Hemp Bill Passed To Senate Judiciary 

Hemp Bill Passed To Senate Judiciary 
Posted by FoM on February 23, 2002 at 14:53:49 PT
By Jim Wallace, Daily Mail Capitol Reporter 
Source: Charleston Daily Mail
The fate of a bill to permit the cultivation of industrial hemp is now in the hands of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate Agriculture Committee quickly got rid of the bill in a brief meeting Thursday by voting to send it to the Judiciary Committee without recommending whether it should be approved.But that's OK with the bill's sponsor, Sen. Karen Facemyer, R-Jackson. She thinks she can find more support for it on the Judiciary Committee than on the Agriculture Committee.
If she can get her Senate colleagues to approve the bill, she's confident she can get the House of Delegates to go along with it. "I got it all lined up in the House," Facemyer said. "It's ready to go in the House."Sen. Walt Helmick, D-Pocahontas, helped her get the bill out of the Agriculture Committee, although he's not sure whether he would ultimately support it. "I won't necessarily vote for it, but it should get out," he said.But Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, was one of the few votes against releasing it from the Agriculture Committee."I just don't see what the big deal is," he said. "There are other agricultural products out there that farmers are presently growing that need assistance, that need more encouragement." Unger cited aquaculture, which essentially is fish farming, as an example of the type of agriculture the state should do more to support. Last August, the National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture opened in his Eastern Panhandle district to study such topics as breeding rainbow trout. It was suggested the state could develop a $60 million aquaculture industry."We ought to be focusing our attention on how to help those farmers, instead of bringing in another product and just making it available and you don't know if a farmer's going to grow it or not," he said.Questions about whether it would be legal for West Virginia farmers to grow hemp even if the Legislature approved it also affected Unger's decision. Hemp is related to marijuana, although it contains only a miniscule amount of marijuana's hallucinatory ingredient. David Miller of West Virginia University told the Agriculture Committee last week he believes a rule of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration prohibits the growing of hemp and that agency might have to issue a waiver for WVU to even research whether it would be feasible and profitable to grow it in West Virginia.Some senators have also expressed concern that industrial hemp looks so much like marijuana that permitting the cultivation of hemp could make law enforcement efforts against growing marijuana more difficult.Facemyer is interested in promoting hemp, because it can be used in the manufacture of many things, including rope, sacks, seat belts, oil, fuel and diapers.Note: Agriculture panel sends bill without recommendation. Source: Charleston Daily Mail (WV)Author: Jim Wallace, Daily Mail Capitol Reporter Published: Friday, February 22, 2002Copyright: 2002 Charleston Daily MailContact: editor dailymail.comWebsite: Article & Web Site:FTE's Hemp Links Hemp Archives Senator Wants More Information on Hemp
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Comment #6 posted by Jose Melendez on February 24, 2002 at 05:55:40 PT:
no joke
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on February 24, 2002 at 05:55:15 PT
Virginia / West Virginia
Not just neighbors? 
Not W. Viginia, but just plain Virginia. Pot shrinks tumours - US government knew in '74 and covered up the news - When Government stats (I believe this one), say 1 out of 4 people are going to confront cancer, that means every American family. THC even helps once we get the cancer.
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Comment #4 posted by CongressmanSuet on February 24, 2002 at 05:20:43 PT
One more thing to know about WV....
   Back in the 20s I believe, the state started a "Game Farm" program wheras animals[everything from otters, owls, small varmints, even different types of deer were farm raised and than released into the wild in the hopes of bolstering the states wildlife. This program was discontinued in the late 80s when the agency responsible for the program hired a few WVU graduate students who suggested that tracking devices were attatched to the released animals so as to check on thier progress in the wild. Seems, when tracked, it was found that ALL released animals DIED. The program was shut down shortly therafter this discovery was made. DOIH.....
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Comment #3 posted by CongressmanSuet on February 23, 2002 at 18:45:34 PT:
 A joke is a joke is a joke...
 ANYONE who knows ANYTHING about West Virginia knows what a farce this is. Please, illegal drug checkpoints, "weapons" checkpoints, towns with less than 2000 people with drug-bomb dogs. Cops paid 7 bucks an hour[and no good dental plan, just check out those toothless grins!]. Only 3 root canal Dentists in the ENTIRE state. I finally moved, and couldnt be happier! I remember about 5 months ago, the cops made a "major" bust in Elkins, pop. maybe 5000? They found 20 bucks worth of weed in a baggie, but also found 4 little plastic bags in the car. The 400 pound pig was gleeful in the interview! WOW..major dent in drug trafficking made today, because of our ever vigilant officers. It was a lead story on the 11 news. Right before the John Deere Tractor Ad. " Nothing Runs Like A Deere". This Hemp initiatiave has no shot in hell of getting anywhere.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on February 23, 2002 at 15:28:55 PT
Here you go p4me!
Cannabis News is doing very well. It keeps on growing. It was 52,508 for the 22nd.
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Comment #1 posted by p4me on February 23, 2002 at 15:25:32 PT
Is this guy for real
"I just don't see what the big deal is," he said. "There are other agricultural products out there that farmers are presently growing that need assistance, that need more encouragement."I kind of wonder what the big deal is also, but from the other side. Why is hemp illegal. What is the big deal. People from North Carolina always look on South Carolina as being backward. I would offer this as evidence but someone could easily turn around and find some NC Congressman saying something stupid on hemp or marijuana.That marijuana is terrible stuff. It makes politicians say and do stupid things.FoM, I was wondering if you could put up the link again that tells how many articles are downloaded. I did not copy it the last time it was up. I was just wondering if more people were coming to Cnews in the last months.There is a big problem with education in this country. The Congress does not know that marijuana is medicine. There was a thread at about people writing things on dollar bills. I guess I need to do something extra and maybe that something would be "marijuana is medicine." VAAI
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