Wild marijuana is flourishing throughout the Twin Cities
City Pages - By. Susan Du - 08/22/2016
Wild marijuana grows in yards, gardens, and weedy industrial sites across the Twin Cities. It’s illegal – the feds consider it a Schedule I controlled substance, equal to heroin – but it’s also naturally occurring.
Most of what’s out there is descended from the hemp that was planted en masse in the 1940s for fiber during World War II. When “Reefer Madness” arrived, people stopped cultivating it. Birds loved to eat the seed though, and carried it out of the fields and into the cities.
Now, wild marijuana is flourishing wherever people are turning the soil, like roadsides and highways.
City of Minneapolis spokesman Casper Hill says that although inspectors with the department of regulatory services do police yard plants that are overgrown and need to be cut, they don’t necessarily bother with the species of plants growing around homes. As long as the yard cannabis is of a sensible and aesthetically pleasing height, it’s free to live.
Hill did not say what inspectors actually do when they stumble upon it. (Probably pose for photos.)
Unfortunately, this wild marijuana doesn’t get you high, says University of Minnesota pot Prof. George Weiblen.
Weiblen grew up in Minneapolis, where as a teenager he quickly learned through the mistakes of his peers that harvesting the neighbors’ boulevards and baking up garbage bags of the stuff was not a very good business scheme.
“I wouldn’t be alone,” he says. “It’s an experiment that teenagers often indulge in … Any fool who has done the experiment quickly caught the difference.”
Minnesota’s native marijuana does produce a highly nutritious seed that’s making a comeback, Weiblen adds. The market for hemp seeds in the U.S. is estimated to be $500 million in sales a year. People are using the oil and seeds in a variety of food and makeup products.
However, he does not recommend harvesting the seeds from wild marijuana either. Call it hemp or marijuana, cannabis is still illegal.
“You gotta buy the processed product right now,” he says. “That’s the only legal path to using hemp.”
Before it was outlawed in 1938, hemp was named the next billion dollar crop
VIENNA, W.Va. — West Virginia hemp seeds are being distributed to approved growers in the state for a research project on the crop.
State officials say it took two years to create rules governing the project. Applicants must pass background checks before being licensed to participate.
The planting of hemp seeds moved forward this year after Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill that would have prevented individuals from growing industrial hemp for research projects.
J. Morgan Leach is executive director of the West Virginia Hemp Farmers Cooperative. He told the News and Sentinel in Parkersburg that his father, Jim Leach, and Dave Hawkins are among the members of the cooperative who have been approved by the state to plant hemp seeds in the project.
The state Department of Agriculture recently delivered seeds to Jim Leach, who will plant them on his property in Vienna along the Ohio River. He is interested in the manufacturing prospects for hemp and has a 30- by 90-foot plot for growing three varieties of hemp.
Hawkins, owner of Mother Earth Foods in Parkersburg, will plant seeds he receives from the state on a half-acre of his property in Wood County.
Industrial hemp can be used as food, fiber and supplements, said Chris Ferro, chief of staff for state Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick. It can also be used for clothing and in building.
Morgan Leach said hemp can be used to make paper, fabrics, rope, cosmetics and plastics.
“Hemp canvas covered the wagons that settled America, and was named the next billion dollar crop by Popular Science Magazine in 1938 before it was officially outlawed,” he said.
The Agriculture Department will test the hemp to ensure the levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the primary intoxicant in marijuana) in the crop are below the federally mandated 0.3 percent.
The hemp looks like marijuana but doesn’t have the same THC component, Ferro said. The state will work with law enforcement officials to let them know where the legally grown hemp is located, he said.
Ferro and Morgan Leach have visited with Department of Agriculture officials in Kentucky where hemp growing is “taking off,” Leach said.
This is believed to be the first time hemp has been planted legally in West Virginia since World War II.
“This is a pretty cool idea,” said Hawkins, saying hemp production is an interesting project for West Virginia as a commodity crop to help the state’s economy.
Morgan Leach said veterans and former coal miners could become involved in hemp production.
Although the hemp focus is now on the research side, the Department of Agriculture wants to assist in future market and product development and the plant being used for remediation of the land, Ferro said.
Ferro said the department hopes the project develops into hemp processing plants opening in West Virginia.
