Hemp Group Wants Air Force OK For Lotion

Hemp Group Wants Air Force OK For Lotion
Posted by CN Staff on June 11, 2004 at 06:23:12 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press 
Cannon Air Force Base -- A trade organization is asking the Air Force to clarify that its ban on marijuana use doesn't apply to personal care products that contain hemp seed oil.   The California-based Hemp Industries Association and the Indoor Tanning Association have sent Air Force Secretary James Roche a letter this week criticizing a recent article in the Cannon Air Force Base newspaper    Mach Meter.
The article warned airmen not to use products containing hemp seed oil, hemp oil or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol    known as THC    marijuana's main active chemical.   The article said using such products created the "statistically small" chance of flunking a drug test and could attract attention from the base's drug-sniffing dogs.   "While the lotion was not used with intent to break any laws and is not illegal, the fact that a military working dog alerts on your car or your person creates a perception that nobody wants," said the article written by Capt. Gwendolyn Beitz.   People in the military are prohibited from using marijuana and the services test for THC levels. Hemp is a plant that is used for a variety of products, from fiber for making clothes to tanning lotion.   The Cannon story said while base officials don't believe anyone would ingest a lotion, the lotion could be applied over a cut or scrape, creating a chance of absorption under certain circumstances.   A spokesman for the Hemp Industries Association disputes that such use could lead to a positive drug test.   "There's no way a personal care product will cause someone to fail a drug test," association spokesman Adam Eidinger said Thursday during a telephone interview.   Eidinger said the association that represents about 200 companies decided to write Roche because it complained to Cannon officials about the article and failed to get a response.   "We want the Air Force to clarify this policy," Eidinger said. "At the very least, they should clarify that their ban on hemp foods does not apply to personal care products . . . which contain varying amounts of hemp oil."   Air Force officials did not immediately return a call seeking comment.   Eidinger said the Cannon story had received widespread circulation and had misled military personnel and the public into thinking they shouldn't use hemp products because it might trigger a positive test for marijuana.   Candi Penn, HIA's executive director, told Roche in the letter "the Air Force's concerns are not based in scientific research." She said it was ridiculous to think drug-sniffing dogs would target a person wearing hemp sun block.   Penn also said there is no example of any person failing a drug test after using hemp personal care products.   "We understand the Air Force needs to conduct drug tests, but these tests do not need to come at the expense (of) our industries," Penn told Roche. Source: Associated Press Published June 10, 2004Copyright: 2004 The Associated Press Related Articles & Web Site:Hemp Industries Association May Get Burned by Hemp Sun Lotion Demonized Seed - LA Times Special
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Comment #33 posted by FoM on August 19, 2004 at 11:36:26 PT
Press Release from U.S. Newswire
Air Force Says Hemp Skin Care Products Not Prohibited; USAF Letter Refutes Reports of Ban by Numerous TV StationsAugust 19, 2004WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Indoor Tanning Association (ITA) representing thousands of businesses and the Hemp Industries Association's (HIA) 200 member companies received written clarification this week from the United States Air Force Surgeon General's Office that hemp skin care products are "not prohibited" under a policy dating back to 2001 that bans ingestion of hemp foods by Air Force personnel. The North American trade groups sought clarification of the Air Force policy on hemp sun block and other personal care products that contain hemp seed oil after reports first published April 23rd in Mach Meter: The Online Publication of Cannon Air Force Base raised unfounded concerns that items could cause false positive drug tests. See the Air Force letter at false story was picked up by the Associated Press and then reported on at least 27 local and cable TV stations in May of this year, damaging various American body care businesses. The reports mislead the general public to think they should not use hemp oil sun block and tanning lotions because they allegedly could cause positive drug tests for marijuana and trigger drug sniffing dogs at military check points. A list of TV stations that aired the false report is at the end of this release."We are grateful the Air Force