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Visit with Uncleweed

January 29, 2007

Uncleweed and his gal Lisa just left the homestead here in sunny downtown Pe Ell, driving North back to Vancouver, B.C.. Western Washington has shown it can have a few days of nice weather in the middle of Winter. We’ve been sitting on the back-porch, absorbing the sun, about the struggles the hemp industry has faced over the past 10 years. The main question we asked each other was: When will the U.S. farmer be permitted to grow hemp?

Vote-Hemp has a plan for those who support the farmers of North Dakota. North Dakota being the first State in the Union to conditionally allow hemp farming. The main caveat being, the farmer gaining permission from the state must first be granted permission from the Federal Government’s maze of bureaucratic lunacy.

The Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the law enforcement arm of the Federal Drug Administration, has the right to refuse the request of American farmers to grow hemp. This is a $3400 non-refundable permit application fee. Vote-Hemp is asking it’s supporters to come up with the money the pay the non-refundable permit application fee for one, two, or several North Dakota farmers, expecting the permit applications to be rejected, so a lengthy court battle can ensue.

To Vote-Hemp’s credit, nearly the same thing happened with the “import of seed” question. To me, that situation was more defined by statute, saying yes we could import sterile seed into this country legally. Where-as we are dealing with law that says you can not grow hemp in the U.S.. We must change the law and you can’t do that in the court room.

Congress is the only place our plight can be resolved. I encourage all who care about the rights of law abiding farmers to grow hemp for food and fiber, call your representatives from your local city council member, State Reps and Senators, to the powers to be in the Federal government ,

{Interesting Aside} Alternative energy has been getting a lot of play on the media. I have been hearing the term (cellulistic bio-fuels). Not being of a scientific background, I have done some research into the idea of converting plant cellulose to liquid energy. Cool, so what plant could we grow that will provide the most cellulose per acre with our soil / climate conditions? Do the research, I did. Hemp Ed

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  1. February 1, 2007 4:11 pm

    Yo Hemp Ed…

    I agree…change will not come through the courts…nor as long as the various groups involved on our side pursue their own agendas. Keeping the opposition divided is a common tactic and works to limit the overall effectiveness of each faction. In other words, real progress will not be made until the medical, recreational, and industrial groups combine their resources and focus on the primary issue involved – legalization.

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