SALEM, OR — Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation into law this week limiting the ability of government officials to obtain data identifying customers who purchase marijuana at state-licensed retail facilities. Voters legalized the commercial production and retail sales of cannabis in November 2014. Retail sales of cannabis to those age 21 or older began in […]
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Director Rod Pitman chronicles the state of Oregon’s historic attempt to legislate the legalization of industrial hemp. Although this initial attempt failed, the documentary remains a teaching tool to help citizens of The United States legalize the production of hemp as a alternative to petroleum based products in their state. Anything that can be made from oil can be made from hemp. Industrial hemp provides food, fiber, fuel, medicine and hemp plastics. If the United States Congress were to allow the individual states to manage the production of industrial hemp, this would produce sustainable jobs to help save the health of the planet as well as local and global economies.
The year is 1999, North Dakota, Hawaii and Minnesota have passed legislation allowing their farmers to grow industrial hemp. The Kentucky Supreme Court has agreed to hear actor Woody Harrelson’s case, which challenges Kentucky law that classifies hemp as marijuana.
The Oregon State House Agriculture and Forestry Committee heard house Bill 2933 sponsored by Rep. Floyd Prozanski which would let Oregon farmers grow hemp, a cousin to marijuana that is useless for drug purposes but whose fibers, seeds, and oil have a multitude of industrial uses.
Seven of the nine members of the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee including Chairman Larry Wells, R-Jefferson had told Prozanski they were willing to send the bill out for a floor vote. House Speaker Lynn Snodgrass told Wells not to take up the bill again. Wells, agreed that Prozanski probably had the votes to send the bill to the floor. But, he said, he had hearing on the bill, and would not bring it up for a committee vote unless she approved.
Lynn Snodgrass, Speaker of the House of Representatives for the state of Oregon did not approve of the bill. Subsequently, it died April 30, 1999, without being put to a vote by the representatives of the state of Oregon.
Doug Ross Presents
in association of
Rod Pitman Productions
Total Running Time: 59:30
Industrial Hemp Testimony
at The Oregon State Capitol
Aprill 22, 1999
Executive Producer: Doug Ross
Producer: Rod Pitman
Associate Producer: Brett Eichenberger
Camera: Brett Eichenberger
Editor: Bret Eichenberger
Director: Rod Pitman
TRIVIA: The large bail of industrial hemp the director “illegally” drove to the hearing to be used as a prop can be seen in the documentary.
Rod Pitman went on to executive produce and secure global distribution for the documentary Hempsters – Plant The Seed starring Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Woody Harrelson. Pitman’s film [Director] Norml Life about Medical Marijuana and The National Organization for The Reform of Marijuana Laws is scheduled for release in August of 2011. Both films are distributed by Cinema Libre’ Studios.
Video Rating: 5 / 5
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Oregon farmers could put in a crop of industrial hemp next spring if a panel of experts can satisfy federal officials with a set of tightly drawn rules. The committee of agricultural experts and state policy officials has been selected by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and will come together in December, the Oregonian reported .
The committee hopes to set up a program that will meet what the federal government calls a “robust” standard, said Jim Cramer, a market and certification official in the department. He said the goal is to do so in time for planting.
Oregon is one of seven states with laws permitting industrial hemp — a strain of marijuana with only a trace of the plant’s psychoactive chemical.
Hemp’s historic use has been for rope. These days it is put to hundreds of uses: clothing and mulch from the fiber, for instance, and foods such as hemp milk and cooking oil from the seeds, as well as creams, soap and lotions.
Oregon officials have held off implementing the state’s 2009 law, saying they would wait until the federal government reclassified marijuana from a substance prone to abuse and lacking medicinal value.
That has not happened, but an opinion issued in late August explained the federal government’s decision against challenging recreational marijuana laws in Washington and Colorado. The memo set priorities on marijuana and said a “robust” system for enforcing state marijuana laws is less likely to threaten federal priorities.
Cramer said his department sought written confirmation from the federal government that it would not oppose an industrial hemp program in Oregon, but it hasn’t gotten a formal response.
“What we want is for the federal government to say these are robust,” he said of the rules the group is drafting.
He said the committee is researching industrial hemp rules in Colorado, North Dakota and Canada. He said Oregon’s rules will cover fees, hemp processing and testing that ensures the level of the plant’s psychoactive chemical, tetrahydrocannabinol, is less than 0.3 percent.