Navajo Looking To Develop Industrial Hemp Farming On Tribal Lands

By Michael Maharrey

The Navajo Tribe has signed a resolution to grow industrial hemp on tribal lands, another step undermining federal prohibition in effect.

According to a report published in Forbes, the Navajo will work with CannaNative to develop industrial hemp farming. The organization assists tribes in developing hemp and cannabis-based economies on Native American lands throughout the United States.

“I believe that the Indian cannabis industry will far surpass the Indian gaming industry,” said CannaNative chief executive officer Anthony Rivera. While gaming has been lucrative, it hasn’t benefited all tribes and casino growth numbers are slowing. The Indian community sees industrial hemp as a revenue source that will level the play field for all tribes.

As a next step, CannaNative officials will meet with the Navajo Agricultural Products Industries (NAPI) farms CEO to arrange for a signed MOU/Resolution to proceed.

Rivera told Forbes his organization will work with closely with Navajo commerce and agricultural divisions. Tribal lands cover parts of New Mexico, Utah and Arizona. The farm where they plan to begin industrial hemp production is in New Mexico.

State law could play a major role in the development of a Navajo hemp industry. In 2015, the feds raided a farm on the Menominee Indian reservation in Wisconsin and eradicated 30,000 cannabis plants planted for hemp research. The feds contend they contained THC levels above those allowable for hemp.The tribe lost a lawsuit with the federal judge saying that because Wisconsin hasn’t legalized marijuana, the tribe couldn’t grow it within state borders.

Legalization of industrial hemp in New Mexico would help facilitate tribal plans. They can proceed with or without state legalization, but eliminating a layer of state laws would certainly make the path toward developing a hemp economy smoother. In April 2015, New Mexico Gov, Susanna Martinez vetoed a bill legalizing hemp production within the state. She cited contradictions between state and federal law.

Up until recently, the federal government maintained almost complete prohibition on industrial hemp. While it was technically legal to grow hemp, farmers had to obtain a permit from the DEA, a nearly impossible task.

Early in 2014, 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 “hemp amendment”

…allows State Agriculture Departments, colleges and universities to grow hemp, defined as the non-drug oil-seed 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.

In short, current federal law authorizes the farming of hemp – by research institutions only, for research only. Farming for commercial purposes by individuals and businesses remains prohibited. Laws in these states ignore federal prohibition and authorizes commercial farming and production anyway.

But several states, including Colorado, Oregon, Maine and Vermont have simply ignored federal prohibition altogether and legalized hemp production. The minimal possibility of federal prosecution has not stopped some growers from taking advantage of the opportunities they see with the door now cracked open to develop a hemp market in these states. Hemp industries have already started developing in Vermont, Colorado, Maine and other states that have legalized it at the state level.

In Maine, the Passamaquoddy Tribe has obtained a permit to cultivate industrial hemp in Maine. Quoddy Hemp Manufacturing LLC spokeswoman Diana Nelson told the Press Herald the company “has obtained seeds from Kentucky and the Passamaquoddy Tribe is researching what kinds of hemp might grow best in northern New England.”

Recent economic reports suggest that the U.S. market for hemp is at a minimum $600 million per year. Industry observers count as many as 25,000 uses for industrial hemp, including food, cosmetics, plastics and bio-fuel. The U.S. is currently 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.

A development of a hemp industry could provide a much needed economic boom for the Navajo. The tribe has a population of over 300,000 and its tribal lands cover more area than 10 U.S. states. But poverty plagues the tribe, with more than 48 percent of its population unemployed. The feds would be hard-pressed to crack down on Navajo farmers simply trying to improve the tribe’s economic situation.

Tribal hemp production would serve to further grow the U.S. hemp market. That would place even more pressure on federal prohibition. As the market grows, and more people engage in hemp production, more people will become emboldened creating an exponential wave, ultimately nullifying the federal ban in effect.

