Industrial Hemp

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Legalize Industrial Hemp

General Purpose: To inform the class on why industrial hemp is illegal and the benefits of legalizing industrial hemp. Specific Purpose: To provide my audience with a better understanding of how useful industrial hemp could be for the economy. Central Idea: Due to the war on drugs, hemp production is severely limited; however, with the proper legalization and regulation of this plant the U.S. economy would prosper due to job creation and the environment would benefit by the amount of tress saved.

Introduction
Attention
A. Imagine if scientists discovered a new plant, a plant they say has the potential to both save money and conserve the environment. B. The plant grows quickly, is easy to cultivate, and can be used as a staple in virtually any industry. 1. Textiles, building materials, food, paper, and cosmetics, even fuel can be made from this seemingly magical crop. C. This plant is a renewable resource that ecologically benefits the environment it is planted in. D. But here’s the punch line: this plant exists, and humans have been using it for thousands of years.

* II.Orientation
A. I am a US consumer and a user of hemp products.
B. The legalization of Industrial Hemp would give the U.S. an opportunity to become
stronger economically, strengthen national security and help heal the environment. C. Due to its high content of beneficial oils and natural emollient properties, hemp is becoming a common ingredient in lotions and many other skin, hair, and cosmetic products. 1. It is a good alternative to toxic chemicals present in many petroleum based lotions and cosmetics.

Main Body
* I. It is illegal to grow industrial hemp in the United States, with the exception of a few states that have passed legislation allowing the crop’s cultivation. This is because of hemp’s unfortunate cousin, marijuana. A. The main difference between the two plants is the amount of tetrahybrocannabinol (better known as THC), the...
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