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"I think it is poor law enforcement to keep on the books legislation that establishes as a crime behavior the government does not seriously wish to prosecute," he said.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) has made good on his promise to introduce what he called the "Make Room for the Serious Criminals Bill" on a March 21, 2008 appearance on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. Co-sponsoring the bill are Reps. Ron Paul (R-TX), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Sam Farr (D-CA).
Text of Thursday's press release, from Rep. Frank's Congressional website, follows.
Originally posted by apc
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Originally posted by MidnightDStroyer
I've even heard of a group of researchers (I've forgotten some details like who they were & where they were conducting research because it must be at least a decade since I saw it) who were experimenting with hemp as a material for construction! They first engineered the hemp to contain such a low level of THC that anyone who would have tried to "alter their minds" with it would have to inhale enough smoke to kill an elephant & still never even catch a buzz.
During their research & experimentation, they found that hemp grows much faster than trees, could be more easily molded or shaped in any way desired & was even stronger than most common wood already in use; It also would have been much cheaper to form & use than what the lumber industries could have accomplished. They were shut down by the US government simply for growing & possessing the stuff, regardless of nearly non-existent THC content & the fact that it was for research for practical applications.
I think it may even be possible that the lumber industry may have something to do with opposing such a Bill...After all, the research conducted on hemp for use as building materials would have an impact on the lumber industry too.