Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Taxation; The Case For Marijuana Legalization and Regulation

While I do not use Marijuana, I do support
legalization and taxation - TR

The Toxic Reverend

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*The Case for Marijuana Legalization and Regulation*
An exclusive look at the historic testimony prepared for a special hearing on
legalizing marijuana to the California Assembly.
By Paul Armentano, AlterNet.
Posted October 28, 2009.

The following is the testimony NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano will deliver
on Oct. 28 to the California Assembly Public Safety Committee's special hearing
on "the legalization of marijuana: social, fiscal, and legal implications for
California." Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, sponsor of A.B. 390, The
Marijuana Control, Regulation and Education Act, is the chairman of the committee.,_Regulation,_and_Education_Act

By any objective standard, marijuana prohibition is an abject failure.

Nationwide, U.S. law enforcement have arrested over 20 million American citizens
for marijuana offenses since 1965, yet today marijuana is more prevalent than
ever before, adolescents have easier access to marijuana than ever before, the
drug is more potent than ever before, and there is more violence associated with
the illegal marijuana trade than ever before.

Over 100 million Americans nationally have used marijuana despite prohibition,
and 1 in 10 -- according to current government survey data -- use it regularly.

The criminal prohibition of marijuana has not dissuaded anyone from using
marijuana or reduced its availability; however, the strict enforcement of this
policy has adversely impacted the lives and careers of millions of people who
simply elected to use a substance to relax that is objectively safer than alcohol.

NORML believes that the state of California ought to amend criminal prohibition
and replace it with a system of legalization, taxation, regulation, and education.

The case for legalization and regulation

Only through state government regulation will we be able to bring necessary
controls to the commercial marijuana market. (Note: Non-retail cultivation for
adult personal use would arguably not be subject to such regulations, just as the
personal, non-commercial production by adults of beer is not governed by such
restriction.) By enacting state and local legislation on the retail production
and distribution of marijuana, state and local governments can effectively impose
controls regarding:

* which citizens can legally produce marijuana;
* which citizens can legally distribute marijuana;
* which citizens can legally consume marijuana; and,
* where, and under what circumstances such use is legally permitted.

By contrast, the criminal prohibition of marijuana -- the policy the state of
California has in place now -- provides law enforcement and state regulators with
no legitimate market controls. This absence of state and local government
controls jeopardizes rather than promotes public safety.

For example:

--* Prohibition abdicates the control of marijuana production and distribution to
criminal entrepreneurs (i.e. drug cartels, street gangs, drug dealers, who push
additional illegal substances);
--* Prohibition provides young people with unfettered access to marijuana (e.g.,
according to a 2009 Columbia University report, adolescents now have easier
access to marijuana than they do alcohol);
--* Prohibition promotes the use of marijuana in inappropriate and potentially
dangerous settings (e.g., in automobiles, in public parks, in public restrooms, etc.)
--* Prohibition promotes disrespect for the law and reinforces ethnic and
generation divides between the public and law enforcement. (According to the
F.B.I.'s Uniform Crime Report, 75 percent of all marijuana arrestees are under
age 30; African Americans account for only 12 percent of marijuana users but make
up 23 percent of all possession arrests).

Marijuana is not a harmless substance -- no potentially mind-altering substance
is. But, this fact is precisely why its commercial production and distribution
ought to be controlled and regulated in manner similar to the licensed
distribution of alcohol and cigarettes -- two legal substances that cause far
greater harm to the individual user, and to society as a whole, than cannabis
ever could.

Taxing and regulating cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol will bring
long-overdue state oversight to a commercial market that is presently
unregulated, uncontrolled, and all too often inundated by criminal entrepreneurs.

While this alternative may not entirely eliminate the black-market demand for
cannabis, it would certainly be preferable to today's blanket, although
thoroughly ineffective, expensive and impotent, criminal prohibition.

Voters nationwide, and in California in particular, support ending criminal
marijuana prohibition. This past spring, 56 percent of California voters
expressed support for taxing and regulating marijuana in a statewide Field poll.

Doing so would give greater control to state law enforcement officials and
regulators by imposing proper state restrictions and regulations on this existing
and widespread marijuana market.

