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Wisconsin marijuana activists prompt more letters to the editors supporting hemp cannabis.

A brief and effective letter is keeping hemp cannabis in front of the eyes of readers of local newspapers in Wisconsin.  It is the hope of Northern Wisconsin NORML and other marijuana activists hope that this type of activity spawns need citizens to get active with their community leaders and elected officials representing our interests.

It appears a recent editorial in the postcrescent.com entitled Help Support Hemp Production was spurred in part by another editorial by frequent writer and activist, Jeffrey Smith.  The original article my Jeffrey Smith spawned blog reports with the headings Appleton Post Crescent reader demands Doyle calls lame duck session on jobs and finish Wisconsin’s Industrial Hemp Billamong others.  With a lame duck session pending, will more readers respond and become active?

Thanks to Jeffrey Smith for his letter to the editor about the Industrial Hemp Farming Act being considered as state legislation. This bill would ultimately help our diminishing farmsteads again thrive in Wisconsin. Your letter helps to raise awareness, and hopefully will get people involved to call their representatives to pass this bill.

The hemp plant can be grown in Wisconsin and is harvested in 120 days. Hemp is a non-drug cannabis that has low THC content. It’s naturally resistant to most pests. It can reduce soil erosion, and water and air pollution.

One acre of hemp will produce as much fiber as two to three acres of cotton. Hemp has many uses, including durable fabric and textiles. These clothes last twice as long as cotton-made clothes.

In addition, hemp health foods are a great source of vegetable protein and vitamins. Hemp seeds can be made into many of the same products as soybeans.

Hemp paper products last longer, don’t discolor as quickly and can be recycled more times than paper from trees. One acre of hemp can produce as much paper as two to four acres of trees.

Hemp can be used in fossil fuels such as ethanol and diesel and in products such as paint, varnish, ink, detergent, beauty items, lotions, candles, jewelry, plastics and more.

Let’s keep the people of Wisconsin employed by using this fine product. It’s a great resource because of its countless uses.

Kellie Van Asten, Clintonville

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