US House of Representatives Approves Hemp Research Provisions

Congressional lawmakers last week approved language authorizing state universities and agriculture departments to move forward with programs to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes.

The language, included in the final version of the omnibus federal Farm Bill, was approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The Senate is expected to sign off on the measure imminently.

The provisions allow for the cultivation industrial hemp in agricultural pilot programs in states that already permit the growth and cultivation of the plant. Ten states — California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia — have enacted legislation reclassifying hemp as an agricultural commodity under state law.

Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa that contains only minute (less than 1%) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Farmers worldwide grow hemp commercially for fiber, seed, and oil for use in a variety of industrial and consumer products, including food. However, US federal law makes no distinction between hemp and marijuana.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) — who advocated on behalf of the language to the 2014 Farm Bill conference, the group federal of lawmakers charged with finalizing the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill – called the bill’s expected passage “an important victory for … farmers.”

A 2013 white paper published by the Congressional Research Service concludes: “[T]he US market for hemp-based products has a highly dedicated and growing demand base, as indicated by recent US market and import data for hemp products and ingredients, as well as market trends for some natural foods and body care products. Given the existence of these small-scale, but profitable, niche markets for a wide array of industrial and consumer products, commercial hemp industry in the United States could provide opportunities as an economically viable alternative crop for some US growers.”

The agency notes that the United States is the only developed nation that fails to cultivate industrial hemp as an economic crop.

Also last week, the American Farm Bureau Federation at its annual meeting approved a new policy resolution urging for the repeal of the classification of industrial hemp as a controlled substance under federal law stating, “At a time when small farms are innovating and diversifying to remain competitive, we should provide every opportunity to increase farm incomes and allow the next generation the ability to continue living off the land as their families have for generations.”

Federal legislation to reclassify industrial hemp and to allow for its commercial cultivation remains pending in both the United States House and Senate.

37 thoughts

  1. That’s a pretty big foot in the door. I emailed Rep. David price (nc) about the reform of marijuana laws and actually got pretty good response! Let’s turn tobacco road into weed way!

  2. There seems to be more than enough support for full legalization. NORML…do you guys think that if we started a petition to force a national vote, that we could succeed ? I think that one reason they didn’t come down on Co.and Wa., was because there’s this thing about ignoring the will of the voters. It’s kind of tough to ignore the voters when you’re supposed to be some shining beacon of democracy.If people could sign a petition, they would have no choice but to allow a vote.From time to time, our democracy needs to be tested. This is as good a time as any ! Change.org ?

  3. Long overdue. Will it pass the house and Senate?

    [Paul Armentano responds: The language was approved in conference, which means that leadership of both the House and Senate have signed off on it. The house has approved and Senate approval is assumed at this point to be perfunctory.]

  4. A rare moment of historic, bipartisan victory thanks to grassroots efforts from Norml and votehemp… And people voting and calling their Congressman. This never would have happened if Kentucky Republicans weren’t up for reelection in a state that legalized hemp, and traditionally grows hemp well. The DEA and State Policy Network poured money to stop this amendment. The Koch brothers in part shut the government down to stop this amendment.
    And yet here it is; our Trojan Hemp Horse ready to take down the C.S.Act from the inside out.
    Congratulations activists. Congratulations Rep. Jared Polis, Dem. CO and Kentucky Republican agricultural comissioner James Comer who worked so hard for this.
    With depleting water and Monsantos selling terminator GMO seeds addicted to round up, we need hemp now more than ever. One day we will all grow our own variety of organic hemp food, medicine, paper, building materials and sustainable fuel.Let the Green Age begin.

