DEA Stands Down: Allows Kentucky To Go Forward With Hemp Planting

The Drug Enforcement Agency is permitting Kentucky farmers to go forward with plans to engage in the state-sponsored cultivation of industrial hemp.

According to the Associated Press, representatives from the federal anti-drug agency late Thursday granted Kentucky regulators permission to import an estimated 250 pounds of hemp seeds.

The agency had previously confiscated the seeds, which Kentucky officials had ordered from Italy. In response, Kentucky’s Agriculture Department sued the agency last week.

After two federal hearings, as well as a face-to-face meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), DEA officials on agreed to authorize the shipment of hemp seeds to go forward — ending the approximately month-long standoff. Kentucky’s first modern hemp planting may occur as soon as this weekend, the Associated Press reports.

In February, members of Congress approved language (Section 7606) in the omnibus federal farm bill authorizing states to sponsor hemp research absent federal reclassification of the plant. Since then, five states — Hawaii, Indiana, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Utah — have enacted legislation authorizing state-sponsored hemp cultivation. (Similar legislation is pending in Illinois and South Carolina.)

Kentucky lawmakers initially approve legislation regulating hemp production in 2013.

According to a 2013 white paper authored by the Congressional Research Service, a “commercial hemp industry in the United States could provide opportunities as an economically viable alternative crop for some US growers.”

66 thoughts

  1. I wonder if they will still be viable?

    It would be like them to treat them where they won’t sprout.

  2. Wow! Mitch McConnell went to bat for hemp. Red state to green state. The times, they’re a changing.

  3. How’s that 3o’clock road block workin for ya Ms. DEA director Michelle Leonhart? … Oh, whats that? You got smacked down by Senate minority leader Mitch McConnel, from your own Republican army? Daaaaaaaamn, in your FACE?! Looks like cannabis elections have created some defectors in the Koch Party. By the way, how much money has the DEA lobbied towards Republicans this year? Why not make the appropriate recommendation to reschedule cannabis so you can disband with a shred of dignity? Yeah, that’s right; The DEA traded in their dignity for asset forfeitures and executive privilege.
    Damn, I wish they would have put up a fight to watch them get slapped in the Supreme Court. Anyone with a case against the DEA;
    Do not sue for collateral damage, awards, or settle for money. Get a lawyer from NORML, get the ACLU and open up a legalfund website for donations. Then sue the pants off the DEA for being unconstitutionally organized under the C.S.Act. With Florida tipping us over the half way mark in November, the Supreme Court will finally hear a marijuana case addressing the constitutionality of the DEAs breach of power from legislating drug policy out of an executive agency. We can nullify the C.S.Act; it was written by Nixon’s drug czar out of the executive branch. If Obama wont do it, sue the DEA, Eric Holder and the whole “Justice” Department, just like Comer did here in Kentucky. We’ve got their tails between their legs, now we need to rub their nose in it. Bad DEA! BAD! SIT DOWN! Now fetch…
    Anyway, just in time before planting season is over. Kentucky is a fertile powerhouse for domestic hemp production. Nice to see some Republicans investing in something that makes sustainable sense. God Bless Ag. Commissioner James Comer; Ag. Commissioners from every state could learn a lot from watching this guy.

  4. Good, just think it’s odd that “Mitch McConnell” comes to save day. Total P.R. move if you ask me. But once again perfect timing for DEA to pull a stunt like this. Politics suck but I’m glad we have NORML to deal with it.

  5. Bravo! I hope in the future Senator McConnell will also apply pressure to the Drug Enforcement Administration when it comes to legalizing recreational cannabis, like tell Leonhart to shut the f*** up.

  6. What legal standing did the DEA have to do this? Did they not realize it was put in the new farm bill?

  7. Could this be the beginning of the time where the DEA finally accepts its defeat? I mean, the defeat of the DEA is inevitable at this point, and they will have to admit defeat at some point or be inevitably crushed into the dust, but it would be nice to see them stop pissing in the wind and admit it finally.

  8. @Sadie:

    They don’t care. The DEA has been overreaching for some time now, and has even been complicit in helping drug cartels achieve their ends. They are trying to preserve their failed little war, because it’s been quite the money train for them for the last thirty years, what with the private prisons, drug testing companies, and other Drug War Profiteering industries giving them loads of cash to keep this farce going.

