And you underestimate the impact that cannabis legalization would have, not only on revenue...but on the state of the economy as well. Legalizing would unlock the glorious properties of hemp. There are over 25,000 known uses for hemp.
The heating and compressing of hemp fibers can create building materials superior to wood in strength, quality and cost.
Hemp is heat, mildew, pest, light, and rot resistant.
Hemp fabric is softer, warmer, more water resistant and more durable than cotton. Hemp fabric also uses less chemicals to produce.
Industrial uses of hemp in China date as far back as 10,000 years
Hemp is cold hardy, able to withstand even bitter New Hampshire winters.
Hemp is pest resistant ( except from the 2-legged kind)
Hemp is drought resistant
It is estimated that if 6% of the continental U.S. planted with hemp would provide for all national energy needs.
Hemp has a production rate of up to 10 tons per acre, every 4 months.
1 acre of usable hemp fiber is equal to the usable fiber of 4 acres of trees or 2 acres of cotton.
Trees mature in 50-100 years; hemp matures in as little as 100 days.
The University of Missouri estimates that an average-size metropolitan area production of 100 million gallons of biodiesel fuel could generate $8.34million in personal income and 6000 temporary and permanent jobs. (Ref: National Biodiesel Board)
In 1776 a hemp shirt cost .50 cents to $1.00; a cotton shirt cost $100-$200
Biodiesel fuels emit 80% less carbon dioxide & nearly 100% less sulfur dioxide.
Hemp paper can be recycled up to seven times; wood pulp paper can be recycled four times.
Hemp fuels do not destroy the ozone layer or contribute to global warming.
Hemp fuels burn clean; they do not cause acid rain.
Hemp fuel is 10 times less toxic than salt, and as biodegradable as sugar.
Hemp oil is the highest source of essential omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which, among other things, help control cholesterol, arterial blockage and the immune system.
Commonly-known medicinal uses of hemp include: nausea & vomiting; multiple sclerosis/muscle spasm disorders; spinal cord injuries; Crohn’s disease; Alzheimer’s disease; Tourette’s syndrome; digestive disorders; glaucoma; asthma; neurodegenerative disorders;
At one time American companies Eli Lily, Squibb and Park Davis produced cannabis extract medicines.
I've done years of research on the benefits of this wonderful plant...and still remain dumbfounded as to why it is illegal. Anyone with a brain KNOWS why it's illegal...because William Randolph Hearst in the 30's ran smear campaigns against it..."yellow journalism"...because he was scared to death that hemp rope would bankrupt his recent investment in cotton. Cannabis is unjustly prohibited..and that's about all there is to it. As long as Big Pharma has their grubby paws down Washington's pants...the Sacred Smoke will always be vilified. So tired and weary of all these environmentalists talking about alternative sources of energy when there's a savior plant staring them right in the face but the majority of the US is too stuck up their own ass to realize its benefits. It makes me sick.
Amen to you my brotha!!
Only like minded individuals know that marijuana is the tree of life.
Its disgusting how William Randolph hearst' ignorance still lives on to this day. To me he is up there with Hitler as one of the most evil men in history (top 10). Not because of how many people he killed, but how he brainwashed an entire country..