Virginia Passes No Feds Involved Hemp Bill

This weekend, at the rescheduled OSLU Seminar, I will be talking about hemp and it’s positive benefits for mankind and nature. I’ll be speaking at 1PM on Sunday in West Plains, Missouri. (next post will be the updated schedule of the event)…The article below is about a positive step for state’s rights, but I don’t (honestly) think it goes far enough.However, riddle me this… My burning question is: “If the State governments have to do whatever the Feds tell them to do, then why do waste so much money on even having “State” governments?”

RICHMOND, Va. (Jan. 26, 2016) – Today, the Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill to authorize the farming, and production of industrial hemp in the state for commercial purposes, setting the foundation for further action. The vote was 98-0.

Introduced by Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Norge), House Bill 699 (HB699) would amend current state law on hemp and create a framework so that hemp businesses/processors and hemp farmers can proceed with business plans.

As noted in the impact statement from the Department of Planning and Budget, the bill would also require the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to “adopt regulations as necessary to license persons to grow and process industrial hemp for any purpose.” [emphasis added]

Under the Code of Virginia, § 3.2-4113 – as passed into law in 2015 – authorizes the state to issue licenses to farm and produce hemp for research purposes only under the Federal Farm Bill of 2014. If passed into law, HB699 would broaden the scope of hemp in the state to include the commercial “manufacture of industrial hemp products.” The bill would require creation of a  licensure and renewal, including the establishment of any fees not to exceed $250, to allow a person to grow industrial hemp in the Commonwealth for any lawful purpose.

If passed, the new law would read, in part:

No person licensed pursuant to § 3.2-4115 or 3.2-4117 shall be prosecuted under § 18.2-247, 18.2-248, 18.2-248.01, 18.2-248.1, 18.2-250, or18.2-250.1 for the possession, cultivation or manufacture of industrial hemp plant material and seeds or industrial hemp products.

HB699 would take a first step toward establishing an independent hemp policy in Virginia and would create a foundation for future action.

Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition founder and executive director Jason Amatucci called it a historic bill.

“This will make Virginia one of the leaders in being ‘Open for Hemp Business’ very soon. It will take 3-5 years to get the hemp industry really up and going and this is yet another great step.”

FEDERAL FARM BILL

Early in 2014, President Barack Obama signed a new farm bill into law, which included a provision allowing a handful of states to begin limited research programs growing hemp. The “hemp amendment”

…allows State Agriculture Departments, colleges and universities to grow hemp, defined as the non-drug oil-seed and fiber varieties of Cannabis, for academic or agricultural research purposes, but it applies only to states where industrial hemp farming is already legal under state law.

Current federal law authorizes the farming of hemp – by research institutions only, for research only. Farming for commercial purposes by individuals and businesses remains prohibited. HB699 sets a stage that could eventually lead development of a hemp industry despite federal prohibition.

OTHER STATES

Passage of HB699 would take a small set toward setting the stage to nullify the federal hemp ban in practice. Virginia would join with other states – including Colorado, Oregon, South Carolina, Connecticut, Maine, North Dakota and Vermont – that have simply ignored federal prohibition and legalized industrial hemp production within their state borders.

Farmers in SE Colorado started harvesting the plant in 2013, and farmers in Vermont began harvesting in 2014, effectively nullifying federal restrictions on such agricultural activities. On Feb. 2 of last year, the Oregon hemp industry officially opened for business and one week later, the first license went to a small non-profit group. As more people engage in hemp production and the market grows within these states, more people will become emboldened creating an exponential wave, ultimately nullifying the federal ban in effect.

HUGE MARKET FOR HEMP

According to a 2005 Congressional Research Service report, the U.S. is the only developed nation that hasn’t developed an industrial hemp crop for economic purposes.

Experts suggest that the U.S. market for hemp is around $600 million per year. They count as many as 25,000 uses for industrial hemp, including food, cosmetics, plastics and bio-fuel. The U.S. is currently the world’s #1 importer of hemp fiber for various products, with China and Canada acting as the top two exporters in the world.

