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  • Kentucky Takes DEA to Court Over 'Illegal' Hemp Seed Seizure

    05/17/2014 3:34:33 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 15 replies
    US News ^ | 5/16/2014 | Steven Nelson
    Kentucky officials say the Drug Enforcement Administration is breaking the law in an attempt to illegally ruin the state’s industrial hemp pilot program. The Bluegrass State legalized industrial hemp in 2013 and the federal farm bill signed by President Barack Obama in February allows states to grow it for research. Industrial hemp superficially resembles marijuana, but has much lower concentrations of psychoactive THC. It’s been used for centuries for making rope, clothes and other items, but growing it was illegal for decades in the U.S. Earlier this month, the DEA seized 250 pounds of hemp seeds en route to the...
  • Ky. Ag Agency Sues for Release of Hemp Seed

    05/14/2014 4:08:25 PM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 9 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 14, 2014 | AP
    Ky. ag agency sues for release of hemp seeds May. 14, 2014 6:21pm LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Agriculture Department sued the federal government Wednesday, seeking the release of imported hemp seeds that have been held up by customs officials. The state said it needs to get the seeds in the ground for the spring season and each day they are held up jeopardizes the yield. The 250-pound shipment from Italy has been held for more than a week by customs officials in Louisville. "No state should have to endure what Kentucky has gone through in this process. We must...
  • Comer to launch 5 pilot projects to grow hemp, including testing of cannabinoids for medicinal...

    02/17/2014 10:45:29 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 2/17/2014 | Ryan Alessi
    LEBURN[Ky.] — Agriculture Commissioner James Comer on Monday announced the first five pilot programs to grow hemp in Kentucky as part of the foundation of his economic development plan for Eastern Kentucky. “Hemp will go into the ground for the first time in Kentucky since World War II,” Comer told several hundred people at the Knott County Sportsplex along Highway 80. That includes a project to research cannabinoids for medicinal purposes at an Eastern Kentucky site overseen by the University of Kentucky. Comer made the announcement with both Republican U.S. senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, as well as Democratic...
  • Colorado shop owners can't keep marijuana edibles in stock

    01/18/2014 10:23:25 AM PST · by Anton.Rutter · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Jan. 17, 2014 | Alyssa Newcomb
    Colorado residents may wind up with "pot bellies" if they keep filling up on marijuana edibles at this pace. Ever since recreational marijuana sales began in the state on Jan. 1, many shop owners said they have been unable to keep pot-infused candies, cookies and sodas in stock. "Edibles have been really huge with the recreational market," Linda Andrews, owner of LoDo Wellness Center in Denver, told ABCNews.com. "They're great if you're not a [marijuana] connoisseur and you want something more palatable," she said. "And they are certainly more discreet." Andrews estimates edible sales are up 300 percent at her...
  • Colorado hemp offers hope for struggling farmers

    11/15/2013 6:02:43 AM PST · by posterchild · 55 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Oct 11, 2013
    SPRINGFIELD, Colo. — Out near a lonely highway southwest of town, a farmer's son stuck some seeds in the ground last spring to see what would happen. What he pulled from the soil made history and has sown new hope for struggling farmers both here and across the nation. Last weekend, 41-year-old Ryan Loflin, a fifth-generation Coloradan, along with an enthusiastic crew of 45 volunteers, harvested what is being called the first U.S. crop of commercial hemp in more than half a century.
  • Seattle police to distribute Doritos at pot rally

    08/15/2013 6:20:26 PM PDT · by rawcatslyentist · 18 replies
    money.msn.com ^ | Aug 15 2013 | Kim Peterson
    Marijuana is now legal in Washington, and the Seattle police have been remarkably mellow about the whole thing. In fact, the city's Police Department plans to be at Hempfest, what has become the largest pot rally in the world. And they're taking bags of Doritos in case anyone, you know, gets a little hungry.
  • Local city named one of the grooviest places for hippies

    08/02/2013 10:38:47 AM PDT · by Baynative · 53 replies
    Fox ^ | 8/2/13 | Mariana Hicks
    OLYMPIA – Estately.com names Olympia the second best city for hippies in the country. Estately used information including, marijuana legality and availability, number of stores selling hemp, local counter-culture icons, tie-die availability, festivals and a Facebook poll. Read more: http://q13fox.com/2013/08/02/local-city-named-one-of-the-grooviest-places-for-hippies/#ixzz2apnTpWIW
  • Hemp Flag to Fly Over Capitol on Fourth of July

