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The Daily doobie, February, 2013

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by R.T. CARRIERO Doobie Staff
To hear Jason Lauve tell it, hemp can do anything. “I have a very high level of respect for this plant,” said Lauve at a presentation before the Da Vinci Institute in Lafayette. He was referring to the cannabis plant in general. After a snowboarding accident put him in a wheelchair, he weaned himself off of painkillers with the help of medical marijuana. However, Lauve also has a background in architecture and urban planning, so the scientist in him seems to respect marijuana’s versatile cousin, Hemp, for very different reasons.
Lauve is the author of the Colorado Industrial Hemp Remediations Pilot Program, which was signed into law in 2012. The program aims to demonstrate Hemp’s usefulness as an agent of phytoremediation, removing toxic compounds from the soil. His presentation also highlighted hemp’s potential as anti-microbial clothing and insulation. On the table before him were various hemp food products, including “Hemp Hearts,” a hemp seed snack, and “Holy Crap,” a hemp-based cereal stocked on the International Space Station because of its nutritional content. His Powerpoint slides also depicted hemp-based body armor for soldiers, which rivals Kevlar in many respects. Hemp-crete is a composite building material that employs the incredible tensile strength of the hemp fiber for use in the construction industry.
Since the passage of Amendment 64, industrial hemp is everywhere. Initially, marijuana naturally garnered most of the attention.
However, Coloradans are now coming to realize that the new bill also provides for the growing of hemp in the state. The economic implications of this new legal fact far outstrip those of legal pot. The SPINS study of the hemp industry puts the value of the U.S. hemp market at more than $500 million per year and growing steadily The United States is the largest hemp market in the world. U.S. hemp companies chum out a wide range of products including foods, textiles, cosmetics and building materials. Paradoxically, no hemp is currently grown here. The raw material consumed by U.S. companies is entirely imported, mostly from China and Canada.
"Our mission is to build the first hemp seed oil processing plant in the United States in Colorado."
The reason for this discrepancy is that industrial hemp is a strain of cannabis sativa, the growing of which is verboten without a DEA permit according to the Controlled Substances Act. Hemp and marijuana could not be more different, however. Hemp contains less than 0.3% of THC, the principle psychoactive compound in marijuana. An MIT article went so far as to state, “Trying to get high from industrial hemp would be like trying to get drunk off vinegar.” That’s why it’s legal to import hemp in the United States. So why exactly is it illegal to grow it? Law enforcement contends that hemp fields could be used to hide marijuana and therefore policing hemp puts an unfair burden on government resources. The problem with this argument, according to former CIA director (and bom again hemp advocate) James Woolsey, is that when hemp and marijuana are grown together, they cross-pollinate, reducing THC potency.
According to the Hemp Industries Association, industrial hemp is grown legally in over 30 countries, including most industrialized nations. Twenty-eight U.S. states have introduced hemp legislation and fifteen have passed bills removing barriers at the state level. The principle mistake of these states, however, has been to include provisions in their legislation requiring DEA permission to begin growing operations—permission the DEA has studiously withheld. “The DEA will never allow industrial hemp. They are a paramilitary organization that has no sense of
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U18702 0526636 by R.T. CARRIERO Doobie Staff To hear Jason Lauve tell it, hemp can do anything. "I have a very high level of respect for this plant , " said Lauve at a presentation before the Da Vinci Institute in Lafayette. He was referring to the cannabis plant in general. After a snowboarding accident put him in a wheelchair, he weaned himself off of painkillers with the help of medical marijuana. However , Lauve also has a background in architecture and urban planning, so the scientist in him seems to respect marijuana's versatile cousin, Hemp, for very different reasons. Lauve is the author of the Colorado Industrial Hemp Remediations Pilot Program, which was signed into law in 2012. The program atms to demonstrate Hemp's usefulness as an agent of phytoremediation , removing toxic compounds from the soil. His presentation also highlighted hemp's potential as anti-microbial clothing and insulation. On the table before him were various hemp food products, including "Hemp Hearts," a hemp seed snack, and "Holy Crap ," a hemp based cereal stocked on the International Space Station because of its nutritional content. His Powerpoint slides also depicted hemp-based body armor for soldiers , which rivals Kevlar in many respects. Hemp-crete is a composite building material that employs the incredible tensile strength of the hemp fiber for use in the construction industry. Since the passage of Amendment 64, industrial hemp is everywhere. Initially, marijuana naturally garnered most of the attention . However, Coloradans are now corning to realize that the new bill also provides for the growing of hemp in the state. The economic implications of this new legal fact far outstrip those of legal pot. The SPINS study of the hemp industry puts the value of the U.S . hemp market at more than $50 0 millio n per year and growing steadily The United States is the largest hemp market in the world . U.S. hemp companies churn out a wide range of products including foods, textiles, cosmetics and building materials. Paradoxically, no hemp is currently grown here. The raw material consumed by U.S. companies is entirely imported, mostly from China and Canada. The reason for this discrepancy is that industrial hemp is a strain of cannabis sativa, the growing of which is verboten without a DEA permit according to the Controlled Substances Act. Hemp and marijuana could not be more different, however. Hemp contains less than 0.3% of THC, the principle psychoactive compound in marijuana. An MIT article went so far as to state, "Trying to get high from industrial hemp would be like trying to get drunk off vinegar." That's why it's legal to import hemp in the United States. So why exactly is it illegal to grow it? Law enforcement contends that hemp fields could be used to hide marijuana and therefore policing hemp puts an unfair burden on government resources. The problem with this argument, according to former CIA director (and born again hemp advocate) James Woolsey, is that when hemp and marijuana are grown together , they cross-pollinate, reducing THC potency . According to the Hemp Industries Association , industrial hemp is grown legally 1n over 30 countries, including most industrialized nations . Twenty-eight U .S. states have introduced hemp legislation and fifteen have passed bills removing barriers at the state level. The principle mistake of these states, however, has been to include provtstons in their legislation requiring DEA permission to begin growing operations--permission the DEA has studiously withheld. "The DEA will never allow industrial hemp. They are a paramilitary organization that has no sense of Latest Winning Numbers Denver ................... . 64 Colorado Springs .......... 710