A tip for American farmers: Grow hemp, make money
By Doug Fine latimes
june 25 2014
After a 77-year break, hemp plants are growing in American soil again. Right now, in fact. If you hear farmers from South Carolina to Hawaii shouting "God bless America," the reason isn't because Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper (he did). Nor is it because the canvas that put the "covered" in pioneer covered wagons was made of hemp, nor that the hemp webbing in his parachute saved George H.W. Bush's life in World War II.
Nope. It's because U.S. policy is finally acknowledging that hemp can help restore our agricultural economy, play a key role in dealing with climate change and, best of all, allow American family farmers to get in on a hemp market that, just north of us in Canada, is verging on $1 billion a year.
Hemp is a variety of cannabis — and thus a cousin of marijuana — that contains 0.3% or less of the psychoactive component THC. (Marijuana plants typically contain 5% to 20% THC.) You can't get high from hemp, but starting in 1937, U.S. drug laws made cultivating it off-limits.
Finally, the U.S. hemp industry is back. A provision in the 2014 farm bill signed by President Obama on Feb. 7 removed hemp grown for research purposes from the Controlled Substances Act, the main federal drug law.
Not a moment too soon. American farmers have been watching as Canadian farmers clear huge profits from hemp: $250 per acre in 2013. By comparison, South Dakota State University predicts that soy, a major crop, will net U.S. farmers $71 per acre in 2014.
Hemp takes half the water that wheat does, and provides four times the income. Hemp is going to revive farming families in the climate change era. — Colorado farmer Ryan Loflin
Canada's windfall has been largely due to the American demand for omega-balanced hempseed oil. But hemp is also a go-to material for dozens of applications all over the world. In a Dutch factory recently, I held the stronger-than-steel hemp fiber that's used in Mercedes door panels, and Britain's Marks and Spencer department store chain used hemp fiber insulation in a new flagship outlet. "Hempcrete" outperforms fiberglass insulation.
Farmers I've interviewed from Oregon to Ohio have gotten the memo. In a Kansas-abutting corner of eastern Colorado, in the town of Springfield, 41-year-old Ryan Loflin wants to save his family farm with hemp. "It takes half the water that wheat does," Loflin told me, scooping up a handful of drought-scarred soil so parched it evoked the Sahara, "and provides four times the income. Hemp is going to revive farming families in the climate-change era."
From an agronomic perspective, American farmers need to start by importing dozens of hemp varieties (known as cultivars) from seed stock worldwide. This is vital because our own hemp seed stock, once the envy of the world, was lost to prohibition. This requires diversity and quantity because North Dakota's soil and climate are different from Kentucky's, which are different from California's. Also, the broad variety of hemp applications requires distinct cultivars.
Legally, farmers and researchers doing pilot programs in the 15 states that have their own hemp legislation (including California) now have the right to import those seeds. The point of the research authorization in the farm bill is explicitly to rebuild our seed stock. Such research is how the modern Canadian hemp industry was kick-started in 1998.
But one final hurdle has been placed in front of American hemp entrepreneurs. In Kentucky, U.S. Customs officials, at the behest of the Drug Enforcement Administration, in May seized a 286-pound shipment of Italian hemp seed bound for the state's agriculture department. After a weeklong standoff, a federal agency had to be reminded by the federal courts that the law had changed and Kentucky's seed imports were legal.
The problem is as much an entrenched bureaucratic mind-set as the ink drying on the new federal hemp policy. DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart told a law enforcement group last month that the hoisting of a hemp flag above the U.S. Capitol last July 4 was "the low point in my career."
It should have been a high point. Hemp's economic potential is too big to ignore. When he was China's president, Hu Jintao visited that nation's hemp fiber processors in 2009 to demand that farmers cultivate 2 million acres to replace pesticide-heavy cotton. Canada funded its cultivar research for farmers, with today's huge payoff.
Even Roger Ford, a politically conservative Kentucky utility owner, told me his Patriot BioEnergy's biofuels division would be planting hemp on coal- and tobacco-damaged soil the moment it was legal. Why? To use the fiber harvest for clean biomass energy. "We have a proud history of hemp in the South," Ford told me.
Congress knows the farm bill hemp provision is just a baby step. The real solution is the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), which would allow nationwide commercial hemp cultivation. Colorado, already ahead of federal law on legalizing psychoactive cannabis, is also in front on hemp; it has a state law allowing commercial hemp cultivation. At least 1,600 acres were planted this season.