    All in keeping with history: The Drug War has never once been intended to keep society safe, but to help those in power persecute those they deem unfit, undesirable, or inconvenient. It was made illegal when the Mexicans and black people were smoking it, and Nixon started the whole official Drug War thing in order to stick it to the anti-war hippies, to manufacture a reason to arrest them since, at the time, it wasn’t kosher to brutalize and arrest white folks for exercising their civil rights of free assembly. All illicit drugs combined haven’t the ability to negatively impact our society the way the Drug War has–like burning your beard in order to eliminate your beard lice, or cutting off your foot to eliminate your toe fungus. And the Drug War needs to go.

  9. Kentucky should just toss everyone of those seeds in the trash and order a new shipment that hasn’t been touched by the untrustworthy hands of the DEA. They can never be trusted on any of this. Mark my words, that down the road we will look back on this and point to it as the moment that these two faced morons did something to these seeds. They’ve either marked the seeds with trace chemicals or damaged them in some way. At no point in time should their hands be on those seeds while we can’t see them. Order a new shipment and start over!

  10. “All in keeping with history: The Drug War has never once been intended to keep society safe, but to help those in power persecute those they deem unfit, undesirable, or inconvenient. It was made illegal when the Mexicans and black people were smoking it, and Nixon started the whole official Drug War thing in order to stick it to the anti-war hippies, to manufacture a reason to arrest them since, at the time, it wasn’t kosher to brutalize and arrest white folks for exercising their civil rights of free assembly. All illicit drugs combined haven’t the ability to negatively impact our society the way the Drug War has–like burning your beard in order to eliminate your beard lice, or cutting off your foot to eliminate your toe fungus. And the Drug War needs to go.”

    Not only does it have to go, it was never legal! Is there a reason DEA agent cannot be arrested for manufacturing crime? Instead of working to reduce crime, these DEA retreads increase crime so they have more people to arrest. It is a scam, not a law.

  11. I agree with End of the Rope that Kentucky should order new seed. Who knows what the DEA did to the seed? Were the seeds stored properly? Did they irradiate them or expose them to something else? AND, the DEA should have to pay for the new seeds! It should come out of their budget so that they don’t pull this shit over and over again as more states sow industrial hempseed. I could see the DEA continuing to confiscate hempseed shipments or a holding period and then releasing it each and every time. I mean, how can they tell from the seed if it is low THC hempseed or if it is high THC seed? No way are they that sophisticated.

    DEA pays for new seed each time they confiscate it!

  12. @End of the Rope – Another sinister possibility is that the DEA replaced some of the seeds with cannabis so that they can later bust that grow and say “We told you so…”

    You’re absolutely right that the DEA cannot be trusted!

  13. @Demonhype – your history piece is perfectly stated.
    @Julian – Vote Kinky

    This is a copy and paste about Hemp seed flour:

    Hemp seed flour is the finely ground fleshy interior of the seed, that remains after the seeds have been crushed to extract oil. It contains from 5 to 10% oil, about 30% of proteins as well as fibers and minerals.

    Hemp seed flour is used in addition to other flours like wheat, rye and cereal flour. It can be used in oven based food doughs. Since it doesn’t contain Gluten (the binding element in other flours), more than a 20% amount is not used. It can also be used to make batter for pancakes, homemade Besciamella, Gnocchi and short crust pastry.

    Hemp seed taste a lot like sunflower seeds. It’s really yummy by itself right out of the package. Hemp oil is very mild and best used with cold foods like salads and dips.

    Children’s breakfast cereal, pasta, breads, oils, fiber, protein, food = Jobs. It’s time to stop testing and time to grow and use this commodity in the USA.

  14. Why on earth hasn’t Leonhart retired? she has been a total embarrassment!actually I wouldn’t be surprised if she were to announced her retirement after the midterm elections. Good riddance!

  15. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY),suggested taking away the DEA’s capacity to have any control over any thing cannabis. As much as I find this man repugnant, I have to agree with him.

  16. Michelle Leanert has to go. After throwing a lot of money away and burning court time, she stands down. What is this?

