DEA v.s. Hemp

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According to the Vegan Blog, the Drug Enforcement Agency is continuing its battle against hemp. Not marijuana specifically, but hemp. The same hemp that contains high levels of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, that can be made into more recyclable paper, and whose fibers are longer, stronger, more absorbent, and more mildew-resistant than cotton. Keep in mind that while hemp contains THC, the levels are so infinitesimally small that it would be nearly impossible to get any sort of “effect” from ingesting them.

It’s an absurd fight with no end result that can’t be obtained in a more logical way. The fight against marijuana (in my opinion, at least) is misdirected, but the fight against mere hemp seeds is akin to trying to ban the use of cameras because child pornography is illegal (though, obviously, child pornography is on a whole different level than marijuana).

One Response to “DEA v.s. Hemp”

  1. gasump

    Absurd fight? Not when you’re an agency protecting the business and fortunes of the powerful and super rich! There is one reason, and one reason only, for the total demonisation of hemp – the damage it would do to the megabusinesses involved in oil, agrochemicals, pulp/paper/timber products et al. Hemp was outlawed initially to allow a relatively small group of individuals to make fortunes because they had control of new industrial processes that the world would need in the future. A single crop endangered their plans, not because it would stop development of these processes, but because it meant competition and potential loss of control.

    Hemp is that crop, and the descendants (biological and political) of that group of individuals now control the political process of the US state. They will fight tooth and nail to prevent Hemp ever becoming accepted in the USA or other countries (see some of the pressure applied to developing countries to ‘discourage’ Hemp cultivation). The DEA is just one pawn in that fight.

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