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house Bill H.R. 3652

Should the Feds Research the Various Uses of Industrial Hemp?

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Hemp has a range of possible uses that are worth investing federal government funds into studying. This legislation would provide the funding to study hemp’s uses across a broad range of industries it has the potential to transform.

burrkitty's Opinion
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08/14/2019
Why not? It’s a cash crop that grows on marginal land, is highly disease resistant, needs very little fertilizer or water, produces a healthy tasty edible seed that is one of the few plant-based complete proteins, you can make textiles, biodegradable plastics, and a renewable biofuel. If you care about the drug it produces it’s very low in THC (the high) and relatively high CBD (the medical). George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp (and actually smoked the leaves, too, as they reportedly thought it was healthier than drinking alcohol!) It was the first crop ever planted by settlers in many states and was widely used for creating rope and textiles. In Virginia, you could have actually been jailed for refusing to grow it from 1763 to 1769. This is in stark contrast to today, wheb it now illegal to grow hemp in America (although the sale of hemp seeds is legal). All of our hemp seeds are imported from Canada or other countries. Up until the late 1800s, most of our paper – from our nation’s founding documents to the bible to school books – were all printed on hemp paper. Hemp paper was even made at Benjamin Franklin’s paper mill. One acre of hemp could produce as much paper as 4.1 acres of trees. In fact, in 1916, the U.S. government predicted that by the 1940s, all paper would come from hemp and that no more trees would need to be cut down. I think they had the right idea – I’m not sure where we veered off track! Global warming is caused by high carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. Hemp absorbs four times more carbon dioxide than trees do, and has a very short growing cycle of just 12-14 weeks, making it an extremely sustainable crop that can help combat global warming. The oldest records of hemp growth go back 5,000 years to China. Its ability to grow in a variety of soils with little maintenance, paired with its versatile uses, made hemp an important crop all over the world. The USA hang-up over the lies of the “reefer-madness” day’s have been a mistake based on racism and greed from the get go. Why don’t we help our farmers out by giving them a really useful crop they can use on the land they burned out growing thousand pesticide corn?
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jimK's Opinion
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08/14/2019
It sounds like there are many potential benefits to embracing industrial hemp production and utilization. Let the government tackle the high-risk, high-reward technologies and technology demonstration projects needed to guide and assess the potential benefits. The government can develop the unbiased long-term cost-benefit analyses that investors will need to guide them as well as assure us that the life cycle societal benefits exceed long term societal costs.
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Jill's Opinion
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08/14/2019
Hemp could make s huge difference in eliminating our dependence on plastic.
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Argument opposed

Since hemp is already legalized and the private sector has already stepped up to fund research and product development in this space, there’s no need to spend taxpayer money on studying hemp’s applications.