    07/04/2013 8:00:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 76 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 4, 2013 | by Garrett Bruno
    Fireworks won’t be the only thing flying high over the Capitol during the Fourth of July celebration. An American flag made of hemp, a non-psychoactive variant of marijuana, will be flown over the Capitol on July 4 for one day. Industrial hemp–which is considered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be a Schedule I substance along with ecstasy and heroin–is a type of cannabis plant that cannot legally be grown in the U.S. but is legally imported and used in hundreds of products ranging from rope to clothing.
  • The Squares Lose: Hemp Flag to Grace Capitol Building on July 4th

    07/03/2013 7:12:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 7-2-13 | Philip Bump
    If you're near the Capitol on the Fourth, celebrating your patriotism and whatnot, or if you see images from Washington of the building during broadcasts of John P. Sousa performances, take a look at the flag on top of the dome. That flag, ladies and gentlemen, will for the first time in decades be made of hemp. The Washington Post reports on the patriotic move. (Its headline includes the word "high," do you get it?) Colorado hemp advocate Michael Bowman is the man responsible for getting the flag, made from Colorado-raised hemp and screen-printed with the stars and stripes, up...
  • Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul Join Forces to Legalize Hemp

    03/04/2013 4:59:25 PM PST · by Ken H · 20 replies
    Reason ^ | March 04, 2012 | Matthew Hurtt
    The push to legalize domestic hemp production is gaining steam. Supporters of industrial hemp gained a powerful ally in Washington several weeks ago when Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joined fellow Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul and Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) as a co-sponsor of S.359, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013. The House companion, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), has 28 co-sponsors. The bills would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp, the domestic production of which has been illegal since 1970. Though manufacturing hemp is currently just as illegal...
  • Washington state lights up as smoking marijuana becomes legal

    12/06/2012 5:09:05 PM PST · by Usagi_yo · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/6/2012 | By Nick Allen, Los Angeles
    Washington state lights up as smoking marijuana becomes legal Washington state has become the first in America to allow the recreational use of cannabis, setting up a potential showdown with the US federal government. ... SNIP ...
  • Scientists invent 'cannabis without the high'

    05/31/2012 5:51:32 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 58 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/31/2012 | AFP Writer
    Israeli scientists have cultivated a cannabis plant that doesn't get people stoned in a development that may help those smoking marijuana for medical purposes, a newspaper said on Wednesday. According to the Maariv daily, the new cannabis looks, smells and even tastes the same, but does not induce any of the feelings normally associated with smoking marijuana that are brought on by the substance THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. "It has the same scent, shape and taste as the original plant -- it's all the same -- but the numbing sensation that users are accustomed to has disappeared," said Tzahi Klein, head...
  • World's Oldest Marijuana Stash Totally Busted

    03/08/2012 5:11:16 AM PST · by AnTiw1 · 39 replies
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com ^ | updated 12/3/2008 1:19:15 PM ET | Jennifer Viegas
    Nearly two pounds of still-green plant material found in a 2,700-year-old grave in the Gobi Desert has just been identified as the world's oldest marijuana stash, according to a paper in the latest issue of the Journal of Experimental Botany.
  • Defence Committee - Tenth Report Developing Threats: Electro-Magnetic Pulses (EMP)

    02/26/2012 11:44:50 AM PST · by bigbob · 7 replies
    UK Parliment House of Commons ^ | 2-8-12 | House of Commons Defence Committee
    The threat 1. Today's society places an ever-growing reliance on technology. Modern infrastructures such as power, telecommunications and water systems, businesses, industries and services are now interdependent to a very significant degree, and disruption can therefore spread very quickly as the effects cascade through connected systems. A failure of the national grid for example, would inevitably have repercussions for a wide range of businesses and services, from energy supplies, water processing, traffic control and logistical systems and even parts of the finance sector. Similarly a growing reliance is placed on satellite-based technology such as GPS (global positioning system); for instance...
  • Let Our Farmers Grow - Industrial HEMP act - Ron Paul

