May 2nd - 8th marks the second annual Hemp History Week, which celebrates the health benefits and sustainability of the hemp plant.

Hemp is not marijuana and before the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, hemp cannabis had a long and distinguished history in America.

Industrial hemp is grown from non-psychoactive strains of the cannabis plant and consuming hemp products will not get you high.

The United States of America is the only industrialized nation in which it is illegal to cultivate this plant.

As a nation, we import all our hemp and hemp goods. As a nation, we are missing out on multiple job opportunities and domestically manufactured products.

Hemp is jobs! Hemp should be made in America!...

Hemp is a sustainable crop that can be grown without pesticides, herbicides or fungicides and replenishes the soil while taking very few nutrients. This diverse crop also suppresses weeds naturally because of the fast growth of its canopy.

... Am I missing something or are our elected officials?

Patiently waiting.

— Jay Selthofner

Green Lake

To read the entire letter, see the May 5 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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