Free Hemp From Stupid Restrictions

Kentucky's lawsuit against the DEA may point the way to change.

Hemp beerSarahMcDThe 2014 Farm Bill was a disaster. While it ended direct farm subsidies, it replaced them with crop insurance subsidies—which may end up being more costly. It kept in place inane and costly sugar tariffs and duplicative catfish inspection programs. And it proposed to spend nearly fifty percent more than the previous Farm Bill.

The bright spot in the Farm Bill—a tiny seed of good news—was that Congress saw fit to include an amendment that would loosen the federal government's idiotic stranglehold on cultivating hemp.

The 2014 hemp amendment was introduced with bi-partisan sponsorship and passed with bi-partisan support.

But now the DEA has thrown a wrench into the law. It's held up a shipment of seeds destined for Kentucky, and forced the state to sue the federal government in order to seek their release.

"For weeks, we have dealt with unnecessary government bureaucracy, federal officials unwilling to discuss the law or answer questions, and delay... after delay... after delay," writes Kentucky attorney general commissioner of agriculture James Comer, who filed suit against the federal government on behalf of the state, in an op-ed this week.

Why has hemp caused a battle between states and the federal government?

Hemp has been used used since before recorded history to make fuel, fiber, and food. But it's also illegal to grow anywhere in the United States thanks to its relationship and resemblance to marijuana. But federal law does permit hemp to be used in foods. And there's a large and growing market for hemp foods.

As I wrote last year, "Amazon.com sells nearly 250 different hemp foods—including products like hemp waffles."

While both marijuana and hemp can make one crave waffles (though for different reasons), hemp doesn't get you high. And yet—thanks to the domestic ban—all of the hemp used in foods (and other products made with hemp) is grown, cultivated, and processed outside the United States.

"Hemp and hemp seeds are still considered a controlled substance and cannot be imported—meaning farmers in states that have industrial hemp laws on the books have no access to the crop," reported Politico after the Farm Bill's passage earlier this year.

The 2014 Farm Bill amendment was billed as a game changer.

"The market opportunities for hemp are incredibly promising-ranging from textiles and health foods to home construction and even automobile manufacturing," said Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp, in a statement issued earlier this year after Pres. Obama signed the bill into law. "This is not just a boon to U.S. farmers, this is a boon to U.S. manufacturing industries as well."

But hold on. The Farm Bill provision is incredibly limited. It permits only "states that have legalized hemp farming to begin growing this useful crop for research purposes." And by "states" that means "states"—rather than individuals or private businesses. That's because the law permits only state governments—rather than individuals—to grow hemp.

As if that weren't bad enough, the law contains even more qualifiers.

In fact, it allows only "an institution of higher education... or a State department of agriculture [to] grow or cultivate industrial hemp."

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  • Ted S.||

    But now the DEA has thrown a wrench into the law. It's held up a shipment of seeds destined for Kentucky, and forced the state to sue the federal government in order to seek their release.

    Because fuck you, that's why.

    It seems as though the only thing getting this comment through is waiting for every last fucking piece of anti-social networking shit to load?

  • Ted S.||

    I don't know if it's a coincidence, but I also had to switch from Opera to Firefox.

    Please for the love of god fix the comments (which doesn't mean going to an even shittier plaform like Disqus or Livefyre).

    Well, at least this one from Opera seems to be going through.

  • Ted S.||

    Ooh, and it showed up without my having to reload the page, too.

  • Ted S.||

    Am I the only person trying to comment any more?

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    I'm here! Me too!

  • Ted S.||

    The first time it went through, did it show up, or did you have to refresh the page manually?

    Usually what I do to check whether the squirrles are acting up is to click preview. If I get an empty response, I know the post isn't going to go through. When things are working normally, the post will go through on submit and show up, except that there's a problem in that the page goes to where the comment will show up before loading all of the "reply to this" links, which then load and make the page scroll up several screens (several in a thread with lots of comments like an AM Links). The last comment didn't show up until I hit F5 to refresh.

    And this one took three tries to post.

  • Robert||

    there's a problem in that the page goes to where the comment will show up before loading all of the "reply to this" links, which then load and make the page scroll up several screens (several in a thread with lots of comments like an AM Links).


    I've been experiencing that one for months at least.

  • Ted S.||

    The previous comment went throught, but did not show up until I reloaded the page. And all that anti-social networking shit seems to be taking an inordinately long time to load....

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    Guess who sent this fan letter to Abraham Lincoln:

    "The workingmen of Europe feel sure that as the American War of Independence initiated a new era of ascendancy for the middle class, so the American antislavery war will do for the working classes. They consider it an earnest of the epoch to come, that it fell to the lot of Abraham Lincoln, the single-minded son of the working class, to lead his country through the matchless struggle for the rescue of an enchained race and the reconstruction of a social world."

    http://economistsview.typepad......-marx.html

  • Ted S.||

    Pope Leo XIII?

  • Cdr Lytton||

    Jefferson Davis though his Whisper account?

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    @Ted S. --

    First post went through with no problems at all, but didn't show up right away.

    I tried responding to your reply at 9:04 and all I got was the abbreviated post URL with no article ID.

    Reloaded from the article-only URL, then clicked the comments link, and my reply at 9:06 to your reply got the same abbreviated URL.

    This post is at 9:11 from a full reload of the article-only URL.