    10/21/2011 1:47:36 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 48 replies
    The Oklahoma Observer ^ | October 21, 2011 | RALPH NADER
    Congressman Ron Paul introduced H.R. 1831, the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011,” on May 11. It is a simple bill at just two pages in length, and it would legalize the growing of industrial hemp in the United States. Currently farmers can grow industrial hemp only if they have received a permit from the DEA – a prospect that the agency has made all but impossible for decades. Otherwise, it is illegal to grow. Although Rep. Paul has introduced several bills like this one in the past, there are several reasons that this bill should be passed now. Hemp...
  • Hemp History Week Pushes for Legalizing Industrial Hemp in USA

    05/07/2011 7:07:21 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 18 replies · 1+ views
    TriplePundit ^ | May 3, 2011 | Leon Kaye
    This week, May 2-8, is Hemp History Week. A more accurate title would be “Legalize Industrial Hemp” Week, as that is the purpose of these next several days, during which 550 events related to the promotion of hemp will occur across all 50 U.S. states. The first such week was held last year. Hemp products are currently legal, evident in the cereals, supplements, milk substitute, and protein powders sold in stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. The issue, however, is that companies import 20 tons of hemp oil from Canada to create a market that last year was worth...
  • Farmers try to plant hemp at drug agency in Va.

    10/13/2009 3:59:55 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 21 replies · 1,465+ views
    WDAY NEWS ^ | 13 OCTOBER 2009 | AP
    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Farmers from North Dakota and Vermont and four others trying to plant hemp seeds at the headquarters of the Drug Enforcement Administration have been arrested. Arlington County police spokeswoman Detective Crystal Nosal says six people were charged with trespassing on Tuesday. They were among 21 people protesting the ban on farming of hemp, which is related to the illegal drug marijuana. The Hemp Industries Association says the protesters turned to civil disobedience for the first time. The group is lobbying lawmakers on Capitol Hill. They want to grow hemp for non-drug products. North Dakota farmer Wayne...
  • Ralph Nader, Fiction Writer (Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!)

    09/23/2009 3:46:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 682+ views
    Time ^ | 9/23/09 | Tim Morrison
    Ralph Nader has been many things: lawyer, consumer-rights bulldog, political activist and perennial third-party presidential candidate. He has now added a new title to his business card: fiction writer. His latest book, Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!, is a 700-page populist fantasy in which a small group of billionaires and media moguls — led by Warren Buffett and including Ted Turner, George Soros, Bill Cosby, Yoko Ono and Phil Donahue — pool their massive resources to reform the U.S. With the help of a $15 billion war chest and a p.r. campaign starring a talking parrot, the group successfully...
  • Woody Harrelson: Zombie Fighter Extraordinaire

    04/14/2009 7:08:19 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 6 replies · 485+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 4/14/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Personally, I am thankful to providence for bestowing Woody Harrelson, zombie fighter, unto this earth to defend us all from those wayward and dangerous zombie paparazzi. Why, we'd be overrun with the shuffling menaces were it not for the brave and selfless actions of Woody Harrelson, zombie fighter! It is my pleasure to recount Captain Zombie Killer's latest epic struggle with the flesh eating, undead from last week. It seems that a zombie paparazzi was about to attack an entire airport full of innocent folks until Captain Zombie Killer stepped in to save us yet again. Of course, there was...
  • Paul, Frank introduce bill to legalize hemp

    04/03/2009 11:17:33 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 47 replies · 1,141+ views
    Paul, Frank introduce bill to legalize hemp @ 2:04 pm by Eric Zimmermann An unlikely duo has teamed up to legalize hemp. Reps. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) have introduced legislation to exclude "industrial hemp" from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. (h/t Washington Independent). Introducing the legislation, Paul said: It is unfortunate that the Federal Government has stood in the way of American farmers, including many who are struggling to make ends meet, competing in the global industrial hemp market. Indeed, the founders of our Nation, some of whom grew hemp, would surely...
  • Lakeview man gets 10 years for almost 7,500 pot plants