I urge this committee to move forward with the enactment of sensible regulations
for legalizing marijuana.

[See more stories tagged with: marijuana, legalization, regulation]

[Paul Armentano is the deputy director of the National Organization for the
Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and is the co-author of the book, "Marijuana Is
Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink" (2009, Chelsea Green). ]


Posted by: cplot on Oct 28, 2009 1:23 a.m.
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There is no Constitutional basis for a prohibition on intoxicants. There was an
amendment to create a Federal prohibition on intoxicating liquors, but that
amendment was repealed. Some state legislatures may have constitutional grants
of powers enabling prohibition of intoxicants, but the U.S. Constitution
certainly does not. How is that our politicians and government bureaucrats can
take an oath to uphold and defend the constitution and immediately turn around
and engage in acts to subvert the same constitution they swore to uphold?

*Al Capone did not kill and have people killed because he was drunk.*
Posted by: nihilozero on Oct 28, 2009 2:34 a.m.
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The drug war is used as a pretense to build up the police state which imprisons
more people per-capita (and in total numbers) than does any other nation. These
built up police forces can then be used for other purposes (such as crushing
dissent and protecting corporate interests). The drug war and the
prison-industrial complex are primary impediments to freedom in this nation.
Prison abolition and a transition to drug treatment programs are essential to
restoring any semblance of true liberty in this nation.

Nihilo Zero
» AWESOME -- Posted by: Ahimsa

*Great Progress Toward the MERP Model*
Posted by: bcainw on Oct 28, 2009 5:08 a.m.
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The "Berlin Wall" is about to fall. I do have to applaud Armentano for finally
including the following language:
"Non-retail cultivation for adult personal use would arguably not be subject to
such regulations, just as the personal, noncommercial production by adults of
beer is not governed by such restriction."
Yes, "like beer." Keep it up.
What I continue to have a problem with is the language "Marijuana is not a
harmless drug."
At least say relatively harmless.
A.B.390 provides non-commercial growing of up to 10 mature plants which is a
good start. Frankly, I don't think there should be any limits as I believe the
more individuals can grow the more effectively we will destroy the cartels,
provide cheap medicine for the sick and stop police from having an excuse to
break in our doors.
But, it is my prediction that A.B.3290 will cause the wall on Marijuana
Prohibition to fall throughout the 50 states so long as we remain vigilant . I
think it would be extremely naive to think that all the vested interests (police,
attorneys, etc.) will just stand by as their "golden goose" is slaughtered.
Ultimately, it is my hope that the M.E.R.P. Model prevails throughout the U.S.
and the planet. By allowing unlimited amounts of Marijuana to be grown citizens
will eventually be able to grow it for food, Simpson's oil and other applications
that require far more than 10 plants to be grown.
Again, I wish NORML would eliminate this phrase the Marijuana not harmless. It
is no more dangerous than ice cream, so the whole argument strikes me as
inaccurate to say the least. My wife grows an ornamental plant, known as Deadly
Nightshade (e.g., Datura) in our backyard. Chew on just a few tiny seeds and you
will hallucinate and end up sick or dead. THAT is a plant that is NOT [sic]
harmless. Yet, there are no restrictions on the number you can grow and no one
is attempting to "tax and regulate it."
Besides the 10 plant limit on "self cultivation" what does worry me is that the
State will find ways to continue to harass "personal cultivators" in an attempt
to force commercial purchases over "home grown" in order to maximize revenue for
the state and the commercial growers.
To me regulation and enforcement are huge wastes of money. One of the most
frequent arguments for A.B.390 is the raising of tax revenue, predicted at 1.4
billion annually. This will do little to even put a dent in the California
deficit which is now hundred of billions in debt. If we just made as legal as
tomatoes we would probably generate more revenue by completely eliminating the
Mexican Drug Cartels who are estimated to send about 27 Billion south of the
border each year. And this would be done without any regulation on personal
cultivation which is not a insignificant expense.
But, all in all, A.B.390 is a good thing so long as personal cultivators remain
untaxed, unregulated and police home invasions simply end.
We are having a demonstration on 11/21/2009 to demand a special "joint" session
of Congress. much like what was done to pass TARP. Should we succeed Marijuana
would become legal Nationwide as soon as the session completes. This is the
"other shoe" that needs to drop. If you would like to stage a local demonstration
on 11/21 you will find all the information you need at the following link:

