Industrial Hemp Benefits – and Questions

Hemp has several undeniable benefits. The profitability of industrial hemp is somewhat up for debate considering it is not competitively priced with any of it’s alternatives (ie cotton, tree paper, plastic, etc). They say it’s because it’s all imported and in a small niche market. The argument goes that if hemp were legal, farmers would grow it, factories would flourish, and hemp products would become cheaper than their unsustainable alternatives through economy of scale.

However, Industrial Hemp is already legal in much of the developed world- Europe, China, Australia, Canada, just to name a few. These countries grow hemp and can legally conduct as much research as they want.

So, why do these developed countries have such primitive hemp industries? If hemp has so much potential for profit, why has China not produced Hemp like they produce any other product? Some countries have never banned hemp- yet the industry suffered as if it were banned. Why do these countries not pursue hemp to its full potential?

Thanks – Ben

3 responses to “Industrial Hemp Benefits – and Questions

  1. JesseEmerySt.Louis

    wouldn’t hemp be able to replace most plastics and paper that we consume everyday? couldn’t we stop chopping down trees and grow hemp instead> can’t we make food with hemp seeds? i’m pretty sure hemp is kept from the open market to protect old industries from obsolesence and downfall.

  2. “Small niche market” is more BS propaganda. The truth is that Hemp are rather expensive compared to alternative because of farming suppression in the U.S. This limiting of what is actually a product in high demand for a variety of applications is what keeps it’s price high and market small.

    “The argument” you speak of isn’t an argument. It’s basic a economic principle any educated economics student or professional knows and could explain. I learned it in high school because I had a great economics/government teacher.

    Chelsey is right, it boils down to the oil companies funding racist propaganda dating all the way back to WWI with DuPont. As a Hemp loving Hoosier, I have very good reason to hate Jeff Gordon for all these reasons and I would say to him as Samuel Adams said to our nation:

    “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and [b]lick the hands which feed you.[/b] May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

    Although I would never truly recommend the ingestion (or inhalation) of petrol products to any degree.

  3. I have two words: Oil Companies.

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