    12/16/2008 10:36:28 PM PST · by MovementConservative · 40 replies · 3,554+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | Tuesday December 16, 2008, 4:43 PM | by Lynne Terry
    A jury sentenced a Lakeview man to 10 years in prison for growing nearly 7,500 marijuana plants. Andrew Stever, 40, was sentenced on Monday after a three-day trial in the Federal District Court in Medford.Ten years is the mandatory minimum sentence for anyone convicted of growing 1,000 or more pot plants. In July 2007, officers from several local, state and federal agencies found 7,459 plants growing on Stever's Lakeview property, which bordered Forest Service land. Two men fled the scene, leaving behind personal property and three firearms, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Portland. Physical evidence and testimony linked...
  • Special Report: Pot Farmers Ravage Bay Area Parks (Many Pot Farms Located On Public Land)

    08/05/2008 1:04:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 699+ views
    NBC11 ^ | August 5, 2008
    It used to be that marijuana came to the Bay Area from the legendary back country of Humboldt County or the desert fields beyond Tijuana. Now the fields are in the Bay Area, and everywhere else in the state. Marijuana is one of the top cash crops in California, NBC Bay Area's Mike Luery reported. Many of the fields are located next to popular trails and in the middle of state parks. A fierce battle is being waged in our own back yard to remove the pot groves. They are hidden in brush so thick that specially trained officers must...
  • Hemp seen as fuel substitute

    06/07/2008 10:32:47 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 53 replies · 147+ views
    GLOBAL HEMP ^ | 20 SEPTEMBER 2005 | John Fennucio
    AMHERST, Massachusetts — With gas and oil prices at an all-time high, the alternative solution for residents throughout Amherst and the country for energy is hemp. Gas prices recently broke the $3-a-gallon mark for the first time in the region, which has drivers and residents who rely on gas for their cars as well as oil for heat struggling. The thought of hemp production as a cheap alternative to oil and gas is appealing because it can be converted to “biomass” that is in turn converted to energy. “Biomass can be converted to methane, methanol, or gasoline at a fraction...
  • A world of hemp lingerie? No thanks

    04/21/2008 7:24:33 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 8 replies · 96+ views
    Times Online ^ | 4-21-08 | Melanie Reid
    Long before we are extinguished by global food shortages or raised sea levels, I predict, we are fated to die of boredom, struck down in our prime by the devastating virus 0157eco-smugness. Doctors will be powerless to stop as the bug invades our minds, causing nervous paralysis leading to eventual seizure. We are doomed, for sure, to terminal ennui brought on by environmental righteousness. This is the terrible paradox of the environmental movement. The paradox that, if society proceeds down the true path of eco-purity, we may well save the planet; but will simultaneously discover that life is too dull...
  • Federal charges against Lisbon man dropped (Picture of accused is priceless)

    12/01/2007 1:02:17 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 32 replies · 396+ views
    WWTI-TV ^ | 12/1/2007 | staff
    A Federal judge has dropped charges against a Lisbon man after his lawyer successfully argued that the marijuana authorities seized on his Keystone Road property was actually wild hemp. 52-year-old Patrick Green was arrested in August and accused of having nearly 900 marijuana plants and pot being prepared for sale in his barn on Keystone Road. Authorities said they were tipped off to Green’s activities by parents of youths who may have been involved in the drug activities. Green’s lawyer Melissa Tuohey argued that the plants were hemp and not marijuana, and were growing in an area known to have...
  • The Revolution At The Tailgates: Ron Paul

    11/18/2007 8:40:08 AM PST · by George W. Bush · 39 replies · 979+ views
    Iowa Independent ^ | 11/17/2007 | John Deeth
    State field director predicts second, even first in Iowa It seems like when we're young, we like to break a few rules.  Staying out a little too late, sneaking a drink before that official legal age, or backing a candidate who's outside the established mold (YEEEEEAH!) Several of those dynamics were on display Saturday at Olive Court, a notoriously wild tailgate spot three blocks from Iowa City's Kinnick Stadium.  It was here, just a year ago, that John Kerry was infamously photographed with a beer bong.  And into the anarchy marched the Ron Paul revolution. Ron Paul wasn't imbibing...
  • Hippie Purchasing Merchandise That Is Marketed as Anti-Capitalism