Wyden's bill should be fast-tracked. In the meantime, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) believes hemp is so important for the Bluegrass State that he's not waiting for another brouhaha over seed imports. He added an amendment to a bill that controls the DEA's budget to specifically protect imported hemp seeds from seizure. It passed in the House 246 to 162 on May 30.
It's a necessary move: Just last week at the Canadian border, the DEA seized another shipment of hemp seeds, this time bound for Colorado farmers. This counterproductive nonsense must stop.
American farmers and investors need our support to catch up with Canada's and the rest of the world's hemp head start. Now. As Loflin put it when I toured his family's 1,200-acre Colorado spread, "I'm planting hemp to show my neighbors that small farmers have a real option as businesspeople in the digital age."
We're down to 1% of Americans farming; it was 30% when our world-leading hemp industry was stymied in 1937. The crop is more valuable today than it was then. We should be waving flags and holding parades for the farmers ready to plant the crop that Thomas Jefferson called "vastly desirable." I know I'm ready. To cheer, and to plant.
It is common to support the marijuana business model, however this discussion is split, there is medical marijuana that is legal in 23 states plus D.C. and there is the legalization of recreational marijuana which is legal in four states.
Sanjay Gupta M.D. for CNN hosted, Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution, it was reiterated by President Obama that he believes that prescribing medical marijuana could be appropriate if the science, not the ideology is followed. Business-wise, Willie Nelson has announced his plans to sell his own brand of homegrown marijuana, Willie’s Reserve, in Colorado and Washington State. The states where recreational marijuana use is legal.
In December 2013, CNBC aired, Marijuana Country: The Cannabis Boom, which was hosted by Harry Smith. This documentary gave its audience a look at the six-year-old, family run, Medicine Man, Denver’s largest marijuana dispensary.
Marijuana, however has a nutritious cousin, hemp, which should be a mainstream crop in the United States. 22 states have legalized industrial hemp farming, under Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill, and the Industrial Hemp Farming Act which was introduced in the House and the Senate in January 2015, hoping to allow more farmers to grow this sustainable crop. It puts nutrients back into the soil through phytoremediation and does not require chemical pesticides or herbicides. George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp.
On NBC’s TODAY Show, hemp was dubbed a hot food trend of 2007. Our ancestors used it in rope, canvas, fabric, paper, and personal care products, most recently it has been used to make automotive parts and construction materials. Its most important use is to make more nutritious foods. The seeds are a good source of Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, plus other polyunsaturated fatty acids. It has a little less protein than soybeans and a lot of Vitamin E, plus many other minerals and it greatly benefits the circulatory system.
Foods containing hemp are predominantly imported from Canada, where it is legal to grow the crop industrially. So foods, such as, milk, yogurt, milk, granola, snack bars, pancakes, waffles protein powder, oil, oatmeal, and the actual seeds to sprinkle on food and shakes are all imported. The Hemp Industry Association estimated that in 2014, body care and food products earned $620 million with an increase of over 21 percent from 2013.
Marijuana and hemp both come from the Cannabis sativa L. plant. The difference is that hemp has less than 0.3 percent Tetrahydrocannabinoids or THC. Marijuana’s THC content is five to ten percent or higher. Hemp History week is June 1-7. There will be over 1,000 events all over the country to help legislators and shoppers understand the importance and nutritional value of this heavily needed crop.
Hemp is high in cannabidiol (CBD) and has many substantial health benefits, as well as a huge benefit to our environment. It was not a controversial crop in the United States until the 1920’s and 30’s, when production was restricted by the 1937 “Marijuana Tax Act,” that claimed it was also a narcotic drug. Only farmers with federal permits were allowed to grow the crop. Even after Popular Mechanics called hemp “the new billion dollar crop” in 1938. The article said it could be used to produce over 25,000 products from dynamite to cellophane. It did not change the government’s view.
World War II needed all the might of the hemp industry, so restrictions were lifted for the war. Productions’ highest peak was reached in 1943. American farmers grew 150 million pounds of hemp to make shoes, rope, parachute webbing and fire hoses for soldiers that year. Production dropped drastically after 1943 and the anti-narcotic regime returned.
Europe and Asia continues to grow the crop. If it was substituted for industrial materials generally used, the environmental benefits would be astounding. Four benefits that have been established firmly, through government and academic research are, forest cover and biodiversity, pesticides and herbicides are not necessary, it has lower carbon emissions and it protects the soil.
