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Cannabis Genetics 101.2

Posted on June 1, 2003

Let’s look at what’s happening in the Hawaii project as an illustration. The issue in that case is one of adaptation. What we call “hemp” — or some prefer “industrial hemp” though I think “hemp” is just fine — is a breed of cannabis generally found in the temperate zones of the planet. The plant’s life cycle is driven by a genetically programmed response to the length of the night. Nights in the temperate zone begin to lengthen after summer solstice and the plants shift from vegetative growth — which has resulted in long stems — to reproductive phase, so seed will be set and matured by frost.

New DEA regulations

Posted on December 15, 2000

The regulations will be devastating to the efforts to legalize industrial hemp in the USA. The regulations also will seriously impact or actually kill products made with industrial hemp which are intended for human consumption. This will include hemp lip balm, any hemp products which could be used to soothe nose/sinus, or anything that DEA claims could be “ingested.”

Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee letter to the DEA

Posted on November 9, 2000

We understand that you are currently proposing to ban some hemp products. We are writing to urge you to reconsider this proposal.

Hawaii Plants Hemp Hopes

Posted on September 25, 2000

Hempsters ended the century on a high note in December, when political, business, and spiritual dignitaries gathered in Hawaii to ceremoniously plant the first sanctioned hemp crop on U.S. soil since 1957.

Hawaii Industrial Hemp Field Day

Posted on September 5, 2000

The Second Annual Hawaii Industrial Hemp Field Day is tentatively scheduled for Labor Day Weekend 2001 in Wahiawa.

DEA recently approved the Seed Importation Permit, so the Project can continue

Posted on September 1, 2000

The good news is: Industrial hemp grows quickly and can be cultivated year-round in Hawaii. The bad news is: Hawaii’s fledgling industrial hemp research may soon be stymied by a lack of seed sources, since importation of hemp seeds is illegal under federal law.

Hemp festival Tuesday in Wahiawa

Posted on September 1, 2000

Legislators, government officials and agricultural experts will attend a celebration of Hawaii Industrial Hemp Field Day at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Wahiawa.

Field of hemp

Posted on August 14, 2000

Meanwhile, Thielen’s office announced that the Hawaii Industrial Hemp Research Project will hold a Hemp Field Day on Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. at the Wahiawa site, where the relative of marijuana is being grown. Lead scientist David West will present research findings and show off the plant.

Hemp Seen as Valid Hawaii Crop

Posted on July 1, 2000

Hawaii agricultural interests and legislators including State Representative Cynthia Thielen (R-Kailua/Kaneohe Bay Drive), are studying the possibility of planting research plots of industrial hemp in Hawaii.

Hemp war

Posted on May 1, 2000

I applaud you for pinpointing the implications of White House drug czar Barry McCaffrey’s March 5 letter to US Customs and the Drug Enforcement Administration relating to industrial hemp regulation in the article titled “Shampoo High.”