Hemp is bursting out all over!

In a world where bad news floods us, it’s just so great to see all the positive moves toward hemp legalization and cultivation, not only in the United States but also in various other places globally. Many countries, such as Hungary, France and Canada, have been years ahead of the U.S. in sensibly recognizing the value in growing the hemp plant for a wide variety of purposes, from fiber to oil to seed. Before I continue, however, I must make the usual disclaimer that by hemp, which comes from the cannabis genus but which contains insignificant amounts of the psychoactive chemical THC, I am not referring here to medical marijuana, which itself has merits on its own.

In any event, along with the burgeoning medical marijuana industry, the cultivation of hemp as a major resource and economy saver is likewise receiving a great deal of positive attention nationally, and it appears that the state of California is just a hair’s breadth away from passing the Industrial Hemp Farming Act or SB 676, introduced by Senator Mark Leno in February.

As a one-time denizen of Southern California who worked passionately as a hemp activist for a number of years, including faxing hemp information sheets to numerous law offices in the area, among other activities, I am delighted to see industrial hemp blooming into a potentially rich future harvest.

In 1994, I stood up at a Jerry-Brown-for-President press conference in Los Angeles and asked Brown – who was standing just a few feet away – whether or not it was time to look hemp as a means to solve many of the world’s resource problems. I’m told there’s a video of the exchange somewhere on Youtube.

Brown is now the governor of California, and I’d like to hope I planted a little hempseed, especially since he’s previously made unsupportive statements about the subject.

Go, California! Hemp could TRULY help revitalize the economy. Are you listening, Governor Brown? (And Feds?)

“Support for hemp farming and manufacturing in California has been very strong.”

Thanks also to the incomparable Jack Herer, RIP, whom I met a number of times and who inspired me to raise the issue with Jerry Brown.

For more information, see my articles:

Hemp for Food and Fuel!
Why hemp could save the world


Hemp Farming in California Even Closer to Reality as SB 676 Moves Through California Legislature

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Introduced by Senator Mark Leno earlier this year, SB 676, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act is moving quickly through the California Legislature. SB 676 would create an 8-year pilot program to allow industrial hemp farming in five California counties, Kern, Kings, Imperial, San Joaquin and Yolo. Passing through the Assembly Committee on Agriculture last week with a 6-0 vote, leading hemp advocacy organization, Vote Hemp, expects the bill to reach the Governor’s desk this September.

The bill has the endorsement of the UFCW, the Imperial County Farm Bureau, California Certified Organic Growers and other leading farming organizations. Dan Rush, UFCW  5 Statewide Special Operations Director, stated, “UFCW enthusiastically supports SB 676 because we see it as a jobs and revenue generator at a time when they are sorely needed in California.”…

“Support for hemp farming and manufacturing in California has been very strong. It is passing through committee after committee with a positive reception. We expect this bill to be on its way to the Governor’s desk by early September. Governor Brown will then have 30 days to act on the bill,” explains Patrick Goggin, California Legal Counsel for Vote Hemp.

The bill clarifies that industrial hemp is separate and distinct from forms of Cannabis used to produce marijuana and if passed will allow commercial farming of industrial hemp in five counties (Imperial, Kern, Kings, San Joaquin and Yolo) under an 8-year pilot program. Industrial hemp was grown in California up until shortly after World War II. Industrial hemp is the non-psychoactive, low-THC, oilseed and fiber varieties of the Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp has absolutely no value as a recreational drug….

A variety of products made from industrial hemp including healthy food and natural body care products as well as eco-friendly clothing are made in California. “There are over 50 member businesses of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) that make or sell hemp products in the state of California alone that could benefit from an in-state source of hemp seed, fiber and oil,” says Eric Steenstra, Executive Director of the HIA. “Because of outdated federal and state policies these businesses are forced to import millions of dollars of industrial hemp from Canada, China and Europe.” Companies that manufacture or sell products made with hemp include Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, a California company that manufactures the number-one-selling natural soap in the U.S. as well as best-selling hemp food manufacturers, such as French Meadow Bakery, Living Harvest, Manitoba Harvest, Nature’s Path, Nutiva and Sequel Naturals who make their products from hemp grown in Canada. Major companies such as Ford Motors, Patagonia and The Body Shop also use sustainable hemp seed, fiber and oil.

“Dr. Bronner’s currently purchases twenty tons of hemp oil each year from Canada. We look forward to the day that we can meet our supply needs from hemp produced right here in our home state,” says David Bronner, President of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps of Escondido.

