'Industrial' Hemp Support Takes Root

  'Industrial' Hemp Support Takes Root

Posted by CN Staff on November 21, 2005 at 22:16:54 PT
By Donna Leinwand, USA Today 
Source: USA Today 

USA -- David Monson is a conservative Republican in North Dakota's legislature. He's also a farmer who believes that a new cash crop could revitalize his state's agricultural industry, which has been suffering from poor harvests and depressed soy and corn prices. That policy has led to an explosion in goods containing high-fiber, high-protein hemp that has been fueled by Americans' thirst for organic products — and perhaps by the tie some consumers see between hemp and marijuana, a counterculture symbol for decades.
It also has put the cannabis plant at the center of a battle between unlikely foes: angry farmers such as Monson who are leading increasingly vocal calls for the U.S. government to legalize the growing of what's known as "industrial" hemp, and federal anti-drug officials who say that allowing such crops would create a slippery slope toward legalizing marijuana.Led by Monson, North Dakota's Legislature has passed laws to make hemp farming legal — if the U.S. government ever allows it. The laws would require hemp growers to undergo criminal background checks and agree to subject their plants to tests for THC.Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Montana and West Virginia also have passed hemp-farming bills. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, introduced such a bill in Congress in June, but it hasn't advanced in the face of opposition by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the White House's anti-drug office.The DEA says allowing farmers to grow hemp in the USA would undermine the war on drugs. It says marijuana growers would be able to camouflage their crop with similar-looking hemp plants, and that DEA agents would have difficulty quickly telling the difference."Let's not be naïve," says Tom Riley of the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy. "The pro-dope people have been pushing hemp for 20 years because they know that if they can have hemp fields, then they can have marijuana fields. It's ... stoner logic."Monson says he and his supporters don't intend to grow illegal drugs. "We have answers for all the (DEA's) concerns."Other North Dakotans say they resent attempts to cast an agricultural and economic issue as a "pothead" movement. "It's a silly argument," says North Dakota Agricultural Commissioner Roger Johnson. "Does (Monson) sound like a druggie?"Johnson says North Dakota and other states are considering a lawsuit to challenge the ban, he says. "It's legal for us to import the (hemp) stalks and the seed and turn them into clothes and food, but it's not legal for us to grow it. What's the sense in that?"Snipped:Complete Article: USA Today (US)Author: Donna Leinwand, USA TodayPublished: November 22, 2005Copyright: 2005 USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.Contact: editor usatoday.comWebsite: Cannabis News Hemp Links Hemp Archives

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Comment #18 posted by Jim Lunsford on November 26, 2005 at 04:33:07 PT
Even the Yahoo Message Boards
favor legalization. And these are the last harbingers of idiocy on the internet. Normally full of ignorant postings, neo-con ranting, libtard ranting, etc., even here they are almost overwhelmingly in support of legalization. So, why isn't it legal yet? Because being in support of, and doing something about it, are entirely different matters. When America becomes the land of the free and home of the brave, instead of the land of the sheep and home of the fat, it will be legal. Until then, we will get whatever rights are handed to us. And guess what rights those will be? Jim LunsfordFirst Cannabist ChurchLight of Understanding: Ultimate Power
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on November 23, 2005 at 18:15:39 PT
Have a Happy Thanksgiving and stay safe if you go to the protest. ***Protesters Arrested Near Bush's Ranch***The Associated PressCRAWFORD, Texas Nov 23, 2005 — A dozen war protesters including Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, were arrested Wednesday for setting up camp near President Bush's ranch in defiance of new local bans on roadside camping and parking. About four hours after the group pitched six tents and huddled in sleeping bags and blankets, McLennan County sheriff's deputies arrested them for criminal trespassing. Many in the group held up signs, including one that said "Give me liberty or give me a ditch." A dozen or so other demonstrators left the public right of way after deputies warned them they would be arrested.The protest was set to coincide with Bush's Thanksgiving ranch visit. Complete Article:
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Comment #16 posted by Toker00 on November 23, 2005 at 18:00:28 PT
Peace, bro.
Ok. I gotcha' now Rev. I truly meant no disrespect. You did a very good job of your rant. It's a shame we can't just flip a switch and all be on the same page at the same time. Peace. Chilling now. Oooohhhhhmmmmmm....Anybody going to Crawford this weekend? Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW! 
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Comment #15 posted by Jim Lunsford on November 23, 2005 at 15:59:01 PT
Note that I admitted I do have troubles with turning the other cheek. I am human, and do rant as well. Being human means that I am infinitely ignorant. That is the nature of the mind of man. I'm afraid you missed the point. Being compassionate doesn't mean the same as being a coward. And no, I don't think I'm any better or worse than anyone else. Peace, JimRev Jim LunsfordFirst Cannabist ChurchToday: Live fully, rinse, repeat daily
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Comment #14 posted by Toker00 on November 23, 2005 at 14:01:32 PT

