Hemp and Marijuana: stay illegal or not?

United States
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?
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10 responses
@Idlewild (6094)
• 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.
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@benks420 (215)
• Canada
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.
@Nakisz0r (145)
• Brazil
24 Dec 06
stay ilegal, its too bad for the nature.
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@pendragon (3352)
• United States
24 Dec 06
Do we really need another legal excuse to stay stupid?Maybe if we made books or good health illegal people would be more interested.I know a lot of pot heads , and yeah they really just take up space.
• United States
24 Dec 06
I think you should try some.
@benks420 (215)
• Canada
24 Dec 06
I agree, he should. And how do us "potheads" take up anymore space than you do? And I believe that was an ignorant remark
@hamza123 (984)
• Pakistan
24 Dec 06
yes yes they are illegal and there is no doubt about it.only those who use them say that these are legal but the truth cannot be falsified
• India
24 Dec 06
hmmmmmmmmmmmm
@myklj999 (22264)
• Olney, Illinois
24 Dec 06
I've been saying all this for years, even though I don't smoke rope anymore. Do you think the government will ever figure it out?
• India
24 Dec 06
all these things creates a lot of problem to the society in long term.so at that time government have to invest a lot to reduce the sufferings.economy is directly related to socio-politico decision.
@varenne (66)
• Italy
24 Dec 06
the cannabis never killed nobody, has property that can cure some pains, but after the legalize the big farma ???
@missjackie (1330)
• 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.
• United States
24 Dec 06
It's the pot heads that make the usable, cannibis....unusable.who would belive some pot head that cannibis is useable.Unless you go back to our agricultiral history,before it was villified.