Pubdate: Fri, 04 Aug 2006
Source: Quad-City Times (IA)
Copyright: 2006 Quad-City Times
Author: James Getman
Bookmark: (Cannabis)


Time to cull the hemp. The annual destruction of wild cannabis a.k.a. 
ditch weed is your tax dollars at waste. Again county resources are 
used to hunt down and destroy a plant that brought our fathers to 
America, provided clothing, food and the paper that propagated 
liberty. Cannabis hemp was a most important resource for life in the 
18th and 19th centuries.

I was told the funding for this activity comes from the state. 
Regardless of where the money comes from, does this activity really 
justify the cost on the environment? Using harmful chemicals to kill 
a plant that is non-toxic to humans, resists soil erosion and 
provides food for small animals and birds is not wise. Pollution from 
the fuel used and exposure of workers to motor traffic hazards add to 
the cost of hemp eradication.

Hemp cannabis lacks sufficient THC, the active chemical in 
recreational marijuana, to produce intoxication. Many an Iowa kid can 
tell you not to smoke it. Wild hemp actually interferes with the 
production of recreational marijuana by pollinating flowers, ruining 
seed stock genetics.

Cannabis hemp imported from Canada and other countries is currently 
being used here as paper, clothing, cosmetics, food and building 
materials. Germany is incorporating hemp into automobile parts. Why 
can't we grow it here in Iowa? Increase income for farmers and jobs 
producing value added products. Please ask our leaders to redirect 
these funds towards using cannabis hemp, not destroying it.

James Getman

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