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At issue here is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. THC is the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant - the part that produces the buzz, the munchies, the distorted sense of time and distance. All cannabis plants contain some THC. Hemp quality cannabis contains a small amount; marijuana quality cannabis contains a whole lot.
But Michael Troop, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, has pointed out that even the low levels of THC found in most hemp quality cannabis plants are comparable to the levels of THC in the marijuana produced during the 1960s and 1970s.
And that's how marijuana growing found its way to the Central Kentucky knobland. When farm boys from Marion and Washington counties were sent to Vietnam, they discovered that the tall, leafy hemp plants growing wild behind grandma's barn back home contained the stuff fellow soldiers were smoking in Saigon - smoking and paying big, big money for.
The result was the rise of a mammoth marijuana - growing industry. For much of the 1980s, the single largest cash crop in Marion County was not tobacco but marijuana. The easy money bred greed and evil like a fly breeds maggots
Ask any Washington Countian about Rottweiler puppies with the larynxes slashed, and they'll tell you in hushed tones about the dope grower who didn't want raiders of his pot fields to hear his guard dogs coming.
Ask any Marion Countian about marijuana - bought mansions, marijuana - bought trucks, marijuana - bought police detectives, about little kids finding thousands of dollars in an abandoned barn, and about a whole generation of farm boys who will be middle aged before they see the outside of federal prison.
Ask any Kentuckian about the Corn-bread Mafia, the largest domestic marijuana - producing operation in the history of the United States. Police made 56 Corn-bread Mafia arrests in five states, 54 Marion Countians and two from Washington County - men who vanished into 20 year prison terms, leaving behind corrupted communities and shattered families.
Why don't you ask those families whether they think it's a good idea to introduce industrial hemp into Kentucky again as a cash crop?
Try telling them that law enforcement officers wouldn't end up having to test every plant in afield for its THC level before they could make a bust. http://www.sarnia.com/groups/antidrug/rltychc...
Hemp cultivation and production do not harm the environment. The USDA Bulletin #404 concluded that hemp produces 4 times as much pulp with at least 4 to 7 times less pollution...
Consider a few more facts about hemp:
• Hemp does not require herbicides or pesticides.
• Hemp can be grown in a wide range of latitudes and altitudes.
• Hemp replenishes soil with nutrients and nitrogen, making it an excellent rotational crop.
• Hemp controls erosion of the topsoil.
• Hemp converts CO2 to oxygen better than trees.
• Hemp produces more oil than any other crop, which can be used for food, fuel, lubricants, soaps, etc.
• Hemp nut is a very healthy food, being the highest protein crop (after soybean) and high in omega oils.
• Hemp can be used for making plastics, including car parts.
• Hemp makes paper more efficiently and ecologically than wood, requiring no chemical glues.
• Hemp can be used to make fiberboard.
• Hemp can be used to make paint.
• Hemp can produce bio-fuel and ethanol (better than corn).
• Hemp can be grown more than once per year.