Legalizing Hemp will Benefit Society in Many Ways Essay

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Legalizing Hemp
The first draft of the Declaration of Independence was written on Dutch hemp paper June 28, 1776. Until the late 1800s most of the paper in the world was made from cannabis hemp fiber. Henry Ford created a car completely made out of hemp in 1940 that was 10x stronger than steel. Cannabis Sativa L. more commonly known as hemp has thousands of uses. Hemp was a big part of the country until 1937 when the Marijuana Tax Act was created. Why is this plant illegal? Why is it not grown in every state in the U.S.? It’s because many people have little to no knowledge on what hemp actually is or what it can do for the economy and the earth. The legalization of hemp could create a ton of jobs and be very beneficial to the environment.
There is a big hidden agenda when it comes to legalizing hemp. The law that makes hemp illegal also makes marijuana illegal. The two plants though different in appearance stem from the same plant species. If hemp became legal in the U.S. anyone across the country could farm it and make an easy profit. The downside to the wide spread farming of hemp is the potential to pollinate and ruin any medical marijuana plant miles within its vicinity. If hemp were to become legal most big industries would have to invest in new machines, more space, and new products. Cotton has always been a big cash crop in the U.S. so most machines in big industries are made for cotton products. The oil industry could potentially take a big hit as well if car…