Where generals now meet in war rooms, hemp plants once waved in the breeze. The Washington Post reports on the recently discovered “hemp diaries” of a government botanist, Lyster H. Dewey, who tended a USDA hemp farm that was eventually turned over to the War Department for the construction of the Pentagon.
Year Passed: 1999
Summary: The Virginia Legislature approved House Joint Resolution 94 "memorializing the United States Secretary of Agriculture, the Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy to permit the controlled, experimental cultivation of industrial hemp in Virginia."
A group of civilly-disobedient hemp farmers and business leaders were arrested Tuesday morning while digging up the lawn to plant industrial hemp seeds at the headquarters of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The New Hampshire legislature has approved a bill to keep industrial hemp from being listed as a controlled substance. New Hampshire farmers need two more New England states to take the same action before farmers can legally grow hemp.
Nine States--Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, and West Virginia--allow industrial hemp production or research in accord with state laws. However, federal law is standing in the way of farmers in these states growing what may be a very profitable crop. Because of current federal law, all hemp included in products sold in the United States must be imported instead of being grown by American farmers.
This bring us to the story about a Tyler Texas man named Henry Walter Wooten, 54 years old. Henry isn't the brightest toker in the world. He was caught by law enforcement within 1000 feet of Ebenezer Day Care Center in Tyler with baggies of weed in his pockets toking on a joint. On Thursday, March 4th, Henry received 35 years in a state correctional facility.
Danroy Henry, 20, of Easton, Mass., was killed early Sunday thanks to gunshots fired through his windshield by police were who were called to settle a disturbance. (They settled it, alright.) Further, the police obstructed attempts to resuscitate, preferring to allow the 20 year-old college student die like and animal, handcuffed and laying in the street.
The Cannabis Information Network Weed Not Greed marijuana legalization tour will be promoting awareness of marijuana/hemp uses and advocating for the repeal of marijuana prohibition. This cross country tour will start at the Seattle Hempfest and end in Washington, DC. Along the way we will be making stops to rally indifferent cities and to promote awareness to the benefits of hemp and cannabis. Please help us make the dream of marijuana legalization a reality by supporting our cause.