Yet another beneficial use of hemp

Despite mountains of evidence pointing to the enormous benefits both medicinal and industrial hemp offers our nation, most state and federal legislators steadfastly refuse to even discuss the issue. Including so-called free-market advocates here in North Carolina.

Industrial hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant that produces very low levels of THC and other medicinal compounds. There are literally hundreds of known industrial uses for this rigorous, low maintenance crop, yet we continue to import hemp based products from other nations, rather than creating much needed sustainable jobs for Americans here at home.

(Colorado) House Bill 1099 wouldn't legalize hemp farming outright. If passed, it would authorize the chairs of the agriculture, livestock, and natural resources committee in both the House and the Senate to appoint a seven-member committee to study the process of phytoremediation, a fancy term for a simple process. You see, hemp plants suck up contaminants and radiation in the soil -- and it's been proven to work in places like in Russia, where they've been used to remove soil contaminants from the Chernobyl disaster site.

It's encouraging to discover legislators willing and able to think for themselves and put the greater good above special interests, even if they aren't found in my home state.

"Hemp was the basic agricultural crop of our country at one time," McKinley points out. "It provides food, fuel, fiber, oil. All of our ropes and sails were made of it at one time. But because of special interests, it was outlawed."

Too bad we don't have such visionary leaders here in North Carolina.



Just another consequence of the "stern father" state, where public policy is dominated by Puritans who'd rather see people starve than admit they are wrong about their ridiculous war on drugs sanity.

Hemp farming

can't happen overnight. It's going to take a leader with long term vision to put us on track with the rest of the world. As I understand, the seed stock for hemp has been systematically eradicated in the states and will take a long time and not a little effort to establish it again.

Too bad we don't have such visionary leaders here in North Carolina.

All the more reason

All the more reason to get started as soon as possible. If the Democratic Party would embrace these and other sane ideas, and start truly representing the interests of the working class again, they would be unstoppable, and the GOP would wither on the twisted vine it hangs from.


"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

one company helping to change

How true, how true. Here in Colorado is actually a new magazine that is setting out to educate and inform the environmental, economic and medical benefits of the industrial hemp industry combined with medical cannabis industry. It's called The Hemp Connoisseur and so far it's off to a great start.. They put the first issue of it online at: