University of Toronto Prof Makes Hemp Auto Parts 

  University of Toronto Prof Makes Hemp Auto Parts 

Posted by CN Staff on November 11, 2003 at 13:21:37 PT
By Zoe Cormier, The Varsity - U. of Toronto 
Source: Peak 

Amid the clutter of textbooks, journals, papers and reams of notes in the office of Mohini Sain sits a car door, a bus seat, an instrument panel, a deck plank, and a car bumper-all made from hemp. Sain is a professor in U of T's faculty of forestry and the department of chemical engineering, and has conceived of more things to do with hemp than most would think possible.
"We look at the potential for hemp in automotive parts, sports apparel, the furniture industry, aeronautics, and the medical industry," Sain said. Hemp can be used to make things from dashboards, canoes, and a number of other things from the materials that he and his collaborators have developed. Scientists hope that in the very near future they will be able to make biomedical supplies, like blood bags, and even airplane parts from hemp. "Our direction is to move away from fossil fuel-based synthetics to more natural alternatives," Sain said.A chemical process allows Sain to extract long, thin strands of pure starch from hemp. In the plant, many of these strands put together make a hemp fiber. By first isolating individual strands and then reassembling them back into fibres, chemists make fibres with as few defects as possible, making them much stronger. By enmeshing hemp fibres into a matrix of glue, Sain has been able to create plastics almost identical to conventional plastics, except for their brown colour. The glue could be synthetic, or it could be natural - there are already many bioplastics made from soy or corn being used. Sain is particularly interested in producing construction materials from a glue of wood resin interwoven with hemp fibres. The wood resin could easily come from leaf litter and forest floor debris, he said. Fewer trees would have to be cut down than are needed to support our current construction business. The technology is not entirely new. For years scientists have been making biomaterials, or industrial materials made from natural products. Sain is working towards improving the strength and durability of these materials, and devising even more ways of using hemp for commericial purposes. He hopes that he will be able to create steel interfused with hemp. Weaving hemp fibers into steel makes the metal stronger, which would allow auto manufacturers to lower the thickness of the steel they use. Not only would this mean using less steel, but it would also mean making a much lighter car that would use far less fuel, costing less for everyone and creating less pollution. Sain is also optimistic that within a few years we will have blood bags and other biomedical supplies made from hemp. Syringes and gloves and other medical gear, by and large, cannot be reused, but ones made from hemp would be 100 per cent biodegradeable. He and his associates will first have to ensure, however, that these biodegradeable materials will be safe for human use. No matter how fond you are of environmentally friendly alternatives, an IV bag that slowly disintegrates into your drip and your veins is not a pleasant thought. Hemp alternatives not only make environmental sense, said Sain, they make economic sense. "We look to make environmentally and economically sustainable materials. By creating industrial products with hemp, you can bring some of this value back to the farmers who grow the plants, and then you can develop some small industries and employ some people to make these materials. You not only give added value to the farmers, you also get additional employment," he said."This is a public issue. That's why we are scientists - we are interested in accepting the challenges and finding solutions. We meet the concerns of the public." Canadian University PressSource: Peak, The (CN BC)Author: Zoe Cormier, The Varsity - U. of TorontoPublished: November 10, 2003 Copyright: 2003 Peak Publications SocietyContact letters mail.peak.sfu.caWebsite: Articles & Web Site:Cannabis News Hemp Links Crops: Let's Revisit Hemp On Hemp - Ottawa Citizen