    09/07/2007 6:13:49 AM PDT · by ultimate_robber_baron · 24 replies · 1,243+ views
    YouTube ^ | Monday, September 3, 2007 | Rhys Southan
    You know those self-righteous, college-going hippies who smugly inform you that they purchase Noam Chomsky books and Che Guevara T-shirts as a form of rebellion against commerce and American consumption? This video provides some insight into that mentality.
  • Hempfest 2007

    08/18/2007 11:40:53 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 54 replies · 2,152+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | August 18, 2007) | Grant M. Haller
    Pakalanalani (Heavenly Plant), as she calls herself, checks out the bright sunshine falling on Hempfest in Myrtle Edwards Park Saturday morning. The forecast called for rain but the day started bright and sunny.
  • Where there's smoke, there's Hempfest

    08/18/2007 1:49:54 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 25 replies · 11,968+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | August 17, 2007 | CASEY MCNERTHNEY
    The festival Vivian McPeak and Gary Cooke visualized from day one was something like Woodstock, but their event had hundreds of thousands of people packed in a Seattle park celebrating a green leafy substance. Even some of their friends thought the idea of a big party pushing for reform of anti-marijuana laws was half-baked. "When we told people 15 years ago there would be 150,000 people coming to a protest festival with 60 bands from around the country all playing for free and the cops would smile, they didn't think it could happen," McPeak said. "It defied conventional wisdom."
  • Hempmilk: Doesn't Taste Like Crap, Pudding, or Glue

    05/12/2007 10:23:35 AM PDT · by P-40 · 36 replies · 1,251+ views
    The Austin Chronicle ^ | 5/11/2007 | Jordan Smith
    If you are at all familiar with the Chronicle’s Reefer Madness columns, then I guess you’ve probably figured out that I am a total hemp nut. Yes, it’s true; I’m crazy for the stuff. I’ve got hemp clothing that wears better than any cotton competitor; I’ve got hemp lotion, which is great and non-greasy – an important quality when you live in hot-as-the-sun-itself Texas; I use hemp oil in my cooking, and sprinkle hemp nut – quite liberally – on almost everything I eat. Given my affection for all things hemp, you can imagine how pleased I was to get...
  • New Hampshire House approves growing hemp

    04/06/2007 8:40:12 AM PDT · by cryptical · 61 replies · 985+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | April 7, 2007 | The Associated Press
    The New Hampshire House voted Thursday to allow farmers to grow hemp - a close relative of marijuana - despite federal hurdles to planting the controversial crop. Supporters pointed out that hemp, which has a very low content of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, has unfairly been characterized as the same as marijuana. "You don't smoke hemp. A wheelbarrow full would only make you sick," insisted Hopkinton Democrat Derek Owen. "Hemp is one of the oldest and most useful and strongest natural plants known to man," he told the House. Peterborough Republican Andrew Peterson spoke briefly against the bill,...
  • N.D. Issues Nation's First Hemp Permits

    02/06/2007 4:38:18 PM PST · by WestVirginiaRebel · 9 replies · 439+ views
    Charter News ^ | 02-06-07 | WestVirginiaRebel
    BISMARK, N.D. (AP)-North Dakota issued the nation's first licenses to grow industrial hemp Tuesday to two farmers who still must meed federal requirements before they can plant the crop.The farmers must get approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration, which treats hemp much the way it does marijuana and has not allowed commercial hemp production but has said it would consider applications to grow it.
  • Man aims to become licensed hemp farmer

    01/15/2007 2:07:51 PM PST · by ellery · 201 replies · 2,244+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 15, 2007 | DALE WETZEL
    BISMARCK, N.D. - David Monson began pushing the idea of growing industrial hemp in the United States a decade ago. Now his goal may be within reach — but first he needs to be fingerprinted. Monson plans this week to apply to become the nation's first licensed industrial hemp farmer. He will have to provide two sets of fingerprints and proof that he's not a criminal. The farmer, school superintendent and state legislator would like to start by growing 10 acres of the crop, and he spent part of his weekend staking out the field he wants to use. "I'm...
  • Willie Nelson cited for marijuana in Louisiana

