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I’ll be appearing tonight with my beloved bass, Bessie (Six Strings of She-Funk) Bottomend, to chat on the Cannabis Common Sense show live here in Portland. The embedded window below should give you the live feed for Show #495 from 8pm-9pm Pacific tonight, but if not, just visit http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cannabis-common-sense. If the camera gets close enough, you may even see Bessie’s “Green Bud Packers” sticker.I’ll be appearing tonight with my beloved bass, Bessie (Six Strings of She-Funk)... more
STIRLING – Central Ontario’s hemp decortication facility took a huge step closer to reality recently when three foreign investors pledged more than $2-million to join a company here in processing the crop.
Cannabis hemp production would create a new TRILLION dollar global industry, revive rural farmlands, end poverty, and create thousands of green jobs...and Save Mother Earth from the greenhouse effect.
http://www.jackherer.comSTIRLING – Central Ontario’s hemp decortication facility took a huge step... more
First off, I do not smoke marijuana, but I do believe that it is extremely necessary to legalize it and industrial hemp to further our society, especially in this gas crisis. Industrial hemp would provide 4 times more alternative fuels than our current plant producing fuels. Here are the reasons:
1. Marijuana is far safer than alcohol because it does not stimulate aggressiveness and is not nearly as addictive.
2.The United States will save $7.7 billion in enforcement costs.
3. It could produce $6.2 billion in tax revenue (which could be used to pay for education, treatment and prevention for all drugs).
4. To deprive cartels and gangs of a major source of revenue.
5. To significantly enhance the effectiveness of our police and courts. (Current annual marijuana arrests exceed 700,000 per year).
6. To separate marijuana from far more dangerous illegal drugs, ending the "gateway" to drug dealers we now have.
7. To reduce hypocrisy and make drug education more credible and effective.
8. To end prisons doing far more damage to users than the drug itself.
9. To end the breaking of the law by otherwise law abiding citizens, especially the more than 900,000 children under 18 years old who buy and resell marijuana.
10. To remove major barriers to research for medical use.
11.To reduce violence in general and safeguard law enforcers.
First off, I do not smoke marijuana, but I do believe that it is extremely necessary... more
4 years ago
Alex White Plume called it his "field of dreams": an acre and a half of plants so tall and strong they seemed to touch the sky; a crop representing hope for a new and self-sufficient life for his family, residents of the desperately impoverished Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
But on Aug. 24, 2000 at sunrise, just four days before White Plume and his neighbors planned to harvest their bounty, White Plume awoke to the sounds of helicopters. He looked out the window and saw a convoy of vehicles heading for his field.
He raced down to investigate, and was met by a slew of black-clad and heavily armed figures -- 36 agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the US Marshal's office.
When White Plume rolled down the window of his pick-up to ask what was going on, he says, one US marshal pointed a gun in his face. Meanwhile, the other agents chopped down each plant near the roots and hauled them away.
You see, White Plume was growing industrial hemp, a botanical cousin of marijuana. According to tests conducted later by the BIA, White Plume's hemp contained only trace amounts of the psychoactive element THC. But US drug laws do not distinguish between marijuana, which has a higher THC content, and other kinds of hemp; growing either is illegal. (Federal law does permit the possession or sale of mature stalks, fiber, and products made from hemp fiber and hemp seed oil.)
Still, the raid at Pine Ridge wasn't your typical drug bust. The Oglala Sioux tribal government, which passed a resolution allowing White Plume to plant his crop, argues that the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 gave Pine Ridge absolute sovereign status as an independent nation. The BIA, however, says Pine Ridge enjoys only "limited" sovereignty: While the tribe has its own government, constitution, and laws, it is subject to some federal oversight.
White Plume and the tribe knew that they'd be walking a thin line between sovereignty and US drug law. Pine Ridge's ordinance makes a distinction between industrial hemp and its psychoactive cousin and sets a threshold for distinguishing between the two at 1 percent THC. The US government makes no such distinction; any THC is too much, according to US law.
Robert Ecoffey, superintendent of the BIA on Pine Ridge, gave the tribe some hefty warnings before the seeds were planted. Ecoffey says, "I told them, if you're going to plant, I want to be upfront with you, you may be subjecting yourself to arrest and penalties." No arrests were made in connection with the raid, but the South Dakota US attorney's office says it may still prosecute.
In the tribe's view, the decision to grow industrial hemp is well within its right to self-determination. The tribal council based its approval of the hemp ordinance on the Fort Laramie Treaty, which sets apart land for the "absolute and undisturbed use and occupation" of the Lakota.
The gray zone between the Oglala Lakota people's right to self-determination and federal drug laws is where Alex White Plume now finds himself trapped.
"They're treating us like second-class citizens, like wards of the state," says White Plume, who is considering suing the government for compensation and has started soliciting donations to a legal fund. "To me, it's like the US going into Canada and raiding a hemp field over there."Alex White Plume called it his "field of dreams": an acre and a half of... more