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Petition to Legalize Industrial Hemp

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NAIHC.orgWashington, June 12, 2016 – A coalition of farmers, state legislators, a former U.S. Attorney, scientists, merchants, entrepreneurs, and environmentalists filed a formal petition Friday asking the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration “to remove industrial hemp from the federal drug schedules.” By law, DEA must answer the petition in a reasonable amount of time.

Supporting the petition, former United States Attorney for the District of Kansas Barry Grissom said that “It is a misallocation of law enforcement resources to continue to pretend that industrial hemp is a drug.”

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The petition states that:

  • “The common interests of the Petitioners center exclusively on the cultivation and manufacture of industrial hemp for commercial purposes, including but not limited to, the use of fiber for construction, industrial, and clothing products; seed and oil for use in food, cosmetics, and industrial products; and both fiber and oil as renewable fuel feedstock.”
  • “Petitioners are businesses, farmers, attorneys, elected officials, entrepreneurs, technical experts, public policy advocates, and non-profit organizations . . . that believe that the United States economy, environment, and national security would greatly benefit from the re-commercialization of industrial hemp in domestic agriculture and manufacturing.”
  • “Manufacturers use industrial hemp to make fabrics, paper, building materials, paints, foods, cosmetics, and other consumer and industrial products.”
  • “Petitioners and others are interested in seeing the cultivation of industrial hemp legal in the United States once again, so that industrial hemp fiber, seed and oil can be made into useful and profitable products.”
  • “Industrial hemp is incorrectly classified as a Schedule I drug. In pattern and practice, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has effectively rendered industrial hemp illegal to cultivate, which severely limits the manufacture and commerce of products made from industrial hemp.”