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Learn More About Benefits of Hemp

Posted on June 28, 2000

By Jack Ray, Santa Barbara News-Press

Santa Barbara, California — We’re all going to die. Well, maybe not just yet. There seems to be increasing alarm from the environmental crowd that earplugs are becoming a necessity.

The part that confuses me the most is why they are not more readily supporting actor Woody Harrelson’s efforts to distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana? Recently, he was arrested for ceremoniously planting four industrial hemp seeds in Kentucky as an act of civil disobedience.

Throughout history hemp has been a vital plant used for sails, ropes both Columbus and the Mayflower had them, paper, medicine, and many other uses.

Hemp is nature’s longest, strongest, most durable fiber. As a fabric it is softer, more insulating, absorbent, breathable, and longer lasting than cotton.

One acre of hemp produces as much paper as 4.1 acres of trees. The first paper was made from hemp as well as the first draft of the Declaration of Independence, the first draft of the US Constitution, and even the first Gutenberg Bibles.

The Santa Barbara Libertarians are hosting their annual Decriminalization Day on July 3 in De La Guerra Plaza.

You’re welcome to come out and learn more about extending freedom to others. I don’t use drugs, drink alcohol, or smoke cigarettes so that you may be freer.

Woody Harrelson wrote a letter to the IRS admitting that he had underpaid his taxes by $10,000 donated to an industrial hemp research organization and ended the letter with, “If boycott and tax resistance are the only avenues left to us, then that is the route I will take.”

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