During World War II, the United States military relied heavily on hemp products, which resulted in the famous campaign and government-produced film, “Hemp for Victory!”.

HB699 represents an essential first step toward hemp freedom in the state of Virginia.

WHAT’S NEXT

HB699 now moves to the Senate, where it will first be assigned to a committee for further consideration.

If you live in Virginia: For action steps to help get this bill passed click HERE.

For other states: Take action to push back against hemp prohibition HERE.

Massive Vaccine Cover Up- Important article

New evidence shows that members of a global vaccine committee may have been involved in a massive cover-up regarding the safety of the HPV vaccine. State-based action alerts!

Earlier this month, Cornell-trained clinical pathologist Sin Hang Lee, MD, sent an open letter to the director general of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, alleging that members of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) are guilty of gross misconduct and criminal malfeasance in their efforts to mislead the global public on the safety of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

The controversy revolves around Dr. Lee’s study finding that Gardasil (Merck’s HPV vaccine) contains HPV L1 gene DNA fragments. In a separate case study, Dr. Lee found HPV-16 L1 DNA fragments in post-mortem blood samples of a teenager who died six months after receiving three Gardasil injections. Dr. Lee hypothesizes that the HPV L1 gene DNA fragments bind to aluminum adjuvants in the vaccine and are carried through the blood stream by macrophages to the brain, causing the adverse effects many experience after receiving HPV shots. Based on this evidence, Dr. Lee called for further study of the HPV vaccines.

One would think the scientific community would take heed—especially scientists on the GACVS, who are responsible for advising the world on vaccine safety. Aluminum in vaccines is a serious issue that we’ve addressed at length in previous coverage. There are studies that have linked aluminum to all kinds of negative health effects ranging from autism to Alzheimer’s disease. Other researchers have noted that, despite eighty years of use, the safety of aluminum adjuvants rests largely on assumptions rather than experimental evidence.

Monsanto Being Sued Again

The following article is rather lengthy, but I think it’s important for people to get a better historical concept of Monsanto and the effects on humanity of their chemical contributions: (Linked in the title below)

Seattle seeks millions from Monsanto to clean up PCBs from Duwamish

The city of Seattle is suing to make Monsanto pay for cleanup of toxic PCBs from the city’s drainage system and the Duwamish River.

Monsanto was the sole producer of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) for commercial use in the U.S. from 1935 to 1977, and continued to profit from their sale for years even as its officials knew the chemicals were polluting the environment, causing harm to people and wildlife, said Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes.

“When the profit motive overtakes concern for the environment, this is the kind of disaster that happens,” Holmes said Tuesday. “I’m proud to hold Monsanto accountable.”

Seattle is the sixth major city in the West to seek cleanup damages from the company, joining San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley, San Diego and Spokane, which Holmes said gave him the idea to file the federal lawsuit.

The amount of damages requested isn’t specified and would be determined in the course of the lawsuit, said Laura Wishik, section director for environmental protection in the Seattle City Attorney’s Office….(rest here)

 

Another Flat Out Lie? Maybe?

Alright, folks. This is a weird one, and I’m sharing it because I think it’s something that needs to be examined and cussed and discussed by people in general. Hopefully in an intelligent and civilized fashion.

A few months back, a friend that I greatly respect, asked me to check out the “Flat Earth Theory”. Really just as a matter of curiosity. I attempted to download a video on it, but the computer froze and it didn’t work, so I promptly forgot about it. Then a few weeks back, another good friend brought this up again. I thought that in about 10 minutes I could disprove the whole thing so I began to dig into it.

To cut a long story short, I can’t debunk this. I still have some questions that aren’t yet answered- if this is true- but I found it to be extremely thought provoking and thought I would share the major brain melt with others. I’m really hung up on sunrise and sunset myself. I can’t prove or disprove the flat earth theory, and I was terribly sure that it would be an easy thing to dismiss…I was wrong. Flat wrong…Here’s a 2 hour video that brings the issue into pretty clear focus.

