Pubdate: Fri, 16 Feb 2007
Source: Payson Roundup, The (AZ)
Copyright: 2007 The Payson Roundup
Author: Marilyn Decker



The "Strange but True" segment in The Rim Review of Jan. 24 contained 
the following statement: "The plant that produces marijuana is useful 
for many things, including making rope and paper goods. In fact, a 
single acre of hemp can produce as much paper as four acres of trees."

To use "marijuana" and "hemp" interchangeably is incorrect. The 
industrial hemp plant is not the same as the marijuana plant though 
they look similar and come from the same general plant family.

Industrial hemp is indeed extremely versatile and valuable, and could 
do much to help the environment by replacing dwindling resources and 
avoiding the use of toxins. Unfortunately, our concern about "drugs" 
and our apparent inability to distinguish between these two plants 
has kept it illegal for development in this country.

Fortunately that is not true elsewhere, so perhaps as more 
information becomes available, it will be accepted for its beneficial 
uses here also.

Marilyn Decker, Payson
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