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Russia May Legalize Hemp Production This Week

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Industrial hempRussia may soon authorize the cultivation of hemp for agricultural and industrial needs, Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service said on Friday.

On September 28, the country’s State Anti-drug Committee will decide whether to allow the cultivation of hemp, currently prohibited in Russia.

Russia was a world leading producer of hemp, used as a source of oil, food, fibers, housing and industrial materials, until 1961 when the Soviet Union ratified the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs which declared cannabis – along with heroin – a highly toxic narcotic.

Russia is currently one of the world’s biggest importers of hemp fibers and oil, the country’s drug control watchdog said in a statement.

In 2007, the government relaxed legislation on the planting of hemp.

Russia is estimated to have at least one million hectares of illegal cannabis, planted mainly on the fringes of the country, in the Far East and Black Sea region. About 2,000 hectares are used to grow hemp, an anti-drug official said.

The official said that a revival of hemp’s industrial usage will help “to create new jobs and reduce social tensions in the regions, which are abundant with illegal wild cannabis.”

– Article originally from Ria Novosti.

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  • Hemp growing is legal in Canada now, but small, slow, industrial start!
    Markets to the south restricted! regulations manipulating free markets
    in U.S. – not “Free” people at all? holding back honest efforts in
    Canada? Slow and discouraging for the farmers, but growing demand for
    “cheaper than cotton” fabrics, hemp oil, and hempcrete blocks for fast
    cheap, High ‘R” easy to do, building erection, soon to catch on. Canada
    can lead in this great fibre crop, with much “semi arable” land, scrub
    lands, yet still quite appropriate for this weed like crop – even
    humanure for fertilizers acceptable, little or no chemicals needed
    either. Neighbours and friends can erect a complete “Country Home” with
    Hempcrete blocks on a weekend, and Canada is desperate for lower cost
    housing for its growing, non-union workforces! Imagine retirement homes
    in the great Canadian country-side built for peanuts! R-60 walls. CANDU!