Category Archives: Legalisation

President Trump just ended hemp prohibition across America, legalizing industrial hemp farming nationwide

naturalnews.com
21 December 2018
Mike Adams

(Natural News) Achieving another breathtaking win for the American people while fighting against a criminal, corrupt establishment, President Donald J. Trump just legalized industrial hemp nationwide by signing the new Farm Bill into law. The hemp legalization provision was spearheaded by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), further demonstrating that Republicans support hemp legalization and agricultural freedom.

After nearly 50 years of prohibition, industrial hemp will be legal to grow across America beginning January 1, 2019. It’s another huge victory that helps Make America Great Again by unleashing the power of agricultural freedom and natural health.

“This law marks the first change in the federal classification of the cannabis plant since it was initially classified as a schedule I controlled substance by Congress in 1970, and paves the way for the first federally-sanctioned commercial hemp grows since World War II,” said NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano. NORML also adds:

The hemp-specific provisions of the 2018 Act amend the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 so that hemp plants containing no more than 0.3 percent THC are no longer classified as a schedule I controlled substance under federal law.

“Although hemp will no longer be in the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice, prospective growers will have to submit cultivation plans to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), either through the state government or the USDA itself,” reports Marijuana Moment.

CBD and other cannabinoids are essentially “de-scheduled” from the Schedule I controlled substance list, but only if they are produced in accordance with the Farm Bill stipulations, meaning growers must comply with state and federal regulations which are so far not described anywhere. The USDA will reportedly regulate hemp production now, and states that wish to exert more restrictive state controls must coordinate their plans with the USDA. As NORML reports:

The Act (Section 297B) permits those US states that wish to possess “primary regulatory authority over the production of hemp” to submit a plan to the US Secretary of Agriculture. The agency has 60 days to approve, disapprove, or amend the plan. In instances where a state-proposed plan is not approved, “it shall be unlawful to produce hemp in that state … without a license.”

The Brookings Institution further explains:

It explicitly allows the transfer of hemp-derived products across state lines for commercial or other purposes. It also puts no restrictions on the sale, transport, or possession of hemp-derived products, so long as those items are produced in a manner consistent with the law.

FDA still claims total control over CBD, but may relax its restrictions in the near future

Under the leadership of the Trump Administration, the FDA is indicating it may pursue regulatory reforms to legalize CBD in dietary supplement products nationwide. Via a December 20 announcement from the FDA:

Among other things, this new law changes certain federal authorities relating to the production and marketing of hemp… These changes include removing hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, which means that it will no longer be an illegal substance under federal law.

At first, the FDA reiterates that it maintains total control over CBD and that CBD is currently not allowed to be sold as a dietary supplement for the bizarre reason that certain companies are studying CBD for use as a possible prescription medication:

Additionally, it’s unlawful under the FD&C Act to introduce food containing added CBD or THC into interstate commerce, or to market CBD or THC products as, or in, dietary supplements, regardless of whether the substances are hemp-derived. This is because both CBD and THC are active ingredients in FDA-approved drugs and were the subject of substantial clinical investigations before they were marketed as foods or dietary supplements. Under the FD&C Act, it’s illegal to introduce drug ingredients like these into the food supply, or to market them as dietary supplements.

That said, the FDA signals its willingness to hold conversations with industry leaders with the possible outcome of issuing new regulations that would eliminate its current restrictions on the selling of CBD-based dietary supplements. “[T]he FDA has authority to issue a regulation allowing the use of a pharmaceutical ingredient in a food or dietary supplement,” says the FDA, implying that CBD is a “pharmaceutical ingredient” even when CBD has been around for millions of years, long before pharmaceutical companies even existed. “We are taking new steps to evaluate whether we should pursue such a process.”

The FDA further explains it will hold public meetings to solicit input on further regulatory changes it might pursue:

Given the substantial public interest in this topic and the clear interest of Congress in fostering the development of appropriate hemp products, we intend to hold a public meeting in the near future for stakeholders to share their experiences and challenges with these products, including information and views related to the safety of such products.

We’ll use this meeting to gather additional input relevant to the lawful pathways by which products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds can be marketed, and how we can make these legal pathways more predictable and efficient.

Stay informed on hemp, cannabis and medical marijuana at HempScience.news.

Eco Liberty Conclusion: Legalization is industrial Hemp will be a great impact on the American Economy. Did Trump really legalized industrial Hemp or he just playing with us? Let me in the comments below

Mayor Michael Feyen On Industrial Hemp, ALLCAPS Podcast

Vinny Eastwood interviewing Michael Feyen The Mayor of the Horowhenua and staunch supporter of industrial Hemp and the potential benefits it could bring his region. http://www.horowhenua.govt.nz
The conversation takes a turn as the correctly titled ‘Right Honorable’ Mayor explains the constraints upon his position,
and the difficulties he’s faced as a local leader trying to get central government (or even his own district councilors) to listen to information about Hemp.
But even then, if they did listen, the laws would then need to be “okayed” by “local government New Zealand” which isn’t even a government department!
It’s an unelected private corporate governance body who unbeknownst to even the interviewer (and likely most of the country) essentially can control how our nations regions are governed and even outrank our own elected representatives!
The ultimate conclusion of this discovery is that Cannabis laws can’t be changed at the local level and need to be changed at the central government level, which is exactly what ALCP is here to do!
Thanks for watching!
Vinny Eastwood
Joint Chief Of Web & Social Media
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

