Jamaican Official Encourages Cultivation of Hemp!

Jamaican Official Encourages Cultivation of Hemp!
Posted by FoM on June 24, 1999 at 22:21:55 PT
Source: CNN
KINGSTON, Jamaica Jamaica's justice minister is encouraging hemp growers to fill their fields to help the economy, acknowledging that marijuana's less-potent cousin can be used to make paper, clothes, rope and other items.
"If, as the potential growers say, the THC content of hemp is so low that it could not be used as a narcotic drug, then there is no law forbidding it being grown," national security and justice minister K.D. Knight said Wednesday in Parliament. "Go ahead and produce acres of hemp. The economy needs this." THC, the chemical that gives marijuana psychoactive qualities, is present in hemp also, but at one-tenth the strength, according to a 1985 United Nations study. The study showed that marijuana has an average THC content of 5 percent, compared to 0.4 percent for hemp. But Knight warned that the government was not allowing the cultivation of marijuana. "I am told that (hemp) grows best on level plots of land so I would not expect to see little plots of it clandestinely growing in hilly terrain," Knight said. Marijuana proponents say they will begin renewed efforts to cultivate their product, too. The National Alliance for the Legalization of Ganja, as marijuana is called in much of the Caribbean, says it will begin lobbying in August for a referendum in which voters would decide whether marijuana should be legal. The group believes the drug's export, sale and medicinal use could help the economy. Knight said the government allows the use of marijuana by "any bona fide researcher, interested in or capable of using ganja to develop medicines for the benefit of mankind," as long as the government grants permission first. 
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