State To Begin Taking Applications for Hemp 

  State To Begin Taking Applications for Hemp 

Posted by CN Staff on December 05, 2006 at 09:24:53 PT
By James MacPherson, Associated Press Writer  
Source: Associated Press 

Bismarck, N.D. -- North Dakota farmers may start applying for state licenses to grow industrial hemp next year but no seed may be sown until federal drug agents approve, Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson says."We'll see where it goes," said Johnson, who has been pushing industrial hemp as a crop in North Dakota for more than a decade. "Hopefully, North Dakota will be the first state where producers can grow hemp for legitimate uses."
The federal Drug Enforcement Agency remains a major hurdle for would-be growers of marijuana's biological cousin.Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said last month that the rules crafted by North Dakota's Agriculture Department comply with state law. A state legislative committee approved the rules on Monday, with no changes, Johnson said."Nobody has ever put something like this in front of the DEA," he said. "We want to make industrial hemp happen."We have put these rules together in such an airtight fashion that we know we are not going to have illicit drugs being grown in North Dakota," Johnson said."Hemp contains trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, a banned substance, and it falls under federal anti-drug rules, said Steve Robertson, a DEA special agent in Washington."There is no differentiation between hemp and marijuana," Robertson said. "The regulations for hemp are the same as they are for marijuana."The rules, which take effect on Jan. 1, require a criminal background check on farmers who want to grow hemp. The sale of hemp and the location of the hemp fields must be documented.The application fee for the state license will cost at least $150, said Ken Junkert, the state agriculture department's plant industries manager. He said the total amount of the application fee won't be known until next month.Industrial hemp would be an alternative cash crop for North Dakota farmers because it's used to make food, clothing, cosmetics, paper, rope and other products, Johnson said. It's the only crop that would have to be licensed in North Dakota, he and Junkert said.Johnson and Junkert said several North Dakota farmers are interested in getting a state license, despite the unknowns with DEA."I don't think there is going to be a stampede, but there are going to be some farmers who will want to go through this process with the intent of at least planting a small amount of industrial hemp this spring," Johnson said.It would be up to farmers to seek the final approval from federal drug agents once the state license is approved, Johnson said."Only after they do that can they can humbly ask the DEA for its stamp of approval," Johnson said.Robertson said the DEA would review each application fairly under the law.Johnson said farmers who want to grow hemp might go to court if the state issues them a license but the DEA ignores or denies it."It's possible their (DEA's) response will be no response," Johnson said. "The license holder then would probably be in a position to take the matter to some sort of legal proceedings."Complete Title: State To Begin Taking Applications for Hemp Farmers Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: James MacPherson, Associated Press WriterPublished:  Monday, December 04, 2006Copyright: 2006 Associated Press CannabisNews Hemp Archives 

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Comment #11 posted by ekim on December 09, 2006 at 11:30:25 PT
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Comment #10 posted by ekim on December 07, 2006 at 08:30:45 PT
who will be first State to use Hemp for Ethanol?
Report Says Farmers Can Produce Both Food and Fuel   
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 December 7, 2006 In a new report, the Biotechnology Industry Organization says that with the potential of cellulosic biomass as an energy resource, U.S. farmers can feasibly produce food, feed and fuel. The BIO report, "Achieving Sustainable Production of Agricultural Biomass for Biorefinery Feedstock," touts the possibilities of cellulosic biomass as raw material for biofuels and no-till farming as a way to enhance residue collection. The report suggests economically and environmentally sustainable ways for farmers to produce biomass for the biofuels industry. Corn stover and cereal straws are expected to be feedstocks for biorefineries, with other materials coming into play as technology progresses. According to the report, corn stover is the most readily available cellulosic biomass from agricultural lands, with about 75 million dry tons per year available. Corn stover and cereal straw make up over 80% of residues available currently, the report says. However, the report points out that "equipment for collection of corn stover must be developed, since few commercial uses for stover currently exist." For a complete copy of the report, visit 
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on December 06, 2006 at 07:18:16 PT

Just a Note
I can't find any news worth posting but we are getting close to Christmas and the news will keep getting slower until after the holidays. As far as using the fungus on crops I hope it doesn't get approved because if it goes for a vote after the Democrats are in power I doubt it will happen. Most of the Democrat care about environmental issues. Biden excluded.
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Comment #8 posted by OverwhelmSam on December 06, 2006 at 06:11:08 PT

Souder, Hatch and Biden
They've been on our radar for some time. Surely there are some good politicians from their district who can replace them. Can we hire private detectives to get the dirt on these guys, and expose them before they get re-elected in 2008?
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Comment #7 posted by ekim on December 05, 2006 at 19:09:55 PT

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Genencor Meets First Technical Milestone in Biomass to Ethanol ProjectGenencor Labs, Palo Alto, California
Genencor International, Inc. announced that it has achieved its first
technical milestone in its three-year contract with the U.S. Department of
Energy Biofuels Program. Genencor developed and validated processes for
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The goal of the program is to develop new enzyme systems for the economic
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economics of breaking down cellulosic material (plant matter) and other
complex carbohydrates into fermentable sugars. "The United States is the
world's leader in agriculture and biotechnology and the Department's biomass
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David Garman, the U.S. Department of Energy's Assistant Secretary for Energy
Efficiency and Renewable Energy. "The President's Energy Policy promotes
the development of renewable energy sources and we look to biomass for
significant contributions to reducing America's dependence on foreign oil."
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Comment #6 posted by mayan on December 05, 2006 at 18:23:55 PT

"We have put these rules together in such an airtight fashion that we know we are not going to have illicit drugs being grown in North Dakota," Johnson said."Either the DEA will allow the cultivation of industrial hemp or their true motives for maintaining cannabis prohibition will be exposed for all to see. They must concede or they risk losing any remaining credibility.SHADOW OF THE SWASTIKA: The Real Reason the Government Won't Debate Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Re-legalization: an unrelated note, here is an enlightening piece which helps to explain how we got into the mess we're in. I strongly recommend that everyone read this and spread it around like wildfire...The Surreal Politics of Premeditated War: WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB - OUR NATION IS IN PERIL:
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Comment #5 posted by potpal on December 05, 2006 at 18:15:42 PT

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Comment #4 posted by FoM on December 05, 2006 at 14:03:04 PT

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Comment #3 posted by FoM on December 05, 2006 at 13:59:38 PT

We just watched Al Gore on Oprah and they had a piece by and they mentioned using HEMP Christmas Wrapping paper. It was a very good show. I can't even remember when I tuned in to Oprah anymore. It's probably been 8 or more years.
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Comment #2 posted by potpal on December 05, 2006 at 13:53:41 PT

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Comment #1 posted by FoM on December 05, 2006 at 10:28:28 PT

Off Topic: Al Gore on Oprah
 Al Gore will be on Oprah today if anyone is interested. He will be talking about global warming and how to help.***Al Gore Films Conservation Spot at Lowe's Store for Oprah
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