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Hemp and Marijuana:
Myths & Realities
by David P. West, Ph.D.
for the North American Industrial Hemp Council
About the Author: Dr. West holds a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding from the University of Minnesota and has spent 18 years as a commercial corn breeder. Since 1993 he has served as an advisor to the emerging hemp industry regarding industrial hemp germplasm. His work, “Fiber Wars: the Extinction of Kentucky Hemp” (1994), a pioneering discussion of the functional difference between hemp and marijuana, and his other writings on hemp and agriculture are available online (CLICK HERE).
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The complete text of this report is available on the NAIHC website.
This report is the first in a series of white papers produced by:
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Hemp and Marijuana
Myths & Realities
Surely no member of the vegetable kingdom has ever been more misunderstood than hemp. For too many years, emotion-not reason-has guided our policy toward this crop. And nowhere have emotions run hotter than in the debate over the distinction between industrial hemp and marijuana. This paper is intended to inform that debate by offering scientific evidence, so that farmers, policymakers, manufacturers, and the general public can distinguish between myth and reality.
Botanically, the genus Cannabis is composed of several variants. Although there has been a long-standing debate among taxonomists about how to classify these variants into species, applied plant breeders generally embrace a biochemical method to classify variants along utilitarian lines. Cannabis is the only plant genus that contains the unique class of molecular compounds called cannabinoids. Many cannabinoids have been identified, but two preponderate: THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient of Cannabis, and CBD, which is an antipsychoactive ingredient. One type of Cannabis is high in the psychoactive


I see that yellow journalism is still alive. There will always be someone attempting to demonize the hemp/marijuana plant.
It would be nice to know what John Berry’s of Redlands regional chair of citizens against legalizing marijuana back ground. Is he part of the pharmaceutical industry as Senator Jeff stone? Or is he of the alcohol industry who is losing money to marijuana.
The press enterprise editorial board recently imply that flog report from the Washington University school of medicine St. Louis indicated legalization wouldn’t harm California teams of voters prove that don’t use marijuana in November. Obviously does not agree with that you came up with a variety of different Statistic. With no backing.
Obviously he has ignored President Nixon’s report commissioned, the Schaeffer report. Which claims it should be decriminalized. There’s also the Jamaican report, Canada has one multiple countries have reports that all indicate marijuana should be decriminalized.
It’s hard to change old people’s minds when they made them up.
I find it interesting though that the press enterprise allowed this to be posted in the paper under the opinion section. Yellow journalism is still alive and still demonizing a God-given plant. Mr. Barry and I use that term lightly, Should read; ” The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herrera or at lease do some research on the topic.
There are many books and records available for your enjoyment.
Like my mom use to tell me” Opinions are like ass holes and everyone has one.” Thank God intelligent people don’t buy into you Crap.

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