Hemp and Marijuana: stay illegal or not?
December 23, 2006 6:37am CST
An economics professor named Jeffrey A Miron wrote a report, which was endorsed by 530 other distinguished economists, and sent it as an open letter for President George W. Bush and other public officals in 2005. In the report, he states US law enforcement spends approximately 7.7 billion dollars of tax payer's money to enforce the prohibition of marijuana. He also wrote that if marijuana was legalized, regulated and taxed like cigarettes or alcohol, it could generate 2.4 to 6.2 billion dollars in revenue. The report was to call for an "open and honest debate about the prohibition of marijuana." Hemp is only illegal to grow and cultivate without a licence from the Drug Enforcement Agency, and getting that licence is very difficult to get. The DEA considers ALL types of cannabis, including hemp which does not get you high, to be illegal. Hemp can be used to create over 25,000 different products. It can be used as food, fuel for cars, paper, clothing, fibers and building materials. These products would be made cheaper, quicker and of better quality than today's methods of manufacture of similar products. Hemp gows quickly, requires little if no additional chemicals to grow (pesticides or herbicides), gives a high yield every crop and can grow in all 50 states of America. The US government stands to gain many positive results to legalize marijuana and allow hemp to be grown without restriction. Should it be legalized? Why is the government so reluctant to consider lifting prohibition of marijuana? What are your thoughts on this?
• United States
24 Dec 06
I don't have a problem with hemp being made legal for different types of products. Though I question whether it's a better or cheaper material for many of the types of products it can be used for. Yes, it was used for clothes a couple hundreds years ago, but there are better alternatives today.
24 Dec 06
Hemp is actually 26 times more stronger than cotton and also doesnt hold water like cotton does. Farmers could make a good amount of money off of hemp while keeping the price of it low becuase of how much yeild it provides. In many cases hemp is just as good if not better to use because of its cheapness and economic benifits.
• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
24 Dec 06
I think they should legalize cannabis because of it's medicinal properties. There so many medical purposes of it and I don't understand why they keep it illegal anymore. I smoke cannabis, because I have a lower back herniation and it helps with the pain. It also helps me sleep at night. Otherwise, I wouldn't be able to sleep.