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Industrialization of Hemp

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Candice Lynch

on 2 January 2014

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Industrialization of Hemp
What is HEMP?
Hemp is a cannabis plant produced for non-narcotic use, usually harvested before cannabinoids (THC or CBD) have a chance to fully develop. Hemp is grown for two purposes; the fibers from the stalk and stem of the plant, and oil extracted from it's seeds.
So how is HEMP illegal if you cant get high off it?
What can I do about it?
A common misconception of hemp is that it is the same thing as marijuana, help to re-educate your friends and family on the amazing potential of the re-legalization of non-psychoactive hemp and its positive effects in regards to the environment and the American economy.

Presently the concentration of THC in hemp is 0.3%. By contrast, marijuana can contain anywhere from 5-20% THC. Despite this dramatic difference in concentration, the federal government still considers those facts to be irrelevant.
Any product made by timber can be produced with hemp. Hemp can be grown specifically for these products instead of deforesting the habitats of many animals and wiping out plants that hold vital medicines. Also, instead of paying for deforestation companies to rip these trees down, american farmers can grow hemp on their property.
Maturing in just 8-12 weeks hemp has a natural resistance to pests but can be grown with other legume crops. Due to this resistance no pesticides or fungicides are required. Because of its long tap root that is able to reach water hemp crops can easily reclaim land in prone to drought areas such as the Sahara Desert.
Before prohibition, 90% of the worlds paper manufactured before 1883 was made of hemp
Paper produced with timber can only be recycled 3-4 times, whereas hemp based paper can be recycled up to 7-8 times.
In contrast today 93% of our paper products are made with trees
500 million cubic meters of forest are destroyed every year
During the first 162 years of America's existence, marijuana was legal and hemp was a widely grown industrial crop. Leading up to the prohibition of cannabis in the 1930's many outrageous films consisting of propaganda towards cannabis began to circulate. In 1937 the government passed the Controlled Substances Act, banning pot and hemp alike.
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