industrial hemp

Law enforcement balks at Hemp revolution for all the wrong reasons

These aren't the flower tops you're looking for, move along:

"Law enforcement cannot discern the difference between smokable hemp and marijuana, and our State Crime Lab cannot discern the difference because they can't discern the level of the THC that it contains," Peg Dorer, director of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, told members of the Senate Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources committee on Thursday.

The farm bill would create a presumption in state law that licensed hemp farmers aren't growing marijuana, but Dorer said that creates a loophole that would basically legalize marijuana in the state. "Law enforcement will not be able to seize or arrest for marijuana because they can't tell, and prosecutors will have a very difficult time and will not be able to prosecute any violations of marijuana laws," she said.

Um, good? Prosecutors are already looking at a mountain of prior convictions that will need to be re-evaluated and expunged once marijuana is decriminalized, the last thing they need to be doing is adding to that pile. As far as police are concerned, this could actually make their jobs easier, and free them up to pursue violent criminals (you know, rapists and murderers and such). And here's another obvious truism: Decriminalization or outright legalization of marijuana for recreational use will decouple the kind bud from the supply chains of other narcotics like opioids and cocaine, better isolating the purveyors of such. On a separate but related note, I was not aware that smokable hemp even existed, but it's apparently a pretty big deal:

A History of Marijuana Law Reform in NC, Part II - 2001 to Present

2001 – 2002 Session

House Bill 1240, Medical Use of Marijuana/Study, sponsored by Democrat Paul Luebke – proposed a Legislative Research Commission to study the lawful possession, cultivation, and use of marijuana for the purpose of treating or alleviating pain or other symptoms associated with certain debilitating medical conditions. Referred to Rules Committee and postponed indefinitely. http://ncleg.net/Sessions/2001/Bills/House/HTML/H1240v1.html

2003 – 2004 Session

Industrial Hemp in NC 2017

Industrial Hemp in NC 2017

A&T State University Small Farm Day is always a huge treat for me. Not only does the school share
the year’s cutting edge agricultural research with the public, all who attend have a fabulous lunch served
right there at the facility. This year I picked up leaflets detailing the pilot program for NC Industrial Hemp.

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