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teedubya
05-12-2011, 02:49 PM
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http://paul.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1863&Itemid=60


Statement Introducing the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, HR 1831
Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act requires the federal government to respect state laws allowing the growing of industrial hemp.

Nine States--Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, and West Virginia--allow industrial hemp production or research in accord with state laws. However, federal law is standing in the way of farmers in these states growing what may be a very profitable crop. Because of current federal law, all hemp included in products sold in the United States must be imported instead of being grown by American farmers.

Since 1970, the federal Controlled Substances Act's inclusion of industrial hemp in the schedule one definition of marijuana has prohibited American farmers from growing industrial hemp despite the fact that industrial hemp has such a low content of THC (the psychoactive chemical in the related marijuana plant) that nobody can be psychologically affected by consuming hemp. Federal law concedes the safety of industrial hemp by allowing it to be legally imported for use as food.

The United States is the only industrialized nation that prohibits industrial hemp cultivation. The Congressional Research Service has noted that hemp is grown as an established agricultural commodity in approximately 30 nations in Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act will relieve this unique restriction on American farmers and allow them to grow industrial hemp in accord with state law.

Industrial hemp is a crop that was grown legally throughout the United States for most of our nation's history. In fact, during World War II, the federal government actively encouraged American farmers to grow industrial hemp to help the war effort. The Department of Agriculture even produced a film "Hemp for Victory'' encouraging the plant's cultivation.

In recent years, the hemp plant has been put to many popular uses in foods and in industry. Grocery stores sell hemp seeds and oil as well as food products containing oil and seeds from the hemp plant. Industrial hemp is also included in consumer products such as paper, cloths, cosmetics, carpet, and door frames of cars. Hemp has even been used in alternative automobile fuel.

It is unfortunate that the federal government has stood in the way of American farmers competing in the global industrial hemp market. Indeed, the founders of our nation, some of whom grew hemp, would surely find that federal restrictions on farmers growing a safe and profitable crop on their own land are inconsistent with the constitutional guarantee of a limited, restrained federal government. Therefore, I urge my colleagues to stand up for American farmers and cosponsor the Industrial Hemp Farming Act.

LOCOChief
05-12-2011, 02:55 PM
God forbid we grow hemp for ethanol instead of corn. I've seen estimates that predict less than 16% of our corn yeild this year will go towards food or food products.

Amnorix
05-12-2011, 03:02 PM
I can't watch the video, but the more interesting part of the thread title -- the real reason mary jane is illegal, isn't discussed at all in the OP.

Hydrae
05-12-2011, 03:04 PM
I can't watch the video, but the more interesting part of the thread title -- the real reason mary jane is illegal, isn't discussed at all in the OP.

It is all DuPont's, Hearst's and Aslinger's fault.

I am at work and I can't see the video either, just making a guess.

ChiefsCountry
05-12-2011, 03:06 PM
There is no way to tax weed that is why its not legal.

FishingRod
05-12-2011, 03:10 PM
I had had this discussion at great length and it has been pointed out to me on a number of occasions you people are obviously drug addicts and it is against the Law because it is illegal.

Sheesh, won’t you people ever learn

BigMeatballDave
05-12-2011, 03:13 PM
There is no way to tax weed that is why its not legal.Well, there is, but you'd have to assume everyone who grows/buys it is going to report it on their taxes. :)

durtyrute
05-12-2011, 03:30 PM
Amurika.......FUCK YEA....LOL.......Nice Vid T Dub

philfree
05-12-2011, 03:36 PM
There is no way to tax weed that is why its not legal.

If people were growing crops of industrial hemp wouldn't it be just like corn? You'd harvest it and then haul it down to the grain elevator where's it's weighed and sold by the bushel? I don't think they'd have a problem collecting taxes on that.

PhilFree:arrow:

teedubya
05-12-2011, 03:38 PM
I can't watch the video, but the more interesting part of the thread title -- the real reason mary jane is illegal, isn't discussed at all in the OP.

Well, then you need to watch the video.

And Mary Jane and Hemp are the same thing... industrial hemp just doesn't flower and create the buds that you can smoke.

There are approximately 50,000 products that can be made from Hemp... and it interferes with the interests of the oil industry, paper industry, pharmaceutical industry... and the alcohol industry has a vested interest in keeping it illegal, as well.

Hydrae
05-12-2011, 03:56 PM
There is no way to tax weed that is why its not legal.