  17. @Demonhype and Oracle,
    I always look forward to your analysis and historical perspective. Don’t worry about Tainted hemp seeds; there will be plenty more heirloom seeds to plant this season. Thanks to millenea of cultivation and 75 years of prohibition hemp is too diverse and productive to genetically modify into a corporate monoculture such as for addictions to herbicides like Monsantos’ Round Up. This was a major victory, more symbolic in its execution than relevant to the quantity or quality of what was confiscated.
    Hemp Industries of America can pretty much ignite their vaporizers and pop the cork on some vintage wine cause it’s all down hill from here.
    We all as cannabis activists, NORML and beyond owe ourselves a little celebration not only for our participation in this cultural revolution, but what this means going on between the C.S.Act and the Supreme Court.
    I have cleared my schedule Tuesday, May 27th for the critical primary run offs to vote Kinky Friedman in as Democratic Agricultural Commissioner. Kinky understands hemp. He also understands that everywhere from Texas to California needs water. Hemp uses half the water than corn or cotton while producing twice the fiber, protein and SUSTAINABLE, RENEWABLE HEMP OIL. If we diversify our agriculture and plant coastal barriers now we can retain and rebuild our soil and fresh water supplies before we lose them to the next drought or hurricane. The research is here and clear. The DEA and NIDA need to go.

  18. Kentucky Farmers Concerns Regarding Italian Hemp

    1. Italian hemp or any hemp from outside of the Commonwealth poses a threat to the genetics of our native hemp as they cross pollinate and would leave an Italian genetic marker in our native hemp. This marker would potentially give the Italian seed producer a claim to Kentucky’s native hemp seed.
    2. The Italian hemp farmer with the establishment of a new United States market for Italian hemp, or our Canadian neighbor will expand their production because they are already hemp farming and processing to meet the new United States market demand, furthermore limiting the potential for Commonwealth farmers to fulfill the demands of any market that would be established in the United States.
    3. The invasiveness of the native hemp has emphatically been proven threw the 77 years of efforts to eradicate utilizing planes, helicopters, inferred, and other sophisticated technologies and still today our heritage hemp prevails against all odds. These odds are staggering when you consider that no one has been cultivating hemp in Kentucky since the 1930’s, and there has been another profitable illegal competition crop in marijuana that is preferred for illegal production. Law abiding citizens have also been a factor in the eradication process reporting the crops on their property to authorities in order to avoid legal prosecution that includes seizure of their property and jail time. Despite all of these influences still today there is heritage hemp that is growing across the Commonwealth that should be considered as sacred from our Nations foundational documents were written on this hemp paper, the constitution, the United States flag, our money, and many other things that contributed to the formation of this great nation and the Commonwealth. When these invasive species pollinate our heritage hemp, forever more these state and national treasures will be marked with foreign genetics and will be lost forever.
    4. Hemp law and permitting from the farmer perspective is excluding Kentucky farmers from the potential to establish the markets for themselves because the statutes are written so that the state agencies and the state run universities have an unfair advantage over the entrepreneurial spirit of our Kentucky farmers. The permits are not being issued for Kentucky farmers to grow and establish its markets but allow for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to pick and choose who does and doesn’t get to grow hemp.
    5. Kentucky farmers wants to address the issue of other states like Colorado, Washington, and California who has had an unfair advantage establishing their markets years in advance of the Kentucky farmer. This violates the 14 amendment allowing states and or individuals to have an unfair advantage in establishing their hemp and marijuana markets prior to the farmers and entrepreneur of the Commonwealth.
    6. Kentucky farmers want to exercise their private property rights by asking who is going to be able to justify eradicating legal hemp from their property the department of agriculture, state police, or themselves. If their hemp doesn’t break the threshold of the law that property is legally theirs to grow and harvest and set up new markets, under current law. Kentucky farmers want to know who is going to determine the difference between legal and illegal hemp and who is going to protect their personal property rights against theses forces?
    7. Kentucky farmers want answers concerning the liability of these concerns, who is going to take responsibility for introducing these conflicts into the Commonwealth’s agriculture? The potential that the outside sources of hemp will mutate is very likely and these mutations will effect the eventual outcomes and likelihood that Kentucky’s hemp industries will be established from these first generation results. Furthermore Kentucky’s farmers want to explore the market potentially that exist with Kentucky’s already established hemp that has low risk of mutation having been established in Kentucky since 1775. The farmers of the Commonwealth don’t want to wait for outside sources of hemp seed to motivate the markets they insist that these products exist here and want to get started immediately establishing their own markets. The Kentucky farmer deserves to know will the liability be on the farmers who plants the crop if the crop gets away from its intended purpose, will the state be responsible for disrupting the ecosystem with an invasive crop, or the politician who created the legislation. A real clear danger that exists is the eager entrepreneur who believes they are getting a jump on the markets that they have been convinced exist, and illegally brings hemp seed into the Commonwealth from anywhere else in the nation or world, and possibly start a kudzu situation that causes personal property damage. Who will be responsible?

