Hemp Through the Years

Topics: Cannabis, Hemp, Andrew W. Mellon Pages: 3 (490 words) Published: November 9, 2010
Hemp through the Years

Topic:Hemp from “billion dollar crop” to “illegal nightmare”

Specific Purpose:Inform my audience of the history, usages, and laws surrounding hemp and the industries that could benefit from it.

Thesis statement: Hemp provides the world with eco-friendly, efficient products such as fuel, clothing, and plastics. Introduction
I.Marijuana is not Hemp! (Attention getter)
II. Cultivating and harvesting hemp is illegal.
III. Hemp provides the world with eco-friendly, efficient products such as fuel, clothing, and medicine. (Thesis) IV. Today, benefits, long history, its uses, and its legality. (Preview)

Transition: So what exactly is hemp?
(Step Forward)
I. Cannabis sativa L…same plant genus – also broccoli and cauliflower.
A. Industrial Hemp (NAIHC) [SHOW SLIDE}
1.Industrial: THC content of between 0.05 and 1%. Marijuana: 3% to 20%. 2.10-12 hemp cigarettes over an extremely short period.
B. Environmentally Friendly (San Diego Times)
1.Variety of climates and soil types,
a.naturally resistant to most pests;
b.herbicides are not necessary,
c.weed-free field for a following crop.
2.Yield 3-8 dry tons of fiber per acre.

Transition: Hemp was second to tobacco as the crop to grow in early America.

II. Hemp is… [SHOW SLIDE] (Step left)
A. As paint & plastic
1. An ingredient in… Ideal raw material for plant- 2. Henry Ford
B. Hemp as textile fiber
1. Abrasion and rot resistant
2. Colonial American governments mandated its cultivation

C. Hemp as fuel (San Diego Times)
1. Ethanol fuel production.
2. Ethanol is derived from plant cellulose

Transition: Did you know the Fourth U.S.A. President and writer of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson was hemp?

III. Legal issues [SHOW SLIDE] (Step Right)
A. Replacing Wood
1. Primary source… pre-DuPont chemicals
2. Wm. Randolph...
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