Since the voters passed both medical and recreational marijuana recently, some Oregon farmers figured they’d go whole-hog and request that they be allowed to grow Hemp – which is marijuana but without the “buzz.”
Under administrative rules just established by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, farmers will be allowed to grow hemp this spring as soon as they get the seeds from…you guessed it…the federal Drug Enforcement Administration – which is obviously better known for announcing big drug busts than seed deliveries.
All hemp growers will be licensed and fees will have to be paid before the first “grow” is grown. Pay a $1,500 fee and a farmer is good for three years. Under the new regulations, industrial hemp must be grown on at least two and a half contiguous acres and its leaves must contain less than .3% THC, the psycho-active ingredient in regular marijuana.
Hemp is widely grown around the world for such uses as clothing, furniture, paint, moisturizers, ice cream, cooking oil, bird seed, salads, cereals, nut butter, tofu, protein powder, building materials, insulation and concrete. It’s also a key ingredient in plastics – so if you drive an Audi, BMW, Ford, GMC, Chrysler, Honda, Mercedes, Porsche, Saturn, VW or Volvo, you’re driving around with hemp on board.
And OH! Hemp is good for weed control, fuel oil and bio diesel.
It’s but another example of America’s Puritan-rooted thinking that absolutely prohibits something until it’s everywhere. Then it’s okay.