  5. How many years have we been asking congress to reclassify hemp? I would like to grow some for CBD. Every day I hear stories of people sick and or dying that could use CBD. It might kill their cancer, might stop the progression of diabetes, might slow the progression of Alzheimers and dementia, it might save children’s lives who have Dravet syndrome and other disease. People think I am crazy because I want to help people. What a strange concept in this greed ridden world we live in. First of all I am crazy for giving people CBD because it is ridiculously expensive. Second of all, most people think cannabis is the devil and it does not matter that it does not have THC. Third, people think help is strange! Fourth, everyone thinks it is OK to take opioids, SSRIs, and other synthetic toxic prescribed medicines before trying diet, counseling, exercise, and herbal safe medicine such as CBD.

  6. Stephen, I don’t know a single person like that in my personal life and I’ve only ever met a couple of them in public. Which is one reason I can’t understand why marijuana is illegal. Literally, all the people I know who don’t smoke or otherwise partake say the reason it is illegal is just so lawyers and police can make bank on it being illegal. That there is no reason for it to be illegal, This is so well known they even mentioned that to us in Drug Education Class. Don’t do any of these drugs, but marijuana on the other hand isn’t addictive just habitat forming. Pure corruption is all I’ve been heard about the subject for the last 40 years from nearly everyone I know. When I was a kid people would protest when good teachers lost their jobs over marijuana charges, so while there are a couple people somewhere that believe marijuana is the devil, they really are quite rare yet they are so damn vocal/loud in their mad passion they somehow get people to ignore their own wits…

    Just two months ago, this random idiot was trying to convince me marijuana causes depression, ADHD, austic children, that babies and kids who are around people that have smoked suffer from poor social skill because potheads can’t act like normal people. It would have been funny if this fool wasn’t supporting manditory minimum/persay laws as “marijuana is just that bad”. I had to meet several hundred people before running into that kook–so how do they have their way when literally nobody buys their BS???

  7. Take a look at the Hemp.inc stock (HEMP), in the market for the last two days. From just over a penny per share to currently .26/share. This is only from research legalization in about 10 states, and not widespread industrial cultivation. I’m not giving stock advice, but just sayin…

  8. “…authorizing state universities and agriculture departments to…cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes.”

    What are agriculture departments? The government?

  9. @Jimmy Potseed: AMEN!

    @Stephen Daniel: “People think I am crazy because I want to help people. What a strange concept in this greed ridden world we live in.”

    Tell me about it! You wouldn’t believe the attitudes I get over my opposition to drug testing and the many good jobs I’ve turned down–even though I’m not a user of any illegal substance–because doing what was right was more important than cold hard cash to me! You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve been assumed to be mentally deficient somehow (despite being of above-average intelligence, not tooting my own horn, just saying) just because greed is not my priority in life!

    Then again, you probably would believe it, since you sound like you’ve come up against that sort of “if you don’t put greed before morality, you have a mental disability!” BS yourself.

    Also:

    Fourth, everyone thinks it is OK to take opioids, SSRIs, and other synthetic toxic prescribed medicines before trying diet, counseling, exercise, and herbal safe medicine such as CBD.”

    AMEN to this! I had constant headaches punctuated by debilitating chronic migraines for quite a while, and I refused to go to the doctor, much to the amazement and despair of those who love me. Why? Because, as I told them, the only things the doctor will do is to prescribe me a lot of addictive horse pills, probably tranquilizers of some sort, that will be absolute hell to detox my way out of and will ensure that I will be their loyal addict–I mean, customer–for the rest of my life. And the other thing they will do is schedule some kind of neck operation, which never seems to help anyone I’ve known who got it. In fact, one lady in my line at work had a paralyzed hand because of that very operation–the doctor screwed up and slipped with the knife while working on her spine, and now she can’t move her hand at all.

    I remember wishing like crazy that I could get MJ, because I read that that is very effective in treating migraines, but my state is only decrim, not medical MJ and definitely not legal.

