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Calif. Assembly Passes Hemp-Farming Bill
Posted by CN Staff on January 26, 2006 at 18:14:14 PT
By Tom Chorneau,  The Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press 
Sacramento, CA -- A bill approved by the state Assembly Thursday would add California to the growing number of states seeking to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp  a biological relative of marijuana.Supporters claim that despite its family links, hemp is a completely safe product that could become a cash crop for California farmers because of its use in a long list of products from soap and cosmetics to rope, jewelry and even luggage.
But even if the measure eventually becomes law, farmers would still face hurdles to actually cultivate the plant because hemp contains trace amounts of a banned substance and may still fall under federal anti-drug rules.The bill's author, Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, said the Assembly's passage of the measure marks an important milestone."This makes sense," said Leno. "It could provide an opportunity of great value to family farmers. This could be a bonanza of job growth."The bill passed on a vote of 41-30. If senators approve it, it would need the governor's signature. A spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he has not taken a position on the proposal.Some critics complained that allowing hemp to be grown puts the state on a slippery slope."You pass industrial hemp today and then something else and then something else," said Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy, R-Monrovia. "And then at some point you will get legalized marijuana."The Drug Enforcement Administration had classified hemp as a controlled substance because an average plant contains small amounts of tetrahydrocannabinols, or THC, the same drug that gives marijuana its intoxicating effect.Analysts from the Office of National Drug Control Policy said there are also concerns that hemp farms could be used to hide marijuana plants.But the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2004 that the DEA did not have authority to regulate hemp. Still, Leno said it remains unclear if states have the authority to let farmers cultivate the plants.Processed hemp imported from other countries is sold throughout the U.S. for manufacturing products. A hemp trade group estimated the annual retail market in the U.S. at $270 million.A number of states have already passed laws aimed at allowing hemp farming, including Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, and West Virginia.Although the vote Thursday in the Assembly was largely along party lines, Republican Chuck DeVore of Irvine joined Leno as a co-author."This measure does not allow the cultivation of marijuana," DeVore said. "All we are doing is legalizing in the United States what is already being done in 30 different nations."On the Net: Read the bill, AB 1147, at: http://www.assembly.ca.govSource: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Tom Chorneau,  The Associated Press Published: Thursday, January 26, 2006Copyright: 2006 The Associated Press Related Articles: Effort Arises To Legalize Industrial Hemphttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread21490.shtmlCommittee OKs Bill Letting Farmers Grow Hemphttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread21474.shtmlLegislative Movement To Legalize Hemp Beginshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread21468.shtml
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Comment #28 posted by OverwhelmSam on January 27, 2006 at 16:05:52 PT
The SSDP Lawsuit - It's A Very Powerful Initiative
Good! They want marijuana illegal, bury them in lawsuits and see how THEY like being harassed.The government agencies and their employees break the law all the time. Let's keep suing federal and state agencies over this illegal issue, or that illegal issue, and they'll be so tied up giving depositions and testifying in court, they will become all but dysfunctional at running their organization. And the beauty of this proposal, when we file suit and win, it costs us nothing - they pay our Attorneys!It's always the last straw, that breaks the Camel's back. 
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Comment #27 posted by FoM on January 27, 2006 at 14:17:28 PT
Toker00 
Thank you. The threads I was interested in were removed. The bookmarked link comes up but the discussion was gone. I think I understand though what is going on. I'm good at reading between the lines. I am quiet and always thinking and a lot has made sense to me recently. I am listening and watching a long and good interview from Sweden I think it is right now with Neil Young. Here's the link. It is worth a look when you have time.http://svt.se/svt/road/Classic/shared/mediacenter/index.jsp?hastested=true&a=526712&haswm=true&hasrp=true
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Comment #26 posted by Toker00 on January 27, 2006 at 14:11:31 PT
Maybe this, FoM.
I have had this happen, too, FoM. What I had to do is copy the link in the address window at the site and paste it in my bookmarks window. That worked for me. If I understood what you were saying.Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW! 
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Comment #25 posted by FoM on January 27, 2006 at 12:28:12 PT
One More Comment About Steve Kubby
I've been checking out a forum to try to get informed and everytime I bookmark a thread I go back and it's gone. I have been able to save some information that is important in my e-mail so I still am able to put the pieces together but it is getting hard to figure it all out.
