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The hemp plant is arguably the most useful crop in the world There are over 25 000 products made from hemp and it can be grown in a wide variety of climates So how can such a useful plant be outlawed in America Ignorance is how People automatically connect hemp with its controversial cousin marijuana The truth is the differences between marijuana and hemp are very distinct Hemp and marijuana are both variations of the cannabis plant The quality that separates the two is the Tetra Hydro Cannabinol THC content Hemp has less than 1 THC while marijuana has 20-30 This is because marijuana was specifically cultivated to have a high THC content The amount of THC in hemp is so small that it would take dozens of pounds of it to even have a small affect on a person It is humanly impossible to use hemp as a drug One concern that many people have about the legalization of hemp is that they believe marijuana could easily be hidden in a field of hemp This is not true for many reasons First the two plants are easily distinguished Marijuana plants are short and bushy with many leaves and is harvested for its flowers and leaves Hemp however is tall and straight with leaves at the top of the plant and is harvested for its stalks before flowering even occurs Another problem with disguising marijuana in a hemp field is that the two plants would crossbreed which eliminates nearly all of the THC content in marijuana plants Third in Canada where hemp farming is legal the farmers have to get a special license to grow and the crop is checked annually for THC content If we enforced this in America there would be little to no marijuana problems at hemp farms Hemp has a great deal of history in our country also Many well-known historical figures farmed the plant and encouraged farming of it
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