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Industrial Hemp It Should Be Legal During the course of the past few years the legalization of hemp for industrial purposes has been presented to the legislation on numerous occasions As many know these attempts to pass a law declaring industrial hemp legal has been turned away every single time Regardless of hemps many benefits such as its uses for paper rope and other resources it is still declared to be a harmful product to incorporate into society Past research that has been performed has led me to believe that hemp is not in fact dangerous and can indeed be very beneficial to many industries throughout our nation Hemp is a distinct form of the plant species cannabis sativa and is somewhat similar to the leaf shape of marijuana Although both plants are from this same species of plant hemp contains virtually no THC which is the active ingredient in marijuana that causes psychoactive behavior Knowing this fact alone leads me to argue that industrial hemp should be legal Hemp produces less than one percent of THC where marijuana produces between five and twenty percent THC It has been proven through experimentation that it takes nearly twenty hemp cigarettes in a very short period of time in order to create the slightest psychoactive behavior which is basically impossible Hemp is a fiber plant similar to that of flax jute and ramie which is more efficient than the fiber found in a tree Why cut down all the forests when hemp is such an efficient material Forests are being destroyed three times faster than they can grow In addition to that a hemp crop produces nearly four times as much raw fiber as an equivalent sized tree plantation Also trees take approximately twenty years to mature while a hemp plant takes only four months Environmentally sound hemp paper is stronger finer and longer lasting than and wood based paper product One of the
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