Currently, Hemp is still illegal to grow on American soil even when it helps create green homes. That’s not a joke about getting high, it really does. Hemp actually aids in the construction of those homes; the physical ingredients used in your homes. You’re probably confused. I’ll explain after the jump.
If I were you, I’d be wondering how hemp could buttress your living room wall. I know I was. For those who hate science, skip to the bottom for the jokes.
To make a hemp wall, the hemp’s fibers are mixed with Portland cement, the most commonly used cement in the world (no relation to the home of the unluckiest franchise in NBA history–it’s named after the Isle of Portland in Dorset, England); and lime, which makes the cement malleable; all the air pockets created in the manufacturing process make it perfect for an abode near you.
The new use of hemp and other fibers reflects an increasing effort to make U.S. homes healthier as well as energy efficient. According to proponents of the new building product, hemp-filled walls are non-toxic, mildew-resistant, pest-free and flame-resistant. The plant material also absorbs carbon dioxide, acting as a built in air filter.
Mildew and flame resistant (tell that to the toasty herb I smoked earlier HEY-O) plus a built in air filter!? What? They’re even pest free, so no bed bugs or cockroaches (nothing will kill the cockroaches that used to live with me in East Harlem–NOTHING). Is there anything Hemp can’t do? I swear to god, I’m gonna mainline hemp before working out now.
Hemp isn’t just for necklaces anymore, which is a relief because every time I write about hemp, I worry I’ll be inundated with emails about DMB concerts and totally righteous shows where I’ll bro-out upstate.
All kidding aside, hemp works as a raw material for your freakin’ home. Even Ron Paul thinks it’s a good crop. Actually scratch that. Regardless of Libertarian support, prohibiting hemp (AND marijuana) is a ridiculous statute to have on the books.
Obama’s Justice Department should let the individual states that have opened up the hemp trade on the local level, get the federal support they need to start growing. Marijuana paranoia is what’s stopping them.
Vermont is the newest place where states are clashing with the federal law surrounding hemp (are you at all shocked it’s Vermont).
Advocates complain that American farmers are being shut out of a lucrative market. More than 30 countries grow hemp as an agricultural commodity, and hemp-planted fields in Canada — which legalized cultivation in 1998 — increased to 26,815 acres in 2010.
The United States “is the only industrialized country that will not allow its farmers the economic/environmental benefit” of growing hemp, laments Ben Brown, a farmer in Orwell.
Our government sits back on their anachronistic laws about hemp because of their paranoia about a superficial drug only tangentially connected to the various uses of hemp. And the drug isn’t as harmful as legal drugs like nicotine and alcohol! UGGGGHHHHH.
When are they gonna learn?
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