Over 95 percent of paper is made using wood pulp, hemp can be used to make paper as well. It can be recycled twice as many times as wood pulp. It can produce three to four times the fiber per hectare as a typical forest and twice as much pine plantation. Dr. Ernest Small is the Principal Research Scientist at the Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada, believes that being more reliant on this industrial crop, would reduce the dependence on forests. Old growth forests have the world’s greatest concentrations of biodiversity and absorb carbon dioxide. Forests cannot keep up with the speed of deforestation, however, hemp could keep up with our insatiable need for paper products.
Hemp does not have the need of pesticides or herbicides. The USDA reported in 2007, 877 million pounds of pesticides were used on U.S. crops and the cost was $7.9 billion. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) cancer research team, has deemed, glyphosate, the most popular weed killer, as a probable carcinogen. Roundup and other weed killers, account for over $6 billion in sales annually and they are not healthy. Also genetically modified crops (GMOs) require pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers, hemp does not. It can grow organically anywhere. If it is substituted for GMOs there will be a reduction in health damage and the ecosystems people need.
Hemp can help cut carbon emissions. A square meter of a timber-framed, hemp-line wall will store 35.5kg of carbon dioxide and the gas will not be released unless the hemp is used for compost or burned. Hempcrete can be used as a concrete alternative and plastics that replace fiberglass and more. It can also be a biofuel. It converts to biodiesel with a 97 percent efficiency rate. It also burns at a lower temperature than any other biodiesel fuel.
It also has positive impacts on the soil by decreasing the nematodes and fungi. It has a high concealment capacity that represses weed growth. A hemp rotation can increase wheat yields 10 to 20 percent. It can also grow quite literally, anywhere. Bad soil, polluted soil, unfriendly environments can be changed by planting this plant. These are just some of the differences between weed and hemp.
By Jeanette Smith
VIA The GuardianLV
When it comes to the topic of marijuana, people these days have only one thing on their minds: Which state will be next to legalize weed? For many years, legally smoking marijuana has always been a pipe dream of many who indulge in the ganja, but now it is a reality for some. You can see the line between both because killer synthetic versions of marijuana are sold in states where it is illegal, while mangoes are flying off shelves in states where it is legal.
Some states are taking a bit more time to lift the illegal moniker off of marijuana (much to the disdain of the weed smokers living in said state). However, a study might assist in influencing politicians in legalizing weed as it has been found that hemp repairs DNA.
According to an article by The Arrows of Truth, hemp seed and hemp oil have been found to be a factor in DNA repair. In studies, hemp has a perfect 3 to 1 ratio of Omega fatty acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6) needed by the human body, which is excellent for cellular repair. Hemp is also 65 percent protein, in which 35 percent of it is globulin edestin protein, which is closest to human globulin, making it easy to digest. This protein is also a major factor in DNA repair too, as cells use this protein to correct the damage.
Another article by the Hemp Book describes how DNA works, as explained by Genetics Home Reference in the following statement.
“Most genes contain the information needed to make functional molecules called proteins. (A few genes produce other molecules that help the cell assemble proteins.) The journey from gene to protein is complex and tightly controlled within each cell. It consists of two major steps: transcription and translation. Together, transcription and translation are known as gene expression.
“During the process of transcription, the information stored in a gene’s DNA is transferred to a similar molecule called RNA (ribonucleic acid) in the cell nucleus. Both RNA and DNA are made up of a chain of nucleotide bases, but they have slightly different chemical properties. The type of RNA that contains the information for making a protein is called messenger RNA (mRNA) because it carries the information, or message, from the DNA out of the nucleus into the cytoplasm.”
Summarizing the scientific jargon, DNA operates through making proteins. However, the protein making capabilities of DNA can be halted through a number of factors such as UV radiation, viruses, toxins, and others. Hemp seed and hemp oil has the right ingredients, along with the right amount, to repair any damage done.
Also, it should be known this study is not breaking news; this was originally discovered back in 2012. What makes this study important, along with all marijuana studies that discover benefits for the drug, is it may assist in the legalization of marijuana in all states. If more studies show that hemp can be used for the benefit of mankind along as well as for “medical purposes”, it won’t be long until every states has Wal-Mart superstores selling weed at the cigarette check-out line.
We want to know what you think about this discovery. Do you think marijuana should be legal in all states because of its medical benefits? Or do you think that hemp seed and hemp oil (along with other hemp products) should be legal even if the kind people use to “toke up” isn’t? Please let us know in the comments below.
