Arizona Hemp-Farming Bill Voted Down by Senate Committee

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Arizona's Senate Judiciary Committee voted against a bill that would allow industrial hemp farming in the state.

Hemp farming is illegal in most states, despite the fact that smoking the plant, which is related to marijuana plants, won't get you stoned.

Just as more pro-marijuana bills are showing up around the country, there have been proposals in more than a dozen states to legalize industrial hemp farming, too.

Now it's not likely that it's going to be legalized in Arizona this year.

The panel voted it down despite a prospective hemp farmer, Jesse Lopez -- who's also the vice president of the pro-marijuana group AZ4NORML -- giving testimony to the panel describing his plans for growing hemp.

Lopez insisted there's definitely a local market for hemp, and Democratic Senator Andrea Dalessandro didn't seem to disagree, noting that she found hemp seed at Costco that was made in Canada.

Despite this, the committee narrowly voted down the bill, with members of both parties being in support and opposition of the bill.

Aside from Dalessandro's mention of her encounter with the hemp seed, none of the senators aired their complaints with the bill.

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johnnypinks
johnnypinks

If you want to know more about another scandal before it unfolds examine the Arizona State University Police Department. Type ASUPD integrity into a browser.

The Integrity Report on the Arizona State University Police Department has all the info.

geomagi2012
geomagi2012

Reason being of course is the industrialist don't want hemp legalized.  There is a long list of reasons why they don't want the plant legalized, it would take money out of their pockets.  Among the culprits we have William Randolph Hearst who wanted to cut down a forest to print his rag paper.  Then we have Dupont who favors petroleum based plastics.  This list is a long one and dates back to when these folks put a lot of money into prohibition.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Notice how generally ignorant the people posting from Facebook seem to be?

drinkmaryjanesdotcom
drinkmaryjanesdotcom

The USA has a $450 million / year HEMP industry. Here is a $450 million dollar a year question: Why does Forty-fourth President Barack Obama prohibit US farmers from growing HEMP when First President George Washington, who also GREW HEMP, declared 'Make the most of the Indian HEMP seed and sow it everywhere!' ?
The President takes an oath to faithfully execute the laws of the United States. As important, if not more important, that oath also specifies that they uphold the Constitution. They can refuse to enforce a law if they believe it is unconstitutional since the Constitution, as the supreme law of the land, takes precedence over acts of Congress. Hence, Congress is under a duty not to pass unconstitutional laws, the President is under a duty not to enforce unconstitutional laws, and the courts are under a duty to strike down unconstitutional laws.' - excerpt from RedState.com July 11/12 article - Moreover, Prohibition of HEMP is a crime against humanity. HEMP seed is the most complete food source in the world. - Public Knowledge - See Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 'The 9th Amendment to the US Constitution seems to provide firm legal ground for us to eat by our best understandings, asserting "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." Thomas Jefferson certainly advised us to claim and exercise the right of food choice when he wrote, “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”' - excerpt from FoodIsTheKey.com | The US Constitution takes a different position -

Christine Kringle
Christine Kringle

The USA has a $450 million / year HEMP industry. Here is a $450 million dollar a year question: Why does Forty-fourth President Barack Obama prohibit US farmers from growing HEMP when First President George Washington, who also GREW HEMP, declared 'Make the most of the Indian HEMP seed and sow it everywhere!' ? The President takes an oath to faithfully execute the laws of the United States. As important, if not more important, that oath also specifies that they uphold the Constitution. They can refuse to enforce a law if they believe it is unconstitutional since the Constitution, as the supreme law of the land, takes precedence over acts of Congress. Hence, Congress is under a duty not to pass unconstitutional laws, the President is under a duty not to enforce unconstitutional laws, and the courts are under a duty to strike down unconstitutional laws.' - excerpt from RedState.com July 11/12 article - Moreover, Prohibition of HEMP is a crime against humanity. HEMP seed is the most complete food source in the world. - Public Knowledge - See Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 'The 9th Amendment to the US Constitution seems to provide firm legal ground for us to eat by our best understandings, asserting "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." Thomas Jefferson certainly advised us to claim and exercise the right of food choice when he wrote, “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”' - excerpt from FoodIsTheKey.com | The US Constitution takes a different position - Mary Jane's™

Roger Sands
Roger Sands

When enough states legalize growing and start reaping the profits the remaining will come on board. $$$Crop

Cheryl Spagler
Cheryl Spagler

The law makers in Arizona are stupid I guess the don't want Arizona people who are sick to try hemp oil and see how their life's can change and to help Arizona make more money I guess the don't listen to the president or lawmakers who make it legal to help states make money to help bring in new jobs I guess the don't care .

Jamesh Gee
Jamesh Gee

Corruption at the highest levels in Arizona , put on your indian shades.

logicman
logicman

This was good news for the Canadian farmers

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The irony is that copious planting of acres and acres of low-grade hemp in strategic marijuana growing areas would DESTROY the value of the recreational marijuana crops in the area, the massive wind and insect born pollen counts would turn the high-end bud into seeded schwag not worthy of commercial Mexican weed prices.


Colorado has authorized some limited hemp production, and there is already talk around Recreational Dispensaries of strategically contaminating their competitors grow operations by planting hemp nearby.


Let the games begin !!


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Ian Mackenzie
Ian Mackenzie

no fire the tools and send them to the unemployment line or Walmart to clean parking lots and collect carts.

Ian Mackenzie
Ian Mackenzie

Are they just stupid or so stupid they couldn't clean parking lots at Walmart

Vote Hemp
Vote Hemp

Lack of good information or intentional disinformation.

1959cutter
1959cutter

DUUUUUDE! imagine the jacket of buds with sticky green sleeves

Clay Norris
Clay Norris

What's so scary about hemp, Arizona?

Himal Nepal
Himal Nepal

and these are the people making laws? utter stupidity and major lack of awareness.. you'd think they were in Ks?

Roman Ruhnke
Roman Ruhnke

Oh well. More money for CA, OR, Washington. Silly Arizona.

Bringing It Home Movie
Bringing It Home Movie

We'll be screening at Sedona International Film Festival next week and aim to motivate audiences to take more action on hemp in Arizona

Jonathan Kennedy
Jonathan Kennedy

I wonder what about industrial hemp scares the "no" votes.

Kabir Daitz
Kabir Daitz

Arizona..allows medicinal but not industrial.....Lord Have mercy..save us from fools in high places

teknik
teknik

small governments don't allow farmers to grow hemp.

johnnypinks
johnnypinks

Looks like someone looked into this.

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

who earn less than $200 / acre for their hemp crop.

Freel
Freel

@DonkeyHotay"there is already talk around Recreational Dispensaries of strategically contaminating their competitors grow operations by planting hemp nearby."

Stay paranoid, schizophrenic and delusional, it seems to be your only skill.

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