the downstream factories, mills, refineries, chemical plants and a whole host of “spinoff” industries that will appear once our operations are underway. At this time, we have a multitude of shuttered industrial sites along the Kanawha and Ohio Rivers. Our strategic location has West Virginia at an eight-hour drive to over 60 percent of this nation’s marketplace. This marketplace is showing every indication that it is willing to buy good, wholesome, natural and healthy American-made products. We are not that far from the docks of Cleveland and Norfolk, so now, considerations for international exports can be made.

The complete legalization of industrial agricultural cannabis hemp is coming. This wretched cannabis prohibition has lasted over 70 years and it is going to be over very soon. This cannabis prohibition truly is an aberration and it has had a disastrous effect on the essence of American freedom, prosperity, and the natural order.

Knowing this and by gauging the historic opportunity at hand, it is not hard at all to envision a time when we’ll have every ex-tobacco farmer in every ex-tobacco state providing hemp feedstock to our new LEED Certified, Energy Star rated, and zero landfill industries along the Ohio and Kanawha rivers. We are literally on the verge of starting the second American industrial revolution.

As we look into this unparalleled opportunity, we must proceed in such a way to insure immediate success and uncompromising quality. When developing these new rules and legislation, we must first and foremost consider a delighted, satisfied, and loyal customer. We must consider what it takes to ensure this customer satisfaction. Every consideration must be given to the smallest of a family garden with a hemp patch, to the largest hemp farmer in the state. As we engineer our new hemp industries, we all must cooperate with each other with a collective goal of revitalizing our manufacturing base.

Investment capital will flow easily, but only to where it’s treated nicest. There are many of us business people that are bringing millions of dollars to the table, betting on billions of dollars worth of American hemp enterprise. We West Virginians are now at a point where we can write and establish the very best, gold standard cannabis laws and rules in the world.

Are there any other industries of this size and scope coming to West Virginia?

I recommend we move with a sense of determination and urgency that will immediately capitalize on this one chance we have, to set history right and to break in to a new age of prosperity. Make it so.

Don Smith II

Founder

STAG — Standard Agriculture Ltd.