Economic Damage: Unintended Consequences Of Marijuana Prohibition For Farmers

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Oregon farmers are forced to watch while consumers here buy millions of dollars in hemp seed for food, clothing made of hemp and thousand of other products made from this cash crop, all grown in foreign countries.

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Ryan Basile is an Oregonian, a farmer and an agricultural businessman. In this video, he alerts us all to unintended consequences of laws banning marijuana and how it's holding back an entire economy perfect for Oregon's climate.

Ryan knows that Measure 91 will compel the state Department of Agriculture to cut the remaining red tape and allow hemp growing and manufacturing in Oregon.

  • Hemp plants are considered a dangerous narcotic simply because they're related to marijuana plants.
  • Smoking hemp will NOT get you high.
  • Hemp is a fibrous plant that can be turned into oil, wax, rope, resin, cloth, paper, pulp and food.
  • Canadians make half a billion dollars a year on it, and about 90% of the hemp they grow is exported to the United States. Oregonians are seeing the consequences for our strange approach to hemp while Canadians are profiting off of us.
  • Canadians have a 20-year lead on us in hemp research, and everyday it is illegal to grow hemp in Oregon we fall further behind.

"There is an entire hemp economy sitting on the sidelines waiting for voters to pass Measure 91", says Ryan Basile, a farmer and agricultural salesman from Oregon. "From fiber processing to clothing manufacturing, the hemp industry will create jobs and money for our economy," Basile says.

"Hemp is even being used in auto and tractor parts instead of fiberglass! The sooner we fix the marijuana laws, the faster we can get to work driving the Oregon economy, instead of feeding foreign economies." said Ryan Basile.

Hemp is just one example of how our current drug policies make no sense.

Measure 91 will regulate, legalize and tax marijuana in Oregon. It will empower hard-working Oregonians to take over an industry currently run by gangs and violent cartels. It will raise tens of millions of tax dollars to benefit schools, law enforcement and drug prevention and treatment.

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