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Comment #24 posted by ekim on January 27, 2006 at 12:21:59 PT
how long will you watch him twist in the wind
 GW. and Dr. Ethan.
Will you please offer Sativex to Mr. Kubby.Question if Irv was in jail could he still have his Gov. Med.http://www.medicalcannabis.com/
Recent Developments: Medical Marijuana 
Irv Rosenfeld, a Ft. Lauderdale stockbroker, will have smoked 220 pounds of US government marijuana/cannabis over a 23-year period. The longest using patient in the federal governments Compassionate Use Program, with only 7 US citizens being shown such compassion, Irv has benefited from this medicine without negative side effects of any type. 
 
National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics 
Faculty and agenda concerning the Fourth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, April 6th - April 8th, 2006, Santa Barbara, California. The agendas and faculty of the First, Second, and Third National Conferences on Cannabis Therapeutics are provided in an historical context. 
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Comment #23 posted by FoM on January 27, 2006 at 11:51:50 PT
What I've Read About Steve Kubby
I am very slow to comment or state as fact if I'm not sure what I am saying is true but I have read that Steve was taken at 7 am today to be transported to Placer County where he will get a hearing on Tuesday. If I am wrong I mean no harm. I hope that Steve will be ok and that Michele is hanging in there.
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Comment #22 posted by ekim on January 27, 2006 at 11:46:45 PT
From FoMs comment on hemevolution.org
Link To Updates on Steve Kubby 
http://www.hempevolution.org/ STEVE KUBBY SICK IN JAIL AFTER ARREST AT SF AIRPORTDale Gieringer canorml.orgSan Francisco, CA Jan 26, 2006 -- Steve Kubby was arrested by a dozen police immediately upon landing at the San Francisco airport and has been whisked off to the Redwood City jail. A welcoming party of supporters and media were disappointed to discover that he had been spirited away out of sight through a back entrance."I'm really sick already," Kubby said from jail two hours afterwards, "I'm gonna start puking my brains out." He says his guards laughed at him when he requested Marinol. Kubby says he hasn't had marijuana for half a day and has begun to experience all of the symptoms of his life-threatening disease - nausea, headaches, swollen kidneys. He has chills and has not been able to get a blanket from the guards."They don't understand that they're dealing with someone with cancer," he says.Kubby is upset that he was arrested immediately off the plane, when he had offered to turn himself in voluntarily in Placer County on Tuesday. San Francisco airport police said that they had arrested him at the request of Placer County authorities. They said Kubby will be arraigned in court tomorrow morning, though it wasn't clear where - in Redwood City, where he is being detained, or in Placer County. Kubby did not even know where he was being detained when he called California NORML.Aside from his inhumane medical treatment, Kubby says police have treated him politely. He embarked on his trip in good spirits in the hopes of finally resolving his fight with the law.PROTEST INHUMANE TREATMENT OF STEVE KUBBY!Kubby's attorney, Bill McPike, urges supporters to call on the Placer County authorities to release Kubby immediately.Please contact:
Bradford R. Fenocchio
Placer County District Attorney
(530) 889-7000
(530) 889-7129 fax
bfenocch placer.ca.gov
to voice your disapproval over Steve Kubby's inhumane treatment.- D. Gieringer, Cal NORML
http://www.canorml.org
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Comment #21 posted by herbdoc215 on January 27, 2006 at 11:37:52 PT
Steve is really getting sick...he needs our help!
This forum thread, or parts of it, can be pasted directly into email and sent to the media, activists, friends, etc.. The images will usually show up in the email too, if the email recipients are online at the time they open the email. If not online, they will still see the email text. Several articles below. More are found with this Google News search shortcut: 
http://news.google.com/news?q=steve+kubby 
Put quotes around "steve kubby" to narrow the results. There is an article just out from Pravda in Russia too: Failed pot refugee comes back from Canada to face United States bonds. 
