The Drug Czar's View of Edible Hemp

  The Drug Czar's View of Edible Hemp

Posted by FoM on March 14, 2002 at 13:05:42 PT
By  Lance Gay 
Source: Albuquerque Tribune  

President Bush's drug czar Tuesday ridiculed moves to bring edible hemp-based products to market such as cookies and potato chips, contending the industry is a "Trojan horse" for those who want to legalize drugs."A lot of this is quite cynical," John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, said at a meeting with reporters. He said the hemp industry's fight to expand use of edible hemp products was being used to undermine American drug laws.
"You cannot pretend there is not a broader issue of legalization behind this," he said.Representatives of the tiny hemp industry - which is battling Drug Enforcement Administration regulations issued in October that aim to stop any consumption of hemp-based products in the United States - denied they have any such agenda.Industry representatives said they are just trying to market a nutritious and healthy product, which contains only trace elements of the psychoactive ingredients of marijuana, just as the poppy seeds sprinkled on bagels have trace amounts of opium."This is a drug war out of control,'' said Adam Eidinger, a spokesman for the industry-backed group VoteHemp. "This is not a drug, and we are not a stalking horse for legalization.''David Bronner, chairman of the Hemp Industries Association and owner of a company that makes a hemp-based soap, said the government is wasting money trying to squelch a growing but tiny $7 million industry."Industrial hemp is not marijuana. It's as different as a Chihuahua and a St. Bernard - the same species, but a separate strain,'' Bronner said. Bronner said the industry is just getting off the ground, and could eventually produce products that would replace petro-chemicals and timber.Edible hemp is marketed primarily in health food stores as pretzels, tortilla chips, energy bars, waffles, bread, salad dressing, cereal, cooking oil, ice cream and non-dairy milk. The new rules from the Drug Enforcement Administration do not affect non-edible hemp products, which are used to make kitchen mats, rope and parts for new cars.The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco last week issued an injunction blocking the Drug Enforcement Administration from enforcing its new rules, and scheduled a full hearing on the case April 8. As a result of petitions gathered at stores like the Body Shop, some 115,000 people have protested the rules.Walters said he hopes the federal government and the industry reach a compromise on new regulations. He said the Bush administration will not back down on drug laws. "These are laws we intend to enforce," he said.Eric Steenstra, national coordinator for VoteHemp, said he has seen no indication that the Drug Enforcement Administration wants to compromise on the issue.On the Net: Albuquerque Tribune (NM)Author:  Lance GayPublished: March 12, 2002Copyright: 2002 The Albuquerque TribuneContact: letters abqtrib.comWebsite: Articles & Web Sites:Vote Hemp's Hemp Links of Hemp Foods Gear Up for Fight Circuit Court Blocks DEA Hemp Rule,000 Comments Filed AgainstHemp Food Rule

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Comment #15 posted by kaptinemo on March 15, 2002 at 07:22:37 PT:
I don't normally shotgun posts, but...
many of you may be interested in viewing the Sheriff Bill Master's interview on C-SPAN yesterday. the link is still available.
The entire Master's interview can be had by going here: need RealPlayer to run it:
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Comment #14 posted by freedom fighter on March 14, 2002 at 19:10:48 PT
Yes, Bob
I know for certain it is Joyce. I could tell by the way she thinks at her website and what she wrote down here. As much I would love to hate her but I just do not know how to hate. I can only forgive her for she did not know. Maybe she will one day. Let's hope so, let's pray she will see the light one day.ff
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Comment #13 posted by DdC on March 14, 2002 at 18:15:15 PT
Walters is in the Business of WoD
Collusion Between the Government and Dairy-Meat Industries an editorial in its May 1 issue, William F. Buckley, Jr.'s National Review commented on the case of Jimmy Montgomery, a paraplegic sentenced to 10 years in Oklahoma prisons for less than 2 ounces of marijuana. NR noted that former deputy drug czar John P. Walters criticized ABC News for reporting on the Montgomery case. Walters showed no concern for Montgomery but rather complained, "Apparently ABC couldn't find a grandmother on death row for carrying a roach clip..." NR observes that "something is seriously wrong with a drug policy that condones such treatment.Philanthropy Roundtable John P. Walters President 
Chief Money Launderer. Giving Korpses tax breaks to the fossil fuel chemicals in competition. Enron, Dyncorps, Monsanto, Dow. Fighting the war on drugs they don't sell, for the low low price of $19.2 billion tax dollars a year.
