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Remove non-euphoric strains of Cannabis sativa containing low-level THC from the Department of Justice List of Controlled Substances.

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By removing non-euphoric strains of Cannabis sativa containing low-level THC (<.3%) from the Department of Justice (DOJ) List of Controlled Substances you could allow for the cultivation of industrial hemp in our great nation. The economic value of industrial hemp in today's society is indisputable. The United States is the only westernized country in the world to not freely allow its agricultural industries and citizens to farm this renewable green above-ground natural resource. Yet, we import hemp as a raw material from our neighbors, Canada and Mexico, and from Asian exporters. Much of our nation’s farmland that is not utilized or is underutilized can become productive fields of opportunity. Domestic cultivation of industrial hemp will create jobs, increase real property values of farmland, increase demand on modals of transportation, increase demand for farm machinery, and offset the need for imports of raw and finished component parts used in the manufacturing of tens of thousands of products. Likewise, we can include the U.S. as a competitor in the hemp export business with our overseas trading partners. 

Our initiative is known as “Bill Wohlsifer’s hemp4water.” Bill Wohlsifer, candidate for Florida Attorney General 2014, in conjunction with One Florida Foundation, proposes a plan to allocate excise, property, and use taxes from hemp cultivation to fix problems associated with Florida’s Lake Okeechobee discharges and for restoration of the Florida Everglades, without adding any financial burden to existing or new appropriations. These water infrastructure issues are not unique to Florida, but are present in estuaries, storm water runoffs, and surface water flow patterns across the nation. Aside from the revenue hemp raw materials and finished products will generate (fiber for manufacturing and milling, oil and seed for food and health, cellulose, glucose and pentoses for biofuel) the non-euphoric cannabis plant itself aids in environmental sustainability as it is naturally resistant to most pests and grows very tightly spaced allowing it to outcompete most weeds. Learn more about Bill Wohlsifer’s hemp4water plan at Hemp4Water .com

For these reasons the undersigned citizens petition and ask you to please do the right thing here. Industrial hemp was purposefully, inaccurately associated with marijuana in the 1930s to demonize industrial hemp (not marijuana) following the invention of the decorticator, a device that resolved the 6,000 year-old dilemma of separating hemp fibers from the other plant materials. Like the cotton gin, the decorticator would have revolutionized paper and textile production from hemp in the U.S. Competitive interest of our nation’s past quelled this innovation. However, we the people of 2014 are no longer convinced by the Reefer Madness propaganda of 1936.  

We therefore respectfully ask, petition, request, and demand that you remove Cannabis sativa L. strains with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of less than or equal to 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis as defined in the ‘‘Agricultural Act of 2014” as “industrial hemp” (Title VII, Sec. 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014) from the DOJ’s Schedules of Controlled Substances (21 U.S. Code § 812) to allow industrial hemp to be included in the “Covered Commodity” category defined in Title I, Part II, Sec. 1111, of the Agricultural Act of 2014, along with wheat, oats, and barley (including wheat, oats, and barley used for haying and grazing], corn, grain, sorghum, long grain rice, medium grain rice, pulse crops, soybeans, other oilseeds, and peanuts.

Respectfully submitted by:

Bill Wohlsifer, Esquire

1100 East Park Ave Ste B

Tallahassee FL 32301

 



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