Feel free to discuss, but I am NOT going to allow rude, mean, or vicious comments to remain. Be civil, and treat others as you would want to be treated yourself.

For your consideration, here’s a really deep rabbit hole:

Mother Earth News Editor to Keynote Small Farm Conference in West Plains

Oscar “Hank” Will, III, Editorial Director of Mother Earth News and Grit magazines will be the keynote speaker at the Bringing Back The American  Small Farm conference January 28 and 29 at the West Plains Civic Center according to Patrice Jennings of the  Ozark Farmers Co-op, the local non-profit organization organizing the event.
“Hank’s topic is Small Farm, Real Income. He has years of experience in helping small farmers to increase income through specialty agriculture, changing methods, improved marketing and finding the right crops, and we are fortunate to have him for his expertise.” Jennings said.
“The purpose of the conference is to help small farmers and those using the land by  sharing instruction on how to contribute to your regional food supply using land resources available whether it is a backyard garden area or 100 acres” Jennings said.
“Topics will include Conventional Farming, Organic Farming, Urban Farming, No Till Farming,  Soils/Irrigation, Livestock/Small Ruminants, Poultry, Beekeeping, High-Tunnels, Aquaponics, Hydroponics, Social Media Marketing, Agri-Marketing and Greenhouse Production,” Jennings said.
Early registration is available by calling 417-274-4235. More information is available at www.ozarkfarmers.com.

Importance of Community, Self-Defense and Energy Self-Reliance Featured at Preparedness Seminars January 23, 24

Social preparedness and the importance of community, self-defense and energy self-reliance will be on the agenda for Ozarks Self Reliant Living University’s annual preparedness seminars January 23 and 24  from  9 am to 5 pm, according to event coordinator Mike Slack.
The seminars will be held over two days, Saturday at Faith in God Church between Brandsville and Koskonong. Sunday at the Next Step 7th Day Adventist Church on Highway 63 in West Plains” Slack said. Speakers will include Tim Starks, host of The Stark Hour radio program on The Liberty Roundtable Radio Network and Craig Wiles, pastor of Next Step 7th Day Adventist Church and solar power professional.
 “The event is free, with lunch provided for a small donation to save time as we  have many topics to cover” Slack said. Speakers will include Patricia Uvenges on Homesteading and Tiny Houses, Mike Knocks of the White Harvest Seed Company on GMOs and Heirloom Seeds, John Price of the West Plains HAM Radio Club on radio communications during emergencies, and registered nurse Mary Price on handling medical emergencies, as well as several other speakers.”
The annual event is free and everyone is welcome. The organizers encourage people to RSVP to help plan seating and the amount of food needed for lunch. For more information please call 417-264-2435.

OSLU Seminar

This meeting is a perfect example of exactly what people need to be doing all across the country. Mike Slack is doing yeoman’s work on helping the community and providing solutions to the very real threats that we are contendng with in this rather Babylonian system. If you are near, I will be speaking on Sunday on hemp and it’s incredible value for our well being in many different aspects:

 Ozark Self Reliant Living University Winter Session!

HAM radio, medical emergencies, heirloom seeds and tiny houses will be on the agenda for Ozarks Self Reliant Living University’s annual preparedness seminars January 23 and 24  from  9 am to 5 pm, according to event coordinator Mike Slack.
The seminars will be held over two days, Saturday at Faith in God Church between Brandsville and Koskonong. Sunday at the Next Step 7th Day Adventist Church on Highway 63 in West Plains” Slack said.
“The event is free, with lunch provided for a small donation to save time as we  have many topics to cover” Slack said. Speakers will include Patricia Uvenges on Homesteading and Tiny Houses, Mike Knocks of the White Harvest Seed Company on GMOs and Heirloom Seeds, John Price of the West Plains HAM Radio Club on radio communications during emergencies, and registered nurse Mary Price on handling medical emergencies, as well as several other speakers.”
The annual event is free and everyone is welcome. The organizers encourage people to RSVP to help plan seating and the amount of food needed for lunch. For more information please call 417-264-2435.

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