Knowing that my papers would get submitted with my testimony I went a little off my scripted notes and addressed a few concerns that I noticed the Legislators had made during the meeting:
- During the discussion it became clear that the Legislators were concerned about how Law Enforcement Personnel would distinguish the difference between a Industrial Hemp plant and a Cannabis Plant used for Medical or Personal use.
I informed the committee that by reading the Sheriffs suggestions of coaching and training it was easy to distinguish the difference between the two types of hemp plants.
- And tied that line of thought into a prior concern that was mentioned by another Member on the Height of the Hemp Plant.
- A member also addressed the use in Rope and the previous war effort. (I got the drift he was implying: people don't use as much ropes as we once did. Why do we need hemp plants for rope)
- The only negative thing I heard about the Industrial Hemp Plant while at the HB830 Committee meeting came from the last witness was by the Farm Bureau Representative. The Rep had based her presentation on outdated material from years ago by the Missouri Highway Patrol; in that: they were not in favor of the Hemp plant due to the THC issues.
Looking back I'm sure I was ad-libbing a bit more since there was so much information inside of me that needed to come out in support of Industrial Hemp for Missouri Jobs.
|Scottys HB830 Witness Form|
INDUSTRIAL HEMP BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES NATURALLY
- Seeds-for producing a Bio-Diesel
- Hemp Fibers for Building Insulation, Wall boards (Particle Board), Clothes, etc
- Hempcrete made from the Hurd from the center of the Hemp Stalk
The easiest way I can find of keeping the costs low for the Homes I plan to build with Hempcrete is by utilizing the other parts of the plant to generate income and cost savings for the Farmers who will grow the Hemp Plant.
|Hemp Stalk Cutaway|
- Bast Fiber – Fiber produced around the stalk.
- Hurd (Core) – Stalk of the crop.
- Dust – Dust created from processing the material
- Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel that runs in any conventional, unmodified diesel engine.
- It can be stored anywhere that petroleum diesel fuel is stored. Biodiesel is safe to handle and transport because it is as biodegradable as sugar, 10 times less toxic than table salt, and has a high flashpoint of about 300 F compared to petroleum diesel fuel, which has a flash point of 125 F.
- Biodiesel can be made from domestically produced, renewable oilseed crops such as hemp.
- Biodiesel is a proven fuel with over 30 million successful US road miles, and over 20 years of use in Europe.
- When burned in a diesel engine, biodiesel replaces the exhaust odor of petroleum diesel with the pleasant smell of hemp, popcorn or french fries.
- Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel in the US to complete EPA Tier I Health Effects Testing under section 211(b) of the Clean Air Act, which provide the most thorough inventory of environmental and human health effects attributes that current technology will allow.
- Biodiesel is 11% oxygen by weight and contains no sulfur.
- The use of biodiesel can extend the life of diesel engines because it is more lubricating than petroleum diesel fuel, while fuel consumption, auto ignition, power output, and engine torque are relatively unaffected by biodiesel.
- The Congressional Budget Office, Department of Defense, US Department of Agriculture, and others have determined that biodiesel is the low cost alternative fuel option for fleets to meet requirements of the Energy Policy Act.
In the end I feel they gained a better understanding of the multiple uses and the game changing job creator that Industrial Hemp can bring to Missouri.
And my favorite use for the plant- Hempcrete!- See more at: http://blog.stlouisrenewableenergy.com/2015/02/2015-HB830-Industrial-Hemp-missouri.html#sthash.dcnHV5HW.dpuf
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