ignorant and simple
Is that what you really think of us when we rant against the corporations, Jim? LOL! We do express our anger here. In fact, you do to. You are angry because we express what we feel. I probably won't ever be as compassionate as you are, Jim. There is a time and place for the anger and name calling you see here. Each post is dated. That was the time, and this was the place. Because none of us are perfect, yet. I'm not accusing you of thinking you are perfect. I wonder, are you able to allow someone to slap you, and you just turn the other cheek? That's amazing control. I'm not there yet. We are attacked verbally in these articles, so we respond. I wish I could just say, oh well, in their hearts they rally love us. Sorry, Jim. I'm working on it, but I'm just not there yet. No offense intended, Jim. I appreciate what you said about the Dali Lama's plea for a Spirituality Revolution. I also agree that Justice should be structured and designed with compassion and rehabilitation as the directive, instead of inhumane punishment and incarceration. Couple that with giving everyone an equal foundation to start from, and society would benefit by leaps and bounds.Happy Thanksgiving, Jim, and Everyone Else.Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW!   
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Comment #13 posted by runruff on November 23, 2005 at 08:05:18 PT:

Least we all forget.
There should not be any discussion concerning the legalization of hemp vs. cannabis anyway. By whose authority do we decide whether one or the other should be legal?
We are in a dilemma known as majority consent by deception.
This is not real authority. It is counterfeit authority.
The CSA is an illegal law. The greatest criticism of the CSA is that it classifies drugs without input from the medical community. Law makers [lawyers] deciding what is good or bad medicine. Like having a suit made at Domino's Pizza. Or having dental work done at a Midas Muffler Shop.
Giving authority to lawyers to make their own laws is like letting a five year old decide on what foods to eat. Candy anyone? I believe that the lawyers, the courts and leos all knew this CSA would result in a bonanza for them all. And it has been. Fortunes have been made. Thousands of retired drug warriors today are living large off of this modern American morass. I still say the CSA fits into the commerce clause of the constitution the way a square peg fits into a round hole. It is an obvious sham. If the CSA was around in 1776 there would be no USA as we know it today. The colonies could not have functioned without hemp and the founding fathers my not have ever dreamed up this whole thing if they were not "inspired" in the first place. Many of them ate magic mushrooms. There was nothing considered wrong with it in those days. George Washington's favorite chair, the one he sat in during his presidency, has a sun rising over a magic mushroom carved onto the back. This was not a coincidence. I've seen it. I am a free spirit. You can cage my body but not my spirit.
Once you know the truth you cannot go back into darkness.
This would be impossible, for truth is light and will illuminate the darkness around you.Namaste
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on November 23, 2005 at 07:34:22 PT

Jim, Happy Thanksgiving to You 
I care about Cannabis but beyond that I care about people. All the people that are in need of a helping hand weighs heavily on my soul. When I find myself being thankful for how good life has been to me I never forget those less fortunate. I believe the most important thing we can do in life is lift up another human being by kind words or deeds. That gives me great joy.
Happy Thanksgiving from Our Home
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Comment #11 posted by Jim Lunsford on November 23, 2005 at 07:16:14 PT