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Comment #40 posted by ekim on November 15, 2003 at 21:48:58 PT
talken about new jobs - Hey Lou Dobbs read this
Today on C-span around the same time that Dennis was talking to these UAW members, the head of the Steel Manufactures was debating the head of the Union of workers. They were talking about the steel tariffs the union man for keeping them for the remaining time allowing jobs to continue while the steel maker wanted to compete with the world market. I wish that someone in Dennisis group could get some info on this Professors inventions. Could see the possibilitys of intergrating steel with hemp fiber to form a more strong and lightweight material saving jobs and creating them all at the same time.
Saturday, November 15
IOWA8:15 - 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast with UAW leaders
UAW Local 838, 2615 Washington St. Waterloo 319-233-3049
For information: 515-633-04009:00 - 9:20 a.m.
Speech to UAW
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Comment #39 posted by FoM on November 14, 2003 at 16:45:19 PT
Hemp Carpet
Scroll down and you will see hemp and wool carpets. They are expensive but if Hemp was easily grown the price would come down.
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Comment #38 posted by FoM on November 14, 2003 at 16:37:19 PT
Hemp Carpet!
Where can people get Hemp Carpet? That would be good instead of regular carpet with all those nasty, toxic chemicals which are so hard to breathe in when the carpets new.
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Comment #37 posted by Jose Melendez on November 14, 2003 at 16:31:20 PT
got hemp? Robert Redford does.
from: Flushes Toilets in Robert Redford BuildingBy Dan Whitcomb SANTA MONICA (Reuters) - In the Robert Redford Building, toilets flush themselves with rainwater -- except for the urinals, which use no water at all -- the floors are made of bamboo and the carpets from hemp.  All of which help make it, the actor said during a dedication ceremony in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica on Thursday, one of the "greenest" buildings in America and a glimpse into the environmentally friendly future.   "This building to me is a model of our sustainable future," the Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker said as he cut an appropriately green ribbon on its terrace and the James Taylor song "Steamroller" played softly in the background.   Though the three-story, gray clapboard-style structure is largely unremarkable from the outside, Redford and the National Resource Defense Council activists who will work there call it a showcase of sustainable urban architecture.   The building's exterior appears to be wood but is made of a fiber and cement material. Much of the interior is lit with skylights and solar cells that provide about a fifth of its energy. Cool sea breezes augment the air conditioning and special towers draw off heat.   The structure uses about 60 percent less water than most buildings because it captures rainwater from the roof, showers and sinks and uses it to water the plants and flush the low-flow toilets. The urinals use a special cartridge to funnel away wastewater.   Inside, floors are made of bamboo because it is a fast-growing "wood substitute." The carpets are hemp -- though not the kind that can be smoked. State-of-the-art fixtures consume less energy and some of the furniture was donated by the props department of the Warner Bros. film studio.   The 15,000 square foot (1,400 sq meter) structure, originally built in 1917, was stripped down to its wooden skeleton and rebuilt as an example of urban renewal. It is completely free of formaldehyde and vinyl, and office machines that can emit fumes are confined to a room that vents to the outside.   Redford, a longtime environmental activist born and raised in Santa Monica, said the building symbolized a step forward for the conservation movement, which he said had been dealt setbacks by the Bush administration.   "We are now suffering through an administration that has, in a very calculating way, set out to undermine and destroy 30 years of hard work," he said.   "There's never been a time in my life when I've felt so challenged as a country, so challenged on the environment, as we are (snipped)
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Comment #36 posted by Jose Melendez on November 13, 2003 at 15:46:14 PT
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Comment #35 posted by Jose Melendez on November 12, 2003 at 19:31:05 PT
from Lou Dobbs' CNN site
Tonight's thought "Political action is the highest responsibility of a citizen." -John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
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Comment #34 posted by Jose Melendez on November 12, 2003 at 19:24:43 PT
kucinich: on npr's talk of the nation
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Comment #33 posted by ekim on November 12, 2003 at 19:01:15 PT
Dennis Kucinich --i have been misselling with a t