  19. Thanks guys. We can’t be the only wise folks at large. UofK must be thinking the same thing. At least I hope so. They should at least take a sample of the seeds with witnesses for admissable evidence down the road. Testing them wouldn’t hurt either. The DEA has admitted on video that, as part of their job, they lie to the American people as part of their “statuetory guidelines” require them to.(Thank You Tricky Dick) Its a real shame what the wealth of this country has done to the constitution. We’re headed down a road that has some really bad outcomes. The good outcome is legalization and that’s happening no matter what they do. The bad outcomes are going to be lost trust the american people had for its leaders, the hatred for the rich and everything they do. Our leaders all know how this is going to play out and they would rather cling arrogantly to their plausible deniability than do what is right and admit what a terrible waste this has all been and that they were WRONG. I know I for one will never forget.

  20. @Martin Smith and End ofthe Rope,
    You both bring up some billion dollar questions. As frightening as the whole GMO, international conspiracy goes, let this corporate monoculture inspire us to grow our own diverse agricultural commodities, but that share and rotate hemp crops into not only public lands through the Bureau of Land Management or the Department of Agriculture, but through our own private fields and gardens. In other words, let’s grow our own!
    Hemp, cannabis sativa, was always meant to grow for our own private, specific utility. And that is precisely what makes this plant resistant to genetic modification for monocultural patent. For that, we can thank our ancestors, and the hemp plant itself.

  21. @Martin Smith,
    Kentucky has always produced quality hemp strains for the following reasons;
    Hills, streams, valleys, latitude and attitude.
    Having an entire valley to plant in is a major advantage in a world where cross polinating is a constant threat. And Kentucky has lots of deep valleys.
    Another solution to the Italian/Canadian conspiracy would be to get Kentucky farmers to meet with Ag. Commissioner James Comer to figure out how to plant native heirloom seeds on the tops of public and cooperative private hills, especially those damaged by coal mining and clear cutting. This would be a solution that would get several birds stoned at once;
    1). Hilltops claimed as public lands could be more regulated to remove interlopers trying to grow psychoactive varieties of marijuana that could potentially leave a nearby native hemp farm vulnerable to cross polination.
    2). Restoration of soil, water, forests and runoff prevention that reduces contamination from abandoned coal mines, especially where severe erosion has occured.
    3). Native hemp strains could be preferred on all public lands, with other varieties being contained in valleys or isolated areas regulated by the Department of Agriculture.
    4). Tax incentives could be offered to farming neighbors to native hemp farmers whose personal hemp gardens are set back at least 10 yards or to the farthest point on their property from the neighboring native hemp farmer.
    5). More tax incentives could be given for growing hemp without pesticides or herbicides and using sustainable yet small quantities of natural fertilizer. The last thing we need is to let corporations like Monsantos to fool us into thinking we need their seeds and their poison like they did to our corn and soy.
    6).Tax revenue from hemp farms could be used to create educational officers from the Department of Agriculture whose job is not only to inspect fields and farms for strain purities, but to educate farmers and garden variety growers on how to continue to grow native seeds without pesticides or herbicides and how to avoid cross polinating their neighbor’s fields.
    Working together, we can eradicate the Drug Enforcement Agency to grow the Drug and Crop Education Agency.

  22. Just voted for Kinky Friedman for Democratic Agricultural Commissioner! Vote Kinky!
    You gotta wonder who this “darkhorse” Jim Hogan is, with no campaign platform, no funds and no message. I still cant believe he beat my well-endorsed former History Professor, Hugh Fitzimmons. Goes to show how poorly educated voters are.
    Texans, check out Kinky’s website, votehemp and vote TODAY! Texas does not have voter initiatives so it’s up to who we vote into office to get cannabis legalized. Don’t make me post the responses from Senator Cornyn or Rep. Lamar Smith to tell you what the alternative is here. We don’t have a pro-hemp Republucan structure like Kentucky does. If you believe as I do that we need hemp and marijuana legalized in the State of Texas, you need to vote Democratic. Dont know where to vote? Get on the internet, find out where your precinct votes, and VOTE KINKY TODAY!

