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Hemp is one of the most promising resources out there, and we are doing virtually nothing with it.

The United States congress still does not recognize the difference between marijuana and hemp, a fact which is keeping the plant from reaching it's true potential. One acre of hemp can produce as much paper as four acres of trees. It takes 6 months for a hemp plant to grow back while it takes a lifetime for a tree to grow. Hemp could replace petroleum for hundreds of plastic products and oils, and is also a very promising biofuel. So then why aren't we using it?

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    Mar 10 2011: Because your government (and ours to a slightly lesser extent) is afraid they won't be able to control it and people will use it to mask growing THC-richer variations.

    In addition to your points: hemp rope is also highly resistant to rotting, the oil from the seeds is high in essential fatty acids, and it's showing potential as feedstock.
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      Mar 11 2011: I dont think thats what the government is actually worried about. They use that as an excuse to control it. Hemp and marijuana look very different and if they are grown in the same area as each other the marijuana loses it's potency because it becomes pollinated. It would not be that hard to control.
      I think the government is just protecting the pulp, tobacco, and oil industry. Hemp has the potential to replace many products made by those industries.

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