Arguments For Legalized Medical Marijuana
November 3, 2011 by staff
Arguments For Legalized Medical Marijuana, It has not received the attention of medical marijuana, but a growing number of states have passed laws allowing the growth of hemp and are trying to get the federal government to be legal throughout the country. Hemp can be grown for fiber or oilseed, and is used to manufacture thousands of products worldwide, including clothing and auto parts. From 1999 until last year, 17 states have enacted measures that either allow or permit the controlled cultivation of industrial hemp research, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
Colorado was the most recent research permit in 2010. Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont and West Virginia have passed laws authorizing the cultivation, according to NORML.
Hemp and marijuana are different varieties of the same species of the plant Cannabis Sativa. Industrial hemp has a lower content of THC, the main psychoactive component of marijuana.
The federal government classifies all cannabis plants like marijuana and places strict controls on the cultivation of hemp. Industrial hemp is a staple in colonial America. The output reached its peak during World War II.
Proponents say U.S. farmers are being excluded from a lucrative market. Over 30 countries grow hemp as an agricultural product, and hemp crops in Canada – that legalized the cultivation in 1998 – increased to 26,815 hectares in 2010, according to “the production of industrial hemp in Canada,” a report issued by the Ministry Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. Opponents say that the arguments for the cultivation of hemp is little more than a smokescreen to legalize marijuana and other illegal drugs.?
Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, has introduced a bill that would legalize hemp cultivation by excluding low-THC cannabis in the Controlled Substances Act each of the last four legislative sessions, including this year, but legislation has not progressed to a committee hearing.
In October, Democrat Jerry Brown, governor of California vetoed a measure that would have created a pilot program for the cultivation of industrial hemp in four counties. In his veto statement, Brown criticized Washington’s position on hemp and called the law to allow the cultivation nationwide.
“The products made from hemp – clothing products, food and bathroom – are legally sold in California every day,” Brown wrote. “It is absurd that hemp is imported into the state, but our farmers can not grow.” ?
Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif., Wrote in a June 20 letter to a constituent which supported the argument of the Drug Enforcement Administration that commercial cultivation would increase the likelihood of covert production of high-THC marijuana and send the wrong message to the American public about the government’s position on drugs.
North of the border of Vermont, Canada, Christian Boisjoly says is growing 23 acres of hemp in Lanoraie, Quebec, northeast of Montreal. Some farmers in the region is changing snuff for hemp, he says.
The crop is strictly regulated there. The Government checks criminal records and mandates producers to test hemp cultivars under 0.3 percent, according to a fact sheet issued by Health Canada. A minimum of 10 acres require a permit, according to the Department of Justice Canada. ?
In Burlington, Vermont. The Hempest sells a range of clothing, footwear and body care store manager says Dana begins.
By some estimates, he says, hemp is used in over 25,000 products worldwide. “There are many uses for it, I feel silly for not taking advantage of it,” says Begins.
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