Hemp for Vermont Bill becomes Law today


Hemp for Vermont Bill Becomes Law

State Wants Federal Permission for Farmers to Grow Hemp

MONTPELIER, Vermont (May 30, 2008) — Vote Hemp, a grassroots advocacy organization working to give farmers the right to grow non-drug industrial hemp, is extremely pleased that Vermont Governor Jim Douglas allowed H.267, the Hemp for Vermont Bill, to become law without his signature yesterday afternoon. The bill overwhelmingly passed both the House (126 to 9) and the Senate (25 to 1). The new law sets up a state-regulated program for farmers to grow non-drug industrial hemp, which is used in a wide variety of products, including nutritious foods, cosmetics, body care, clothing, tree-free paper, auto parts, building materials and much more. Learn more about industrial hemp at the Vote Hemp Web site.

Smart and effective grassroots organizing by Vote Hemp and the Vermont-based advocacy group Rural Vermont mobilized farmers and local businesses, many of which pledged to buy their hemp raw materials in-state if they have the opportunity. Rural Vermont Director Amy Shollenberger says that "the Hemp for Vermont bill is another step toward legalizing this important crop for farmers. The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world that doesn't allow this crop to be grown. Looking at the Canadian experience, hemp provides a good return for the farmer. It's a high-yield crop and a great crop to mix in with corn."

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It's time for legislators to become educated about this valuable crop. Here are a few good points you may not know:

*At a volume level of 81%, hemp oil is the richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids (the "good" fats). It's quite high in some essential amino acids, including gamma linoleic acid (GLA), a very rare nutrient also found in mother's milk.

*Hemp can displace cotton which is usually grown with massive amounts of chemicals harmful to people and the environment. 50% of all the world's pesticides are sprayed on cotton.

*Hemp has been grown for at least the last 12,000 years for fiber (textiles and paper) and food. It has been effectively prohibited in the United States since the 1950s.

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w00t Vermont!

One more thing for me to love about Vermont. My list now includes hemp, cheese and their amazing carry law.

Which flavor?

Chunky Money or Cherry Garcia?

Thanks for this informative post..

I never realized that this crop was banned. Apparently because of it's close relationship to marijuana. Amazing how easily this was done(banning) when we considered ourselves so 'moral'.(1930s)

Well...

There's actually more to it than that. There's evidence that the lumber industry was largely behind the ban of hemp, lobbying furiously for its ban because hemp was the main competitor for the lumber industry at the time and had so much potential to completely eliminate the need for the use of lumber. In fact, just before hemp's ban, a machine for pulping hemp had been invented and the lumber industry stood to lose billions.

It was William Randolph Hearst who led that push

to outlaw hemp (except during the WW2 years).

An interesting note, Robbins,NC, boyhood home of John Edwards, was named "Hemp" before the name changed in 1942 (I think) to honor Karl Robbins, who owned the silk textile mill. There is still a Hemp St. in Robbins.

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And I'm a Cherry Garcia girl myself

Thanks for this post, loftT.

Hemp seems like a natural fit for NC farmers who are looking for a replacement for tobacco. I expect the demand for industrial hemp will increase from year to year as industry rediscovers its uses.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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Then we need to follow Vermont's example.

We've obviously got a longer growing season than they do, and it could be a very productive crop for us.

I wonder if law enforcement fears that illegal plants will be grown in the midst of legal plants?
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I think that's it.

I have heard that aerial detection of the illegal stuff would be impossible in the midst of a legal hemp field, but for all I know the person who told me that could have been blowing smoke. Of course, there's a really simple answer to that problem, too.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

The public would have to be educated

But in reality, hemp would choke out any illegal plants which need more space to grow and hybridize the pot reducing its THC

Hemp and MarijuanaMyths and Realities

Reality: Industrial Hemp is grown quite differently from marijuana. Moreover, it is harvested at a different time than marijuana. Finally, cross-pollination between hemp plants and marijuana plants would significantly reduce the potency of the marijuana plant.

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Great minds...

Linda,

I've been saying the EXACT same thing about hemp and our tobacco farmers for as long as I can remember now.

Hemp milk.

We've been drinking hemp milk for awhile. High protein, lower sugar, non-dairy. Much better than the alternatives (rice, soy).

but, super expensive. Maybe if more states start producing it the price will go down. Or, maybe the government could subsidize it the way it does corn/milk.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I look forward to seeing how

I look forward to seeing how this will play out. I am in Canada, but the production of hemp is mostly aimed at the food service area and animal bedding, and the rest is exported. Would love to see new trends emerge from the States.