A national association of individual donors, corporate giving representatives, foundation staff and trustees, and trust and estate officers. The Roundtable is founded on the principle that voluntary private action offers the best means of addressing many of society's needs, and that a vibrant private sector is critical to creating the wealth that makes philanthropy possible. Clean Needles and the Crisis in Drug Use 
Washington Times (11/12/96) P. A23 
Walters, John P.; O'Gara, James F.X. 
Abstract: Studies have not proven that needle exchange programs actually reduce the spread of HIV...
This is your sterile needle impossible of having AIDs...
This is your dirty needle shared with someone having AIDs
Any Questions? Kids Who Kill Juvenile Crime, Adult Time: Why are we so afraid of our kids? Cage em!
Poverty . . . and How to Win America's War Against Crime and Drugs building Private prisons...
By William J. Bennett, John J. Dilulio, and John P. Walters  ACS - Division of Analytical Chemistry - DAC Awards 
Keeping organics and natural food, fuel and fiber off the market...Selling 270,000 Tons to the yearly Cotton Crop alone. 12 pounds of it sold for every pound of beef, killing ditchweed making up 99.28% of the cannabis eradications...
- John P. Walters 1980 More Deceptions (Censor bills, anonymous tips, voiding votes, Korpses collusion & extorsion) Cheneynagans & Oil! on USA Today ads by Ron Crickenberger 
walters terrorist lp ad Farm Massacre! We Will Not Forget! for Compassionate Access
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Comment #12 posted by mayan on March 14, 2002 at 16:30:16 PT
It's the OIL, stupid!!!
Every industrialized nation in the world cultivates industrial hemp legally...even China! But then again, these countries don't have a drug czar that was appointed by an OIL BARON!!! I hope Americans can see that the fate of their nation...& even the stability of the world depends upon their country weening itself off of OIL! Especially foreign OIL!Can't you see, It's the OIL, stupid!!!
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on March 14, 2002 at 16:23:09 PT
JR Bob Dobbs
It was Joyce. Maybe in time she will. I think because we are alike we are able to talk. She is a woman with a cause and so am I and we respect each others right to our own feelings. We need to talk to people who are on the other side so we can maybe find peace in the drug war. 
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Comment #10 posted by JR Bob Dobbs on March 14, 2002 at 16:12:51 PT
  Was that really THE Joyce Nalepka visiting our forums? I always assumed it was some troll who was using her name and possibly her contact info as a way to stir up trouble. If it was Joyce, hey, come on back and bring your friends.
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Comment #9 posted by xxdr_zombiexx on March 14, 2002 at 14:41:54 PT
Mikeee hit it on the head
**Bronner said the industry is just getting off the ground, and could eventually produce products that would replace petro-chemicals and timber.**That's the main modern reason for cannabis Prohibition: the unpatentable plant is a natural resource anybody can have and grow. Like having your own diamond mine, or oil field.I was reading the BC Vaporizer site and they cite the NORML Waterpipe/vaporizer study. When cannabis is burnt it creates a number of chemicals we dont really want in our lungs. Some of those by-products are combustible fuels. One of those is biodiesel, I believe. What the hemp car drove on all over Canada and the west Coast.Cannabis is an out and out threat to the profitability of Oil and Timber companies. Pharmaceutical companies as well. Thus the lies - to keep people unaware, to keep this a trivial issue. The subjects remains belittled when Walters laughs at the concept that hemp foods are shown to be superior quality human nutrition.If we ran on a lot more biodeisel, would we need the oil from the Middle East, or from Colombia? Or from the Artic refuge? Where would the President be without all this drama?Legal cannabis means the poor would be able to grow "barter": would almost be as good a money to get food, cars fixed, haircare, babysitting, you name it. Cannabis is a threat to Capitalism.
