Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hemp supporters say production could spark industrial revolution


MEDFORD, Ore.- Industrial hemp is gaining traction in Oregon, as the Oregon Department of Agriculture is accepting industrial hemp growing applications for 2016.
Hemp is marijuana's cousin, both of which fall into the cannabis category.
Hemp still contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical compound in cannabis that makes you feel high/impaired, but, it only contains 0.3% THC.
"I often refer to hemp as being marijuana's slightly leggier and slightly less attractive cousin, really the wallflower at the dance. She is a wonderful thing in her own right but she doesn't seem to be what attracts everybody's attention these days," said "Pioneer Pete" Gendron, the president of the Oregon Sungrown Growers' Guild.
He says bringing hemp into production could spark an industrial revolution.
"We see a return of what Henry Ford was doing a century ago, where his original oils and lubricants were all plant-based and based on hemp, in fact," said Gendron.
House Bill 2668 was "shot down" last year, which would have prohibited farmers from growing industrial hemp in Jackson, Josephine, and Douglas Counties.

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