What’s New in the World of Hemp?


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Greetings!

Much has been going on lately, both in my world and in the world of hemp!

Let’s start with my world. My book transcript is finished, now I am editor shopping and working on a book cover, as well as a cover for a spoken word CD I will be creating to go with the book…and one other creative project I may add to the package! Exciting times!!

There has been so much news about hemp lately, I almost don’t know where to start!

It is exciting to see daily, weekly, and monthly progress in education and legalization of hemp. Having said that, below, in outline style, is a run-down of what is happening nationally:

1) The call for hemp homes is getting stronger! Hemp Industries Association is offering a 3-day hands on course for building homes from hemcrete. Hemcrete is strong, versatile, and a high performance alternative to traditional building materials. Homes made with hemcrete leave a negative carbon footprint. The class is in September, so there is still time to check it out! You can find the information HERE.

2) Virginia is currently drafting a hemp farming act; when I hear more about the details I’ll share them here!

3) Next year, California may finally be planting hemp seed in research fields. Last year the bill passed, but it as been slow to get the action going. Again, as more details become available I’ll be writing and keeping you up to date!

4) GREAT NEWS FOR WASHINGTON STATE! First of all, I’m sure most of you know that recreational marijuana use has been legalized in Washington State. I do believe that this helped get the door open for industrial hemp farming. Currently there is pending legislation to allow hemp farming. Washington State has much farmland, and some of that isn’t even being used. How great it would be to see that land utilized for a crop that can feed, heal, house, and clothe us, fuel our cars, and much, much more! Whatcom county soil (which is where I live!!!) will be tested, and hopefully some test plots planted here. In my honest opinion, this is an excellent choice – we are, after all, the berry capital of the world (raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries) with our wonderful soils, as well as producers of corn, potatoes, and other crops. You can see the news clip from NBC News HERE.

5) “On May 12, Murray State University made history by becoming the first entity of any type in the nation to legally place industrial hemp seeds in the ground as part of a statewide trial.” What great news to see that hemp is legally planted in U.S. soil! http://murrayledger.com/news/growing-like-a-weed-msu-industrial-hemp-crop-thriving-in/article_2f1fb430-fe7f-11e3-bec4-0019bb2963f4.html

6) Tennessee is jumping in: “The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s proposed rules for hemp farming include plenty of red tape.

Under the proposal, farers would have to obtain a $500 license, be subjected to random testing of THC levels (to ensure trace amounts compared to marijuana) and provide GPS coordinates for their fields, Nashville Public Radio reports.

State Sen. Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) told the station that strict rules were necessary to open Tennessee’s’ doors to industrial hemp, but that he hopes there will be fewer hoops to jump through in the future. Farmers wishing to grow hemp can submit applications to the state later this year to begin growing in 2015.” http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/morning_call/2014/06/stateagriculture-department-proposes-many-hoops.html

7) And here comes Nebraska! “The first federal law mentioning hemp came in 1937. Congress discouraged the high THC varieties of cannabis, like marijuana, while exempting farmers who grew the crop for industrial uses like fiber and seed. It enjoyed a short resurgence during World War II, when the federal government actually promoted the crop, petering off in the 1950s. The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 put the current kibosh on the plant. It required farmers apply for a federal permit before growing it. No commercial permits have been granted since then.

But in a historic move, the 2014 farm bill allowed hemp cultivation in areas where state laws have legalized the crop.” http://netnebraska.org/article/news/921662/now-appearing-hemp-first-time-decades

 

As you can see, the movement toward hemp farming, cultivation, and use is increasing as populations are learning about the excellent uses and versatility of hemp (not to mention a huge boost to the economy!). Can you feel the momentum? I can!

Kentucky, California, and Colorado are among states that have welcomed its return. Nebraska recently passed a law opening the door for farmers to grow hemp. Currently 12 states have legislation on the books that would allow cultivation of hemp as laid out in the recent Farm Bill.

Hemp ~ “Weeding” Out The Myths


The topic of hemp is often a confusing one, and I am frequently asked questions regarding industrial hemp, so here are a few ‘myth-breakers’ I’ve compiled that answer some of those queries.

1. Industrial hemp is marijuana.~ False. Industrial hemp is not marijuana, it is a different plant. Both marijuana and hemp are of the cannabis family, but they are not the same. Hemp is very low in THC, marijuana has higher concentrations of THC.

2. Industrial hemp can make you high. ~ False. Because hemp is low in THC, if you smoked it, even huge amounts, all you would get is a pretty big headache.

3. Industrial hemp fields can hide marijuana plants. ~ False. Industrial hemp plants are grown tightly together, allowing for height (up to 20 feet) while at the same time making it nearly impossible for weeds to grow. Marijuana is shorter, and is grown further spaced out. Also, growing the 2 plants together would cause cross-pollination, which would compromise the potency of the marijuana plant. One common argument is that DEA officials would not be able to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana, and that marijuana would be easily hidden in hemp fields. This is simply not true.

4. Hemp Oil is the source of THC. ~ This can be confusing. Hemp SEED oil does not have THC, and is one of the MOST nutritious food oils available. Hemp seed oil has a green tint to it. Hemp oil is from the marijuana plant, and while it also has excellent healing properties, it is not the same as hemp seed oil, and has a very dark tint, almost black in color.

5. Industrial hemp is illegal to grow in the United States. ~ False. Technically, it is not illegal to grow. It IS, however, illegal to grow without the proper permits from the DEA, which are very difficult to get.

6. Legalizing hemp would be a backdoor to marijuana legalization and would also send the ‘wrong message’ to kids. ~ False. Legalizing an industrial crop for food, fiber, and fuel – that is proven to be healthy and environmentally safe and economically viable – would not be considered a backdoor to marijuana legalization and would NOT send the ‘wrong message’ to kids. (This author realizes the health benefits of marijuana and its curative properties, but will leave that discussion out of this post, as it pertains mainly to industrial hemp.)

7. Eating hemp seeds or hemp seed oil will cause me to fail a drug test. ~ False. Hemp seeds imported into the United States must pass inspection for low THC (1% or less). The seeds that are imported are ‘washed’, so THC levels from ingestion causing a positive drug test are impossible.

Industrial hemp is not the ‘evil’ drug that it has been made out to be from propaganda stemming from the early 1930s. It is my purpose and passion to spread the word about industrial hemp, and educate others about the TRUTH of this miraculous plant.