Approved by Governor September 30, 2018. Filed with Secretary of State on September 30, 2018.
We want to believe this is going to create progress for Hemp farming in Calif. According to Bruce Perlowin of Hemp Inc, Hemp Inc applauds California’s commitment to agriculture, industrial hemp specifically, with the passing of SB 1409. The new bill, which will go into effect on January 1, 2019, removes the previous requirement that industrial hemp seed cultivators be certified on or before January 1, 2013, finally opening the door for new cultivators to enter the market. This will “unleash a dramatic expansion of hemp farming and hemp businesses” in the nation’s largest state and as a global leader in the industrial hemp industry, with the largest multipurpose industrial hemp processing facility in the western hemisphere, Hemp, Inc. stands to gain an enormous amount of business opportunities in the Golden State.
“This Bill will finally allow farmers in California to partake in this lucrative industry on a broad scale and I applaud Governor Jerry Brown for taking the proactive steps necessary to facilitate the growth of California’s industrial hemp industry,” said Hemp, Inc. CEO, Bruce Perlowin. “The immense opportunity represented by the state’s world-class economy combined with its ideal growing conditions is sure to convince many farmers to switch to hemp. Our new west-coast hemp processing facility in Medford, Oregon, stands to be an excellent resource for all of the new farmers entering the industry as laws continue to evolve. We are also continuing to scout new locations across the country to open additional hemp processing centers.”
Under the bill, “industrial hemp” would no longer be defined in the California Uniform Controlled Substances Act as a fiber or oilseed crop. The bill would delete the requirement that industrial hemp be grown as a densely planted fiber or oilseed crop. By modifying the characterization of a crop for which AUMA sets a minimum acreage, the bill would amend AUMA. The bill would also delete the requirement that an application for registration includes information about whether a seed cultivar is being grown for its grain or fiber, or as a dual purpose crop.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST
This post was originally published on HempToday
The United Nations has adopted a declaration that binds countries to “respect and protect rural needs,” aiming to “incentivize rural policies that include cannabis in their development strategies.”
The Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas is intended to shift cannabis-related discussions out of a “counter-narcotics approach and mindset,” according to a statement by FAAAT (For Alternative Approaches to Addiction), a think tank. It aims to assist countries in making decisions that will advance development of innovative policies and new market perspectives, FAAAT said.
Legacy Cannabis Producers
The declaration is particularly intended to guide policymaking in developing countries with a rich history of cannabis cultivation, in places like Morocco, South Africa and India where rural producers have been the main cannabis cultivators and have suffered disproportionately from global cannabis prohibition; even the UN Development Program has admitted that vulnerable groups such as peasant farmers have suffered most.
“The right to cultivate cannabis plants in the areas where its cultivation is ancestral is recognized and protected by the different international texts protecting indigenous peoples’ traditions,” FAAAT noted.
Policy Conference Set
The declaration comes in advance of the International Cannabis Policy Conference, Dec. 8-9 in Vienna. The conference is the final global meeting before the UN session on drug policy next March during which new Cannabis Treaty scheduling and a 2019-2029 plan of action will be voted by the respective countries.
The declaration was originally proposed by Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador and South Africa, and is co-sponsored by Algeria, El Salvador, Egypt, Haiti, Kenya, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Philippines, Togo, Venezuela and the State of Palestine. Switzerland also supported the document in the negotiations.
Amidst the steady flow of rancor and partisanship coming from Washington, there is one piece of good news that has not made many headlines. Congress may be on the cusp of removing hemp from the federal controlled substances list and officially classifying it as an agricultural commodity.
Provisions of a standalone bill titled the Hemp Farming Act were included in the larger Farm Bill that recently passed both the House and the Senate. However, the House blocked language to make hemp legalization part of their version of the bill, language the Senate included.
Therefore, a bicameral conference committee must combine both bills into a single piece of legislation that will then go to the president. There is no guarantee that hemp legalization will make it into the final version of the Farm Bill, but the chances are reasonably good considering the bipartisan support legalization currently has. Hemp and marijuana both come from the cannabis sativa L plants but have different attributes. Hemp does not have the psychoactive properties because it has far lower levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) than marijuana. Hemp is cultivated from the stalks and seeds of cannabis sativa plants, which has very low THC content, and not the flower or buds like marijuana.