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By Scott Gacek
TRENTON, NJ — Both chambers of the New Jersey legislature voted Monday to enact a bill establishing industrial hemp cultivation licenses in the state.
The bill, Senate Bill 3110, was approved unanimously in the Senate on Monday by a 37-0 vote, followed in the Assembly by a vote of 65-8. The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Chris Christie for final approval.
Under the bill, the Secretary of Agriculture can begin issuing licences for the legal cultivation of industrial hemp, but not until the United States government takes action to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act, unless the Drug Enforcement Administration grants New Jersey a permit allowing hemp cultivation in the state.
The bill provides specific application procedures and requirements, including fingerprinting and criminal background checks for industrial hemp license applicants.
Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa that contains only trace (less than one percent) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis.
Farmers worldwide grow hemp commercially for fiber, seed, and oil for use in a variety of industrial and consumer products, including food and clothing. The United States is the only developed nation that fails to cultivate industrial hemp as an economic crop, according to the Congressional Resource Service.
Over thirty countries produce industrial hemp, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and Ukraine.
The United States is the only developed nation that fails to cultivate industrial hemp as an economic crop, according to the Congressional Resource Service.
The world’s leader in hemp production is Chin
The New York Times wrote Thursday about Colorado’s “marijuana refugees”: Families who uprooted their lives to the move to the state when it legalized pot because the drug has crucial medicinal effects on their children’s illnesses. “I put what fit in my car and drove out here,” Marisa Kiser, whose toddler, Ezra, has had seizures almost since birth, told the Times. No one could have predicted that the state’s legislation would create a community-in-exile of more than 100 families who help look after one another’s children, trade medical tips—and even, in some cases, shared their first Thanksgiving dinner in this new land.
Colorado’s new law is reaping other changes, too, among them the first legal crop of hemp that America has seen in nearly 60 years. Hemp is a cannabis plant, as is marijuana, but it contains almost none of THC, the component that gives pot its potent effect. Still, hemp—which can be used in “products from rope to auto parts to plastics, shampoo to vitamin supplements”—has paid for the stigma attached to its sister-plant: Though it is legal to buy and sell hemp in the U.S., growing and harvesting it have been prohibited. In every state that discusses legalization, hemp’s economic potential comes up: Data from Canada’s legal hemp industry suggests the crop yields revenue of $390 an acre, and the Hemp Industries Association estimates that products from the forgotten cannabis already constitute a $500 million industry in the U.S., according toThe Denver Post. “I think that once people see the value of hemp, it'll become a no-brainer,” said farmer Ryan Loflin, the Colorado man who has already planted 60 acres of the plant.
Though Colorado’s law legalized hemp farming, and the state is in the midst of craftingregulations for the plant, the federal government could still go after hemp farmers like Loflin. “Federal law does not permit the sale or import of nonsterilized seed suitable for growing,” writes the Post. “It's the hemp farmer's equivalent of what recreational-marijuana activists call 'the year of the magical ounce' —a reference to the unanswered question of how people can obtain marijuana for current legal use before state-permitted retail facilities open in 2014.” As momentum grows behind marijuana legalization, hemp legalization may develop its own tide, and the economic argument may make it an easier sell; last February, a handful of Democratic representatives introduced a hemp bill into the U.S. House of Representatives—and even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voiced his support. For now, though, Loflin seems to be the only farmer willing to flout the federal mandate. “You have to be willing to bet the farm," admitted Tom Murphy of the pro-legalization group Vote Hemp in an interview with The Miami Herald.
Like pot, hemp has a following in part for what it represents. Because it requires lesswater and land to grow than cotton, it has long been a favorite of the environmental movement, and has become not only a tool but a totem of sustainable and healthy living. On the flip side, hemp may have a hard time shedding the suspicions of the traditional farming community. “We're a conservative bunch around here,” a Colorado banker said when asked about funding hemp farms. “I imagine we'd probably stick with our core crops of corn and milo and wheat.” But old dogs can learn new tricks. He added: “In a few years, who knows what might happen?"
Kentucky hemp bill passes in final hour
FRANKFORT, KY. — An amended bill to regulate industrial hemp production by Kentucky farmers — if the federal government allows it — was passed by the Kentuckly legislature in the final minutes of the regular session.
In the compromise, the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission remains in the state Department of Agriculture with only research functions of the bill assigned to the University of Kentucky. The last sticking point had been an effort by House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, to put the commission under UK.
That had been a dealbreaker for the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, and its chief advocate, state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.
