Hemp Politics – Wisconsin joins the hemp movement

The state of Wisconsin is the hot topic in Hemp Politics this week. On Thursday, a bill was passed, making industrial hemp farming legal in the state.

Farmers without drug convictions will be able to obtain a license to grow hemp. The hemp must contain no more than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana.

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Wisconsin will be among the thirty or more states that have approved hemp farming. Advocates say there are many uses of hemp, and economic advantage that farmers will now have access to.

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Hemp Politics – A Native American tribe is set to buck the rules in Wisconsin

The St. Croix Chippewa are going against State legislators in Wisconsin to once again bring Hemp Politics to the fore in local news.

The tribe is about to start growing hemp to produce CBD oil to help with a large problem in their community, where many children are suffering from seizures.

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At the cost of millions, the Menominee tribe tried to grow the crop in 2015, which on harvesting was taken by the feds and destroyed. The Chippewa have stated that the State law does not apply to them because of federal law giving special benefits to tribes on reservation land.

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Hemp Politics – U.S. Senator speaks up about the benefits of hemp

In U.S. Hemp Politics, Senator Lena C. Taylor talks about how the fears surrounding marijuana, and the lack of knowledge about hemp, make conversations about legalising either one of them a challenging task.

There is a lack of awareness about the significant differences between the plants, their uses and methods of cultivation.

In 2010, Taylor was part of a group of legislators who studied the uses and economic benefits of hemp. The group researched the use of industrial hemp as an alternative source for producing fuel and motor oil, and making food and body care products.

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In addition to finding positive results for product creation, they also discovered the sustainable and economic benefits of this versatile plant.

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Hemp Politics – Wisconsin wants to revive its hemp industry

Looking back at the Hemp Politics in Wisconsin, we learn that during World War II, citizens across the state called for the U.S. government to install processing plants across their state.

The crop they were looking to grow and process was hemp. At that time, hemp was used to make all kinds of products for the war effort, and just like today, it had the potential to boost the economy and create jobs in small communities and towns. Southern Wisconsin had ideal soil conditions for growing the crop and the area was perfect for setting up processing facilities.

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Today, hemp advocates are trying to bring the crop back to Wisconsin. The fertile soils of Southern Wisconsin hold the same promise as eighty years ago, before hemp was made illegal.

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Hemp Politics – Industrial hemp is making a comeback in Pennsylvania

Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s signing of the Industrial Hemp Research Act in 2016, a hemp pilot program is giving Pennsylvania’s Hemp Politics a positive-looking future.

Hemp is on the rise in Pennsylvania, and Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is home to one of the hemp research teams appointed to study the economic potential of industrial hemp.

Professor Greg Roth is excited to be one of the leaders in hemp research for Pennsylvania, recognising the multiple benefits of the crop, and it’s immense potential for product development. It promises an economic boost that would be a welcome opportunity to any state.

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Industrial hemp is a sustainable crop that has thousands of uses, from clothing and carpeting to biofuel and building materials. The seeds of hemp are an excellent source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Hemp Seed Hearts can be added to almost any meal to boost your daily nutritional intake.

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Hemp Politics – Meanwhile in Africa, Zimbabwe group applies for permission to grow industrial hemp

As in many countries, the Hemp Politics of Zimbabwe also make industrial hemp illegal, as the confusion between marijuana and industrial hemp continues.

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Speaking to a conference of Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries, Dr. Maroveke explained the hugely beneficial and economic advantages of the crop. With Zimbabwe looking to rebuild its economy with largely agricultural based industries, she explained that the current laws are in need of a revamp. Explaining the many uses of industrial hemp, Dr. Maroveke also told the Conference about the difference between marijuana and industrial hemp.

Calling the product “phenomenal,” she has been meeting with Zimbabwe leaders trying to get legislation passed to allow for the introduction of the crop. Some international countries are also interested in investing in the country.

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Hemp Politics – Same protection for all, Democrat Senator tells USDA

In a move that is very important to the fledgling industrial hemp industry in the U.S., Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is requesting that the USDA give industrial hemp farmers the same protections as other specialty crop growers.

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29 states have now legalized hemp growing on a limited basis, and if farmers are to spend their time and money on this crop, they need the same protection as other specialty crops.

The USDA provides insurance for natural disaster, particularly weather, due to recent unusual weather patterns and up until now does not include hemp growers, but the Senator has claimed that if these programs are to succeed, they need to have the same support.

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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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