» RE: Great Progress Toward the M.E.R.P. Model Posted by: mtatasmith
*Eliminating Paranoia In The Nation*
Posted by: melpol on Oct 28, 2009 5:29 a.m.
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Choosing to smoke pot is choosing to give up personal freedom. It puts the pot
smoker in danger of being arrested without a moments notice. There is no better
way to maintain social control than to have a nation of pot smokers and millions
of police informers. Decriminalizing pot will change the nature of the police
state and eliminate paranoia in the nation.

» RE: liminating Paranoia In The Nation Posted by: morticia
*The Irony Is That*
Posted by: New American on Oct 28, 2009 5:58 a.m.
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Conservatives have looked the other way and outright ignored the constitutional
violations brought on by the drug war. Fourth amendment rights against search
and seizure are routinely trampled. Asset forfeiture and sale of property
without conviction has been sanctioned. What they have created, via drug
prohibition, are police departments with swat teams armed like military special
forces. A prison system that does not rehabilitate, but just houses. How
ironic, now, is it that these same forces may be brought to bear against those
same folks when they want to demonstrate peaceably, and can't get a permit, or
are required to picket miles away from the events they oppose. Prohibitionist
thinking has created a monster, and now it will be blind in it's support of the
corporate takeover. Welcome to the machine. You reap what you sow.

*Make Marijuana Safe and Legal*
Posted by: vasumurti on Oct 28, 2009 7:08 AM
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A pamphlet entitled "10 Things Every Parent, Teenager, and Teacher Should Know
About Marijuana" produced by the Family Council on Drug Awareness tells us
marijuana is not physically addictive. The 1980 Costa Rican study, the 1975
Jamaican study, and the 1972 Nixon Blue Ribbon Report all concluded that
marijuana use does *not* lead to physical dependency. The F.B.I. reports that 65
to 75 percent of criminal violence is alcohol-related. On the other hand,
Federal Bureau of Narcotics director Harry Anslinger testified before Congress in
1948 that marijuana leads to non-violence and pacifism.
In a message to Congress on August 2, 1977, President Jimmy Carter insisted:
"Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an
individual than the use of the drug itself."
Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) Law Judge Francis L. Young wrote on
September 8, 1988:
"Nearly all medicines have toxic, potentially lethal effects. But marijuana is
not such a substance. *There is no record in the extensive medical literature
describing a proven, documented cannabis-induced fatality Marijuana*, in its
natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man."
After years of suppression by the government, the truth about medical marijuana
is finally coming out. Dr. Tod Mikuriya, former director of marijuana research
for the entire federal government, wrote in 1996:
"I was hired by the government to provide scientific evidence that marijuana was
harmful. As I studied the subject, I began to realize that marijuana was once
widely used as a safe and effective medicine. But, the government had a
different agenda, and I had to resign."
Tobacco kills about 430,700 each year. Alcohol and alcohol-related diseases and
injuries kill about 110,000 per year. Secondhand tobacco smoke kills about
50,000 every year. Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs kill 7,600 each
year. Cocaine kills about 500 yearly alone, and another 2,500 in combination
with another drug. Heroin kills about 400 yearly alone, and another 2,500 in
combination with another drug. Adverse reactions to prescription drugs total
32,000 per year [[This seems too LOW!!?]], while marijuana kills no one. A
November 4, 2002 Time/C.N.N. Poll found that eighty percent of those polled felt
marijuana should be legal only for therapeutic purposes. 72 percent felt
recreational users should get fines rather than jail time, which is essentially
decriminalization. The complete legalization of marijuana was favored only by 34
percent of respondents, but this figure is twice as large as it was in 1986.
Marijuana is safer than alcohol and tobacco, and our drug laws should reflect
this reality.
According to a 2003 Zogby poll, two of every five Americans say "the government
should treat marijuana the same way it treats alcohol: It should regulate it,
control it, tax it, and only make it illegal for children." Close to 100 million
Americans, including over half of those between the ages of 18 and 50, have tried
marijuana at least once. Military and police recruiters often have no
alternative but to ignore past marijuana use by job seekers.
In 1996, California voters passed a law to regulate medical marijuana within the
state. In 2000, voters in California approved an initiative allowing people who
are arrested for simple possession of drugs to go through a rehabilitation
program rather than through the court process that would result in prison. Since
the program began, most agree it has been very successful. It results in less
recidivism and is considered cheaper than imprisonment.