    09/18/2006 3:32:28 PM PDT · by KingKongCobra · 140 replies · 3,456+ views
    Houston Chroniclw ^ | Sept. 18, 2006, 3:14PM | REX C. CURRY: Associatd Press
    Sept. 18, 2006, 3:14PM Willie Nelson cited for marijuana in Louisiana Associated Press LAFAYETTE, La. — Willie Nelson and four others were issued misdemeanor citations for possession of narcotic mushrooms and marijuana after a traffic stop this morning on a Louisiana highway, state police said. The citations were issued after a commercial vehicle inspection of the country music star's tour bus, state police said in a news release. "When the door was opened and the trooper began to speak to the driver, he smelled the strong odor of marijuana," the news release said. A search of the bus produced 1...
  • HEMP FOR FUEL

    04/23/2006 9:03:02 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 48 replies · 5,775+ views
    ArtisticTreasure.com ^ | 04-23-2006 | Unknown
    Biodiesel can be made from domestically produced, renewable oilseed crops such as hemp. With over 30 million successful U.S. road miles hemp boidiesel could be the answer to our cry for cheaper fuel. We have spent the last century polluting our beautiful country with our petroleum based fuels that could have easily been replaced with fuels derived from hemp. It would only take 6% of our U.S. land to produce enough hemp, for hemp fuel, to make us energy independent from the rest of the world. Help us teach America the truth. Make yourself a human billboard that speaks only...
  • Rhode Island legalizes medical marijuana; House overrides governor's veto

    01/03/2006 1:00:01 PM PST · by SmithL · 843 replies · 4,933+ views
    AP ^ | 1/3/6 | M.L. JOHNSON
    Providence, R.I. (AP) -- Rhode Island on Tuesday became the 11th state to legalize medical marijuana and the first since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that patients who use the drug can still be prosecuted under federal law. The House overrode a veto by Gov. Don Carcieri, 59-13, allowing people with illnesses such as cancer and AIDS to grow up to 12 marijuana plants or buy 2.5 ounces of marijuana to relieve their symptoms. Those who do are required to register with the state and get an identification card. Federal law prohibits any use of marijuana, but Maine,...
  • Federal Judge Calls DEA's Views on Hemp Farming 'Asinine'

    12/18/2005 1:28:41 PM PST · by JTN · 94 replies · 1,616+ views
    U.S. Newswire ^ | 12/16/2005
    ST. LOUIS, Dec. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- On Monday, Dec. 12, lawyers Bruce Ellison and David Frankel representing Alex White Plume and his family of the Lakota Nation who live on the Pine Ridge Reservation, made oral arguments in the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in front of a three judge panel to reverse efforts by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to place an injunction preventing the White Plumes from growing industrial hemp. In what has been deemed a sovereignty case that is very uniquely framed, the White Plumes planted industrial hemp on their family land for three...
  • Menino targets litter, says neat parks will discourage drug users

    09/17/2005 1:57:59 PM PDT · by Panerai · 16 replies · 441+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 09/17/2005 | Kevin Rothstein
    While police continue to sweep heroin and crack fiends from the Boston Common and Public Garden, Mayor Thomas M. Menino is preparing to launch an anti-litter campaign for all the city's parks. Even with police trying to shut down the startling open-air drug abuse in and around the two premier greenspaces, some of it observed in broad daylight by the Herald in recent weeks, Menino said it was the right time to launch the litter crusade. Cleaner parks might discourage drug abuse, he said. ``Cleaning the parks sends a message that we're not going to tolerate it,'' he said yesterday....
  • 'After two puffs, I was turned into a bat' - Mike Jay reviews Cannabis: A History

    06/26/2003 1:03:35 PM PDT · by MrLeRoy · 72 replies · 794+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 23/06/2003 | Mike Jay
    The history of cannabis, rather like the substance itself, has the capacity to be either strangely illuminating or just plain confusing. On the one hand, it throws up some odd conundrums: why is it that today's illicit drug of choice for millions, when it was legally available in 19th-century Europe and America, was used recreationally by only a small, self-conscious bohemian elite? On the other hand, it offers plausible insights into some aspects of the modern debate. The controversy over its medical use is a prime example. Cannabis was widely used as a tincture and patent medicine in the Victorian...
  • CONGRESSMEN INTRODUCE HEMP FARMING BILL

