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Can sanity finally conquer reefer madness?

Posted by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 4:58 PM
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Besides being founders of our Republic, what did Thomas Jefferson and George Washington have in common? Answer: Hemp.

America's founders were strong promoters of this extraordinarily-useful agricultural crop, and both Jefferson and Washington grew it. The first draft of our Constitution was written on hemp paper, and as late as World War II, the government urgently pushed farmers to grow the crop as part of a "Hemp for Victory" program.

So why are American farmers today prohibited from producing this patriotic, profitable, pesticide-free plant? Political nuttiness. Most recently, in a frenzy of reefer madness, US drug police decided that President Nixon's "Controlled Substance Act of 1970" not only outlawed marijuana, but also its non-narcotic cousin, industrial hemp. If ignorance is bliss, they must've been ecstatic, yet their nuttiness remains the law of our land.

The good news is that a wave of sanity is now wafting across America. In Colorado, for example, Farmer Michael Bowman and Denver hemp advocate Lynda Parker helped pass Amendment 64 in last fall's election. It legalizes personal pot use, which got all the media attention, but it also directs the legislature to set up a program for "the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp." Bowman now hopes to be the first American farmer in generations to plant a legal crop of it – hoping to do so on April 30th, the 80th birthday of family-farmer hero and hemp champion, Willie Nelson.

The red state of Kentucky is also on the move. Its Republican ag commissioner, backed by its chamber of commerce, is campaigning to legalize hemp farming, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is co-sponsoring a national bill with Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden to take hemp off the controlled substance list.

To help spread this seed, go to www.votehemp.com.

"Email from Michael Bowman," January 20, 2013.

"Hemp legalization effort gathers steam," www.washingtonpost.com, January 13, 2013.

"Farmers hope to plow the way for sustainable U.S. hemp," www.grist.org, January 15, 2013.

"Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps: Activism: Industrial Hemp," www.drbronner.com

"Senators Introduce Bi-partisan Industrial Hemp Farming Act," www.activistpost.com, August 4, 2013.

"Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009," www.wikipedia.org, February 7, 2013.

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kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 5:04 PM
It all comes down to fear. Hopefully, as marijuana is becoming legalized across the country, and the fear over it subsides, hemp will once again be legal in this country (considering that you cannot get high from it lol) and it will be a profitable substance.
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by HRH of MJ on Feb. 14, 2013 at 5:14 PM


Quoting kailu1835:

It all comes down to fear. Hopefully, as marijuana is becoming legalized across the country, and the fear over it subsides, hemp will once again be legal in this country (considering that you cannot get high from it lol) and it will be a profitable substance.

I hope so. I know I've been on CM for 6 years and opinions have turned. Obviously the state legislation going on reinforces that change.

That's one of the things about Obama that ticks me off, he talks about the environment and clean energy but won't say word one about hemp. It might not be able to replace petroleum but it would help.

 


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kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 5:39 PM
Of course not. He doesn't want to be the president that legalized a "potentially dangerous drug that may or may not be linked to psychological disorders" Key words being "potential" and "may or may not" meaning no proof whatsoever.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting kailu1835:

It all comes down to fear. Hopefully, as marijuana is becoming legalized across the country, and the fear over it subsides, hemp will once again be legal in this country (considering that you cannot get high from it lol) and it will be a profitable substance.

I hope so. I know I've been on CM for 6 years and opinions have turned. Obviously the state legislation going on reinforces that change.

That's one of the thigs about Obama that ticks me off, he talks about the environment and clean energy but won't say word one about hemp. It might not be able to replace petroleum but it would help.

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lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 5:46 PM
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We are moving back to Colorado and have been looking at houses and one of them (on 5 acres) actually said in the MLS listing: Sorry not 420 Zoned. It was a bit of a crack up.
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jlo1313
by Silver Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Kentucky had legalized hemp production for a very brief period of time, but the ATF come in and put a stop to that, apparently even ATF doesn't know the difference between hemp and marijuana on a field.

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Feb. 14, 2013 at 6:40 PM


Quoting kailu1835:

Of course not. He doesn't want to be the president that legalized a "potentially dangerous drug that may or may not be linked to psychological disorders" Key words being "potential" and "may or may not" meaning no proof whatsoever.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting kailu1835:

It all comes down to fear. Hopefully, as marijuana is becoming legalized across the country, and the fear over it subsides, hemp will once again be legal in this country (considering that you cannot get high from it lol) and it will be a profitable substance.

I hope so. I know I've been on CM for 6 years and opinions have turned. Obviously the state legislation going on reinforces that change.

That's one of the thigs about Obama that ticks me off, he talks about the environment and clean energy but won't say word one about hemp. It might not be able to replace petroleum but it would help.

Yeah, he's a good talker knows what we want to hear 'leave states alone' 'treat drug abuse as medical instead of criminal' but his actions are SSDD. More change I can't believe in.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Feb. 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM


Quoting jlo1313:

Kentucky had legalized hemp production for a very brief period of time, but the ATF come in and put a stop to that, apparently even ATF doesn't know the difference between hemp and marijuana on a field.

Problem is, they usually don't care. MJ became illegal as a side effect of banning hemp, to protect corp interests whcih is the same reason both stay illegal today.

 


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jlo1313
by Silver Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 6:50 PM

No they really don't, I don't believe that ATF wouldn't really know the difference, their biggest problem is not getting tax and regulation on the marijuana and it went completely over their heads that the state made hemp production legal and was collecting their tax, now I can't say if I know for sure about federal taxation, but the few farmers that did capitalize on it ended up losing their asses when their hemp fields were burned and the state ended up repealing their law to avoid further lawsuits.  

Quoting Friday:


Quoting jlo1313:

Kentucky had legalized hemp production for a very brief period of time, but the ATF come in and put a stop to that, apparently even ATF doesn't know the difference between hemp and marijuana on a field.

Problem is, they usually don't care. MJ became illegal as a side effect of banning hemp, to protect corp interests whcih is the same reason both stay illegal today.



jlo1313
by Silver Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Ugh, and can you believe I watched or read a whole story on that last year or the year before and cannot find the source!!!  I am now on a hemp mission to find my source.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting jlo1313:

Kentucky had legalized hemp production for a very brief period of time, but the ATF come in and put a stop to that, apparently even ATF doesn't know the difference between hemp and marijuana on a field.

Problem is, they usually don't care. MJ became illegal as a side effect of banning hemp, to protect corp interests whcih is the same reason both stay illegal today.



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by HRH of MJ on Feb. 14, 2013 at 7:54 PM
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Quoting jlo1313:

No they really don't, I don't believe that ATF wouldn't really know the difference, their biggest problem is not getting tax and regulation on the marijuana and it went completely over their heads that the state made hemp production legal and was collecting their tax, now I can't say if I know for sure about federal taxation, but the few farmers that did capitalize on it ended up losing their asses when their hemp fields were burned and the state ended up repealing their law to avoid further lawsuits.  

Quoting Friday:


Quoting jlo1313:

Kentucky had legalized hemp production for a very brief period of time, but the ATF come in and put a stop to that, apparently even ATF doesn't know the difference between hemp and marijuana on a field.

Problem is, they usually don't care. MJ became illegal as a side effect of banning hemp, to protect corp interests whcih is the same reason both stay illegal today.


It's more than concern over collecting taxes, it's about protecting industries whose lobbyists pay for our politicians campaigns.

 


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