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April 22, 2014 Hemp The cannabis plant, most commonly known as marijuana does not have the sole purpose to only produce a drug. Hemp comes from the cannabis plant as well but is grown, not for the intoxicating element THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), yet for the hemp fiber it produces. Hemp has been cultivated not only here in the United States but all over the globe dating as far back as 12,000 years ago. In the past our first president George Washington required many colonists to grow and cultivate this plant in order to create materials they needed in the war. Along with Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin reportedly grew hemp too. “Yet it was known to be resourceful by the 1950’s stricter sentencing laws were enforced. By 1970’s in the United states cannabis of any form was illegalized.” (WGBH Educational Foundation). Hemp is cheaper and less damaging to our fragile ecosystem. Hemp can make thousands of products from the most elegant clothing material to the paper which will last hundreds of years. Not only will we be able to create many materials we need and use every day, but the legalization would mean much needed revenue this country needs. It is essential for the United States to completely legalize the farming and production of hemp in order to create and replace important resources. Hemp would have a tremendously positive effect on farming. “Thousands of people a year are diagnosed with cancer due to the pesticides and chemicals we use on our food. The cannabis plant is an aggressive fast growing plant that suffocates most weeds and resists pests. “. (Fire Group) Just using this plant in order to stop the use of pesticides would be saving lives. Not only would the farming of cannabis replace these harmful pesticides, it would also revive land not well for farming, whether dry or wet. The cannabis plant has long reaching roots so in areas…...

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