My issue, beyond Cannabis
Clarification of what I believeMany of you have read of my being a follower of the Dali Lama’s plea for a Spiritual Revolution. I would like to offer my understanding of how I view that in the context of the Cannabis Movement.  It seems apparent to me, that a world in which the governments are concerned with how to help us help each other would foster a level of abundance unprecedented in our history as a species.  That ability is available now, in the form of the ninth Amendment of our Constitution. (Link: Amendment states, in its entirety, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”  In other words, by giving ourselves the power to imprison anyone, we allow all to imprison us. Why not a Justice Department designed to help those who we have failed, as a society, instead of denying someone their right of redemption and contribution? Otherwise, we will merely create crime. An economic aspect of a society, which fostered the belief of compassion, would be an unlimited level of abundance. By learning to tolerate other ways of thought, and to help, rather than hinder, another living being’s attempt to pursue their own particular path of happiness, we help our own. Scarcity, that base point of capitalistic economics, is incorrect. Fear of scarcity creates scarcity. A society concerned with helping others would naturally hope for another’s success. And that would create abundance for all. Businesses, which are owned by all of the employees holding equal rights of ownership, are but one example. In this business model, people have a stake in what their companies do, and this increases everyone’s bottom line. The janitor has as equal a stake as the CEO. By encouraging this attitude, on a Global level, in our societal structure, we encourage all to do well.Our perception of scarcity causes us to hoard and desire that which is perceived to be scarce. We create these ideas. That doesn’t make them so. Unless we allow such a concept to come to fruition. It all begins with us. Are we able to trust ourselves enough, and thus each other, to spend our time seeking ways to help our enemies run to the cause we’ve undertaken? Can we seek ways to look past retribution and hate, and learn to understand before we judge? In addition, remember to judge kindly, when you judge yourself.When I look at the pharmaceutical companies, the oil companies, the lumber companies, I try to understand these companies are really thousands of good people trying to do good. How can we use their expertise to help increase our ability to integrate Cannabis into these areas? Or sometimes, I also judge them as merely evil. But, they’re not. When we rail against something, we rail against ourselves. Let’s not let anyone else suffer from our perceived failings. Or, we could rise up in anger against the tyrants of today, so that we can be the tyrants of tomorrow. It is only a choice, and yours alone to make. Peace, JimRev Jim LunsfordFirst Cannabist ChurchGod: Made my enemies too. 

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Comment #10 posted by Jim Lunsford on November 23, 2005 at 04:05:00 PT