On May 11th, Rep. Ron Paul introduced The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011 (H.R. 1831) in Congress along with 22 co-sponsors including 6 Representatives from California (Farr, McClintock, Miller, Rohrabacher, Stark, Woolsey). If passed, H.R. 1831 will remove federal restrictions on the cultivation of industrial hemp.

To date, 17 states have passed pro-hemp laws or resolutions, including the California Assembly in 1999 when it passed a resolution declaring that “the Legislature should consider action to revise the legal status of industrial hemp to allow for its growth in California as an agricultural and industrial crop…

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) represents the interests of the hemp industry and encourages the research and development of new hemp products. Vote Hemp is a national, single-issue, non-profit organization dedicated to the acceptance of and a free market for low-THC industrial hemp and to changes in current law to allow U.S. farmers to once again grow this agricultural crop. More information about hemp legislation and the crop’s many uses may be found at www.VoteHemp.com and www.TheHIA.org.

SOURCE Vote Hemp

22 Comments

  1. Personal Growing
    Apart from licensing organic drugs manufacturing businesses for hemp or other organic psychedelics, it is best to not allow monopolies to occur via :

    1) Allow growing for own use up to 1000 sq ft per person
    2) Controlling Prices (make sales per ounce limited to USD$3)
    3) Allowing Storage for own use (3 cubic metres max?)

    1. What Is a Monopoly?
      The proper role of government is to PROTECT the lives, liberty and property of the People. NO MORE AND NO LESS. Monopolies are created thru government regulations. Listen to G. Edward Griffiin’s “Myth and Meaning of Monopoly Capitalism here:

      http://www.mefeedia.com/watch/27459023

    2. Price controls are never a good idea. They create monopolies, not prevent them. As a hop grower and hemp grower i know for a viable commercial industry you need a minimum operation size and you need to let the market (ie producers and buyers, not governments) decide price. Price controls create not prevent monopolies. Besides that, what does price have to do with personal use anyway, personal use implies you are not selling what you produce.

      1. Reverse Logic Makes No Sense
        Price control not a good idea? What reverse logic are you pushing here? If a canning plant can produce beer or soft drinks or a cigarette maker can grow tobacco, or a fast food joint can serve at USD$3.00, what makes hash or khat or poppy or coca so special or so much costlier?

        Don’t b.s. the consumer/non-wholesale types here, I’ve done a bit of ‘trade’ and ‘manufacture’ myself too. Few agro based items cost more than USD$3 to produce, with items having movable parts harder to make. IMHO beef or a plastic handwatch is worth more than hash and harder to manage and build infrastructure for, still costs less than USD$3.00 per ounce.

        Also most of the lower income types cannot spend more than USD$3.00 for cut and dressed chicken or a hot dog or anything else constituting a simple meal. What makes 1 ounce of hash worth more than a single meal WITH MEAT in value? 1 ounce is good for about 3 smoke sessions a day. That comes to about USD$9.00 a day in hash alone if costing USD$3.00. I was thinking it should be worth USD$1.00 even, so don’t tell me it’s worth more than USD$3.00.

        If the price is not controlled, most of the lower income group will have no access to hash. How can that be good? It’s just a damn weed that will grow in a drain FOR FREE if people give it time to grow and process themselves.

        Whats the big deal with the demand and supply profiteers? It should not cost more than a packet of cigarettes. That is why I also advocate growing it. Same for growing biofuel instead of paying for imported middle man, shipping cost inflated Oil from countries that hate people like Americans.

        Guess who’s pushing for monopolies? Those inflationary Capitalists who say it’s worth more and refuse price controls.

  2. Hemp
    Yes, Hemp is a great plant that could eliminate the plastic disposal problem, give us more durable fabric that lasts longer, leave the soil more fertile, eliminate pesticide use etc. My only fear is that DeMon-Santo will be the only strain available. Watch for it. Peace.

  3. No, no, no!
    ohhhhh noooooooooo !….. Do NOT ask to pass such a law & permission for Hemp growing: giving the permission to the INDUSTRIAL FARMING Organizations over the Flesh & Blood IN-DIVIDUAL GRASSROOTS human/s = small family farmers etc will lose again and NEVER be able to grow Hemp legally if you allow this “law” &permission go to the big Corps once again…. with — in this case HIA leading the Big Boys’ Band– and so: the Little guy has lost AGAIN!…..

