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The Untold Story

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Author: Thomas J. Bouril, 1997

Portions copyright 1997 Cannabis Action Network and CANNABIS.COM


Page 1: Introduction (This Page)
Page 2: Hemp Facts
Page 3: Hemp For Victory
Page 4: Medical Marijuana
Page 5: Why Was Marijuana/Hemp Banned?
Page 6: Marijuana Myths
Page 7: Canada Re-Legalizes Hemp
Page 8: Prohibition Causes Harm
Page 9: How Harmful Is Marijuana?
Page 10: The Hemp Directory
Popular Mechanics Article: New Billion-Dollar Crop


Hemp is a plant that can be used to produce thousands of products. Hemp is of the same plant species that produces marijuana; its scientific name is Cannabis Sativa. Hemp has been used for thousands of years to produce products like paper, textiles, oil, rope, and canvas. In fact, the name canvas is derived from the Arabic word meaning cannabis. Hemp grown for industrial use is very low in THC (the psychoactive chemical in marijuana), thus making industrial hemp useless as a drug. Although marijuana is mostly known as a recreational drug, marijuana also has many medicinal uses.

During the 1930s, the American media propagated numerous false stories depicting marijuana as an extremely dangerous drug. Because these lies went unchallenged, marijuana and hemp were effectively banned in 1938. Recently, hemp has been rediscovered as a natural resource that has great economic and environmental potential. Marijuana for medicinal use is also gaining renewed recognition. Ironically, as will be explained shortly, it is possible that the real reason marijuana was banned was to prevent hemp from ever becoming a major natural resource. What follows are many astonishing facts about marijuana and hemp--facts that will shock most people.