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  • #16
    A couple things to consider, 1) its not that marijuana is legal- its just been decriminalized at the state level. Meaning 2) hemp is still mostly* illegal to grow.

    *There is good news, Obama signed a bill back in 2014 that allows hemp to be grown "for research purposes" and there are farms out there that are growing it.

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    • #17
      i'll voulenteer to be a guinea pig, you know, for research purposes...

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      • #18
        Originally posted by gnostic View Post
        Only 8 for recreational use. That is far from a majority. It is still not legal at the federal level.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Whackov View Post

          Only 8 for recreational use. That is far from a majority. It is still not legal at the federal level.
          My point was, if you are able to get even medical marijuana, there ought to be hemp paper mills and rope factories by now. Unless all that talk was just another excuse to legalize it for smoking, and all the advocates for it's other uses were disingenuous. I doubt if the feds are going to raid a paper mill when they allow pot stores.

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          • #20
            I don't even know why Med Marijuana is a thing. It only has .03% THC. Might as well smoke the 'Boros.

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            • #21
              Back about 1978 or so, someone stole pounds of that shit from somewhere and one of my friends ended up with a few pounds of the shit. We'd (pun intended, like weed) smoke that shit all day and you just did not get high off it, just a terrible headache. At the time we thought it was pretty cool because it looked and smelled like the typical weed that was around and the guy had a big garbage bag full of it, but it just wouldn't get you high. I did notice the other day at walmart they had hemp seeds for sale along with all the other "weird, supposed to be good for you" type stuff.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by gnostic View Post

                My point was, if you are able to get even medical marijuana, there ought to be hemp paper mills and rope factories by now. Unless all that talk was just another excuse to legalize it for smoking, and all the advocates for it's other uses were disingenuous. I doubt if the feds are going to raid a paper mill when they allow pot stores.
                Originally posted by QillerDaemon View Post

                The biggest problem is that the hemp plant is still a federally illegal plant to cultivate for any reason, whatever the states allow. There's that whole Commerce Clause issue. So most legal hemp products come from processed hemp grown outside the US and imported here. Not enough is legally grown here in the US to supply manufacturing needs, especially of some of the things you mention, like paper and clothing. Remember, too, that there is a plant strain difference between THC grade marijuana for smoking, but is lousy for making paper and clothing, and commercial hemp, which is lousy for THC (you'd have to smoke literally pounds of it for an indifferent high). The Feds don't distinguish between them, and AG Sessions doesn't care, so probably nothing will be done to assist hemp agriculture until he's gone and someone more reasonable is in his place.

                Paper made from hemp is a much longer lasting and much less yellowing paper than what's made from wood pulp. Whether that had anything to do with Hearst and Dupont is questionable. But I know most mariners would love to have hemp rope back. While nylon and other plastics make a longer lasting rope, they are no pleasure on the hands and damaging on the tackle. Hemp rope is better in all regards, except in length of service, it would have to be replaced more often. Sisal is a poor substitute.
                As Q D stated recreational hemp isn't good for industrial uses and you can't get high off of industrial hemp but the federal govt doesn't distinguish between the two.

                in order to make any money off industrial hemp you'd need to grow tons of it. Until it's legal at both the state and federal level why would you risk that?

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                • #23
                  Also as far as I'm concerned federal drug laws should be declared unconstitutional.

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                  • #24
                    I think I'll enjoy a bowl or two today. What the hell.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by HowieTheHat View Post
                      I think I'll enjoy a bowl or two today. What the hell.
                      That's funny: my wife said yesterday that when she retires the end of next year after she turns 68, the very first thing she intends on doing is buying a big ol' bowl of gooey bud and sparking the whole damn thing for hours. To make up all the lost time while she worked for a hospital that drug-screened for every mere pretense and never got to enjoy the smallest puff. I, working for a company which does the same thing, will not get to enjoy it with her. <frownie-face>

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by s.murph View Post
                        I don't even know why Med Marijuana is a thing. It only has .03% THC. Might as well smoke the 'Boros.
                        In Colorado, levels of THC vary from strain to strain, ranging from 6% THC (.06) to 28% THC (.28) content.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by pete rose haircut View Post
                          Also as far as I'm concerned federal drug laws should be declared unconstitutional.
                          Is that protected under the 420th Amendment that grants the rights to get stoned?

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                          • #28
                            Hemp is the strongest natural fiber on earth

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                            • #29
                              Takes less water to grow than trees, grows faster (order of 25x magnitude) uses less chemical bleaching etc etc. But as has been stated our govt is retarded and hemp is illegal still.

                              But enjoy your double martini everyone.

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                              • #30
                                Someone is butthurt.

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