Drug Policy

A Small Victory for Hemp

It's time to legalize growing hemp.


Earlier this month, buried deep inside the bloated Farm Bill that passed the House thanks to GOP leadership, was a tiny seed of good news. Many seeds, in fact.

The Farm Bill amendment to which I refer, co-sponsored by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), "is meant to ensure that colleges and universities are able to grow and cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes in states where industrial hemp cultivation is already legal."

The House vote in favor of the hemp amendment was the first time Congress had voted on a hemp bill—nevermind actually passed one—in more than 50 years. The Senate failed to put a similar amendment to a vote this year.

The House vote came after Rep. Polis was granted permission earlier this month to fly a U.S. flag made of (imported) hemp over the U.S. Capitol on Independence Day.

"If this amendment were to survive the Farm Bill conference committee an[d] the bill is signed by President Obama it would allow colleges and universities to grow hemp in states where industrial hemp farming is already legal," said Tom Murphy, national outreach coordinator with Vote Hemp, the leading hemp advocacy group in the nation, in an email to me earlier this week.

Why are these sorts of amendments even necessary? Currently regulations consider hemp to be a drug. The DEA bars farmers from growing hemp without a permit. Not surprisingly, the DEA doesn't issue such permits.

Despite the ban, sales of hemp foods and other products in this country continue to blossom.

For example, Amazon.com sells nearly 250 different hemp foods—including products like hemp waffles.

According to a 2013 report by Rep. Polis and his House colleague Rep. Blumenauer, there's a tremendous market for hemp food products that remains untapped.

"Total sales of food and body-care products exceeded $43 million in 2011," the report states, "and advocacy groups estimate that the total retail market for hemp products in the US is valued at over $400 million dollars."

But since U.S. farmers can't grow hemp, the hemp used in food and other products sold in this country comes from Canada, Europe, and China.

Foreign trade is great, but not when it comes largely as a result of a U.S. ban.

An increasing number of state legislatures seem to agree. Even before the present economic downturn, states began to pass laws seeking ways to skirt the federal ban.

"Nine states (Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia) have defined industrial hemp as distinct and removed barriers to its production," says Murphy.

Montana, which permitted hemp to be grown in 2001, only issued its first permit in 2009.

In Vermont, at least one farmer in the state has announced plans to test the state's new hemp law against the federal ban during next growing season.

Murphy doesn't know any farmers who are presently violating the ban.

"None," he says when asked how many farmers are engaged in civil disobedience around the hemp issue, "though we have read that there is an activist in Colorado who is growing what is claimed to be hemp without a state permit."

And other states seem poised to join the nine that have moved to lift hemp restrictions.

California is one of those states. But amidst optimism there's room for caution. The state's been down that path before. According to NORML, California passed a similar hemp law in 1999 that's effectively lain dormant thanks to state inaction. And a state legislative effort to legalize hemp in 2011 ran into the roadblock of Gov. Jerry Brown's veto pen.

Murphy says Vote Hemp is optimistic about the future of what Canada's government calls "the world's premier renewable resource."

"Yes, with the passage of the Polis hemp amendment to the House version of the Farm Bill by a vote of 225 to 200, as well as the passage of Amendment 64 in Colorado and Initiative 502 in Washington state," says Murphy, "we at Vote Hemp are now more optimistic about the renewal of hemp farming and processing in the U.S. since our formation thirteen years ago."

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  1. …is meant to ensure that colleges and universities are able to grow and cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes in states where industrial hemp cultivation is already legal.

    Soft. On. Crime.

    1. Soft on crime, but they’re hard-ons about everything else.

  2. research? you can bet the executive will do anything it can to put a stop to that.

    1. Can’t have those kids university students get the wrong idea!

  3. *lol* Here at Ole Miss, we have been growing pot (weed) for years!

    1. That’s the sole federally legal supply in the US, no?

  4. Why should only colleges get this benefit?

    1. Why should not even colleges get this benefit?

  5. Off-topic? On-topic?

    On the “bad news” side of the leger, advocates for Freedom of Choice lost their big NASCAR vid?o-billboard opportunity.