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    The 9:11 post gave me a proper URL but did not show the new post.

    And here at 9:12 I will try a repeat, same full reload of the bare article URL, which said 11 comments (had been 10), so either mine went through or someone else added a comment.

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    That second one went though properly AND showed the comment immediately. Here is a fresh top-level post (not a reply) at 9:13.

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    That one went through except did not show the fresh comment. Here is a repeat after a full reload at 9:14.

  • ||

    I'm certainly glad the feds have paved the way for more university research to be conducted on a crop that's been cultivated for use by humans for a couple thousand years.

  • Robert||

    Presumably they'll wait for some years of research to be completed before Congress by another act says, OK, you can proceed commercially now. Which is why it was important to get this provision enacted sooner as a necessary step toward the latter. Congress needs the cover to justify to voters the lifting of restrictions.

    So it was in the 20th C. with various restrictions on such technologies as aviation & wireless. To some degree the progress occurred administratively, and to some degree legislatively.

  • Robert||

    Presumably they'll wait for some years of research to be completed before Congress by another act says, OK, you can proceed commercially now. Which is why it was important to get this provision enacted sooner as a necessary step toward the latter. Congress needs the cover to justify to voters the lifting of restrictions.

    So it was in the 20th C. with various restrictions on such technologies as aviation & wireless. To some degree the progress occurred administratively, and to some degree legislatively.

  • Robert||

    That's what I get for waiting to see if it shows up while Twit data takes forever to load, then giving up & going back, previewing & posting.

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    Someone else may already have posted this, but it's the first time *I* posted it:

    "Judge puts Rep. John Conyers back on the ballot in Michigan...

    "...At issue was the question of whether a law requiring signature gatherers to be registered voters is constitutional."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....ost&clsrd;

  • Fluffy||

    So we have our first PUA mass shooter.

    Prepare for the shitstorm.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Got a link or something?

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    This was at the top of Google News:

    "'You deserve to be annihilated’: 'Mass murder' rampage that left 7 dead near UC Santa Barbara linked to chilling YouTube video, police say

    "At least seven people are dead after a drive-by shooter opened fire in a student community next to UC Santa Barbara's campus. Police have not identified the gunman, but have linked the rampage to a creepy YouTube video of a 22-year-old man detailing his plans to ‘slay every single person’ he sees."

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new.....-1.1804163

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    Pretty disturbing stuff. Community college student made a video detailing how he hates 'alphas' that get all the women instead of a 'perfect gentleman' like himself.

    He then killed 7 people in Isla Vista with a handgun and his BMW.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Definitely not a PUA. What a creepy little shithead. Everybody is glad he's dead. Too bad he had to kill others on his way out.

  • poloniusium||

    Right. PUA's are all about pretending to be 'alpha', not about hating them.

  • Ornithorhynchus||

    What's PUA?

  • Fluffy||

    Wow! I can post from my iphone!

    Switch to mobile everyone!

  • Ted S.||

    Why use an IpHone?

  • Sevo||

    Next try:
    Teachers find CA doesn't have a money orchard!

    "Governor's teacher pension plan shocks school districts"
    [...]
    "This will take a huge portion of the very same revenues school districts are counting on to provide services for our students and salary increases for our teachers,"
    http://www.sfgate.com/educatio.....501482.php

    Yes it will. Funny what happens when you have to pay for stuff.

  • Rich||

  • Dave C||

    Testing...

  • Dave C||

    Yeah, if the message doesn't show up in preview, it won't post

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    OK, guys, where's the free hemp you promised?

  • Eric Bana||

    In the early 2000s, as the market for hemp foods began to grow, the DEA sought to ban all foods containing hemp.

    Who explicitly in the DEA made that decision, and why?

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Chief Administrator Fuckyou Thatswhy.

  • Robert||

    "Why" in terms of the official excuse, or really why?

    The official excuse was that since certain cannabinoids are controlled substances, and cannabinoids were detectable in these products, they too were controlled. (Non-edibles would be exempt preparations, because they were non-edible.) Supposedly DEA had never realized that before, because the products had never been tested, because they had not been so popular, and/or sensitive enough test methods had not been previously applied.

    The real reason was that hippies could not be allowed to have won one by popularizing hemp products.

  • poloniusium||

    Probably the same logic that has them burning ditch weed.

  • RishJoMo||

    That dude knows which way is up.

    www.YourAnon.tk

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  • Echo||

    seems to me that hemp has been "researched" for centuries??? it's not a new freaking crop that someone has recently dreamed up. it's NOT the same as pot and doesn't get you high..

    gods, this country is still living in the dark ages.. ? oh wait a minute. growing hemp was just fine back then...

  • bassjoe||

    Why has nobody yet pointed out that the Declaration of Independence was originally drafted on hemp paper? I mean, the irony!

  • MidwestITGuy||

    And the government's response to this is even more insane when one considers the following:

    The REAL reason that hemp/marijuana is illegal. Because hemp competed with paper and cotton. William Hearst decided that it was too ruthless of a competitor to his paper company so he used his newspapers to launch a campaign against hemp. However he realized nobody would care about hemp, so he fixated on the by-product. Hence the term “Yellow Journalism” which was coined from this very event.

    http://blog.mjbud.com/uncatego.....in-the-us/

  • 619 Limo||

    sooo cool

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