2 Farmers Suing DEA Over Right To Grow Hemp

2 Farmers Suing DEA Over Right To Grow Hemp
Posted by CN Staff on June 17, 2007 at 19:05:31 PT
By Donna Leinwand, USA Today
Source: USA Today
North Dakota -- Two North Dakota farmers who want to grow hemp are filing a federal lawsuit today to challenge the Drug Enforcement Administration's ban on the plant that is the same species that produces marijuana.Hemp can be imported from Canada, Europe and China, but growing hemp in the USA is illegal, the DEA says. "Hemp is marijuana," DEA spokesman Garrison Courtney says. "There's no distinguishing feature between marijuana and hemp."
Lawyers for the farmers say the Controlled Substances Act, which governs illegal drugs, makes a specific exception for hemp, a non-drug version of the marijuana plant. They are seeking a court ruling that says the federal authorities cannot arrest the North Dakota farmers for growing hemp.The federal government used to encourage farmers to grow what is known as "industrial hemp," says attorney Joseph Sandler in Washington, D.C., who is representing the farmers. Hemp plants have a low concentration of the psychoactive chemical that gives marijuana users a high, he said."You can smoke 17 fields of this stuff, and it's not going to do anything," Sandler says. "It doesn't make sense to say you can import all this hemp, but you can't grow it and import it from North Dakota to South Dakota." North Dakota's Legislature began considering allowing farmers to grow hemp more than 10 years ago after disease wiped out the wheat and barley crop, says state Rep. Dave Monson, a Republican leader in the Legislature and one of the farmers filing the lawsuit. Snipped:Complete Article: USA Today (US)Author: Donna Leinwand, USA TodayPublished: June 17, 2007Copyright: 2007 USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.Contact: editor usatoday.comWebsite: Articles: DEA Won't Rule on ND Hemp Licenses in Time Hemp Licenses Issued
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on June 21, 2007 at 08:59:41 PT
N.D. Farmers Sue To Grow Hemp
Thursday, June 21, 2007,8599,1635564,00.html
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on June 21, 2007 at 08:46:15 PT
Feds Shield Our Farms' Moral Fiber
By Steve Wiegand - Bee Columnist Thursday, June 21, 2007Story appeared in MAIN NEWS section, Page A3Sometimes there are aspects of lawmaking that remind one of scenes from "Alice in Wonderland," such as when Alice has a circular conversation with the hookah-smoking caterpillar.This came to mind Tuesday morning, whilst sitting in Room 113 at the Capitol and observing the state Senate Agriculture Committee.The topic under consideration was hemp. Hemp is an oft-misunderstood plant. Many people think it's the same as marijuana, when actually they're just good friends. They're both members of the same plant genus, and look very similar. But hemp has only trace levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the stuff in marijuana that gets you buzzed.Hemp is nonetheless a very useful plant. It is a very strong fiber. European car manufacturers are using it as a substitute for fiberglass in some parts. The seed has nutritional value. You can make paper, clothes, shampoo and other products from it.And you can legally sell all that stuff in the U.S., thanks to a 2004 federal appeals court ruling that blocked an effort by the Drug Enforcement Administration to ban hemp product sales. (The DEA decided not to pursue an appeal.)Snipped:Complete Article:
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Comment #8 posted by charmed quark on June 18, 2007 at 15:29:33 PT
industrial hemp medical uses?
Isn't it high in CBD? So could extracts be used for salves and tinctures as an anti-inflammatory?
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on June 18, 2007 at 07:23:13 PT
Wall Street's Undertow: Drugs and Anxiety
 June 18, 2007 Reuters Article:
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on June 18, 2007 at 06:36:55 PT
New Bill May Ban Forced ID Implants
Palo Alto Democrat says devices could be used to track people.By Steve Lawrence, Associated PressJune 18, 2007SACRAMENTO  Forgot your company identification badge at home? That wouldn't be a problem if employees had a small identification device about the size of a grain of rice inserted under their skin instead of a badge. 
If that seems Orwellian to you, state Sen. Joe Simitian may have a solution. He's introduced a bill that would bar an employer or anyone else from requiring a person to have one of the devices implanted. The measure is one of a series of bills the Palo Alto Democrat has proposed to control the use of so-called radio frequency identification devices, which can be placed in badges, passports, driver's licenses and on bodies to transmit radio signals with identifying information. Complete Article:
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on June 18, 2007 at 06:19:42 PT
PSA: Aliens Don't Do Drugs
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Comment #4 posted by mayan on June 18, 2007 at 04:27:08 PT
Go Figure...
COLOMBIA-ECUADOR: Studies Find DNA Damage from Anti-Coca Herbicide:
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Comment #3 posted by mayan on June 18, 2007 at 03:19:45 PT
DEA Dummies
"There's no distinguishing feature between marijuana and hemp."The DEA's Canadian counterparts are bright enough to distinguish between the two. How did our guys get to be so dumb? It's a wonder they can even tie their own shoes.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...MEDIA ADVISORY: Independent Scientist Leuren Moret and International Lawyer Alfred Webre to call for International Citizen's 9/11 War Crimes Tribunal: Lapham of "Harper's" magazine is reading "Debunking 9/11 Debunking": Professors Question The 9/11 Commission Report: 9/11 Truth Conference - June 22-24: WAS AN INSIDE JOB - OUR NATION IS IN PERIL: 
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Comment #2 posted by ekim on June 17, 2007 at 19:45:01 PT
we are killing off our birds -- wake up people
the world can not accept another 4.7 billion hemp plants being hunted down and destroyed in the next 23 years.December 26, 2006 at 10:59:50 PT
Press Release 
Source: PRNewswire
 Washington, DC -- According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) data it has funded the destruction of 4.7 billion non-psychoactive industrial hemp plants also called "ditchweed" since 1984. 
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on June 17, 2007 at 19:36:27 PT
Drug Enforcement Administration is a disease. 
The Drug Enforcement Administration is a disease. The DEA has wiped out the hemp crop.The disease should be contained.
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