    06/27/2005 9:40:56 AM PDT · by em2vn · 29 replies · 1,105+ views
    Intel Desk ^ | 06-27-2005 | adam Eindinger
    NEWS ADVISORY U.S. Newswire / Medialink Worldwide 6/27/2005 10:15:00 AM Contact: Adam Eidinger, 202-744-2671 or adam@mintwood.com WASHINGTON, June 27 /U.S. Newswire/ -- For the first time since the federal government outlawed hemp farming in the United States, a federal bill has been introduced that would remove restrictions on the cultivation of non-psychoactive Industrial Hemp. At a Capitol Hill lunch on June 23 to mark the introduction of H.R. 3037, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2005, about 100 congressional staff feasted on Bahama Hempnut Crusted Wild Salmon and Fuji Fennel Hempseed Salad. The five course gourmet hemp meal was prepared...
  • Michigan Lawmaker Seeks Hemp Candy Ban (Pot Suckers Called Durg "Stepping Stone")

    06/17/2005 9:49:31 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 10 replies · 475+ views
    The Toledo Blade ^ | June 12, 2005
    Michigan Lawmaker Seeks Hemp Candy Ban Pot Suckers Called Drug 'Stepping Stone' A Lenawee County state legislator wants a ban enacted on all candy products containing hemp or hemp flavoring. Dudley Spade ( D., Tipton ) introduced his legislation last week after learning that 19 Spencer Gifts shops in Michigan are selling hemp-flavored lollipops called Pot Suckers. "We should not have these out and available for kids to acquire these kinds of tastes. I'm concerned it could be a stepping stone to smoking marijuana," Mr. Spade said. "I think it's ridiculous," said Steven Trachtenberg, president of ICUP Inc., the Trenton,...
  • Pot-flavored pops upset lawmakers ("A Hit In Every Lick")

    06/19/2005 12:54:37 PM PDT · by mhking · 59 replies · 1,280+ views
    Raspberry, butterscotch, sour apple . . . and pot? Marijuana-flavored lollipops may seem an unlikely product, but sugary treats with weed-inspired flavors such as Purple Haze, Acapulco Gold and Rasta are appearing on the shelves of convenience stores and smoke shops nationwide. Marketers call them a harmless novelty. Anti-drug advocates say the candies encourage people, particularly teens and young children, to smoke pot. "This kind of thing is reprehensible," said state Sen. Vincent Fort, an Atlanta lawmaker who has organized demonstrations against the candy. "It's nothing but dope candy, and that's nothing we need to be training our children to...
  • The Marijuana Conspiracy - The Real Reason Hemp is Illegal

    06/19/2005 6:30:01 AM PDT · by blabs · 46 replies · 4,438+ views
    illuminati-news.com ^ | 2005 | Doug Yurchey
    And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land. -- Ezekiel 34/29 THE REAL REASON CANNABIS HAS BEEN OUTLAWED HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ITS EFFECTS ON THE MIND AND BODY. MARIJUANA is DANGEROUS. Pot is NOT harmful to the human body or mind. Marijuana does NOT pose a threat to the general public. Marijuana is very much a danger to the oil companies, alcohol, tobacco industries and a large number of chemical corporations. Various big businesses, with plenty of dollars and influence, have suppressed the...
  • Marijuana: Medicine or menace? One man's tragedy shows why senator introduced bill

    06/14/2005 8:19:48 PM PDT · by Coleus · 85 replies · 2,716+ views
    North Jersey Newspapers ^ | 06.14.05 | JESSICA ADLER
    ELIZABETH LARA / HERALD NEWSJessica Shapiro hold sa picture of her late fianceé, Sean McGrath, lighting up a joint in the hospital during his two-year battle with cancer. Sean McGrath was 28 years old when he died. He would have been younger, his family says, had he not smoked marijuana for much of his two-year battle with biliary cancer, the illness that ravaged his digestive system and eventually killed him."Unless he was sleeping, he was nauseous," says Jessica Shapiro, Sean's fianceé, who began dating him shortly after the two graduated from high school in Hamilton.Within four months of Sean's...
  • THE TRUTH ABOUT HEMP

