Remove the license fees to grow hemp in the UK

Remove the license fees to grow hemp in the UK

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You Me & Hemp Lovers started this petition to UK Parliament

Currently in the UK it costs £580 to apply for a license to grow industrial hemp and each year over £300 to renew that license. 

Hemp has the power to transform our environment on a global scale. It is the most versatile plant on the planet and absorbs twice the amount of co2 as trees and can produce 4 times the amount of paper. It grows to full maturity in a matter of weeks and requires no fertilisers or pesticides to grow. 

Current global warming calls for us to use this plant to its full capabilities, it is the ideal carbon sink and can store co2 in huge amounts. 

At the moment only 8 hectares of hemp is grown in the UK and we are falling behind many other countries on updating our laws. 

It's time we changed this legislation and put a stop to the underuse of this plant due to its common misconception of a psychoactive drug. Hemp is not marijuana and contains no psychoactive component. We need to make a clear distinction between the two and start using and growing hemp to its full capabilities. 

Hemp can produce paper, textiles, can be used for  hempcrete, hemp fuel and the health benefits of CBD oil and hemp seeds are immense.  What was previously seen as a waste part of producing this plant is now found to be able to produce hemp batteries! There literally is no limit to the good this plant can do.

It should be much more straightforward to grow this plant in the UK. Not only is it good for the economy it is good for the environment. Let's take action now to make a change. Hemp is hope. 

 

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