    IF the hemp growing is made legal as an “over all” – thing, so to speak, then ANYbody can grow hemp , which SHOULD be the case in a Free Society!…..

  4. Excellent idea.
    Excellent idea.

  5. GMO? As soon as Hemp is legalized Monsanto will bu
    🙁

    1. So, let’s continue to boycott Monsanto while we make sure that we are able to avail ourselves of this life-giving plant without fear of incarceration.

  6. Hemp
    Oh Dude !

  7. I am in home construction and looking forward to hemp being legal. A few years back I was in Amsterdam and went to a building supply house and they showed me plywood made from hemp and they told me about the perks of plyhemp. They are lasts 4 times longer for general use, 3 times stronger, weathers 10 times longer when wet. It takes 30 years for trees to grow on 1 acre of land to make an amount of wood for plywood and it takes 1 growing season of hemp on 2 acres to make the same amount of plyhemp. Plus in warm parts of this country you can get 2 harvests a year. Hemp would sure help our tree population to grow and help global warming.

  8. Hemp and Soil Fertility
    Hemp is one of those crops known as a “gross feeder”. To grow a good hemp crop requires highly fertile soil and lots of water, and anyone who has grown it for whatever purpose knows this. You are not going to raise hemp on worn-out soils or poor, rocky soils or most forest-type soils, or rather you can try but without adding lots of fertilizer the crop will be poor or won’t grow at all, same as corn or tomatoes.

    Where does hemp grow tall and strong in the wild? In the rich damp soil of river and creek valleys.

    Let’s stop the BS about hemp increasing soil fertility; hemp extracts huge amounts of mineral fertility from soils, and any place that is growing hemp will be a place that would otherwise likely be growing food crops. I’m all for growing hemp or marijuana; government has absolutely no business telling anyone what they can grow, but enough with the bogus propaganda.

    1. “You are not going to raise hemp on worn-out soils or poor, rocky soils or most forest-type soils”

      Actually it grows grows really well in forest soils. In BC. Canada, people grow maryjane all over logged sections of mountains. From Southern BC all the way to the central interior were summers are very short.

      It will grow in crappy, worn out and rocky soil, just not very well obviously, but it will grow. I Know from experience.

    2. Lemme tell you how to make that area fertile. On a saltless diet and on non-salty foods for as ‘fertile’ as you need, take a dump in the place you intend to grow your marijuana. Then wait for the night soil to denature and become soil a few weeks. Alternatively dump non-salty food waste-rubbish and worms in that infertile area. Leave the maggots alone. The devil will take care of the rest 😉 A few months later, that area will be fertile. Oh that area must also occasionally have rain.

    3. Lol it’s a weed
      What you say is true for medical grade, but hemp is a weed and it will pretty much trive anywhere! The high thc content is why you would need really fertile land.

  9. I’m not sure that what you are saying is true, as I’ve heard the exact opposite for the past many years. Hemp is supposedly relatively easy to grow, grows in a variety of climates, and enriches the soil.

    This article seems to verify the part about hemp growing where other crops will not:

    Hemp offers cannabis farmers legal alternative ([url]http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2011/Jul-09/Hemp-offers-cannabis-farmers-legal-alternative.ashx#axzz1RZsWQnlF[/url])

    [quote]There have been multiple attempts to give the valley’s farmers alternatives to cannabis, including one failed USAID project in the 1990s. Sunflowers, saffron, capers and tobacco are all among the ranks of mostly abandoned alternative crops. UNDP got into the game in 2007, importing the hemp seeds and testing them scientifically under various conditions.

    One way that this latest alternative crop differs from its predecessors is in its similarity to the crop most farmers already grow. Hemp has the same distinctive leaf shape as marijuana, but it is a lighter green and less bushy than the variety that can be smoked. Hemp also requires approximately the same growing conditions as the drug.

    Mahmoud, a tall languid farmer from Iaat who did not want to give his last name, has planted 8 dunums of hemp this year. He says “the entire Bekaa plain from Zahle until Hermel … has the best climate for planting marijuana.” In 1992, he says, “they banned planting marijuana and they told us they would give us a substitute.” But nothing worked….[/quote]

    1. Film industry abuse
      As a self-retired actor not wanting to tarnish my Cowboy image with the sick-films being pushed on the american people of today. I have left that debotched industry that has destroy the cowboy influence on our children’s lives. TV today is about preversion and brain control of our people. Hollywood is run by the “banksters” with and agenda of a global empire run by their fraud Money” The Root of All EVIL”. The elites Moneyprinters are disallusioned in thinking their money is the ultimate power tool and freedom- comes with being filthy rich. Money is bondadge, slavery, as it owns it’s subjects who loose their lives seeking an illusion. You don’t own their money–it has a life of it’s own and that includes you. I have never met a real happy contented Rich man. Their usally egotistical, prowd, self serving, arrogant, humans who have very little real enjoyments in this life. They have little or no Hope for Life with God “now or later”. My Jesus got it right” it’s easier for a camel to pass threw a eye of a needle that a rich man to get to heaven”. -Maybe Weed could help them??