  23. The title is totally misleading. It should read Kentucky bows to DEA’s demands to get seeds back.

    “We were told yesterday in multiple phone calls that we wouldn’t have to do this Schedule I import permit,” said VonLuehrte, adding that agreeing to the DEA demand would be an implicit admission that hemp remains illegal, classified by the U.S. government as a Schedule I drug. “Industrial hemp is not a Schedule I controlled substance. We’re not going to execute a document that violates federal and state law.”

    Instead if fighting it I guess they decided to violate federal and stat law and bow down to the DEA and got a Schedule I import permit. Now any other state will have to do the same. DEA 1 Hemp 0

  24. @Zack Randall, the song title you quoted reminds me of an aphorism about motivation and performance:

    “The More you Juana, the Better you Gonna.”

    @Julian, yes, stone those hilltops, and at least eradicate the sophomoric oxymoron “Drug Enforcement” when it’s obvious the Drug they’re enforcing is tobacco– that ranks with “Criminal Justice” (the theory that you can balance out two wrongs and make a right?). Another problem: United Nations “Convention on Narcotics” presuming to include provisions concerning cannabis, when not one credible scientist anywhere believes cannabis to be a narcotic.

    Re pesticides, fertilizers: we’ve heard of Cartel bandits felling trees to plant psychojuana in National forests, and using those poisons (sounds really bad)– whereas as you mention there’s also a general awareness that cannabis does not need them– which is true? Why do the bandits (if accounts are true) believe they need the chemicals for their grows?

  25. Yeah ! what is all this business about not allowing the “non thc hemp crops? This is “profiling’ and herb; stereotyping an herb!

    buddy Hemp is a food crop for seeds and oils!
    ps hemp flour would be good for “Brownies”; I have my hemp butter all ready for my “batch.”

  26. I would rename the Food and Drug Administration
    The Food Nutrition and Herbal Adminstration

  27. ps I agree Kentucky is an ideal spot for Hemp; and always recall…Outlawing Hemp is “illegal” because Hemp is a Food Crop and Food Crops are allowable on any land the USA.

    They prohibit hemp becuz Hemp looks like MMJ !
    “profiling an herb” ! talk about stereotyping!

    One day Hemp may sustain us w “seed oil flour.

  28. The feds will let farmers plant the seed so they can come by and steal all their properties come harvest time.

  29. I happened to see the ‘DEA Museum’ on Goggle maps the other day. Let’s hope that’s all that will be left of the DEA soon.

  30. I’m waiting with bated breath for Washington to come online. I want to see what Jamen Shivley does, what concessions he can exact from the prohibitionists. As of this post, I haven’t heard how the House voted to keep the feds from interfering in cannabis states.

    I enjoy the documentaries that are running and re-running on television, especially the recent one about post-legalization in Colorado. I’m looking forward to such a pro-cannabis documentary about Washington, too. And, then I’ll be looking forward to a new documentary about both Colorado and Washington, and I’m hoping the one about both of them Ken Burns will do, and without all the prohibitionist junk. The prohibitionist viewpoint on cannabis legalization is weak, by and large false if not outright lies, misrepresentation of the scientific facts and disinformation. It’s moot.

    I hope I’m wrong, but I’m expecting the House to side with the prohibitionists and not get the feds, pains in the arses that they are, out of cannabis states. The House was supposed to vote yesterday or today, May 29, on it.

  31. @Dave,
    You’re right that the DEA gained some victory in issuing an unconstitutional license. But keep hope. The American people gained a greater victory; As Kentucky Agricultural Commissioner James Comer said, we will finally be able to conduct the much needed research that has been prohibited for more than 75 years. (LA Times). We cant understate how important a victory it is that crop yields of hemp can be analyzed for individual state investment and production. How much can we grow sustainably? What strains grow best where? How far and with what obstacles can we grow hemp without cross-pollinating with GMO or psychoactive varieties of Sativa?
    We need zoning restrictions for cannabis. Building materials and other industrial products in less arable zones; recreation (psychoactive outdoor cannabis) in private gardens that wont pollenate our neighbor’s hemp field; fuel from massive coastal and reforestation projects; food and medicinal use in prime farm lands; All of these uses for cannabis require research to determine how and where we can sustainably grow each strain. Make no mistake, this is a major victory.