    Now I lucked out, in that the primary problem in my life went away, which dramatically lowered the frequency and severity of the migraines and headaches, and then I went on a challenge diet (my father challenged me) for a couple weeks and found that at the end of that time I’d not only lost eight pounds but I hadn’t had any headaches or migraines, and that I’d passed a few migraine triggers in that time without getting a migraine. Well, it really came together a few days later when I had a big spicy italian sub and got a whopping two-day migraine on a migraine trigger. That’s when I realized that, apparently, fat and sugar and possibly nitrates are responsible for enabling my triggers. And what doctor would have ever stopped to say “you know what, let’s try changing your diet and see what happens, before we put you on prescription sedatives or schedule a surgery or anything like that”, because my changing my diet doesn’t pay off their boat. At this point, doctors are so often nothing more than legalized drug dealers.

    And that’s what infuriates me now. I was LUCKY, but I might not have been, and I could still be in debilitating pain if I hadn’t stumbled onto the real reason for my migraines. And if I’d gone to a doctor, I would be taking harmful and dangerous pills to treat the symptoms. And there are people out there with debilitating migraines who don’t have the option of just changing diet, whose migraines are caused by something else, and who end up having to take whatever the doctor prescribes out of sheer desperation, because that kind of pain is excruciating and it wears you down. And those scum, those legalized drug dealers called “doctors” will oppose this tooth-and-nail because marijuana doesn’t have a Big Pharma backer and the CEO’s of some pharma company can’t get stupid rich on a plant one can grow in one’s own home easily.

    It is so obvious that the only arguments against legalization are entirely based on the greed of some already overly-rich scumbags, and that is the only reason it remains illegal despite the fact that the majority of the people want it legalized and an even greater majority want it at least medically legalized. I don’t know why people get so worked up over a convicted murderer in prison, these bastards kill millions of people every year and destroy countless lives and reap unbelievable rewards and are protected from any consequences of their actions. These bastards are the ones we need to really focus on, because the damage they do is greater. Yes, I said it: Drug War supporters, especially Drug War profiteers, are worse than Ted Bundy. They have a much larger body count, are celebrated and rewarded for it, and are immune to any punishment for their crimes.

  10. HEMP FOR REFORESTATION

    Though some readers will have seen it before, I wish to re-run this proposal here:

    President Obama in the 2013 SOTU stated: “For the sake of our children and our future… I urge this Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change.”

    A market-based solution” could imply gathering trillions of dead logs and branches and sticks from drought-stricken areas in our nation eliminating the danger of billion-dollar fires, trimming and processing the workable wood and imposing it on the market for use in carpentry and manufacturing, DISLODGING from the market equivalent lumber material obtained through live-cutting.

    1. Create a Deadwood Abatement Brigade with MILLIONS of jobs clipping, trimming dead branches. Jobs for immigrants to work alternately in northern and southern hemispheres and after meritorious service a number of semesters, choose a nation to resettle in; also jobs for ex-offenders, students, families, interns, teachers, woodworkers, biologists etc.

    2. Truck workable logs and poles to town to use in carpentry and manufacturing (along with salvaged pre-used urban lumber from discards and demolitions– “Creative Reuse”). Using such “roundwood” will involve more hand-work jobs and fewer million dollar machines.

    3. Haul dust, dry litter, chips, shreds, bundled weedstalks to gullies, gorges, ravines, dry creekbeds of which millions of miles need treatment (Gullywood, Greengorge). Lay long bio-mass mound with smallest materials at bottom, bundles of stalks at top. This will arrest stormwater runoff and retain moisture in uplands where it evaporates and feeds rainfall (Bushwater).

    4. On erosion-threatened hillsides this material can be held down by slanting rows of old nonrecycled pallets wired together. Pallets and plywood delivered from town can also be used to lay a four-foot-wide road system over which forklift trucks can deliver materials to and from remote areas without constructing conventional, ecologically harmful wide roads for bigger vehicles.

    5. Seed densely with HEMP which grows long roots to grip the mass of material and prevent erosion. After a growing season or two the HEMP will have deposited lots of rich fertile litter to serve as TOPSOIL in which trees can root.