Traditionally hemp has been used to make thread, cordage, paper, and cloth due in large part to its exceptionally robust and durable qualities. The National Hemp Association contends that industrial hemp has up to 50,000 uses, from agricultural and medicinal to applications in biofuels and construction material. Currently, Canada, China, and Europe grow most of the hemp used to make products in the United States. America used to treat hemp like any other agricultural commodity until the early 20th century when Congress passed the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. That act levied prohibitive taxes and licensing requirements on farmers of hemp fibers and sellers of hemp products. During World War II, America’s supply of hemp from the Philippines was cut off. To meet the necessary wartime demands for hemp, the federal government lifted restrictions, issued special permits to farms, and subsidized hemp cultivation. Hemp cultivation went back to the status quo after the war when the restrictions and licensing requirements were re-imposed. The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classified the Cannabis Sativa L plant as an illegal schedule I drug (a classification it shares with heroin, LSD, and ecstasy). This, in turn, imposed strict regulations on the cultivation and research of hemp as an agricultural commodity. Growing hemp was not prohibited per se; however, growers were required to register with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) which made for a nearly impossible barrier to entry into the market considering the potential civil and criminal liability growers faced for even minor infraction.
The 2014 Farm Bill allowed states to implement laws enabling state departments of agriculture and universities to grow hemp for research purposes. Since 2014 some thirty plus states have industrial hemp programs for research purposes. This allows researchers to grow hemp through registration with state regulatory agencies rather than the onerous and costly process of registering through the DEA. However, the 2014 Farm Bill did not permit hemp cultivation for commercial purposes. Some states have simply ignored the federal prohibition and legalized licensed commercial hemp cultivation within their state borders. Some states did this prior to 2014. Still, growers are not able to sell their raw plants and cannot transport them across state lines under federal interstate commerce regulations until after the first phase of hemp processing. Many states have utilized hemp research and pilot programs to great effect, but have since realized that the benefit to the several states will not come unless the restrictions at the federal level are loosened.
There is an artificial ceiling on the productivity and success of state hemp industries so long as the federal government regulates hemp in the same manner it regulates schedule I drugs. Several essential benefits to hemp commercialization come with federal legalization.
First, it will give states ultimate control over their hemp industries without unnecessary federal intervention. With less federal restrictions and more state control comes innovation.
Next, lifting the restriction on interstate commerce in hemp seeds, plants and products will allow the industry to establish domestic supply chains and tap new commercial markets both domestically and internationally.
Last, federal hemp legalization will open up banking and other financial services to hemp farmers, sellers, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs that have previously either been prohibited or discouraged due to hemp’s designation as a schedule I drug. Access to capital will increase the viability of hemp as a cash crop. Hemp legalization is a significant step in the right direction and one that has not received a lot of attention although it has the potential to make a significant economic impact in the coming years if signed into law.
Nigel Jeffries is an attorney in Charleston.
Here it is the beginning of Fall 2018 and Hemp Industry is in full swing throughout our country and globally! Hemp is changing the landscape of our world reality! It’s exciting to see after my four short but very full years in this mega Hemp industry, the words that continue to ring true more than ever are Hemp is an emerging epic industry, Hemp is leading the way towards natural sustainability in industry, economics, environment, and wellness! Hemp is changing the landscape of our global reality, and Hemp is not going away!
Every day more & more movers & shakers around the globe are discovering the multi-versatile benefits and uses of Hemp, Hemp, Hemp! Hemp oils, hemp fiber, super hemp foods and proteins, hemp clothing, hemp art, amazing hemp textiles, plastics, paper, graphite, 3D-printing and soon, Hemp bio-fuel which could completely alter the face of the petrochemical industrial complex. We are at the beginning of an epic emerging power packed time in history, and we all need to stay informed and engaged. We can only imagine how great this could be in the next 5 years or less! Yes, Hemp could be the new sustainable reality ‘if’ we pull together and free the plant, legalize Cannabis, and let our farmers grow for profit!
