Industrial hemp legalized in California

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After being stuck in legislative limbo for 14 years, industrial hemp will soon be a legally sanctioned agricultural crop in the state of California.

The California Industrial Hemp Farming Act (SB 566) was signed into law on Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, after years of deliberation dating back to 1999, a process that included multiple gubernatorial vetoes. The freshly signed law will allow approved California residents to grow hemp for industrial purposes by reclassifying the once-felonious plant as a "fiber or oilseed crop."

SB 566, a bill championed since 2005 by Sen. Mark Leno (D), defines industrial hemp as the "nonpsychoactive types of the plant Cannabis saliva L. and the seed produced therefrom, having no more than 3/10 of 1 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) contained in the dried flowering tops." 

In simpler terms: It doesn't protect marijuana, but rather marijuana's less mind-bending cousin, which is far more useful as a raw industrial material.

"We are very pleased to have the signature," Sen. Leno told the Guardian. "It's been a 10-year effort to get here. It's a job still, but [the passing of SB 566] will help sustain family farms in California for the future and likely create more job opportunities. Hemp is a $500 million a year industry in California, and it's growing at 10 percent annually."

California now follows in the footsteps of nine other states and 30 other countries that have reclassified the innocuous plant as a crop with agricultural and commercial value. And it is quite valuable.

"This is a miracle plant that has served the planet earth well for, literally, millennia, and that we currently legally manufacture and sell thousands of hemp products including food, clothing, shelter, paper, fuel, all biodegradable products," said Leno. "It's renewable every 90 days, grows without herbicides, pesticides and fungicides, and needs less water than corn. It is the definition of sustainability."

But the reputation of hemp hasn't always had champions like Sen. Leno. Since the initial proposal of HR 32 back in 1999, the bill has been vetoed four times by three different governors. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger cited a "false sense of security" he feared would be cultivated amongst the growers of the crop, due to its illegality at a federal level.

Gov. Brown had previously shot down the proposed legislation in 2011, citing a gap in state and federal law as the reason. However, he did remark in his veto message at the time that "it is absurd that hemp is being imported into the state, but our farmers cannot grow it."

And it would seem that Brown's recognition of hemp’s merits finally outweighed his concern over the potential for California growers to face federal prosecution, which is a major relief for the architects of SB 566. Now Californians can stop relying on imported hemp from Mexico and Canada (among other places) and start legally manufacturing their own.

"We currently manufacture literally thousands of [hemp] products — legally — and sell them," said Leno. "This is why this issue has been so nonsensical."

The "nonsensical" issue has had deep roots, given hemp's historically ambiguous federal standing. As Brown’s 2011 veto message noted, "federal law clearly establishes that all cannabis plants, including industrial hemp, are marijuana, which is a federally regulated controlled substance."

But that isn't a universally held assertion. Back in 1970, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 "explicitly excludes nonpsychoactive hemp from the definition of marijuana," a decision that the federal government never appealed. It's a decision that Sen. Leno agrees with.

"We've always believed that there is no federal preemption, because we believe that that court case ruled that Congress had knowingly exempted industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 –because it's not a drug," said Leno.

Now the state of California can do what more than 30 countries (including Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany and China) and nine states are already doing: Cultivating and processing a plant that many have touted as the "miracle plant."

Now that SB 566 has passed, however, the looming question still remains as to how the federal government will respond. But Leno is confident that it will respect the will of California lawmakers.  

"I have great confidence in a recent statement by Attorney General Eric Holder," said Leno. "He's said that if a state puts into place a legal allowance and regulatory scheme, that the federal government would not interfere with marijuana. Now, we need clarification between hemp and marijuana, but there's no sensical way that that could be interpreted that hemp is excluded, given that hemp's not a drug."

Either way, hemp is on the horizon here in California.

Comments

With legalization on the horizon, this bill is to little too late...
I would also like to point out Hemp and Cannabis are the same species of plant. Please do not mistakenly spread more misconceptions about nature's most versatile and useful plant, who industrial, medical and agricultural benefits to humanity are finally being recognized after nearly 75 years of being lied to by the government.

The following is a quote taken from one of my Facebook friends:
"I have DIRECT experience with both industrial hemp strains and so-called 'marijuana' strains from all over the world... and I can tell you that the most vigorous, oil-rich, industrial-strength producing fibrous plants happen to also have high amounts of THC and are grown by nor cal farmers as 'marijuana'... the patented industrial hemp strains are puny and weak in comparison imported in from Canada or france, with not nearly as much industrial capacity as 'marijuana' strains....