    6. Seed with fast-growing perennials, depending on your climate, such as ailanthus, eucalyptus, cottonwood, willow.

    7. After a decade or two, seed with permanent pine and hardwood forest.

    This program could ALSO be named initially GREENFINGER because it starts from those seasonally dry waterways and their tributaries, but eventually spreads out to adjoining lands with the help of birds who eat a berry, fly 48 miles and deposit a seed with fertilizer attached.

    Because I saw an AP picture of President G. W. Bush with a hatchet in hand and a caption: “Bush takes a Whack at Forest Fires”, I thought of the name, “Bushwater” and of inviting the former President to lead the DEADWOOD HARVEST program.

  11. Even if Congress does not reclassify cannabis for the sake of hemp cultivation then let’s just ignore federal enforcement of its prohibition and honor the states’ decisions, too. Ok, Mr. President, Mr. Holder? $tate$ are ca$h $trapped.

  12. The Senate just approves the Farm Bill with the hemp research amendment in tact, and the NYTimes doesn’t even MENTION the hemp amendment. Of course, we shouldn’t be surprised when they print an opinion favoring Monsantos like GMO crops aren’t related to rising cancer rates.
    Gotta admit though, cannabis activism has made me sharper to where the hush money is going these days. How about the fact that cannabis is treatment for cancer? Can’t keep THAT a secret anymore, can we? Many times I have blogged here about how the NYTimes broke the story on the Koch brothers being behind the shutdown. How the shutdown happened the same day the old Farm Bill expired. How Koch industries bought the fiber and petrochemical patents from DuPont in 2006– the same patents that outlawed hemp and marijuana more than 75 years ago.
    The Times at least followed up on the Guardian report about the public-sector-attacking State Policy Network funding the Tea Party. Finally, the prohibitionist were all lined up at the same table:
    1). Altria, (Big Tobacco: Philip Morris, Starbucks)
    2). Koch Industries (Georgia Pacific, Brawny paper towels, stainmaster carpets, timber and petrochemical patents)
    3). Synthetic food giant Kraft Foods, (Capri Sun, Mac-n-Cheese, Kool-Aid, Jell-O, Nabisco)
    4). And GlaxoSmithKline– (Big Pharma– I’ll spare everyone the list of deadly legal prescription drugs– just go buy a vaporizer and smoke the Evil away).
    Great. All companies that a terrified of a legal domestic cannabis market. So now we know how these evil “think tanks” organize and lobby, thanks to good reporting.
    Then all of the sudden the Times is working for Monsantos! (Not that anyone commenting was falling for the one-sided opinion page defending the agricultural corporate farm-eating monster). I find this propoganda all too coincidental after labeling of genetically modified foods from Monsantos didn’t make it through this Farm Bill. And far too coincidental that cancer is on the rise.
    The sooner we can grow our own cannabis the better. Even the GMO soy and corn pollen is contaminated with pesticide and herbicide addicted genes: addictions to toxic chemicals supplied and patented by Monsantos… say they must be REALLY scared of this hemp amendment… The corporate monoculture has been revealed by hemp to be the source of the most venemous addiction to “pest control” and the plague of the 21st century. Monsantos wants to own all the crops on the planet by genetically programming our food supply to be addicted to their pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.
    And marijuana is still classified as an addictive, schedule 1 controlled substance? And I thought Big Tobacco was bad…

  13. THANKS @JULIAN FOR YOUR GOOD WORK!

    1. I note that the aptly named Kochstove (squandering fuels including firewood to soften foods when a minute in the blender is enough) is one of the top 5 causes of glowball warming. $igarettes, Beefcattle, Uberhausing, gascars might be the others.

    2. “buy a vaporizer and smoke the Evil away”– please a little more caution in your wording, substitute the 21st century verb VAPE for “smoke”?

