Hemp Farming Act of 2007 Introduced in Congress 

Hemp Farming Act of 2007 Introduced in Congress 
Posted by CN Staff on February 13, 2007 at 13:21:23 PT
Breaking News
Source: PRNewswire 
Washington, DC -- For the second time since the federal government outlawed hemp farming in the United States, a federal bill has been introduced that would remove restrictions on the cultivation of non-psychoactive industrial hemp. The chief sponsor of H.R. 1009, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2007," is Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) and the nine original co-sponsors are Representatives Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Barney Frank (D-MA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Jim McDermott (D-WA), George Miller (D-CA), Pete Stark (D-CA) and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).
The bill may be viewed online at: "It is indefensible that the United States government prevents American farmers from growing this crop. The prohibition subsidizes farmers in countries from Canada to Romania by eliminating American competition and encourages jobs in industries such as food, auto parts and clothing that utilize industrial hemp to be located overseas instead of in the United States," said Dr. Paul. "By passing the Industrial Hemp Farming Act the House of Representatives can help American farmers and reduce the trade deficit -- all without spending a single taxpayer dollar." U.S. companies that manufacture or sell products made with hemp include Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, a California company who manufactures the number-one-selling natural soap, and FlexForm Technologies, an Indiana company whose natural fiber materials are used in over 2 million cars. Hemp food manufacturers such as French Meadow Bakery, Hempzels, Living Harvest, Nature's Path and Nutiva now make their products from Canadian hemp. Although hemp grows wild across the U.S., a vestige of centuries of hemp farming, the hemp for these products must be imported. Health Canada statistics show that 48,060 acres of industrial hemp were produced in Canada in 2006. Farmers in Canada have reported that hemp is one of the most profitable crops that they can grow. Hemp clothing is made around the world by well-known brands such as Patagonia, Bono's Edun and Giorgio Armani. There is strong support among key national organizations for a change in the federal government's position on hemp. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) "supports revisions to the federal rules and regulations authorizing commercial production of industrial hemp." The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has also passed a pro-hemp resolution. Numerous individual states have expressed interest in industrial hemp as well. Fifteen states have passed pro-hemp legislation; seven (Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia) have removed barriers to its production or research. North Dakota has issued state licenses, the first in fifty years, to two farmers so far. Rep. Paul's bill would remove federal barriers and allow laws in these states regulating the growing and processing of industrial hemp to take effect. "Under the current national drug control policy, industrial hemp can be imported, but it can't be grown by American farmers," says Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp. "The DEA has taken the Controlled Substances Act's antiquated definition of marijuana out of context and used it as an excuse to ban industrial hemp farming. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2007 will bring us back to more rational times when the government regulated marijuana, but told farmers they could go ahead and continue raising hemp just as they always had," says Mr. Steenstra. More information about hemp legislation and the crop's many uses can be found at http://www.VoteHemp.comBETA SP and DVD Video News Releases featuring footage of hemp farming in other countries are available upon request by contacting Adam Eidinger at 202-744-2671. CONTACT: Tom Murphy of Vote Hemp, 207-542-4998 or tom Note: H.R. 1009 Would Give States Right to Regulate Farming of Versatile Hemp Crop.Source: Vote HempSource: PRNewswire (NY)Published: February 13, 2007Copyright 2007 PRNewswire Website: Contact: information Related Articles & Web Site:Vote Hemp Hemp Exposes ONDCP & DEA Lies Producer? Plan Riles Feds' Suspicions Story Proves Value of Hemp Farming
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Comment #19 posted by FoM on February 15, 2007 at 11:56:25 PT
Had Enough 
It's good to see you and I don't need to take it out. Thank you.
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Comment #18 posted by Toker00 on February 15, 2007 at 09:13:53 PT
The Big Dig. FoM?
You diggin' out today like everyone else? I sure hope you and Stick are ok. Did your satellite survive? C U soon.Please help out us working class folks: TO THE PEOPLE! Toke.
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Comment #17 posted by unkat27 on February 15, 2007 at 04:40:15 PT
Time to Legalize is Now!
