Monday, July 29, 2013

Team Hemp House 2013 / Building a Healthy Sustainable Future

  Make American History! Industrial Hemp is growing in Colorado, Team Hemp House will be building a house from that hemp field! This is an historic time in American History my friends.

   I could not be more proud of Mr. Jason Lauve, the tru
e pioneer whom has given this plant life once again to the farm fields of America, not to go unmentioned, the state of Colorado, and Governor Hickenlooper who signed the Industrial Hemp Regulations Bill SB 13-241 into law this year.

   Mr. Lauve has asked me to take part as a Team Member of Team Hemp House. So, I ask you to Help us fund with a small or Large donation to Build History together, you will be glad you did. I am proud to say, I was the first to donate to this movement!

Thank you for your support, and Please share with your friends.
Have a Hemp Healthy Day,
Derek Cross


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

States are Going Ahead with Industrial Hemp / America is, IN on this Powerful Crop!!!

Vt., 8 states allow hemp growth; fed law conflicts

LISA RATHK, Associated Press

Updated 11:58 am, Sunday, July 21, 2013
In this  June 24, 2013 photo, John Vitko picks strawberries in Warren, Vt. Vitko would like to grow hemp to feed his chickens. Vermont has passed a law allowing farmers to grow hemp used for everything from rope to clothing. But the law clashes with federal rules that ban cultivation of the plant that is a distant cousin of marijuana. Photo: Toby Talbot
In this June 24, 2013 photo, John Vitko picks strawberries in Warren, Vt. Vitko would like to grow hemp to feed his chickens. Vermont has passed a law allowing farmers to grow hemp used for everything from rope to clothing. But the law clashes with federal rules that ban cultivation of the plant that is a distant cousin of marijuana. Photo: Toby Talbot
WAITSFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Some Vermont farmers want to plant hemp now that the state has a law setting up rules to grow the plant, a cousin of marijuana that's more suitable for making sandals than getting high.
But federal law forbids growing hemp without a permit, so farmers could be risking the farm if they decide to grow the plant that the Drug Enforcement Agency basically considers marijuana.
Hemp and marijuana share the same species — cannabis sativa — but hemp has a negligible content of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. Under federal law, all cannabis plants fall under the marijuana label, regardless of THC content.
To grow marijuana for industrial purposes or research, a grower must register with the DEA and meet specific security requirements, such as installing costly fencing for a field of hemp.
A national nonprofit group is pushing to change current law and move regulation of hemp farming from the DEA to the state. In the meantime, the group, Vote Hemp, does not recommend growing hemp while state and federal laws conflict.
"It's literally betting the farm," said Tom Murphy, national outreach coordinator for the group. Farmers who grow it, or even conspire to grow it and import the seeds face jail time and the forfeiture of their land, he said. But it's unclear how seriously the DEA will enforce it.
Murphy said he's heard that people have planted hemp on leased land in Colorado.
"Now if somebody chooses to do it as civil disobedience, knowing full well what's going to happen, then that's on them," he said.
So far, 19 states have passed hemp legislation, including nine that allow its production. Eight states have passed bills calling for the study of hemp, while three states passed bills setting up commissions or authorizing the study of it, according to Vote Hemp.
The states hope to nudge the federal government to change its law.
John Vitko would like to grow hemp on his Vermont farm to use as feed for his chickens now that Vermont has passed a law setting up rules to grow it. He doesn't know where to find any seed and knows he would be breaking federal law if he finds some and grows a small amount of the plant.
With the cost of feed continually rising, he said hemp provides an economical way to feed and provide bedding for his 100 birds, whose eggs are used in the custard-based ice cream he sells to restaurants and in a dessert shop in Waitsfield.
"It's one of the few things that are manageable for a small farmer to handle," he said of hemp, which doesn't require large equipment to plant and harvest like corn does.
"It's complete protein," he said. "It has all their amino acids. It's a seed which birds like."
Hemp has been grown in the U.S. in the past to make rope, fabric and even the paper that used to draft the Declaration of Independence. The country even launched a "Hemp for Victory" campaign during World War II as supplies for other overseas fibers dwindled.
Now most hemp products in the U.S. are imported from Canada, China and Europe and some farmers think the U.S. is missing out on a lucrative crop.
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado was granted a request to fly an American flag made of hemp over the capitol in Washington on the Fourth of July. He held the flag during the U.S. House debate in over a hemp amendment to the farm bill that he introduced with Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon. The measure would have allowed colleges and universities to grow hemp for research in states where its cultivation is permitted. The amendment passed but the farm bill failed.
"Support for our recent farm bill amendment demonstrated that there is growing consensus to revisit the antiquated drug laws that now keep U.S. farmers from participating in the $300 million hemp retail market," Blumenauer said. "A hemp flag flown over the Capitol on the Fourth of July is a powerful symbol of this reform movement."
The figure Blumenauer referenced comes from a Congressional Research Service report that says the industry estimates that U.S. retail sales of hemp-based products may exceed $300 million per year.
The bill that Democratic Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law last month is intended to push the federal government to change its law after Canada reintroduced industrial hemp in the late 1990s.
"The reason we want to push for a change is that hemp is potentially a valuable crop," said Democratic Rep. Caroline Partridge, chairwoman of the Vermont House Committee on Agriculture and Forest Products. "People want to grow it. Hemp oil is a valuable product, and there's so much of the hemp plant that can be used for very, very productive purposes,"
The Vermont law sets up procedures and policies for growing hemp. A grower must register with the state agriculture secretary and provide a statement that seeds used do not exceed a certain concentration of THC.
The grower also must allow the hemp crops to be inspected and tested at the discretion of the Agriculture Agency, which warns growers that cultivating and possessing hemp in Vermont is a violation of federal law.
It's too late this growing season in Vermont for Vitko to grow hemp, but he hopes to plant just an acre of the plant next spring if the rules are worked out.
"I'm going to be a little farmer that's growing hemp, they've got bigger problems than me," he said of the DEA.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Derek Cross of Hemp Healthy Today Speaks at #DFWNormlCon

  America needs this Vital Crop for a SUSTAINABLE FUTURE!
Please share with your friends, lets (Help Educate More People). The environment can heal when we apply the right methods, and make the changes for humanity!

  I would like to thank, DFW NORML and the other Cannabis Organizations out Educating the public about this versatile Crop: Medicine, Fuel, Fiber, and Food.

  I am amazed at how many people I come in contact with that are unaware of all the beneficial wonders this PLANT has to offer.  I have been Educating ALL Ages of people about the Economic impact as well as the  Environmental issues Industrial Hemp has to offer.

  I urge the Farmers of America to Bring Hemp back to our fields once again, by contacting their Representatives and Congressman!  

Please, Be Hemp Healthy Today with me. Let's make the difference Today for the Future of Tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Derek Cross / Industrial Hemp Interview on WFDL 1170 AM with Greg Stensland!

 (The interview from July 12, 2013)

  This is a Great interview, letting the Farmers know that Industrial Hemp is on its way back to the Soils of America!

  I urge the Farmers to talk to their Representatives, and Congressmen to Bring back this Vital, and SUSTAINABLE Crop!

Incase you missed my Radio Interview with Greg Stensland from WFDL 1170 AM Radio here is a short cut to it from 7-12-13 labeled Hemp Cooking!
Check it out and listen for the announcement at the end!
Please leave me comments and questions. ...

A BIG Thank you out to: Greg, T.D. and the rest of the Radio Plus Crew!