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Serious industrial hemp movement gathering momentum

Post by PAwildernessadvocate » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:49 pm

To me it seems like this could be good for trees and forests if industrial hemp becomes legal again. It is such a versatile material it seems likely it could help offset some use of wood in a variety of products such as paper, fiberboard, bio-fuel, and others. And unlike trees that take decades to grow and replace, one can grow a whole new crop of hemp every year!

Also, I'm not exactly a student of the tobacco industry but it would seem like in our fight to curtail smoking in recent decades, giving current/former tobacco farmers in states like Kentucky a new profitable crop to grow would be welcome.

http://www.paul.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=707
Sens. McConnell and Paul Co-sponsor Industrial Hemp Legislation

http://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/press- ... rial-hemp-
Senators Seek to Lift Restrictions on Industrial Hemp

http://massie.house.gov/press-release/u ... -hemp-bill
U.S. Representative Massie Introduces Industrial Hemp Bill

http://richmondregister.com/localnews/x ... -hemp-bill
[KY State] Senate passes industrial hemp bill

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp#Uses
Uses

That's crazy to me that such a useful crop was ever made illegal to begin with. The gall & overreach of the federal government sometimes! Geez!

P.S. I do believe it's important not to conflate legitimate efforts to allow farmers to grow industrial hemp again with efforts to legalize psychoactive marijuana for pot-smokers like Hollyweird actor Seth Rogan and those guys to get high with.
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Re: Serious industrial hemp movement gathering momentum

Post by Rand » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:43 pm

I read an article about this several years ago with a humorous anecdote. Apparently when it was grown commercially, the hemp escaped into the wild and persists to this day in a few places. An old farmer was showing the story author around, and the author was like, 'Is that real weed just growing in a roadside ditch?!' And the farmer replied 'Yeah, It's always done that, but no, you can't get high off of it...'


On the other hand, I can see why they banned it. It'd make it real hard to spot illicit weed from the air if you buried it in the middle of a field of industrial hemp.

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Post by jamesrobertsmith » Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:40 pm

Rand wrote: On the other hand, I can see why they banned it. It'd make it real hard to spot illicit weed from the air if you buried it in the middle of a field of industrial hemp.
The answer to that one is to legalize them both.

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Post by Rand » Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:13 pm

jamesrobertsmith wrote:
Rand wrote: On the other hand, I can see why they banned it. It'd make it real hard to spot illicit weed from the air if you buried it in the middle of a field of industrial hemp.
The answer to that one is to legalize them both.
Yeah, I suppose....

I've heard a lot of anecdotal type stories that it really isn't any worse than alcohol, but really, I don't have a particularly informed opinion on the subject.

Not really a fan of intoxicating substances in general. Heck, I don't even drink coffee or pop.

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Post by Joe » Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:12 am

jamesrobertsmith wrote:
Rand wrote: On the other hand, I can see why they banned it. It'd make it real hard to spot illicit weed from the air if you buried it in the middle of a field of industrial hemp.
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Post by PAwildernessadvocate » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:22 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUcsMXFq1pQ
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Post by PAwildernessadvocate » Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:22 am

Kentucky legislature passes industrial hemp bill.

http://www.paul.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=760
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Post by canada yew » Sun Dec 07, 2014 8:52 pm

without a doubt it would help tobacco farmers or former tobacco farmers..many have turned to factory farming chickens..hows that for a weird turn out to the anti smoking effort? hemp could help all farmers including former tobacco farmers and current ones..and cannabis (mary jane) is medicinal as well...
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Post by PAwildernessadvocate » Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:50 pm

Three cheers for the already-passed-in-both-chambers-of-Congress farm bill! Among many other actions, when President Trump signs it into law it will permanently protect from all forms of development 20,000 acres of wilderness under the Wilderness Act of 1964 in Tennessee's Cherokee National Forest, and....legalize industrial hemp! This has finally come to fruition thanks primarily to Senators Paul and McConnell of Kentucky. Let's hope that with time, this action will take a lot of pressure off of America's forests for paper production and such.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrebourq ... ou-know-it

How Hemp And The Farm Bill May Change Life As You Know It
The United States' hemp prohibition has suppressed potential jobs for farmers, products for consumers, and medicine for patients.

Imagine if you could save four acres of trees by making paper from a single acre of a rapid-growing plant, instead.

Now imagine all this possibility actually exists but you can't enjoy any of it because people in power once decided the plant from which it's all derived has a scorned cousin named "marijuana." If you can wrap your mind around this dereliction of logic, only then can you begin to understand the painfully silly policies America's had in place that have kept hemp from coating our farmland with hues of pale yellow and light green.
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