Friday, January 14, 2011

Hemp - One of the Greenest Materials - Outlawed In the US

So many of our politicians claim to want to do things in greener ways.  They boast about green policies and agendas and claim to have green solutions to our nation's needs.  These hypocrites are the same people who have helped to keep one of the greenest materials illegal.  In our country it is illegal to grow hemp, even though it has no recreation drug qualities.  It is widely mistaken for recreational marijuana, which has 3-22% THC content, the active ingredient that gets recreational marijuana users "high".  Hemp has less that 0.3% THC content, which is a negligible amount and not enough to cause any effects.

We cut down trees that have grown for decades to make paper that doesn't last as long as paper made from hemp, which can grow in three months.  (The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.)  Hemp does not require the use of pesticides, herbicides and other harmful chemicals used to grow other crops, and makes for a great rotational crop for soybean, corn and other fields.  Other uses of hemp include clothing, food, biofuel, medicines, rope, insulation, biodegradable plastics, animal feed, bedding, construction materials, oils, art supplies, cosmetics, paints, and way too many more to list.

It is completely absurd that the US does not allow hemp to be grown on our soil.  Politicians who claim to have green policies are nothing short of stupid when they sit around doing nothing to get hemp back into production.  Lobbyists from industries who make the above mentioned products push to keep hemp illegal.  There is no valid reason to keep up this nonsense.

Over the next month I am going to be posting a series of articles that discuss hemp, hemp uses, hemp legislation, and all of the hypocrisy surrounding it.  I'm not asking you to take my word for all this.  DO SOME RESEARCH YOURSELF.  Then contact your governmental representatives and let them know how ridiculous this whole situation is.  We should not stand for such stupid laws and we need to demand accountability from legislators who get elected by running on green platforms and then don't do anything about this!

I do not smoke marijuana.   This isn't about legalizing recreational marijuana, although I don't think it would be a bad idea to reform the way we waste money on fighting a fight that hasn't changed no matter how many trillions of dollars we throw at it.  This is about environmental responsibility.

Feel free to share your opinions below.