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H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009: amends the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of “marihuana”; defines “industrial hemp” to mean the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-nine tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis; and grants a state regulating the growing and processing of industrial hemp exclusive authority, in any criminal or civil action or administrative proceeding, to determine whether any such plant meets that concentration limit.

Try to smoke it and you will get a headache, not a high. It has no drug capabilities. Every industrialized nation except the U.S. grows hemp. The U.S. uses from $350 million to $400 million worth of hemp products each year. These are imported from other countries. How stupid is that?

It became illegal because of the greed of the petroleum and timber industries, and newspaper giant Randolph Hearst. He invested hugely in the timber industry so had a vested interest in the criminalizing of industrial hemp. He lied about its drug capabilities in campaigns in his newspapers to get what he wanted.

In Colonial America it was mandated to grow this product because it was so badly needed. Our founding fathers were not smoking this stuff, it was simply used for everything: paper, in place of wood, cloth (the first flag was made from this), a food source, etc.

It resists pests and is microbial, needs little water and no fertilizer, pesticides or herbicides; will decrease water usage, deforestation and these pollutants; and is the answer to toxic plastics made from oil.

Get on board. Check out Votehemp.com and sign petitions. Contact your congressman. Tell Obama to jump on this. Biofuels are a natural product, so “green” is paramount. We are wasting time and we could be making an economic impact for good … for a change.

Juanita R. Williams


The Cap and Trade Bill would destroy the economy of Western Colorado.

Coal and oil have pretty much paid for the infrastructure of Paonia, Crawford, Hotchkiss, Montrose, DeBeque, Rifle, Meeker, Craig, New Castle, Silt, Gillette, Rock Springs, Riverton, Cheyenne, Rawlins and vast coal mining areas of Utah.

The Cap and Trade Bill passed the House of Representatives by a small margin. At least Colorado Rep. John Salazar realized the devastation such an irrational bill would cause to Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, and he voted against it. Being a farmer, he knew that milk comes from a cow.

Now the Cap and Trade Bill is being debated in the Senate. President Obama pledged in his bid for president that he would put so many clean air regulations on the coal and oil industries that it would raise the price of coal and oil so high that it would put them out of business.

Exploring other forms of energy is fine, but we must realize their limitations. Living on the plains and depending on a windmill for water was pretty undependable. When the wind didn’t blow there was no water. When the wind blew real hard the blades had to be tied down, so then it didn’t pump water. Of course we had a receptacle to catch and store water, but sometimes conditions were such that we ran out of water.

Now Sweden thought it could depend totally on windmills for electricity. They found out that it wasn’t that successful. Either the wind didn’t blow or the wind blew too hard. Consequently they still have to depend heavily on coal. Plus there is the problem and expense of storing electricity.

The coal-generated electricity at Page, Ariz., produces more electricity than the Lake Powell Dam.

Winifred Richards

Glenwood Springs

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