*Make Marijuana Safe and Legal* (cont'd)
Posted by: vasumurti on Oct 28, 2009 7:08 a.m.
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Richard Posner, Chicago's chief judge of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
and one of the nation's leading legal scholars, says marijuana use should be
legalized as a way of reducing crime. Posner, a Reagan administration appointee
once described by American Lawyer magazine as "the most brilliant judge in the
country," explained his views on marijuana in The Times Literary Supplement, a
British publication, and in later interview:
"It is nonsense that we should be devoting so many law enforcement resources to
marijuana," says Posner. "I am skeptical that a society that is so tolerant of
alcohol and cigarettes should come down so hard on marijuana use and send people
to prison for life without parole."
Posner is the highest-ranking judge to publicly favor the repeal of marijuana
laws. Several judges of the federal district court, a level lower than the
appeals court, have made similar calls, including Robert Sweet of New York and
James Paine of Florida, both Carter Administration appointees.
New York University law professor Burt Neuborne said it's significant that "one
of the leading intellectuals in the judicial system recognizes that the laws
don't seem to be working well."
Posner and other federal judges have complained that sentencing guidelines force
them to give unjustly severe prison sentences to relatively minor drug offenders.
Says Posner: "Prison terms in America have become appallingly long, especially
for conduct that, arguably, should not be criminal at all. Only
decriminalization is a sure route to a lower crime rate. It is sad that it
appears so far below the horizon of political feasibility."
Rufus King, a Washington, D.C. lawyer who has served on the President's
Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, calls the drug
war, "A worthless crusade." According to King, drug use is a social problem, not
a law enforcement problem. He observes: "Cigarette use is declining through
changes in cultural values in the population. Like most smokers and alcoholics,
most users of illegal drugs poison themselves because they want to be
intoxicated. No human force can do them much good until they want help." King
is optimistic that the current anti-drug hysteria will subside, and responsible
and reasonable drug law policies will be adopted.

» RE: Cultural values drives some to drinking and drugs Posted by: kettleblack
*Congressional Hypocrisy...TAKE PAIN RELIEF FOR EXAMPLE...*
Posted by: picket on Oct 28, 2009 7:26 a.m.
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Pain is a big money maker for Big Pharma. Who hasn't had a toothache?
Darvon/Darvocet a Schedule IV drug was given out like candy even though it only
had mild pain relief but strong psychotropic qualities -- especially for our
suffering elderly citizens. It has a strong affect on the mind and mental
processes. How many elderly fell and broke hips while on that drug. Congress
looked the other way and BIG Pharma made billions on that Schedule IV drug. Years
later Darocet/Darvon has lost favor and now enters Vicodin a Schedule III drug.
It is a Big Pharma $$$$maker. It is also a mind-altering drug and has a GREATER
potential for abuse than Marijuana.
MJ is demonized and made a Schedule I medical use???? HELLO!!!! MJ
has had Centuries of medical use with few or no side effects.
It is my understanding that if HEALTH and Human Services recommends that a
substance not be controlled the D.E.A. may not control the substance. Give
Congress a shout and make them ACT with some common sense, for a BIG CHANGE.

*STEP 1 - Downgrade Marijuana from a Schedule 1 a Schedule 3*
Posted by: kettleblack on Oct 28, 2009 8:21 a.m.
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Where is the argument about marijuana's medicinal value? Research is showing
that marijuana fights cancer cells. More research is needed, but is blocked by
D.E.A. schedule 1 rating (no medicinal value).
All the talk is about how much money the government can make. Talking like a
partner in a drug deal, not like this is about helping the sick.
No wonder we never get serious talk about legalization!

