Friday, July 02, 2004
Court rejects rehearing on hemp food

The 9th Circuit continues to uphold your right to nutricious food by sensibly refusing the (DEA) petition for an En
Banc rehearing. The Court's June 28th decision gives the Bush
Administration until September 26 to appeal to the Supreme Court. Sales of hemp foods in the U.S. will be permanently protected if the Bush Administration does not appeal by the September 26 deadline.

"Manufacturers of healthy foods containing omega-3 rich hemp nut and oil are confident that the Administration cannot win an appeal to the Supreme Court," says David Bronner, Chair of the HIA's Food and Oil Committee and President of Alpsnack/Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps.

Hemp companies have spent over $200,000 of their own money fighting this ridiculous ban, and are prepared to spend what it takes to fight any further appeal to the Supreme Court. "The public and the media should question the DEA's waste of tax dollars in trying to crush the legitimate hemp food industry," says Eric Steenstra, President of Vote Hemp. "A Bush administration appeal will fail and only further embarrass the DEA. Appealing the decision is a last-ditch effort to save face at the expense of taxpayers and limited law enforcement resources."

And you can be certain that if the hemp food companies have spent 200,000 on the suit, that at least that much and (probably much more) of your hard earned tax dollars have been wasted by the DEA on this case. Hemp is a plant, not a drug. The food doesn't get you high and is extraordinarly beneficial as a source of nutrition.

It would have been much better if the DEA had spent the money on purchasing the hemp bars and passed them out to the hungry. That would have made a postive difference.


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