THIS IS WHAT MONSANTO AND THE CORPORATE STATE DOES NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW: The best industrial hemp strains on the planet are being grown by northern California 'marijuana' farmers... WE have the seed.... THEY want us to use their patented dysfunctionally genetically bread puny, easier controlled and better fitted for the agro-industry strains they call 'industrial hemp'... don't be fooled people, they are screwing you and the genetics of the cannabis plant with this legislation..."

Posted by Guest on Sep. 27, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

I have been fooled. Where can I get my information on your statement.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 28, 2013 @ 5:08 am

Our freedom to farm "every herb bearing seed" is the first test of religious freedom. Cannabis is far too valuable to be truly 'illegal' because, being both unique and essential, hemp has never been within the rightful jurisdiction of any court.

There are several properties of Cannabis that make hemp a necessary crop, if mankind is to exist on this planet. Most notably, complete nutrition from the whole plant eaten raw is essential for proper development and optimum health from conception to death.

Secondly, hemp is the only crop that produces complete nutrition and sustainable biofuels from the same harvest. That means we can grow our energy regionally, organically, from the Sun, without inducing food insecurity or malnutrition.

Thirdly, Cannabis is the only crop capable of producing the necessary volume of atmospheric aerosol "monoterpenes" throughout the year, to reflect solar radiation
away from the Earth. The fragrant aerosols produced by Cannabis shield the Earth from the UV-B rays of the Sun in two ways. The liquid crystals also nucleate bright and persistent clouds that further protect the surface of the planet from the Sun.

Fourthly, as chemical, nuclear and solar radiation levels climb, the safe and effective therapeutic properties of Cannabis have become even more vital for prevention of disease and illness. Immune suppression, genetic mutation, abnormal cell division, reduced harvests, indicator species collapse, hotter fires, aberrant weather, and increasing imbalance in wealth disparity and the social order threaten everyone with systemic collapse.

Fifthly, Cannabis is a non-invasive pioneer crop that conditions the soil, phytoremediates contaminated, minerally-depleted and compacted soils, stops soil erosion, and halts pest infestation. Hemp is a critical agronomic tool for expanding the world's arable base.

Sixthly, Cannabis is the surest means of redistributing the essential resources of the world. It grows every where, without too much trouble, no chemical inputs and with great benefit to man, animal, Earth and atmosphere. Cannabis agriculture is the most efficient way to end essential resource scarcity and wealth disparity.

"Essential civilian demand" for Cannabis "hemp" is being exercised at the State and federal levels, through the power afforded by the protocol referenced in Executive Order 13603 and CFR 44.

Taxation and regulation of a critically important "strategic resource" is antithetical to achieving the scale of Cannabis farming that favors human survival and god-given individual freedoms.

NO taxation, NO regulation. NO GMOs. The free agricultural market will regulate itself in the absence of political interference. If the politics was working, it would be worth respecting. As it is, politics has been our biggest problem. The remedy is to harvest all of the feral hemp seed in the midwest and get ready to plant this spring.

Google "global broiling" to understand further the urgency of initiating a remedy long overdue. My book entitled "Cannabis vs. Climate Change" is set to launch this conversation to the highest level of significance. The time for "legitimate debate" has passed. The time to harvest so-called "ditchweed" hemp in the midwest is right NOW.

Posted by Paul von Hartmann on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 4:59 am

With legalization on the horizon, this bill is to little too late...
I would also like to point out Hemp and Cannabis are the same species of plant. Please do not mistakenly spread more misconceptions about nature's most versatile and useful plant, who industrial, medical and agricultural benefits to humanity are finally being recognized after nearly 75 years of being lied to by the government.

The following is a quote taken from one of my Facebook friends:
"I have DIRECT experience with both industrial hemp strains and so-called 'marijuana' strains from all over the world... and I can tell you that the most vigorous, oil-rich, industrial-strength producing fibrous plants happen to also have high amounts of THC and are grown by nor cal farmers as 'marijuana'... the patented industrial hemp strains are puny and weak in comparison imported in from Canada or france, with not nearly as much industrial capacity as 'marijuana' strains....

THIS IS WHAT MONSANTO AND THE CORPORATE STATE DOES NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW: The best industrial hemp strains on the planet are being grown by northern California 'marijuana' farmers... WE have the seed.... THEY want us to use their patented dysfunctionally genetically bread puny, easier controlled and better fitted for the agro-industry strains they call 'industrial hemp'... don't be fooled people, they are screwing you and the genetics of the cannabis plant with this legislation..."

