California enters Industrial Hemp with Governor signature of SB 566

Jefferson City, MO (September 30,2013)—On Wednesday of this week Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 566. It is the California state industrial hemp farming bill. State Senator Mark Leno (D) has been on this issue since 2005. The bill authorizes California to cultivate Hemp as soon as the federal government allows it. But technically it already does through a certificate program that is operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

In 1970, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 "explicitly excludes nonpsychoactive hemp from the definition of marijuana," a decision that the federal government never appealed.

In 2003 the United States government was issued a patent for another Cannabis Sativa L family member. On the one hand, United States federal government officials have consistently denied that marijuana has any medical benefits. On the other, the government actually holds patents for the medical use of the plant. The patent number is; US Patent 6630507 . It is titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants”. The patent belongs to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The government is fully aware of the benefits of the Cannabis Sativa L family in both medical and manufacturing but continues to deny access at the Federal level.

Steven Wilson of the Missouri Hemp Network said, “The states with vision are laying the foundation for the industry. Industrial Hemp has been a success every place it has been allowed. Several governors are now waking up and they are growing tired of Americans making foreign profits that could be American.”

Currently more than 30 countries (including Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany and China) and nine states have gone in this direction. Many speculate that a sense of security for farmers with Holder's admission that the Federal government would not pursue states that have legalized Marijuana use through ballot initiatives.Although the DEA and FBI went onto Sioux Indian land to destroy Hemp fields in 2000 and 2001, it is now believed that if voted on, the government would not go after American farmers. Industrial Hemp is a member of the Cannabis Sativa L family. It is a plant family which includes marijuana.


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