Suddenly, a relatively small county in Oregon is capturing the national spotlight thanks to Ammon Bundy, a contingent of militia from across the Northwest, and his supporters taking over a building on Malheur National Refuge.
Well, that isn’t the half of it folks. There’s another important story brewing in Oregon that Americans need to know about because the implications are massive.
This Article’s Goal
It seems the vast majority of people have no idea what all the fuss is about concerning the so-called Oregon Standoff. And that makes sense because hardly anyone in America these days understands the realities of ranching and trying to steward land as they do within a sea of ever-encroaching state and federal “laws.”
That said, the intention of this article is to better demonstrate why a bunch of ranchers are taking on the federal government; another perspective of this systemic problem We The People face whether we want to admit it, and face it, or not. At the end I’ll give you my take on how we can speedily fix this issue with absolute zero muss or fuss.
Federal and state governments or governing systems, at the behest of large corporate interests, have transformed “The Law” into a Weapon of Mass Liberty Destruction. This weapon is unconstitutionally being used to systematically destroy free market economic forces in the nation that benefit the people and seize control of all land and natural resources.
Not just from ranchers, but farmers as well. From us all.
A Bureaucratic War on Oregon Hemp
Back in 2009 the people of Oregon forced the state government to legalize, despite federal drug laws, but at the same time in accordance with the 2014 Farm Bill, hemp farming. Great! Now I understand that generations of propaganda have done a real number on the American people, so if you don’t know how profound the hemp plant is, trust me this is a big deal…
But because of outrageous authoritarian labyrinths put in place by politicians, it took 6 years…6 years…to get the first hemp seeds into the ground.
5 of these years were spent by bureaucrats at the Oregon Department of Agriculture crafting rules, policies, regulations, and licensing requirements for the legions of farmers interested in growing hemp. Many of whom ended up not pursuing licenses because of the quagmire. Hemp was farmed for hundreds of years in America. There have been times in this country when farmers were forced BY LAW to farm hemp in gargantuan quantities. Why in the hell should simple hemp farming legislation take so long?
So finally, in 2015 licenses were handed out. Here’s how it ended up breaking down thanks to “the system”.
- A scanty 13 licenses were awarded.
- Of those 13, 2 immediately shrugged their shoulders, gave up in the face of such a regulatory nightmare and returned them.
- Of the remaining 11, 9 meager hemp fields were planted.
- Of those 9, 5 were successful.
- Of those 5, only 3 actually produced a product…which the system is now currently attempting to “Law” out of existence for Oregon farmers threatening Oregon’s chance to liberate itself and its economy through hemp farming to the benefit of all Americans.
- The other 2 successful plots were ordered to be destroyed because they didn’t meet all the erroneous requirements of poorly (ignorantly) written legislation and laws and federal interference.
No joke, if you ask interested Oregon farmers, you’ll find that it’s easier to grow Marijuana now than hemp despite the facts that a) there’s cosmic amounts of demand (into the billions) for hemp extracts and materials, and b) hemp has tens of thousands of other uses and absolutely mind-blowing market viability.
Every culture, all throughout recorded human history, KNOWS hemp is a mega crop. Thee crop. Except in America apparently because the Drug War and fraudulent propaganda have done so much damage. Sure, the Oregon Department of Agriculture expects to resume doling out licenses to some of the remaining interested farmers in 2016, but nothing’s been done about the state/federal framework set in place to cripple these farmers from A to Z, from procuring seeds, to planting, harvesting, and selling.
It’s gotten to the point where OSU has to beg the DEA for hemp seeds so they don’t have to import them, then tie up another however many years conducting “test plots” and other nonsense. Madness! Other than the last 80 years or so thanks to federal prohibition, Americans were growing hemp in this country long before the American Revolution.
An Example of Lawless Law
One thing the lucky few Oregon farmers chose to do because of the environment in their area was begin the plants as starters in pots and use greenhouses to get them going before transferring them into the fields. This practice also causes the plants to grow extremely tall which ends up increasing yields (their stalks can get as thick as your wrist this way).
Uh oh…suits swooped in to say hemp farmers couldn’t do this. And why? Well, because within the law it says farmers could plant “fields” and since “greenhouse” isn’t included in the dictionary definition of “field” and they’re involved in “indoor growing methods” they’re outside the law.
No, I’m not kidding. How ludicrous is that? And that’s one of MANY similarly asinine regulations that demonstrate how out of control the governing class has become. See the US Justice Department has said it’ll stay out of state hemp markets as long as there are “robust legislative systems in place.” Thing is, what that really means is a legislative Wall of China that keeps all control and the lion’s share of the profits on their side, with the people of course looking at their smartphones on the other.
The CBD Situation
Now let’s talk about the destruction of free market hemp forces in Oregon.
Within the law drafted by Oregon legislators and Department of Agriculture, it didn’t really stipulate what farmers could make and sell using their hemp.