    1. *ledger

      1. Maybe the ad was pulled by legerdemain?

    2. It only took three comments before smug NYCers displayed their bigotry toward NASCAR fans.

      Government force is bad for your health, too. Can we get rid of ads that encourage people to use the State?

      1. Dumb Neckcar hillbillies, don’t they know pot should be legal except for the purposes of stopping, frisking and arresting young black men?

    3. When I was in college I would plan trips home during the NASCAR season so I could get high and listen tot he race on my way back to school. Anyway, why can’t it just be pro marijuana instead of pro mj anti alcohol? There are a lot of pot smoking race fans but they also happen to be alcohol drinking race fans as well.

    4. Wow. Fuck the “Drug Free America Foundation”.

    1. Fail.

      As of this writing, the article is still on the front page of H&R. :-p

    2. Now you know, nothing gets past Ted.

      1. At least he didn’t try backdating his comment.

  6. Wait til Monsanto gets into the hemp business. GMO weed?

    1. You kid. But I have often thought that one of the great benefits of legalization would be turning big pharm and big ag loose on the problem of making better, safer, recreational drugs.

      1. Theoretically they could do so now, and have their products not be controlled (or be less stringently controlled) because they lack (or mitigate) the characteristics of comparable controlled substances that call for controls. Unfortunately the main characteristic is the undefined term, “potential for abuse”, which has operationally been defined AFAICT as “desirability”, meaning if people want it, they can’t have it, they can have only what they don’t want. However, big pharm does from time to time produce products like Oxycontin that are deemed to have lower “potential for abuse” than their parent compounds and thus are controlled less stringently. In the more distant past, they’ve created products claimed not to be “addictive” and which therefore were uncontrolled until they were determined to be “addictive”. A number of observers have thought that whether they’ll be “turned loose” or not is a matter determined by such factors as the prestige of the people behind the effort. I could easily see a very cynical future in which the present controlled substances remain under the same controls, but it doesn’t matter because big pharma has produced essentially identical products which, however, have been blessed by the authorities as non-problematic.

        1. Ronald K. Siegel in Intoxication advocated and/or predicted the same in a non-cynical (I think) way. He said the answer to the “drug” problem was not to decontrol existing substances but to invent perfectly safe alternatives that’d accomplish the same desired goals for the users (unless their goal was diminished capacity, I suppose). He meant it pharmacologically, but I suppose he’d also allow for the possibility of devices or drug-device combinations. The reason I’m not sure he wasn’t being cynical about it is that marijuana is so close to perfectly safe as is, and yet so stringently controlled. Presumably he’d’ve thought the current cannabis products produced by GW (the ones containing THC), which are not smoked (and therefore are lacking the one danger marijuana can be rightly said to have), would satisfy his vision of that future, and that soon their products would be sold OTC for people looking to get a legal high.

      2. Exactly.

        “New from Bayer: Cloud White. A pure and mild form of cocaine, with an easy lift and a gentle break, perfect for that little morning boost.”

  7. How can defense lawyers defend people like Castro and Zimmerman.

    WAPO brings the stupid as usual.


    1. Self defense is LITERALLY like locking women in your rape dungeon. For rape.

      1. It is like idiocy is the air they breath.

    2. What motivates a lawyer to defend a Tsarnaev, a Castro or a Zimmerman?

      One of these people blew up explosives, killed a few people, and injured hundreds more. One of them kept three women in a rape dungeon for years. One of them defended himself as his head was being pounded into cement.

      One of these things is not like the others.

      1. But even if all of the crimes were exactly the same, the accused should still get the very best defense representation in court he can get.

        Next up: this fuckstain will be complaining about the horrible representation received by minorities.

        1. People who ask this question basically equate defending someone in a legal proceeding to supporting what they are accused of doing.

  8. Most absurdly, he cited as a point of pride that “our deficits are falling at the fastest rate in 60 years.

    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com…..z2aFgu2Kfb
    Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

    Wow. He really is the guy who murdered his parents asking for sympathy because he is an orphan.