First, there is a serious difference between weed and hemp. Same plant, different varieties, different end product.

Second, why would it be any harder to tax it than it was to start taxing stills for alcohol?

Inspector
05-13-2011, 10:16 AM
I had had this discussion at great length and it has been pointed out to me on a number of occasions you people are obviously drug addicts and it is against the Law because it is illegal.

Sheesh, wonít you people ever learn

So true!

Jaric
05-13-2011, 10:21 AM
Anyone who claims that marijuana makes you violent should be the object of scorn and disdain and then shunned forever from adult conversation.

listopencil
05-13-2011, 10:28 AM
Anyone who claims that marijuana makes you violent should be the object of scorn and disdain and then shunned forever from adult conversation.

...and it really does have some beneficial qualities.

Jaric
05-13-2011, 10:35 AM
...and it really does have some beneficial qualities.

Not to mention (as the video details) Hemp is about as close to a wonder product as you can get.

RedNeckRaider
05-13-2011, 10:35 AM
Anyone who claims that marijuana makes you violent should be the object of scorn and disdain and then shunned forever from adult conversation.

I have not smoked it for years. I will say this I have been in a handful of fights while drinking...fighting never once crossed my mind while high~

Jaric
05-13-2011, 10:36 AM
I have not smoked it for years. I will say this I have been in a handful of fights while drinking...fighting never once crossed my mind while high~

Exactly. It baffles me that alcohal is legal and celebrated, while weed is illegal.

RedNeckRaider
05-13-2011, 10:44 AM
Exactly. It baffles me that alcohal is legal and celebrated, while weed is illegal.

I think alcohol is much worse and if weed was legal I would most likely use it from time to time. One of the issues with weed is having a detection system. I donít think there is a way to test if someone smoked it one hour ago or two days ago~

durtyrute
05-13-2011, 01:48 PM
Exactly. It baffles me that alcohal is legal and celebrated, while weed is illegal.

THIS

warrior
05-13-2011, 02:04 PM
Exactly. It baffles me that alcohal is legal and celebrated, while weed is illegal.



More of "this". :thumb:

teedubya
05-13-2011, 03:20 PM
You give a drunk a knife, someone may get stabbed...
You give a stoner a knife, someone may make a sandwich.

Hydrae
05-13-2011, 03:48 PM
I think alcohol is much worse and if weed was legal I would most likely use it from time to time. One of the issues with weed is having a detection system. I donít think there is a way to test if someone smoked it one hour ago or two days ago~

That has always been my point, no way to actually tell if someone is driving under the influence.

Most people respond to that by saying there is nothing to worry about, the stoned person will be doing 25 on the highway. :D

cdcox
05-13-2011, 09:03 PM
Ron Paul is a stoner? Who'd a thunk.

BigChiefFan
05-13-2011, 09:23 PM
They've already started to villianize Ron Paul in the media. That's reason enough for my vote.

RedNeckRaider
05-14-2011, 08:51 AM
That has always been my point, no way to actually tell if someone is driving under the influence.

Most people respond to that by saying there is nothing to worry about, the stoned person will be doing 25 on the highway. :D

Cheech and Chong How's my driving? I think were parked~

Over-Head
05-14-2011, 09:13 AM
There is no way to tax weed that is why its not legal.
Allow people user licenses, and or self grow permits. Then comercial growing / vending permits.
Take the DEA turn em into enforcement officers who with no notice can come to your place of growing/vending do a full audit and fine your ass to the wall for having 6 bags instead of your allowable 5.
Tax it the same way you do Tobacco

Hey, pipe dream I know but Id be happy to be able to go to the corner store and get bread, eggs, milk, beer and a half quarter.

Yes there will ALWAYS be an illeagle element attatched, but hell, they`d make more $$$ in the long run making it legal, than trying to get rid of it.
They found that out about booze back during the proabition years

JMO

Over-Head
05-14-2011, 09:23 AM
You give a drunk a knife, someone may get stabbed...
You give a stoner a knife, someone may make a sandwich.:thumb:LMAO:clap:

Radar Chief
05-14-2011, 09:37 AM
God forbid we grow hemp for ethanol instead of corn. I've seen estimates that predict less than 16% of our corn yeild this year will go towards food or food products.

That would actually be methanol not ethanol but the point still stands that its a better material for alt fuel than a food source.