Posted by Guest on Sep. 27, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

With legalization on the horizon, this bill is to little too late...
I would also like to point out Hemp and Cannabis are the same species of plant. Please do not mistakenly spread more misconceptions about nature's most versatile and useful plant, who industrial, medical and agricultural benefits to humanity are finally being recognized after nearly 75 years of being lied to by the government.

The following is a quote taken from one of my Facebook friends:
"I have DIRECT experience with both industrial hemp strains and so-called 'marijuana' strains from all over the world... and I can tell you that the most vigorous, oil-rich, industrial-strength producing fibrous plants happen to also have high amounts of THC and are grown by nor cal farmers as 'marijuana'... the patented industrial hemp strains are puny and weak in comparison imported in from Canada or france, with not nearly as much industrial capacity as 'marijuana' strains....

THIS IS WHAT MONSANTO AND THE CORPORATE STATE DOES NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW: The best industrial hemp strains on the planet are being grown by northern California 'marijuana' farmers... WE have the seed.... THEY want us to use their patented dysfunctionally genetically bread puny, easier controlled and better fitted for the agro-industry strains they call 'industrial hemp'... don't be fooled people, they are screwing you and the genetics of the cannabis plant with this legislation..."

Posted by Guest on Sep. 27, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

With legalization on the horizon, this bill is to little too late...
I would also like to point out Hemp and Cannabis are the same species of plant. Please do not mistakenly spread more misconceptions about nature's most versatile and useful plant, who industrial, medical and agricultural benefits to humanity are finally being recognized after nearly 75 years of being lied to by the government.

The following is a quote taken from one of my Facebook friends:
"I have DIRECT experience with both industrial hemp strains and so-called 'marijuana' strains from all over the world... and I can tell you that the most vigorous, oil-rich, industrial-strength producing fibrous plants happen to also have high amounts of THC and are grown by nor cal farmers as 'marijuana'... the patented industrial hemp strains are puny and weak in comparison imported in from Canada or france, with not nearly as much industrial capacity as 'marijuana' strains....

THIS IS WHAT MONSANTO AND THE CORPORATE STATE DOES NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW: The best industrial hemp strains on the planet are being grown by northern California 'marijuana' farmers... WE have the seed.... THEY want us to use their patented dysfunctionally genetically bread puny, easier controlled and better fitted for the agro-industry strains they call 'industrial hemp'... don't be fooled people, they are screwing you and the genetics of the cannabis plant with this legislation..."

Posted by Guest on Sep. 27, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

Why is this story on NO other sites ??? This is a HUGE game-changer ! It's showing up on no other news sources... Is this April Fools in September ?

Posted by Jimmy Limo in Weed, CA on Sep. 28, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

Section 8 of SB 566 (California Hemp Bill) says...
SEC. 8.
(a) This act shall not become operative unless authorized under federal law... So PUT OFF THE CELEBRATIONS.... We have a ways to go... The articles author seems to have left this "little fact" out !

Posted by Jimmy Limo in Weed, CA on Sep. 28, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

Who cares about weed? Isn't it great that Oracle won the America's cup? Go Team USA! I want to hear more about that.

Posted by Chromefields on Sep. 28, 2013 @ 6:35 pm
Posted by racer x on Sep. 28, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

Highly recommended reads.
"Marijuana:Gateway to Health" by Clint Werner
"Smoke Signals" by Martin Lee.

Posted by Patrick Monk.RN. on Sep. 29, 2013 @ 9:27 am

Highly recommended reading.
"Marijuana: Gateway to Health" by Clint Werner
"Smoke Signals" by Martin Lee.
Patrick Monk.RN.

Posted by Patrick Monk.RN. on Sep. 29, 2013 @ 9:33 am

It's early - wake and bake?

Posted by anon on Sep. 29, 2013 @ 10:03 am

Legal, schmeegal...our freedom to farm "every herb bearing seed" is the first test of religious freedom. Cannabis is far too valuable to be truly 'illegal' because, being both unique and essential, hemp has never been within the rightful jurisdiction of any court.

There are several properties of Cannabis that make it necessary for mankind to exist on this planet. Most notably, complete nutrition from the whole plant eaten raw is essential for proper development and optimum health from conception to death.

Secondly, hemp is the only crop that produces complete nutrition and sustainable biofuels from the same harvest. That means we can grow our energy regionally, organically, from the Sun, without inducing food insecurity or malnutrition.