    I meant more to “stone” everyone’s personal gardens with psychoactive or any varieties of cannabis, with special care (with tax incentives) not to cross pollinate our neighbor’s industrial hemp fields.
    As far as hilltops, I only mean to increase fertile heirloom native hemp seeds by restoring hilltops devestated by mining and general deforestation.
    Im with you %100 about the incorrect and unjust U.N. definition of cannabis as a narcotic. Half the evil in the C.S.Act stems from these archaic international “treaties” that represent some of the greatest violations of our civil rights to live in health and the pursuit of happiness.
    The Food Nutrition and Herbal Administration sounds great to me. Now if we could just find a way to rename the U.S.Patent office and the Department of Health and Human Services so they could lay off life-sustaining exo-cannabinoids and protect them for everyone to grow for ourselves?…

  32. There ought to be a commodity exchange for hemp seed, where futures contracts can deliver profit
    to stakeholders. God already blessed hemp.

  33. When will “American Grown Hemp Seed Oil; Hemp Milk and Flour be available? Canadian Hemp Oil is excellent: “a pure dark green seed oil;
    (Manitoba Harvest)
    Hemp Seed Oil contains “a good ratio of Omega 3 oil(EFA); and Omega 6 + 9 essential oils”;
    Similarly sunflower seeds have “Pangamic oil.”

  34. “regulate to remove interlopers trying to grow psychoactive varieties of marijuana that could potentially leave a nearby native hemp farm vulnerable to cross pollination.”

    I think my question would be more precise if I ask what harm cross-pollination of industrial hemp by psychoactive hemp could do– is there evidence the presence of psychoactivity-factors could weaken the hemp rope, fabric or building-bricks, or make the seeds less nutritious?

    Anyway, if the wasteful 500-mg H-ot B-urning O-verdose M-onoxide joint is replaced by 25-mg single VAPE tokes, more positive “psychoactivity” nutrient will be harvested from less quantity of herb, and less “psychoactive” crops will need to be grown anyway.

  35. @TheOracle: Yes, I am so tired of the BS “He said, she said” journalism. Or should I say “journalism”. When one side has all the facts and credibility and the other side is wearing an aluminum hat to keep the aliens from planting messages in his brain, to insist on the Golden Mean Fallacy and claim that the truth must “lie between” and we must give both sides equal consideration is rubbish. We have all the facts and evidence and the prohibitionist/Drug War side has a well-documented history of lies and racism propping up their claims. To even give the DEA claims a platform, to spout even one of their unevidenced and/or long-debunked lies in a misguided attempt at “fairness” or “balance”, is criminal. Sometimes one side is clearly right, and to play the fence-sitter is to do actual, measurable harm to others.

    And on top of that, how much platform has OUR side been given during their reign, over the seventy years of prohibition, or even the last thirty/forty years of draconian enforcement and scaremongering? I understand NORML has been around for most of that time; where, in all the anti-drug scaremongering, did they ever solicit an “opposing viewpoint” from a NORML rep? Or from any opposition whatsoever? Despite the Drug Warriors having exactly zero basis for their claims, the media jumped right on the bandwagon and declared our side to be Public Enemy No. One–and not just users, but non-using allies like myself, had to fear for our jobs and our lives if we spoke out against the Drug War and its illegal and unethical tactics. And now that we’re clearly winning, they have to save face and pretend that the Drug Warriors might have a point, or that “the truth lies between”? Where was this moderation when they were manufacturing this war on the American people?

  36. Also, Julian is right. Every little victory chips away at the DEA and that pig Michele Leonhart a little more. It’s the accumulation of little chips like that that have gotten us to this point.

    I mean, look at how many Drug Warriors are saying “okay, let’s allow medical marijuana then, let’s allow decriminalization, that would be ideal, and let’s stop there”, when only a few years ago–pre-2012, to be precise–they wouldn’t even consider or discuss even those minimal reforms. Now legalization is inevitable, they’re scared, and leaping onto half-measures that they decreed not too long ago to be non-options. “What if I just decriminalize, but we keep it illegal, keep piss-testing, keep my corporate Drug War profiteers happy? Will you stop trying and succeeding to win this legalization battle then? Please?”

    Absolutely not. You Drug Warriors didn’t give us any quarter when you had the upper hand and, unlike you, our movement is based on actual evidence and not on lies and racism. We intend to crush each and every one of you into the dust and make the DEA a relic of history–and you will not be missed, and your memory will only be invoked as a negative, as a warning. Your entire organization and your life’s work will go down in history as one of this country’s biggest mistakes and atrocities, and you will not be missed. And I hope that pig Michele Leonhart and her cronies live long enough to see how they will be remembered.

