Artist Statement: A group of Hemp farmers, business owners & Vote Hemp representatives recently marched to the DEA headquarters in Washington D.C. and planted industrial hemp seeds on the front lawn as an act of protest, calling for the DEA to make a distinction between marijuana and hemp and to decriminalize hemp, allowing farmers to grow hemp. They were arrested, of course.
Among those arrested were David Bronner from Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps (www.DrBronner.com), Adam Eidinger, communications director for Vote Hemp (www.VoteHemp.com), Wayne Hauge and Will Allen, both farmers.
Hemp is the answer for a profitable, renewable, environmentally friendly crop which will boost the economy and help farmers. Hemp needs no pesticides and is a renewable crop that grows well even in poor soils).
Presently, the government considers the growing of industrial hemp to be a felony crime. But with farmers desperately needing profitable crops, and with hemp products being imported from Canada, China and other countries, it makes sense to de-criminalize industrial hemp in the USA and let farmers grow it locally.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) makes no differentiation between industrial hemp and marijuana and anyone caught planting hemp will be arrested and prosecuted using the same laws that were really only intended to halt hard-core street drug pushers. The failed War on Drugs has only filled the nation's prisons with small-time "offenders" who got caught with an ounce or two of weed in their pockets. America's drug policy, it seems, is a boon for the prison industry, but a curse upon the nation's farmers.
Help support de-criminalization of industrial hemp farming:
David Bronner, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps
Adam Eidinger, Vote Hemp
Ruth's Hemp Foods