Hemp Debate if you please


For thousands of years up until the 1950’s Hemp was one of the most important plants on the planet, easy to grow, uses little water, leaves the soil in good shape and has many uses in this modern world says Mark Aldridge Independent Candidate, one of the speakers on the day

Medicines, textiles, paper, bio fuels, biodegradable plastics and food stock, and yet open debate is of the agenda, with the whole “Clean and Green” in the lime light an educated parliament would be investigating what is best for the people and the environment rather than sweeping educated debate under the rug.

In South Australia there has been much debate on the growing of cotton using dwindling river water resources, could Hemp be the textile to replace cotton, Hemp is also one of the best carbon sinks on the planet.

Henry Ford had the answers all those years ago, when one of his first cars was not only made from hemp fiber, but also run on hemp oil, Rudolph Diesel designed his engine to run on hemp oil, something I do not remember learning in school, so how long has the truth been off the agenda?

Construction products such as medium density fiberboard, oriented strand board, and even beams, studs and posts could be made out of hemp. Because of hemp’s long fibers, the products will be stronger and/or lighter than those made from wood.

Even today BMW is experimenting with hemp materials in automobiles as part of an effort to make cars more recyclable, it is hard to believe over 25,000 materials used today could be made from hemp, but not while it open debate is being silenced, says Mark.

A quick google of the word, finds thousands of educated articles, from vehicles driving thousands of klms on hemp bio fuels, many medical break through’s including cancer cures, increased demand for hemp from the paper and recycle industries, just to name a few.

I find it hard to believe any government would allow synthetic cures to replace the natural products when the natural medicines have less if any side affects, even worse there has never been a hemp/marijuana related death, yet the government bans hemp yet endorses tobacco products?

The fact is I am not a believer in Co2 driving climate change, but considering the governments position, hemp will be of great help to their green agenda, not just because the crop uses less water and could help replace the destruction of trees and forests which soak up Co2 emissions, but it is an ideal crop for clean fuel production and electricity generation.

I need not continue to list all the benefits or even to address the recreational use which seems to dominate debate in this country, what we should all demand is open and honest dialogue on the many possible uses of hemp in our society, with out the usual biases left over from the prohibition of the 1950’s.

On the 20th of April there will be Australia wide rallies to encourage educated debate on this topic, and I hope both the media and the people keep an open mind, and come away from the rallies with more than enough information to point open and honest debate in the right direction, Mark concluded.

(South Australia rally will be held at Parliament House on the 20th April from 5.00pm organised by NORML, with many educated speakers there to inform those who attend)


Mark M Aldridge

Independent Candidate



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