North Dakota Farmers Sue to Overturn U.S. Ban on Industrial Hemp

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North Dakota Farmers Sue to Overturn U.S. Ban on Industrial Hemp
http://www.naturalnews.com/023637.html

Originally published July 15 2008

by David Gutierrez

(NaturalNews) A pair of North Dakota hemp farmers have filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals to overturn a federal ban on the production of commercial hemp.

North Dakota is the only state that allows the cultivation of industrial hemp, and the state legislature recently lifted a requirement that hemp farmers first seek permits from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

But because federal regulations still prohibit state-regulated hemp farming, North Dakota farmers Dave Monson and Wayne Hague filed a lawsuit on June 9 to overturn this ban. A federal court dismissed their case on November 29 (2007?), and the farmers have now appealed to the next level.

Monson and Hague argue that contrary to the DEA's arguments, industrial hemp is not the same as marijuana. While both are varieties of the cannabis plant, hemp advocates point to numerous scientific studies showing that industrial hemp is genetically distinct and does not contain high enough concentrations of the narcotic chemical THC to be used as a recreational drug.

Industrial hemp varieties include those used to produce oilseeds or fiber plants. Advocates of hemp say that the plant can be produced with very low ecological impact compared with other fiber sources, such as cotton. In addition, the hemp seed is 25 percent protein, making it second only to soy beans as a vegetable source of complete protein.

The United States lifted its ban on the sale of hemp-containing foods in 2001, but did not lift the ban on production. This led to a surge in hemp cultivation in Canada, which currently exports approximately 90 percent of its crop and the products produced from its crop to the United States. The North American hemp market has continued to grow, now totaling $300 million in yearly retail sales.

Hemp advocates point to Canada as proof that hemp cultivation does not create drug problems.

"Canada grows over 30,000 acres of industrial hemp annually without any law enforcement problems," said Vote Hemp President Eric Steenstra.
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Re: North Dakota Farmers Sue to Overturn U.S. Ban on Industrial Hemp
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2008, 04:25:02 PM »
 8) This is the best news I've heard in a long time. That is a good tactic of them joining up and filing together. I hope more farmers wake up and join them.

Hemp could revolutionize America. No more petrol=NO MORE OPEC=No more poisoning!

Think of everything plastic you own. Look around you, they make billions off EVERYTHING PLASTIC. Now most of that is poisonous (BPA) and leeching hormones into us. Know anyone with abnormal behavioral problems/issues? I know many.

Hemp oils refined can replace all that and be natural and safe.

Hemp hemp hooray, RE-legalize today!  ;D

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Re: North Dakota Farmers Sue to Overturn U.S. Ban on Industrial Hemp
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2008, 04:29:31 PM »
8) This is the best news I've heard in a long time. That is a good tactic of them joining up and filing together. I hope more farmers wake up and join them.

Hemp could revolutionize America. No more petrol=NO MORE OPEC=No more poisoning!

Think of everything plastic you own. Look around you, they make billions off EVERYTHING PLASTIC. Now most of that is poisonous (BPA) and leeching hormones into us. Know anyone with abnormal behavioral problems/issues? I know many.

Hemp oils refined can replace all that and be natural and safe.

Hemp hemp hooray, RE-legalize today!  ;D

Amen brother...
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Re: North Dakota Farmers Sue to Overturn U.S. Ban on Industrial Hemp
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2008, 04:33:44 PM »
That is weird, I thought this was ok.  In Canada, we have a lot of products made of hemp, it is legal.  There is rope, clothing, and all kind of other products.  I thought that was legal everywhere!!

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Re: North Dakota Farmers Sue to Overturn U.S. Ban on Industrial Hemp
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2008, 04:37:13 PM »
That is weird, I thought this was ok.  In Canada, we have a lot of products made of hemp, it is legal.  There is rope, clothing, and all kind of other products.  I thought that was legal everywhere!!

Nope, it was outlawed due to the propaganda of Hearst publishing. He held a monopoly on the creation of paper from trees at the time and needed to go after the competition of hemp.
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2008, 04:40:41 PM »
In Amerika, one industrial hemp plant in your flower bed and off to the federal pen you go! Don't matter if you didn't even know it was there, or what it was -you are guilty!

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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2008, 04:43:36 PM »
Nope, it was outlawed due to the propaganda of Hearst publishing. He held a monopoly on the creation of paper from trees at the time and needed to go after the competition of hemp.

