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Jul 5, 2010 10:51 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Just found this article. I've read some of Pollan's writings and believe he's certainly one of the great minds. And courageous to include sections on the marijuana plant and the opium poppy in his books. I have grown poppies. I recently received poppy seeds from someone who mentioned that they are trying to develop opium poppy varieties to eventually eliminate enough of the substance that makes it so controversial...and illegal. I suppose the intent is to allow more use of them by gardeners without the possibility of someone using it for illegal drug use. There was a story I heard about in which a young man idly experimented with using poppy plants in that way and ended up accidentally killing himself by overdose. Still, the US is very strict about such things. Farmers in this country still can't legally grow hemp for strictly legal uses...because, even though they have plants bred to eliminate almost all of the substance which could possibly be used for illegal drug purposes, the government still prohibits the plants being grown at all. The argument being that the governmental agencies don't have the ability to check the crops to make sure the wrong kind of hemp isn't being grown.

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