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Hemp and Drugs

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Peggy Woolsey (woolspeg)
Tue, 9 Mar 1999 22:05:15 +0800

>Hemp IS Marijuana---same plant.

Beg to differ...Industrial hemp and Marijuana are not the same plant. Both
plants arise from the species, Cannabis Sativa, but they are different
plants. As others have mentioned, industrial hemp is the long lost cousin
in the C. Sativa family. Oldest known fibres are hemp. Most long lived
papers in North America are hemp. The original constitution of the U.S. is
written on hemp paper. Industrial hemp is used for fibre, food, fuel and
most recently by the Body Shoppe for Skin care products. You could be fined
in colonial times for not growing hemp. Thomas Jefferson grew acres of it.
During the World War Years, a great campaign called "Hemp for Victory" was
launced in the U.S. It was unpatriotic not to grow hemp. After the World
wars, a smear campaign by the Duponts and the Hearsts made industrial hemp
illegal. Too much competition for the new pulps and chemicals destined to
make millions for the owners. Industrial hemp lacks THC, the psychoactive
ingredient in marijuana. Marijuana has both medical and recreational uses.
Hemp is a plant almost too good to be true.

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