U.S. Ban of Hemp Foods Is Rejected

U.S. Ban of Hemp Foods Is Rejected
Posted by CN Staff on February 07, 2004 at 08:26:58 PT
By Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
Source: Los Angeles Times 
A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Friday rejected a government effort to ban the sale of bread, protein powders and other food products made from hemp, the psychoactively benign botanical cousin of marijuana.The decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals undercuts a dogged attempt to halt domestic consumption of hemp launched by the Drug Enforcement Administration in October 2001.
Although it opened the door for unfettered sale of hemp foods, Friday's court decision left unresolved the bigger battle over the federal government's prohibition on domestic agricultural production of hemp, which can be used for everything from paper production to car parts. Currently, hemp products and foods are produced from seed, oil or fiber imported from other countries, such as Canada, where harvest is not prohibited.Unlike smoked cannabis, hemp contains only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical that produces the intoxicating high sought by pot users. But drug enforcement officials have long argued against hemp farming out of concern that the plant could be mistaken for its close relative, marijuana. A commercial hemp farm could provide cover for illegal pot production, some drug enforcement officials have argued — a contention hemp advocates dispute. The 9th Circuit ruled that the DEA maintains regulatory authority over smoked marijuana and synthetically derived THC, but not over food that contains hemp. The court concluded that it is impossible to get high from products that contain only tiny amounts of THC.Officials at the DEA and Justice Department declined to comment on the ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit. Charles Miller, a Justice Department spokesman, said government attorneys want to conduct a more thorough review before deciding whether to appeal.Entrepreneurs in the hemp industry heralded rejection of the ban, which for a time appeared to have put their fledgling businesses in jeopardy.Note: The ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals opens the door for the domestic sale of bread and other food products made from the plant. Snipped:Complete Article: Los Angeles Times (CA)Author:  Eric Bailey, Times Staff WriterPublished: February 7, 2004 Copyright: 2004 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite: Articles & Web Sites:Cannabis News Hemp Links Vs. DEA Hemp Ruling in PDF Court Limits Ban on Hemp Products Breathes Easier with Looser Hemp Policy of Hemp Foods Win Legal Victory
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on February 07, 2004 at 12:01:37 PT
I got an Internal Error message too now. 
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Comment #17 posted by The GCW on February 07, 2004 at 11:58:02 PT
I tried it again, to no avail. I've tried Russo on the search with out getting it. Tried Hilary Black on the search...I'll just try later... no big deal.
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on February 07, 2004 at 11:57:58 PT
The GCW 
I turned the show off. I got concerned that if they were having problems that I should disconnect and try later. I don't know if that matters but I did it anyway.
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on February 07, 2004 at 11:29:51 PT
I'm watching it now and it's working for me.
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Comment #14 posted by The GCW on February 07, 2004 at 11:24:42 PT
I'm not getting the POT-TV CONNECTION.
This is what I've been getting. Is this what others are getting???Did it get cut?Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
Please contact the server administrator, webmaster and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
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Comment #13 posted by E_Johnson on February 07, 2004 at 10:58:26 PT
The main clue Virgil
Showing up at a place called "Pot TV" to hang out with a motley crew of growers and seed dealers and professional marijuana activists... I don't think we need any foot stomping to catch that clue.
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Comment #12 posted by Virgil on February 07, 2004 at 10:32:47 PT
Stomp your foot, Dr. Russo
There was one thing very lacking on the show hosted at pot-tv with Dr. Russo at Dr. Russo was in Vancouver where sh spoke on Sunday on the Schedule 1 classification of cannabis. The A, #1, prime, most significant question before us is "What is the proper classification of cannabis on the DEA schedule?" This show did not generate the question so it could not receive an answer. If it is a prohibited question, maybe Dr. Russo could send us code like a horse stomping its hoof when it adds 2 plus 2 in an act. The most important thing I wanted to know from Dr. Russo, still escapes me. If Dr. Russo is ever interviewed again without being asked the central question, maybe he can tell us what classification he thinks cannabis should be by stomping his foot.