Dennis was asked about drug war and said he was for Med use and I missed the rest of the answer. On Lou Dobbs he said that we should dream. and we should have trade treaties that factor in fair labor and enviornmental issues. He said he was for Biofuels and wind and solar and the greening of the planet. This evening our Gov was on TV asking where to cut spending as the State is 920 million in debt. Letting out inmates early for 30 days would save 26 million. The Gov said how about only non-violent ones. It was mentioned that MI is number 2 in Ag value added products in the Nation. Why no pol will stand up and say the obivious, with our neighbor Canada growing Hemp and making money and products why in Gods name are we not doing the same. Our Land Grant institutions like Mi. State U. are suppose to be studing facts like that. How to better offer jobs and save the farm is what they are charged to do. 
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Comment #32 posted by afterburner on November 12, 2003 at 16:08:09 PT:
Lou Dobbs Is Over Already
Catch the rebroadcast tonight at 11:00PM EST or tomorrow at 4:00AM. Dennis Kucinich speaks briefly near the end of the program about 10 minutes before the end of the show. There are other interesting speakers debating the "race to the bottom" under NAFTA and WTO and the loss of the middle class and blue collar jobs to outsourcing and foreign labor. 
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Comment #31 posted by afterburner on November 12, 2003 at 15:45:23 PT:
Dennis Kucinitch on Lou Dobbs on CNN
Coming right up on "Exporting America." 
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Comment #30 posted by ekim on November 12, 2003 at 10:50:55 PT
Dennis Kucinitch on NPR radio Talk of the Nation
today between 2and 3 pm he will be interviewed. 
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Comment #29 posted by Jose Melendez on November 12, 2003 at 09:03:36 PT
never forget.
The        Killing of Alberto Sepulveda: An Open Letter to Barry McCaffrey      by        Myles Kantor       "I        didn’t think kids could get shot."
        ~ Sam        Climber, Jr., Modesto, California, nine years old              Dear General McCaffrey:              On September 13, 2000 an eleven year old boy named Alberto Sepulveda        was shot and killed between 6:16 and 6:21 in the morning in Modesto,        California. Unlike many recent tragedies involving children that        seem mundane, Alberto did not die at the hands of a peer. He was        killed by the State.              Alberto’s father was allegedly part of a county drug ring engaged        in methamphetamine trafficking. His house was raided by SWAT team        officers as part of a federal narcotics sweep covering fourteen        houses in Stanislaus County. The participating SWAT teams included        local authorities as well as the FBI and DEA.              Federal agents with drug warrants were preceded by seven officers.        The officer who shot Alberto was David Hawn, a SWAT veteran of almost        two decades. Alberto died from an apparently accidental shotgun        wound to the back – to the back. Alberto’s dead body        remained in the house until after 2 p.m.              Alberto enjoyed hide-and-go-seek, water balloon fights, and riding        his bicycle. He was in the seventh grade and had two siblings.              Is        this what the War on Drugs has come to, General McCaffrey? How many        more children need to die for the verboten commerce of their fathers?            September        18, 2000      Myles        Kantor is a law student at Stetson University.
Please evaluate and make suggestions. Wage Drug Peace.
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Comment #28 posted by kaptinemo on November 12, 2003 at 08:40:27 PT:
Don't worry, Virgil.
Mr. Forbes is probably reading this right now...and loading ammo into that deadly weapon he calls a word processor. If the 4th Estate wasn't so beholden to corrupt businesses with ties to the prison/industrial complex's interests, his expose of Barry's illegal Hatch Act violating kaffeeklatsch would have been front page news.But this? Most Americans may not read, but thay can see...and they saw plenty and will want to know more.The fun is just starting...and the antis are worried sick.
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Comment #27 posted by Virgil on November 12, 2003 at 08:33:24 PT
Oh Danny Boy
I was trying to think of Dan Gardner's first name because it has been a while since his last article. Then I thought of the old Irish song that might be his theme music the way Sinatra and Elvis had theirs. Then I thought about Daniel Forbes having a similar opportunity.Where are you Dan and Dan? 
Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are callingFrom glen to glen, and down the mountain side
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Comment #26 posted by kaptinemo on November 12, 2003 at 08:30:24 PT:
Thank you, Jose