Michael Maharrey [send him email] is the Communications Director for the Tenth Amendment Center, where this article first appeared. He proudly resides in the original home of the Principles of ’98 – Kentucky. See his blog archive here and his article archive here. He is the author of the book, Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty. You can visit his personal website at MichaelMaharrey.com

The Real (and Full) Reason Why Marijuana is Illegal in the United States

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October 25th, 2016 | by number23
The Real (and Full) Reason Why Marijuana is Illegal in the United States

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Hemp is often considered to be the most universally useful plant on the planet. When grown in an agricultural setting, hemp can provide us with some of the most durable fibers (clothing), food and beverages, paper, building supplies, plastics and fuel. Despite the abundance of resources this plant provides, the cultivation of it is considered to be an illegal practice in many countries around the world.

In addition to the varied resources hemp cultivation can provide, the plant can be grown in pretty much any soil; does not require pesticides; is low maintenance; and can even cleanse soil contaminated with fly ash, sewage sludge, or other heavy metals. When all of these factors are considered, it seems difficult to understand why this plant is illegal.

There are many myths and misconceptions about the difference between hemp and marijuana, which is a result of nearly 80 years of federal cannabis prohibition. Hemp refers to the plant called ‘cannabis sativa,’ a strain that has been used for purposes that don’t involve intoxication. There are other plants that are called hemp, however, cannabis hemp is the most durable of the hemp plants, making it the most useful.

Unlike marijuana (the flowers, buds, or leaves of the cannabis plant), possession of hemp (the roots, stalk, and stems of the cannabis plant) is legal to possess. However, as the cultivation of the plant will result in both marijuana and hemp, industrial hemp products were not, until recently, produced in the United States.

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A number of contributing factors – racism, reform and corruption – eventually led to the plant’s illegal status in the United States. In order to grasp a better understanding of the events that led up to the decision, we will first look at the history of two other drugs, opium and cocaine.

In the wake of the Civil War, a relatively large group of Chinese immigrated to the United States. Chinese workers often used opium – a highly addictive drug – when working in the sweat shops of the Industrial Revolution. As the drug made the menial tasks more interesting, and numbed the mind to pain and exhaustion, the Chinese workers were able to work longer hours. After a time, this became a source of resentment for many White American workers.

Using their political advantage, the White working class of America devised a plan to prevent Chinese immigrants from entering the country. This was achieved by stirring racist feelings towards the Chinese people, and the foreign and mysterious practice of opium use was the easiest thing to focus this on.

The tactic was then used to target Black Americans, with reports associating cocaine use and violent outbreaks with the black community. Both opium and cocaine were banned in the country. Finally, marijuana was also targeted as part of this trend, when Mexican immigrants became the source of resentment during the Great Depression. Mexican soldiers were known to smoke the plant when they fought against America in the war against Spain. Black jazz musicians were also targeted for their marijuana use.

However, like most monumental policies, there were a number of complementary factors that drove the ban on marijuana. After prohibition – a movement that made alcohol illegal – the United States was left with a large number of unemployed police officers – enter the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs – today, known as the DEA (The Drug Enforcement Administration).

A man named Harry J. Anslinger was appointed as head of The Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs by his uncle-in-law Andrew Mellon, the then Secretary of the United States Treasury. During the period known as Reefer Maddness, Anslinger (who was known to have a personal dislike of jazz music and the black musicians who made it) attended teacher’s and parent’s meetings to inform them of the ‘dangers of marijuana.’

Around this time, Dupont Chemicals invented a ‘chemical pulping’ paper and had signed a multi-million-dollar deal with a timber holding company and newspaper chain owned by William Randolph Hearst. However, around the same time, other machines made for braking hemp appeared (the original process – which involved men having to “brake hemp stalks in order to separate the fiber from the woody core” – required a hand device, known as a hand-brake, and a lot of physical strength.) With the introduction of these new machines, the idea to use hemp herds to make paper and plastic (which was originally “considered to be a worthless waste product that was thrown away after it was stripped of fiber“) was proposed.

Thereafter, hemp was considered a threat to big business interests, including that of chemical pulping paper, a deal which was backed by none other than Andrew Mellon. The hemp industry needed to be stopped. To tackle the hemp threat, the Marijuana Tax Act was passed in 1937 in an unorthodox way and without the knowledge of those who would possibly oppose the bill. The American Medical Association, for example, discovered the bill just two days before the hearing. According to reports, the bill was passed partially due to Harry J. Anslinger’s testimony.