  37. according to my grandmother, her father used to work in Kentucky’s hemp industry “back in the day” (around WWII), and most of the research for the potency, sustainability, and best locations of and for hemp production, as well as the best manufacturing processes for cultivation and industrial products, were already established “back then”, leaving me to wonder about the nessessity for all of this new research. is it perhaps because Kentucky is interested in the potential of other, foreign, strains in relevance to the stock my great-grandfather was familiar with? or, perhaps, is it interested in markets that have expanded past “rope and clothing”?

  38. We the people of the United States of America forgive the Government for taking a most viable medicine, Cannabis from the arsenal of medications that nature has provided for humanity to use for its better health. We forgive you because we want a new start for the medication of Cannabis; this medicine helps to heal people of all ages. We must as a nation care for our hurting people as they know works for them as individuals and as a nation. Please put your greedy financial gains aside in order that we can heal however it works best for the individual sick patient. We the people of the United States of America forgive every business person, ever doctor, every politician for destroying the image of the medicine Cannabis for other financial gains; it is time to give Cannabis a new start. Let all doctors prescribe this healing medicine and let the naturalist grow their own, with this we will have a better America, we forgive you, now let us change this one reality, for a better reality, Cannabis the studied, proven, and best medicine for some real diseases and pain. We Forgive you people.m Please get real or get out of the way.m Hemp is just simple math.m

  39. I hope they plant pot seeds in with the hemp.The dea are the drug dellers that is why they don’t wount hemp and pot legal.FACT FACT FACTS.

  40. @Mexweed,
    The answer to your question is more or less “yes.” Hemp farmers dont want their crops anywhere near other strains, much less psychoactive varieties (or vice versa) or worse yet, some GMO monster from Monsantos trying to get hemp hooked on Round Up. Just ask a Colorado or California grower. Cross polination a “growing” problem.
    But as you clearly point out, we dont need many individual psychoactive plants per capita to sustain our own supply with using a vaporizer or “long drawn tube” etc.
    The reality is, unless you have a screened in porch or a raised bed with chicken wire cages to protect your marijuana plants like ive seen done with tomatoes, or unless youre growing huge fields with account for loss, keep in mind that every bird and mammal with an endocannabinoid system knows exactly and instinctively what a beautiful, emerald green, flowering marijuana plant is, and wants to eat it. Mice, birds, deer, coons, you name it, they love the herb. This may explain why illegal growers trying to grow weed in monoculture use so much pesticide.
    Medicinal Marijuana, or cannabis for food was meant to be used, cultivated and modified for garden style, individual use. Leave the fields of monoculture to hemp… And I suspect even hemp will require hills and valleys to protect vital strains, resisting the corporate monoculture even further.
    The greatest research that remains for hemp is coastal… What strains do we need for massive projects like building coastal barriers to retain fresh water and soil from rising oceans, depleted rivers and hurricanes? How will they affect farmers? Crosspolination? Pollution? Can we use coastal barriers for fuel (celulosic hemp ethanol) and still leave enough foliage for soil rehabilitation? There is much research being done, and more still needing done in gulf states that have no legal hemp laws… Yet.

