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  •  DEA restrictions on import of hemp products (5+ / 0-)

    were overturned in a suit brought by Canadian producers under NAFTA.

    The Treaty does NOT bar "domestic laws deemed to be an impediment to trade," rather, only laws which interfere with trade in products listed in the treaty, which explicitly includes hemp fiber. (I dug up the provision, passed it along to the Hemp Industries Association, a co-plaintiff in the suit.)


    When Sheriff Arpaio asks for my papers, I'll hand him a pack of ZigZags.

    by ben masel on Thu May 20, 2010 at 12:20:58 PM PDT

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    •  Hemp is NOT cannabis! (0+ / 0-)

      The plants are related, but hops is in the same family and I seriously doubt anyone conflates hops w/ either cannabis or hemp.

      What is infuriating about the hemp ban in the states is that the Lakota Sioux living on the Pine Ridge Reservation have attempted unsuccessfully to grow hemp on their sovereign land per the treaty which placed them on the reservation. Moreover, PRR is one of the poorest reservations among native Americans which is doubly ironic since PRR is near Mt. Rushmore.

      •  Hemp IS Canabis. optimized for different property (1+ / 0-)
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        While hops is the closest cousin, it's a couple steps removed.

        (I turned the Lakota on to the statutory provision on which they brought the case.)


        When Sheriff Arpaio asks for my papers, I'll hand him a pack of ZigZags.

        by ben masel on Thu May 20, 2010 at 01:02:03 PM PDT

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        •  Wow! You are right in the middle of this, (0+ / 0-)

          aren't you.  I'm impressed.  Carry on.

          It takes a movement to change the world, and the Oval Office just can't hold all of us --- me, in a moment of pithy pique.

          by oxon on Thu May 20, 2010 at 02:01:11 PM PDT

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          •  1990, I'm running for Governor (1+ / 0-)
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            v Tommy Thompson in the Republican primary, as a single-issue agricultural hemp campaign.

            While out collecting ballot signatures, I met Richard Monat, a ho-chunk law prof specializing in treaty rights, and mentioned that the federal regulations governing licensing of hemp farms contained language referencing licenses issued by State or tribal authorities.

            By the 2nd drink, he'd pieced this together with language in the 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty which gave the Lakota Nation rights to regulate agriculture on their land, (a power not reserved in the US Treaties with most Native Nations.)


            When Sheriff Arpaio asks for my papers, I'll hand him a pack of ZigZags.

            by ben masel on Thu May 20, 2010 at 04:48:35 PM PDT

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