US Should Allow Hemp Farming

To the Editor:
In a recent press release opposing legislation to allow farmers to grow industrial hemp, cialis sildenafil the White House drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske, has shown a stunning ignorance about the plant, stating ”all parts of the plant, including hemp, can contain THC (a psychoactive ingredient in marijuana), a Schedule I controlled substance.” In the world of scientific reality, the amounts of THC found in industrial hemp – even in the flowers – are so minute as to be meaningless. But the amounts of THC found in hemp fiber are so low as to be undetectable, which is why hemp fiber products are legal in the United States.

A few examples of the usefulness of industrial hemp are in order. Because of its resistance to degrading, American hemp was the best product for ship’s ropes and rigging during our American Revolution and financed a large part of it. The oil from pressed hemp seeds is both nutritious (highest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids) and can be used as a diesel biofuel. The resultant seed cake rivals soy as a protein source and has essential amino acids. The long fibers from the plant make an excellent source for fabric and high-grade paper (the original drafts of our Constitution were made from hemp paper). The rest of the biomass can be used as a nutritious animal feedstock. It has a thick root system with a taproot over three feet long, markedly lessening desertification (soil loss/runoff). Finally, since the biochemistry of the plant kingdom differs, the hemp plant does better with increasing ultraviolet radiation (think ozone hole), the rice plant does not, making hemp seed cakes a much more valuable nutrition source as we advance into the 21st century.

However, Kerelikowske also said ”America’s farmers deserve our nation’s help and support to ensure rural America’s prosperity and vitality.”

Every other industrial nation allows hemp farming. In a time of economic recession, we should be promoting industrial hemp for its economic potential, especially since the American climate is very suitable for producing high quality hemp and the world market is growing.

The simplest and most effective way to start this economic progress is to completely remove hemp from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration drug Schedule I, which prohibits it. This change could be made immediately by a presidential order to the DEA drug czar.

I remember President Obama campaigning on effective change. The time to start is now.

Gene Tinelli
Jamesville

The Drug Czar’s False Statement About Marijuana and Hemp Should Be a Bigger Scandal

Scott MorganAssociate Editor, discount viagra find StoptheDrugWar.org

In response to an online petition sponsored by the White House, patient which I signed seven months ago, decease I’ve finally received a response from Obama’s Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske, explaining why we can’t let American farmers grow industrial hemp. It’s written in rather plain language, but nonetheless betrays either appalling ignorance or rank dishonesty on the part of our nation’s top drug policy official.

Unfortunately, while President Obama’s misleading claims about medical marijuana policy have generated considerable attention, the drug czar’s recent comments about hemp have gone almost entirely unnoticed and unreported. This is his entire response right here (which apparently took many months to prepare):

OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE TO Allow Industrial Hemp to be Grown in the U.S. Once AgainWhat We Have to Say About Marijuana and Hemp Production
By Gil Kerlikowske

America’s farmers deserve our Nation’s help and support to ensure rural America’s prosperity and vitality. Federal law prohibits human consumption, distribution, and possession of Schedule I controlled substances. Hemp and marijuana are part of the same species of cannabis plant. While most of the THC in cannabis plants is concentrated in the marijuana, all parts of the plant, including hemp, can contain THC, a Schedule I controlled substance. The Administration will continue looking for innovative ways to support farmers across the country while balancing the need to protect public health and safety. [WhiteHouse.gov]

The drug czar oddly begins by declaring that, “federal law prohibits human consumption, distribution, and possession of Schedule I controlled substances,” which is simply irrelevant in the context of hemp. Hemp isn’t a Schedule I controlled substance and it can legally be consumed, distributed and possessed in a variety of forms. The soap I use every day is made of it, and you can buy hemp foods at any grocery store without fear of arrest. The drug czar’s failure to even acknowledge this basic fact makes his statement terribly confusing in its entirety, but it actually gets worse.

The central issue here, and the whole point of the petition, is that the DEA won’t let American farmers grow hemp for the purpose of manufacturing the various legal products that are made from it. As a result, all hemp products in the U.S. are made from imported hemp, eliminating a lucrative economic opportunity for American farmers. Instead of explaining why that is, the drug czar persists in blurring the distinction between hemp and pot, even implying that hemp can get you high:

While most of the THC in cannabis plants is concentrated in the marijuana, all parts of the plant, including hemp, can contain THC, a Schedule I controlled substance.

