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Industrial Hemp Production and US Marijuana Prohibition
During the years 1916-1937, William Randolph Hearst created a yellow journalism campaign to associate hemp with marijuana. Even though smoking hemp, like most fibers, will just make you sick, Hearst, along with his friend Pierre Dupont, succeeded in outlawing hemp in America. They actually robbed the world of an environmental cash crop.
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Why would they do such a thing? Because instead of using hemp
for paper, clothing, fuel, oils, resins, medicines, and many other uses, we now use paper
and synthetic petrochemicals. Hearst owned huge forests and interests in
lumber mills. Dupont made synthetic fuels and fibers (nylon, rayon, plastics) from
Police now claim that industrial hemp production should not be allowed because they can't tell hemp from pot with their infrared scanners. In the January 7, 1998, Haleakala Times, an anonymous writer sums it up well:
In today's world, intelligent people are beginning to realize that giving up the benefits of industrial hemp because of a few million pot smokers just doesn't make good sense.
When I watch the "black snow" ashes from the burning
sugar cane fall on my organic lawn, I think of the defoliant, the PVC irrigation pipes,
and everything else they put or sprayed out there that goes up in smoke too. Is smoking
marijuana actually worse than breathing that?
Legalizing industrial hemp production is a completely different issue than legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana. Confusing these issues robs the farmers and consumers of this country of an extremely valuable cash crop that can do the environment and the economy a world of good.
In order to preserve our environment, reduce our dependence on sugar subsidies and tourism, and protect the health of the residents of the State of Hawaii, industrial hemp should be legalized and grown immediately.
Hemp for Health : The Medicinal and Nutritional Uses of Cannabis Sativa - Chris Conrad; Paperback
The Great Book of Hemp : The Complete Guide to the Commercial, Medicinal and Psychotropic Uses of the World's Most Extraordinary Plant - Rowan Robinson, Robert A. Nelson; Paperback
The Emperor Wears No Clothes : Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy - Jack Herer; Paperback
For information on solving the American prison problem by decriminalizing marijuana, please see http://mpp.org
Outline of the benefits and uses of hemp
As a biomass, hemp burns hotter and cleaner than coal.
Hemp biomass can be converted to methane or methanol.
Industrial hemp makes better paper than wood (the US Constitution was printed on hemp).
Hemp produces oils which can replace synthetic solvents for a wide range of uses, including paints and paint thinners.
Clothing from hemp
Hemp fibers can be woven into extremely durable clothing material.
Hemp can be grown organically in poor soil almost anywhere, up to three crops per year, far more efficient than lumber.
Hemp is naturally drought, pest, and disease resistant, eliminating the need for synthetic chemicals and reducing the demand on dwindling water supplies.
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