january 8, 2004  
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In ma belly!

To the Editor:
I was diligently writing my History 220E paper at Weldon Library at 6:30 p.m. when I decided to go and have a quick bite to eat before the final leg of my journey.

When I arrived at the University Community Centre, I found The Spoke was closed for the night due to some sort of renovation. No big deal, I thought. I headed up to The Wave to find out I couldn’t get in there either; apparently on the same night The Spoke was being renovated, The Wave was having a private function for which I had not received an invitation.

Feeling taxed, I decided I could buy some noodles at Pit Stop, and find somewhere to warm them up. No luck as Pit Stop was already closed. Being Sunday night, I went back upstairs to the theatre snack bar where I figured I could get a bag of $1 popcorn. No luck, because as I wasn’t seeing Kill Bill Vol. 1 that evening, I was not allowed to purchase the popcorn. With CentreSpot long closed, my only option was to reluctantly get in a 20-minute line for Tim Hortons.

Perhaps the University Students’ Council should plan these events more carefully in the future, because students need to eat even on Sunday nights. Clearly with the line at Tim Hortons as it was, I’m not the only one in this category.

James Bone
History II

Hemp rocks

To the Editor:
Hemp is an alternative resource that has been available for many decades now, but laws forbid its use. Now is the time when Canada’s government is waking up and allowing it to be grown, although it is still restricted in the United States.

The hemp seed is one of the best sources of protein and the No. 1 source of essential fatty acids. Up until 1883, more than 75 per cent of the world’s paper was made with hemp. In the early 1900s, Henry Ford realized that fossil fuels had to be replaced by a renewable fuel source, like hemp.

In 1937, however, the marijuana tax act was passed. The government taxed hemp growers until they were put out of business.

George Washington once said, “Make the most of the hemp seed. Sow it everywhere.” Today, another George (Bush) is trying to ban all food products containing hemp seed or hemp seed oil.

Industrial hemp contains less than 1 per cent of THC. Trying to get high off this is like trying to get drunk on non-alcoholic beer. Hemp can basically be used to make anything currently made of cotton, timber or petroleum. In 1941, Ford produced an experimental automobile with a plastic body composed of 70 per cent cellulose fibres from hemp and designed to run on hemp fuel. Because of the ban, the car was never mass produced.

For anyone who disagrees that hemp is a valuable resource, you’ve been misinformed. Let’s all stand together and fight for the legalization and use of hemp so we don’t continue to waste our natural resources. George Washington and Henry Ford knew what was up. What would you rather do, destroy your natural resources or get high? Tough decision.

Ryan Welker
Mechanical Engineering II



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