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Study of Hemp as Cash Crop Rejected by House
Posted by FoM on November 28, 2000 at 21:06:17 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A bill authorizing a study of hemp as a cash crop fell two votes short in the House Tuesday amid fears it would send the wrong message about illicit drug use. Most representatives favored the idea -- the vote was 69-45 -- but the bill called for it to take effect immediately, so parliamentary rules required 71 votes for passage.Rep. Ronald Lawfer, R-Stockton, said he will call the bill again in January, before the new Legislature is seated, when it will require just 60 votes.
The measure, which passed the Republican-led Senate 49-9 in February, would authorize the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University to study whether the crop, a relative of marijuana, would grow well in the state and make money for farmers. It also would study how to limit the plant's level of the hallucinogenic chemical found in marijuana.``This is not about drugs. It's about agriculture,'' Lawfer said.Hemp, grown in Illinois during World War II, can be made into clothing and animal bedding, its seeds can provide nutrition in food and its oil can be used in cooking and paint.``Just maybe we have a crop here to help many farmers in Illinois with an alternative crop,'' said Rep. Chuck Hartke, D-Teutopolis.But Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, said the bill would ``desensitize'' children to the use of marijuana.``This bill is sending the wrong message to the youth of Illinois,'' she said.The bill is SB1397. More information is available at: http://www.legis.state.il.us/Springfield, Ill. (AP) Source: Associated PressPublished: Nov. 28, 2000  2000 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, postnet.com Website: http://www.postnet.com/Related Articles:Bowles Defends Stance on Hemp Studyhttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread7804.shtmlPlan To Study Hemp In Illinois Ignites Controversyhttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread7672.shtmlU. Illinois May Grow Hemp Plants http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread7055.shtmlCannabisNews Hemp Archives:http://cannabisnews.com/news/list/hemp.shtml 
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Comment #6 posted by freedom fighter on November 29, 2000 at 16:55:26 PT
Knock, knock
Who's there?I am a rope.I do'nt want dope.Knock, knockWho's there?I am a rope.I do'nt want dope.Knock, knock!
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Comment #5 posted by aocp on November 29, 2000 at 09:23:36 PT:
I just love it!
You know what these morons are really saying? "You're a farmer who would love to compete with your Canadian and across-the-ocean bretheren who can grow some hemp for use in just about everything BUT intoxication? Screw you." Ouch. Methinks there's just about only so much brainwashing that can go on here before enough people look north and NOT see Canadia crumbling into drug-abuse madness. "Hey! How come no one else that can grow hemp is having all these boogie-man frights you folks keep bringing up?"There's gonna be a lotta ess-plaining to do, Lucy!
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Comment #4 posted by Joarge Cervantes on November 29, 2000 at 07:41:22 PT:
hemp
When adults cannot distinguish between rope and dope, it sends the wrong message to not only kids but to the world. The message, ignorance is bliss!
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Comment #3 posted by Walter Gourlay on November 29, 2000 at 00:00:39 PT:
Industrial Hemp
Industrial hemp has many uses. It doesn't require much fertilization and has high yield. It does not have enough thc to make it suitable for smoking. In fact, marijuana can't grow near industrial hemp because the hemp will pollinate the marijuana and ruin it for smoking. Legalizing industrial hemp and marijuana for adult use would create thousands of jobs and provide a lot of revenue should it be taxed. Why should America import industrial hemp from China and other countries when we can grow it here?
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Comment #2 posted by dddd on November 28, 2000 at 22:11:35 PT
What!
"But Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, said the bill would ``desensitize'' children to the use of marijuana."``This bill is sending the wrong message to the youth of Illinois,'' she said. It is quite stunning to hear this stuff,and realize that people like this actually exsist.Unbelievable
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Comment #1 posted by observer on November 28, 2000 at 22:09:20 PT
Never Mind the Bellocks
But Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, said the bill would ``desensitize'' children to the use of marijuanaAnother slimy ideologue prohibitionist, a grandstanding politician. (Redundant, I know.) But, this one sentence is correct (despite herself). The truth does indeed "desensitize" people of all ages to lies, the kind of lies that so easily flow from between the lips of prohibitionists like batty Patti Bullock. We can't let the facts, or even a desire to merely study facts, get in the way of our demonization of cannabis users, upon which the whole rotten edifice of prohibitionism leans. That would send the message to The Children that we would allow facts and rational debate to inform us; facts and rational debate are the last thing prohibitionists want, for such contradicts their pat ideology of a Freedom-Free America. 
Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp
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