Hemp Politics – Sen. Mike Gabbard rallied the crowd at Hawaii Hemp Conference

Last Saturday, at the Hawaii Hemp Conference, Hemp Politics were brought to the forefront with a performance from Oahu state Sen. Mike Gabbard. He took the stage with guitar in hand and sang a revamped version of “The Times They Are a Changin’,” giving the song a hemp twist.

Hemp was, at one time, a mainstay crop in the United States and an essential part of the American economy. That was before regulations were imposed on the crop by classifying it as a controlled substance, due to its close relation to marijuana.

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In contrast to hemp, marijuana, contains an average 9 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient. Industrial hemp, on the other hand, has less than 0.3 percent.

Gabbard spoke about the history of hemp, commenting on the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 which put a ban on all cannabis products, hemp included, despite the impossibility of getting high on hemp.

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Hemp Politics – Following Illinois Senate approval, hemp bill moves to the house

Hemp Politics are getting a lot of attention in the state of Illinois these days. The Illinois Senate gave their collective endorsement of a measure for the legalisation of growing and selling industrial hemp, and now the Industrial Hemp Bill is on its way to the House.

Like marijuana, hemp is a species of cannabis, but it differs greatly in that it has a much lower content of the key compound, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and all parts of the plant can be used to make a vast amount of products.

The hemp-based company, Global Hemp, based in Peoria, Illinois, is exploring new uses for hemp fibres. The fibres can be manufactured into particle board and construction materials, or softened to replace cotton products such as clothing.

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Global Hemp President Eric Pollitt believes hemp can give Illinois an economic boost in both manufacturing and transportation industries.

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Hemp Politics – Arizona is well on its way to hemp legalisation that will allow farmers to sow seeds of hemp

In Arizona Hemp Politics, the House voted unanimously to take the first steps towards legalising hemp. However, there is concern that allowing farmers to grow industrial hemp will result in marijuana plants being hidden in their midst.

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The initial approval of SB 1337 administers the state Department of Agriculture to begin issuing hemp cultivation licences to farmers. Hemp and marijuana are both members of the cannabis family, but hemp contains only trace amounts, (less than 0.3 percent), of tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound.

In other words, as stated by Sen. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, you could try smoking hemp but all it’ll give you is a bad headache.

Borelli recognises hemp as a prosperous crop and wants to see the laws change to allow Arizona farmers to cash in on the up and rising industry. Hemp has many uses, from fibres for textile production to oils for food and medicinal use.

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Hemp Politics – Alaska Senate approves bill to legalise hemp

In Hemp Politics this week, the Alaska Senate collectively agreed to pass a bill for the legalisation of hemp cultivation and marketing.

Sen. Shelley Hughes backed Senate Bill 6, saying that her bill will alter hemp’s status to be its own agricultural product distinct from marijuana, ultimately removing it from the controlled substances list.

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Hughes states that the economic potential and opportunities that hemp has to offer are endless. There are literally thousands of uses for hemp, from fibre products like paper and textiles, to building materials and insulation.

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Hemp Politics – Hemp research paying off in the U.S.

The 2014 federal farm bill has done a lot to transform Hemp Politics in the U.S.

Hemp research has been conducted in several U.S. states over the past few years, and the results have provided farmers with valuable information on how to grow industrial hemp. It has proven hemp to be a highly feasible crop with great economic potential for the U.S.

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The farm bill authorised universities and state agriculture departments to set up research programs to study the benefits of cultivating industrial hemp. Many products can be made from the fibre of the plant, such as paper and clothing, and the oil from hemp can be used in food and health products. There are currently fifteen states with research programs, and more states are signing up.

Hemp Industries Association Executive Director, Colleen Keahey, said the hemp research programs that have been in operation the last several years have had a significant impact on the industry. She believes there is great importance in government agencies working together to define industrial hemp according to the farm bill.

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Hemp Politics – Could hemp outrival oranges as a Florida crop?

With hemp’s growing popularity amongst Americans, and its nickname of being a miracle crop, its no wonder Hemp Politics are changing.