  9. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new…..-jail.html

    Bosnian gang member Poparic Milan escaped the jail in the Swiss canton of Vaud on Thursday night, along with another prisoner, after accomplices in two vehicles forced their way through a gate and fired at prison guards.
    The Pink Panthers, who have a weakness for expensive watches, have staged about 340 robberies on luxury stores in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States since 1999, making off with booty worth more than 330 million euros (?280m), according to Interpol.

    Good to see there are still first class criminals in the world.

    1. Can we get these guys to consult with police forces? No dogs shot, appropriate use of force, etc.

      1. But these guys probably have something above an animal level of intelligence. So how much could their skills really translate to the average cop?

    1. It is worse than that. They lied to people to get them to take the jobs thinking they were full time only to tell them they were part time after they took the jobs.

      It reminded me of that George Clooney movie where he goes around the country firing people (‘Up in the Air’),” the employee said. “The woman said, ‘I know you were led to believe you would be full time, but things have changed. … You are actually ‘part-time intermittent.'”

      How many people quit or turned down full time jobs to take what they though was going to be a full time one?

  10. From a New Yorker article about Weiner and Huma Abedin: Her brown eyes were pools of empathy evolved through a thousand generations of what was good and decent in the history of the human race.

  11. Her brown eyes were pools of empathy evolved through a thousand generations of what was good and decent in the history of the human race.

    Did Hillary write that?

  12. I don’t get why the media is wasting any time or credibility defending Abedin. She is nothing but a second rate chrony. She will never win elective office. She doesn’t help Dems with any demographic. If ever there was someone to throw under the bus, she is it.

    1. What credibility?

  13. Her browneye is a pool of santorum.

  14. Melissa Harris Perry is babbling incoherently about….


    Holy shit, what a babbling idiot.

    1. My wife had the Today Show on this morning They will still fucking moaning and whaling about the Zimmerman case. They are never going to let it go. They can’t seem to stop themselves or think about anything else.

  15. Today’s buzzword is “disparate impact”.

    Any outcome we don’t like is by definition RACISM, apparently.

    1. We have an entire body of civil rights law based on that. Holding everyone to the same standard is just racist.

      1. Anyone who, back in 1964, predicted the sorts of things that would be done in the name of the Civil Rights law would have been called a liar and a racist.

        “Of *course* you’ll be able to do criminal background checks on employees! What kind of paranoid bigot are you?”

        1. If you go back and read the debates on it, Goldwater called pretty much everything that has happened. And yeah, they called him a racist nut for even suggesting this would lead to race quotas and the end of real standards in hiring.

        2. Goldwater also said Medicare would bankrupt us. What a nut that guy was.

          1. It would be interesting to know how much of Goldwater’s loss can be attributed to his rather un-libertarian aggressive military and foreign policy stances.

            1. That is a matter of great debate. Some say that Goldwater lost because Johnson lied and convinced the country he was a nut and was going to start a nuclear war.

              In reality, Goldwater would have gone into Vietnam with both barrels and ended it very quickly. And that would have been a whole lot better than Johnson and McNamera spending years screwing around trying to convince the North Vietnamese they were really serious this time.

              1. Johnson clearly was deceptive, in essence he pulled a Woodrow Wilson campaigning one way on the conflict and then once elected doing the opposite. But Goldwater did himself no favors in my opinion with his aggressive stances.

                But my point is that a lot of people take Goldwater’s big loss as a negative referendum on his domestic libertarian ideas when I bet it had more to do with his foreign policy positions and/or how they were presented by Johnson, which were positions most libertarians now would oppose as interventionist.

                1. Yes. And you are correct. Johnson won becuase of Kennedy nastalgia and his lying about Goldwater’s stance on the cold war.

                  People did not support the Great Society. The Dems lost heavily in the 1966 midterms and lost the Presidency in 1968 largely because the country as a whole objected to it. The Great Society was a lot like Obamacare in that it was a policy the country didn’t want but got passed anyway because of a freakish one time majority the Dems obtained.