Jim2423's Opinion
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08/15/2019
Hemp was one of our national products, then the Feds got paranoid over marijuana. They could have studied it back then. No need to now almost every agriculture college in the US has study it one time or other. Where were you then Congress, still siding up with major pharmaceuticals instead of listening to your agricultural constituents. To late.
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JTJ's Opinion
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08/15/2019
No it is not the job of government to do research. Get the government out of the way and let private enterprise do its thing.
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ark4162's Opinion
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08/15/2019
No, there is all the studies needed already available. The government should just make it legal for farmers to grow industrial hemp and let the private market take care of the rest. There would be unlimited job opportunities, a whole new industry created, relief for our farmers and we would rely a lot less on goods from China. It would be a great big win-win for everyone involved if the government just keeps their grubby paws out of it.
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    Why not? It’s a cash crop that grows on marginal land, is highly disease resistant, needs very little fertilizer or water, produces a healthy tasty edible seed that is one of the few plant-based complete proteins, you can make textiles, biodegradable plastics, and a renewable biofuel. If you care about the drug it produces it’s very low in THC (the high) and relatively high CBD (the medical). George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp (and actually smoked the leaves, too, as they reportedly thought it was healthier than drinking alcohol!) It was the first crop ever planted by settlers in many states and was widely used for creating rope and textiles. In Virginia, you could have actually been jailed for refusing to grow it from 1763 to 1769. This is in stark contrast to today, wheb it now illegal to grow hemp in America (although the sale of hemp seeds is legal). All of our hemp seeds are imported from Canada or other countries. Up until the late 1800s, most of our paper – from our nation’s founding documents to the bible to school books – were all printed on hemp paper. Hemp paper was even made at Benjamin Franklin’s paper mill. One acre of hemp could produce as much paper as 4.1 acres of trees. In fact, in 1916, the U.S. government predicted that by the 1940s, all paper would come from hemp and that no more trees would need to be cut down. I think they had the right idea – I’m not sure where we veered off track! Global warming is caused by high carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. Hemp absorbs four times more carbon dioxide than trees do, and has a very short growing cycle of just 12-14 weeks, making it an extremely sustainable crop that can help combat global warming. The oldest records of hemp growth go back 5,000 years to China. Its ability to grow in a variety of soils with little maintenance, paired with its versatile uses, made hemp an important crop all over the world. The USA hang-up over the lies of the “reefer-madness” day’s have been a mistake based on racism and greed from the get go. Why don’t we help our farmers out by giving them a really useful crop they can use on the land they burned out growing thousand pesticide corn?
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    Sounds like a job for capitalism.
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    It sounds like there are many potential benefits to embracing industrial hemp production and utilization. Let the government tackle the high-risk, high-reward technologies and technology demonstration projects needed to guide and assess the potential benefits. The government can develop the unbiased long-term cost-benefit analyses that investors will need to guide them as well as assure us that the life cycle societal benefits exceed long term societal costs.
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    Hemp could make s huge difference in eliminating our dependence on plastic.
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    Hemp has hundreds of uses and is robust and easy to grow.
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    Yes. Open up the hemp market for all that it is capable of.
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    With all the potential applications of industrial hemp, why shouldn’t the government study and encourage the growth of the industry?
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    Yes, but why waste the time and money. We built this Country and our entire military on Industrial Hemp. Industrial hemp has been legal any many other Democratic nations for decades and they have performed all the research we need. Just legalize and the solutions will develop exponentially.
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    Hemp was one of our national products, then the Feds got paranoid over marijuana. They could have studied it back then. No need to now almost every agriculture college in the US has study it one time or other. Where were you then Congress, still siding up with major pharmaceuticals instead of listening to your agricultural constituents. To late.
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    Ok course. We have fields of hem growing wild since WW1. Military was using it got rope. There are many commercial and industrial uses. The plants keep on growing . You can’t kill them. Folks won’t smoke it. Not enough THC. Won’t get you high, but has medical benefits.
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    No it is not the job of government to do research. Get the government out of the way and let private enterprise do its thing.
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    Absolutely. Industrial hemp would help the economy/consumers.
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    Wow, burrkitty, that was a wonderful, educational piece. I think most of us learned something we never knew before. As for outlawing it, I believe the newly-forming, pharmaceutical companies could see it’s benefits, way back then, and knew their profits would suffer greatly, unless they took serious action. That is, unless they made everyone think it was an evil thing. It worked for how many years now? And they’re just as greedy and unethical today — fixing outrageously-inflated prices for life-saving drugs. Did you not just read how this trade deal with Canada and Mexico would benefit not only the pharmaceutical companies, but big oil and the farmers, too? People, your God-Orangeman is selling you down the river every day, for corporate interests, not YOURS! Can’t you see the train wreck coming? Open your ears and eyes and fact check dammit!
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    I agree with burrkitty’s statement below! Why not? It’s a cash crop that grows on marginal land, is highly disease resistant, needs very little fertilizer or water, produces a healthy tasty edible seed that is one of the few plant-based complete proteins, you can make textiles, biodegradable plastics, and a renewable biofuel. If you care about the drug it produces it’s very low in THC (the high) and relatively high CBD (the medical). George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp (and actually smoked the leaves, too, as they reportedly thought it was healthier than drinking alcohol!) It was the first crop ever planted by settlers in many states and was widely used for creating rope and textiles. In Virginia, you could have actually been jailed for refusing to grow it from 1763 to 1769. This is in stark contrast to today, wheb it now illegal to grow hemp in America (although the sale of hemp seeds is legal). All of our hemp seeds are imported from Canada or other countries. Up until the late 1800s, most of our paper – from our nation’s founding documents to the bible to school books – were all printed on hemp paper. Hemp paper was even made at Benjamin Franklin’s paper mill. One acre of hemp could produce as much paper as 4.1 acres of trees. In fact, in 1916, the U.S. government predicted that by the 1940s, all paper would come from hemp and that no more trees would need to be cut down. I think they had the right idea – I’m not sure where we veered off track! Global warming is caused by high carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. Hemp absorbs four times more carbon dioxide than trees do, and has a very short growing cycle of just 12-14 weeks, making it an extremely sustainable crop that can help combat global warming. The oldest records of hemp growth go back 5,000 years to China. Its ability to grow in a variety of soils with little maintenance, paired with its versatile uses, made hemp an important crop all over the world. The USA hang-up over the lies of the “reefer-madness” day’s have been a mistake based on racism and greed from the get go. Why don’t we help our farmers out by giving them a really useful crop they can use on the land they burned out growing thousand pesticide corn?
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    Yes, but I think it’s been done by everyone else. We’ve been too busy making sure oil stays happy.
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    Other countries have already established industries that use hemp! But the study of hemp properties in medicine is at a very nascent level!! Formal R&D would open up possible industries that are clean and profitable!!
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    No, there is all the studies needed already available. The government should just make it legal for farmers to grow industrial hemp and let the private market take care of the rest. There would be unlimited job opportunities, a whole new industry created, relief for our farmers and we would rely a lot less on goods from China. It would be a great big win-win for everyone involved if the government just keeps their grubby paws out of it.
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    Absolutely! And while they’re at it, the greatest proceeds, taxes, etc. resulting from its sales should accrue to the American people, not totally to the eventual distributors! When our taxes fund research, any profits from that funding assistance should be returned to the American people in the form of a PERCENTAGE for every unit sold for as long as the product is on the market. The American people are the investors, and their returns should be set aside in a specific fund , like Social Security is, to be used only for funding programs that are directed at meeting the needs of the 99%!
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    Hemp is a part of our history. There are numerous applications for its uses. As of now we are importing hemp from other countries. You can make many biodegradable products to replace plastic products, hemp fibers for cloth, paper and rope. It would benefit growers and industry with a renewable resource.
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    Perhaps the soy bean farmers now have a crop to replace their market lost due to Trumpf's tariffs on China. That twentynine billion taxpayer socialist bailout can end before it gets worse. The farmers have a new crop. Things are looking up. 😜
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