Here, the drug czar implies that hemp and marijuana are separate parts of the same individual plant, as if to suggest that allowing hemp cultivation would require that psychoactive marijuana be produced as a byproduct. This is false. Though both are types of cannabis, the hemp plant is genetically different from marijuana plants that produce the drug. In other words, the plant that’s used to make soap won’t get you high, and the plant that gets you high isn’t used to make soap. This is basic stuff, but the drug czar’s statement mischaracterizes it to the point of complete incoherence.

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Replace ignorant prosecutors and judges By educated and rational people

The law is wrong to not “allow” Mr. Forchion a medical defense, viagra generic buy the fact still hangs over everyone’s head, cialis sale salve that Cannabis (marijuana) is a plant and has healing properties,which can not be denied by an ignorant prosecutor or judge, this is ridiculous.  Cannabis is a G*D given plant, get these ignorant prosecutors and judges replaced by educated and rational people.  Mr. Forchion is one of the last of the true Americans who stand up for their rights!  GO WEEDMAN!

Prosecutor: NJWeedman is a “charlatan … a wolf in hemp clothing”
(want to guess the Burlington County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Luciano is a racist.)

House of hemp? Pushing cannabis as a construction material

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Woody Harrelson championed the environmental benefits of hemp. Giorgio Armani and Calvin Klein incorporated it into their collections. Now a company promoting hemp as the eco-building material of the moment said it wants to build California’s first hemp house.

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Follow Edward “NJ Weedman” Forcion across the US

NJweedman, viagra generic viagra Edward Forcion, discount viagra cheap Jr., illness  has decided to drive his Weedmobil across the country to his trial in New Jersey. NJWeedman plans to leave Los Angeles around the 20th of March and head across the country meeting and greeting his supporters and other marijuana activists, enlightening the public to JURY NULLIFICATION, and signing his book “Public Enemy #420″. Filming everything, we are calling this a ROADAMENTARY (Road/Documentary) titled: ” 6 MORE WEEKS OF FREEDOM or NOT?”.

The State of New Jersey, NJ Gov Christopher Christie wage a “ungodly war on potheads” and  made the mistake of charging NJweedman on April 1st 2010 with a drug war offense, now his trial is set to begin April 10th, 2012.  He has decided to use a open advocation of Jury Nullification as a defense. (  SEE – http://home.njweedman.com/node/17  -) This is a David vs Golitah story for the modern ages. ( Citizen vs Government )

THE PROPOSED ROUTE AND ITERNIARY will be posted on this website – www.njweedman.com -, but the plan is to leave Los Angeles on March 20th, – If you live near one of these cities and want to help, or contribute please link up. ( BTW – NJWeedman will not be traveling with marijuana, so everyday he hopes to link up with a supporter or two who will smoke him out as he passes thru – ” NO SWAG”)

 

ITENIARY IS STILL BEING UPDATED – IF YOU LIVE IN OR NEAR ONE OF THESE CITIES CONTACT NJWEEDMAN @njweedman@yahoo.com

  • MARCH 21st – Las Vegas The first stop will be to stop and hangout with Los Marijuanos and HEMPVISIONTV http://www.hempvisiontv.com/
  • March 22nd – DENVER (Cannabis Health News Magazine)
  • March 23 – Kansas City  ( ???????NO PLANS YET)
  • March 24 – St Loius ( ?????????? no PLANS YET)
  • March 25 – Indianapolis (????????no PLANS YET)
  • March 26 – Cincinatti  ( Hanging out with the HAPPY HEMPTRESS – at HEMPROCK RADIO )
  • March 27 – Arkon ( just gonna chill with some local supporters who invited me)
  • March 28 – Pittsburg, Pa ( NORML CHAPTER – )
  • March 29th – Carlisle Pa  ( just gonna chill with some local supporters who invited me)
  • March 30th – Philadelphia
  • March 31st – Attend the “NULLIFY NOW CONFERENCE AT THE US CONSTITUTION CENTER – www.nullifynow.com/philadelphia  -“
  • APRIL 1st – enter New Jersey ( exactly 2 years after the arrest that has led to this trial ) – The plan is to cross into New Jersey over the Trenton “Makes the World Takes” bridge in Trenton and drive to the Governors mansion “DRUMTHWACKET 354 Stockton Street  Princeton, NJ 085404498 and call out the Governor!
  • NJWeedman wants to publicly demand that the Governor impliment the Medical Marijuana Act and order the Burlington County Prosecutors Office to give “NJWeedman a Constitutionally FAIR TRIAL”