» Yeah OK, just take off some of the chains...
Posted by: xmvince
When will the gov't admit that if we criminalize something people want in a free
society, it merely goes underground into an unregulated, uncontrollable, criminal
black market??? This is just common sense!!!

Posted by: JohnTruth2001 on Oct 28, 2009 8:59 a.m.
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*Join the struggle to legalize marijuana in California*
Posted by: ab390 on Oct 28, 2009 9:26 a.m.
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If you live in California, join the struggle to legalize marijuana for adults.

Posted by: micko on Oct 28, 2009 9:43 AM
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Those who want to decriminalize marijuana go too far, or not far enough. Why
should marijuana be subjected to regulation at all? Why should god's gift to
suffering humanity be taxed? Yes, alcohol, with all its negative effects:
addiction, violence, unnecessary deaths, needs tax money to deal with all that.
Marijuana costs nothing to society, causes no violence, no addiction, no deaths.
And yet, Arnold Schwarzenegger proposes to tax marijuana at $80 an ounce. Total
ripoff for a weed that grows free if not for politics.

*Thank You Harry Anslinger, Amerikan Bigot*
Posted by: stellabloo on Oct 28, 2009 11:18 a.m.
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The man was actually quite proud of his efforts. Many americans would not be as
proud if they knew the racist roots behind hemp prohibition.

Classic Anslinger quotes:
“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes,
Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing,
result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual
relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others."
"…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races."
"Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men."
"Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind."

Why is Marijuana Illegal?
The author notes, significantly: "The federal approach is important. It was
considered at the time (before 1919) that the federal government did not have the
constitutional power to outlaw alcohol or drugs. It is because of this that
alcohol prohibition required a constitutional amendment.
"At that time in our country’s history, the judiciary regularly placed the tenth
amendment in the path of congressional regulation of “local” affairs, and direct
regulation of medical practice was considered beyond congressional power under
the commerce clause (since then, both provisions have been weakened so far as to
have almost no meaning).
"Since drugs could not be outlawed at the federal level, the decision was made
to use federal taxes as a way around the restriction. In the Harrison Act (1914),
legal uses of opiates and cocaine were taxed (supposedly as a revenue need by the
federal government, which is the only way it would hold up in the courts), and
those who didn’t follow the law found themselves in trouble with the treasury

Interesting. Drug laws are unconstitutional and evolved as a tax grab -- but
there's more:
A couple of key players also not discussed in history class are John D
Rockefeller and Dr. Edward Bernays.
Rockefeller was the richest man on the planet at the time and a non-drinker. He
made his fortune by using a waste product of oil refining in his vehicles --
gasoline. He founded Standard Oil in 1870 -- and it survives to this day in one
of its many mutations as Exxon-Mobil, richest corporation on the plant.
The first automotive engine fuel was ethanol, specifically HEMP ETHANOL, and
there's another thing you don't learn in history class.
Dr. Bernays was the nephew of Sigmund Freud. He is the reason that Freud is a
household name. He is also the reason that the U.S. was drawn into WWI, the
reason that american women saw cigarettes as a symbol of liberation, the reason
that Guatemala became a banana republic, and the reason that the nazis were able
to kill so many jews without a public outcry. He was the author of a book called
"Propaganda" which influenced Goebbels greatly but later the good spin doctor
renamed his invention "Public Relations": the ultimate re-branding.
You have to realize that Bernays worked for the government (when he wasn't
promoting industry) from 1917 right into the 60's. He wrote the rule book, the
one that Anslinger was playing by. Bernays called it "manufacturing of public
In other words, we have been had by one of the longest scams running -- ONE
If more people knew the entire game was rigged, they would quit playing along --
BRING BACK HEMP ETHANOL -- and the rest will follow!

*Too Exclusive*
Posted by: aahpat on Oct 28, 2009 11:44 a.m.
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"An exclusive look at the historic testimony prepared for a special hearing on
legalizing marijuana to the California Assembly."
I would hope that legalization would be for the whole sate and not just for
"..legalizing marijuana to the California Assembly."

