View Poll Results: Should the farming of hemp and or marijuana be allowed? Please select all that apply

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  • Marijuana (Cannabis indica) should not be farmed for any use

    33 40.24%
  • Marijuana (Cannabis indica) should be farmed for medicinal purposes

    25 30.49%
  • Marijuana (Cannabis indica) should be farmed for purposes similar to those of alcohol and tobacco

    31 37.80%
  • Farming Marijuana and or Hemp would boost our economy

    34 41.46%
  • Hemp (Cannabis indica) should never be farmed

    34 41.46%
  • Hemp (Cannabis indica) should be farmed

    28 34.15%
  • Hemp should not be farmed, as law enforcement cannot tell it apart from Marijuana

    1 1.22%
  • Hemp should be farmed, as it is looks noticeably different from Marijuana

    9 10.98%
  • Marijuana and Hemp are both principally the same as they both can be used recreationally

    2 2.44%
  • Marijuana and Hemp are different plants; Hemp does not contain enough THC to be used recreationally

    16 19.51%
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    Re: Should the farming of hemp and or marijuana be allowed in the U.S.?

    Even tobacco isn't bad, all by itself. It's the additives they put in it to get people hooked that do it. The Native Americans considered it holy.

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    Re: Should the farming of hemp and or marijuana be allowed in the U.S.?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    It's not relatively harmless. It's also currently a CII which is the most tightly controlled legalized class of medications
    So simply because a group of people decided to put it in a certain class of drugs makes it a dangerous drug? This defies logic-humans are capable of making mistakes; that classification is a purely political based one, not medical.

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    Re: Should the farming of hemp and or marijuana be allowed in the U.S.?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    It's not relatively harmless. It's also currently a CII which is the most tightly controlled legalized class of medications in the US. Marijuana and THC cannot be compared to ethanol, but rather to other CII's like Oxycontin, morphine, and fentanyl. Why not legalize these for elective recreational use as well? Why have any controlled substances?

    The solution to the drug war is to lessen the penalty for drug use. Instead of jail time slap violators with fines. I agree that locking people up for marijuana use isn't the correct thing to do. It deserves a fine which would help offset the costs of the war on drugs (which also goes to fund preventing the use of more harmful drugs like meth and heroine).
    It's in that class because of political reasons, not because it deserves to be in that class. Is cocaine better to use then marijuana? According to US law it is. Which is bull, and you know it. And marijuana does not have the adverse effects of those drugs you mentioned, it is not addicting like those drugs, and you can't overdose on marijuana. There are big differences between them. And reducing the penalty to fines would be step in the right direction, but not enough. The drug syndicates would still have money flowing in from the billions of dollars in sales. Also another reason why this should be legal is quality control. Now if you buy bad weed, your screwed, and it could cost you your life, but if it was legal, we would have guidelines, and standards for growing, and selling pot, just like any other crop, and this would protect the consumer. The benefits of legalizing pot vastly outweighs the potential risks, and it should be done.
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    Re: Should the farming of hemp and or marijuana be allowed in the U.S.?

    I think it's interesting that we've only got one anti-marijuana person chiming in so far. I support legalization of both products for whatever uses our sneaky little minds can concoct. I also think it's ludicrous that marijuana is currently a schedule I drug along with a wide variety of things that are legitimately dangerous.

    To Digbe - Yes, marijuana can potentially be somewhat carcinogenic, but only if you're dumb enough to smoke it without cleaning it up first (e.g. use a vaporizer), and/or baking it into an edible form. How is it different than, say, Oxycontin? It's not a wildly addictive opiate. Marijuana can be somewhat habit forming, of course, but it's a far cry from the addictiveness of your average opiate/opiate analogue.

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    Re: Should the farming of hemp and or marijuana be allowed in the U.S.?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Interesting.

    I've heard of many possible uses for hemp fibers.

    And I've wondered if it could be used as a base for a bio-fuel of some sort - of course, the joke then would be "I get high when I drive my car - but not from smoking weed".

    From here: 60 Ways to use your Hemp | Natural Environment Blog

    Paper

    Printing paper
    Specialty paper
    Cigarette filter paper
    Coffee filter paper
    Newsprint
    Cardboard
    Packaging

    Foods

    Cooking oils
    Salad dressing/oils
    BIO-EFA food oil
    Margarine
    Vitamins/Food supplements
    Granola
    Bird seed
    Flour (protein enriched, gluten-free)

    Body Care

    Soap
    Shampoo
    Bath/shower gels
    Hand cream
    Cosmetics
    Moisturizing lotions
    Balms

    Consumer Textiles

    Apparel
    Bags
    Shoes
    Socks
    Denim
    Diapers / Nappies
    Fabrics

    Industrial Textiles

    Canvas
    Rope
    Twine
    Nets
    Tarpolans
    Carpet
    Geotextiles
    Brake/clutch linings
    Caulking (i.e. sealing the seams in boats or ships to make them watertight)
    Agro-fiber composites

    Industrial/Technical Products

    Oil paints
    Varnishes
    Printing ink
    Fuel
    Solvents
    Lubricants
    Putty
    Coatings
    Molding
    Chemical Absorbent
    Mulch
    Pultrusion
    Biocomposite
    Animal bedding
    Ethanol/biofuel
    Erosion control

    Building Materials

    Fiber board
    Insulation
    Fiberglass subsitute
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    This list is not exhaustive - Ive heard that there are over 25,000 known uses for hemp. Feel free to name some more!