So what did the hemp farmers set out to make?
Cannabidiol extract, or CBD. The same industrial hemp plant essential oil that we sell here (with as much downward pressure as these farmers are enduring just in different ways) on HempforFitness.com in products ranging from our topical creams and pastes to capsules and oil concentrates.
Uh oh…Once again, the powers that be gallantly strode in to immediately clamp down. Essentially what they said was:
“Wait a minute, we were under the impression you would produce hemp rope and seeds, not a miraculous phyto-cannabinoid extract that’s in MASSIVE demand across the nation for its medicinal and dietary properties…we didn’t have that in mind when we drafted the law.”
First of all, there’s ample evidence legislators were informed about these CBD-infused intentions. Regardless, farmers should have the liberty to grow what the free market (the people) incentivizes them to grow. Duh. And right now the market wants CBD more than it wants hemp rope for a plethora of reasons; the sick and the healthy alike, hell, people are even giving it to their pets in droves!
Right now the big money in hemp production is CBD extract. Without a doubt, it’s unprecedented. It’s green gold. So they went with female plants (males are the ones that produce seeds) and created the refined hemp CBD extracts/oils. These they then sold to folks making edibles and things to be put on the shelves in Oregon dispensaries.
Great! What could possibly be wrong with that?
The bureaucrats didn’t stop there. As you can imagine everything involving CBD right now is very complex thanks to…well…more bureaucrats. The products we sell on HempforFitness.com for example are “legal” because the extracts are from industrial hemp stalks that test below 0.03% THC.
We’ve got the CoA’s to prove it!
Yet corrupt interests are trying to claim “Oregon hemp farmers” can’t make CBD concentrates out of their hemp because it’s not technically being regulated by the FDA yet. What an epic fail.
Keep in mind while federal agencies hide behind the fact they’ve put the cannabis family of plants on the infamous Schedule 1 list, meaning there’s no medicinal properties, all the way back in 2003 that same government filed Patent 6630507.
And I quote:
“Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.”
Don’t you see what’s happening here? Don’t you see the unprecedented fraud and corruption?
Listen, CBD extract and cannabinoid science are causing a human health revolution and the powers that be are trying to quash it and slow it down while they file patents and seize control of production, and well-connected companies funded by Big Pharma seize control of R & D and retail.
This type of cronyism and lawlessness isn’t only found in Oregon’s new hemp farming market or their generations old ranching heritage, but just about EVERYWHERE in America! Do you now have a better understanding why Ammon Bundy and so many other Americans are getting completely “fed” up and want our land rights back? Why ranchers and farmers want to be free of this tyranny which is directly impacting every level of this country and their local communities?
If you’ve made it this far and are wondering what to do concerning this whole hemp deal…here’s an idea.
Let’s Pass The People’s Cannabis Law!
There comes a time when you’ve got to own up to the fact the legislative process has been corroded and corrupted to the point where the people must come together and pass our own laws until constitutional order is restored.
Similar to what the folks involved in the Oregon Standoff are attempting to do with their “articles of Resolution” which last I checked haven’t even been released to the public yet. But in the case of cannabis, meaning both industrial hemp and marijuana, including cannabinoid-based science, etc., we must unite and pass a very simple People’s Cannabis Law.
Now, I’m no professor, but something along these lines should do:
The people of this nation repeal ALL federal cannabis laws currently on the books along with any and all state laws that seek to dismantle our free market or impede cannabis farmer ability to tend the land!
What do you think?
In an article posted today on the Ashland Daily Tidings, Southern Oregon Hemp Growers Look to Oil to Make Good Money, strong support is being reported for a bill that will…
“Regulate hemp for industrial uses as well as medical, and will help regulate farms in smart ways that don’t threaten marijuana farmers nearby with pollen pollution. The legislation likely will loosen up the present 2.5-acre minimum for hemp farms, allow starts of hemp seedlings in greenhouses and support hemp farmers in “best practices,” so pollen from male hemp plants doesn’t migrate and compromise high-THC female marijuana plants growing nearby.“
Smells like progress. Smells like a win for the people. Then we see this gem, straight from the proverbial horse’s mouth:
“CBD oil is worth a hell of a lot of money. In a dispensary, it’s more expensive than high-THC oil or extract. They can get $50 a gram for their 80 percent CBD oil. That’s a lot of money. Would I grow it for $50 a ton for fiber when I can get a million dollars? People are just starting to catch up on their learning about it. The state needs to regulate hemp farms as medical grows, if it’s that valuable.”
The primary reason the hemp-based CBD, exactly like we sell on HempforFitness.com, is this pricey right now is because of the lack of domestic supply. The demand is laying the path to a dramatically reduced price. As the medical world catches up, and as a hemp growing, producing, and extracting infrastructure is built, the price will also come down.
It’s a great article that shines a light just how early in the game we are through the prism of Oregon’s young hemp market. We’ll see what 2016 brings.