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Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
« Reply #15 on: September 03, 2015, 12:28:12 am »

State looks to grow hemp at medical marijuana dispensaries

Sarah Olsen Aug. 27 2015, 7:07 pm 6 Comments

State officials are asking lawmakers to allow marijuana dispensaries to grow hemp plants and produce and sell therapeutic hemp oil.

The dispensaries want to sell the oil as a treatment for children who suffer from seizures and other neurological symptoms, according to Lindsay Wells, marijuana program administrator at the Department of Public Safety.

Wells and Jeffrey Wallin, director of the Vermont Crime Information Center, are asking lawmakers to change existing state statutes to allow dispensaries to grow hemp.

At a hearing Thursday, members of the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules learned the difference between hemp, marijuana and cannabis. Cannabis refers to the three different varieties of plants that produce marijuana and hemp.

Hemp contains less than 0.3 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol at dry weight, while marijuana has more than 0.3 percent THC, Wells said. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that produces its euphoric effect. Hemp contains more of the compound cannabidiol (CBD), which helps with certain medical treatments.

Medical marijuana grown by the dispensaries to treat pain, nausea and other conditions contains a higher level of THC than hemp.

Hemp for this purpose must be grown outside, unlike medical marijuana, Wallin said, and farm production of the plant for hemp oil requires a lot of acreage, he said.

State officials want lawmakers to consider allowing dispensaries to grow hemp behind fences to deter people from stealing the plants.

Despite the lower THC levels in hemp, it is still listed as an illegal drug under the controlled substance act of 1970. Jonathan Page, a University of British Columbia botanist, said in a statement Wednesday that knowledge about hemp is lacking because of its status as a controlled substance.

A person cannot get high from smoking hemp because the THC levels are too low to produce an altered state of consciousness, according to a 1998 report for the North American Industrial Hemp Council.

The proposed rule was submitted to LCAR on May 10 and a hearing was held June 19. The public comment period for the proposed rule ended July 26.

The LCAR board members voted to postpone their decision on the rule until their next meeting, Sept. 10.

William Hays
August 28, 2015 at 8:47 pm
Let them grow hemp on arable land. Better than covering the fields with “black billboards”.
John Cisar
August 29, 2015 at 9:22 pm
Smacks of cronyism. Vermont State officials want to bless medical marijuana company owners with a privilege of a politically-sanctioned monopoly backed by a threat of prison for unlicensed competitors. It’s very nice when the state threatens to toss the competition into a cage for you eh? When hemp legalization does come (n0t if), these businessmen will have a first-to-market advantage over every other farmer, and will be quick to lobby the legislature to hyper regulate the hemp industry, so as to raise the cost of entering the hemp cultivation market and discourage competition.

Joel Bedard
August 30, 2015 at 11:00 am
Actually, it smacks of ignorance. CBD derived from hemp is not in their jurisdiction. It is already legally available in all 50 states and does not fall under the purview of the Medical Marijuana Registry. Hemp research, cultivation and processing belongs to the Agency of Agriculture, and there it shall remain. 

Fred Woogmaster
August 30, 2015 at 6:06 am
Hemp – a controlled substance, how absurd!

It could be kale, I suppose – or Brussels sprouts, depending on who wished to stifle what competition.

Let’s (Vermont) challenge that classification. A robust hemp crop could fund our entire public safety operation. Hemp is an amazingly strong fiber with multiple uses and purposes.

Smoking hemp does not get one “high” –
it gets one a major headache. Lift the veil of ignorance. Legalize and control cannabis; make use of its valuable qualities. 

Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23


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