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NCJ Number: 140589 Find in a Library
Title: Growing Marihuana (Hemp) for Fiber: Pros and Cons
Author(s): J M Rawson
Corporate Author: National Ctr for Education Statistics
Institute of Education Sciences
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr for Education Statistics
Washington, DC 20006
National Institute of Justice/
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Publication Number: 92-510ENR
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The arguments in favor of growing hemp to supply fiber for producing rope, canvas, clothing, and paper or for other commercial purposes are unlikely to change current Federal policy on hemp, because it can also be grown for use as the illegal drug marihuana.
Abstract: For centuries hemp has been a source of commercially valuable fiber. However, unlike most other sources of fiber, hemp is well suited to growing conditions over much of the United States. Although some hemp production for fiber was permitted during World War Two, growing hemp has been illegal in the United States since 1937. However, groups supporting hemp legalization have recently been arguing that the plant's potential as a source of fiber, oil, and biomass for energy production could bolster weak farm economies in several states. As with any unconventional crop, some farmers might profit from growing hemp, but its economic benefit to the farm sector overall would likely be limited. Arguments regarding its lack of adverse environmental effects and the likelihood that its use for fiber would increase drug availability are difficult to assess. However, the United States government is committed to strong anti- drug policies and programs and is unlikely to change its policy regarding hemp in the foreseeable future. (Author summary modified)
Main Term(s): Drug laws; Marijuana
Index Term(s): Drug sources; Economic planning; Federal Code
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