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@NatureRxEdibles @love_life_1988 @TexasHemp @MMJHealthFacts @MmjStateLaws YEAH BABY! https://t.co/Nfw9nZXYMi — TwistedPolitix (@TwistedPolitix) February 7, 2016 Legislation to legalize the cultivation, production and distribution of industrial hemp has been filed in Texas. House Bill 1332, sponsored by Representative Joe Farias, would legalize industrial hemp, which would be…

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Hemp and the Environment

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Hemp helps detoxify and regenerate the soil

Falling leaves and shrubs not used in processing fall to the ground and replenish the soil with nutrients, nitrogen, and oxygen. This rich organic mulch promotes the development of fertile grassland. Some of the carbon which is “breathed” in by the plant in the form of CO2 is left in the roots and crop residues in the field. The CO2 is broken down by photosynthesis into carbon and oxygen, with oxygen being aspirated back into the atmosphere. With each season more CO2 is reduced from the air and added to the soil.

Hemp roots absorb and dissipate the energy of rain and runoff, which protects fertilizer, soil, and keeps seeds in place. Hemp plants slow down the velocity of runoff by absorbing moisture. By creating shade, hemp plants moderate extreme variations in temperatures, which conserves moisture in the soil. Hemp plants reduce the loss of topsoil in windy conditions. Hemp plants also loosen the earth for subsequent crops

Hemp plants can even pull nuclear toxins from the soil. In fact hemp was planted near and around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site to pull radioactive elements from the ground. The process is called phyto-remediation, which means using plants (phyto) to clean up polluted sites. Phyto-remediation can be used to remove nuclear elements, and to clean up metals, pesticides, solvents, crude oil, and other toxins from landfills. Hemp breaks down pollutants and stabilizes metal contaminants by acting as a filter. Hemp is proving to be one of the best phyto-remediative plants found.

The minimum benefit of a hemp crop is in its use as a rotation crop. Since hemp stabilizes and enriches the soil farmers grow crops on, and provides them with weed-free fields, without cost of herbicides, it has value even if no part of the plant is being harvested and used. Any industry or monetary benefit beyond this value is a bonus. Rotating hemp with soy reduces cyst nematodes, a soy-decimating soil parasite, without any chemical input. Hemp could be grown as a rotation crop and not compete with any other food crops for the most productive farmland. Marginal lands make fine soil for hemp, or hemp can be grown in between growing seasons.

Hemp and the Environment

All hemp products are completely biodegradable, recyclable, and hemp is a reusable resource in every aspect: pulp, fiber, protein, cellulose, oil, or biomass.

Hemp can grow in any agronomic system, in any climate, and requires no herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, or insecticides to grow well. Hemp is its own fertilizer, its own herbicide (it is a weed), and its own pesticide. Hemp plants only need 10-13 inches of water, 1/3 of the amount which cotton requires, to grow to 8-12 feet in 3-4 months.

Using hemp as biomass fuel would also reduce global warming because the hemp energy crop would pull carbon from the air and realease an equal amount when burned, instead of just releasing carbon as petrolium gasoline does now.

Using hemp biomass to make charcoal, could eliminate the need to burn petrolium coal. Hemp biomass burns with virtually no sulfur emissions or ash, which minimize acid rain caused by the burning of coal.

Deforestation is a big problem. Keeping trees alive and standing is necessary to our oxygen supply, and our well being. Trees provide the infrastructure which keeps microbes, insects, plants, fungi, etc. alive. The older and bigger the tree, the better for the environment it is. The more trees there are, the more oxygen is in the air, which helps reduce global warming.

Hemp growing could completely eradicate the necessity to use wood at all because anything made from wood can be made from hemp, especially paper. The paper demand is suppose to double in next 25 years, and we simply cannot meet this demand without clear-cutting all of our forest. Using hemp for paper could reduce deforestation by half. An acre of hemp equals at least 4 acres of trees annually. Hemp paper can be recycled 7 to 8 times, compared with only 3 times for wood pulp paper. Hemp paper also does not need to be bleached with poisonous dioxins, which poison waterways.

Carpets made from nylon, polyester, and polypropylene contaminate ground water. Hemp carpet is biodegradable and safe for the ground water when it is discarded. In 1993, carpet made up 1% of solid waste, and 2% of waste by volume.

Our garbage facilities are overfilling with plastics. Hemp can make plastics which are biodegradable.

Petrochemicals lubricants, paints, sealants, etc., poison the ground when they are discarded. Hemp can replace all of these petroleum-based products with non-toxic biodegradable organic oil-based products.

“Why use the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the fields?”

–Henry Ford


Why the Legalization of Industrial Hemp is a National Prosperity and Security Issue

Like no other time in history, modern America suffers from a lack of domestic clean energy production, weakened national security, unprecedented personal and governmental debt, and a destitute middle class.

This is why it is imperative that the 112th Congress of the USA vote to approve of H.R.1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011, sponsored by Congressman Ron Paul and co-sponsored by 26 other members across the political spectrum.

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h1831/show# – Click on “I Support This Bill” and share this article and call your local representative.

What does hemp have to do with energy security, national security, and national prosperity? I am glad you asked.

Over the last 30 years, the U.S. Federal government in conjunction with the privately held Federal Reserve system have gutted our a middle class with years of economic policies that force unsustainable lifestyles, debt, and dependence. Meanwhile absentminded citizens, addicted to a lifestyle of consumption and convenience are largely unaware that our military and Federal government have justified the defense of finite resources such as natural gas and petroleum at all costs around the globe as explicitly defined in the Carter Doctrine. At the same time the Federal government provides subsidies for the fossil fuel industry giving them an unfair advantage over alternative energy sources.  These policies and addictions have bankrupted our citizens and governments, polluted our planet, driven us to war, and endangered our national security.

Now at the beginning of the 21st century it is unmistakable that as part of the total solution we need access to every available clean energy resource available on god’s green earth and this MUST include HEMP. Legalizing and taxing hemp across the nation would spawn new industries that could be a vital part of the solution to many of our economic problems by creating jobs for citizens across the country and creating new exports to fight the trade deficit.

Hemp is high yield crop, producing more biomass per acre than most other crops and can be used for biofuels, biomass, textiles, paper, plastics, and more. Unlike oil, coal, natural gas or nuclear fuels, hemp is a biodegradable, renewable resource that could supply us with raw materials for thousands of years, without changing our climate and without producing waste that remains radioactive for millions of years.

Reasonable taxation of the production and distribution of this new crop and energy source would create revenues for city and state governments fighting deficits. Confining licenses to citizens and chartered small businesses would promote sustainable jobs for the middle class across the country and facilitate financial independence for creative clean energy entrepreneurs.

As a domestically grown alternative biofuel, hemp could become an effective peace pipe for national security by easing geopolitical tensions between the US and other nations (such as China) competing for energy in increasingly dangerous locations.

Opponents of the bill such as big pharma, big oil, the cotton and the natural gas lobbies will argue that their economic prosperity will decline with the legalization of industrial hemp farming in the US market. For them there are no easy answers. For the middle class, however, this is an opportunity of a lifetime.
Americans concerned about energy, pollution, war, and economic prosperity, must ACT NOW. Show your support for HR1831 – Legalization of Industrial Hemp Farming

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h1831/show# – Click on “I Support This Bill” and share this article and call your local representative. On Twitter, look for #hempforvictory

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