 

Cannabinoid oil saves baby’s life by dissolving brain tumor after family rejects chemotherapy

Date: April 07, 2016
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Rather than resort to chemotherapy and radiation to shrink an inoperable brain tumor, the father of an eight-month-old baby opted for a non-traditional treatment with cannabis oil. The baby’s physician, Dr. William Courtney, was at first weary about the medicinal benefits of cannabis oil, but has since become a believer in the wake of the child’s remarkable recovery.

While treating the child, the father reported that they dabbed cannabinoid oil on the baby’s pacifier and gradually increased the dosage. In just two months, the baby’s brain tumor shrunk so much that the pediatric oncologist deemed traditional therapy unnecessary.

Following four months of treatment, the tumor was gone. After eight months of treatment, the brain tissue was considered normal. These results led to the child being called “a miracle baby.”

Dr. Courtney added that the success of the treatment means that the child will not suffer the long-term side effects attached to high doses of chemotherapy and radiation.

“[C]urrently the child’s being called a miracle baby, and I would have to agree that this is the perfect response that we should be insisting is frontline therapy for all children before they launch off on all medications that have horrific long term side effects,” Dr. Courtney said, as reported by Natural News.

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Why Big Pharma doesn’t want you to know about alternative cancer treatments

Cannabis has a myriad of medicinal uses. It can be used to help treat cancer, asthma, neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases. In fact, research has shown that there are fewer pharmaceutical-related deaths in states where medicinal cannabis is legal than in states where the natural plant remains illegal.

Big Pharma is aware of the healing power of cannabis but refuses to acknowledge its therapeutic properties. Cancer is big business. Expensive chemotherapy drugs and radiation rake in $100 billion a year. In many cases, these treatments are unnecessary and provoke more health problems than they solve. The cancer industry keeps people ignorant of alternative therapies in order to keep people dependent on expensive cancer treatments that don’t work.

To add insult to injury, crooked doctors and oncologists have a history of telling non-cancer patients they have cancer, and then duping them into taking expensive chemotherapy drugs that cause lifelong side effects. Many cancer treatments actually cause cancer to return in the long run, and are responsible for permanent brain, kidney and heart damage.

Meanwhile, there are virtually no ill side effects attached to medicinal cannabis; and unlike many conventional treatments, it’s impossible to overdose on or become addicted to marijuana. Many cancer patients already resort to cannabis to improve their appetite, not because of the cancer, but because of the nausea that tends to accompany chemotherapy.

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In short, the cancer industry needs to keep you in the dark about the medicinal benefits of cannabis. In an effort to expose the cancer industry for what it really is, the eye-opening FREE documentary The Truth About Cancer is about to be relaunched to the public on April 12.

This is a documentary that the cancer industry doesn’t want you to see. It threatens to put an end to the profit-driven scheme that is the cancer industry by unveiling alternative cancer treatments that can treat, prevent and even cure this virulent malady.

The more truthful medical information you have, the better you can make informed decisions about your health. Don’t be a victim of the cancer industry. Click here to register now at no cost and mark your calendar for April 12. This docu-series could literally save your life.

Sources include:

http://www.naturalnews.com/Truth-About-Cancer-Summit.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/046994_cannabis_cancerous_tumors_miracle_baby.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/01/cannabis-for-infants-brai_n_2224898.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/053514_cancer_cures_documentary_media_censorship.html

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/07/05/cannabis-oil-dissolves-large-inoperable-cancerous-tumor-in-8-month-old-baby/

http://www.natural.news/2016-01-27-opioid-related-deaths-decrease-by-25-percent-in-states-with-medical-marijuana-program.html

http://science.naturalnews.com/cannabinoid.html

Man Uses Tractor To Flatten 8 Police Cars After Marijuana Arrest

The Ballad of Roger Pion

Mother of Roger Pion, speaks about years of Police abuse of her son in Orleans County, Vermont

Published on Aug 15, 2012

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Vermont man uses tractor to crush VT Orleans County Police Cars

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Victim of Police Brutality, and alleged Mighty Destroyer of cop cars Roger Pion goes to court

Published on Aug 8, 2012

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A simple hardworking farmer, father to a beloved daughters, and one son, and member of down-to-earth family needs your help. For eight years, Roger Pion has been subject to harassment by local and county law enforcement. This
harassment has included physical violence against Roger.