                  1. The Great Society was a lot like Obamacare in that it was a policy the country didn’t want but got passed anyway because of a freakish one time majority the Dems obtained.

                    And remnants of it still exist. Let that be a lesson about Obamacare as well. It’s not going away anytime soon.

                    1. That’s a good point. While it can be said that recent Republican majorities significantly increased military spending that always can and usually does go back down, Democratic majorities tend to give us programs that significantly increase domestic spending and never die.

                    2. “Remnants”? All of the Great Society still exists or has been superseded by even greater society stuff.

                      AFAIK, that was greatly helped along by the race riots. The whoozis commission on the subject was taken as finding that the necessary thing was to buy off blacks & Puerto Ricans.

            2. There was nothing un-libertarian about Goldwater’s superior foreign policy prescriptions. I know it isn’t the head-in-the-sand passivity the peacenazis want but the peacenazis aren’t libertarian.

  16. -At issue is a little-known provision in the 2008 bill that established an office within the Agriculture Department to inspect catfish. But those inspection programs also exist at the Food and Drug Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the Commerce Department.

    -Since 2009 the Agriculture Department said that it has spent $20 million to set up the catfish inspection office, which has a staff of four. The department said that it expects to spend about $14 million a year to run it. The F.D.A. spends about $700,000 a year on its existing office.

    Despite the cost, the Agriculture Department has yet to inspect a single catfish.


    1. Its Kafka’s world. We just live in it.

      1. Well, here is what they call ‘the kicker’

        -“What you have is a special interest group trying to use a food safety scare as a trade barrier,” Mr. Gibbons said. “It’s wholly inappropriate.”

        But that has not been enough to sway Southern lawmakers like Senator Thad Cochran, Republican of Mississippi.

        A staunch defender of the domestic catfish industry, Mr. Cochran was instrumental in getting the inspection provision in the 2008 farm bill. Mississippi leads the nation in catfish production, and a research facility at Mississippi State University dedicated to the study of catfish is the Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center.

        1. In a sane world it would be a point of shame that a Senator worked to deliver such pork, in ours they proudly name the result after themselves.

          What in the world.

        2. How long before someone goes to jail for importing a catfish that the FDA said was good but the Ag Department didn’t?

          It is disgraceful. And those catfish farmers are not poor either. It is nothing but a millionaire crony club.

          1. How long before someone goes to jail for importing a catfish

            Not long,

            You can already get years in a federal pen for importing lobsters the wrong way.


          2. I think this is where Canada has a large advantage over America. We have stupid, paternalistic government but at least the bureaucracies are kind of aligned and not designed to get you to make mistake. They are larger and fewer, or so it seems.

    2. But I am sure they have followed all procedures and they have held all the required diversity and sexual harassment training seminars so management should be getting bonuses. Actually inspecting fish is not part of their rating system.

      1. I snickered at that because it’s true.

  17. Save us, BENNAY!

    What a difference a percentage point makes. A slight rise in U.S. mortgage rates?the average for a 30-year fixed mortgage inched from about 3.3 percent in May to 4.3 percent this week?is spooking would-be home buyers and complicating forecasts for builders. Much to the agony of those builders, younger consumers appear transfixed by the shockingly low rates of recent years without paying any mind to historical mortgage norms.


    Executives have tried to downplay the fallout in their earnings presentations, arguing that a lot of things are worse than rising rates. A supply shortage, for one. A crummy economy, for another. “As an industry,” PulteGroup CEO Richard Dugas says, “we can sell more houses if more people have jobs, even with modestly higher rates.”

    Investors haven’t been reassured, sinking shares of both homebuilding companies. Barclays analysts this morning downgraded builders across the board, cutting its assessments of seven companies in all. “Interest rates will have a more significant effect on builder fundamentals than we had previously thought,” they wrote.

    1. Gee, nobody could have ever possibly seen this happening. Again.

  18. And this is why a “controlled exit” from Zero Interest Rate Policy will never work. I’m sure the National Association of Realtors is already lobbying the shit out of everyone, everywhere.

