Gov. Ventura Asks For Federal Cooperation 

Gov. Ventura Asks For Federal Cooperation 
Posted by FoM on October 09, 1999 at 09:05:15 PT
NORML's Weekly Update News
Source: NORML
Oct. 7, 1999, St. Paul, MN: Gov. Jesse Ventura (Reform) has asked President Bill Clinton for federal cooperation in allowing farmers in Minnesota to grow industrial hemp. 
  In July, legislation was approved by the MN legislature mandating state officials to seek federal permission to cultivate hemp. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency recently informed Minnesota officials that the state cannot apply for a blanket permit and that farmers themselves must apply to the DEA and the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy to grow experimental plots of industrial hemp.   "Our neighbors in Canada are ahead of us in the effort to establish industrial hemp as an alternative crop for farmers," Ventura wrote to President Clinton. "They have already given their producers the opportunity to grow industrial hemp, and I understand their process is working well. Given the success we have seen in Canada and the continuing economic challenges Minnesota farmers face, I am anxious to move forward on the opportunity to grow experimental and demonstration plots of industrial hemp."  Ventura has called for a seminar in November to instruct farmers on how to apply for the permits.   "Our producers are looking for economic alternatives, and government should not stand in their way," Ventura wrote to Clinton. "I hope that by working together in a fair a rational manner, we can create a viable opportunity for industrial hemp production in Minnesota."  For more information, please contact: Tom Dean NORML Foundation Litigation Director at: (202) 483-8751 or John Wodele of Governor Ventura's office at:(651) 296-0001.NORML's News Bulletin: Ventura Sends Letter To President Clinton On Hemp-10/01/99
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