It's that sort of in-your-face confrontation with the reality of drug prohibition rather than soft-voiced little debates, that catch Joe Blow upside the head and make him wonder if trusting his kids to those who enter schools with guns drawn and pointed at HIS children is what is meant by 'saving kids from drugs'.Imagine what would have happend if we had witnessed an Alberto Sepulveda-styled 'accident' a schoolhall probably lined with hard tiles or concrete bocks that would have allowed a ricochet to kill more than the first victim?These parents have NO BLOODY IDEA of how lucky they are that those children weren't hurt. Except mentally, of course. As any victim of childhood trauma can attest, these kids won't forget. EVER. Looks like the SSDP may have some new activists, and soon...
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Comment #25 posted by Virgil on November 12, 2003 at 08:17:10 PT
Nol Van Shaik
This Donner fellow is painted at Hempcity as someone completely out of touch with the Dutch people. From Minister Donner demands Dutch coffeeshops to discriminate. Dutch coffeeshops have been popular since they opened, in the early seventies, and not only with the local population, they have also been frequented by foreigners from all parts of the world, from the day the first coffeeshop opened. The first dealer in Amsterdam’s first coffeeshop, the Mellow yellow, was a Briton, serving hash and grass for years, to an international public, in the heydays of the hippie era. 
Amsterdam was and is the Mecca of Marihuana, with about 200 of Holland’s 800 coffeeshops within its city limits, for every cannabis user of the world, from Iceland to New Caledonia. 
Many millions of foreign visitors have bought and smoked cannabis freely in one of the Dutch coffeeshops, where hash and marihuana are being sold openly, bound by certain regulations and rules, to anyone over 18 years of age. 
There has never been anything strange about that, coffeeshops are the most universal public places in the world, mellow melting pots of people from all races, religions and colours, united by their affection for cannabis and the mind expanding properties of the softdrugs. 
Coffeeshops are places of peace and tranquillity, the side effects of cannabis are the very relaxing vibes the user will have, both mentally and physically, causing tolerance and understanding towards others. Police figures show that fights and violence in coffeeshops practically do not occur, and that the number of fights and violent incidents in bars, disco’s and other alcohol outlets increases every year. 
If you would just compare the two distinctive consumer groups, it is very clear that the cannabis consumers live in a safer environment than the alcohol consumers. 
Coffeeshops do not cause any harm to Dutch society, not their existence, nor the products they sell, nobody can die on an ‘overdose’ of hash and/or marihuana. 
Yet, coffeeshops will be practically off limits for tourists and other foreigner visitors, if Holland’s Justice Minister Donner can have it his way, he wants to forbid the sales of cannabis from coffeeshops to non-Dutch people. Minister Donner wants to comply to the hoax called “foreign pressure”, from the UN and from individual countries like the US, France and Sweden. This pressure is not based on facts or figures, because the use of cannabis in the US and France is higher than in the Netherlands, according to UN drug figures. This means that the Dutch coffeeshop system does not increase the use of cannabis, on the contrary, 38 countries in the UN tables on cannabis consumption have a higher percentage of cannabis consumption and –consumers. This means that the UN and the individual countries have no right to criticise the Netherlands and its coffeeshops, and that the Dutch Government can just wave the critics and get on with the urgent matters that really bother Dutch society. 
Donner must have been on some strange dope, when he thought this all up, it is actually too insane to have to respond to this brainwave of a right wing catholic politician. 
If his plans make it through the Dutch parliament, it will be practically impossible to uphold the new Law or rule, he already needs 5000 more police officers to get his forces up to their full strength. It would take 1600 officers to just check up on the 800 coffeeshops, in two shifts. 
I can hardly imagine that Minister Donner is going to deputise all Dutch coffeeshop workers as police or customs officers, to be able to ask complete strangers for their ID. 
I do think Donner’s plans are against the Law, he is telling coffeeshop owners and –staff to discriminate innocent people, just because they are not Dutch. I also think it is against the EU 
Constitution, which gives each European the same rights as a citizen of the country he/she visits. 
As always, there is a simple way around the ‘problem’: Foreign visitors will still be able to enter coffeeshops, where they can ask any Dutch person to buy them their goods, that’s how simple it is. If Donner’s scheme is accepted and executed, we will always have a host available, wearing a T shirt with the following print: I buy cannabis for foreigners! 
If you fel discriminated too, express yourself against Donner and his measurements by sending him an email, or just call the number of his department, stay polite, if you can. Objections to Donner’s Discriminative Dopeproject: 
voorlichting 070-3707911 Nol van Schaik. 
International cannabis entrepreneur.
