Friday, October 16, 2009

Legalize Hemp!!!

by Becky Johnson
September 16, 2009

Santa Cruz, Ca. --- Every hemp product is legal in the United States. Hemp soap. Hemp paper. Hemp fiber and fabric. Hemp flour. Hemp oil. Yet every bit of fiber has to be imported from Canada, China, or one of several European countries which have legalized the extremely useful fiber. President George Washington grew hemp. The first draft of the Constitution was written on hemp paper. Hemp contains little or no THC, so no one can get "high" on it. Both the Senate and the State Assembly passed a bill legalizing hemp in California, only to get vetoed by our pot-smoking Governor Schwarzenegger. Obama took office and made a statement about respecting State's Rights, yet eight states -- Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia have attempted to implement programs for either research or production but have been stopped by the DEA.

President Obama needs to rein in the DEA. The recent raid on marijuana dispensaries in San Diego violates our States rights to regulate medical marijuana. Obama promised not to interfere in medical marijuana states, but failed with this recent raid. He has not moved towards legalization of hemp either. Hemp farmers are not happy.

On Tuesday, Oct 13th, six hemp farmers arrived at the DEA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia and with shovels, and hemp seeds in hand, planted hemp on the lawn of the DEA headquarters. All six were arrested and charged with trespassing. Here is a video of their protest and arrest.

(see video just below)

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