clarified their policy on hemp personal care products, which include soap, shampoo, lip balm, lotions and sun block, among others" says Candi Penn, executive director of HIA. "Although the Air Force policy on hemp foods is similarly ill-founded, the Air Force clarification on skin care will certainly help dispel the myth that someone could fail a drug just from using hemp tanning lotion. We hope news media will report this clarification since earlier reports this year damaged legitimate business, especially hemp sun block manufacturers, just as the summer buying season began."Of all vegetable oils, hemp oil contains the highest proportion of the omega 3 & 6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) which nourish and replenish the skin in personal care products. U.S. hemp companies voluntarily observe reasonable trace THC limits similar to those adopted by European nations as well as Canada. These limits protect consumers with a wide margin of safety from workplace drug-testing interference even when eating unrealistic quantities of hemp oil and nut on a daily basis. (see hemp industry standards regarding trace THC at ). The following TV stations aired FALSE reports on the Air Force banning hemp personal care products in May 2004 and should issue corrections: CNBC (Cable); KAMR; KASA; KCIT; KDFW; KETV; KFDA; KGPE; KHOU; KMOV; KNSD; KSNW; KOB; KSPR; KTRK; KSAZ; KUAT; KUSE; WEWS; WGN; WINK; WJZ; WLBT; WLMT; WNYW; WPIX; WPMI;To: National Desk Contact: Adam Eidinger, 202-744-2671 (cell)For more information or to arrange interviews with representatives of the hemp industry, please call Adam Eidinger at 202-744-2671. 2004 U.S. Newswire
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Comment #32 posted by FoM on June 11, 2004 at 23:01:02 PT
About The Funeral
I am so tired I can't think what to say except that it was overdone but it was something that I'm glad was covered in the news. Nancy won't last long now that she doesn't have a reason to stay alive. She will miss him and just quit. I believe people can die of a broken heart. Oh and about Reagan. He was 70 years old when he became president. I bet he was having memory problems from almost the very beginning of his term. 70 is way to old to just become a president in my opinion.
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Comment #31 posted by Hope on June 11, 2004 at 22:25:24 PT
NYT picture
She looks like she's conversing with him. Sometimes, I don't like to view those so deeply personal moments that some photographers can capture. It seems like something I wasn't supposed to see. Like I've seen something deeply personal that is none of my business.
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Comment #30 posted by Hope on June 11, 2004 at 22:14:16 PT
But maybe not...
It's old news...but it's historic pageantry played out before our eyes.Naturally, the money could be put to better use...but somehow, I feel like saying, "let the dead bury their dead".
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Comment #29 posted by Hope on June 11, 2004 at 22:11:19 PT
Some stations
perhaps, on the dish networks, or at least one station somewhere will probably be devoted to replaying the entire funeral for a week or two. 
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Comment #28 posted by FoM on June 11, 2004 at 22:07:12 PT
New York Times Pictures of Funeral
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Comment #27 posted by FoM on June 11, 2004 at 22:00:25 PT
I really haven't watched tv this week on purpose. I knew it was going to be stretched out and it probably will continue for some time. Instead we watched DVD's of movies and concerts. I remember how upset I was when they didn't know when to stop talking about Princess Diana after her death. I believe in a true no spin zone. When a story is covered don't pound it into the ground. We are able to shift gears with the Internet while tv news goes on and on and on forever it seems. 
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Comment #26 posted by Hope on June 11, 2004 at 21:45:13 PT
The setting sun
was touching. Even got the universe in on the ceremony. It was something. I don't think any body will top that one as far as pomp and circumstance goes. Not for a long time anyway. Can't believe Ron used some of the eulogy to slash at Bush. It was something. Still too many close-ups of Nancy's face. That was macabre.
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Comment #25 posted by FoM on June 11, 2004 at 21:35:53 PT
It was a beautiful funeral. I've never seen a beautiful funeral before. I thought about the men that carried Reagan's coffin and I wondered how does someone get to do such a job. The Battle Hymn of the Republic on that California hillside was awesome. It was just so right on. I know it was overkill but it was beautiful.