Thirdly, Cannabis is the only crop capable of producing the necessary volume of atmospheric aerosol "monoterpenes" throughout the year, to reflect solar radiation
away from the Earth. The fragrant aerosols produced by Cannabis shield the Earth from the UV-B rays of the Sun in two ways. The liquid crystals also nucleate bright and persistent clouds that further protect the surface of the planet from the Sun.

Finally, as chemical, nuclear and solar radiation levels climb, the safe and effective therapeutic properties of Cannabis have become even more vital for prevention of disease and illness. Immune suppression, genetic mutation, abnormal cell division, reduced harvests, indicator species collapse, hotter fires, aberrant weather, and increasing imbalance in wealth disparity and the social order threaten everyone with systemic collapse.

"Essential civilian demand" for Cannabis "hemp" is being exercised at the State and federal levels, through the power afforded by the protocol referenced in Executive Order 13603 and CFR 44.

Taxation and regulation of a critically important "strategic resource" is antithetical to achieving the scale of Cannabis farming that favors human survival and god-given individual freedoms.

NO taxation, NO regulation. NO GMOs. The free agricultural market will regulate itself in the absence of political interference. If the politics was working, it would be worth respecting. As it is, politics has been our biggest problem. The remedy is to harvest all of the feral hemp seed in the midwest and get ready to plant this spring.

Google "global broiling" to understand further the urgency of initiating a remedy long overdue. My book entitled "Cannabis vs. Climate Change" is set to launch this conversation to the highest level of significance. The time for "legitimate debate" has passed. The time to harvest so-called "ditchweed" hemp in the midwest is right NOW.

Posted by Paul von Hartmann on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 3:48 am

Legal, schmeegal...
Our freedom to farm "every herb bearing seed" is the first test of religious freedom. Cannabis is far too valuable to be truly 'illegal' because, being both unique and essential, hemp has never been within the rightful jurisdiction of any court.

There are several properties of Cannabis that make hemp a necessary crop, if mankind is to exist on this planet. Most notably, complete nutrition from the whole plant eaten raw is essential for proper development and optimum health from conception to death.

Secondly, hemp is the only crop that produces complete nutrition and sustainable biofuels from the same harvest. That means we can grow our energy regionally, organically, from the Sun, without inducing food insecurity or malnutrition.

Thirdly, Cannabis is the only crop capable of producing the necessary volume of atmospheric aerosol "monoterpenes" throughout the year, to reflect solar radiation
away from the Earth. The fragrant aerosols produced by Cannabis shield the Earth from the UV-B rays of the Sun in two ways. The liquid crystals also nucleate bright and persistent clouds that further protect the surface of the planet from the Sun.

Fourthly, as chemical, nuclear and solar radiation levels climb, the safe and effective therapeutic properties of Cannabis have become even more vital for prevention of disease and illness. Immune suppression, genetic mutation, abnormal cell division, reduced harvests, indicator species collapse, hotter fires, aberrant weather, and increasing imbalance in wealth disparity and the social order threaten everyone with systemic collapse.

Fifthly, Cannabis is a non-invasive pioneer crop that conditions the soil, phytoremediates contaminated, minerally-depleted and compacted soils, stops soil erosion, and halts pest infestation. Hemp is a critical agronomic tool for expanding the world's arable base.

Sixthly, Cannabis is the surest means of redistributing the essential resources of the world. It grows every where, without too much trouble, no chemical inputs and with great benefit to man, animal, Earth and atmosphere. Cannabis agriculture is the most efficient way to end essential resource scarcity and wealth disparity.

"Essential civilian demand" for Cannabis "hemp" is being exercised at the State and federal levels, through the power afforded by the protocol referenced in Executive Order 13603 and CFR 44.

Taxation and regulation of a critically important "strategic resource" is antithetical to achieving the scale of Cannabis farming that favors human survival and god-given individual freedoms.

NO taxation, NO regulation. NO GMOs. The free agricultural market will regulate itself in the absence of political interference. If the politics was working, it would be worth respecting. As it is, politics has been our biggest problem. The remedy is to harvest all of the feral hemp seed in the midwest and get ready to plant this spring.

Google "global broiling" to understand further the urgency of initiating a remedy long overdue. My book entitled "Cannabis vs. Climate Change" is set to launch this conversation to the highest level of significance. The time for "legitimate debate" has passed. The time to harvest so-called "ditchweed" hemp in the midwest is right NOW.

Posted by Paul von Hartmann on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 4:04 am

I got super-baked on hemp this morning, but I had to smoke like 100 pounds of it.

Posted by Chromefields on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 7:08 am

99,999

boy, you sure are clever to come up with that one

(what a pathetic self aggrandized ass)

i shall definitely wait with bated breath for your next profound witticism...