    Too many people have too much of a stake in Free Money, and the Fed will hold rates down UNTIL THEY CAN’T.

    1. Wait, I thought the Fed was a neutral entity with no concern for any particular industry, just the overall health of the economy.

      How can this be? I was told by shreek that the Fed knows what it’s doing and that inflation is nigh impossible.

      1. I was told by shreek that the Fed knows what it’s doing

        That’s an old but good joke.

    2. Yep.

  19. OT: Instapundit linked to this old NY Mag article about Huma Abedin, and it is wonderful.

    She approached in a knit white top and navy-blue business skirt, her dark, almost black hair down to her shoulders. She wore bright-red lipstick, which gave her lips a 3-D look, her brown eyes were pools of empathy evolved through a thousand generations of what was good and decent in the history of the human race. The harsh, cheap buck lighting in the coffee shop couldn’t lay a glove on her. By the time she sat down, the harmony of angels had vanquished the tinny background music from every corporate space on the planet. Of course, you’d seen pictures before. But you’d also seen pictures of the Taj Mahal. It didn’t quite come up to actually being there.

    The left really is nothing but a band of creepy cultists who bow and scrape before their prophets.

    1. A few days later, I saw Huma again, this time in the couple’s apartment, a nifty, reportedly $3.3 million spread owned by a longtime backer of the Clintons.

      Nice work if you can get it.

      Huma was a famously private person, give or take a Vogue spread or two, and wanted to keep it that way.


    2. This is a bizarre article.

      The new mayor will have to deal with the real problems Bloomberg will leave behind?income inequality, inadequate housing, failing public schools, over-aggressive policing, creeping generic yuppie/hipster gentrification?while still maintaining the go-go atmosphere of a twentieth-century city charging headlong into the 21st.

      Gentrification is a problem? I guess the uber-rich who subscribe to the New Yorker don’t like the up and comers. Or is it just self-hate?

      1. I bet Detroit wouldn’t mind some gentrification right now, ‘creeping’ or otherwise.

      2. It’s NY Mag, not the New Yorker. That makes it even more bizarre, since New York Magazine is read almost exclusively by New York hipsters who are there as a result of gentrification.

        1. But their gentrification is totally different then the bad gentrification.

          1. Change is bad man. Stasis and decay is cool. It’s like totally real and shit.

          2. It’s not that gentrification is inherently bad, it’s that there is now too much gentrification.

            In order to feel authentic, hipsters need to have a certain amount of the native poor people stay around. Too much gentrification drives out the people they want to be able to identify with, but can’t. They want to be seen poor, the salt of the earth without all of the trappings of being poor.

            1. mad libertarian guy| 7.27.13 @ 11:34AM |#
              “It’s not that gentrification is inherently bad, it’s that there is now too much gentrification….”

              Yes, it’s a very difficult balance our governments have to tread:
              “SF wants to stop the chain stores; but which ones?”
              In the pay-portion of his column, he claims that ‘people don’t want Walmart’, and yet it takes gov’t regs to keep Walmart away.
              Hey, no one ever said J school makes you smart.

        2. I hated myself before you did.

      3. It’s a problem because the hipsters push out the local natives to the burbs who bring their gangs and drug dealing with them. Basically it moves the pile of feces from one location to another.

  20. -The path of the peanut from a snack staple to the object of bans at schools, day care centers and beyond offers important insights into how and why a rare, life-threatening food allergy can prompt far-reaching societal change, according to a Princeton University researcher.

    -“While eight foods account for over 90 percent of food allergy reactions, including milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat, the peanut allergy has arguably received the largest share of medical and social attention,” Waggoner writes in the paper.


    1. Rare? A quarter of my daughter’s preschool class had a peanut allergy last year. I think it’s 5 of 23 in her summer camp. It’s an insanely high percentage of kids around here.

      1. That’s anomalous.

        1. That’s anomalousfashionable.


          It’s kinda like how every kid in my generation had ADHD, and every kid in the subsequent generation has autism, asperger’s, or an “autism spectrum disorder”. And the sudden realization by everyone who lives in a city with a population greater than 1 million that they have celiac.