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Comment #11 posted by Max Flowers on February 07, 2004 at 10:31:42 PT
Don't forget
"The Times They Are A-Changin'"
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Comment #10 posted by Virgil on February 07, 2004 at 10:04:08 PT
Comment3- Dr. Russo at pot-tv
With all the talk and controvery surrounding Miracle Plant, who has ever seen an expert speak on television in a friendly environment on the subject of cannabinoids? This is the first time that I have ever seen such on open discussion on cannabis as it relates to medicine. The media will put DEA agents on to spout boilerplate, but the horse's mouth appoach of going to researchers and patients is prohibited.The 1978 program that led NIDA to distribure cannabis to what is now 7 patients that survive from the 1992 end of the program under Poppy Bush is called the Compassionate Use Investigational New Drug Program. It would take until this show with Dr. Russo, to find that out.My sister is a pharmacist with MS and I usually do not send her much stuff on MMP, but I will make sure she knows that this program is available on the Internet. I regard it as a milemarker. Even if it is not a mile marker, we are on a pretty good road.
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Comment #9 posted by E_Johnson on February 07, 2004 at 09:32:06 PT
Ballad of a Thin DEA
Well, you walk into the roomLike a camel and then you frownYou put your eyes in your pocketAnd your nose on the groundThere ought to be a lawAgainst you comin' aroundYou should be madeTo wear earphonesBecause something is happening and you don't know what it isDo you, Mister Jones?
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Comment #8 posted by The GCW on February 07, 2004 at 09:28:34 PT
And, "Gotta Serve Somebody"
Slow Train Coming
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Comment #7 posted by E_Johnson on February 07, 2004 at 09:13:02 PT
Bob Dylan was such a genius
Why are they fighting the sixties counterculture still 40 years later?Duh I know the answer -- because it did have power. More than people realized at the time.The power lives on in the Miracle Plant.
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Comment #6 posted by E_Johnson on February 07, 2004 at 09:09:52 PT
This is what I'm playing today
Once upon a time you dressed so fineYou threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?People'd call, say, "Beware doll, you're bound to fall"You thought they were all kiddin' youYou used to laugh aboutEverybody that was hangin' outNow you don't talk so loudNow you don't seem so proudAbout having to be scrounging for your next meal.How does it feelHow does it feelTo be without a homeLike a complete unknownLike a rolling stone?You've gone to the finest school all right, Miss LonelyBut you know you only used to get juiced in itAnd nobody has ever taught you how to live on the streetAnd now you find out you're gonna have to get used to itYou said you'd never compromiseWith the mystery tramp, but now you realizeHe's not selling any alibisAs you stare into the vacuum of his eyesAnd ask him do you want to make a deal?How does it feelHow does it feelTo be on your ownWith no direction homeLike a complete unknownLike a rolling stone?
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on February 07, 2004 at 09:06:05 PT
Here Is The Link To The Video With Dr. Russo
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Comment #4 posted by E_Johnson on February 07, 2004 at 09:04:49 PT
How does it feel
to be on your owna complete unknownlike a rolling stoneAwwwww how does it feel?They're more and more on their own now. Let's see if they have the guts to take this to the Supremes and get slapped down nationwide.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on February 07, 2004 at 09:03:14 PT
Dr. Russo Talks With Hilary Black
Premiere show! Hilary interviews guests cannibinoid expert Dr. Ethan Russo and talks to activist Renee Bojee about her entheobotanical store the Urban Shaman. Live music.(Sorry about the technical glitches, we are still working on our live set-up).
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Comment #2 posted by E_Johnson on February 07, 2004 at 09:02:18 PT
Now it's the DEA's turn
to look at the headlines and feel dejected and threatened.I don't really want to make other people feel bad or enjoy seeing other people feel bad, but it is good for miscreants to pay consequences for their miscreancy.Public shame is good for them. They need to hear "BAD DOG" from society a lot more.They've been telling us we're the bad dogs but now people want to pet us and feed us and they're even letting some of us in the house finally.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on February 07, 2004 at 08:37:54 PT
They'll Be Dancin' in the Fields.
Kucinich’s plantform includes, decriminalizing cannabis and regulating it like alcohol. This is more relevant today in light of the Friday February 6, 2004, 9th Federal Circuit Court ruling, (finally) Rejecting the DEA’s attempt To Outlaw Hemp Food products. If Kucinich’s plantform allows citizens to grow a few cannabis plants with THC, then it stands to reason American farmers may grow hemp with out THC. It is time to reintroduce hemp as a component of American Agriculture. This issue is important when we consider that cannabis prohibition is the Biblical root of many problems facing earth today. Biblically discredited cannabis prohibitionists must be controlled like the plague and Kucinich is the true grass roots effort to do just that.
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