_________________In Cannabis Fidelis
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Comment #24 posted by Jose Melendez on November 12, 2003 at 08:08:51 PT
Got Terror?
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Comment #23 posted by kaptinemo on November 12, 2003 at 07:46:28 PT:
And, of those 100,000, how many DrugWarriors?
100,000 + a day. Absolutely astonishing, isn't it? Who'd a-thunk it?Add 'inconceivable' as well that some of them are LEO's who know that they are engaged in a pointless effort of arresting cannabists while the REAL drug kingpins are the hotshot bankers, accountants, judges, prosecutors, lawyers and pols, and anyone who draws a paycheck from the prison/industrial system who get fat and sassy off of making a lot of noise supporting the DrugWar...while taking cash from less-than-clean sources under the table...and dare the honest LEOs to do something about it.I refer all and sundry to the story of Frank Serpico and ask them to realize that the situation of widespread corruption of law enforcement has spread out from major cities to all across the nation and beyond. The Paul Revere Forum:
National Security Whistleblowers Speak
February 27, 2002
Canon House Office Building, Room 402
Remarks by Frank Serpico,
retired New York City Police Detective would suggest that if you would like to know more about how deeply corruption runs in the US judical system, that you go to and be prepared for shome shocking insights about politics, pols, and the judiciary.Also, another good source of information is 
which details many cases of police, prosecutorial and judical corruption, much of it having to do with the illicit drug trade.100,000+ people a day read what's printed here. 100,000+ a day are learning the truth behind what many of them believed was a just and righteous war against what society considers 'outcast' because they choose to consume a (relatively, compared to most substances) harmless weed. They are learning the truth, and it's having an effect.In the case of most people, it's to question the underpinnings of the DrugWar.In the case of antis, it's giving them cold sweats in the middle of the night, worried about what happens when their gravy train comes to a screeching halt and the sudden deceleration throws them from their comfy seats and they have to go out and really earn their pay...chasing people who shoot back, unlike 'mostly harmless' (thank you Douglas Adams!) cannabists.100,000+ plus people...and growing every day. No wonder antis are pee-their-pants scared of the Internet and try to use all manner of subterfuge to shut it down. They see their political and financial doom approaching via their raster screens.
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Comment #22 posted by Had Enough on November 12, 2003 at 07:36:05 PT
Average Hits Corrected
Average Daily Hits (Files Served) on this “website” for the month of October 102,216 To Virgil, you got to love it Vote for change, WE THE PEOPLE demand it.
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Comment #21 posted by goneposthole on November 12, 2003 at 07:18:27 PT
yes, yes, yes
"Which of you are ready to admit to having used marijuana in the past?"-Anderson Cooper"Yes," said Senator John Kerry, leading off. "Yes," said Senator John Edwards . "Yes," said Dr. Howard Dean. they should voluntarily turn themselves into the authorities for their 'criminal' activity. Off to the hoosegow for them. "Take me to the Police Station."Those presidential candidates obviously don't consider smoking cannabis that taboo.Their admissions are truly a hallmark of honesty and civilised behavior. May they continue to be that way. We need hemp for survival. It is a renewable resource, for gosh sakes. Peak oil is here.
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Comment #20 posted by mayan on November 12, 2003 at 07:10:31 PT
Had Enough...
You did that many hits per day? You must be pretty well lit! LOL! FoM, that was a cool pic. Clear Channel sucks! Their war doesn't seem to be going so well, does it?Here's a link to a site regarding Paul Wylie's ordeal. He's one of the guys that was growing hemp legally in Nicaragua & got nailed by the good ol' American DEA...
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Comment #19 posted by Had Enough on November 12, 2003 at 06:31:44 PT
Average Hits
Average Daily Hits for the month of October 102,216CoolTo Virgil, you got to love itVote for change, WE THE PEOPLE demand it. 
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Comment #18 posted by JR Bob Dobbs on November 12, 2003 at 06:13:58 PT
Illinois senator Richard Durbin (D) seems to be one of the few who doesn't have to retire to get wise on the drug war issue. I generally prefer third parties, but Durbin has got my vote.
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Comment #17 posted by ekim on November 12, 2003 at 06:05:20 PT
Good going Kapt we need to see how many arrests