A lot had to do with the automobile and the industrial revolution as well.

http://www.hempcar.org/ford.shtml

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Re: North Dakota Farmers Sue to Overturn U.S. Ban on Industrial Hemp
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2008, 04:49:22 PM »
Don't forget that it was DuPont that had invented synthetic nylon rope about the time of the banning. It was a money grab by industry through man-made products to replace all natural products they couldn't patent!
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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2008, 04:55:43 PM »
Don't forget that it was DuPont that had invented synthetic nylon rope about the time of the banning. It was a money grab by industry through man-made products to replace all natural products they couldn't patent!


Yeah, really. We all have the means to grow a plant. But do we ALL have the means to drill and pump oil to make synthetic rope? We could probably braid one just as strong. Or do we all have the means to cut huge trees and eventually thin it to paper? No. But we could grow Industrial hemp and press it ourselves and sustain on our own. All without the "help" of big brother, they make no money so whats the solution for them. LAW! Make enough laws until we're all criminals/terrorists.

I hope these two farmers break this W I D E open!

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Re: North Dakota Farmers Sue to Overturn U.S. Ban on Industrial Hemp
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2008, 04:56:58 PM »
Don't forget that it was DuPont that had invented synthetic nylon rope about the time of the banning. It was a money grab by industry through man-made products to replace all natural products they couldn't patent!

That summed it all up well! Its the same model over and over, just like the pharmaceutical industry going after natural medicine.
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Re: North Dakota Farmers Sue to Overturn U.S. Ban on Industrial Hemp
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2008, 01:57:14 AM »
Farmers sue DEA for right to grow industrial hemp
By Eliott C. McLaughlin

(CNN) -- The feds call industrial hemp a controlled substance -- the same as pot, heroin, LSD -- but advocates say a sober analysis reveals a harmless, renewable cash crop with thousands of applications that are good for the environment.

Two North Dakota farmers are taking that argument to federal court, where a November 14 hearing is scheduled in a lawsuit to determine if the Drug Enforcement Administration is stifling the farmers' efforts to grow industrial hemp. The DEA says it's merely enforcing the law.

Marijuana and industrial hemp are members of the Cannabis sativa L. species and have similar characteristics. One major difference: Hemp won't get you high. Hemp contains only traces of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the compound that gets pot smokers stoned. However, the Controlled Substances Act makes little distinction, banning the species almost outright.

Marijuana, which has only recreational and limited medical uses, is the shiftless counterpart to the go-getter hemp, which has a centuries-old history of handiness.

The February 1938 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine heralded hemp as the "new billion-dollar crop," saying it had 25,000 uses. Today, it is a base element for textiles, paper, construction materials, car parts, food and body care products.

It's not a panacea for health and environmental problems, advocates concede, but it's not the menace the Controlled Substances Act makes it out to be. 

Watch why a North Dakota official thinks the U.S. should be in the hemp business

"This is actually an anti-drug. It's a healthy food," explained Adam Eidinger of the Washington advocacy group Vote Hemp. "We're not using this as a statement to end the drug war."

Rather, Eidinger said, Vote Hemp wants to vindicate a plant that has been falsely accused because of its mischievous cousin.

North Dakota farmers Wayne Hauge and Dave Monson say comparing industrial hemp to marijuana is like comparing pop guns and M-16s. They've successfully petitioned the state Legislature -- of which Monson is a member -- to authorize the farming of industrial hemp.

They've applied for federal permits and submitted a collective $5,733 in nonrefundable fees, to no avail, so they're suing the DEA.

North Dakota is one of seven states to OK hemp production or research. California would have made eight until Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week vetoed the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act, citing the burden on law enforcement which would have to inspect hemp fields to make sure they were marijuana-free.

Administration skeptical of initiatives

The DEA claims the farmers' lawsuit is misguided because the agency is obligated to enforce the Controlled Substances Act.

"Hemp comes from cannabis. It's kind of a Catch 22 there," said DEA spokesman Michael Sanders. "Until Congress does something, we have to enforce the laws." 

The difference between marijuana, industrial hemp

Asked if the DEA opposes the stalled House Resolution 1009, which would nix industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana, Sanders said the Justice Department and President Bush would make that call.

"When it comes to laws, we don't have a dog in that fight," he said.

The Justice Department has no position yet on the resolution, said spokesman Erik Ablin. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, however, is skeptical because of the burden hemp would place on law enforcement resources. Also, hemp advocates are regularly backed -- sometimes surreptitiously -- by the pro-marijuana movement, the office alleges.

"ONDCP cautions that, historically, the hemp movement has been almost entirely funded by the well-organized and well-funded marijuana legalization lobby," said spokesman Tom Riley. "All we do is ask people not to be naive about what's really going on here."

Often, the hemp movement -- like hemp legislation -- is inextricably tied to marijuana. Pot advocates like actor Woody Harrelson and activist Jack Herer have double or ulterior agendas when they expound the virtues of hemp.