Roger Stone Lobbying Group Pushes Trump to Legalize Marijuana Nationwide

Source:Infowars
Date: 22 June 2017
Author: Kelen McBreen

Trump insider and Infowars contributor Roger Stone has created a lobbying group called The United States Cannabis Coalition (USCC) that hopes to convince President Trump to legalize marijuana nationwide.
Continue reading Roger Stone Lobbying Group Pushes Trump to Legalize Marijuana Nationwide

In States that Legalize Medical Marijuana, Opioid Use Decreases

Main Source: Natural Society
Date: 30 September 2016
Author: Julie Fidler

Marijuana seems to be a helpful substitute for pharmaceuticals

A study published on September 15 shows that in states where medical marijuana is legal, fewer people use opioid drugs, bolstering advocates’ claims that marijuana can substitute for more deadly substances. Continue reading In States that Legalize Medical Marijuana, Opioid Use Decreases

Canada Just Legalized Heroin to Control Drug Addiction

Main Source: High Times
Date: 14 September 2016
Author: Mike Adams

In an effort to treat Canadians enslaved by a junk habit, the Liberal government has taken action against an old law by imposing a new set of regulations that will allow medical professionals to provide addicts with daily doses of pharmaceutical-grade heroin.Earlier last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s administration made a move to revamp some of the extreme anti-drug policies that were put on the books by the Conservative government during its rule. Specifically, the change involves a tweak in the language of Health Canada’s Special Access Program, giving physicians the freedom to treat severe cases of heroin addiction with a prescription form of the drug known as diacetylmorphine. Continue reading Canada Just Legalized Heroin to Control Drug Addiction

Why Big Pharma hates legalized marijuana; painkillers, chemotherapy and psych drugs could be made obsolete

Source:Natural News
Date: 18 August 2015
Author:Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) When certain politicians and so-called health experts bellyache over the legalization of cannabis, it’s not because they’re worried about the children. It’s because cannabis is arguably the safest and most widely effective natural medicinal herb in existence, and its widespread acceptance would immediately render obsolete the gamut of pharmaceuticals that make the establishment drug barons (and their bought-and-paid-for lackeys in Congress) filthy rich.

No longer would the general population need to rely on side effect-laden painkiller drugs, psych meds and other deadly pharmaceuticals for relief from their chronic ailments — cannabis would replace all this and more, providing true healing to the masses for pennies on the dollar. Because cannabis is a plant that anyone can grow, it also threatens the centralized power structures that control modern medicine, not to mention the for-profit prison industry that banks on incarcerating non-violent drug offenders. Continue reading Why Big Pharma hates legalized marijuana; painkillers, chemotherapy and psych drugs could be made obsolete

Why hardly anyone dies from a drug overdose in Portugal

Source:NZ Stuff
Date: 6 June 2015
Author: CHRISTOPHER INGRAHAM

Doses of methadone are prepared for distribution to patients at the Taipas rehabilitation clinic in Lisbon, Portugual. Lisbon’s Taipas rehabilitation clinic is one of over 40 such clinics across the country, the result of Portugal’s 15-year-old pioneering drugs policy which decriminalised drug use while offering free treatment and state-funded street-work programmes.

OPINION: Portugal decriminalised the use of all drugs in 2001. Weed, cocaine, heroin, you name it — Portugal decided to treat possession and use of small quantities of these drugs as a public health issue, not a criminal one. The drugs were still illegal, of course. But now getting caught with them meant a small fine and maybe a referral to a treatment program — not jail time and a criminal record. Continue reading Why hardly anyone dies from a drug overdose in Portugal

Alaska Becomes 3rd State With Legal Marijuana

ABC News
February 23, 2015
By MOLLY DISCHNER Associated Press

Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America’s wildest state Tuesday, thanks to a voter initiative aimed at clearing away 40 years of conflicting laws and court rulings.

Making Alaska the third state to legalize recreational marijuana was the goal of a coalition including libertarians, rugged individualists and small-government Republicans who prize the privacy rights enshrined in the state’s constitution.

But when they voted 53-47 percent last November to legalize marijuana use by adults in private places, they left many of the details to lawmakers and regulators to sort out.

Meanwhile, Alaska Native leaders worry that legalization will bring new temptations to communities already confronting high rates of drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and suicide. Continue reading Alaska Becomes 3rd State With Legal Marijuana

Fortune 5: The most potent pot economies in the world

Fortune
February 18, 2015
Chris Matthews

Here are the biggest marijuana economies in the world, as measured by the percentage of GDP devoted to cannabis in each country.

The liberalization of cannabis laws has been one of the biggest and most surprising business stories of the past decade.

Over the past 10 years, several states in the U.S. have legalized medical marijuana, while four—Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Alaska—have legalized recreational use. Meanwhile, poll data shows that a majority of Americans support outright legalization for the first time. As of January, 23 states and the District of Columbia have laws that allow marijuana use of some kind, and we can expect to see additional ballot measures addressing the issue in the years to come.

The legal changes have been a boon for legitimate businesses, which are scrambling to get a piece of the more than $40 billion U.S. consumers spend per year on the drug, according to an estimate from the Rand Corporation.

These companies must tread lightly since cannabis remains illegal on the federal level and in most countries around the world. At the same time, many analysts believe that the pot industry is ripe for consolidation as more legal barriers come down. After all, the weed market would benefit from economies of scale, and the company that successfully captures the public’s imagination with the right branding could be a nationwide player. Continue reading Fortune 5: The most potent pot economies in the world