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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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Hemp Backers Say Industrial Hemp Has Economic Benefits - CPBJ

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'Very enthusiastic'Steven Auerbach, executive director of the Cannabis Growers Association of Pennsylvania, said the private sector is “very enthusiastic” about the Senate bill.A lawyer, Auerbach said the bill would regulate hemp as an agricultural commodity, one that has more than 25,000 uses. The limestone-rich soil in which hemp grows best is “found heavily in Lancaster County,” he added.

The bill also would create a five-member Industrial Hemp Licensing Board that would be established within the Department of Agriculture.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 13 states have statutes establishing commercial industrial hemp programs. Another seven states have passed laws establishing industrial hemp programs that are limited to agricultural or academic research purposes. 

The history of hemp

The U.S. is the world’s largest consumer of hemp products but is the only major industrialized country that outlaws domestic hemp production.

Hemp has a long history in America, and supporters like to point out that Founding Fathers such as Thomas Jefferson grew the plant. U.S. industrial hemp production peaked in 1943, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data, with more than 150 million pounds from 146,200 harvested acres.

But production disappeared by the late 1950s as a result of “anti-drug sentiment and competition from synthetic fibers,” according to The Associated Press.

Hemp producers import seeds to produce a variety of goods. Canada is the main supplier of hemp seed products to the United States.

The movement to restore industrial hemp production is moving forward at the federal level as well. Earlier this year, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill in the House to put an end to the federal ban on hemp production in the United States.

The Industrial Hemp Farming Act would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana and would allow American farmers in any state to grow the crop.

Hemp Heals Music Fest 2012 Shawn of Hempzels Speaks

<p> Off the cuff I was honored to be one of the speakers for the East Coast Hemp Heals Event instigated by Riles Cote a former Philadelphia Flyer - the "Enforcer" who is a firm believer in hemp for healing. My talk to the crowd - thanks Les Stark for capturing this moment in 2012 - I spoke again in 2013 - if you have a copy - contact us. Thanks.

Pittsburgh Farm To Table WPXI Hempzelized.

It's nice to get noticed in Pittsburgh - they do have Westmoreland County & Hempfield Township also - WPXI TV News Radio came out to ask me why come to Pittsburgh? So I Hempzelized them - they liked the products and the story and the motive - let our farmers have the opportunity to grow hemp if they so choose. - Another part of the Just Say Know campaign and seeds got planted, folks got satisfied and we'll be coming back again in March.

 

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