Marijuana by another name could become a good biofuel

Police and a lawmaker were not on the same page Thursday.

The Fuerza Pública reported that their officers and members of the Policía de Control de Drogas hacked, chopped and burned  367,460 marijuana plants during their latest incursion into the high Talamancas.

Meanwhile, at the legislature, Lilia Dallas Rodríguez of Frente Amplio was extolling the virtues of hemp, a cannabis relative without the psychedelic punch.

She said that hemp could be a good material for an alternative fuel.

Police officers in the Talamancas found places where individuals have been cultivating marijuana, but many of the plants grow naturally there. And they are not considered to be a good grade of marijauna for recreational use.

Ms. Fallas presented a motion to authorize the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo to enter the biofuels business with the use of hemp.

The motion would amend some laws to make this legal.

In fact, hemp has a number of industrial uses that seem to have been overlooked in many places because of the plant’s relation to marijuana. Vast fields were cultivated in the U.S. Midwest to provide fiber during World War II.

The lawmaker noted that hemp has just a half a percent of psychoactive chemicals.

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