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Domestic Hemp Production More Than Doubles In Past Year

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director October 31, 2017

    Domestic hemp production increased dramatically from 2016 to 2017, according to data compiled by the advocacy organization Vote Hemp.

    The group calculates that US farmers cultivated over 23,000 acres of hemp in 2017, up from fewer than 10,000 acres in 2016.

    Under a 2014 federal law, states may license hemp cultivation as part of a university sponsored pilot program. Thirty-two universities in nineteen states – including Colorado, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, and Tennessee – have participated in hemp cultivation projects this year.

    “The majority of states have implemented hemp farming laws, in clear support of this crop and its role in diversifying and making more sustainable our agricultural economy,” Vote Hemp President Eric Steenstra said in a prepared statement. “It’s imperative that we pass the Industrial Hemp Farming Act in Congress, so that we can grant farmers full federally legal rights to commercially cultivate hemp to supply the growing global market for hemp products.”

    House Bill 3530: The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2017 excludes cannabis strains under 0.3 percent THC from the federal definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. The bill is assigned before the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

    20 Responses to “Domestic Hemp Production More Than Doubles In Past Year”

    1. mexweed says:

      I appreciate your educational pictures, one showing how tall the cannabis grows, the other showing a monster bundle of tied up hempstalks.
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      There’s a valuable resource largely going to waste: the old-time 50-cables of 1-mm color-shielded solid core telephone wire gradually being stripped from the walls of old office buildings. Don’t haul that to scrappers who will only destroy the plastic and melt the copper, they have enough metal to deal with, it is needed for a thousand crafts and practical uses in schools and industry, including for hemp farmers to tie up (twist-tie instead of knot) those bundles for delivery to users!
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      Someone in your town should help with a truck and ladder to go around and rescue the remaining wirecables before this strong but flexible wire disappears from the soon-to-be-hempen planet.

    2. Dain Bramage says:

      That’s a welcome strike against reefer madness!

      Any injection of reason into the conversation, and the culture, regarding the cannabis species is good for our side.

    3. Julian says:

      Thanks for putting the green light on the growing domestic hemp industry Paul. Please support the Industrial Hemp Farming Act by clicking on the link or visiting http://www.votehemp.com

      The collateral benefits of hemp legalization seem beyond measure; hemp crete is carbon trapping. Hemp cellulose and biofuels could reduce the use of petroleum based fossil fuels by more than half of domestic consumption. Rotating crops with hemp for soil retention to prevent erosion and create coastal barriers cold save our vanishing top soils. Flame retardent hemp building products from carpets to fiber siding could rebuild fire-damaged neighborhoods in California sustainably. Healthy hemp foods and soaps are already a multi billion dollar industry in the US.

      We need to legalize hemp in the U.S.

      • dave says:

        sure,, The issue is just like medical cannabis users refuse to support legal cannabis for all adults.

        The hemp crowd refuses to support legal cannabis for all adults.

        I support medical cannabis as well as industrial cannabis, but we must demand these groups support for legal cannabis for all adults.

        It’s a two way street, but they don’t see it that way….

        • Julian says:

          Got news for you Dave; medical marijuana has a much better chance at legalization than industrial hemp. Just ask Roger Stone and the Koch brothers. Those “hemp people” over at Votehemp are not against marijuana legalization, they’re for descheduling hemp. There’s a difference.

          Senator Mitch McConnell already hit that Koch Industry donor wall when he tried to legalize hemp without legalizing marijuana.

          Descheduling hemp would be a trojan hemp-horse so to speak for federal commercial marijuana legalization. It would force cannabis extracts to be sold in an open commercial market and weaken the entire scheduling system of the CSAct. At this point we have a better chance legalizing mmj in federal court.

        • YearofAction says:

          Just a simple reform of the federal definition of marijuana will de-schedule all cannabis plants and their products (except the smoke – to be rescheduled). It is so distinct in its meaning that it also distinguishes marijuana from hemp, alleviating the need for the HB3530 exclusion. It even preserves the built-in controls for the sake of the children.