  21. Wait, I thought the Fed was a neutral entity with no concern for any particular industry, just the overall health of the economy.

    Independently apolitical, they are. And the President will name Larry Summers to take over for Bennay, to ensure it remains that way.

    1. Right now there is a bubble in farm land prices bigger than the home prices were in the last decade. Between zero percent interest and the ethenol mandate, farm land is probably 3 times what it ought to be. When one of those things ends, the crash is going to be epic and might be as bad as 2008.

      1. I’m certain the smaller farmers who are getting reamed on property taxes won’t mind.

  22. Who Knew? Hipster Trend Has Negative Results

    -From Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine, the idea of living off the land, eating locally and growing food are admirable concepts that appeal to many city dwellers. Unfortunately, urban homesteading often provides a romanticized view of farming providing the bounty without all the work. When an erstwhile farmer lays down his pitchfork and ignores the vegetable garden, nothing much happens. However when a chicken farmer gives up on the dream of collecting fresh eggs, a new home must be found for the hens.

    Now, some shelters are reporting a dramatic increase in the number of chickens surrendered to them as urban chicken farmers ? who were unaware of the work involved with keeping chickens ? turn them over to people better equipped to care for them.


    1. Do what a real farmer would do, slaughter them and eat them.

      1. I confess to thinking that the word ‘Chik-Fil-A’ should have followed ‘turn them over to people better equipped to care for them’

      2. yes, chickens no one wants alive are a solved problem.

    2. Fucking kadults. I hate those bastards.

    3. It’s hilarious the number of urban environmentalist who tell farmers how to run their farms and tend to the land while having no fucking clue how to farm or care for land. This is a huge problem.

      Weeks later, De Jong tells me the panel [on GMO crop production] opened his eyes. He was shocked at how people who don’t live near farms feel entitled to advise farmers, especially on environmental matters. “There is a romantic notion of environmentalism, and then there is actual environmentalism,” De Jong says. “Farmers are very conscious of the environment. They want to hand off their operation to their kids and their kids’ kids, so they maintain the land the best they can while doing what they need to do in order to sell their harvest,” he says. “My guess is that the majority of people who are anti-GM live in cities and have no idea what stewardship of the land entails.”

      Hipsters and other urban environmentalists who can’t even do the work necessary to keep a few chickens (I have backyard chickens – it’s not that fucking hard) setting the terms of the debate on GMO crops and agricultural sustainability. Farmers around the world know the best thing they can do to maximize crops and tend the land, yet they can’t because these fucking luddites are controlling the debate and using government to make it nearly impossible to get new GM crops to market.

      1. On the bright side, I think there’s actually starting to be some backlash against this nonsense.

        Andy Vidak, a Republican from California, just won a special election against a Hispanic Democrat in California. He was running in a majority Hispanic district that is historically +20 Democrat. His entire campaign was based around the fact that the farmers up there aren’t allowed to use the necessary amounts of water for their crops because left-wing environmentalists won’t let them. As a result, his district had stagnated and they had 15% unemployment.

  23. Who the fuck is Amanda Bynes, and why should I care?

    1. If Amanda Bynes is actually shreek, it would explain a lot.

  24. In order to feel authentic, hipsters need to have a certain amount of the native poor people stay around. Too much gentrification drives out the people they want to be able to identify with, but can’t. They want to be seen poor, the salt of the earth without all of the trappings of being poor.

    But, in the next stage of the battle of light against darkness, they will themselves become noble martyrs, when the successful reclamation destruction of their authentically hip artsy enclave inevitably results in them being priced out of the neighborhood, at which time they will be forced to colonize a new area.

    And the cycle repeats.

  25. How about some weekend race baiting for you racist dopers. You fucking cosmotarian, redneck, rethuglican, beaner lovin’, racist, dope fiends make me sick.

