⚕️ » The Many Ways Marijuana Prohibition Still Hurts American Farmers

At a NORML conference sometime back in the 1980s I met a guy named Jack Herer, who looked and sounded somewhat like an Old Testament Prophet. He actually owned a headshop in the San Fernando Valley, but he was telling us that “marijuana” was really something called “hemp”. Even though I think of myself as a history buff, I had never heard of it. After almost 20 years of smoking grass, pot, etc, I still thought it was just an expensive way of getting seeds and stems from Mexico. Well, sort of.

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Of course, now we are being told that marijuana and hemp are not actually the same thing, And that is also sort of true. The difference is simply the level of THC. Consequently, we thought that educating the world about “hemp” and its long history in global agriculture (Grown by Washington and Jefferson, et al.) would lead to the legalization of marijuana. 

Ironically, it has been just the opposite. It has taken the legalization of marijuana to get legalized hemp in the U.S.  Even now, hemp cultivation is hindered by scientifically unjustified restrictions on THC (0.3 %). 

The practical result is that farmers are still having to do research on how to grow and use hemp that should have been investigated decades ago.

An excellent example of this “new” research has been published on the scientific website, Phys.org: Researchers analyze safety of industrial hemp as cattle feed.

It explores “the safety of using industrial hemp in feed for cattle… bringing new insight to farmers and producers seeking to incorporate industrial hemp in cattle feed.”

Please understand that I am not criticizing the research or the researchers, but this is really absurd. The cattle will not be eating “marijuana” or even the flowers that have CBD, so their exposure to THC would be only at the microgram level, and cows weigh several hundred pounds. And what’s wrong with contented cows?

“Industrial hemp is typically grown to produce oil, seed, fiber and medicines,” said Michael Kleinhenz, assistant professor of beef production medicine. “While varieties of hemp may be planted for a single or dual purpose, such as for seed and fiber, byproducts consisting of leaves, fodder and residual plant fibers remain after harvest. These byproducts could serve as potential feedstuffs for animals. Because these are predominantly cellulose-containing plant materials, the ideal species for utilizing these feeds are ruminant animals, specifically cattle.”

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“We observed that the acidic cannabinoids, such as CBDA and THCA, are more readily absorbed from the rumen than other nonacid cannabinoid forms, such as CBD and CBG,” Kleinhenz said. “Now that we have found that some cannabinoids are readily absorbed from the rumen, the next steps are to study the tissue and milk residue depletion profiles of these compounds after animal feeding experiments. The effects of cannabinoids on cattle are also unknown.”

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Today we calculate the costs of marijuana prohibition in the tens of millions of arrests and the suppression of medical cannabis. However, American farmers were really the first victims, and they are still being hurt by the continued restrictions on hemp that have no real scientific basis. And that hurts us all.

Richard Cowan

CBDSeniors.com co-founder is long-time marijuana legalization advocate, Richard Cowan. Cowan’s December 1973 cover-article in the late William F. Buckley’s National Review magazine, calling for American Conservatives to support marijuana legalization drew international attention the absurdity of marijuana prohibition and was described as opening a new front in the drug war.

In The December 6, 1986 issue of National Review, Cowan’s cover article, How the Narcs Created Crack, is credited with introducing “the Iron Law of Prohibition” and became the subject of a book on the economics of contraband, the stronger the drugs.
From August 1992 to August 1995 Cowan served as executive director of NORML. Cowan decided to help found CBDSeniors.com because the remnants of marijuana prohibition continue to block access to CBD in many areas, and prohibition makes standardized testing more difficult. He also wants to de-stigmatize the cannabis plant to senior citizens who were fed lies and misinformation throughout their entire life. Cowan now lives in Europe where he works with marijuana legalization activists.

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Richard Cowan

CBDSeniors.com co-founder is long-time marijuana legalization advocate, Richard Cowan. Cowan’s December 1973 cover-article in the late William F. Buckley’s National Review magazine, calling for American Conservatives to support marijuana legalization drew international attention the absurdity of...