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Teagasc Affected by Reefer Madness

Alun Buffry

Letters, The Examiner, Ireland

Tuesday 27 Apr 1999

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BERNARD RICE of Teagasc says that Cannabis Sativa, or hemp, would not work economically as a biomass crop at the moment in Ireland. He says it would have to be produced cheaper.

That is a shame because huge crops of hemp could be grown almost anywhere in Ireland without fertilisers or pesticides. The fuel produced through pyrolysis would cause no pollution when burned.

The problem remains the echoes of scare-mongering that cannabis is a narcotic. It is not. Actually, the safety record of cannabis after hundreds of years of use by hundreds of millions of people, is quite remarkable. It is less addictive than coffee and less toxic than tea.
Once people realise that there is no reason to fear this plant, cannabis will be made legal again. Then it will be grown to maturity and the buds used medically / recreationally. The rest of the plant, the biomass,
will be virtually free.

When this happens, the production cost of fuel for Ireland will be a fraction of the cost of fossil or nuclear fuels, both economically and environmentally.

Alun Buffry
Legalise Cannabis Alliance
Norwich


 

 

 

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