It makes absolutely no logical sense whatsoever for the feds to continue to block hemp legalization. HEMP IS AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVE RESOURCE and anything that can reduce our dependence on crude oil sucked from the ground should be embraced.
On Hemp, Cannabis, and the Oil Pigs
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Comment #16 posted by Had Enough on February 15, 2007 at 03:42:25 PT
I did it again, with my feeble attempts to communicate.Just saw that FoM posted that article a few days ago… oppsYou can delete my last post if you care to, or just let it ride.
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Comment #15 posted by Had Enough on February 15, 2007 at 03:21:48 PT
Time Has Come Today
Research supports medicinal marijuanaAIDS patients in controlled study had significant pain reliefBy Rick
 Updated: 1:28 a.m. ET Feb 13, 2007AIDS patients suffering from debilitating nerve pain got as much or more relief by smoking marijuana as they would typically get from prescription drugs -- and with fewer side effects -- according to a study conducted under rigorously controlled conditions with government-grown pot.In a five-day study performed in a specially ventilated hospital ward where patients smoked three marijuana cigarettes a day, more than half the participants tallied significant reductions in pain.and…The White House belittled the study as "a smoke screen," short on proof of efficacy and flawed because it did not consider the health impacts of inhaling smoke.But other doctors and advocates of marijuana policy reform said the findings, in today's issue of the journal Neurology, offer powerful evidence that the Drug Enforcement Administration's classification of cannabis as having "no currently accepted medical use" is outdated."This should be a wake-up call for Congress to hold hearings to investigate the therapeutic use of cannabis and to encourage more research," said Barbara T. Roberts, a former interim associate deputy director in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, now with Americans for Safe Access, which promotes access to marijuana for therapies and research.Click to see more…****************The front pages are achang’n… It’s only a matter of time. But how much longer???Congress… can you hear us?Time...Time...Time...Time has come today...Can't put it off another day..."Time Has Come Today" - The Chambers Brothers
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Comment #14 posted by mayan on February 14, 2007 at 17:33:33 PT
Johnny Pee's Right For Once
Report: Teens Abusing Prescription Drugs: the above linked article..."The drug dealer is us," said Walters, the national drug policy director.If he's referring to the federal gov't and prohibitionists in general, I'd have to agree. Where are all of the prohibitonists when it comes to prescription drugs and alcohol? If they were so concerned about the children they would be calling for the prohibition of those substances also! WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN? WHAT KIND OF MESSAGE DOES IT SEND THAT THOSE SUBSTANCES ARE LEGAL???Here's a real crock...State to increase the cost of medical marijuana I-D cards: WAY OUT...BBC: The 9/11 conspiracy movement: Chomsky joins 9/11 “Jersey” widows in calling for release of 9/11 documents: New “9/11 Hijackers”? 9/11 – It Controls Our Lives: New Film 'Loose Change' Alleges The US Staged 9/11 To Justify Iraq War: and Preview of Upcoming BBC Episode of 'The Conspiracy Files':
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Comment #13 posted by potpal on February 14, 2007 at 15:36:24 PT
slow day
A cannabis culture, what about the children? 
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Comment #12 posted by Toker00 on February 14, 2007 at 14:33:30 PT
Lou Dobbs is an old Fogey.
He is one of the blind being led by the blind. He probably has four or five scripts for ailments cannabis would treat, but he is too stupid to listen to reason. Our government has convinced him and way too many others that God is an outlaw and should put in prison for manufacturing drugs. They honestly believe Man is capable of bettering Nature. GMAB.Toke.
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Comment #11 posted by MikeC on February 14, 2007 at 14:08:55 PT
Lou Dobbs...
Another commentary on the failed drug war:
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Comment #10 posted by potpal on February 14, 2007 at 06:26:28 PT
Sowing seeds
We the good people of...Hempwallace, AR 
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Weed, KYAre ready to get back at it!
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Comment #9 posted by PainWithNoInsurance on February 14, 2007 at 06:12:05 PT
The Mess We Are In Today
I agree with HempWorld that we might not be in the mess we are in today if hemp would not have been made illegal. The communism style prohibition of hemp has most likely been bad for the enviroment.Anyone see the news story about whole colonies of bees disappearing? The is very scarey stuff and a nightmere for food production.