  41. @Demonhype,
    One state at a time. We’ll get’m soon. It sure is fun to watch, aint it?
    One thing happening with legalization that shouldn’t amaze me is what I have suspected all along; It was hemp that originally outlawed cannabis and it’s hemp that is making cannabis legal again. Supply and Demand… The oil companies dont want prices too high on fuel… Then people stop buying fuel and prices plummet. Exxon-Mobile, Chevron; these oil giants need a supplemental source of renewable ethanol that can be grown next to refineries near Galveston, wont succumb so easily to drought, (like corn did in 2011) and produces more celulose than corn without competing for dwindling South Texas water supplies in the dwindling south Texas Eagle Ford fracking zone.
    Its petrochemical and timber patent holders that stand to lose more with a legal domestic hemp supply, such as Koch Industries, who bought the patents from Dupont in 2004; The same patents that originally outlawed hemp 75 years ago, but now with add ons like Brawny paper towels, construction materials, (Including Georgia Pacific) and stainmaster carpets, just to name a few petro-timber products under Koch patent.
    The recent break away from Koch Industries by some Republican members of Congress should come as no surprise in this issue, as it becomes increasingly clear the Koch brothers have funded the Tea Party… Whose fiscally conservitive group voted against recent legislation to block funding for the DEA. What McConnel and Paul did in Kentucky was as much a political break away from the Koch brothers prior to midterm elections as it was a vested interest in Kentucky’s economic future. We have both hemp and Kentucky farmers to thank for that.
    So on to the future-present…
    The greatest conflict with the coastal hemp barrier idea is that most of America’s population resides on our coastal barriers. Look at Miami, New York or Houston. Sprawling suburbs stretch for hundreds of miles. In the case of the most vulnerable city to sea level rise, Miami, urban sprawl is literally backed up to the shrinking Florida Everglades. Where would we plant the hemp barrier? Should we just start planting the Everglades? What would this do to the native specied already overrun with invading organisms? Would hemp build up soil fast enough to migrate the everglades inland, retain soil and hold back storm surges? Or would the hemp crowd out already dwindling habitat? Perhaps both and more.
    One thing is certain; sea levels are rising, and it wont matter what strains of hemp we are preserving inland; There wont be any soil or freshwater left if we dont start building up our wetlands now with a soil nutritive, hardy crop that wont wash all our precious resources out to sea during the next tropical storm or hurricane.
    Its either this, or we employ an army of beavers to protect our freshwater marshes.
    …Still had you with beavers? In the meantime, lets legalize cannabis.

  42. 1. Maybe the cross-pollination issues will be resolved after legalization, because the prime reason for energy-wasteful, fire-hazardous indoor “Growhouse” operations today is secrecy, and once no one is trying to hide their “ops” from the cops, those will be replaced by Greenhouses (with a door to shut animal predators out etc.).

    2. Creative Reuse tip: lots of old windows (painstakingly rescued from doomed buildings instead of letting demolition “professionals” smash and throw away) can be used to build improvised hand-made-looking Greenhouses (which can be the south-facing half of a summer residence shack where gardeners and their children reside near their work). Garden carpentry renaissance.

    3. Today’s “fields” (failed, as in failed forest) and monocultures will be replaced mostly by mature forest on 95% of the land surface in tropics and temperates by 2222, and HEMP is an important link– produces the most fertile topsoil for future trees of just about any species.

    4. Doubtless there are some HEMP strains ready today that can do a good enough job building the coastal barriers described by @Julian. Maybe some groups along the Golf oops sorry Gulf should go out and start publicly planting those, invite Michele Leonhart and Mitch McConnell to take part, with an inaugural ceremony on some striking memorable date, say 7/1/14. To me, this is a transitional program, decades from now the coastal areas will be not so much in hemp as in tall trees harboring maximum fresh water.

  43. To Mexweed:

    I think your last comment is very informative.

    my idea is Plant Sea Grasses along all desert coasts and eventually the Sea grass creates “soil” which creeps up to the land (which is what you want in a desert); Sea Grass attracts fish and is dried for “greens.

  44. ps Sea Grass is the only food source of one particular Sea Turtle; Sea Grass is important;

    So is Hemp Herb; good for soil conservation…(Any plants root’s hold soil

  45. @Mexweed,
    Sounds very reasonable to me. I love solutions. Cannabis motivates us to prepare for climate change so much more than just focusing on the problems. Talking about climate problems without talking about solutions just wears me out. Wouldnt you know it some hemp seed could just save our species from self annihilation.
    One thing someone pointed out to me today that I need to correct here… Ive often criticized Monsantos for trying to get hemp “addicted” to Round Up. Well thats not entirely accurate. What they do with genetically modified corn, cotton and soy is they make it resistant to Round Up so the herbicide can kill everything but the crop. The problem is, besides the questions that remain about the safety of GMO crops in general, is the cost that fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides have on such a massive scale just to please some misdirected subsidies for the ethanol, food and feed industries.
    The solution? You guessed it. Hemp doesnt require pesticides, herbicides, and needs very little fertilizer, depending on the climate and soil. In fact, hemp is one of the few plants or crops that puts nutrients back into the soil. If that aint sustainable, I dont know what is.
    If we want to cut through all the bull$#¡+ and the politics we have to ask two things; Where are the resources and who stands to profit? Growing our own is the best way to retain our water and soil and sustain our families. A well researched and sensibly regulated domestic cannabis supply can create an enormous boost in socioeconomic stability as local and rural economies from families to communities develop new and innovative products to an open market.

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