Why is hemp illegal?

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    Why is hemp illegal?

    The war against Cannabis in the United States was started in the 1930’s, not because it was a particularly dangerous drug but because it was a dangerous competitor for synthetic fibers like Nylon. The development of harvesting and processing machines during the 1920s paved the way for a big comeback of hemp in the energy, raw materials, textiles and plastics markets. Markets that were under tight control of the petrochemical industries, which were dominated in the US by Dupont. Dupont, still the largest chemical corporation in the world, manufactures the lead-additives for gasoline, the sulfites and sulfates for paper production, pesticides for cotton farming, synthetic textile fibers and countless oil-based plastics. In all these areas, hemp constitutes a green alternative. Officials from the US Department of Agriculture calculated billion-dollar revenues, all of which would be lost to the (petro-)chemical corporations. An unprecedented disinformation campaign was started under the slogan “killer drug” to destroy the competition from hemp products. The consequences of this horror propaganda are still felt to this day. In 1982 Martin Butter, the last german hemp cultivator agreed to stop growing hemp after he was paid a considerable amount of money. He threatened to sue before the European court and would surely have won but unfortunately didn't do it.
     
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    it may be a nice fabric alternative, but it doesn't change the fact my best friend's brother was killed by a driver who was high on pot...not drunk, not on any other drug...he smoked pot before he got in his car. My best friend's brother was walking his dog, and was hit on a sidewalk. The driver and his friends thought it was funny to play the "points" game, but for real. They hit my best friend's brother at 45mph. He was dead on impact. The dog died too.

    Just like alcohol, pot impares your judgement. Maybe pot should be legal, maybe it should stay illegal. I don't care. Alcohol impares your senses, and is legal (to those of age, but that rarely stops minors). But those who say it is harmless, should say that to my best friend and her family.

    The thing is, if you legalize one drug, then there will be the push to legalize ALL drugs. Where will it stop?
     
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    So if I go eat a hamburger and I then kill somebody in an accident because I am full and not paying attention, is it the hamburger that caused the accident or my stupidity? Anybody that gets high then drive is wrong. Period.

    Also, the point of this thread is INDUSTRIAL HEMP - the kind that doesn't have any (or very, very little) THC in it and is not suitable for "getting high".
     
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    People said that about alcohol during prohibition. :huh:

    I'm for industrial hemp, especially for production of paper.
     
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    And alternative fuels. You can create Ethanol from cannabis.
     
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    I don't know enough about hemp to comment on it's use as an alternative fuel, sounds interesting though.
     
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    I am truly sorry to hear about your brother. However, I will say that, in general, pot is less harmful than alcohol. In fact, I strongly believe that the legalization of pot will lead to a decrease in harder drug use.
     
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    Pot remains illegal due to pressure from the liquor lobby--they have the monopoly on legal mind altering chemicals and have secured govermental protection. ( However, the personal injury lawyers would LOVE to get into their pockets, like they did with the tobacco industry.)
     
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    Yeah - and all you potheads would be burning your lips sucking on the exhaust pipe!

    :banana:

    Sorry. I HAD to do that. :funnyface
     
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    Cmon dude----they just want the alternative fuels and paper !!!! :rolleyes:
     

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