    3. Growing our own– maybe let’s spell that out succinctly– just as Holder in August allowed leeway for small quantity cannabis users, same should apply to small quantity growers, thus: any family or household (greek “oikos” as in eco-) should be permitted to hatch any number of seeds and raise two (2) females to maturity, using the others for leaftea and cakes along the way.

  14. What is there to research? Prior to the early 20th century muckraking perpetrated by the newspaper and logging industries hemp was widely used to produce every textile imaginable. Just another bureaucratic step to insure that they can exploit the potential legalization for their own personal gain.

  15. Regardless of where you stand in terms of hemp, this is a MAJOR step forward towards both a) the legalization of cannabis and b) the shifting public opinion as a whole.

    Though it’s a shame that hemp hasn’t been as widely adopted due to past regulations, this post highlights a big step forward for us all!

  16. Just the other day I once again saw a TV program mentioning the Founding Father’s growing hemp and that the first Old Glory and drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on hemp paper.

  17. @Mexweed
    Thanks, I appreciate all of our various intelligence gathering on what can only be described as a fascinating cannabis paradigm in American history. The Drug-Prison-Industrial-Complex is complex for a reason; So we don’t figure out whose buying our %#$*!@g Congressman!
    For as long as I’ve read your posts, Mexweed, I should have known better than to say “smoke” from a vaporizer. I’ve read your acronym for “Hot-Burning” tobacco enough to make an electronic cigarette commercial look funny. (Who is that slow motion cowboy and HOW is he still ALIVE?)
    But it must be working. I can’t believe CVS announced today that they will no longer be selling tobacco products by October of this year! Electronic or otherwise. Clearing the shelves for something healthier perhaps?…

    Tell you what Mexweed, I’ll agree to distinguish “vaping” from “smoking” if you agree to go easy on those of us with Superbowl fever :-). Hey, if a man wants to give himself a concussion for a million dollars and America wants to watch, all I’m sayin is give that man a vape, a toke, or whatever we call it, just LET the MAN inHALE some MARiJUANA! For CrisSAKE, we’re cheerin’m on a STRETCHER already! He’s already out for the SEASON! Just give’m a CHAIN hit or SOMEthin! $#!+!
    Although I won’t reserve my judgement for public school football… there aint no privately funded medivac waitin for THOSE boys… I love small town football, but if I want my boy to smash his brains out I’ll just say to hell with the whole hemp field idea, take his @$$ out of school and put him to work out on a Gulf oil platform. It’ll be quicker.
    “Hey Ed, is that our rescue chopper?!”

    “Ok, I quit.”

    One thing activism has taught me is we all have to develop a level of tolerance for eachother, ( I HOPE you’re tolerating this post, Mexweed)… and education is the way to do that. (It’s certainly working AGAINST tobacco and working FOR marijuana). What’s right for me may not necessarily be right for everyone else, and that’s okay, as long as we all agree to always question the laws we have; research; research; research; share what we’ve learned and put our Congressman’s name on our list of contacts, cuz I’m calling him when I’m in the bathroom, I don’t CARE.
    “Yeah, is this Congressman Lamar Smith’s office? Yeah, put him on tha PHONE, I wanna talk to him about legalizin some HEMP & MARIJUANA, RIGHT NOW, this $#!+’s gone on for too LONG. What?! YES, I’m in the BATHROOM, now what’s that got to do with me growin some cannabis SATIVA?”
    Heck, Call that politician while we’re waiting in line to drop the kid(s) off to school. I even put my daughter on the phone once to Senator Cornyn’s office. (A 6 year old sounds SO much more convincing than I do when they say “good people shouldn’t go to jail.” Don’t know why… it just is).
    Whatever our angle of persuasion, my fellow activists, never lose faith.

