In Hemp Politics this week, the Greens party of South Australia put forth new laws to make industrial hemp cultivation legal again.
Several products can be made from industrial hemp, such as clothing, building materials and cosmetics, but still it remains illegal to grow in South Australia.
Greens MLC and hemp advocate Tammy Franks said hemp is much more environmentally-friendly than other crops, especially cotton.
The reason hemp is illegal is because of the misconception that its the same cannabis variety as marijuana, but this is not the case. In fact, hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Franks said its the centuries old “fear and scare campaigns” that have kept industrial hemp in the misconstrued position its in. Hemp is not a recreational drug and it’s not even possible to get high from smoking it. On the contrary, hemp contains less than one percent THC.
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