As recently as a month ago, during an arrest over the possession of marijuana, a non violent offense, Roger was beaten by police, resulting in a concussion. He had to be taken to the ER for treatment. Subsequent to this beating, he was falsely charged with resisting arrest.

As a victim of police harassment, Roger had nowhere to turn for help. He snapped and drove his family’s tractor over seven vacant police cars. Roger had no intention of harming anyone, he merely took out his anger on these objects — symbols of the harassment he was suffering.

Following this event, the police have changed their story. They have unjustly and without cause added the charges of leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest, and assault upon a police officer. Roger never resisted arrested. Roger did not assault or even attempt to assault any police officers. Additionally, driving the tractor over the police cars was no accident.

Please help Roger and take a stand against police harassment by supporting Roger during this time of need. Roger needs a good lawyer. Roger’s bail has been set at $50,000.00. His legal expenses will exceed $100,000.00. Without quick and substantial donations, Roger will not get the defense he needs. We urge you to donate to Roger’s defense fund. Every dollar will make a difference. Please help and please pass on word to others.

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FREE ROGER!

A simple hardworking farmer, father to a beloved daughters, and one son, and member of down-to-earth family needs your help. For eight years, Roger Pion has been subject to harassment by local and county law enforcement. This
harassment has included physical violence against Roger.

As recently as a month ago, during an arrest over the possession of marijuana, a non violent offense, Roger was beaten by police, resulting in a concussion. He had to be taken to the ER for treatment. Subsequent to this beating, he was falsely charged with resisting arrest.

As a victim of police harassment, Roger had nowhere to turn for help. He snapped and (allegedly) drove his family’s tractor over seven vacant police cars. Roger had no intention of harming anyone, he merely took out his anger (allegedly) on these objects — symbols of the harassment he was suffering.

Following this event, the police have changed their story. They have unjustly and without cause added the charges of leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest, and assault upon a police officer. Roger never resisted arrested. Roger did not assault or even attempt to assault any police officers. Additionally, driving the tractor over the police cars was no accident.

Please help Roger and take a stand against police harassment by supporting Roger during this time of need. Roger needs a good lawyer. Roger’s bail has been set at $50,000.00. His legal expenses will exceed $100,000.00. Without quick and substantial donations, Roger will not get the defense he needs. We urge you to donate to Roger’s defense fund. Every dollar will make a difference. Please help and please pass on word to others.

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Finally out on bail: Roger Pion speaks

January 11, 2016 9:56 am·
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Police report that a man drove a tractor over eight police vehicles on Thursday. They estimate the damage at about $250,000.

The man was allegedly driving a farm tractor that he used to run over eight vehicles in the parking lot of a Vermont police station. Police officials claim that this was in an apparent revenge scheme.

Police have pinned the vandalism on Roger Pion, 34, of Newport.

The incident took place at the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department in Derby, around 12:40 p.m.

“We came out and sure enough there was someone who had run over our cruisers with a tractor,” Chief Dep. Philip Brooks of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Dept. said in an interview with local WCAX.

Officers claim that “the radios are ruined, the radar detectors, the cages in the cars… We’re going to have to get the jaws of life up here to pry the trunks open and see about the rifles and shotguns,” Sheriff Kirk Martin stated to the Associated Press.

How did he get away with it – at least for a little while?

Police claim that because he crushed all of their vehicles, they were unable to pursue Pion after he drove away in the tractor.

Some of its newest vehicles were only four months old, according to cops. They say that this constituted the destruction of the majority of their vehicles.

“It felt like I was in a Monster Jam rally or something,” one eye-witness, Rene Morris told local WCAX. “I just couldn’t believe it. He’s backing up, going over it, turns around, makes his way to the other vehicles smashes those up, did his business and headed right down Route 5.”

Pion had recently been arrested and charged for possession of marijuana.

The damage is said to be around $250,000, according to police, but no one was injured.

“We have other county sheriff’s departments who are offering cruisers to us,” Brooks explained. “We’ve already had one county that’s dropped one off to us and we’ve got two others that are on the way.”

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Marijuana Has Never Done HARM Ever

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