Not so with Monson, 57. The assistant GOP leader in the state House, who returned to the family farm where he was reared in 1975, said he became interested in hemp in 1993 when scab, or Fusarium head blight, devastated his wheat and barley crops.
Monson grows canola, too, but wants another crop in his rotation. Soybeans are too finicky for the weather and rocky soil. Monson also tried pinto beans, fava beans and buckwheat with no luck.

"None of them seemed to really be a surefire thing," he said. "We were looking for anything that was potentially able to make us some money."

Hemp, said the lifelong farmer, seemed an apt fit. It likes the climate, its deep roots irrigate soil, it doesn't need herbicides because it grows tall quickly and it breaks the disease cycles in other crops, Monson said.

What Is It Good For?

Hemp's handiness can be traced back hundreds of years. Here are a few examples of its myriad applications:

Paper -- The plant's long, strong fibers make it an alternative to timber for paper. The Declaration of Independence and first Gutenberg Bibles were drafted on hemp.
Construction -- Hemp's woody core makes a good source of boards for construction materials.
Auto parts -- The plant's fiber can be crafted into a composite that is used for interior automobile parts typically made of fiberglass or other materials.
Textiles -- For centuries, hemp fibers have been used for fabrics, both fine and coarse.
Body and health care products -- Oil from the seeds is used in lotions, balms and cosmetics.
Food -- The seeds and oil are high in protein and essential fatty acids and are used in a variety of edibles.
Ethanol -- Though the technology is embryonic at best, hemp's high cellulose content makes it a good candidate for biofuel production.

Source: Vote Hemp, Hemp Industries Association

States follow Canada's lead

About 20 miles north of Monson's Osnabrock farm lies the Canadian border, the hemp dividing line. Just over the border in Manitoba, farmers have been reaping the benefits of hemp since 1998, when Health Canada reversed a longtime ban.

In a Vote Hemp video, Shaun Crew, president of Hemp Oil Canada Inc., a processing company in Sainte-Agathe, praised Canada's foresight in differentiating between hemp and marijuana.

While marijuana THC levels can range between 3 and 20 percent, Canada demands its hemp contain no more than 0.3 percent. In some hemp, the THC levels can sink as low as one part per million, Crew said.

"There's probably more arsenic in your red wine, there's more mercury in your water and there's definitely more opiates in the poppy seed bagel you ate this morning," Crew said on the video.

The North Dakota Legislature is convinced, as are the general assemblies in Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana and West Virginia.

With his state's blessing, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson is backing the farmers and has proposed modeling North Dakota's hemp laws after Canada's strict regulations.

"We weren't just going to tell the DEA to take a hike," Johnson said. "We're serious about this, and we want to do it in concert with the DEA."

In a March 27 letter to Johnson, Joseph Rannazzisi of the DEA's Office of Diversion Control, said the permits were denied because the state hadn't satisfied the agency's security and logistical requirements.

Security aspects require careful evaluation because "the substance at issue is marijuana -- the most widely abused controlled substance in the United States," Rannazzisi wrote.

"We've been terribly brainwashed"

Hemp wasn't always banned in the U.S. Jamestown Colony required farmers to grow it in 1619. Even after Congress cracked down on marijuana in 1937, farmers were encouraged to grow the crop for rope, sails and parachutes during World War II's "Hemp for Victory" campaign.

Jake Graves, 81, heeded the call. Graves, whose father grew hemp in both world wars and whose grandfather grew it during the Civil War, was a teen when his father died in 1942. At the time, Graves' family was growing hemp for the Army.

The Graveses continued growing hemp on their 500-acre Kentucky farm until 1945, when the market dried up after the advent of synthetic fabrics and the post-war reinvigoration of international trade.

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But Graves stands by the crop and its versatility and says that by lumping hemp in with marijuana, lawmakers "threw the baby out with the wash."

"We've been terribly brainwashed as a society," Graves said. "Man didn't use it for all those hundreds and hundreds of years without knowing what they were doing."

In the U.S., tapping hemp's versatility relies on imports. The DEA clamped down on most hemp imports in 1999 and 2001, but relented after a Canadian company sued, saying the ban violated its rights under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Though advocates considered it a victory, Johnson said hemp won't be fully utilized until it can be grown and researched stateside.

"For us to grow it isn't enough. You have to build that infrastructure," Johnson said. "None of those uses is really going to develop to any great degree until we're able to grow this commodity."


Johnson said the farmers' Vote Hemp-funded lawsuit has no hidden agenda. It's aimed solely at allowing farmers to grow hemp -- without going to jail because federal law says hemp and marijuana are the same.

