According to the US government, there is no legal distinction (yet) between marijuana and industrial hemp, which are just two varieties of the same species. The thing that makes them illegal is the THC, which is what causes the high from smoking it. Even industrial hemp has a little THC, though you cannot get any kind of high from these plants. During the processing into the cloth, all the THC is somehow removed, and THAT is what makes hemp cloth legal in the US. Growing idustrial hemp, however, is not legal because it contains THC. Incidentally, I live in North Dakota, which was the first state in the US to legalize industrial hemp as a crop. However, because the federal government does not make any distinction at this time between the different varieties of cannabis, we still can't grow it here. A shame, really, considering all the benefits of hemp, both agriculturally and industrially. Anyway, thanks for the responses everyone. Perhaps I'll put a pair of hemp trousers on my list of things to get. I can't get them now, though...I've really got the munchies, man.
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4/21/05 at 6:41pm