 

ONCE NJWEEDMAN IS IN NEW JERSEY HE WILL FIND A LOCATION TO CAMP OUT IN HIS VAN – NEAR THE COURTHOUSE. ARE YOU A LICENCED DRIVER? NJWEEDMAN WILL NEED A DRIVER DAILY – TO DRIVE HIS WEEDMOBIL ONCE HE IS IN NEW JERSEY.

Being a Rebel: Letter to Colorado Senators, Re SB 117 DUID

by Eli Stone
reprinted from The Mountain Jackpot, buy cialis cure Teller County, cialis buy mind Co.

Dear Senator and member of the The Colorado Senate Committee on State, tadalafil Veterans and Military Affairs:

• In 2010, 600 of Colorado’s 3.7 million drivers were involved in a fatal crash. Of those… 600, 42 tested positive for active THC or inactive THC metabolites. Of those 42, 10 were also drunk, 3 more were drinking, 9 had additional drugs, leaving 20 THC drivers with only active or inactive THC in their blood at the time of the accident.

• The average fatal crash rate for Colorado drivers is 600/3.7M = 16.2 per 100k drivers. The fatal crash rate of pot smokers is 42/400k = 10.5 per 100k pot smokers. We can conclude that Colorado pot smokers are 35% less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than the average Colorado driver.

• Congress is considering offering ALL baby boomers a FREE hepatitus test…it is epidemic and many do not know they have it. The costs of one law suit for a mandated test being the cause of a blood carried disease would far out weigh the costs to Coloradoans to DUPLICATE evidence taking of some kind of a roadside behavior that impairs driving, i.e. already enough laws on the books to cover punishment for impairment on ALL drugs.

According to the federal government, Colorado had 612,000 pot smokers in 2010, with 400,000 of these smoking at least once per month. Since THC metabolites are detectable for at least 30 days, any of these drivers will test positive after an accident.

See the complete article with links to source material at the Canna Wes facebook notes page.

Please send your letter to the Committee members emails:

steve.king.senate@state.co.us, james.kerr.house@state.co.us, don.coram.house@state.co.us, randy.baumgardner.house@state.co.us, edward.casso.house@state.co.us, crisanta.duran.house@state.co.us, larry.liston.house@state.co.us, nancy.todd.house@state.co.us, mark.waller.house@state.co.us, lois.court.house@state.co.us

The Colorado Patient Voter Project: Hold Obama Accountable

The Colorado Patient Voter Project

On January 12, buy cialis viagra 2012, the United States Attorney in Colorado, John Walsh, an Obama administration appointee, launched an attack on state-legal medical marijuana providers in the state. He sent letters to 23 medical marijuana centers, informing them that they were located in areas deemed problematic by the federal government and would have to shut down within 45 days. If not, the federal government would seize their assets.

These medical marijuana centers are operating in full compliance with state and local laws and ordinances. Since 2009, the Obama administration has said repeatedly, and as recently as December 2011 during testimony by Attorney General Eric Holder before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, that it would not use its limited resources to go after individuals acting in compliance with state law. (Read More)

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Americans for Safe Access: HR1983

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Today is the second day of Medical Marijuana Week, cialis and ASA’s National Week of Action continues by targeting congress.  Help stop attacks on medical cannabis by urging your representative to sign onto HR1983.  Because of the increase in DEA raids and other tactics used by the federal government to interfere with medical cannabis across the country, our allies in Congress have introduced critical bipartisan legislation to protect medical cannabis patients and providers. But they need your help to get it passed. Take a minute to urge your Representative in the House to cosponsor the HR1983, the States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act today! (READ MORE)