Jun 192014
 June 19, 2014
Texas GOP Adds Hemp To Platform, Says No To Medical Marijuana

by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director The 2014 Texas GOP Convention wrapped up Saturday, June 7th, after a long week of debate and testimony concerning medical marijuana. Supporters of marijuana reform, including several members of RAMP (Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition) along with other medical marijuana advocates, including parents, veterans, and medical doctors, gave testimony in favor of an amendment to the platform in support of allowing Texans access to medical cannabis. It seemed like a short-lived victory when the Temporary Platform Committee passed the amendment after listening to emotional testimony from those [...]

June 8: Hemp History Week Event In Portland

 Posted by at 6:37 AM on June 5, 2014  Hemp
Jun 052014
 June 5, 2014
June 8: Hemp History Week Event In Portland

While the prohibition of cannabis is one of our country’s most failed and harmful policies, the prohibition of hemp is even more egregious. Hemp has a long, storied history with our nation and it is currently legal to import from other countries, but still illegal for American farmers to grow under federal law. Fortunately, the tide is turning and we are seeing common sense hemp law reform at both the state and federal level. This week is Hemp History Week with events across the country. From HempHistoryWeek.com: Every day, more and [...]

May 302014
 May 30, 2014
US House Votes To Block Interference With Medical Marijuana Or Hemp

By Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director After a long debate that had the US House of Representatives in session until after midnight, the lower chamber of Congress cast a historic 219 to 189 vote to restrict the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from using taxpayer funds to interfere in state-sanctioned medical marijuana programs. This measure was co-sponsored by Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), Reps. Rohrabacher (R-Calf.), Don Young (R-Alaska), Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Paul Broun (R-Ga.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Steve Stockman (R-Texas), and [...]

DEA Backs Down; Kentucky Will Get Its Hemp Seeds

 Posted by at 5:37 AM on May 24, 2014  Hemp
May 242014
 May 24, 2014
DEA Backs Down; Kentucky Will Get Its Hemp Seeds

By Phillip Smith Kentucky agricultural officials told the Associated Press Thursday evening that the DEA had approved a permit allowing the state to import a 250-lb shipment of hemp seed to be used for research purposes. The DEA had originally balked at issuing the permit, only to be hit with a firestorm of criticism, including sharp words from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who just happens to be from Kentucky. Although the omnibus farm bill passed earlier this year included an amendment allowing for research into hemp in states that had authorized it, [...]

Kentucky Receives Permit For Hemp Seeds From DEA

 Posted by at 6:27 AM on May 23, 2014  Hemp
May 232014
 May 23, 2014
Kentucky Receives Permit For Hemp Seeds From DEA

Courtesy of The Joint Blog Over 250 pounds of hemp seeds will be delivered tomorrow to Kentucky’s Agriculture Department by the DEA, which confiscated the seeds as they were being delivered from Italy to Kentucky. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer plans on using the hemp seeds for hemp pilot projects which will take place across the state. These projects are legal under both state and federal law, as Kentucky legalized hemp last year, and the federal government recently legalized hemp research in states that have done the same. Despite this, the DEA stopped the seeds from [...]

May 222014
 May 22, 2014
Illinois Senate Unanimously Votes To Establish Hemp Research Pilot Program

Courtesy of The Joint Blog Illinois’s full Senate has voted unanimously in favor of House Bill 5085, a proposal to establish a hemp research pilot program. The measure has already been approved by the state’s House of Representatives, though it will go back for one final vote before heading to the governor given some amendments were approved (none that change the intent of the bill). Under the proposed law, the Illinois Department of Agriculture and state higher education institutions would be authorized to cultivate hemp – defined as having 1% or less THC – for [...]

May 212014
 May 21, 2014
South Carolina: Lawmakers Sign Off On Hemp Cultivation Measure

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director South Carolina lawmakers have approved legislation, Senate Bill 839, reclassifying varieties of cannabis possessing minute quantities of THC as an industrial crop rather than a controlled substance. The measure states, “It is lawful for an individual to cultivate, produce, or otherwise grow industrial hemp in this State to be used for any lawful purpose, including, but not limited to, the manufacture of industrial hemp products, and scientific, agricultural, or other research related to other lawful applications for industrial hemp.” Members of the Senate voted 42 to zero [...]

Hemp Bills Advance In Michigan Legislature

 Posted by at 6:22 AM on May 20, 2014  Hemp
May 202014
 May 20, 2014
Hemp Bills Advance In Michigan Legislature

Two pro-hemp bills passed a Michigan House Committee by unanimous vote. The two hemp-based bills are HB 5439, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Daley, R- Arcadia Township, and HB 5440, sponsored by Rep. Peter Pettalia, R- Presque Isle. Both bills were introduced on March 27 and were assigned to the House Agriculture Committee. HB 5440 would insert a definition of industrial hemp in the Public Health Code and make it distinct from marijuana and the laws that govern the use of that plant.  HB 5439 is the Industrial Hemp Research Act; it would establish a hemp research [...]

May 182014
 May 18, 2014
Kentucky Sues Federal Government Over Confiscated Hemp Seeds

By Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director Earlier this week, the Drug Enforcement Agency ordered that 250 pounds of hemp seed be seized at Louisville Airport in Kentucky. The seeds were being imported by the Kentucky government from Italy to plant at state universities in their hemp pilot program. Kentucky legalized industrial hemp in 2013 and the federal government approved legislation this year that allowed states to engage in limited hemp cultivation. When the DEA refused to return the seeds under reasonable conditions, the Kentucky Agriculture Department filed suit against the [...]

May 162014
 May 16, 2014
DEA Defies Congress, Seizes Hemp Seeds Bound For Legal Kentucky Crop

The ban on industrial hemp has long been the most glaringly senseless prohibition in America.  Nearly everybody knows that hemp is “marijuana’s sober cousin”, that smoking even a whole field of it couldn’t get a person high.  Yet hemp has been illegal since the Controlled Substances Act mandated its prohibition.  One must procure a permit from the Drug Enforcement Administration to plant hemp in America, and they’re not giving out any permits. But that has changed.  This session, the US Congress, at the behest of Kentucky Senator and Republican Minority [...]