I thrive on research, reading and writing. I am also an avid green eco-chick who runs www.hemp-guide.com

Hemp has certainly taken a

Hemp has certainly taken a turn for the better, so much so, I have been offered to open a hemp store in the local mall, however, marijuana is still illegal and debated. I think you are right, people need to really understand the whole picture in order to make informed decisions, unfortunately, many just disregard the facts. I for one have not always advocated for industrial hemp and even less the legalization of marijuana for any use, but with a few years of research, I have changed my mind dramatically. Of course when it comes to industrial hemp, I strongly agree that it should be farmed. As far as the "pot" issue, I can't say for sure, nor can I be ignorant to say that I know everything that I need to know to give a credible view on the subject, but lately I have been wondering if it should be legal to smoke it. Why? Recently my daughter experimented as many do in their teen years, however, my daughter is only 13 years of age which disturbs me a bit, of course I raised her to be good and kind, but sometimes that doesn't matter when the hormones are raging. Anyways, I was livid to hear that she had gotten it from a 21 year old guy. He's been selling the stuff to young girls for years and the girls today seem to be getting into a lot more trouble, at least compared to my day which was about 16. I went to the cop shop and they could not do anything unless she testified in court, in front of the criminal no doubt which was not recommended. Charges here have to be direct possession or caught trafficking. The irony is, if the same kids are drinking away at a home party, the cops only need a phone call from a concerned neighbor and they bust right in and charge anyone who has been drinking including the parents who provided booze to minors. Why can't you do this with marijuana? Because it's illegal and alcohol is not, at least to adults. So I wonder, how the laws would change to protect the younger generations from getting wrapped up in it so young if "pot" was legal to adults? It's a well known fact that marijuana in itself cannot kill you, however, alcohol poisoning is very real and deadly. Geez back in the old day, before the beer store was opened on saturday and sunday, you could always find a bootlegger, but how many are left today? Imagine "pot" stores opening all over the place and putting the dealers out of business, lol! Ok, this could be tunnel vision, but I have to say, it's made me wonder. By the way, I don't smoke the stuff, I am just trying to see the justifications of it. Sorry for rambling folks!!!

I thrive on research, reading and writing. I am also an avid green eco-chick who runs www.hemp-guide.com

That's a good question, I am

That's a good question, I am not usre that I would open a store with just hemp or go with a more general eco and natural store that utilizes all sustainable materials. I think hemp is getting more attention and more and more peopl are buying the products, however, many don't want to buy products with the hemp leaf logo on it, marijuana has been branded with the leaf, so many don't want to be associated with it. If I do open a store, I think I will concentrate on the "made with hemp" tag and create another logo that is more approriate. We'll see what the future holds, right now my hemp site is doing well.

I thrive on research, reading and writing. I am also an avid green eco-chick who runs www.hemp-guide.com

Of course when it comes to

Of course when it comes to industrial hemp, I strongly agree that it should be farmed. As far as the "pot" issue, I can't say for sure, nor can I be ignorant to say that I know everything that I need to know to give a credible view on the subject, but lately I have been wondering if it should be legal to smoke it.
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Industrial Hemp and Medical Marijuana

Both could mean much revenue to farmers but in the past a small but loud group kept these from being realities. It's a new day in many ways and Slate did an article recently High Expectations which addresses serious studies of the weed as opposed to the "you'll drive off a cliff after smoking pot" mantra of the 70's.

These are some of the areas that have had positive results so far:
* slow the growth of lung tumors in mice
* decrease hardening of the arteries in rats
* boost the egg-binding capability of tobacco smokers' sperm
* might prove therapeutic for traumatic brain injury
* inflammatory bowel disease
* allergic contact dermatitis
* atherosclerosis
* osteoporosis
* alzheimer's disease
* anorexia asthma nausea
* pain peptic ulcer alcoholism
* glaucoma epilepsy depression
* migraine anxiety inflammation
* hypertension insomnia cancer
Among Many, Many more.

Can't find it now, but I remember reading somewhere that if Marijuana were discovered today that it would be considered a miracle drug.

Now is the time to have an adult conversation about this weed and because we will have an adult in the White House, this may be possible!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Forget "Medical" Marijuana

What about "Recreational" Marijuana? It is not "worse" and is in many ways "better" than alcohol consumption.

It's a freaking plant that most people could grow in their gardens if they wanted to. Think about all the revenue the government could make if it were legal. Think about all the law enforcement and prison money we would save by repealing prohibition of it. I don't know if I would smoke it if it were legal, but I don't care if someone else does. I certainly don't need the police out there "protecting" me by stopping people from selling it.

Recreational Marijuana

I remember hearing that the tobacco companies retooled to sell this in the 70's.

The former deputy leader of Great Britan's Conservative Party, Peter Lilley (circa 2001), called for the legalization of cannabis with the qualifier that it would make their party more popular to the younger voter. Imagine what would happen if the repub party were really interested in getting the young vote here and pushed for legalization.

You're right SPLib, we would save quite a bit of money if it were legalized.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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