There are 19 states that have some kind of hemp legislation going on. Some states, like Vermont, Kentucky, Colorado and Washington, seem poised to get hemp farming on its way. The good news is that there is finally political support from their respective governments who see the economic advantage of hemp. The bad news is it’s pretty much a moot point until the feds say it’s okay.
“It’s literally betting the farm,” says Tom Murphy, national outreach coordinator for the group. Farmers who grow it, or even conspire to grow it and import the seeds face jail time and the forfeiture of their land, he says. But it’s unclear how seriously the DEA will enforce it.
Isn’t it odd that in this country, it’s a crime to grow industrial hemp, yet over thirty countries are okay with it? Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Korea, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and Ukraine, all grow hemp!
It is probably no surprise that China is the world leader of industrial hemp today, but that wasn’t always the case. Russia held that position from 1950 to 1980.
It’s now 2013 and our farmers are forced to sit out of the industrial hemp game. I’m just wondering if any of them are willing to bet the farm and “just do it.” Perhaps a little civil disobedience is the first step. Although, I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not sure I would have the guts.
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