    My godmother died of cervical cancer about 8 years ago. I live with the regret I didn’t sneak some weed to her when she was losing weight from the chemo, but she knew her daughter would kill me. She used to call me to the kitchen when I was a little boy after she would retreat from some argument in the dining room and ask me to stand up on the step ladder and look into the sink. “Ves el agua?” She would ask, “Do you see the water?” Yup. Pretty greasy. Just when I was about to ask why she wouldn’t drain the water and start rinsing, she said, “Watch this:” And she would let a drop of soap fall from up high like it was some magic potion and as it hit the center of the opaque layer of grease, the ripples would slowly clear the dark water away until all the dishes were revealed below.
    And then she told me something I will never forget, (translated from Spanish): “No matter how dark and hopeless things look, or how small your voice may feel, just remember that all those big ripples had to start with one little drop before they can grow into something much bigger than ourselves.”

    And just look where the ripples have grown. Even our deputy drug czar had to admit marijuana was safer than alcohol yesterday.
    http://news.yahoo.com/drug-czar-pot-marijuana-alcohol-dangerous-150529056.html
    Now how would you like THAT guy’s job right now?
    “Yeah, marijuana’s safer… (slap!) but it’s not… uhm… can I go to the BATHroom during a Congressional hearing? I think I need a smokeVAPorAIR! …I need air…”

    …Good work everybody.
    Thanks, NORML.

  18. “Hey Ed, is that our rescue chopper?”
    (KaBOOOMMmmmm*)
    “OK, I quit.”

    (guess the lesser/greater keys don’t post)

  19. I believe this to be the stupidest thing that I have seen of late, and it shows how much they need to change the subject and keep people stupid as to what the real dangers are. People have no idea how many things that they sell in that store pose as much, if not more, of a threat to the populous than cigarettes, but you don’t hear anything about them.

  20. the American Farm Bureau Federation at its annual meeting approved a new policy resolution urging for the repeal of the classification of industrial hemp as a controlled substance under federal law stating, “At a time when small farms are innovating and diversifying to remain competitive, we should provide every opportunity to increase farm incomes and allow the next generation the ability to continue living off the land as their families have for generations.

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  22. The House has approved the bill, and the Senate is expected vote in favor of it today or tomorrow, with near certain approval from the President. The Company is formulating its strategy for this regulatory opening to more quickly bring pharmaceutical products to market for the benefit of patients in need,” said Chad S. Johnson, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Endocan Corporation.

  23. The majority of Americans want marijuana legalized.
    The majority of Americans still think you can get high from smoking hemp.
    75 years of prohibition results in startling tragic irony.

  24. The president signs the Farm Bill while mainstream media fails to even mention the hemp amendment. This can’t be blamed on all the attention to Food Stamps. What’s going on here? This feels like the calm before the storm… After a long drought.

  25. I suspect “Hotel Mont Sainte Anne Basilica” is just $omeone $neakily $pamming to promote their hotel biz– but they do bring up an interesting topic, the CVS getting out of $igarette selling bizness, and my answer is NO, NO, there’s NOTHING in that store more harmful than $igarettes ($ix million deaths a year), please figure out a way to buy something there to REWARD them, so Walgreens et al. will follow suit. Maybe they can replace the $igarette profits by selling $2 Billion worth of Medical Mj, Long-Drawtube One-Hitters, things made out of HEMP etc.!!

    Thanks @Julian for kind words, the logic behind those repetitious phrases and acronyms is that readers can google them, for example search “H- B- O- M-” or “Long-Drawtube One-Hitter” to find dozens of comments and articles on a particular theme. You might try altering one you mentioned (above)to “Prison Industrial (or Intoxicant) Government
    $yndrome (or $yndicate) to yield a juicy contentious acronym, and then use it in dozens of comments for reader convenience.

    Good luck down there in Dollahs, Taxes!

  26. Horray, I want to develop hempcrete. The australians have been doing it for a decade and we should be allowed to fabricate hempcrete ourselves.