http://newsfromrussia.com/world/2006/01/27/71920.html ------------- -----SanFranciscoSentinel.com article begins----- 
web page Jailed medical marijuana advocate said sick without treatment in Redwood City jail. January 26, 2005, 11:45 p.m. Bay City News contributed to this report REDWOOD CITY - A medical marijuana advocate arrested as he disembarked a Canadian flight at San Francisco International Airport tonight became ill in a Redwood City jail due to lack of medication, according to a spokesman for NORML. Steve Kubby, a cancer patient, began coming ill two hours after his 8:10 p.m. arrest following police refusal to provide Marinol, NORML spokesman D. Gieringer reported. San Francisco Police Officer George Swartz said Steve Kubby was taken into custody around 8:10 p.m. by San Francisco police. Swartz said Kubby, who had been deported from Canada, was arrested on a no-bail warrant and was booked into San Mateo County jail. "I'm really sick already," Kubby told Gieringer by telephone said from jail. "I'm gonna start puking my brains out." "He says his guards laughed at him when he requested Marinol. Kubby says he hasn't had marijuana for half a day and has begun to experience all of the symptoms of his life-threatening disease -- nausea, headaches, swollen kidneys. He has chills and has not been able to get a blanket from the guards," Gieringer stated. San Francisco airport police said that they had arrested him at the request of Placer County authorities. They said Kubby will be arraigned in court tomorrow morning, though it wasn't clear where -- in Redwood City, where he is being detained, or in Placer County. -----end-------- ------------------ ----San Francisco Chronicle article begins---- 
web page Pot advocate arrested at SFO after arriving from Canada 
[Photo caption:] Medicinal marijuana crusader Steve Kubby speaks to the media with his wife, Michele, at the Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, Canada, prior to boarding a flight for San Francisco on Thursday. Kubby is being deported after losing his refugee application to stay in Canada. Associated Press photo by Richard Lam Chronicle Staff Report Thursday, January 26, 2006 Marijuana advocate and former gubernatorial candidate Steve Kubby, a fugitive for several years, was arrested at San Francisco International Airport on Thursday night on a plane that arrived from Canada, San Francisco police said. Kubby co-authored "Why Marijuana Should Be Legal" with marijuana advocate Ed Rosenthal and in 1998 was the Libertarian Party candidate for governor. According to the New York Times, Kubby fled California in 2001 after police found 265 marijuana plants in his Squaw Valley home. He was sentenced to four months of house arrest and probation -- and fearing it would lead to an eventual prison term in which he would be unable to use medical marijuana to treat adrenal cancer, he fled to Canada. San Francisco police said he was arrested on a no bail warrant for fleeing the U.S. He was arrested at 8:10 p.m. at SFO following his deportation from Canada. -----end----- ------------------ -----Bay City News article begins---- 
web page MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVOCATE ARRESTED AT SFO January 26, 2006, 11:00 p.m. SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (BCN) - A medical marijuana advocate was arrested tonight at San Francisco International Airport as he disembarked from his flight from Canada, according to San Francisco police. Police Officer George Swartz said Steve Kubby was taken into custody around 8:10 p.m. by San Francisco police. Swartz said Kubby, who had been deported from Canada, was arrested on a no-bail warrant and was booked into San Mateo County jail. 
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Comment #20 posted by The GCW on January 27, 2006 at 11:30:34 PT
It is time to reintroduce hemp.
"You pass industrial hemp today and then something else and then something else," said Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy, R-Monrovia. "And then at some point you will get legalized marijuana."Poppy seeds have been legal and heroin did not become legal...It is time to reintroduce hemp as a component of American agriculture.
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Comment #19 posted by siege on January 27, 2006 at 09:10:12 PT
???
Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy [ IF ] marijuana is legalized! is it MONEY out of you hand?? if it is then you are not working for the people that put you in office...Leno said it remains unclear if states have the authority to let farmers cultivate the plants. {{ then let the state grow it and take the burden off of the people and put it on the State Government!!!! or is it that we talk for the citizens, and go the other way and help our self look good...}}
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Comment #18 posted by Sam Adams on January 27, 2006 at 08:41:52 PT
fear of what?
"You pass industrial hemp today and then something else and then something else," said Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy, R-Monrovia"Yup, you could eventually see legalized marijuana, the stuff that Governor Arnold smoked openly and then everyone voted him in. Am I missing something here?
