Legalizing hemp and marijuana would be beneficial for the environment. Besides the known and documented medicinal purposes marijuana holds, hemp has been used for thousands of years to make textiles and paper. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one acre of hemp can produce four times more paper than one acre of trees. Most trees must grow for 20 to 50 years before they are ready for commercial use, while hemp is ready after a matter of months. Hemp also produces twice as much fiber as cotton. And most hemp products are nontoxic, biodegradable, and renewable.
Hemp is also a potential bio-diesel. It can grow practically ANYWHERE and is a superb texile. Its potential as a medicine (which is finally becoming more and more documented) means that we have a potential natural, holistic option that could help wean people off of pharmaceuticals. I’m not saying that with legalization of marijuana, we won’t need medicines or prescriptions but there is definitely the opportunity to offer complementary treatments and efficient benefits to AIDS and cancer as well as MS and glaucoma, all of which have their effects on individuals as well as the environment.
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