Posted on April 6, 2009 by
Ron Paul is putting hemp on the table, in the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009, also called HR 1866.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
“It is unfortunate that the federal government has stood in the way of American farmers, including many who are struggling to make ends meet, from competing in the global industrial hemp market,” said Paul, adding that some of the Founding Fathers who grew hemp themselves “would surely 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.”
Currently, hemp can be imported from other countries and used to make products here in the United States, but while U.S. farming regulations technically allow for the growing of hemp by special permit, the restrictions imposed on the crop make growing it here technically impossible and financially nonviable.
Restrictions on growing hemp in the U.S. are, in my humble opinion, simply stupid. And no, I’m not a pot smoker. I’m a U.S. citizen who is concerned about our economy, the current state of agriculture in the country, as well as energy, pesticide, and land usage. Hemp is easy to grow in many climates and in less than optimal soil, it requires less water to grow than cotton, is naturally pest resistant, and can be used for everything from food products to textiles. And, in the case of textiles, it produces a product that is superior in strength and durability when compared to cotton.
And, contrary to popular misconception, industrial hemp would not produce a high even if you did smoke it. The levels of THC are minimal. So, no matter what your views on marijuana are, you should be pro-hemp. Unless, of course, you’re a lobbyist for the cotton industry . . .
In support of this bill, I’ll be talking about hemp all week and highlighting wonderful products made from hemp. Stick around. Check out the article I wrote on hemp in 2007 for more information, and visit VoteHemp.com’s action page to learn about ways you can support HR 1866.