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Friday, August 13, 2010

HEMP

Hemp is fast growing valuable biomass used for a wide variety of purposes, including the manufacture of cordage of varying tensile strength, clothing, and nutritional products. The bast fibres can be used in 100% hemp products, but are commonly blended with other organic fibres such as flax, cotton or silk, for apparel and furnishings, most commonly at a 55%/45% hemp/cotton blend. The inner two fibres of hemp are more woody, and are more often used in non-woven items and other industrial applications, such as mulch, animal bedding and litter. The oil from the fruits ("seeds") oxidizes (commonly, though inaccurately, called "drying") to become solid on exposure to air, similar to linseed oil, and is sometimes used in the manufacture of oil-based paints, in creams as a moisturizing agent, for cooking, and in plastics.

Under Federal law, it is not legal to grow hemp in the U.S. because one variety is a source of marijuana. Consequently, we are a major importer of hemp contributing somewhat to our trade deficit.

Wouldn't you think that with the increasing use of medical marijuana (perhaps sometimes also for recreational use), that we would be intelligent enough to remove this foolish legal ban?

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