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Hemp bad for marijuana growers, good for farmers

Posted on September 1, 2000

At a recent Heart of Illinois Sierra Club meeting, I asked the following question to both District 18 Rep. Ray LaHood and candidate Joyce Harant: “The State of Illinois has adopted resolution HR553, urging the U.S. Congress to acknowledge the difference between marijuana and industrial hemp, and to clearly authorize the commercial production of industrial hemp. What is your position on HR553?”

Colleges may study hemp’s pros

Posted on August 26, 2000

Is industrial hemp a way to boost the fortunes of Illinois’ struggling farmers or a tool for encouraging drug abuse? That’s something state lawmakers may have to decide for themselves this fall when they return to the Capitol. Some lawmakers have been pushing a proposal to allow the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University to conduct research on hemp production. The legislation, Senate Bill 1397, won easy Senate approval last spring and is pending in the House of Representatives.

Cash Crop: Plane search often helps officers track down marijuana plants

Posted on August 26, 2000

The flight is part of the Illinois State Police program Operation Cash Crop. The program pays for law enforcement officers, like those in the West Central Illinois Task Force, to find and destroy marijuana crops — both wild and cultivated.

Cash Crop: Agents burn marijuana crop in Adams County worth $400,000

Posted on August 26, 2000

Just over a week ago Illinois Department of Conservation officers and West Central Illinois Task Force agents found $400,000 worth of cultivated marijuana. The 500 or so plants were being grown on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River just north of Adams County. Once officers found the patch, they cut the crop and burned it.

Cash Crop: State program aims to help local law agencies get rid of marijuana

Posted on August 26, 2000

On a recent sweltering August afternoon, West Central Illinois Task Force agents converged in rural Mount Sterling, where a huge patch of marijuana had been reported. The air was filled with the pungent smell of hot weeds and the buzz of a multitude of insects. Butterflies danced to the sound of a tractor coming up the dirt two-wheel farm track.

State Legislators and Policymakers Vote “Yes” for Hemp at Annual National Legislative Conference Hosted by Chicago

Posted on August 2, 2000

About 1,500 state legislators, staff, policymakers, and other government officials passed through a booth display about industrial hemp sponsored by Hempwell Inc. a marketing firm for businesses with an interest in hemp products, at the annual National Conference for State Legislators held July 16-20 in Chicago. Those curious about hemp were nearly one-third of the 4,500 conference attendees.

Dispelling misconceptions about hemp-based agriculture

Posted on August 1, 2000

A small item appeared in the July 22 Herald Whig so misleading and distorted it really must be challenged. The report concerned a patch of “wild and uncultivated” marijuana in Hancock County consisting of about 600 plants hauled away by the sheriff’s department. Ascribed to Sheriff John Johnson was a statement referring to the value of “the cultivated marijuana” as equal to about $1,000 a plant making the haul potentially worth “$600,000.” So which was it, “wild and uncultivated” or “cultivated?” Sheriff Johnson is quoted as saying under the right growing conditions wild marijuana can have almost the same amount of THC as cultivated marijuana. This last statement must be refuted.

Industrial Hemp Legislation in Illinois

Posted on August 1, 2000

Illinois joined the fray on March 23, 1999 with the adoption, by the vote of 48 to 6, of a Senate Resolution calling for the creation of an Industrial Hemp Investigative and Advisory Task Force to look into the issue of industrial hemp and return a report and recommendations to the Legislature by January 1, 2000.

A Different Kind of Crop

Posted on July 31, 2000

He wants to legalize hemp, giving farmers an alternative to the traditional corn and soy beans. From clothing and rope, to construction material and even matting for a car interior hemp, can be used in a wide variety of products but it’s an untapped crop in Illinois. That’s something Ned Behrensmeyer hopes to change.

Adams County Farm Bureau Agri Newsletter

Posted on June 2, 2000

Presently, the U.S. imports all of its industrial hemp from Canada and thirty-two other forein nations. This is a product that can be efficiently produced in this country, providing not only an alternative crop, but jobs for American workers. Therefore, we will aggressively pursue actions necessary to require the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to issue permits to US producers allowing the production of industrial hemp.