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Comment #8 posted by mayan on February 14, 2007 at 02:10:09 PT
Fool Us Twice? From Iraq to Iran:
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Comment #7 posted by mayan on February 14, 2007 at 01:45:54 PT
GW Pharmaceuticals finds partner for US: to hold public hearing on Initiative 2:
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Comment #6 posted by mayan on February 13, 2007 at 20:54:53 PT
God Bless Ron Paul!
Hats off to Ron Paul and the nine co-sponsoring Democrats. It's too bad that this bill won't go anywhere. The same powers that deny us the right to cultivate hemp are the same powers that want perpetual wars fought for finite resources and that's what they'll get. That's how they control us and as long as we put up with the RepubliCrats, things will only get worse. Much,much worse.SHADOW OF THE SWASTIKA: The Real Reason the Government Won't Debate Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Re-legalization: WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...Tarpley: "Beware the Ides of March--Mobilize Now": Don't believe the official 'conspiracy' theory:,,2011648,00.htmlHow Did They Know Building 7 Was Going to Collapse?'s NEVER Been a Real 9/11 Investigation: to air '9/11: The Conspiracy Files' on Feb. 18th: Politics Club at Davis:
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Comment #5 posted by HempWorld on February 13, 2007 at 20:39:00 PT
Will Hemp Ever Be Legal (tender) in USA (again)?
I wonder. If Hemp was never outlawed in the US through efforts of lying, racism, perjury and a conspiracy between Anslinger and Hearst and other prominent industrial powerhouses of the 1937's etc., we would not be in the mess we are in today. We would not have global warming, we would not have terrorism and terrorist with nuclear weapons, etc. etc. We probably would have never had an arms race either. Now all the power is in the hands of the oil industry (as is the US Govt) will the oil barons give hemp a chance? Only if they are forced to do so by the will of the people, who as a whole, are not represented by the US Fed Govt. Will global warming force them to do so?
Maybe you can stop Hemp But Nobody Can Stop This!
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Comment #4 posted by ekim on February 13, 2007 at 19:20:33 PT
any one try Diane today -- eyesentemailanyu
1009 sounds very fine````````and sharpens the mind~~~~~~~
that bad ass tenohnine========what Rnold and Ryan and too many to count did trying to stop 1009 but not this time
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Comment #3 posted by MikeEEEEE on February 13, 2007 at 17:05:08 PT
An important question
How powerful is the drug testing industry in Washington, DC?
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Comment #2 posted by Toker00 on February 13, 2007 at 14:43:03 PT
They are holding to a candle that is burning at 
both ends. The Cannabis plant. Medical Cannabis on one end, Hemp Cannabis on the other. Everyday that candle burns, they have less to hold onto. Let the Devil have his 666, let us have our 777. Legalize Cannabis on July 7, '07. 777 over 666. And as in poker, that's a winning hand!END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW!Toke.
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Comment #1 posted by laduncon on February 13, 2007 at 14:20:57 PT
Hemp Hemp Hooray!
Legalize cultivation of the hemp plant which, contrary to the beliefs or wishes of some, is the same plant as the cannabis plant. The difference is in which parts of the cannabis plant are accentuated (fiber, flower, seed, etc..) through genetic selection and environmental factors during cultivation. How else to explain cross-pollination except through acknowledging their shared lineage and common species? "A species generally consists of all the individual organisms of a natural population that are able to interbreed, generally sharing similar appearance, characteristics and genetics due to having relatively recent common ancestors.(wikipedia)" The ability of "hemp" and "cannabis" to reproduce across arbitrary human-drawn lines demonstrates the genetic similarities and indivisability of the species, regardless of cultural norms dictating otherwise. I fully support the cultivation of the cannabis plant, in all its forms and in all its manifested names.Thus, next time one shops for hemp clothing or hemp nutrition, remember that neither would be possible without the much maligned and demonized cannabis plant.
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