The challenges of our Federal Laws concerning the Cannabis Plant are still misleading, convoluted, controlling and damaging to all, to say the least. If you’re not familiar with the Hemp History, check out The Emperor Wears No Clothes with Jack Harare, https://youtu.be/lP7pcGR416A. As the saying goes, the truth will set you free after it blows your mind! This knowledge will also wake you up to what’s really going on here and help you understand why & how Hemp ended up as a Schedule1 drug, still today!
However, I did mention convoluted because Hemp is currently legal in all 50 states to eat, wear, consume as Hemp Oil/CBD and thousands of other uses, including building fire retardant housing. Currently the USA imports over a half billion dollars in Hemp products annually, but, our farmers still can’t grow in America without licensing the Ag dept (so they can study the plant) that’s been in use for 12,000 years of recorded history. It’s a stall tactic of course because hemp could also replace, paper, plastics, petrochemical, and pharmaceuticals… Now what? It’s time for we the people to wake up and declare our human rights for this plant and move forward the Hemp Industry, Hemp Production of Products, Hemp for Sustainability!
Currently and continuing on since 1937, our Federal Government has had a strong hold on keeping Hemp, a non-narcotic Cannabis plant, a Schedule 1 Drug, classified like heroin! This has gone on for over 80 years with the Petro-Chemical-Industrial-Complex running our show. However, we can see clearly as visionary & futurist ‘We the People’ are now making progress and it’s big! May I remind you there’s power in numbers, and may I encourage you to become a part of this Game Changing Revolution – You can join us when subscribing at https://hempingtonpost.com. Your participation when signatures are needed to Pass these Bills into Laws is ultra important! Once you open the #Hemp door, you’ll be forever amazed! The future of Hemp/Cannabis is mind-blowing!
If you would like to contribute to the Hemp revolution via HempingtonPost with Hemp Blogs, Hemp News, Hemp Politics, Hemp Events, Trusted Hemp Products, please reach out to us, me personally, Darlene@HempingtonPost.com.
BTW – now that I am settled in Portland my focus is all things,
Hemp can change our world reality@Hemp. I will be posting often, Hemp is my mission and I know it’s a game changer!
My MO – there is power in numbers so together we grow!
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Here it is the beginning of Fall 2018 and Hemp Industry is in full swing throughout our country and globally! It’s exciting to see after my five short but very full years in this mega Hemp industry, the words that continue to ring true more than ever are Hemp is Epic, Hemp is leading the way for natural sustainability in economics, environment & wellness and of course, Hemp is a Game Changer!
Every day there are more & more people globally discovering the multi-versatile uses of Hemp, Hemp, Hemp! From Hemp oils, superfoods and proteins to hemp clothing, hemp art, amazing hemp textiles, 3D-printing and soon, Hemp bio-fuel which could completely alter the face of the petrochemical industrial complex, we can only imagine how great that could be right now, but in 5 years it could be a reality if we pull together and get hemp legalized so our farmers can grow!
There is much emergence, enthusiasm, and confusion within this industry. At times for many, the challenges are a bit overwhelming, especially with the Federal Government having such a strong hold on keeping Hemp a Schedule 1 Drug. However, I can see clearly as a visionary & futurist ‘We the People’ are making progress and it’s big. May I remind you there’s power in numbers, Join the Hemp Game Changers at https://hempingtonpost.com and participate in the signatures needed to pass these bills into laws!
What Hempington Post will address over the next several months, besides our awesome *Trusted Hemp Product Reviews, with my super cool associate Tysha Tinney, is the following…
The CBD/ Hemp Oil Craze and Legalities – with the FDA, EPA, Healthcare and Big Pharma now coming full steam ahead into the Hemp Industry, even the terminology of CBD is being challenged. Some states like, “In the state of Alabama, it is illegal to possess CBD, sell, furnish or conspire with a distributor of CBD,” said Chief Assistant Lauderdale County District Attorney Angie Hamilton. Why, because CBD is a drug, what? Cannabinoids are food for our endo-cannabinoid system, why is this illegal on any level?
HempOil/CBD legal the workplace – Even though CBD/Hemp Oil may be the best medicine food on could get on the planet, most people have the fear of being drug tested and losing their jobs because Hemp contains .03% THC. This is truly no concern of anyone but the lawmakers! This fear of losing their job over a food for our body is preposterous AND it keeps people hooked on heavy meds with terrible side-effects that create more dis-ease. Hemp is not a drug and it has no side effects!