Dan Rostenkowski just said on C-span Wash Journel that someone needs to speak out on allowing Cannabis (marijuana) to be regulated. He went on to say that to many people in jail were there for use and mandatory sentening was wrong. He said the Cannabis issue was one of the biggest issues facing the country. Three callers this morning were about med use and wanting regulation on Cannabis. It shows how the power of the people can work. The first thing is to show how many are being arrested in local towns and cities. More of the Pres canadates should be asked for these figures or give them the figures if they say they do not know. One thing on Dan Rostenkowski he is teaching at U.Ill and for years a large group of Professors have tried to get Hemp laws passed with the help of lawmakers only to be cut down at the knees by lawenforcement which has said they could not tell the difference between Hem[p and Med 
Cannabis. Funny NOt----how people after they leave office come to the conclusion that the Cannabis Prohibition is one of the most pressing issues that this country faces. Dick Durbin Sen from ILL has bill to tell juries that someone is being helped by med cannabis and can over rule fed law in cannabis cases. 
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Comment #16 posted by kaptinemo on November 12, 2003 at 05:03:56 PT:
Unrelated to the above article
But people will see this article first, so maybe it will be directed where it needs to go:$4 a Death: Heroin in the Suburbs normally don't look too much at hard drug stories, but this one snippet is worth looking at:*A Patriot Ledger analysis of 214 drug-related arrests handled by district courts in Quincy, Hingham and Plymouth since Jan. 1 found that 79 percent of defendants under age 30 were charged with possession or sale of marijuana.*There. Right there. So, Johnny Pee, most convictions aren't based on cannabis possession? It's quite fair to say that if you were to multiply this statistic by all the police precincts in the country, you'd see why 700,000 people have been arrested FOR SIMPLE POSSESSION in just the last year alone. The War on (Some) Drugs has, first and foremost, been a war on cannabis consumers. Who don't commit the crimes that a junkie MUST to support a habit.And Johnny Pee and his fellow 'crusaders' know this quite well; oh, yes they do.
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Comment #15 posted by kaptinemo on November 12, 2003 at 04:27:42 PT:
The house of the future may be made of hemp
Take a look at this:'s literally no end of products that can be made from this incredible plant. It's an engineer's dream, like the mythical 'alkahest'. You can make almost anything from it. Live in it, wear it, drive it, (and *fuel* what you drive with it) fly in it (fuel *that*, too, as I've seen designs for light-weight cera-metal diesel engines the size of a ten inch diameter pumpkin that could power a small aircraft, as well as a car).It's positively CRIMINAL not to use this plant as widely as possible...but then, look at who's profiting so handsomely from out NOT using it...
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Comment #14 posted by CorvallisEric on November 12, 2003 at 00:13:31 PT
Not newsworthy
Didn't look for this bit of trivia, just came across it while looking for other stuff. Name X'ed out for FoM's reasons which I respect. From South Dakota, maybe they want to unseat Oklahoma or Alabama as top prison states (waiting to see what they do with Bill Janklow).In other Brown County Circuit Court news from Monday:
Aberdeen resident XXXX was sentenced to two years in prison for possessing 6.6 ounces of marijuana. 
Judge Jon Flemmer handed XXXX, 45, the term in Brown County Circuit Court and gave him credit for time already served. 
Law enforcement searched XXXX, his residence and vehicle June 6, 2002, and found the drugs. 
XXXX pleaded guilty to the charge Oct. 14. He must report to Brown County Jail Nov. 14 for prison transport.“The truth is that we aren’t imprisoning individuals for just ‘smoking a joint.’ Overwhelmingly, we treat drug users, and especially marijuana users. - Scott Burns, Deputy Director for State and Local Affairs in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. questions?Oh, speaking of Janklow (Republican SD Congressman and former Governor) - On Monday, a judge in Flandreau ruled that jurors in Janklow's felony second-degree manslaughter trial won't see evidence about three accidents and 12 speeding tickets in his driving record.
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on November 11, 2003 at 21:52:22 PT
It really is slow. I keep looking and think where is some news that's worth posting. Sometimes news is slow and then something breaks loose. I get very tired when the news is slow. I guess I wind down a little. I much prefer being busy. Hopefully it will pick up soon. I'll keep my fingers crossed!
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Comment #12 posted by Virgil on November 11, 2003 at 21:37:10 PT
Slow news day I reckon
There must be a deployment on the silence blockade as the Fourth Estate in its capacity to reveal governmental abuse and enlighten the publicon its excesses has been silenced. The silence says it all. Even I agree the silence strategy is the best defense for prohibition. Warping science and repetitve lying has run its course. Not much of a one-two punch really. It is still another day of big profits for somebody. 
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on November 11, 2003 at 18:29:56 PT

