This article was published this morning at MNDaily.com which is The Minnesota Daily news blog.
The study contains encouraging news for the future of Hemp, Hemp Foods, and Hemp Clothing products in America.
We’re excited about this.
University research demonstrates the irrationality of U.S. pot policy.PUBLISHED: 09/17/2009
Hemp was once a widespread crop throughout the upper Midwest. Its long, strong fibers were used to make cloth, paper, and rope while the oil in the seeds was important in food and cosmetics . The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 banned hemp production , fearing cultivation could mask the growth of marijuana. But no industrial farmer would risk the quality of hemp fiber or seed oil by cross-planting marijuana.
Despite the domestic ban, hemp production has continued abroad and hemp-based products are increasingly imported. Furthermore, hemp’s rapid growth and woody interior make it a leading candidate to replace flawed corn-based ethanol as a renewable fuel. The University’s research did not make hemp plants more productive, demonstrate new uses, or find techniques for converting hemp into bio-fuel. The perceived necessity of removing the minimal amount of THC in hemp is solely based on an irrational fear of marijuana.
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