Hemp Farming Legalization in each State. Currently, each state and each county in the state create and abide by their own Cannabis Farming guidelines. Example, Hemp is legal to grow under the Department of Ag guidelines and there are many counties in California that will not allow Cannabis to grow at all; say what? And at the same time, Hemp is still a Schedule 1 Drug with the Federal Government, yet we can eat it, wear it, import over ½ billion dollars a year in Hemp Products, buy and ship hemp products to all 50 states, but we can not legally let our farmers grow, how very convoluted is that!?
Changing the Federal Law to take Hemp out of the Schedule 1 Drug Category, which is the highly narcotic sector! You have to wonder why a non-narcotic plant could be in the same category as Heroin! When you understand the ancient and recent history you can see how powerful the plant and its thousands of uses, and the greed of our forefathers to make it illegal so they could create the almighty petrochemical industrial complex… We now have this moment into time to demand clean sustainable products to work & live with. For this legal changeover, we will need all hands on board to enforce these laws be changed, not only for us but for the generations to come!
Hemp-Crete, Hemp-Crete Homes, Hemp Building for the future sustainable continuum of our world.
There are Hemp Educational Events, EXPOS and Conferences all over the world now and you can see most of them listed on HempingtonPost Social Media. You can also check out HempEvents.org they have it going on there!
Coming Soon Season Special on all Trusted Hemp Products! We have a fabulous hemp product line, growing as we speak. CBD / Skin Care / Hemp Super Foods / Hemp Water Filers & Hemp Clothing’s. Soon to come is Hemp wine, coffee, soaps, water and more Hemp surprises!
I would like to mention we at HempingtonPost are growing organically therefor many of our stories come from other sources who have already sourced the information. We are grateful for all of these media outlets who continue on the Hemp train, like, the Hemp Road Trip, Hemp Today, Ministry of Hemp, Cannabis Culture, Vote Hemp, Industrial Hemp Association, Hemp Industrial Association, Hemp Radio and so many more. We promise to always give mention and full credit where are sources come from!
Welcome #HempBloggers; If you’d like submit your Hemp discoveries here to be published on HempingtonPost please contact us!
Moving forward, ask questions, become informed, share your knowledge! Hemp is epic and not going away! Stay with us at HempingtonPost and let’s have this adventure together, it’s going to be a wild ride and as I said and we know, there’s power in numbers! Let’s grow this baby!
With Warm Regards from my new home base in Portland, Org!
Industrial Hemp:brings together some of the leaders of the industrial hemp movement to discuss their views, research and experience.
View this outstanding publication
The articles range from poetry by Native American activist John Trudell to an interview with David Bronner and Will Allen as they reminisce over being arrested for protesting in front of the DEA offices against the fact that industrial hemp is still considered to be a Schedule I substance. Established contemporary artists Karen Gunderson and Glenn Goldberg create work from and about hemp while Mitch Epstein, one of the finest photographers of his generation, takes a stunning cover portrait of Alex White Plume wearing his grandfather’s feather bonnet.
Mia Feroleto, producer and creative director of HEMP NY CITY, edits this collection to share what is and the possibilities of what can be with industrial hemp.
1. Eric Steenstra, Executive Director of Vote Hemp on the history of industrial hemp and the industrial hemp movement
2. Joel Stanley, CW Botanicals
on the creation of Charlotte’s Web
3. Michael Carus, Nova
board member of the EU Industrial Hemp Association
on hemp in the EU
4. Jeffrey Silberman, Chairman of the Sustainable Textiles Department at FIT on hemp textiles
5. Will Allen, farmer and activist, named one of the 50 most influential people by Politico; and David Bronner of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap
on their experience in the hemp movement as activists
6. Glenn Goldberg, artist
on his experience at Dieu Donne making hand made hemp paper works
7. Mike Lewis, founder of Growing Warriors and hemp farmer in Kentucky
on farming hemp and the founding of Growing Warriors
8. Heather Jackson, Executive Director of The Realm of Caring Foundation,
on her personal experience
9. Steve Allin, builder, on building with hempcrete around the world
10. Michael Reif, attorney, and Marcus Grignon, farmer and activist, on Native American issues with farming hemp