Hemp vs. the DEA


Activists and farmers say that legalizing hemp production could mean a huge boost to Oregon’s economy.

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Advocates say legalizing hemp farming could bring millions of dollars to Oregon, but the DEA won’t allow it.

Hemp, which has no effect as a drug but can be used to produce food, fuel, building materials and textiles, cannot escape its association with marijuana.

Advocates say the simple act of letting Oregon farmers grow hemp could eventually bring millions of dollars into the state. Canadian farmers made more than $8 million on hemp last year, according to the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance. Advocates in Oregon say once a homegrown U.S. hemp industry gets started, the potential profits here are far greater.

But the DEA refuses, making this the only industrialized nation in the world where farmers can’t grow hemp.

Read more at the Willamette Week.

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