Category Archives: Industrial Hemp

Slow Arc of Legalization

By Mikki Norris at MerryJane.com

When my husband, Chris Conrad, and I became cannabis activists in 1988, it was the height of Reagan’s “Just Say No” and zero tolerance era. The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 enacted mandatory minimum sentences for drugs, so the arrest and incarceration rates were starting to amp up, and people who enjoyed pot were heading back into the cannabis closet.

Chris was at an election victory party for insurance reform the night George H. W. Bush won office. Smoking a celebratory joint in the parking lot with his political allies, Chris announced that it was time to do something about the marijuana laws. He felt it unfair that responsible pot smokers were, literally, being kept out in the cold. They stood in the November night, vulnerable to arrest, while their colleagues were indoors freely drinking alcohol. Feeling inspired by the injustice of the situation, he asked everyone to join him in a quick campaign for marijuana legalization.

“Are you crazy?” they retorted. “You will lose all credibility and destroy your reputation. Marijuana will never be legal. It can’t be done.”

Chris took that as a personal challenge and bet that he could make and implement a successful plan. Within weeks, he formulated and launched the Business Alliance for Commerce in Hemp (BACH) as a five-year strategy to legalize marijuana in North America. At the time, there were no hemp businesses except hemp birdseed and twine. BACH’s goal was to restore the perception of hemp for industrial use, allow medical marijuana, legalize personal adult-use and home grows, and regulate the commercial cannabis market.

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California industrial hemp laws

Proposition 64 Section 9. INDUSTRIAL HEMP.

This section of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) provides for the production and processing of industrial hemp as a small scale to large scale agricultural crop and manufacturing resource. It allows for more groups to conduct research and allows smaller projects down to 1/10 of an acre plots (formerly 2-5 acres minimum).

It amends the Health and Safety Code and the Food and Agricultural Codes, as follow:  Continue reading California industrial hemp laws

Cannabis Radio interview with Vivian McPeak 2016

Hempresent Radio: Seattle Hempfest’s own Vivian McPeak interviews California activist Chris Conrad on why he is supporting Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuan Act. Click here to listen in.

Kyoto Hemp Forum, July 2016

kyoto-left-logoHemp: Lifeline to the Future

The 2016 forum is based on and entitled after Chris Conrad’s landmark 1993 book about cannabis hemp and, indeed, all things cannabis. Mr. Conrad will join Japan’s First Lady and environmental advocate Akie Abe in speaking at #KyotoHempForum on July 2, 2016. Delegates from around the globe, will gather at KICC (Kyoto International Conference Center), where the Kyoto Protocol was originally signed in 1997 acknowledging our international and planetary responsibilities to the environment and where the 2003 World Water Forum was held, for The First Annual “International Hemp Environmental Forum”, from 10 am – 7 pm, to: Continue reading Kyoto Hemp Forum, July 2016

AUMA 2016, Prop. 64: Industrial hemp in California

SECTION 9. INDUSTRIAL HEMP.

This section provides for the production and processing of industrial hemp as a small scale to large scale agricultural crop and manufacturing resource. It allows for more groups to conduct research and allows smaller projects down to 1/10 of an acre plots (formerly 2-5 acres minimum).

Continue reading AUMA 2016, Prop. 64: Industrial hemp in California