Monday, May 27, 2013

A Poll Favors The Legalization Of Hemp

Hemp Poll Proves That People Want This Plant Legalized

There is no doubt now, about the majority of Americans being in favor of legalizing both cannabis and hemp. While some people might think that these are the same plant, the fact is that hemp does not contain the THC compounds that cannabis does, which means that you cannot get high from it and that it does not affect our sense in any way. (Unless you consume over a few acres of it) 

The new poll has found that 56% of Americans are in favor of legalizing hemp and that only 24% of the people living in this country are not in favor of legalizing this plant for industrial purposes. The poll also demonstrated that 20% of Americans are still not certain about this decision and this means that we still have a lot of convincing to do. 

The New Hemp Bill

It was also recently that senators Mitch McConnell, Ron Wyden, Rand Paul and Jeff Merkley proposed a farm bill, which will allow people to grow hemp inside their homes, which would certainly change many things for Americans and the world. 

At the moment, hemp is legally imported from Canada into the United States, as well as from other countries of the world and it is used to produce products like soap, shirts and more. Since cannabis is still considered a "schedule I drug", it is not legal to grow this plant within American territory and even though, hemp has none of the psychoactive compounds of marijuana, it has still not been approved for industrial purposes, which would surely benefit the economy a lot and create tons of new jobs for the thousands of unemployed people in North America. 

Ron Wyden had already proposed a similar bill back in June of 2012, but it did not get voted on and was not passed. "I firmly believe that American farmers should not be denied an opportunity to grow and sell a legitimate crop simply because it resembles an illegal one. I'm confident that if grassroots support continues to grow and Members of Congress continue to hear from voters than common sense hemp legislation can move through Congress in the near future," stated Wyden to the press. 

There are already some States in the US, which allow people to apply for hemp growing licenses, but this is still illegal under federal law, which stops them from commercializing their products freely and to increase their incomes or business size as well. 

Hemp And Marijuana Need To Be Legalized

If polls and studies are proving that both hemp and marijuana are already favored by the majority and that they can really benefit our society, I really see no reason why these plants are still illegal and I know that we will see the legalization of this herb in the very near future one day. 

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