Some Florida residents believe that hemp could even outrival oranges in the agricultural department. But there is still some resistance among some lawmakers.

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Industrial hemp has a significant place in the history of the United States. Presidents Washington and Jefferson both cultivated hemp on their plantations, and during WWII the government encouraged farmers to increase their production of hemp, in support of their Army and Navy.

Despite hemps notorious history, for many years it was banned by the government, because of its close relation to marijuana. But hemp differs greatly from its cousin, marijuana, especially when it comes to THC content. THC is the psychoactive chemical, but hemp contains mere traces of it. Certainly not enough to get you high.

In the last few years, the U.S. government has begun loosening its laws around industrial hemp. In 2014 the Federal Farm Bill was introduced, giving states the opportunity to create programs to grow hemp for study and research purposes.

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Hemp Politics – Let Kansas grow hemp!

In U.S. Hemp Politics there is a growing need to let go of the past and to allow industrial hemp to flourish. A law that is outdated and futile stands in the way of a new crop with the potential to completely turn things around for farmers in Southwest Kansas.These farmers are dealing with terrain that is very dry and water levels that are drying up.

Hemp is a harmless plant that got mixed up in the campaign to criminalize marijuana back in the 30’s. But unlike marijuana hemp is a viable crop replacement for farmers who are struggling to get by with the likes of corn, milo and wheat, due to a combination of low prices and difficult growing circumstances.

If Kansas lawmakers could just forget about the past and be open to the study and research of industrial hemp, Southwest Kansas farmers could have access to a cash crop that could relieve them of their current struggles.

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Hemp doesn’t need a lot of water to grow and it can thrive in many different climates and terrains. In addition to hemp farming, new markets for industrial hemp could open up and provide economic benefits to the state. The federal Farm Bill of 2014 paved the way for such research and development. Now it’s up to the individual states to get on board.

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Hemp Politics – NHA is one step closer to milestone goal for legalization

In recent Hemp Politics, the National Hemp Association (NHA) has received its signature goal for the hemp legalization campaign, ‘Allow American Farmers to Grow Industrial Hemp.’ The forerunner of the campaign is NHA Board member Micah Nelson, and is one of several campaigns aimed at changing laws in the U.S. to make it legal to grow industrial hemp.

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Over 130,000 signatures have been collected, and as head of hemp advocacy in the U.S., the NHA has good reason to celebrate, as the signatures mark a significant development towards industrial hemp legalization.

In addition, significant supporters have joined the NHA advocacy movement. Congressman Comer will present the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2017 to the 115th Congress.

On February 28th, the annual ‘Hemp on the Hill Expo and Conversation’ will take place in Washington DC, and the NHA will be there to reveal its petition and signatures.

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Hemp Politics – New Mexico Senate votes for hemp

Hemp Politics rise again in the state of New Mexico. The New Mexico Senate voted 37-2 in favour of a bill that would legalize hemp cultivation for research purposes.

The next step is for the bill to be passed on to the House of Representatives for approval, along with all the other industrial hemp bills that are up for review.

This hemp bill, Senate Bill 6, endorsed by Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque, is exactly the same as the one that passed the Legislature two years ago. Unfortunately, Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed it, stating that hemp is too similar to marijuana and would be difficult for law enforcement to control.

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The difference, however, is that hemp contains just trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.

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Hemp Politics – The DEA vs Congress

The DEA’s move to change CBD’s status under the Controlled Substances Act is leading many to question the status of Hemp Politics in the U.S.

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CBD, (Cannabidiol), is an extract of the cannabis plant. It does not contain the psychoactive compound found in marijuana (THC), and it is used as treatment for many different medical conditions, such as epilepsy and chronic pain.

In December 2016 the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration added CBD to the list of Schedule 1 drugs, thus changing the classification of the extract. CBD now has the same status as heroin and methamphetamine, so technically it’s illegal.

There is a contradiction however, as laws have been introduced by Congress that do not equate this new ruling. The good news is that when there is a discrepancy between the DEA and Congress, Congress takes precedence, according to Asheville attorney Rod Knight.

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