How to Help Hemp?

I am a high school senior doing a presentation on industrial hemp.  I was wondering if you could answer some questions for me.1. There are so many other industrial nations that promote hemp farming. Why is it that the U.S. does not? 2. What will it take to change the law that makes hemp farming illegal? 3. What makes this plant illegal and what could be possible disadvantages due to hemp farming? 4. What are the benefits of this resorce and how can it save our future? 5. Finally, What could a high school senior like myself do to help the fight for legal hemp farming? Thank you

One response to “How to Help Hemp?

  1. I’m not an expert, but I’ve been around long enough to know some industrial hemp facts. A good book that helped me is titled “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer. It tells how industrial hemp got lumped in with marijuana in the late 1930’s during the Marijuana Tax Act. Before that it was illegal to not plant hemp. There is also a video (interestingly it was available at my city library) called “Hemp: The Billion Dollar Crop”. As far as industrial hemp being illegal, the U.S. has legalized it in 15 states, most recently California. What made it illegal for so long was THC. Industrial hemp has a nominal amount (less than 1/10%). Any amount less than 3% won’t give the same effect as marijuana. Smoking industrial hemp would just cause a headache. But, because it has THC, the DEA had it placed in the same drug schedule as high THC marijuana. I’ve read that the only disadvantage to industrial hemp, is deer have a taste for it. Some politicians think a farmer could hide marijuana plants in industrial hemp fields, but that would shorten the hemp fibers and pollinate the marijuana. This would ruin both crops. But the DEA still comes to inspect industrial hemp fields. Hemp could save the planet because it can be used for food for people and cattle, fiber for clothing, shoes, disposable diapers, and bio-diesel fuel whose exhaust fumes are water vapor. Imagine how much healthier the planet would be if trains, semis, tractors, buses, cars ran on industrial hemp diesel. So, to support the cause, try to be an example by buying hemp products…. Belle Jarvis

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