California Considers Hemp Pilot Program By Manila Ryce

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By Manila Ryce
The Largest Minority
Published Thursday, August 23rd, 2007, 8:26 pm

A newly proposed law in California would establish a five-year pilot program for farmers to grow industrial hemp in four counties. The law would also define “industrial hemp” as separate from marijuana under the state’s health and safety code.Hemp is a sustainable and environmentally friendly crop which contains less than 1 percent of THC. It is used in skin products, as fertilizer, medicine, building material, fabric, paper, fuel, and can be converted into fully biodegradable plastics. The United States is the only industrialized nation where hemp is not an established crop, much to the delight of oil, coal, and chemical industries which benefit from the ban.

Cultivation of hemp is currently illegal under US federal law thanks to the lobbying of the aforementioned groups. The California Narcotic Officers’ Association has testified that the passage of such a bill would only make law enforcement more difficult because farmers might hide illegal marijuana in their legal hemp fields. I could be wrong, but it seems like this association is either admitting that they’re too incompetent to do their jobs correctly, or they’re making the case for the legalization of marijuana so that they’re not forced to make the distinction. Either way, I say let the layoffs begin.


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5 thoughts on “California Considers Hemp Pilot Program By Manila Ryce

  1. I also believe that hemp should be overturned and made legal. It would provide additional income for many farmers where the farm life isn’t doing well.
    If there is soon a petition for this, I would definitely sign it!

  2. I’m a big hemp fan as well. But I don’t see it as the panacea for everything. Certainly it’s one of the main solutions to helping the environment! 🙂

  3. What fabulous news! Why is it that California has to be the first state in the nation to innovate? Anyway, hemp used to be grown in the U.S. until it was banned for dubious reasons. It has hundreds of uses, and is very nutritious. Let’s just legalize marijuana, as well, and end the hypocritical farce disguised as a “war on drugs.” Hemp is a nearly perfect plant. What’s not to like?

  4. Finally some good news amid Iraq horror stories and crooked politicians!

    Hemp is a great stock plant; used for food, clothing, building material, oil, fuel, etc. It can also be grown on a commercial scale without the use of pesticides because of it’s natural resistance to disease and insects! A big plus for all the organic farmers out there.

    “Cotton and soy, the two hemp substitute crops, are characterized not only by their enormous demand for pesticides, but also by the toxicity of the respective pesticides in use.” (pg. 136, The Cultivation of Hemp, Dr. Iván Bócsa and Michael Karus.)

    It is also famous for improving soil quality through nutrient release, improve soil ventilation, and water balance.

    If you can’t tell, I’m a big hemp advocate! Glad to see people spreading the word, keep it up.

  5. Namiste,

    It should be legal in all states as it is a better fiber for both making paper and for making clothing… It takes 20 or more years to grow a tree big enough to use as lumber and in paper products where as Hemp could bbe grown and harvested in a much smaller area and grow several crops a year and produce two or three times the amount of useable fibre pulp than they could ever even imagine of getting from a tree in the same amount of space or the smae amount of time. there just is no viable way of comparison!!!

    Namiste william

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