Just my thoughts, again!
  They say that if you can remember a half-dozen facts from college, then you are doing well. I disagree totally. What I learned was how to read a newspaper. Most people take that as a joke, but it is probably one of the most difficult tasks I have ever had to learn.   Newspapers are in the business of selling newspapers. This is far beyond any idea of promoting policies or reporting news. For how can you do either if no one buys them? I think the internet has forced the papers to change their tune in many ways.   Even those individuals who do not like Cannabis, or feel that it is of no societal use, are writing for the legalization of Cannabis. It just makes sense. To all but the DEA and ONDCP. Go figure.   I do not mind if someone doesn't agree with me of the wonders of Cannabis. As long as they write of the idiocy of the current drug policies, I am all for them. And these articles are increasingly of that nature.    Cannabis will be legal very soon. It is simply it's time. I don't expect everyone in the world to go out and toke it up, or even approve. But, I do expect the world to understand that it is MY choice and not theirs. After all, I don't enjoy target shooting, but I'm okay with someone else enjoying it.   Follow the money. That's what makes a trend possible. And there is money in Cannabis. Especially in the hemp category. And China is probably the next world leader in economic strength. Lots of money in their textile sector.   Cannabis is the most viable crop for our farmers to survive in this changing global market. China already supports hemp, and Bush had to acknowledge their power in his latest visit. Note that he did so by staying in their modern facility. This acknowledges the New China, not the Old.    Smaller farmers are making a comeback here as well. And they want to grow the Cannabis known as Hemp. It is simply too large a market to ignore. Consumers have spoken. And, as a blog in the Green Party site noted, business owners are consumers as well.   We are an increasingly politically aware nation. Discontent has been noted by Washington. And even the prohibishionists understand the dangers of a discontented and informed citizenry.   This politician is a conservative Republican. In the true sense of the word. Not an over-reaching liberal theological fascist as so many are known for being. And they ask the question; What right does the government have to tell me what to grow, eat, whatever? That answer is increasingly becoming heard as NONE.   The SAFER campaign is the most brilliant strategy I've seen to date. It is the result of thousands of dedicated people who have helped to pave the way for their inception. Sites such as NORML, MPP, and this one, have all done their part to help educate the public about our drug policies. Thank you FoM, putting up with so many different viewpoints as ours isn't very easy. But, all of our viewpoints have helped in some tiny bit.   China's textile market is the source of most of our trade troubles with them. If we don't legalize Cannbis, our country will suffer great economic mis-fortune as a result. And, there is very little to gain anymore if we maintain our policies.   Bush gave his answer to the Supreme Court case covering Religious Freedom over the CSA. It was in favor of Religious Freedom. This was only possible due to the reform of the Campaign Finance Laws. Oil companies no longer own politicians. They are on their way out in terms of political clout.  Agricultural subsidy reform is returning our farmlands to the smaller farmers. I guess Heinz will have to compete fairly now. But, small farmers want a crop that will be profitable. Go figure. Hemp success in Canada has been noted by many state politicians, and they want a piece of it. They will get it, there is simply too much money involved for any other decision.  I don't believe in evil. I thought I should make that clear. However, a purely capitalistic system encourages our endless wants and individual selfishness. But, we are beginning to evolve beyond those concepts. Or at least, I hope so.  The internet has helped tremendously in expanding our awareness of the world. And the effect of our actions upon others. Evil is being re-defined. All through the power of communication.   There has been a lot of anger directed at articles appearing here in this forum which promote legalization, but don't extol Cannabis as we view it. I find this viewpoint discouraging. If we react with anger towards people who support legalization, yet don't like Cannabis, then how are we any better than the oil companies, or the DEA?   Newspapers print articles their readers want to hear. And they want their opinions validated. What idiot editor would print a story that countered all of their previous opinions without a decent seque into it? We have a trend developing, yet we express outrage at it. How does that make sense?  I don't care if someone calls Cannabis dope. It's their opinion, and they are entitled to it. Just as I am entitled to my opinion. But, I do like that these same authors are calling for Cannabis' legalization in the same articles. So, why all the outrage?  Denver spoke for the nation with it's legalization move. The city said the Central government has no right to legislate morality of the local communities. It is a classic Hamiltonian/Jeffersonian debate. And Jefferson (my favorite drug smuggler/toker/revolutionary/hero/much more) is winning.   I am a single issue political animal. As are many people. But, my issue is not abortion, or State's Rights, or even Cannabis. It is compassion. And these rants against people who do not believe in Cannabis, but recognize the failure of the Drug War against Us, run counter to my issue.   Violence begets violence. And don't forget, the ever popular "Judge not, lest thy be judged in a like manner." I'm sorry, but I do not believe an opinion or policy different from mine is evil. It is merely different.    We are at a bifurcation point in our society. Ideas, which have worked well enough for thousands of years, are no longer up to the task of today's society. Just because people don't agree with your notion of right or wrong, doesn't make them evil.    I support the legalization of Cannabis to the point where I have incorporated Cannabis in the name of my church. But, that doesn't mean it lacks the potential to be as corrupt and vile as oil companies are percieved by many people in the world.    Values change, but do our opinions change with them? We are witnessing the end of the Rockefellor Age. It has been very beneficial in many ways. We have laid the foundations for greatness in our species, but it is our attitudes which will determine this. Not legalization.   If we continue to be as ignorant as the opponents of legalization, in that we call all of them "evil" or "corrupt" or whatever simplistic and ignorant viewpoint we choose, then we are as guilty as our enemies in prolonging this war.   Fear of punishment, fear of the unknown, fear of change, all these fears lay behind the continuation of this failed drug war. And we encourage these fears with our calls for punishment, rants against different opinions, etc. In short, our own fears create our problems.   I do not fear Man's laws, nor even God's (or whatever this sense of overpowering love and compassion which lays behind all there is). The world is perfect as it is, it is our fears and misconceptions which create this strife. My sense of God is far too loving to punish me. Instead, God leaves this up to me.   Perhaps we should work on understanding the other person's point of view. The CEO of an oil company is not evil. He is a person with a different value system. One that requires him to run a petroleum-based system at a profit.   We are what we hate and fear the most. Those who rail against those in power on some simplistic scale of good and evil, are often the ones least competent to create such a change. The world is big enough for different points of view. But not if we remain so childish and naive as to vilify those that disagree with our point of view.   Big game hunters will tell you that there is no game more deadly than a cornered and wounded animal. The same goes for politicians, industrialists, etc. They are threatened, and will fight if there is no way out. Please, allow some compassion in your hearts so that all have an opportunity to profit. And in this case, profit means an ability to contribute. How can you contribute if you are in jail?  
Rev Jim LunsfordFirst Cannabist ChurchCompassion: Understanding that we are all just trying to get by in this world.   
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Comment #9 posted by ekim on November 22, 2005 at 17:48:12 PT

