Hemp

It appears that Colorado is the first US state to legalize industrial hemp. That is, since hemp prohibition started over 70 years ago. An Activist Post article:

Amendment 64 legalizes the personal use, possession, and limited home-growing of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age and older; establishes a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol; and allows for the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp.

While there are likely to be a tug of war between states rights and the federal government, this legislation along with marijuana legislation in Washington state is indication that this insane prohibition is finally coming to an end. Colorado expects this change to create jobs related to the use of industrial hemp.

Hemp has a lot of advantages over other materials for clothing and many other things. Hemp cloth is more durable than cotton for example and using hemp over systhetics decreases the use of petroleum. While what has happened is primarily politics, it is just politics which has prevented the creation of a hemp industry in Central America. (You can, for example, buy help cloth from China.)

Nicaragua already has a clothing industry. It also has a lot of land that would be suitable for growning hemp. As hemp is an annual crop, with little investment and not much elapsed time, a new industry could be created in Nicaragua which is labor-intensive, takes advantage of existing infrastructure and could be a significant export crop.

It is just going to take some political leadership in Nicaragua, and in the region, to move forward.

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States Rights

Attention Republicans: an article titled UN Drug Czar: States Can't Legalize Marijuana Under International Law says that states (in particular, Colorado and Washington) need to check with the United Nations before doing things that their citizens voted for.

It turns out that The president of the UN's International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), Raymond Yans, wrote a threatening letter to the U.S. government telling the US federal government that it needs to control its states.

This threatening letter by an international body would seem to indicate that voters in the U.S. have very little or no self-determination or democracy left in their localities when it comes to determining issues as minor as the legalization of a relatively benign dried flower.

I see a problem here. The citizens of the state of Colorado decided they want to smoke pot. They didn't say they want to start selling pot to, for example, Canada. But, because the US government signed a treaty in 1961 on narcotics, they can't. In 1961 there were a few people who thought cannabis was a narcotic but I think most people have either figured it out (or died).

Does this have anything to do with Nicaragua? Yes, as Nicaragua is a signatory to the treaty.

The good news is that this treaty allows the board to remove drugs from the list. Seems like a better approach would be for the US government suggest that the board has some work to do.

Here, BTW, is Article 28 of the treaty:

CONTROL OF CANNABIS

  1. If a Party permits the cultivation of the cannabis plant for the production of cannabis or cannabis resin, it shall apply thereto the system of controls as provided in article 23 respecting the control of the opium poppy.
  2. This Convention shall not apply to the cultivation of the cannabis plant exclusively for industrial purposes (fibre and seed) or horticultural purposes.
  3. The Parties shall adopt such measures as may be necessary to prevent the misuse of, and illicit traffic in, the leaves of the cannabis plant.

That seems like some good news. First, industrial hemp (which is in the Colorado bill) is exempted. And if horticultural purposes is allowed, it seems like you can have a pot garden -- as long as you say it is to look at rather than consume.

Finally, if adults smoking pot is legal (by state law) then it would seem that misuse would only mean making sure it is not being used by minors.

UN tyranny

Parallel situation with gun control --as soon as the Great obama got reelected he reopened the campaign to approve the UN Small Arms treaty to effectively repeal the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bare arms. International treaties will supersede the Constitution.

States Rights and Just Say No to the UN are looking better all the time.

"Anything that is complex is not useful and anything that is useful is simple. This has been my whole life's motto." Mikhail Kalashnikov, Russian inventor

Ignorance coming to an end

The ignorance of marijuana in the states is at long last coming to an end even if its just the beggining. Nicaragua will surely follow their steps in the long run to say the least.Wich is a great dissapointment indeed with such oppurtunity lying in ever acre of this countrys fertile land. I personally have tried getting high quality strains imported in from europe and even though i tried with precaution to avoid customs confiscation by hiding in clothes they did intercept my package and removed my seeds. I am currently thinking of how my friend in the states could send them to me without them being confiscated. Any ideas?

Industrial hemp yeah

There are local marijuana growers in Jinotega Department and the Segovias apparently. Since it's consumed locally, the DEA doesn't take much interest in it (read about on a State Department report on line), but I suspect seeds for drug and fiber hemp might be easier to come by locally than trying to get them passed drug-sniffing dogs.

If you're growing it for fiber, I understand that exporting processed hemp isn't that big deal as you can find places on line in the US that sell hemp clothing. http://store.hempest.com/catalog/ and here http://www.hempys.com, and here for yardage prices: http://www.rawganique.com/HAfabric.htm The fiber comes from China.

As a fiber plant, it requires less in the way of agricultural chemicals than cotton, and so would be a good addition to the Nicaraguan economy, especially if production of yarn, cloth, and clothing was in Nicaragua. It can grow on poorer soils than other things, but I'm not sure how that affects fiber production and it takes water to process (and is locally polluting though not long term problematic).

There are a couple of other locally grown plants that can be used for fiber: pineapples being one of them that is used in the Philippines but not here, apparently.

You can selective breed for whatever you want.

Rebecca Brown

Marijuana is one of those things where...

....people who use a lot are very annoying, but the laws against it are even worse.

The state/society has interests in keeping people from doing things that make them a burden or danger to others, and probably should concentrate on the truly dangerous rather than the annoying.

Rebecca Brown

i dont care about the..

marijuana..i would like to have a market for industrial hemp..it would grow real good up at my farm..and were always looking for other money crops