"I've got a state Legislature saying they aren't and the entire world saying they aren't. This is about a crop that is a legitimate crop every place else in the world," Johnson said. "It's not a crusade thing. It's a crop. Let farmers grow it. We don't want anyone to be growing drugs."

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/10/17/pip.hempregulation/index.html#

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Re: North Dakota Farmers Sue to Overturn U.S. Ban on Industrial Hemp
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2008, 02:14:20 AM »
H.R. 5843: Act to Remove Federal Penalties for the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-5843

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Re: North Dakota Farmers Sue to Overturn U.S. Ban on Industrial Hemp
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2008, 02:16:06 AM »
Thank you for bumping/adding to this thread everyone. All of this is important news.
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Re: North Dakota Farmers Sue to Overturn U.S. Ban on Industrial Hemp
« Reply #13 on: September 10, 2008, 06:00:52 AM »
Don't forget that it was DuPont that had invented synthetic nylon rope about the time of the banning. It was a money grab by industry through man-made products to replace all natural products they couldn't patent!

As with most of the injustice in Amerika, it's related to profits for an influential group.

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Re: North Dakota Farmers Sue to Overturn U.S. Ban on Industrial Hemp
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2008, 06:42:55 AM »
bump, Thanks for the information.  Why I am not surprised that DuPont and Hearst are involved in the suppression on natural resources. 
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« Reply #15 on: September 10, 2008, 11:37:10 AM »
I'm giving this another bump.
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« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2008, 11:52:50 AM »
 :) Good news for a change, bump

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« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2008, 06:29:48 PM »
That summed it all up well! Its the same model over and over, just like the pharmaceutical industry going after natural medicine.

There was a time when every doctor carried a tincture of cannabis in his bag.

Then the eugenicists duponts, etc. figured they could replace natural medicine that actually works, with synthetic toxins that will get rid of millions of people while simultaneously filling the coffers of the wealthy families who think they own the planet.

So almost overnight, cannabis went from being standard medical practice to being demonized. The most modern methods of propaganda were used - scare tactics and repetition.

The word 'Marijuana' was used. Hemp farmers joined the general hysteria against the demon Marijuana without actually realising they were talking about their own crop. By the time they found out, it was too late to fight the ban. The hemp farmers brought a petition to the senate, but by then it was too late. America had been conned by the Dupont/Hearsts and JD Anslinger, along with that cross-dressing FBI guy.

All people in jail for cannabis - related charges are political prisoners.

Only idiots would enforce these insane laws.
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« Reply #18 on: October 05, 2009, 11:27:46 AM »
I am glad some see the errors of this country and others there are angels watching us.
If we do not change and let creativity be UN chained UN imprison released this war on drugs is the first and for most order of business it must end now there prepared to take our worlds military to space to show us how not to act if we continue on this killing spree on this imprisonment of souls if we do not Chang soon they will start evicting our peers of control on good people I am is in me these are gods words end this war on drugs and stop killing babies or the almighty lord god will interact.
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« Reply #19 on: November 21, 2009, 09:33:19 AM »

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/house-of-straw-and-hemp-withstands-1000degc-fire-test-14570197.html

House of straw and hemp withstands 1,000C fire test
Friday, 20 November 2009

A house made of straw and hemp panels passed a fire resistance test where it was exposed to temperatures over 1,000C, a university said.



Balehaus@Bath - built of pre-fabricated straw-bale and hemp sections - has fire resistance "as good as houses built of conventional building materials", according to new research.

One of the panels used in the construction was exposed to the searing heat by the University of Bristol team.

To reach the required standard the panel had to withstand the heat for more than 30 minutes. Over two hours later - four times as long as required - the panel had still not failed.



Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/house-of-straw-and-hemp-withstands-1000degc-fire-test-14570197.html#ixzz0XVLKzi7t

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« Reply #20 on: November 21, 2009, 09:36:59 AM »
man, can you imagine a world where most clothes were made of hemp rather than that horrible fabric known as cotton?  Our clothes would last 100x longer, be way more comfortable, breathe easier, and cheaper!

Not to mention you could grow your own hemp and make your own clothes1!!!!

OMFG no more gay fashion industry!  Imagine that! 

What? I can dream can't I?  ;D ;D ;D

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« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2009, 09:07:14 PM »
man, can you imagine a world where most clothes were made of hemp rather than that horrible fabric known as cotton?  Our clothes would last 100x longer, be way more comfortable, breathe easier, and cheaper!

Not to mention you could grow your own hemp and make your own clothes1!!!!

OMFG no more gay fashion industry!  Imagine that! 

What? I can dream can't I?  ;D ;D ;D

Hey you big hairy bear lovin' homophobe!   :P  Trust me, the gay fashion industry will still find a way with hemp.  you won't get rid of them.  Just like hemp!     

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