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Comment #17 posted by ekim on January 27, 2006 at 08:40:37 PT
175,000 students who have lost financial aid 
SSDP Sues the U.S. Government
http://www.daregeneration.org/
SSDP is suing the U.S. Department of Education over a Freedom of Information Act dispute. All we want is a state-by-state breakdown of the 175,000 students who have lost financial aid to the HEA Drug Provision. But even though SSDP is a nonprofit organization, the government won't give us the data for free because, they claim, it could lead to drug legalization and that we might somehow profit!
http://www.daregeneration.org/
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on January 27, 2006 at 08:06:13 PT
Fear of Growing
Zandor that is true. It's easy to find a place in life that is comfortable and not look outside our safe area but then we stop growing and that's that. What causes such fear of change? I really don't know. 
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Comment #15 posted by Zandor on January 27, 2006 at 07:49:38 PT
something else and then something else
"You pass industrial hemp today and then something else and then something else," said Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy, R-Monrovia"The ignorant fear the unknown don't they?Well spoken, What a great master-dBater this guy must be.....hahaha
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on January 27, 2006 at 07:39:27 PT
CNews Isn't Working
I want to mention that I have been getting this on the front page. I will post an article when I find one as soon as I am able! Sorry for the problem.fork failed. Probably because there are too many CGI's ** currently running ** under this userid. Max is set to 50 processes. 
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Comment #13 posted by potpal on January 27, 2006 at 05:54:48 PT
Let 'em grow...
Hempwallace, AR 
Hemp Swamp Brook, CT 
Hempstead Brook, CT 
Hemp Key, FL 
Hemp, GA 
Hemp Factory Branch, IL 
Hemp Ridge, KY
Hemphill, KY
Hemphill, LA 
Hempfield Lake, MI 
Hemphill Lake, MN 
Hemple, MO 
Hemp Hill, NH 
Hempstead, NY, Nassau
Hempstead, NY, Rockland 
Hempstead Gardens, NY
Hemp Patch Branch, NC 
Hemphill Bald, NC,
Hemphill Creek, NC 
Hemphill Knob, NC 
Hempfield, PA,
Hemp Branch, SC 
Hemphill Lake, SC 
Hemp Fork, VA
Hemphill, TX 
Hempstead, TX 
Hemp Mill Branch, VA
Hemppatch Branch, VA 
Hemppatch Mountain, VA 
Hemp Hill Creek, WA
Hempel Creek, WA
Hempel Lake, WA 
Hemphill, WV 
Hempton Lake, WI 
Weed, CA 
Weed, NM 
Weed, AR 
Weed, KYWas wondering if there are any other towns named after the crop that they grow and are indebted to the most? Cornfield, KA? Guess there are...curious.
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Comment #12 posted by potpal on January 27, 2006 at 05:54:35 PT
Let 'em grow...
Hempwallace, AR 
Hemp Swamp Brook, CT 
Hempstead Brook, CT 
Hemp Key, FL 
Hemp, GA 
Hemp Factory Branch, IL 
Hemp Ridge, KY
Hemphill, KY
Hemphill, LA 
Hempfield Lake, MI 
Hemphill Lake, MN 
Hemple, MO 
Hemp Hill, NH 
Hempstead, NY, Nassau
Hempstead, NY, Rockland 
Hempstead Gardens, NY
Hemp Patch Branch, NC 
Hemphill Bald, NC,
Hemphill Creek, NC 
Hemphill Knob, NC 
Hempfield, PA,
Hemp Branch, SC 
Hemphill Lake, SC 
Hemp Fork, VA
Hemphill, TX 
Hempstead, TX 
Hemp Mill Branch, VA
Hemppatch Branch, VA 
Hemppatch Mountain, VA 
Hemp Hill Creek, WA
Hempel Creek, WA
Hempel Lake, WA 
Hemphill, WV 
Hempton Lake, WI 
Weed, CA 
Weed, NM 
Weed, AR 
Weed, KYWas wondering if there are any other towns named after the crop that they grow and are indebted to the most? Cornfield, KA? Guess there are...curious.
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Comment #11 posted by Toker00 on January 27, 2006 at 03:35:17 PT
Chapter one
Now the story begins. Will Kubby survive his captors venom and torture? Or will the DEA surprise everyone and let kubby have his medicine? The odds are that he will survive. Without his medicine, and to within a day of his life, because of the heartless and unforgiving nature of the WOSD. The heartless and unforgiving nature of 2/3 of Congress. The heartless and unforgiving nature of SOME men.Again. Where is our protection from a cruel minority? The ACLU is to protect us from a cruel MAJORITY. Where is our Constitutional protection from a CRUEL MINORITY?I e-mailed the Montel Williams show and asked them to keep in touch with, and do a documentary about, Kubby's experiences in the Federal Gulag. I mean the prison system, which disallows medicine that works. Haven't heard back from them, and realize I may not.Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW! 
