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What is this Hemp?

Hemp has been dubbed the strongest fiber in the world! Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery. The Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic of human industry is a bit of hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC.The bark of the hemp stalk contains bast fibers which are among the Earth's longest natural soft fibers and are also rich in cellulose; the cellulose and hemi-cellulose in its inner woody core are called hurds. Hemp stalk is not psychoactive. Hemp fiber is longer, stronger, more absorbent and more insulating than cotton fiber. Hemp is a common name for Cannabis sativa and the name most used when this annual plant is grown for non-drug purposes. These include the industrial purposes for which cultivation licenses may be issued in the European Union (EU). In the UK licenses are issued by the Home Office under the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act. When grown for industrial purposes hemp is called, often, industrial hemp, and a common product is fibre for use in a variety of different ways.

Why do we love it soo much?

Hemp is great and makes amazing jewelry mainly due to its durablility and texture. With either wear or water, hemp will actually soften to become a comfortable piece of jewelry or collar as the case may be. Water also tightens the actual macrame weave of hemp to ensure that the knots are locked. It is soft to weave and has a natural earth tone that i find very pleasing to wear.

What can you use hemp for?

Everything!!!! As you can see from this chart found at
http://www.torontohemp.com/hempuses.htm

Why is it illegal to produce in this country?

The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 outlawed the production of all marijuana and hemp plants.
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Industrial Hemp Farming Act Introduced in Congress 07/01/05

http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/393/hempbill.shtml

Currently, some 30 other countries, including neighboring Canada, allow for hemp cultivation for industrial and nutritional purposes. Six US states have already voted to remove barriers to research on hemp production, while legislation is pending in 20 more. Support for industrial hemp also comes from the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, which "supports revisions to the federal rules and regulations authorizing commercial production of industrial hemp." And a leading farm organization, the National Grange, also "supports research, production, processing and marketing of industrial hemp as a viable agricultural activity."

But none of that can happen without a change in the federal law. Rep. Paul and hemp advocates tried to jumpstart that process last week at a Capitol Hill luncheon where about a hundred congressional staffers feasted on a five-course gourmet hemp meal featuring delicacies like Bahama Hempnut Crusted Wild Salmon and Fuji Fennel Hempseed Salad. Attendees were served up not only delicious food but also a healthy portion of rhetoric designed to call attention to the need for a new hemp law.

"It is unfortunate that the federal government has stood in the way of American farmers, including many who are struggling to make ends meet, competing in the global industrial hemp market," said Rep. Paul. "Indeed the founders of our nation, some of who grew hemp, surely would find that federal restrictions on farmers growing a safe and profitable crop on their own land are inconsistent with the constitutional guarantee of a limited, restrained federal government. Therefore, I urge my colleagues to stand up for American farmers and cosponsor the Industrial Hemp Farming Act."

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You would have to smoke this much hemp to get high. You would probably die of smoke-inhalation first.

Why our country would be out of debt, not oil dependent, and agriculturally healthier if the government would allow hemp production?

This is a fascinating subject as no one seems to understand all the money our country loses on hemp. From production, to cultivation, to manufacturing, and finally distributing the product, all the money is on foreign soil. Foreign farmers make riches growing hemp, foreign companies make even more money selling it to Americans who cant grow it! What would our economy be like if every time we all purchased hemp that money went into our country instead of someone elses? On top of that, all diesel engines need one small change in them and they could run off of hemp seed oil, as opposed to the black gold our country loves so much. Check our Woody Harrelson and his hemp fueled bus as well as all his other acts to legalize hemp production for our environment and for our farmers. And hemp is one of those amazing plants you can plant over and over again in the same field and it actually adds nutrients to the soil--ADDS NUTRIENTS! It can also be safely grown without pesticides and herbicides--imagine that!? Not to mention we wouldn't have to be cutting down every tree on the planet for our need for paper--hemp paper uses less pollutants to make and doesn't result in clear cutting ancient trees!

SO what should we do?

ACT! Join Hemp Meetup groups--boycott stores that don't offer hemp alternatives, petition your lawmakers(on hemp paper) to wake up and help the farmers. Most importantly you can get educated and make it a point to educate those around you to this amazing plant and how much we could use it, and actually need it. The government is too good at spreading lies for us to expect anyone to know the truth about this plant--so read something and get out there and get your voice heard! Keep in mind that all the money you spend on hemp in a way hurts our country financially. And money is the only thing that talks in the US--so lets make it scream!!

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I'm an American tired of American lies

...now let's get talking reefer madness
like some arrogant government can't
by any stretch of the imagination
outlaw a plant!
yes, their supposed authority over nature
is a dream
c'mon people
we've got to come clean

cuz they are locking our sons
and our daughters in cages
they are taking by the thousands
our lives from under us
it's a crash course in religious fundamentals
now let's all go to war
get some bang for our buck

i am trying to evolve
i'm just trying to evolve
-ani difranco




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