posted on Aug, 19 2009 @ 01:57 AM
OK so I haven't read every single response on the OP but it is frightening to see the ignorance that prevails about hemp to this day ... more of the
ilk that believe and advocate some of the utter nonsense they hear about a particular subject.
Watch my lips ... HEMP HAS NO DRUG PROPERTIES!!
While they are of the same family, industrial hemp and marijuana are not the same thing. Marijuana contains somewhere between 5 and 20% delta-9
tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) ... which is the substance that causes a high ... whereas hemp contains virtually nothing of this and can't make you
That said, there are of course problems associated with growing industrial hemp freely and making sure that the THC levels remain negligible. Here in
South Africa, some test farms were authorized and it was found that while one might start out with the pure industrial (THC'less) strain of hemp, one
could eventually end up with "tainted offspring" that does contain higher levels of THC.
Marijuana pollen can pollenate hemp plants and it thus follows that if this happens, the hybrid plants will contain increasingly more quantities of
THC. The test farms pretty much failed for this reason and for this reason only ... Imagine farm laborers (toking up marijuana joints to help make
their day more pleasant while working in the fields) indiscriminately discarding seeds amongst the industrial hemp plants ... you do the math
So, in order to ensure that industrial hemp remains industrial hemp, one would have to place strict control measures in place to minimize the risk of
your hemp crop turning into marijuana crop ... much like they do at diamond or gold mines.
Believe me ... if this kind of venture was sanctioned by the PTB, there is not only oodles of tax money to made from hemp ... probably more than form
any other cash crop currently being cultivated ... but there is also the opportunity for creating jobs and a huge range of far better quality products
(as has described by others on this thread) than we have become accustomed to.