 Chinese Hemp Industry has Boundless Potential 
Posted by FoM on November 05, 2001 at 09:01:46 PT
Business News 
Source: People's Daily As world fashion increasingly moves toward simplicity, comfort and health protection, experts point out that hemp, a major economic crop in China, could have great market prospects after the nation's entry into the World Trade Organization. 
Xia Jingyuan, a senior official with the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture in charge of the extension of agricultural technology, said that the annual output of Chinese linen is worth over 10 billion yuan (about 1.2 billion US dollars). According to Xia, the ongoing upgrading of China's agricultural industry has given Chinese hemp a great opportunity. Environmentally friendly, high value-added and versatile, Chinese hemp products could be a major money-maker in market both here and abroad, said Xia. For example, ramie, once used as forage, could provide a new type of vegetable protein for livestock and boost stockbreeding of southern China. Red hemp used in paper making could prevent the felling of forests while clothing made from hemp is particularly comfortable to wear and poses no health hazard. Being one of the earliest fabrics used in China, hemp's heyday can date back 4,000 years when only nobles and royal families could afford to wear finely spun linen while coarse linen were favored by commoners. The production technology of linen has undergone constant improvement. In 1984, the country made a breakthrough in the degumming technology, bringing worldwide attention to linen products. Analysts say that to establish a modern linen manufacturing and processing system with Chinese characteristics, China should double its efforts in scientific research and international cooperation, because each breakthrough in relevant technology will greatly boost the sector's upgrading.Source: People's Daily (China)
Published: Sunday, November 04, 2001
Copyright: People's Daily Online
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Comment #8 posted by mayan on November 22, 2005 at 16:53:25 PT

Master Plan
Hemp represents sustainability. The ban on industrial hemp is part of the globalists long range plan to eliminate the middle-class in the United States. They are intentionally putting us in debt, bankrupting our country and moving all of our decent jobs overseas. Our right to bear arms is their worst nightmare as that right is the only thing standing between the globalists and total domiation of all the earth's peoples. They are trying to weaken us to the point to where we will surrender our firearms for food,housing or jobs. If we ever give up our guns we will become slaves and the globalists will be our masters. America is already well on it's way to being a slave state. Even China grows hemp!SHADOW OF THE SWASTIKA: The Real Reason the Government Won't Debate Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Re-legalization:
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Comment #7 posted by mayan on November 22, 2005 at 16:43:16 PT

