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Sunday, April 15 2012 @ 02:02 AM GMT+4
Contributed by: RobertOeser

ActivismI am re-posting here part of an e-mail from Tom Simon. If you have questions, you can email me (Robt.Oeser@gmail.com) or Tom.

[Although the amendment clearly supports Industrial Hemp - an agricultural product that can replace concrete and plastics - in the final days of this legislature, it had to be attached somewhere, so it was added to H. 747, "AN ACT RELATING TO CIGARETTE MANUFACTURERS"]

Tom's message begins here:


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Hi Everyone,

I'm writing to you because we need your help.

We are trying to get restrictions for growing Industrial Hemp in Vermont removed from State Legislation. Senator Vince Illuzzi has attached an amendment to a bill dealing with anti smoking (see below).

The amendment concerning industrial hemp (see attached file) was appended to H. 747, now pending in the Vermont Senate.

The amendment itself is attached and pasted here:

S.XX

Senator Illuzzi moves that the bill be amended by adding new Secs. XX and XX
to read as follows:

Sec. XX. 6 V.S.A. § 561 is amended to read:

§ 561. INTENT
The intent of this act is to establish policy and procedures for growing
industrial hemp in Vermont so that farmers and other businesses in the Vermont
agricultural industry can take advantage of this market opportunity [when
federal regulations permit.] [wording to be deleted is in brackets]

Sec. XX. REPEAL
Sec. 3 of No. 212 of the Acts of the 2007 Adj. Sess. (2008) (delayed effective
date of industrial hemp cultivation program) is repealed.


We need people from the Bennington area to contact their Senator Richard Sears to encourage him to support the amendment. (email: rsears@leg.state.vt.us or
phone:(802) 442-9139)

We also need people from other parts of the state to contact their State
Senators as well as passing this communication along to others that you may know in Bennington County.

 

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    Industrial Hemp - Action Requested
    Authored by: crisericson on Monday, April 16 2012 @ 12:06 AM GMT+4
    Please read President Obama's March 16, 2012 Executive Order;
    it USES THE WORD HEMP
    IN IT,
    AS A NECESSARY PRODUCT
    FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE PREPAREDNESS,
    THEREFORE,
    BECAUSE HE SIGNED THIS INTO LAW,
    IS HEMP
    NOW LEGAL UNDER FEDERAL LAW?
    IS THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER
    A FEDERAL LAW
    AS IT IS IN EFFECT?

    Please tell everyone to read the March 16, 2012 Executive Order,
    carefully! every word!

    WHITE HOUSE EXECUTIVE ORDER, LINK:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-order-national-defense-resources-preparedness
    Industrial Hemp - Action Requested
    Authored by: RobertOeser on Monday, April 16 2012 @ 09:44 AM GMT+4
    Perhaps to the point in the Executive Order:

    The authority of the President ... to require
    acceptance and priority performance of contracts or
    orders ... to promote the national defense ... and to
    allocate materials... as deemed necessary or
    appropriate to promote the national defense, is
    delegated to the following agency heads:

    ...

    (6) the Secretary of Commerce with respect to all
    other materials, services, and facilities, including
    construction materials.

    Is the author on to something here (albeit the hemp
    reference is in the definition of "food Resources")?
    perhaps to form the basis of a letter to US AG Eric
    Holder with a cc to Commerce Secretary John Bryson,
    as per the recommendation made in a different
    forum:

    ... The real issue is pressure on federal level to
    allow VT to be demonstration site. Pat Leahy chair
    the committee,Judiciary that can have impact.
    Should go to Eric Holder, Attorney General, to have Vt
    designated as demo site for Hemp
    An even more obstinate and controlling DEA
    Authored by: Vidda on Monday, April 16 2012 @ 11:40 AM GMT+4

    The problem with the Feds, other than an obstinate president and congress, is an even more obstinate and controlling DEA, which considers borders states like VT to be points of entry for drug trafficking and have designed VT specifically as a drug corridor and therefore to employ tighter controls, not lessen them. Congress tends to blow whichever way the DEA blows.

    Here is the full definition of food sources below that Bob refers to, which does refer to hemp. However, this ending is revealing: “…but does not mean any such material after it loses its identity as an agricultural commodity or agricultural product.” The question here is who decides what loses its identity as an agricultural product. If the DEA deem “hemp” is a drug source, it will remain prohibited, regardless of its extraordinary value as a food source.

    Sec. 801. Definitions.
    (e) "Food resources" means all commodities and products, (simple, mixed, or compound), or complements to such commodities or products, that are capable of being ingested by either human beings or animals, irrespective of other uses to which such commodities or products may be put, at all stages of processing from the raw commodity to the products thereof in vendible form for human or animal consumption. "Food resources" also means potable water packaged in commercially marketable containers, all starches, sugars, vegetable and animal or marine fats and oils, seed, cotton, hemp, and flax fiber, but does not mean any such material after it loses its identity as an agricultural commodity or agricultural product.