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Industrial hemp is a dangerous drug that should never be grown for any purpose This is not true but its a common misconception among the average American Really industrial hemp is not a drug at all just an incredibly helpful plant Industrial hemp is helpful in many ways There would be many benefits and lots of profits to be made if industrial hemp were legal Ropes butter clothes and birdseed are all products that can be made from industrial hemp Deforestation and energy problems can be solved with industrial hemp Due to falling prices of other commoditiesit could save farmers from poverty if it were legalized Why is it still illegal Because ignorant government officials do not understand the potential for this plant There is growing interest in hemp production though Pro hemp laws have been enacted this year in Minnesota Hawaii Nebraska and North Dakota Industrial hemp is the non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana They are both forms of the Cannabis Sativa L plant differing only in the amount of delta-9 tetrahydrocannibinol THC which gives the user a high McCauley 1 Cannabis Sativa L is considered marijuana if the THC level is above 5 The plant is considered industrial hemp if the THC content is less the 1 In some countries industrial hemp can be cultivated with a 3 THC level At that level someone could go out and smoke an entire field and get nothing more than a headache and diarrhea The two plants are also grown differently Industrial hemp is grown very close together to discourage leafing and budding because the stalk is the most useful part Marijuana is grown spaced apart to encourage leafing and budding because THC occurs in these areas Industrial hemp is harvested before it flowers Marijuana is harvested after If there is no way to get a high off of an industrial hemp plant it should be legal to grow for industrial purposes
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