(courtesy NORML Foundation,
Washington, DC: The
embargo ordered by US drug czar Barry McCaffrey on sterilized hemp seeds
entering the United States from Canada has been lifted, but the drug czar
is already plotting drastic methods to stop the trade.
US Attorney General Janet
Reno has lifted the embargo in a letter that stated, "We lack legal authority
to prohibit importation of hemp products unless the definition of marijuana
in Title 21 U.S.C. Section 802.16 (c) [the Controlled Substances Act] is
changed to remove the hemp exclusion." Reno continued to say in her
letter that in the case of hemp, Congress made its decision clear not to
restrict hemp imports and that the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels are
too low to trigger psychoactive effect.
According to Hawaiian Rep.
Cynthia Thielen (R-Kailua), who sponsored the bill legalizing industrial
hemp in Hawaii, McCaffrey is now circulating proposed amendments to the
Controlled Substances Act to officially ban hemp products from the US.
The three proposed amendments state: Strike all exemptions, completely
eliminating the importation, trade and possession of hemp products; exempt
only hemp fiber which is used to produce paper, cloth, and other "legitimate"
commercial products; or provide for an exemption for products not used
for human consumption.
Thielen is urging a letter
writing campaign to President Bill Clinton and other federal authorities
and members of Congress, but not to McCaffrey.
"He (McCaffrey) is doing
everything he can to destroy the industrial hemp industry, and with each
setback, he simply comes back harder," Thielen said. "We need to
ask President Clinton to reign him in for the good of America's farmers
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Issue #136, 5/5/00
Gore Outlines Broad Crime Proposal | When Will They Ever Learn? DRCNet Speaks With Jeremy Bigwood | Reno Orders End to Hemp Seed Embargo, McCaffrey Hopes to Amend Controlled Substances Act to Outlaw Hemp | George Washington University Students Approve Higher Education Act Resolution, but Student President Vetoes | RAISE YOUR VOICE: Action Needed Against Higher Education Act Drug Provision | Say No to Drug War Funding for Colombia's Abusive Military: Senate Committee Vote May 9th | NEW YORK: Rockefeller Drug Law Protest Monday, and Letters Needed | CALIFORNIA: Assembly Appropriations Committee Voting on Smoke a Joint, Lose Your License May 10th | WASHINGTON: Legislators' Medical Marijuana Sign-on Letter | NYC Forum: The People and the Police 136/todd Spitfire Concert in Los Angeles to Raise Money for Imprisoned Medical Marijuana Patient
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