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Hemp Legal In Vermont

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State Joins North Dakota in Seeking Permission from Feds to Grow Hemp

The Hemp for Vermont Bill was allowed to become law by Governor Jim Hughes on May 29th, without his signature. The bill overwhelmingly passed both the House and Senate several months ago, setting the stage for Vermont’s entrance into the industrial hemp arena.The non-profit advocacy organization Vote Hemp made the announcement, saying the new law regulates growth of industrial hemp by Vermont farmers. The interest in Vermont is for using hemp in food products and bedding for some of the state’s 140,000 cows.

Rural Vermont’s Director Amy Shollenberger is quoted as saying,

“The Hemp for Vermont bill is another step toward legalizing this important crop for farmers. The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world that doesn’t allow this crop to be grown. Looking at the Canadian experience, hemp provides a good return for the farmer. It’s a high-yield crop and a great crop to mix in with corn.”

Shollenberger went on to say:

“The Vermont law is significant for two reasons. First, no other state until now has followed North Dakota’s lead by creating real-world regulations for farmers to grow industrial hemp. Second, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont is Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, as well as a member of the Committee on Agriculture – relevant committees that could consider legislation. We also have a friend at the USDA in new Secretary Ed Schaffer who signed North Dakota’s hemp bill as Governor. I plan to visit Washington, DC and try to figure out what Congress and the Administration intend to do.”

Vermont is not a large producer of corn, growing an average of 90,000 acres of corn each year. Hemp, according to the article, would provide an excellent rotation crop.

The next step is to convince the federal government to leave farmers in Vermont alone and allow the production of industrial hemp.

Eric Steenstra, President of Vote Hemp, says:

Vermont’s federal delegation can now take this law to the U.S. Congress and call for a fix to this problem of farmers missing out on a very useful and profitable crop. North Dakota farmers who want to grow hemp per state law are currently appealing their lawsuit in the federal courts. The real question is whether these hemp-friendly state congressional delegations feel compelled to act.”

A resolution is currently sitting in a congressional committee, awaiting action this year. HR 1009, the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2007.” Should it die in committee, a similar measure would have to be introduced once again in the new session of Congress when it convenes next year.

If the court rules in favor of North Dakota farmers, can Vermont be far behind? And what about California, whose governor vetoed a bill that would have allowed farmers in four counties to grow industrial hemp?




7 comments
  1. kev

    well people with this new legislation about to be passed in california WE NEED YOU asap, as dupont will fight it and they have endless amounts of money to do so, look up LCA UK and the news section to see what i mean, Calif is going to regulate marijuana sell it and tax it, woohoo

  2. Brian

    It is an absolute crime that any state has to pass a law permitting one to grow feral hemp, in the first place. It is an even greater crime that any state has to ask permission of the Federal Government to validate their own laws!!! It is, needless to say, an even greater crime that the DEA is permitted to classify Feral Hemp as a Schedule 1 Narcotic!!!!! I am one to believe that I should have the right to grow marijuana in my yard, if I so choose. It is a plant which grows naturally, withou processing. It is funny that it has medical benefits, yet it is illegal. It is illegal, but yet they can market the synthetic version of THC, called Marinol. Shaking my head. Dirty bastards. I digress. I’m not trying to push for marijuana legislation at this point, even though I believe that they have no right to make it illegal. I am pushing for feral hemp decriminalization before anything else because it has so many uses and this nation is going to need something like feral hemp for industrial purposes if this nation is going to ever have a prayer of climbing out of it’s dire economic conditions. Grow it everywhere. If you have some feral hemp seeds, just toss them somewhere and let it flourish. Let it spread naturally if you cannot harvest it. Someday we will be able to do so and we will be well ahead of the game if we can acquire seeds for it. You’ve heard of Johnny Appleseed? We need a ton of Johnny Hempseeds out there. Just do it. Their laws are criminal and we’re going to need that plant.

  3. bud smoker

    you are god damn right we need hemp crops. Fuck all these companies you pay lobbyists to make sure nothing useful ever comes of it.

    beer,cigarette, chemical, plastics(fuck dupont),cotton,police,hospitals, any gov’t. agency with a letter abbrev.,oil companies

    If hemp can’t provide it, you don’t need it

  4. Chantel Danis - Hemp Guide

    It really is necessary to legalize the farming of hemp in the United States, I am from Canada so here it is not an issue, however, the production remains largley concentrated in the food service area. It would be nice to see a new trend emerge for the States.

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