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Pro-pot bands cheapen the value of industrial hemp, says Jordan Loder. "They stereotype hemp as being psychoactive [and] revel in the fact that they are breaking the law. They behave the same way people did during Prohibition."

While local bands Vegitation, Stranger, and Psydecar have songs that celebrate marijuana, Loder writes and sings songs about how THC-free hemp can be used to make clothes and paper and how hemp "...has more digestible protein than soy and more omega-three fatty acids than fish oil.... I want to put out my next CD with jewel cases made of plastic hemp, hemp paper, and soy ink."

Loder played last month at the Alternative Fuels Summit near Fresno, where attendees heard about how used cooking oil can be used in diesel cars. One of Loder's songs blasts Big Oil. Oil man, you better stop your plan / You've got the blood of our mother all over your hands.

"It's not enough just for musicians to say, 'Fuck George Bush,' but to also put out [CDs] using hemp and to put together events that raise money and environmental awareness. We have a show May 27 at [OB political activist] Jim Bell's house."

Jordan Loder (www.jordanloder.com) appears Wednesday at 'Canes with Big Provider, Not Since Reagan, and Deadline Friday, $5 admission.

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