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    Re: Should the farming of hemp and or marijuana be allowed in the U.S.?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Smoking marijuana bathes the lungs in powerful carcinogens which leads to cancer (much like cigarettes). We see how harmful alcohol and tobacco are, why legalize another harmful drug? THC is available in prescription form via the trade name Dronabinol. Dronabinol is a CII. Why not just legalize other CII's like morphine, Oxycontin, and other drugs for public recreational use? Doing so is foolish. Marijuana should not be legalize. THC does have some medical benefits, which is why there is prescription THC available. There is no need to legalize weed.
    The AMA and the British Medical Association have both ruled that the cancer link is inconclusive. If your school has taught you that cannabis causes cancer, then they are lying to you; just like how they are lying to you by telling you the name is marijuana and not cannabis. Medical schools in America are filled with indoctrination.

    Look... people are rotting in jail and being shot up at the border over a PLANT. Get over yourself already. This plant needs to be legalized both for the sanity of the justice system, and to remove it from the hands of criminal activity. It is the most widely consumed illegal substance in the world. The public has spoken. Democracy needs to take effect.

    I can appreciate that you don't like this plant and don't want another intoxicant being consumed. But two things... one: it's not up to you to decide what other people do to their bodies, and given all of the research on cannabis, it is more benign in the long-term than alcohol; two, it has more benefits, both medicinally and industrially, than cigarettes or tobacco. If there is something that should be legalized, it is this plant in its entirety.

    I am aware that there are THC prescriptions in pharmacies. They are not as effective as taking the plant, and that is because it is synthetic and removed from the synergy of the entire plant. THC is only one of many cannabinoids within the cannabis flower. Studies show this over and over. It's why people are demanding access to medical cannabis without having to go to some shady drug dealer.

    The illegal market in the United States for cannabis is approximately $10-20 per gram, compared with other illegal substances which can be much higher. The illegal market in the U.S. is so saturated that prices are lowered to be very affordable to everyone.

    The market is already there and a staggering number of people are already participating. Now it just makes sense to bring it into the light of day. Illegal or not, it is happening. We need to remove the stigma and stop ruining people's lives for smoking a simple plant.

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    Re: Should the farming of hemp and or marijuana be allowed in the U.S.?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Do I have to support those things? I said we don't need anymore psychoactive drugs on the market. Drugs and tobacco are bad and they're enough/

    Smoking marijuana bathes the lungs in powerful carcinogens which leads to cancer (much like cigarettes). We see how harmful alcohol and tobacco are, why legalize another harmful drug? THC is available in prescription form via the trade name Dronabinol. Dronabinol is a CII. Why not just legalize other CII's like morphine, Oxycontin, and other drugs for public recreational use? Doing so is foolish. Marijuana should not be legalize. THC does have some medical benefits, which is why there is prescription THC available. There is no need to legalize weed.
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    Re: Should the farming of hemp and or marijuana be allowed in the U.S.?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    We should. Add Xanax and Valium too and any other drugs that can make you feel good and at peace
    As long as my tax dollars don't have to support you, your habit or your rehab and you don't hurt anyone else with your behavior.... I'm fine with that.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: Should the farming of hemp and or marijuana be allowed in the U.S.?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    As long as my tax dollars don't have to support you, your habit or your rehab and you don't hurt anyone else with your behavior.... I'm fine with that.
    Require the signing of some stack of paperwork that basically says "No one but me is responsible for any issues that result from my use of these substances"?

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    Re: Should the farming of hemp and or marijuana be allowed in the U.S.?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    As long as my tax dollars don't have to support you, your habit or your rehab and you don't hurt anyone else with your behavior.... I'm fine with that.
    With the billions we would save from the war on drugs and the cost of imprisoning people, we would be able to provide rehab easily and still have a huge surplus.

    Portugal has already proven that all the fears about drug decriminalization are false. Small possession of any substance is legal now and drug addiction rates have plummeted.

    The war on drugs in general is an abysmal failure and the only reason why it still exists is because law enforcement and prison economy make a lot of money, and people would go unemployed virtually over night. But to that I say, so what?

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