    From the “article”:

    For years, when speaking to journalism students, I’ve explained that I got my start in the business by snagging an entry-level magazine job just out of college. What I’ve conveniently left out is that I learned about the job ? and obtained an interview ? thanks to someone I met through old friends of my family.

    See, no black people have friends in high places to help get their kid a job because all black people are poor and uneducated, the poor things. Also, every white person is upper-middle class with a network of other upper-middle class people that get their kids jobs. These are the facts.

  26. That brief but eloquent scene deftly illustrates the subtleties of white privilege ? a reality too seldom portrayed in film and too often ignored by its beneficiaries in life.

    It does?

  27. According to some estimates, whites on average possess six times the accumulated wealth ? in the form of home equity, savings and retirement accounts ? of blacks. That discrepancy is explained not by financial savvy or luck, but by the legacy of now-illegal practices in housing, education and employment that formed the foundation of America’s enduring ? and widening ? wealth gap between non-Hispanic whites and minorities.

    What a relief. I was afraid it might have something to do with “economic assistance” policies which explicitly prevent the accumulation of financial equity, and impose an effective tax rate of 100% or more on marginal earnings.

  28. Chilean rioters must be looking down their noses at the lame-ass vandalism of the Lincoln Memorial.

    From the anti-choice extremists at the Huffington Post:

    “Abortion-rights demonstrators vandalized Chile’s main cathedral during a Mass and used pews as barricades during clashes with police.

    “A group of demonstrators broke off from a largely peaceful protest calling for the legalization of abortion Thursday night and stormed into the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, interrupting the homily.

    “They painted walls with pro-abortion messages, broke ornaments and hauled pews all the way to the Plaza de Armas square in front of cathedral. Police in riot gear rushed to contain them, and arrested at least two people.”


  29. My ex-wife’s roommate at the university makes 10,000 bucks an hour being the pallbearer for marijuana seeds, burying them for the last time.

  30. Affordable housing is available in Detroit for those that don`t require electricity, home bathing, or heat. Soup kitchens and public showers are conveniently located, they are free and open 24/7.

  31. Kudos to the Reps who succeeded in amending the bill: May it survive the conference committee sausage fest! If not, par for the course. If so, however, this may be a solid, albeit small victory for hemp; not so much a victory for liberty. As described, the amendment grants some people in some States federal privilege that had been denied before. This is a coin with a yo-yo string attached. In the past, Uncle Sam urged us to grow more hemp. But then he pulled the string and suddenly, hemp was contraband. Now DC is close to allowing hemp research in States that permit it. But that string is even more easily yanked. A truer victory would be to strike hemp from the controlled substances list entirely, to take it off the federal table. Let States do as they wish as far as prohibition, legalization, or decriminalization, but leave no room for Drug War intervention or federal prosecution. The amendment seems to leave a loophole that allows the Feds to prosecute in States where researchers don’t have (US-approved) State sanction, instead of, or in addition to, State prosecution. We need a clean break before I can believe that Liberty’s team has scored any points at all. Sorry to see the glass as half-empty. But hey, if you give a prisoner a half-full glass of water, it is maybe a victory for him, but no indication that he is any more free than before. So, I think, goes the hemp situation. I hope you get your extended time in the exercise yard, researchers! 😉

  32. http://www.alltreatment.com/ca…..f200f870d4

    Planting the Seeds of the Future: An Interview with Chris Conrad
    Published on 7/19/13 Categorized in Marijuana Articles
    Planting the Seeds of the Future: An Interview with Chris Conrad

  33. The biggest current obstacles to medical marijuana are President Obama and the progressives on the Supreme Court: http://danfromsquirrelhill.wor…..eme-court/

  34. Google “Hempcrete” to see another example of how the federal government is great at impoverishing this country through stupid laws.

  35. I think all hemp and marijuana restrictions are silly and backwards, but even I don’t understand the sheer obsession with hemp? Doesn’t jute basically render it pointless? I’m talking about from a purely economical stance, jute is about as inexpensive as something can be. Need to abandon the whole hemp crusade and simply push for real legalization, medical and recreational. Spend the money on those campaigns.

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