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Comment #8 posted by freedom fighter on March 14, 2002 at 14:32:34 PT
Yeah, A Trojan Horse
to put Mr. Bush OIL companies out of business and to stop turning people into slaves. But, we can't have that, we gotta have to support the terrorists and the organized criminals.Never was about getting high from eating a different kind of potato chips or cookies or smoking a doobie.ffPS) People who work for government have higher responsibility not to enforce bad laws.
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Comment #7 posted by MikeEEEEE on March 14, 2002 at 14:19:53 PT
Real agenda? 
Bronner said the industry is just getting off the ground, and could eventually produce products that would replace petro-chemicals and timber.The real agenda maybe to stop the hemp industry, we know about the alinements with oil companies such as Enron.
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Comment #6 posted by idbsne1 on March 14, 2002 at 14:11:25 PT
the "legalizers"....
'Walters said he hopes the federal government and the industry reach a compromise on new regulations. He said the Bush administration will not back down on drug laws. "These are laws we intend to enforce," he said.'WHAT?!?!!? Compromise?!?!?! Yeah, you want THEM to compromise!!!!"HE SAID THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION WILL NOT BACK DOWN ON DRUG LAWS. THESE ARE LAWS WE INTEND TO ENFORCE."....yup...sounds like they're ready to compromise...whatever....Pardon my French folks...We (Us?) Anti-Drug War advocates are amazing people, can't the Federal Government see this?I mean, if this were another country (or the CIA), John Walters, Assa Hutchinson, and John Asscroft would've been "taken out" already......idbsne1
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Comment #5 posted by MikeEEEEE on March 14, 2002 at 14:10:54 PT
contending the industry is a "Trojan horse" for those who want to legalize drugs.What an idiot!
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on March 14, 2002 at 14:07:36 PT
I've talked to Joyce. I think she had to go away. I haven't talked to her for awhile though but soon will email her. We are having good talks when we talk. 
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Comment #3 posted by Jose Melendez on March 14, 2002 at 13:55:41 PT:
Where's AmericaCares/
What happened to Joyce Nalepka? I tried to see if her site had been upgraded since we pointed out that cannabis and THC are not poisons, and the site is down...
Hope you are OK, Joyce. Your opininons have always strengthened my position, and resolve.
Wage Drug Peace
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on March 14, 2002 at 13:55:00 PT
their strategy
The Republicans' strategy is pretty clear: we can do whatever we want to dick over as many people as we want; as long as we keep occasionally pandering to our extreme right wing friends, they will keep the money coming, and we will be able to keep winning elections. (since voters are too stupid to remember any issues and react mostly to advertising).Hence the frequent statements that seem to be spoken directly to the over-65 bigoted Southerner set - chest thumping stuff like "We intend to ENFORCE these laws". "We will NEVER legalize", Asa's big field trip to SF to denounce the MJ-smoking liberals, etc, etc, etc for the next 3 years.I love the way any drug policy reform talk, usually discussing logic, science, and empirical evidence, is always met with "that's just a stalking horse for legalization". In this case, it's actually false because hemp companies are legitimate businesses that don't give a hoot about cannabis the drug.But usually, the "stalking horse" statement is directed at national reform groups - all of whom state quite openly on their websites and policy briefs that they favor legalization. There's no subterfuge or sleight of hand, it's quite open. What the prohibitionists are actually doing is describing their OWN agenda - they are fighting medical marijuana because they're afraid of legalization. They are unreasonable on hemp, because they don't want legalization. It's another case of "projection" of their own fears and weaknesses onto others. NORML and MPP have never attempted to hide their agenda at any level. Really quite sickening. How much longer till the next presidential election?
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Comment #1 posted by Dark Star on March 14, 2002 at 13:29:42 PT
Dark Star has been relatively silent of late, but the outrageous nature of Walters' blather does not permit that state to continue.Hemp seed has been food to man for thousands of years. Should we ignore a food that is the richest vegetable source of digestible protein and essential fatty acids on the planet? Should we ban as dangerous a renewable resource that could free of us a good portion of our addiction to petrochemicals, and its consequence rape of the environment and dependence on unsympathetic foreign sources? Apparently Walters' brand of rationality demands it. His medicine would prescribe amputation for a hangnail.
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