          So many proposed laws for one plant, based on ignorance. Congress won’t enact this Necessary and Proper reform unless people tell them to:

          The term “marijuana” means all parts of the smoke produced by the combustion of the plant Cannabis sativa L. which is, as are the viable seeds of such plant, prohibited to be grown by or sold by any publicly traded corporation or subsidiary company.

          • Julian says:

            Yearbait I’m gonna reschedule your smoke and mirrors to schedule 1 as having “no medicinal or moral value.”

            • YearofAction says:

              My reply was to dave, sorry that wasn’t clear, but just imagine if people contacted their members of Congress about the reform, then one of those members created a bill for the reform. Then NORML could put a supporting petition about the reform and its rescheduling on the action page, then it would get a lot of responses, then it could get enacted, then we would win! Oh man, there would be so much winning. That, I can tell you. You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.

          • Mark Mitcham says:

            @ yearofaction,
            Believe what you want, certainly. Just make sure you’re regularly using the NORML links to contact your elected representatives! Otherwise, where’s the action?

            • Julian says:

              Yeah no kidding.. click on the Act tab, see if ANY of the legislation that NORML supports has any of “Year of Action’s” Machiavellian language in it. More like “Year of Inaction.”
              Man, Mark I am so through revealing the deceit in this dude’s message. Yearbait needs to $#!+ or get off the pot. Keep mj smoke illegal? Keep throwing nonviolent marijuana smokers in prison? The schedule 2 not being legalization? He never grows the balls to answer these fundamental questions.
              Now he’s like “we’d be winning so much!” Sounds like Trump. Well kinda like Trump wasn’t winning last night during election night were not going to settle for quasi prohibition.

    4. Julian says:

      While growing hemp through pilot programs in states that have taken advantage of the hemp amendment that passed through the 2014 Farm Bill is vital for research, State Departments of Agriculture and Universities are not developed enough to keep up with rising commercial demand in the U.S. for hemp products. Indeed, these programs are made for research and not commercial production. Although it isn’t clear what enforcement exists on preventing the sale and profit of these programs since former Kentucky Agricultural Commissioner James Comer sued the DEA and AG for detaining their hemp seeds.

      Perhaps a bigger problem for supplying a growing domestic demand for hemp; Canada does not have enough cannabis in production for its own pending legalization demand, and supplying a monoculture of foreign hemp for a U.S. market with a limited growing season would mean deforestation, expensive logistics, fees and pesticides for importation all just to provide beaurocratic jobs to middle men and not to small farmers here in rural America.

      So who, besides Big Pharma-DEA, is stopping the Industrial Hemp Farming Act?

      One answer is Koch Industries. A domestic hemp industry would compete with a variety of their coveted timber and petrochemical patents, from stainmaster carpets to brawny paper towels. But they also own refineries in Chorpus Christi TX that are made to burn dirty oil and natural gas into products like synthetic nitrogen fertilizers that end up on our dinner tables. A domestic hemp industry would mean a collapse of fossil fuel, timber and petroleum profits. In order to profit, the patent on hemp would have to be owned outright… a race already underway.

      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2017/07/05/viewpointmarijuana-patents-could-plant-the-seeds.amp.html

    5. Julian says:

      The big player in Big Agribusiness is Monsanto-Bayer. They have a dog in the fight against a domestic hemp industry because hemp does not require pesticides or herbicides, products which make up a great portion of their revenue. Not only does this include Round-Up, but their newest drifting herbicide dicamba;

      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/amp/dicamba-drift-monsanto-defends-herbicide-farmers-say-it-harms-crops-n814716

      Because Monsanto-Bayer owns the seeds of their dicamba-resistant gmo cotton and soy, they profit when their herbicide dicamba kills neighboring farm crops.

      The industrial monoculture of gmo crops is destroying human sustainability and coexistence on our living planet. We must return to the sustainable local farm, the variety garden, and the agrarian lifestyle of our ancestors. We must make cannabis sativa l. and all cannabis products open source to protect one of the last remaining food sources, medicines, building materials and fuels from the ravages of saprophagic gmo patenting and its subsequent drifting herbicides and pesticides that would place profit over people. After all, we are what we eat. And if U.S. law permits the patent of what we eat… than are we not patenting ourselves?

