Read Dr. Gordon’s letter of support here.

Our primary goal for 2001 is legislation allowing neutral research into the growth of industrial hemp as a renewable resource in Arizona and the processing and incorporation of its parts into the many beneficial uses of the plant.  Therefore, we seek passage of a bill that:

· Defines "industrial hemp" as strains or varieties of cannabis plants, particularly cannabis sativa, containing low percentages (generally less than 1%) by dry weight of the psychotropic ingredient: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol ("THC"). 

· Recognizes the many beneficial attributes and uses of industrial hemp (see below), and its ability to revitalize rural Arizona by growth and processing on large and small farms.

· Permits the state universities, as coordinated by the Arizona State University-East, School of Agribusiness to conduct publicly or privately funded research on industrial hemp oriented at all issues pertinent to the evaluation of its ultimate deregulation sufficient for growth in Arizona farmlands, and the processing and incorporation of its components into the many beneficial uses of the plant:  

· Tests to assist law enforcement in identification of industrial hemp;
· Levels of THC needed for growth of industrial hemp in Arizona; and
· Maximizing production and processing techniques for Arizona agriculture.

Beneficial Attributes and Uses of Industrial Hemp:

· Its three primary components have a multitude of beneficial industrial uses (historical, current, and potential), including:

· Fiber - durable natural fiber from the stalks for textiles, clothing, canvas, rope, cordage, paper, & replacing heavier toxic fibers in composites (e.g. fiberglass), etc.

· Biomass - from hemp "hurds" (other component of the stalks) for archival grade paper, chemicals & plastics, fuels (ethanol, methane, co-firing with coal), etc.

· Seeds - food for both humans and animals, and hempseed oil for nutrition, soaps, cosmetics, paints, varnishes, etc., etc.

· It can easily be grown with sufficiently low quantities of THC to separate it from strains or varieties that are known as medical marijuana or recreational marijuana. 

· It is a renewable natural resource that can replace petroleum and other non-renewable resources in industrial applications such as fuel and the raw material for plastics. 

· It is environmentally cleaner than other natural resources in that:

· it is a cleaner source of fuel and plastics than petroleum;
· it can be grown organically with no pesticides and minimal herbicide; and
· it can be planted in rotation, leaving fields weed free for other crops.

· It uses less water than cotton and is drought tolerant. 
 

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