Here's a picture I thought you might appreciate!
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Comment #10 posted by mayan on November 11, 2003 at 18:21:50 PT

Henry Ford was making cars and fuels out of hemp and other vegetables 70 years ago. Just imagine what our technology could do now!Henry Ford's Hemp Car: OF THE SWASTIKA - The Real Reason the Government Won't Debate Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Re-legalization:
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on November 11, 2003 at 17:49:54 PT

Here's a Picture of Henry Ford's Hemp Car
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Comment #8 posted by Virgil on November 11, 2003 at 17:48:53 PT

Keeping an eye on India
I just wonder what a country with the bhang tradition will do for such a large population that needs an alternative to the petroleum monopolies and cannot afford to lock up millions for a total prohibition. A billion people with arthritis, and MS and AIDS and colitus and everything else have got to solve some big problems. This is about India
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on November 11, 2003 at 17:45:02 PT

Thanks Jose
Has anyone else been able to get something thru to Montel? Things like this upset me. Double standards really bother me. I get very irritated when I'm told to do as I say not as I do. 
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Comment #6 posted by RasAric on November 11, 2003 at 17:43:27 PT

70+ years later. You can't keep a good idea down!!
This was something being developed by the Henry Ford in the 30's. Lighter and stronger than steel, the paneling was used in a 1941 model. Not sure whether it made it to the sales floor.Check out this 30 second video....
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Comment #5 posted by Jose Melendez on November 11, 2003 at 17:34:27 PT

Don't ask, don't (Mon)tel.
Prediction: Montel will quietly settle his brush with the law, having been warned that he will be persecuted if he speaks out or supports legalization.Evidence: He's not responding to emails: This is the Postfix program at host'm sorry to have to inform you that the message returned
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message: I've neen a cannabis activist since before I injured my back 
and neck. Now I use marijuana for pain, still forced to break the law to 
obtain the herb.Pills don't work for me. When I use legal drugs, they make my skin itch 
and my back hurts worse around the area of my liver.Alcohol ALWAYS makes me sick. How can I mount a constitutional 
challenge to the fraud known as War on Drugs, which as we all know is 
disproportionately waged on pot users with my skin color or darker.
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Comment #4 posted by Virgil on November 11, 2003 at 16:45:33 PT

Molly Ivins new article
Molly Ivins new article speaks to how the new drug benefit that the Republicans want for senior citizens was just a way to suck money from the public treasury for the benefit of the pill companies.From the article titled "Brains on drugs"- Their estimated increased profits under this bill are $139 billion over eight years.
14 points of fascism
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Comment #3 posted by Dark Star on November 11, 2003 at 13:57:21 PT

That's Funny
I thought the Amerikan government did definitive studies on hemp and decided that it wasn't economically viable. Could it be that they weren't telling us the truth? Imagine that!
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on November 11, 2003 at 13:51:05 PT

This is one instance where it DOES make sense to mention Cheech & Chong! They were way ahead of the curve on this one.
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Comment #1 posted by E_Johnson on November 11, 2003 at 13:50:33 PT

Montel is interviewing McCaffrey on his show!!
Unfortunately, it's about Iraq, not about Montel's recent bust for marijuana.
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