Comer had already left the Capitol believing the bill was dead, but returned late Tuesday when Adkins wanted to continue talks.
“We’re very satisfied with the bill,” Comer said, adding that the next step would be working with Kentucky’s federal legislators to get a waiver for a pilot project to grow industrial hemp in Kentucky. He said public pressure to pass the bill helped achieve the last-minute deal.
The bill passed the House as amended 88-4, with Comer, a former House member, watching on the chamber floor. The Senate approved the compromise 35-1.
The bill now goes to Gov. Steve Beshear, who has said he shares the concerns of the Kentucky State Police who opposed the bill. Beshear hasn’t said whether he would veto a hemp bill if it got to him.
Hornback and Comer, who made the bill his department’s top legislative priority, say hemp can be a boost for farmers and bring processing jobs if Kentucky is among the first states to grow hemp. The federal government would have to legalize the crop or grant Kentucky a waiver.
But the state police and some House Democratic leaders, including Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, questioned whether hemp would be economically viable and whether it would hurt marijuana enforcement since the plants look the same.
Comer said he agreed in the compromise to be removed as chairman of the hemp commission. He will now be vice chairman and the chairman will be selected by members.
Throughout the day Tuesday, both sides had said they were close to an agreement. Hornback said there was agreement to have the state hemp commission issue licenses and the state police conduct criminal background checks on applicants.
But the final issue of whether the hemp commission would be part of the state agriculture department, the University of Kentucky or somehow split between the two nearly proved insurmountable.
Hornback preferred having all functions tied to the agriculture department.
Late in the process, Stumbo said in an interview that the hemp commission has “no business” being in the agriculture department. Asked whether that killed SB50, Stumbo said negotiations were being handled by Adkins.
Federal law classifies hemp alongside marijuana even though it typically contains less than 0.3 percent THC — the intoxicating ingredient in marijuana.
Marijuana’s THC content is between 3 percent and 15 percent.
U.S. Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell have proposed federal legislation that would distinguish hemp from marijuana. Federal lawmakers also said they would seek a waiver for Kentucky if the reclassification effort fails.
New Hampshire House votes to Nullify Industrial Hemp Ban
CONCORD, N.H. (March 13, 2013) – The New Hampshire Hemp Freedom Act passed the House on a voice vote and will move on the the Senate for consideration
HB 153 prohibits the designation of industrial hemp as a controlled substance, opening the door for hemp production within the state of New Hampshire House votes to Nullify Industrial Hemp BanNew Hampshire.
The federal Controlled Substance Act included hemp as a Schedule I drug in 1970. The feds consider growing it without a DEA issued permit a crime. The feds have only issued one such permit, to Hawaii, back in 1999. It has since expired. This has created a de-fact federal ban on growing the plant. And as a result, the United States is the world’s #1 importer of hemp, while China and Canada are the top 2 exporters. Some supporters say that nullifying this federal ban would be a huge win for jobs, for American farmers, and for the economy.
HB153 seeks to effectively nullify the unconstitutional federal ban on the production hemp. The federal government lacks the constitutional authority to regulate the production of hemp, or any agricultural product, within a state’s borders, and HB153 rests on solid ground.
HEMP OVERVIEW AND USE
Industrial hemp is not marijuana, but an industrial agricultural product used for a wide variety of purposes, including the manufacture of cordage of varying tensile strength, durable clothing and nutritional products. During World War II, the United States military relied heavily on hemp products, which resulted in the famous campaign and government-produced film, “Hemp for Victory!”
Even though soil, climate and agricultural capabilities could make the United States a massive producer of industrial hemp, today no hemp is grown for public sale, use and consumption within the United States. China is the world’s greatest producer and the United States is the #1 importer of hemp and hemp products in the world.
Since the enactment of the unconstitutional federal controlled-substances act in 1970, the Drug Enforcement Agency has prevented the production of hemp within the United States. Many hemp supporters feel that the DEA has been used as an “attack dog” of sorts to prevent competition with major industries where American-grown hemp products would create serious market competition: Cotton, Paper/Lumber, Oil, and others.
If you live in New Hampshire, please call your senator and ask him/her to support HB153. You can find Senate contact information HERE.
LEGISLATION AND TRACKING
If you live anywhere outside of New Hampshire, please contact your state Senator and urge them to introduce the Hemp Freedom Act. You can find model legislation HERE.
Track the status of the Hemp Freedom Act in states around the country HERE