  10. Hemp?
    I am still questioning pot for recreational use. However, it’s the other 24,999 uses make that argument questionable.

    Early in our country it was law that everyone had to raise at least some hemp.

    From clothing, medicinal uses, paper, (the Constitution and Bill of Rights both on hemp paper?) substitute for petroleum, (Henry Ford ran a car on it), plastics, (Henry Ford built a car that was nearly indestructible) make one wonder why it got buried by law?

    Let’s see, could it be that, the cotton industry may be threatened by hemp fabrics, Big Pharma may be threatened by medicinal uses, logging may be threatened by hemps superior quality as a paper product, Big Oil may be threatened by the prospects of alternative fuel, and superior plastics, and a double whammy here, since Big Steel may also be threatened by nearly indestructible auto bodies that are inexpensive to construct and come from a renewable resource.

    “No, that’s impossible”, you say? Well think again, damn straight it’s possible.

    The more one thinks about it, the sooner one comes to the realization there is far more good in hemp production than not, deal with it, I am.

  11. Thank you. Hemp and cannabis for medical purposes or recreational use are two different strains, and marijuana can’t grow where hemp is planted, as the plants cross-pollinate and the pot loses most of its THC.

    In any event, marijuana has been used by numerous cultures for thousands of years, both medicinally and “recreationally” or for spiritual purposes. It has far more value than alcohol, so if we are to be allowed to imbibe booze, there’s no reason we can’t have pot. In fact, people have been given exemptions for religious purposes, such as Rastafarians. Ditto with medical marijuana, which seems to provide the only real relief for a number of ailments.

    The prohibition of and incarceration for marijuana are frankly crimes against humanity. The lumping together of these two different strains was a deliberate contrivance by Hearst, Dupont and Anslinger, so they could make money off alternatives that have, in reality, contributed to the destruction of the planet.

    In the meantime, because of such propaganda, we will continue to need to disclaim that hemp and marijuana are not the same thing and that allowing hemp production is a complete win-win situation.

    1. Illegal Vaccination Programme
      I decided to check with your online magazine to see if you can shed some light on the below issue.

      A friend (whose identity I will withhold at their request) had noted some worrying vaccination marks that appeared at various ‘acupoints’ on their body AFTER suspected ‘induced lapses in consciousness’ which he/she vaguely remembers people communicating with he/she.

      As these vacination marks keep appearing, also take a long time to heal (a few months), leaving large scabs AFTER suspected ‘induced lapses in consciousness’, he/she is quite worried and has asked me to find out what I can. I decided to check with Bioethics after I saw one such large scab on the back of their head in the hairline.

      He/she seem to think that the general populace appears to be aware of something or communicating on a certain level he/she is not familiar with as well.

      Are you familiar with such multiple vacination regimes that include the top of the head and back of the head in the hairline?

      If so please advise on the mark occurrances and what should be done to counter the effects if there are any, or if this is some sort of illegal programme carried out without consent or that can harm him/her.

      Anyone who has any idea can pot here, I’ll take a look here again and we can keep the other posters aware as well. Maybe a dedicated article to illegal vaccination programmes as well?

  12. Let’s fir the government
    It seems like the citizens are going to have to fire the government and eliminate the wars and stopping us from cleaning up the earth. The problem is hemp would hurt so much industry. It would probably put the cotton farmers out of Business. It would hurt the lumber industry. It would hurt the marijuana industry, because hemp grown near marijuana would render the marijuana useless and they would be affected by it.
    This is a prime example why the citizens should fire the politicians and then they could go over all these bogus laws created to help big corporations created pollution and make hundreds of billions. The citizens could be voted in each year and do away with these career politicians and their destruction of this country and the world.
    The citizens would end the wars and clean up the pollution. If we wait for the oceans to turn black it will be too late.

  13. Good heavens, thank you so much for posting this! It is gonna be so helpful when I order Hemp Seed at the store! So Wonderful!

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