Bi-Partisan legislation (HR. 1866) in the United States House of Representatives has been introduced by U.S Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and former Republican Presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), that would relax the ridiculous prohibition against Industrialized hemp which currently falls under the controlled substances act in this country. It has been brought before the House Judiciary Committee and has thus far gained ten co-sponsors.
Industrialized Hemp has a wide array of uses as a material including fuel, food, oils, paints, clothing, building materials, and paper just to name a few. Unlike Marijuana a distant cousin to Hemp, Hemp has an extremely low THC level and could help create many jobs as well as a crop that could revitalize many struggling farms. I am not saying it is a silver bullet that could single handily resurrect the world economy, but it is something.
Growing Industrialized hemp is already legal in many European nations and other countries around the world and up until about 70 years ago had a rich history in the United States. Thomas Jefferson grew it, the first draft of the Declaration of Independence was written on it, and those in the James Town Colony in 1619 who didn’t grow it would be reprimanded.
And as shown in a bit of the classic 1942 Film “Hemp For Victory”, it also armed America and her allies with much needed material in World War II and its growth was for that period encouraged.
Unfortunately reason was overshadowed by hysteria and Industrialized hemp was lumped together with marijuana.
Call or contact your U.S House Representative and tell them to return to remove Industrial hemp from the controlled Substances Act by voting in support of HR. 1866.
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