Only an obsolete and narrow-mindedpoint of view stands between the general public and their enjoyment of it’s rewards. Cannabis possesses many virtues in regards to industrial usage. Contrary topopular belief, Cannabis fiber is not limited strictly to rough fabrics such as burlap. Thefiber of the Cannabis plant can produce a wide range of textiles, from the consistency of afine linen to that of a heavy sailcloth.
Hemp fiber is softer than cotton, warmer thancotton, more water absorbent than cotton, possesses three times the tensile strength ofcotton, and requires virtually no pesticides. I bet you didn’t know that roughly half of all the pesticides used in the U. S. areused on cotton. Also, Cannabis cultivation is not at all as detrimental to the soil as iscotton production. As an added bonus, Cannabis fiber is great for paper production- thefirst two copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Gutenberg Bible were bothprinted on Cannabis paper.
Additionally, production of Cannabis for paper requires onlyone-fourth of the amount of land required of production of timber for the same use. Plusthere is not as heavy a reliance upon chemicals to prepare the fibers for paper productionas is the case with wood based paper. The seeds, which can be produced in abundance,possess a high nutritional value, and if pressed for oil, that oil is of great value in theproduction of all kinds of paints and varnishes, which could lessen our reliance uponpetroleum products in this area. There are several other useful products which can be made from this plant.
Forinstance if one was very sick (i. e. cancer, HIV or other major illnesses) you could dry andsmoke Cannabis to relive pain. This is because of its psychological properties or THCSome people think that legalizing cannabis would make it easier for people tomisuse it.
Or that it would make it more available to minors. But the fact remains thatcannabis is very easy to get right now. It is even easier to find than alcohol or cigarettes. People even think that legalizing cannabis would increase the crime level.
I think that if itwas made legal crime would decrease because it wouldnt be illegal to purchase ordistribute cannabis, therefore people would not have to lie, cheat or steal to obtaincannabis. And on these grounds alone it’s stupid to continue its prohibition . Bibliography: