My name is Tropical420 and I speak for the hemp and cannabis plants. I recently saw the new Universal Pictures Dr. Seuss movie The Lorax in 3D and loved this instant classic and was honestly in tears for most of the movie. Even though it’s supposed to be an upbeat lighthearted children’s film it really touched on some serious important subjects that future generations need to know about and spoke for the trees and the hippies. Similar to the universal message in Wall-E and Ferngully: The Last Rainforest, it is so important that we are reminded not to destroy our environment for any reason. Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax (voice over by Danny DeVito), warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth’s natural beauty.
Mr. O’Hare (voice by Rob Riggle) is truly the villain of this story. He put down and belittled the very thought of trees and forced his opinion into the mainstream media to brainwash Thneedville into believing they didn’t need trees in order to further his own monetary political agenda. Mr. O’Hare is comparable to the government and city council officials that constantly force their opinions on society to keep hemp and cannabis down and make them seem like a “taboo” and make us feel guilty for ever thinking it would be a good idea to make boundless products from hemp and medicate with medical cannabis.
The Once-ler (voice by Ed Helms) was just an ignorant misguided soul who was only thinking of his own success instead of the greater good of the environment. The Once-ler was a product of his upbringing which was portrayed in his uneducated self-serving family. Deep down he knew cutting down the beautiful Truffula tree paradise was wrong but did it anyway. He learned the hard way that once you use up all possible resources there is nothing left. I kept thinking it would have been a way smarter business move on his part to keep the Truffula trees alive so they could grow back their cotton-like fruit. It would be a renewable resource like hemp that he could make “sneeds” with plus all the animals would still have a place to live so everyone would have been happy. If he had used hemp instead of chopping down the Truffulas he would even have more product since one acre of hemp will produce as much fabric as 2-3 acres of cotton.
Of course the 3D graphics were amazing and all of the talented actors voices really made the film. They had us caring for the characters and seeing a bit of ourselves in each one. I loved the cute bears eating marshmallows and it broke my heart when they looked sad and needed to find a new home. Betty White did a spectacular job as the voice of the coolest Grandma in the world Grammy Norma and Taylor Swift was enchanting as Ted’s love interest Audrey.
The moral of the story from my window was, why destroy forests when there is the perfectly good renewable resource of Hemp? Despite everything we know about hemp Jerry Brown had to veto the recent California hemp bill due to the federal illegality. Hemp helped Americans win WWII, it would decrease our dependency on foreign oil, and in fact one acre of hemp (grown in a single season) yields as much paper as up to 4 acres of trees (which take many more years to grow). Hemp has boundless uses and Cannabis is helping millions of medical cannabis patients around the country get through each day but it is people with opinions like Mr. O’Hare and FOX News that want to continue hemp and cannabis prohibition despite endless facts proving their points wrong.
When I got home from the movie I discovered that Fox News had an entirely different take on this film, as best explained by MotherJones.com, and insisted that saving our planet must be part of some “liberal political agenda” which is funny since the film points out that it’s opinions like this that are part of what is harming our society and environment in general today.
The Lorax says, “Unless someone like you…cares a whole awful lot…nothing is going to get better…It’s not.” Which brings me to tears again because it is so true. Unless we continue to educate and let our voice be heard as hemp and cannabis advocates and speak for our kind of trees then nothing is going to get better…it’s not. Unless there are more people like Ted (voice by Zac Efron) and you who took the time to read this blog and care about the environment we leave for our children then this world will be shaped by those who choose personal gain over global gain.
Over all I think everyone should go see this film if you haven’t already and bring some tissue if you are sensitive and compassionate in any way because this movie will touch your heart and soul if you have one. Check out the official Lorax interactive website for eco-frienly green tips and more. Click here for local movie times and tickets for The Lorax.
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