Stupid DEA
Canadian law enforcement has no problem distinguishing industrial hemp from high-THC cannabis. They must be a lot brighter than their American counterparts. 
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Comment #6 posted by b4daylight on November 22, 2005 at 11:12:47 PT

"Let's not be naïve," says Tom Riley of the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy. "The pro-dope people have been pushing hemp for 20 years because they know that if they can have hemp fields, then they can have marijuana fields. It's ... stoner logic."lets look to the other 33 nations for answers to the DEA concerns shall we?Today, the USA is the only developed nation that has not established hemp as a crop, the Congressional Research Service says. Great Britain lifted its ban in 1993; Germany did so in 1996 and Canada followed two years later. The European Union has subsidized hemp production since the 1990s.Where is adept logic in the government?
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Comment #5 posted by runruff on November 22, 2005 at 09:33:21 PT:

DEA training.
The DEA soldier gets a full week of training on how to tie their boots. Imagine how long it would take to teach them how to tell the difference between hemp and cannabis?
Their training consist mostly on how to point and shoot.
One can advance the Pavlov method only so far.
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Comment #4 posted by runderwo on November 22, 2005 at 08:05:32 PT

"...federal anti-drug officials who say that allowing such crops would create a slippery slope toward legalizing marijuana."Why don't these people just shut up and do their job, which does NOT include politicking in order to preserve their job?
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Comment #3 posted by potpal on November 22, 2005 at 07:26:01 PT

so much so
...was hemp a loved agricultural plant that entire towns and cities took it into their name! Give them back their heritage...Hempwallace, AR US
Hemp Swamp Brook, CT, US
Hempstead Brook, CT, US
Hemp Key, FL US
Hemp, GA US
Hemp Factory Branch, IL US
Hemp Ridge, KY, Shelby, US
Hemphill, KY, Letcher, US
Hemphill, LA US
Hempfield Lake, MI US
Hemphill Lake, MN US
Hemple, MO US
Hemp Hill, NH US
Hempstead, NY, Nassau, US
Hempstead, NY, Rockland, US
Hempstead Gardens, NY, Nassau, US
Hemp Patch Branch, NC, US
Hemphill Bald, NC, US
Hemphill Creek, NC, US
Hemphill Knob, NC, US
Hempfield, PA, US
Hemp Branch, SC, US
Hemphill Lake, SC, US
Hemp Branch, SC, US
Hemphill Lake, SC, US
Hemp Fork, VA, US
Hemp Mill Branch, VA, US
Hemppatch Branch, VA, US
Hemppatch Mountain, VA, US
Hemp Hill Creek, WA, US
Hempel Creek, WA, US
Hempel Lake, WA, US
Hemphill, WV US
Hempton Lake, WI US
Weed, CA
Pottville, PA ;-)
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Comment #2 posted by siege on November 22, 2005 at 07:12:46 PT

The Sin of Lust by the ones in political office
Tom Riley: How can we undermine Politician's and there parties, that have Government Drugs and Alcohol, and they have erotic desires or activity with Our miner children, I would think it would be nice if DEA, ONDCP would put them in prisons for there deeds. and after you have cleaning up the ( Government ) then you can start with the Citizens of the country, A**HOLE, and if YOU don't think it happens think again, I have first hand knowledge of it sir, my daughter was one of there ( Party Girls ) so smoke that Tom R. Oh by the way Tom there is a party coming up on this Thanksgiving Break  in a town in the Mohave Desert get with it and do something man. Or, is it time the Citizens call in the       (Zetas). The school Girls are already talking about it and how much money they going to make man or are you part of it?
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Comment #1 posted by JustGetnBy on November 22, 2005 at 05:44:54 PT

Stupid is as stupid does
If I were growing cannabis for medical or recreational use
it would complicate things to grow within many miles a of hemp field. I guess there are no gardners in NIDA, ONDCP or the DEA or they would surely know about pollen.  Their resistance to cannabis is not honest ignorance, it is intentional, institutionalized deliberate ignorance.  They should be ashamed of their actions, and we should be ashamed of our own inaction.
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