June 4th, 2014

South Carolina Governor Signs Bill Effectively Nullifying Federal Ban On Industrial Hemp


Hemp

Another State has stood up against the over-reaching Federal Behemoth, and has allowed its citizens to grow a very useful agricultural product.

This article comes from ActivistPost.com

On Monday, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill into law that authorizes the growing and production of industrial hemp within the state, effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal ban on hemp cultivation.

Introduced by Sen. Kevin Bryant, along with cosponsors Sen. Lee Bright and Sen. Tom Davis, S.0839 passed the House by a 72-28 vote. It previously passed in the Senate by a vote of 42-0.

The new law reads, in part, “It is lawful for an individual to cultivate, produce, or otherwise grow industrial hemp in this State to be used for any lawful purpose, including, but not limited to, the manufacture of industrial hemp products, and scientific, agricultural, or other research related to other lawful applications for industrial hemp.”

Four states – Colorado, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont – have already passed similar measures. Farmers in southeast Colorado harvested their first hemp crop in 2013, effectively nullifying federal restrictions on these agricultural activities.

“The feds say no. They did it anyway,” Tenth Amendment Center national communications director Mike Maharrey said.

Experts estimate the U.S. market for hemp at around $500 million per year. They count as many as 25,000 uses for industrial hemp, including food, cosmetics, plastics and bio-fuel. The U.S. currently ranks as the world’s number one importer of hemp fiber for various products, with China and Canada acting as the top two exporters in the world.

During World War II, the United States military relied heavily on hemp products, which resulted in the famous campaign and government-produced film, “Hemp for Victory!

But, since the enactment of the unconstitutional federal controlled-substances act in 1970, the Drug Enforcement Agency has prevented the production of hemp within the United States. Many hemp supporters feel that major industries use the DEA as an “attack dog” of sorts to prevent competition when American-grown hemp products would create serious market competition. These interests include cotton, paper/lumber, oil, and others.

This year, President Barack Obama signed a new farm bill into law, which included a provision allowing a handful of states to begin limited research programs growing hemp. The new “hemp amendment”

…allows State Agriculture Departments, colleges and universities to grow hemp, defined as the non-drug oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis, for academic or agricultural research purposes, but it applies only to states where industrial hemp farming is already legal under state law.

S.0839 went into effect upon the signature of Gov. Haley.

See How Hemp Can Save The World.

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6 Responses to “South Carolina Governor Signs Bill Effectively Nullifying Federal Ban On Industrial Hemp”

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    Deborah Says:

    Could be working both sides of the fence? Now why aren’t people running for office known by their full legal name instead of nick names??????? hmmmm? Just keep telling our kids to just say, “no”, educate and save the next generation from trickery.

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    Shorty Dawkins Says:

    Deborah, her full name is: Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley. She was born in South Carolina, and educated at Clemson University. She was elected Governor as a Tea Party candidate.
    Also, are you confusing hemp with marijuana? Industrial hemp has extremely low THC content. You could smoke a dump truck full of it and not get high. Hemp was a legal crop until 1970, and has many uses, from food, to paper, to clothing, and more. It is easy to grow, and needs no pesticides. Bio-fuel can be made from it. George Washington and many of our Founding Fathers grew it. Until the advent of synthetic fabrics, rope was usually made of it. Hemp is a good cash crop for farmers to grow, and it is about time to bring it back.

    Shorty Dawkins

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    Deborah Says:

    Thanks for the details. Yes I was confusing the two, I am as straight as you can be. I was just a small kid in 1970. I like bio-fuel, I had a neighbor in TX who was using a type of bio fuel and it was still over $3.50 a gal yet he stated it would not continue to increase such as oil. He drove locally.
    Thanks again for clearing this up. I appreciated her on the 2nd amendment last year.

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    csaaphill Says:

    Nice, but last place I’d think of seeing this!
    Glad though lol all you prohibition people get over it Marijuana is legal in 2 states, and more to come. Prohibiton is and was bad for our rights and Gun rights.
    now just stop this war on terrorism since that’s the next thing causing us our rights.

    [Editor's Note: Csaaphill, Oath Keepers is devoted to the Constitution for the united States of America. We note in that document that the U.S. government has no granted or enumerated authority to determine what you or any other citizen puts into one's body. Truth be known, the entire so-called "War on Drugs" enforced by the Federal government is illegal because it has no legitimate authority and flies in the face of freedom. "Conservatives" who would use the government to regulate my or your behavior regarding "drugs" are not "conservative" at all, for their belief in the assumed power of the government to own your or my body is a sad testimony of their statism, their statist belief in authorities not granted by the Founders, and their statist passion for controlling their good neighbors. True "conservatives" would work to "conserve" the Constitution, which is the guarantor of all of our inherent unalienable rights, including the right to own one's own body. It is sinful, wrong, and un-Constitutional to bring down upon some college student (or anyone else!) the power of the government because one wishes to smoke, drink, or eat any herb which grows in Nature. The Founders granted no authority to do that. There are more than 700,000 Americans arrested for marijuana "violations" each year in America. That must stop. Oath Keepers is working as best we can to stop this insane war on drugs. So is CSPOA's leader, Sheriff Mack, who is also a member of our Board of Directors. Check him out - http://cspoa.org/
    Keep the Faith,
    Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor]

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    Shorty Dawkins Says:

    csaaphill,
    This article is about industrial hemp, not marijuana. The first is a useful agricultural product, used in many ways. The second, marijuana, has the THC in it that gets you high. Personally, I think both should be legal. Freedom of choice is the basis of freedom. But let’s not confuse hemp with marijuana, though they are related.

    Shorty Dawkins

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    Deborah Says:

    Thanks Elias you keep opening my eyes, mind. You are right, though I personally stay away from all mind altering items. It is our choice either way without gov’t control. I still preach just say no to the kids, like the bible states to always be vigilant (watchful). Now me and the whole gentile bible are at odds today, my personal battle now since I am AWAKE. To think months ago I thought Adam the man lost the fight for freedom with his pot display in public. I have been so indoctrinated it is not funny.
    Truth out of the mouths of babes, we may want to listen to more often as they are fresh from heaven know no boundaries other than what is placed upon them in time. I remember at age 6 downtown Atlanta crossing over the interstate with my younger brother to get to school, we looked back and a police car was driving by, we don’t know why other than being scared we ran and ducked under maybe a (crape myrtle) good hiding, right! Listen to our gut feelings more often.

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