The World turning into madness
In Switzerland, a man was sentences to prison for making the air pure, for taking care of the land and for growing plants that provide him with almost everything one needs for living. André Fürst, the owner of Swiss company Hemp-Info, whom I personally perceive as an important player within the people actively working on the restoration of hemp farming, was sentenced for production and trade of illegal substances by the District Court of Morat that interpreted current Swiss legislative in a way contradictory to common sense.
The hemp is providing us with over 20 000 different products which can be used in almost all human activities. There is definitely a hidden potential in hemp farming able to assure good living standard in rural areas, to restore ecological agriculture and which is playing an important role in sustainable land development. Hemp provides us with an opportunity to reestablish broken ties between the mankind and the nature – all this while using renewable technologies.
It is very sad that in spite of all the progress achieved in both technologies and knowledge in living and non-living areas of the scientific research, humanity has not yet fully understood the crucial importance of hemp farming. Our new knowledge on hemp gained through the use of modern and renewable technologies is still due to be consolidated with the ancient knowledge of our ancestors who were since ever using this plant.
While hemp activists are persecuted, current laws do not punish i.e. oil companies for being directly responsible for burning of fossil fuels. These companies are not sanctioned in spite of the fact, that over the last dozens of years their activities have produced such huge quantities of carbon oxide that the natural carbon cycle of the Earth got disrupted. Carbon oxide is a gas causing the greenhouse effect, which is the key contributor to the climate change reflected in divers natural catastrophes.
Just try to compare the danger created by a hemp field with the risks from the accident of an oil tanker! I couldn't see any humanly acceptable argument for the punishment of a man who is not devastating, not polluting or otherwise damaging the natural environment, but in the contrary is trying to solve environmental and social problems of our society with the help of growing and using a plant. The hemp played an important role throughout the human history, as it was part of all the great civilizations starting with Mesopotamia, ancient Greece and Rome, from China to Russia, from Egypt to Cape Horn, from the Northern to the Southern America. Still during the World War II it helped the USA to win the war, and today?
I do not agree with the sentence on André Fürst, the owner of company Hemp-Info, to 29 months of unconditional prison and a fine of 150.000 francs (approx. 98.000 euro) punishing him for his long-term work on the development of agro-industrial ecological methods of use of the hemp plant.
Hana Gabrielova, certified agricultural expert, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
You can support André's fight against the Swiss judiciary sending a protest letter to Swiss authorities.
Is there any justice in Switzerland?
Letter of OSLIK supporting André Fürst
Open letter of Czech experts in drug therapy and prevention to Swiss authorities
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