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Comment #24 posted by Hope on June 11, 2004 at 21:34:23 PT
It kind of looks like she might still irritate her old mom.I don't envy them their very public life.
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Comment #23 posted by FoM on June 11, 2004 at 21:29:24 PT
I heard Chris Matthews talking about Patty. She still has that rebel in her he said. Long hair and boots and he chuckled and said this is a funeral why am I talking about that! She has alot to say in time but probably not until Nancy has passed away. That's what I think. She is showing respect and that's a good thing. 
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Comment #22 posted by Hope on June 11, 2004 at 21:27:15 PT
That salute with the cannon or whatever that was got my attention.For a brief moment it looked like the fly over could get more dramatic than anticipated. One of the planes scared me for a minute.
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Comment #21 posted by Hope on June 11, 2004 at 21:20:25 PT
They were making some strange comments over Patti was hot sixties babe...Chris Matthews said something like that.
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on June 11, 2004 at 21:10:03 PT
I watched most of the funeral tonight. This is the first time in history that a funeral of a president has ever gotten real time coverage. I really didn't think at all about President Reagan just Nancy and Patty and Ronnie. I like Ronnie Reagan but it's because he always is at the big dog shows as an announcer. He must like dogs a lot like I do. Patty still has a lot of rebel in her soul. She's the rebel and she was Nancy's strength. Ronnie and Patty's eulogys were very touching.
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Comment #19 posted by Hope on June 11, 2004 at 21:09:20 PT
Sorry, siege 
siege...I and apparently Virgil, have a small "i before e" problem. Or is it "before i"?Anyway...sorry about misspelling your name.
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Comment #18 posted by Hope on June 11, 2004 at 21:04:41 PT
Well great! Now I'll probably be under seige.
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Comment #17 posted by Hope on June 11, 2004 at 20:50:31 PT
Welcome, Seige.
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on June 11, 2004 at 20:49:17 PT
My own comment #5
Watching some of the funeral, I felt hideous after awhile like I was hanging up in front of her staring into the widow's face. It seemed weird. I found myself wishing she had on a veil like Jacqueline Kennedy. I felt compelled to look away.
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Comment #15 posted by Virgil on June 11, 2004 at 19:30:00 PT
Seige, welcome
You do not have to fill in the E-mail blank when submitting a comment, not that there is anything wrong with that. I hope you do not respond, because that would mean I would be under Seige.
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Comment #14 posted by siege on June 11, 2004 at 19:14:11 PT:
 A federal LAW 
 military and police do not have to drug test,and can not be reprimanded.
I used it in 1964 in v nam 
            A Marine!! 
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on June 11, 2004 at 17:32:11 PT
Pity and a certain fearfullness...dread?
I can pity the woman without liking the things she has done. My own mother's recent widowhood has made me very aware of how painful it can be.
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on June 11, 2004 at 17:26:49 PT
Read somewhere where the state funeral is costing somewhere between two and a half to three million dollars...of federal money.
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on June 11, 2004 at 16:12:34 PT
About Reagan
I hope news will get back to normal soon. I only watched the program today and yet I know it has been going on it seems forever. I am not sad because of Reagan's death. He hasn't been alive for a long time. I just feel sorry for anyone who loses someone they love. So I feel sorry for Nancy today. I was told something one time by a lady that I helped because she was blind and dieing and needed to have someone with her at all times. She was 33 years old when she finally passed away. I cried one day but I was so quiet and yet she sensed that I was crying. She said something that I'll never forget. She said you really aren't crying for me but for your own feelings and sense of loss. I understood what she meant by that and it's something that I've thought about when someone elses death makes me sad.
