MN. To Apply For Federal Permits To Grow Hemp! 

MN. To Apply For Federal Permits To Grow Hemp! 
Posted by FoM on July 02, 1999 at 08:57:19 PT
Source: NORML
St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura signed legislation into law mandating state officials to seek federal permission to cultivate Hemp.
The hemp provision, included in House File 878, the House Omnibus State Government Finance Bill, also establishes a state registry for farmers seeking to grow the crop.   "It was an uphill battle, but in the end I was able to persuade my colleagues to include this provision in the bill," said Rep. Phyllis Kahn (DFL-Minneapolis), who authored the amendment. "Our farmers ... need to be able to diversify, and adding hemp into their crop rotation is just one option. The hemp bill we passed this session ... is the first step toward [the] legalization of growing hemp."   The new law maintains that state officials must "submit an application ... [by] September 30, 1999, ... for federal permits to authorize the growing of experimental and demonstration plots of industrial hemp." It also directs the state to "establish standards ... for persons wishing to register for growing ... industrial hemp."   NORML Executive Director R. Keith Stroup, Esq. said that the measure puts additional pressure on federal officials to relax hemp prohibition. "Minnesota is the third state this year to pass legislation that enables farmers to grow hemp," he said. "Federal officials will either have to begin granting permits to grow hemp or face a showdown with state governments."   In April, Hawaii passed similar legislation allowing state researchers registered with the federal government to grow test plots of industrial hemp. Earlier that month, North Dakota became the first state in over 50 years to remove criminal penalties for hemp cultivation.   For more information, please contact Keith Stroup or Paul Armentano of NORML   (202) 483-5500. Full text of the hemp provision is available from the office of Rep. Phyllis Kahn   (651) 296-4257. 
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Comment #1 posted by Brett J on April 10, 2001 at 15:38:33 PT:
I have been interested in growing industrial hemp for a long time. The tens of thousands of uses of this comodity make for a stable market option. Feel free to contact me. Keep up the good work. 
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