*For Nothing*
Posted by: aahpat on Oct 28, 2009 12:24 p.m.
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The effort in California is for nothing without reform at the federal level.
H.R. 2943 -- "To eliminate most Federal penalties for possession of marijuana for
personal use"
H.R.2835 -- "To provide for the medical use of marijuana in accordance with the
laws of the various States."
Why don't the reform leadership tell people this? Why don't they also push
these bills?

*At the very least, hemp should be legalized*
Posted by: vasumurti on Oct 28, 2009 12:42 p.m.
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Under our drug laws, even the growing of cannabis hemp -- the non-pyschoactive
variety of the plant -- is outlawed in order to enforce the marijuana laws.
Hemp has many economic uses. It contains the longest fiber in the plant kingdom
and is one of the strongest and most durable. It can be used for commercial and
industrial applications, including insulation, textiles, clothing, and rope. The
fiber and pulp can be used to manufacture nondeteriorating paper using a
relatively pollution-free process. The plant can also be used for biomass
applications. Its seeds yield oil similar to linseed, which can be used in many
commercial and industrial applications. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the
seeds have been used for human consumption.
"Hemp. It's marijuana's nonspyschoactive sister," writes Ed Rosenthal. "You
couldn't get a buzz if you smoked a bale of hemp, but it's still illegal to grow
it in the United States." Industrial hemp is legally grown in over thirty
countries. For thousands of years, people grew hemp and prospered. It flourishes
without pesticides. Thomas Jefferson considered hemp so vital to America that he
risked his life to smuggle hemp seeds out of France. George Washington grew hemp
and instructed his caretaker at Mount Vernon: "Make the most of the hemp seed.
Sow it everywhere."
Industrial hemp was first grown in Kentucky 250 years ago. It is currently
grown in other countries across the globe, including France, England, Canada,
Australia, China, Hungary, and the Ukraine. Industrial hemp has virtually no THC,
the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. It cannot be used as a drug. None of
the countries that allow industrial hemp production have experienced any drug
problems relating to the crop. Using modern processing techniques, hemp can be
used in place of petrochemicals. Instead of synthetic plastics made from oil, we
can use natural fiber and processed bioplastic derivatives. Plastics and
polyester rely on foreign oil, while cotton consumes enormous amounts of water,
fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides.
Industrial hemp is very clean, easy to grow and is one of the most
environmentally sound sources of industrial fiber in the world. Environmentally
friendly detergents, plastics, paints, varnishes, cosmetics, and textiles are
already being made from it in Europe. Industrial hemp can meet our fiber needs
while also revitalizing our struggling rural economies.
Hemp is already being used in place of trees for pressboard, particleboard, and
core concrete construction molds. Paper made from hemp is acid-free, stronger
and lasts far longer than paper made from trees. Hemp fabrics are far stronger
and more resistant to mold than any other natural fiber. Builders in France and
Germany use hemp for construction material, replacing drywall and plywood. Hemp
can be used to manufacture plastic plumbing pipe, replacing such toxic materials
as polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Hemp fiber is already being used in place of glass
fiber in surfboards and snowboards. Hemp could also provide the resin itself.
For ideological reasons, the federal government refuses to allow farmers to grow
hemp despite the fact that industrial hemp is currently grown legally worldwide.
The George W. Bush administration took anti-hemp policy to a new extreme,
attempting unsuccessfully to ban the import of hemp foods and cosmetics. Erwin
"Bud" Sholts, director of the Wisconsin Agriculture Department's marketing
division, said hemp "is the most value-added, prolific fiber crop man can grow."
Sholts acknowledged that hemp is an emotional issue, but points out that "other
nations with drug laws as tough or tougher than ours have overcome this hurdle."
The U.S. is the only major industrialized nation that prohibits the growing of
industrial hemp; anti-drug hysteria should not blind the public to the commercial
and industrial applications of hemp.

*H.R. 1866 -- Read it and support it.*
Posted by: L.Stinson1988 on Oct 28, 2009 12:51 p.m.
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The road to recreational starts with industrial.

*End Marijuana Prohibition*
Posted by: greenferret on Oct 28, 2009 12:55 PM
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It's time to end the failed, destructive policy of marijuana prohibition.
Tell Obama and your elected representatives that marijuana should be legalized
and taxed -- just like alcohol.
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