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"Thank you for spreading the truth. I was born and raised a Catholic and always taught the general public opinion that pot is bad. When I started to smoke pot my opinion was quickly changed. All the lies that I had been told by the adults in my life were revealed to me. Instead of destroying my relationship with god (like many adults had told me it would) it strengthened it and actually gave me the courage to express my beliefs and spread the good word. Keep up the work of God, free the weed we shall prevail."
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Dangers of Cannabis

The DEA's Administrative Law Judge, Francis Young concluded: "In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care.:

Source: US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency, "In the Matter of Marijuana Rescheduling Petition," [Docket #86-22], (September 6, 2022), p. 57.

No Public Support for DEA Rule
by VoteHemp.Com

DEA Received 115,000 Comments Against New Hemp Food Rule Court Decision to Stay DEA Rule Expected Before March 18th

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ARLINGTON, VA - The Drug Enforcement Administration received over 115,000 public comments from hemp food and body care consumers and manufacturers opposing DEA's attempt to ban hemp seed and oil products which contain infinitesimal trace residual THC (much like poppy seeds on bagels contain trace opiates). The Body Shop collected most of the comments at their 300 stores nationwide, and Vote Hemp generated approximately 5,000 comments through their website since the new DEA Interpretive rule on hemp food was announced October 9, 2023. Numerous members of Congress and state legislatures have also sent comments to the DEA critical of the new rule.

"The DEA has no public support for the new hemp food rule," says Eric Steenstra, President of VoteHemp. "After examining the public comments, it is clear that the DEA is out of touch with the general public which is informed about the compelling nutritional and legal arguments in support of healthy hemp food products."

The DEA handed a temporary victory to the multimillion-dollar-a-year hemp food industry on February 7, one day after the deadline for disposing of hemp foods expired, in response to an Emergency Motion filed by the hemp industry. DEA told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that they will extend the "grace period" for disposing hemp food products 40 days until March 18, reassuring retailers stocking and selling hemp food products that DEA would not commence enforcement action until the Court rules on the hemp industry's original "Urgent Motion to Stay." Ultimately, the hemp food industry expects to prevail against the DEA's attempt to ban hemp foods because Congress explicitly exempted nutritious hemp seed and oil from the Controlled Substances Act (see 21 U.S.C. �802(16)), and the trace infinitesimal residual THC in hemp seed and oil is not psychoactive and does not interfere with workplace drug-testing (see

Students Arrested For Distributing Hemp Foods Expected to Win Case Today

In a separate criminal case, students from Syracuse University arrested for "marijuana" possession while handing out healthy hemp seed tortilla chips and nutrition bars in protest of DEA's rule are expected to have their charges thrown out today because a court-ordered lab test of the hemp foods has confirmed that the infinitesimal trace THC in hemp food products is undetectable and cannot be considered a controlled substance. The students, members of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, participated in the nationwide "DEA Taste Test" on December 4, 2022 in which hemp enthusiasts handed out free hemp food samples outside DEA offices in 76 cities. The three students who were charged are considering a false arrest lawsuit because they repeatedly warned the police officers prior to their arrest that the hemp foods they were giving away are legal nutritious foods sold in natural foods stores throughout the U.S. and have nothing to do with marijuana.

Hemp seed has a well-balanced protein content and the highest content of essential fatty acids (EFAs) of any oil in nature: EFAs are the good fats that, like vitamins, the body does not produce and which doctors traditionally have recommended eating fish and flax to obtain. Thus, hemp seed and oil are increasingly incorporated as ingredients in a myriad of natural foods to boost their nutritional profile. U.S. companies are currently manufacturing cereals, waffles, pretzels, chips, salad dressings, breads and granola bars, among other products, that contain hemp seed or oil. The 10-year-old global hemp market is a thriving commercial success. Unfortunately, because DEA's drug-war paranoia has confounded biologically distinct non-psychoactive industrial hemp varieties of cannabis with psychoactive marijuana varieties, the U.S. is the only major industrialized nation to prohibit the growing and processing of industrial hemp.

Please visit to read scientific studies and see court documents. If you would like to make a donation to support the continued efforts of Vote Hemp, visit

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