  27. So if senator bently has his way ,then what u r saying to the world is,we the people have no voice,one man has overridden the majority of the tax paying people’s vote ,taking our vote& rubbing in the people’s faces,that we don’t matter,wow!!!robbing Alabama of much needed revenue from marijuana sales ,like he did with the lottery,we the people have no say? Wow!!! & not a damn thing we cando about it,fuck that

  28. Stand up Alabamains ,stand up america,show the world that they may have put people in political power positions,but we can take them the fuck out,we the people ,demand to b heard,we have let the political world take advantage far to long,time to show them the power is in the unity of the people,the working class ,who foot the bill & they will listen,take back our freedom,before we lose it all,forever& our grandbabbies will be enslaved by the rich powerful& political parties,doomed if .we do not stand up now!!! Lets here ur feedback or don’t bitch when u have been enslaved urselves

  29. If bently has his say ,then the majority of people’s vote doesn’t mean squat & the people just got their face’ spit in by the politicians again,just like when we had majority vote for lottery in Alabama & guess who’ say again ,overrode our voice and our vote ,robbing Alabama of much needed revenue, yep,senator bently!!! His voice overrides76 percent of the people’s vote….wow !!!!! Where is ur spine Alabama ,fuck that

  30. The way I see it is we took hemp out of the diet of Americans and as much of the rest of the world that we could. Now here we are 30, 40, 70 years later and we have rises in obesity, cancer, diabetes, food allergies, not to mention autism, and the dreaded Dravet Syndrome. Don’t forget a decrease in bee and songbird populations, increased pesticide use and a lockdown on GMO corn seed.

    We use corn for fuel while it is not nearly as cost effective as hemp. We frack for gas with water that should be kept clean and drinkable. Ask California if they want some drinking water or natural gas. Hemp is a source of clean renewable fuel.

    We need to reintroduce hemp back into our diet. Go out and replace your olive oil or vegetable oil with hemp oil, help create a market, get Rachel Ray to say hemp oil and not “EVOO”. Buy American hemp oil if you can find it, create a demand and help your body get back what has been missing from our diet.

    If cannabis were truly as dangerous as heroin or cocaine than how the hell can Snoop Dog still be alive?

    Great article in the Huff Post Allen, keep the conversation alive.

    Hey did Colorado self destruct yet?

  31. As a 51year resident of N.C.I will never understand why 20+ states have gone before us BUT will gladly forgive it all if our reps stop dragging their feet. For Rockingham County, this is our ONLY hope.(duke power has ruined what small chance we had,& say WE have to pay for their illegal dumping) The medicinal benefits of marijuana,and that list grows, proves it is truly a cure from God.Hemp grade marijuana, would replace tobacco in fields, fill our empty textile mills, and make this entire state as productive as it once was. Please help this state and SAVE Rockingham County.

  32. Mitch, Kannaway claims that CBD rich hemp seed oil is legal in all 50 states. This is not even close to being true. I’ll show you what Illinois law says about CBD as an example.

    Illinois Law 720 ILCS 550:
    “Cannabis” includes marihuana, hashish and other substances which are identified as including any parts of the plant Cannabis Sativa, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof, the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and any compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds, or resin, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and all other cannabinol derivatives, including its naturally occurring or synthetically produced ingredients, whether produced directly or indirectly by extraction, or independently by means of chemical synthesis or by a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis; but shall not include the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination.

    CBD is a Cannabinol and is illegal in Illinois. Even in states where it is legal you cannot import CBD rich hemp seed oil from other states. Illinois legalized medical marijuana but it has to be grown in a state licensed facility of which licenses will be limited to 20 and sold in one of 60 licensed dispensaries. Just to meet the licensing requirements will cost you about $500,000 with $25,000 non refundable application fees. The law still requires that it is produced and sold in one of these facilities and not be brought in from other states. This is typical of the 20 states that have a medical marijuana law on the books. You are being scammed by a Multi Level Marketing company.

    Illinois Law source:
    http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1937&ChapterID=53

    [Editor’s note: CBD, like cannabis itself, is a Schedule I drug under federal Controlled Substances Act.]

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