The only reasonable objection anyone can have to legalizing industrial hemp is the feigned inability to tell the difference between a hemp plant and a marijuana plant on sight.

But the fact is that the two plants look very different, and they cannot be grown together because the cross-pollination would destroy the marijuana’s ability to produce buds. So if law enforcement comes upon a cannabis grow and the plants look like hemp, then they know there are no potent marijuana strains hidden in the sea of green.

Here are some videos on the differences between marijuana and hemp so that even someone completely unfamiliar with the cannabis plant can tell the difference.

Joe Klare

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Joe Klare has been writing about marijuana issues for the past 5 years online, in print and on air.

4 Responses

  1. MeeMan

    ONE LAST TIME…

    There is NO SUCH THING as Marijuana!

    Marijuana is a slang term for something, not the name for something. You wouldn’t look in a human biology book and look for a “pussy” would you, and then complain that it isn’t there?

    The Plant is called Cannabis, from the Latin name, or Hemp, from the Anglo-Saexons. When it was planted in the USA, the medicinal version was referred to as Indian Hemp. It was never called Marijuana except as a slang word by Mexicans.

    Here’s the science bit…
    There are three types of the Cannabis plant.
    1/ Sativa – tall industrial Hemp – low THC
    3/ Indica – Indian Hemp – medicinal – high THC in females
    3/ Rudiralis – not used for anything

    Today, “growers” splice variations of Sativa and Indica to get differing levels of THC and CBD for smoking consumers.

    If I’m in error about any of this info please comment to me and I’ll correct this.

    • Mike Stent

      Hemp is technically any cannabis plant with a thc percentage of less than 0.2% thc. but you are right it is generally sativa plants as theyare the tallest.
      sativas have a higher ratio of thc:other cannabinoids this is why it it gives you the high known from hazes and the like.
      indicas have a lower thc:other cannabinoids this is why they get you stoned like afgan kush.
      rudaralis on its own is not very potent but today growers have used it as it has the ability to flower without a change in photoperiod. ie it flowers automatically. this is where autoflowering strains come from.
      you were basically right just abit more info on seperate strains

    • Mike Stent

      Hemp is technically any cannabis plant with a thc percentage of less than 0.2% thc. but you are right it is generally sativa plants as theyare the tallest.
      sativas have a higher ratio of thc:other cannabinoids this is why it it gives you the high known from hazes and the like.
      indicas have a lower thc:other cannabinoids this is why they get you stoned like afgan kush.
      rudaralis on its own is not very potent but today growers have used it as it has the ability to flower without a change in photoperiod. ie it flowers automatically. this is where autoflowering strains come from.
      you were basically right just abit more info on seperate strains

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