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Comment #10 posted by Petard on June 11, 2004 at 15:53:51 PT
Befitting End to Raygun
He goes out of this world the same way he left office: At the burden of the taxpayer. How much is this "National Period of Mourning" and his overly extravagant "state" funeral costing us? His personal estate sure as Hell (where I suspect he'll burn for eternity) ain't footing the bill.He leaves still clinging to his Voodoo Economics and increasing the National Debt, how appropo.
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Comment #9 posted by E_Johnson on June 11, 2004 at 12:00:16 PT
I will mourn Gorbachev more than Reagan
The way I see it, Gorbachev saved the world from Reagan.His conciliatory brand of leadership saved the whole world at the time.Gorbachev pulled Reagan back from the brink of nuclear insanity.Gorbachev didn't just spring into existence overnight, he developed through the natural evolution of educated Soviets becoming aware and admitting to themselves their model for success was failing.Reagan's hawklike stance was a refusal to acknowledge that process had been going on for many years already.
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Comment #8 posted by Agog on June 11, 2004 at 11:20:00 PT
They ban all such contact with any hemp products as a means of preventing a positive defense against the drug test. Fact is the drug test only detects "thc metabolites" it cannot distinguish the source or for that matter identify active THC. Hence military and DOT personnel are banned from contact with any of the hemp products cuzzz... if you didn't get it from something legal... you musta been smokin that mareeewannna. Never mind that poppy seed products exist and have been known to provide false positives too.Agog
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on June 11, 2004 at 10:29:11 PT
EJ You're Right
I have bad feelings about Reagan but it's hard for me to be too angry right now. I use events like his expected death to re-evaluate myself and how I feel about our country, people and politics. I think that's what I'm doing. Reagan and the AIDS issue is very painful for me. I knew he didn't care if many died. It was like good riddance. I know so well. History won't be kind to Reagan but History will really not be kind to George W. Bush.
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Comment #6 posted by E_Johnson on June 11, 2004 at 10:15:19 PT
I can't my my feelings aside FoM
I was a marijuana user when Reagan announced the War on Casual users and the institution of urine testing.I can't ever feel anything towards Reagan that goes beyond how I felt at that moment.Shock and fear.And he did all that partly to please NANCY.
Nancy, who ran around with pot smoking whoremongering Alfred Bloomingdale and his compliant complicit wife Betsy.Nancy who attended events Ronnie couldn't attend with a "walker" -- that is, a gay man that everyone knew was gay who could accompany rich married women without causing scandalous rumors of an affair.Nancy was walked everywhere by her "gay best friend" and meanwhile what did Reagan do about the AIDS crisis that occurred on his watch as leader of our nation?The hypocrisy of their life was sickening and the solemnity of death is not relieving my nausea, I am sorry.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on June 11, 2004 at 08:39:53 PT
Yes, FoM
They did appear to love each other greatly. It is sad. "All over" is written all over her. It is sad. It's a part of life. 
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on June 11, 2004 at 08:36:29 PT
That's OK. It's really easy to miss articles. We are watching Reagan's Funeral. I feel so sorry for Nancy. Isn't it something how we can feel sad for a lady who made our lives a living hell with Just Say No. We try to be kind and let history record his legacy. I am proud of our country but I am very sad for our country at the same time. Weird emotions with this funeral of Reagan. I will remember Ronald and Nancy Reagan as two people who loved each other. That's the way I will remember them.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on June 11, 2004 at 08:34:33 PT
Checking in
Just let it count as me checking in to let you know I'm still alive and kicking, against the real "pricks". And they are pricks...the painful kind. It hurts to see people abused by the authorities because of what they consume. It really does make cuts and "pricks" against the spirit. Enough explaining. Take the "pricks" remark how ever you want. It applies either way.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on June 11, 2004 at 08:27:02 PT
Dang! Sorry!
Didn't scroll down far enough before I posted that. Too big a hurry as usual this morning.
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Comment #1 posted by Hope on June 11, 2004 at 08:24:01 PT
Police to let England Fans Smoke Dope,,2-2004270693,00.html
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