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Old 05-16-2007, 11:25 PM   #1
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Default The War against Hemp

Let me preface this by saying that I've never touched marijuana in my life, and unless I have an ultra-painful neurological disorder, I won't want to. But that isn't the point of this. Also I think that "4-20" being the "weed-smoking holiday" is probably one of the silliest things I've ever heard of. But that also isn't the point of this.

Cannabis/Hemp has so many good uses. . I'll leave that up to individuals whether smoking is a good use but it's such a wonderful resource for food (its oil and seeds) and for its fibers. .

They could put a few logging companies out of business using Hemp to make paper and paper products, and it's so much more easily and quickly renewable than trees. . they can also use hemp to make articles of clothing and fuels. . almost anything that can be made from wood pulp, cotton, or petroleum can be made from hemp.

Using hemp for clothing is environmentally friendly. The hemp plant is naturally resistant to pests and weeds, so the farmer doesn't need to dump toxic pesticides and herbicides on the land. Hemp also requires about 1/20th as much water to grow and process as cotton, and the hemp fiber is up to 4 times stronger than cotton. Fabric made from hemp naturally resists bacteria growth and filters harmful UV light. And thanks to new developments in preparing and finishing the fabric, hemp clothing is super soft and comfortable.

The War against Kentucky Hemp:
At one time there was a prosperous Hemp industry, most notably in Kentucky. But then came the war against hemp. . it was basically criminalized and eradicated, and they do sweeps each year to destroy and remaining wild hemp they can find. I'll update this with a link once I have enough posts to be allowed to post links.

Just because you can use one variety of the plant to get roughly the buzz of a few hard drinks, this wonderful plant that could be the answer to many problems, is being eradicated. (Conversely, you're allowed to fill your lungs with tar and nicotine smoke, which is far more addictive than cannabis could ever hope to be. . and you're allowed to drink liquor, which has roughly the same effect but unlike hemp, can actually kill you. . . absurd!)

The marijuana aspect is not the point of this - the variety cultivated for marijuana is short and bushy, while the other varieties which are the ones I'm more interested in having legalized are more tall and stalky, and need to be cut before marijuana would be able to be harvested from the shorter ones. But even if it's true (and I believe that it is) that over time smoking weed could kill off a few brain cells and make you slightly duller. . . so can playing football and banging your head against the wall . . . and voting for Sanjaya. But none of those things are illegal now are they? Besides, if someone wants a buzz after a long hard day, or wants some relief from neurological pain. . . then let them have it. Good grief.

Let me reiterate that the recreational and medical uses of marijuana is not the point of this, but the stigma that hemp comes with, that part of the argument needs to be made as well. Industrial hemp is an extremely efficient, versatile, and useful crop, and it's almost senseless to have it outlawed - the industrial breeds contain so little of the chemical found in marijuana hemp that it's not even worth smoking.

On most political issues I'm a rock-solid conservative but hemp shouldn't even be an issue. It needs to be legalized NOW!
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Old 05-16-2007, 11:29 PM   #2
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Reminds me of an interview of Roger Daltrey I saw on Letterman a few years back and he went into great detail about the merits of industrial hemp. It has no psychoactive properties and it is actually more durable than pretty much any other textile as far as clothing is concerned. Not to mention the merits of using hemp oil in modified engines - burns cleaner than ethanol.
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I miss weed......sigh.
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I miss weed......sigh.


the crusade against hemp has many sources. drug companies, tobacco, alcohol, textiles, food, oil, etc. all wanna see a naturally growing weed wiped out.

one of the biggest conspiracies of this nation is the illegalization of a weed.
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Well...

All that crap about pot being safe...

Ain't no way anyone will prove it by me...

I see the backend of all of that crap...

As far as I am concerned... ban it all.
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Well...

All that crap about pot being safe...

Ain't no way anyone will prove it by me...

I see the backend of all of that crap...

As far as I am concerned... ban it all.
I respect that opinion and honestly I'm more interested in the plant being cultivated for industrial uses. The breeds of the plant that are used for industrial purposes contain so little of the "drug" that it isn't even worth trying to smoke.

Hey, my uncle is a preacher, has a church in North Carolina
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Well...

All that crap about pot being safe...

Ain't no way anyone will prove it by me...

I see the backend of all of that crap...

As far as I am concerned... ban it all.
INDUSTRIAL hemp, Preacher - completely different than the "recreational" kind....
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Well...

All that crap about pot being safe...

Ain't no way anyone will prove it by me...

I see the backend of all of that crap...

As far as I am concerned... ban it all.
because of its usefulness or because people smoke it?

what is your stance on alcohol (should it be banned or not)?
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Well...

All that crap about pot being safe...

Ain't no way anyone will prove it by me...

I see the backend of all of that crap...

As far as I am concerned... ban it all.
Why b/c a few weak people claim its a "gteway" drug? Guess we should ban cough syrup as well.
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Guess we should ban cough syrup as well.
then what will all the kids "robo-fry" on?

dont say were gonna ban banana peels!
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