Davis Veto of Industrial Hemp Draws Criticism

Davis Veto of Industrial Hemp Draws Criticism
Posted by CN Staff on September 25, 2002 at 11:40:19 PT
By Paul Payne, Staff Writer
Source: Press Democrat
Industrial hemp supporters on Tuesday criticized Gov. Gray Davis' veto of a bill to study the profitability of growing the fibrous crop for use in textiles, food and fuel.Assemblywoman Virginia Strom-Martin, the bill's author, said the veto came as a surprise considering the governor's support for medical marijuana. She said her legislation could have led to a major economic boost for agriculture.
In his message accompanying the Sept. 16 veto, Davis said because hemp has been put in a class with marijuana by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, and is illegal, there is no reason to proceed with research."There are a number of significant concerns regarding the legality of producing industrial hemp in the United States," Davis wrote. "For these reasons, I am returning this bill without my signature."The bill would have requested that the University of California conduct a study of the economic benefits of the production of alternative fiber crops, including industrial hemp, flax, and kenaf.Hemp is grown in 33 countries. Worldwide sales of hemp-based products in 1999 were $250 million. Americans purchased about 60 percent of that amount, Strom-Martin said."It is a crop with huge potential from farmers," said Strom-Martin, D-Duncans Mills. "Here we are importing hemp from Canada and China. It just doesn't make sense that we couldn't be growing it right here."Advocates said hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.Hemp is valued only for use in clothing, paper and cosmetics. Hemp is a fuel and hemp seeds are a nutritional supplement, supporters said."It shouldn't be on the DEA's list," said Strom-Martin, who has written three failed hemp bills and leaves office because of term limits in December. "I have absolutely no idea why it is. I guess it's one of the mysteries of life."Others agreed.Lotus Bakery owner Jim Dow, who produced health bars containing hemp before a DEA crackdown in 2001 slowed sales, said the veto was an unfortunate blow to an industry with much potential."He missed a big opportunity to move agriculture forward," said Dow of Santa Rosa. "People could have made money in an ecological kind of way. It's certainly not very progressive of him."Note: Strom-Martin says rejection of bill came as a surprise.Complete Title: Davis Veto of Industrial Hemp Study Draws Criticism Source: Press Democrat, The (CA)Author: Paul Payne, Staff WriterPublished: September 25, 2002 Copyright: 2002 The Press DemocratContact: letters pressdemo.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site: Hemp Links Talk, Commerce Take Center Stage Bill Would Legalize Growing Hemp Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by mayan on September 25, 2002 at 17:08:20 PT
The fellow who wrote "The Shadow of the Swastika" wrote this first... Cannabis Hemp:The Invisible Prohibition Revealed -
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Comment #3 posted by mayan on September 25, 2002 at 17:02:29 PT
To Hell With Republicrats
Davis is a corporate puppet. I totally agree with Ralph Nader - the Republicrats are one party with two heads. The corporate-duopoly wins again. Gary Johnson is the exception.SHADOW OF THE SWASTIKA:
The Real Reason the Government Won't Debate Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Re-legalization:
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Comment #2 posted by p4me on September 25, 2002 at 13:37:08 PT
Cut the crap
Forget exchanging reason for lies and mincing the discussion of cannabis into MMJ, hemp, and total relegalization. The issues at hand are freedom and the corruption of government that manipulates the courts and the press. The War for Freedom is as old as the Magna Carter, but the battle at hand is the Battle For a Logical Conclusion. The power use their money and the people will use their votes. The time to vote is coming, and we need a show of people that the Battle for a Logical Conclusion is upon us.The War on Terror dominates the news and maybe people that liked AlMartinRaw#72 would be interested in the bumpersticker, "Rich Man's War, Poor Man's Fight," with the rich trying to time the bombing to either their short or long position. Does the rich man's media talk about the War Against WETHEPEOPLE? Well, I am much more interested in the War that has redefined my freedom than the endless details and arguements for when the bombing will start in full earnest. Screw the media, it is just a propaganda arm of the rich that bring us prohibition.Assemble at the ballot box this November 5th and do your duty to restore freedom with the Battle for a Logical Conclusion. Let's stop this pissing around with double entendre intended.1,2
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Comment #1 posted by DdC on September 25, 2002 at 12:51:03 PT
Grave Duffis Burning Both Ends of the Candle...
Prove us wrong! Prove us wrong! Prove us wrong!
And we hereby extend our $100,000 challenge to prove us wrong!If all fossil fuels and their derivatives, as well as trees for paper and construction, were banned in order to save the planet, reverse the greenhouse effect and stop deforestation; then there is only 1 known annually renewable natural resource that is capable of providing the overall majority of the world's paper and textiles; meet all of the world's transportation, industrial and home energy needs, while simultaneously reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil and cleaning the atmosphere all at the same time... and that substance is the same one that has done it before... CANNABIS/HEMP/MARIJUANA!
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Referenced: Editor, Re: "Mellow out, people: it's just a little marijuana," the Now, Sept. 7. I enjoyed reading "Mellow out people: It's just a little marijuana." Clearly, the author has a proper perspective. I find that most people opposing decriminalization are ignorant of the true effects of marijuana. They seem to have bought the drug war propaganda, hook, line and sinker.It's not that North Americans decided that it was "bad." In fact, corporate greed led to the wave of hysteria.The Hearst newspapers had just locked up forestry rights for paper production, an industry that would be threatened by hemp production. They were joined by the petrochemical industry that had just discovered plastics, but was also threatened by the versatility of hemp. Together, they spread the disinformation far and wide, with a copious helping of racism (it's the drug of the Mexicans, it makes black men rape white women, yadda yadda yadda).Prohibition is doomed, and informed people know it. Talk to your friends, and spread the word. The drug war causes more harm than drug use itself, and the most glaring example is the marijuana ban.Danny Terwey, Pacifica, Calif.from ARON KAY-'s rulings on hemp food products OUR SEEDS DEA vs. Industrial Hemp Welcome Cannabis Deceptions Birds THAT THE BUFFALO'S GONE
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