4-6-7 N.H. House Approves Growing Hemp

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4-6-7 N.H. House Approves Growing Hemp

Post#1 » Fri Apr 06, 2007 7:17 pm

How has it come to this. Our servant government is thinking about "allowing" a free people to grow plants. Why should We, The People even have to ask pernission to grow something that you could once pay taxes with and be penalized if you didn't grow some every year? Kirk


N.H. House Approves Growing Hemp
Posted by CN Staff on April 06, 2007 at 06:04:18 PT
By Norma Love, The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
http://cannabisnews.com/news/22/thread22846.shtml
hemp Concord, N.H. -- The 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, urging the House to kill it.

But the House voted 190-76 to send it to the Senate.

Hemp, known for its strong fiber, is used in a wide range of products, including clothing, canvas, rope, fiberglass, insulation, automobile clutch- and brake-liners, cement and paper. It can be grown legally in other countries, including Canada.

''No one confuses water with vodka though they look the same,'' Owen said.

Hemp can be grown only with permission from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. North Dakota farmers are currently trying to get DEA permission to grow hemp under that state's rules.

''This is in the end an issue of liberty. Small farmers in the state need all the help they can get,'' Owen said.

The bill would let farmers grow hemp after obtaining a permit. The state would issue licenses to grow hemp and be the sole supplier of the seed. The state also would regulate the industry. People with criminal records involving drug offenses within 10 years would not qualify for a permit.

The House passed a bill two years ago to allow farmers to grow hemp, but the Senate killed it.

Sidebar: Facts about Hemp:

* Hemp is a close relative of marijuana; both are classified scientifically as cannabis sativa.

* Hemp generally is defined as cannabis sativa containing less than 1 percent THC, the mind-altering chemical in marijuana. The National Institute for Drug Abuse defines marijuana as cannabis sativa containing more than 3 percent THC.

* There are more than 400 varieties of cannabis.

* Hemp, known for its strong fiber, is used in a wide range of products, including clothing, canvas, rope, fiberglass, insulation, automobile clutch- and brake-liners, cement and paper.

* Hemp seeds are considered a health food rich in essential amino acids.

* Hemp seeds can be pressed for oil, which is used in skin lotions, shampoos, soap and cosmetics.

* In Russia, hemp butter is considered superior to peanut butter.

* Hemp is a stalky plant that typically reaches heights of 8 feet to 12 feet.

* Hemp was brought to South America from Spain in 1545. The first use of hemp in North America is attributed to the Puritans in New England, who used it with flax to produce cloth.

* Hemp can be grown legally in other countries.
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On the Net:

Hemp Industries Association: http://www.thehia.org/

North American Industrial Hemp Council: http://www.naihc.org/

Newshawk: The GCW
Source: Associated Press (Wire)
Author: Norma Love, The Associated Press
Published: Friday, April 6, 2007
Copyright: 2007 Associated Press

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Comment #6 posted by MikeEEEEE on April 06, 2007 at 15:47:31 PT
OverwhelmSam
Initially, the testers may not care about the false positives. The result be what prohibition always produces, more innocents will be victimized.



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Comment #5 posted by OverwhelmSam on April 06, 2007 at 10:02:01 PT
Hemp Makes Cannabis Eradication Too Difficult
Hemp legalization is a "Trojan Horse" for marijuana legalization too. So is Jury nullification, medical marijuana and retired mandatory minimum laws.

Law enforcement will whine because they can't tell the difference and it will frustrate marijuana eradication. Oh well, if marijuana prohibition is too hard to enforce, I recommend regulation similar to alcohol.

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Comment #4 posted by laduncon on April 06, 2007 at 09:55:17 PT
Followed by a not-so-good point...
''No one confuses water with vodka though they look the same,'' Owen said.

Hemp is cannabis (it doesn't just look like cannabis), and I have no problem with that. However, it is not cannabis intended for smoking or medicinal use, but rather fiber and/or food. My point is, I don't like demonizing "marijuana" just so someone can think that hemp isn't really cannabis and somehow feel better about who knows what.

Is it really that hard to comprehend that a plant could have multiple uses depending upon how it is bred and cultivated? Once again (preaching to the choir im sure, but others may wish to join the fold), "hemp" and "marijuana" are the same species of plant, thus they are able to interbreed successfully and produce viable offspring between supposedly distinct populations.

In my somewhat controversial view to some, I analogize the different varieties of cannabis (hemp, marijuana (cringe at the word), sativa, indica) to the supposedly (in American culture) different/separate human races. The distinctions are largely subjective, superficial differences in appearance (i.e. skin color, etc.) that are only important to some humans ingrained in the ideology of class distinctions. But all "races" are nonetheless equally human (same species) and perfectly able to (borrowing a plant analogy) cross-pollinate amongst each other.

So, the NH House voted to approve growing cannabis, not simply "hemp", albeit they limited the cannabis that could be theoretically grown to varieties or specimens with less than 1 percent THC. But no doubt about it, they are talking about cultivating cannabis sativa, aka, simply, cannabis. Hemp Hemp Hooray! But still much more cannabusiness to do.

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Comment #3 posted by potpal on April 06, 2007 at 09:54:09 PT
The Free State
Free to grow hemp!

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Hemple, MO

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Hemp Hill Creek, WA

Hempel Creek, WA

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Hemphill, WV

Hempton Lake, WI

Weed, CA

Weed, NM

Weed, AR

Weed, KY

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Comment #2 posted by Hope on April 06, 2007 at 09:32:06 PT
Some politicians
are, obviously, getting real, personal backbones and amazingly, seeminingly, attached to their real, personal brains.

It's such a relief.

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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on April 06, 2007 at 08:37:19 PT
good point
''You don't smoke hemp. A wheelbarrow full would only make you sick,'' insisted Hopkinton Democrat Derek Owen.

True, industrial hemp can't be the same as "marijuana" - regular cannabis doesn't make you sick, it heals you.

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