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Ill. Farmers May Be Allowed to Grow Hemp

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SPRINGFIELD, ILL.(IRN)—An Illinois House committee has passed a measure that would allow farmers to grow industrial hemp for commercial purposes, such as to make rope, clothing and other accessories. State Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago) acknowledges he's not the leading authority on agriculture issues, but realizes agriculture is Illinois' biggest business. He says adding hemp to the list of crops farmers can grow would go a long way to diversifying the state's agriculture industry.

House Bill 1383 says farmers wishing to grow, produce, or sell industrial hemp or related projects must be licensed on a yearly basis through the Department of Agriculture. State Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) was one of two representatives to vote no on the measure. Her Western Illinois district is mostly farmland, most of which she says is already spoken for.

"Particularly our Asian markets are clamoring for our soybeans," she explains. "We can't possibly grow enough soybeans to export on the market." Hammond is also worried some hemp would be stolen and misused as a hallucinogenic drug.

The Illinois Farm Bureau is on record as supporting the measure, but other agencies such as the Illinois State Police have not weighed in. Hammond says the only way she'd support the measure is if the state police back it.


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tszasz4u

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The growing of hemp, along with being a potentially lucrative cash-crop, would also far in decreasing the polluting brought on my mass-scale use of pesticides, herbicides, and the leaching of fertilizers into waterways! However, I am most dismayed by the ignorance of the public and politicians of hemp's "hallucinogenic" effects.
 

maryjane56

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Plus, our economy is beginning to show signs of life after five years of decline and now the news reports that middle east turmoil could stall a come back, if we grew hemp, we would NEVER have to import another drop of oil from those who would prefer to kill us.
 

tszasz4u

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Plus, our economy is beginning to show signs of life after five years of decline and now the news reports that middle east turmoil could stall a come back, if we grew hemp, we would NEVER have to import another drop of oil from those who would prefer to kill us.

Keep clicking your heels, fellow traveler.:tokin:
 

tszasz4u

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Keep clicking your heels, fellow traveler.:tokin:

I obviously failed to drive home the point to be made, namely, that hemp could never satisfy our glut for petroleum, no matter the scale of cultivation. And anyway, American foreign and domestic politics is very heavily informed by black gold.
 
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