Illinois House Votes to Study Hemp! 

Illinois House Votes to Study Hemp! 
Posted by FoM on May 20, 1999 at 06:33:50 PT
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.The Illinois House voted Wednesday to study turning hemp a close cousin of marijuana into a new source of cash for farmers, but don't expect that to lead to legal joints any time soon. 
Legalizing industrial hemp is a far cry from legalizing marijuana, supporters said.``The tragedy would be if we couldn't overcome that stereotype and the Illinois economy would go into the tank,'' said Rep. Judy Erwin, D-Chicago.House members voted 78-35 to form a task force to study planting and harvesting of industrial hemp. North Dakota is the only state that allows it now.Rep. Ron Lawfer, R-Freeport, said Canadian farmers raising hemp can earn a profit of about $283 per acre -- between four and five times what the average Illinois farmer makes.Erwin and Lawfer hope the task force will develop standards to ensure the hemp contains little THC, the ingredient that gives marijuana its mind-altering qualities.Industrial hemp has over 25,000 known uses including clothing, medicines, paints and paper.Some lawmakers expressed concerns that the industrial hemp would be used to make marijuana, but supporters say that's not the case.E. J. Pagel, Rockford director for the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws, said marijuana and industrial hemp cannot be confused for one another and hemp cannot be used as a drug.The resolution is HR168.
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Comment #2 posted by Eamonn on March 05, 2001 at 09:55:05 PT:
legalizing marijuana
marijuana is harmless and fun.
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Comment #1 posted by Terry Thomas on December 03, 1999 at 10:55:30 PT
legalizing pot
Marijuana should not be illegal, for many reasons, pot is less harmful then alcohol, marijuana doesn't kill anyone and it's fun.
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