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Re: “Huge, Legal Cannabis Farm Study Surprises Industry, Officials

How about we bring back the large-scale cultivation of industrial hemp. That's where the real benefit to society is. The products that can be made would include paper, cloth and bio-fuel as well as nutritional seed oil. As a world society on whole, we were dependent on all of these uses for centuries and we would greatly benefit from going back to using hemp. It takes less resources to produce, does not deplete soil and is far more renewable than current alternatives. This is where the real "revolution" needs to be.

Weed is called weed because it IS a weed. All it takes is four square feet of soil, water and sunshine and you can have your own for free. The quality of the seed indicates the quality of the plant--regardless of the growers skill. Anyone who wants it will grow their own in their yard and will not pay a premium at the State-run store. I could easily produce far more than I can smoke right now and then give the rest away to friends. There will be neighborhood grows everywhere and the State will not benefit one dime in the long run.

Dope is a pipe dream. It will not generate the tax revenue spoke of in this article for very long. It is cheap to produce and illegal growers do not have the overhead, regulations and taxes to account for so they will easily be able to undersell the legal market which would consist of the "convenience" smokers--those who do not want to take the minimal time and effort it would take to produce their own--this article speaks of. Should we impose even more draconian laws to regulate the legal market than we already have to try and stem the illegal market? Where is the benefit to that?

Only by pushing industrial hemp production and usage can we, as a society, see any real benefit here. Unfortunately, the power behind legal industrial hemp is minimal and the power against it--paper-pulping, cotton, corn and soy production--is frighteningly strong and deeply politically invested (id est: they OWN Congressmen and Senators as well as the Presidency). The real tragedy is--and for the last 90 or so years has been--that we're not wearing it; writing on it; using it to power our engines and eating it--not that we can't smoke it.

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Posted by JuanaBee on 05/27/2010 at 9:55 AM

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