    06/09/2005 4:59:41 AM PDT · by grundle · 60 replies · 1,120+ views
    Dr. L Wilson.com ^ | Dr. L Wilson.
    http://www.drlwilson.com/articles/hemp.htm THE TRUTH ABOUT HEMP Recently, a store opened in town that sells hemp clothing. I wandered in one day and began talking to the owner. I was amazed to learn about the hemp plant, which is not the same as marijuana. The hemp plant is an amazing example of nature's blessings. No other plant can produce clean fuel, medicine, high-quality protein, a superb edible oil, lubricating and fuel oils, plastics, building material, clothing and paper. It requires no pesticides, grows almost anywhere on marginal soil, prevents soil erosion, and can be grown on the same land year after year....
  • U.S. Limiting Chinese Clothing Imports

    05/18/2005 2:01:10 PM PDT · by Asphalt · 15 replies · 608+ views
    MyWayNews ^ | may 18, 2005 | JEANNINE AVERSA
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration said Wednesday it will impose new limits on imports of clothing from China. The action follows complaints that a surge of Chinese apparel to the United States was hurting U.S. companies. The administration will restrict a number of items that China can ship to the United States: men's and boys cotton and man-made fiber shirts, man-made fiber trousers, man-made fiber knit shirts and blouses and combed cotton yarn that China. American retailers are concerned that the move will raise the prices of these goods for U.S. consumers. The government committee, led by the Commerce...
  • MARIJUANA OPPRESSION FOR 60+ YEARS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! (Like dude, you’re zotted.)

    03/18/2005 12:35:18 PM PST · by heavy demands · 57 replies · 1,791+ views
    My opinion ^ | Heavy Demands
    Hi conservatives, just wan't to say that I'm sure most of you have a narrow news fed view of the cannabis plant and the people who enjoy the fruits of this blessed plant that GOD made, not the U.S. Government, so as I sit here jonesin for some weed, I wanted to say thank you so much for letting me know how lame it is to be without, because of your support and lack of voice against oppression in this country, people worse off than me suffer, in prison, a wheelchair, or on their deathbeds. But I will admit an...
  • Raich v. Ashcroft, a chance to overturn despotic law!

    12/06/2004 7:03:14 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 25 replies · 894+ views
    American Constitutional Research Service | 12-05-04 | John William Kurowski
    AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE 12-05-04 To those who support our constitutionally limited “Republican Form of Government“, Raich v. Ashcroft is not about “medical Marijuana” but rather, the case presents a chance to correct a despotic decision made by the SCOTUS in 1942 concerning Congress’ power to regulate commerce in which the Court gave a new meaning to the word “commerce” in order to allow part of FDR’s NEW DEAL socialism [price controls] to pass as being constitutional, when it was not. The following article is worth reading, and can be found at findlaw.com.The Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on a...
  • A Change In Marijuana Prosecution Eyed (Chicago Considers Bid To Issue Fines In Certain Cases)

    09/26/2004 11:00:23 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 39 replies · 520+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | Sept. 26, 2004
    A CHANGE IN MARIJUANA PROSECUTION EYED Chicago Considers Bid To Issue Fines In Certain Cases CHICAGO -- Mayor Richard M. Daley has endorsed a proposal to issue fines for possession of small amounts of marijuana rather than clog the courts with cases that tend to be thrown out by judges. Daley said the volume of marijuana cases that are tossed out by local courts -- upwards of 90 percent, according to one recent study -- mean minor possession is virtually decriminalized in Chicago now. "If 99 percent of the cases are thrown out, when is there a credible arrest for...
  • Hemp Industry on Fire: Exploding marketplace stoked by DEA lawsuit

    09/25/2004 11:27:05 AM PDT · by cryptical · 200 replies · 2,228+ views
    Reason Magazine ^ | September 24th, 2004 | Valerie Vande Panne
    Few Americans typically give much thought to the $200 million hemp industry: a $200 million market that includes such wide-ranging products as bread, clothing and soap. But this week hemp producers are getting a powerful marketing boost from an unlikely source—the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Nearly two and a half years ago, the put a chill into the hemp marketplace by interpreting the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act to include hemp food products. Their logic was that ingestible hemp contained THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and therefore was a Schedule 1 controlled substance, just like marijuana. Never mind that hemp...