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Comment #10 posted by OverwhelmSam on January 27, 2006 at 01:06:54 PT
That's The Goal Mountjoy
"You pass industrial hemp today and then something else and then something else," said Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy, R-Monrovia. "And then at some point you will get legalized marijuana."This guy's name would lead one to believe he should be for legalization. LOL
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Comment #9 posted by john wayne on January 26, 2006 at 22:35:12 PT
kubby seized at SFO
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/01/26/MNG1CGUGMB4.DTL
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Comment #8 posted by knowhemp on January 26, 2006 at 22:25:11 PT
HAHA - John Tyler
couldn't have said it better myself :)
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Comment #7 posted by John Tyler on January 26, 2006 at 19:36:28 PT
keep working on it Dennis
"You pass industrial hemp today and then something else and then something else," said Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy, R-Monrovia. "And then at some point you will get legalized marijuana." Sounds like a plan to me. I wish they would do it faster though, maybe just cut out the middle part and get right to repealing cannabis prohibition. 
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Comment #6 posted by ekim on January 26, 2006 at 19:33:42 PT
here is Spain story
The full story is available at
 
http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=35238
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Comment #5 posted by ekim on January 26, 2006 at 19:29:42 PT
Author: Tom Chorneau please read
" plastic field which is growing by leaps and bounds"
see how big CA. plastic is and how Hemp will add to that.
Then see how ethanol is being made from cellulose developed in CA. out side San Franciscohttp://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread21518.shtml#6Mechanical Engineering, February 26, 1937 "Flax and Hemp: From the Seed to the Loom" was published in the February 1938 issue of Mechanical Engineering magazine. It was originally presented at the Agricultural Processing Meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in New Brunswick, NY of February 26, 1937 by the Process Industries Division. Flax and Hemp:From the Seed to the Loom By George A. Lower Paint and lacquer manufacturers are interested in hempseed oil which is a good drying agent. When markets have been developed for the products now being wasted, seed and hurds, hemp will prove, both for the farmer and the public, the most profitable and desirable crop that can be grown, and one that can make American mills independent of importations. Recent floods and dust storms have given warnings against the destruction of timber. Possibly, the hitherto waste products of flax and hemp may yet meet a good part of that need, especially in the plastic field which is growing by leaps and bounds. http://www.jackherer.com/chapter03.html Hemp 77% celluloseWhile corn is primarily used to distill ethanol, a new facility in Spain
will convert wheat straw as the ethanol's feedstock.The full story is available at
 This is a pdf overview of NREL/Genencor work from 2003.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/biomass/pdfs/genencor_esp_review.pdfHere is an NREL Press release about Genencor/NREL winning a Top 100 R&D
award in 2004.
http://www.nrel.gov/news/press/2004/3404_technologies_lauded.htmlNCGA Forum Centers on Ethanol's Return on Energy Investment (8-23-05)
 http://www.ncga.com/news/notd/2005/august/082305.htm
http://www.leap.cc/events
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Comment #4 posted by b4daylight on January 26, 2006 at 19:20:05 PT
hemp
our friend :)canabis is dutch for hemp in the olden days.hence canvas also :) Because it was made out of canabis:)Hemp is the new wonder crop. Go super crop!
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on January 26, 2006 at 18:45:37 PT
 Storm Crow 
I'd really like to see a label that says Grown in The USA and Made in The USA.
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Comment #2 posted by Storm Crow on January 26, 2006 at 18:38:00 PT
Hemp for Victory! (to steal a title)
As it presently stands ALL hemp products sold in the USA are from other countries. Even Dr. Bronner's Hemp Oil Soap is made from Canadian hemp. If this passes, American farmers would have a profitable new crop with a multitude of uses. And they would not be taking jobs away from any other American worker.  Allowing farmers to grow this "new" crop would indeed be a victory for the farmers. And although not smokable, wouldn't the fields be lovely?
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on January 26, 2006 at 18:15:08 PT
Another Step In The Right Direction
Go California!
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