Sunday, September 29, 2013

Industrial Hemp Is Now Legal To Grow In California

Some restrictions may apply but according the The San Francisco Guardian on line, California Industrial Hemp Farming Act or SB 566, was signed by Governor Brown last Wednesday.

Thousands of hemp products are manufactured in California and the manufacturers have all been paying to import the fibrous plant material which is a non psychoactive version of marijuana.

The seeds provide edible oil that is high in omega fatty acids and can be used for frying, as a substitute for olive oil and as a substitute for industrial oil. It is also a common ingredient in animal foods. It is also used in cosmetics.

The fiber is what the first draft of the US Declaration of Independence was written on.  It is a replacement for wood fiber and is renewable just like trees, but a new hemp forest can grow in just 90 days. It takes decades for most trees to grow a new crop. It is also better at making canvas and other textiles than cotton due to it's strength. It requires far less water than cotton to grow and 1 acre of hemp will produce as much fiber as 2 or 3 acres of cotton.  It can be used in building materials including insulation and fiber boards.


  1. According to
    No other natural resource offers the potential of hemp. Cannabis Hemp is capable of producing significant quantities of paper, textiles, building materials, food, medicine, paint, detergent, varnish, oil, ink, and fuel. Unlike other crops, hemp can grow in most climates and on most farmland throughout the world with moderate water and fertilizer requirements, no pesticides, and no herbicides. Cannabis Hemp (also known as Indian Hemp) has enormous potential to become a major natural resource that can benefit both the economy and the environment.

  2. Because of Federal anti-marijuana laws this ruling won't apply to all California Native Americans living on reservations and rancherias under Fed law. My friend Alex Whiteplume has been advocating changing that law in South Dakota for the Lakota tribes. Medical marijuana too is prohibited on tribal lands in California so N.A.s are getting shafted..again.

  3. Stephen is there anything that keeps native people from using (not growing) the raw fiber or oil in manufacturing of products? If they buy it legally from the farmer in the next town?

  4. Bird seed has a lot of hemp seed in it. Is it illegal for tribes to feed their birds with feed from the store? Just wondering since you know more about how that works on tribal land.

  5. I don't know, Tom, I don't know of any ndns looking into legal hemp products except for Alex and he's in S.D. He builds hemp brick houses and wants the Lakota to be able to grow and process hemp legally, that's about as much as I know. But what truly amazes me is the political cowardice of our elected Democratic leaders locally and at the State level who are caving into the Fed's power play to erase State's Rights trumping Feds on the issue of medical marijuana. The Fed is supposed to guarantee the general welfare of citizens and to me and the medical profession that means giving medical aid to citizens who need it. Why are we letting Fed bureaucrats seeking to establish their War on Drugs establishment with its prison company profiteers and fat salaries and expensive retirement plans, all paid for by U.S. citizens being attacked by these same people? It's insane to let them do this without protest. I am being threatened with homelessness in this rent subsidized senior and disabled apt. complex actually right now because I can't lie and sign a rental agreement forbidding me to use medical marijuana in my apt. I'm going on 70 and there's going to be millions of us elders who really do need medical marijuana--you'll all find that out as back pains and arthritis and other various ills are greatly relieved with God's panacea and my personal sacrament. I tried to get Estelle fired up about this issue of seniors being evicted in Humboldt County because of 215 and Federal rent subsidized housing conflict. She was going to get back to me. That was about 2 or 3 months ago.


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