      • Julian says:

        “…[Monsato-Bayer] profits from when their herbicide dicamba kills neighboring farm crops…”

        I should have explained… because “neighboring crops” are destroyed by the drifting patented GMO-resistant herbicides small farmers are forced to purchase like GMO cotton or soy from Monsanto, who own the herbicides in question.

        We have an opportunity to stop the genetic warfare of our sustained survival with proper marijuana legalization. It’s simply a matter of who chooses to get involved …or do nothing and accept manufactured imprisonment for the private profit of an evil villain.

        Life is all about CHOICES.

    6. Julian says:

      This will make you look at your hemp oil in your fridge you bought from Whole Foods a bit differently…

      http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/philly420/cbd-cannabis-cannabinoid-marijuana-legislation-20171031.html?mobi=true

    7. Julian says:

      Apparently handing out free medibles in rich neighborhoods in Jersey (where Federal judges possibly live) was all we needed to do to legalize weed after all:

      http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/11/01/new-jersey-court-marijuana-schedule-i/91414/

      An Appeals Court has ruled that New Jersey must reconsider marijuana’s schedule 1 classification because of its medical benefits.

      That an Apellate Judge would allow this case speaks volumes about where we are legally in the fight for freedom. This is basically the state of New Jersey v. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, et al.

      Originally reported in NJ.com:

      http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/10/nj_court_rules_medical_benefits_of_marijuana.html

      “Kadonsky, who is serving life sentence under New Jersey drug “kingpin” statute, petitioned the state to re-classify marijuana to reduce “inflated” prison sentences for marijuana crimes.

      Genny Barbour, a teenage girl in Maple Shade with autism, also joined the case, as her family fought for her right to use cannabis oil at school to control her seizures in 2015. Gov. Chris Christie signed a law allowing minors with developmental disabilities use medical marijuana on school property.”

      “The state Appellate Court ruled that Steve Lee, the former director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, had the authority to re-classify marijuana from the “schedule 1″ category of the most harmful of drugs. Lee denied a request in 2014 in deference to the 1970 federal law that deemed marijuana as dangerous as heroin and LSD.“

      Judge Marianne Espinosa wrote the dissenting opinion:

      “From the Legislature’s first recognition of possible medical uses of marijuana to the present, it has consistently drawn a distinction between marijuana for medical uses and marijuana for non-medical uses. That distinction would cease to exist if the Director were permitted to remove marijuana from Schedule I,” Espinosa said.

    8. Julian says:

      Do we have anyone in Jersey with a skin disease or multiple myeloma (blood cancer) that tried the drug Thalomid, survived, then went on to cannabis? If so you should contact NORML legal councel Keith Stroup or contact Attorney Joseph Linares of Newark directly to join this case…

      http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/attorneys/assets/opinions/appellate/published/a3324-14.pdf

      …to deschedule marijuana.

      The drug thalomid was recently involved in a large settlement in June;

      http://ir.celgene.com/releasedetail.cfm?releaseid=1034370

      And Governor Christi accepted donations from its manufacturer Celgene Corp just last year;

      https://www.opensecrets.org/pres16/contributors?id=N00037008

    9. Julian says:

      http://www.votehemp.com/PR/PDF/Vote-Hemp-2017-US-Hemp-Crop-Report.pdf?utm_source=VH+2017+Crop+Report&utm_campaign=Hemp-Crop-Report-2017&utm_medium=email

      Here’s the link again to Vote Hemp’s 2017 crop report.

      The stat that makes me most proud is 3,000+ acres in North Dakota where Whiteplume was awarded his right to grow hemp in Indian Country. Donating to that cause paid off. We won that battle and the Industrial Hemp Farming Act is next… but the war isnt over until all cannabis is made open source and entirely descheduled from the Controlled Substances Act.

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