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WV Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp rule is out for Public Comment
PLEASE GIVE US FIVE MINUTES AND 50 CENTS
(Rule filed July 2, 2014)
Public Comment period is open until August 1, 2014. Here’s a link to some comments WVNORML is bringing up. We have until August 1 to submit public comments, so please take time to follow this link, copy and paste sections that concern you then mail your comments by August 1, 2014 to:
West Virginia Department of Agriculture
RE: Industrial Hemp Comment
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston WV 25305
A link to the proposed rule text is here:
Charleston, W.Va.—WVNORML, a state chapter of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, previously scheduled a Summer WVNORML Open Members Meeting for August 2, which has been cancelled.
However, an organizational meeting will be held from 6:30 – 9:30pm, Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Little India Restaurant in Charleston, WV. Please join us if you would be interested in helping WVNORML work to legalize medical marijuana in the 2015 Legislative Season.
The membership meeting will focus on bylaws and upcoming elections. Food and currently legal beverages will be available for purchase.
WVNORML POSITION ON AGRICULTURAL HEMP
WV NORMAL supports the production of agricultural hemp as an important economic development initiative in West Virginia. At WV Normal we recognize the limitations of the states rule making authority is a result of the lack of federal guidance on hemp and the resulting bizarre legal hypocrisy that keeps marijuana agricultural activity illegal.
Recognizing that marijuana has been the number one cash crop in the United States for decades, a hemp economy, however, is similar to recreational marijuana only because it is misunderstood and therefore guilty by association.
Unfortunately in this rule it appears there is still some confusion that agricultural hemp and marijuana are the same. Concerning the adult use of marijuana, Colorado and Washington State’s found that the expense of prohibition can be saved and supporters of decriminalization might be among the only people willing to pay taxes.
The people of West Virginia are underserved by the limitations imposed by federal guidance on hemp, and the Commissioner of Agriculture should be applauded for dipping his baby toe into the vast ocean of the new hemp economy emerging in the United States today.
David Dawson, President
PO Box 1422
Charleston, WV 25325