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Cannabis: The renewable resource

| Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Lost in all of the hoopla over medical marijuana is this: Cannabis is an easily renewable resource and could greatly reduce our energy dependence on oil, natural gas, etc.

Cannabis is the best choice as a renewable resource because it is easily grown and harvested and is pest resistant and drought tolerant. Cannabis fiber (hemp) is among the strongest of any plant in the world and compares favorably in strength to steel. Anything made from wood pulp, fabric or soy beans can be made from cannabis.

Growing cannabis shouldn't be a crime; the crime is the cannabis plant is not utilized to benefit the world and that millions of nonviolent people have been incarcerated or have had their futures clouded by simple possession charges.

I am not asking people to believe me, but to do research on their own and share that information to educate others to the many positive qualities of the cannabis plant. Cannabis is only illegal and demonized because some individuals profit from that situation. It's a beneficial plant and should be utilized.

Recent research and reputable polls show almost 60 percent of Americans believe cannabis should be legalized, but too many of our elected officials do not. This problem needs to be addressed at the polls by voting on the issue.

Right now, politicians are padding their pockets and those of their friends from big pharma and other big corporations. We need to move forward on legalization and make marijuana a product for all people.

Jason Cole

Vandergrift

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