Posted by racer x on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 8:00 am

endless "troll barrier" sad sick posts.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 8:10 am

is what you need, for your anger issues. And capital letters, for your grammar issues. But you spelled "bated" correctly, at least. +1

Posted by Chromefields on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 8:14 am

that the best someone as shallow as yourself could come up with in response, is an attack on your opponent's grammar

i call someone who skulks around on blogs waiting for opportunities to insult and make fun of others with base schoolyard level jibes, a person with anger issues

the fact that you mistakenly consider yourself some sort of an intellectual, is truly amusing

why don't you tend the log in your own eye chrome-nuts

before presuming to pontificate about the specks in those of others

Posted by racer x on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 8:30 am
Posted by Guest on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 10:21 am

utilizing technology

(cue crass response about my ability to use technology...)

Posted by racer x on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 10:59 am

would write a macro to block out posts from anyone who you dislike or disagree with.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 11:42 am

I enjoy your free verse, racer x. Now put up a troll barrier after your comment, because you're off-topic.

Posted by Chromefields on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 8:43 am

this isn't about poetry or what's on or off topic

this is about calling out as a plebeian ass

someone who apparently considers himself some sort of genius orator

and just to make sure you've got it in that miniature cerebrum of yours

i am referring to

you

Posted by racer x on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 9:03 am

I'm pleased you've taken on this role, and more pleased that your online heroism is entirely dependent upon me. Just be a good little dog and we'll have no problems.

Posted by Chromefields on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 10:10 am

single post on an anonymous website that almost nobody reads.

I wish him well with that.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 10:22 am

that ploy is not going to help you

and if by some odd chance you actually believe you are the center of my attention

well...

what can one say to obviate such a profound depth of nutball narcissism

you certainly have evinced the misbegotten belief many times before that you are in some way important to the discourse on these blogs

by all means continue to vaunt yourself upon that crumbling pedestal

it will make it all the easier to knock down a meaningless twit like you

Posted by racer x on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 10:57 am

I understand you accept me as superior to you in every way, but don't be ashamed -- the world needs ditch-diggers too. Your increasingly ominous tone is entertaining, but I sense that you're out of your depth rhetorically. And what happened to all of the troll barriers? You're slacking off, racer! Keep your eye on the prize!

Posted by Chromefields on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 11:17 am

it is the success of those troll barriers, that has given me little time to deal with a puffed up and tiny minded ass like yourself

Posted by racer x on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 11:30 am

If the barriers were successful, as you claim, then wouldn't you in fact have a "lot of time" to deal with a tiny minded ass like Chromefields? I'm confused here, mini-Johnny Angel. Please clarify.

Posted by Chromefields on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

posting more barriers. I especially likes it when he posts a barrier to his own barrier.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

i meant to say "has given me a little time"

but at least it gave you the opportunity to continue your ongoing grammar troll rant

Posted by racer x on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

1) You do not know how to use grammar, syntax and semantics correctly, in which case you lack the intelligence to be credible. Or:

2) You do not take any care before you run your mouth, in which case you lack the commitment and focus to be credible.

So which is it?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

But by saying "It was a typo idiot" you are effectively admitting to be an idiot.

The comma totally changes the meaning.

Posted by anon on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

Do learn to type, won't you, racer? Proper grammar eliminates confusion. Just slow down a little, there's a good lad. You can do it!

Posted by Chromefields on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 12:52 pm
Posted by racer x on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

Do tell! And yes, I'm flattered to be your mentor. It's an honor and a privilege.

Posted by Chromefields on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

Or just pause for breath?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

what is that?

some sort of obscure san francisco university you are referring to

or have you just engaged in the same exact thing that you have been harping on like an OCD victim?

what a moronic ditz

don't forget to wash your hands a couple more times before you touch the keyboard again

Posted by racer x on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

Sure cell phone number lookups are fine and dandy, but what about unlisted, unpublished phone numbers.

They might also be solicitors, or the dreaded collections agencies.
I have a bunch of reverse cell phone lookups that work for Verizon listed on my website
for you to check out.

Posted by free reverse cellphone lookup on Nov. 14, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

I really shouldn't encourage him, what with his fear of complete sentences and basic punctuation. I'm just surprised he has so much time to communicate in between loading and unloading the fryer.

Posted by Chromefields on Sep. 30, 2013 @ 10:45 am

Don't comment about cannabis when the article is about hemp.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 01, 2013 @ 8:37 am

Thank you.

Posted by Chromefields on Oct. 01, 2013 @ 8:53 am

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