The Maine House of Representatives has passed LD 525, the Federal Hemp Ban Nullification bill, by a vote of 24 Yeas to 10 nays, and the hemp legalization efforts in Maine will now move forward to the Senate, thanks to action & information from the Tenth Amendment Center.
Maine’s LD 525 moves to the Senate to find funding for the various regulatory & licensing requirements and framework-although I am not sure why legalizing hemp requires government funding,rather than government absence- and help is needed to pressure the Maine Senate for Yeas on LD 525.
Nullifying the federal hemp ban would make Maine the 2nd State to legalize hemp farming in the United States, after Colorado Governor Hickenlooper signed SB13-241,doing so for Colorado. While the spirit of Nullification grows in Colorado and Maine, California Hemp Legalization efforts-by officials in government-take a new approach: permission.
On June 4, SB 566, an effort to legalize hemp in California, was passed unanimously by the Senate, but only with a binding prerequisite that delivers an official request by California to legalize hemp in its own State, addressed to the federal government.
“This bill would provide that the provisions of this act would not become operative unless authorized under federal law, and, when the provisions become operative, would require the Attorney General to post the fact that this act has become operative on its Internet Web site” [SB 566 Text]
While I support positive steps towards Freedom on the Freedom : Control scale, I see ideas as the primary tool for Liberty and reformer of what has gone wrong with the government’s experiment on our country, and because of that, do not see how asking permission from the federal government assists Liberty in the battle of ideas, which ultimately affects every branch of the stub of government.
Did the federal government ask permission for the farms it has raided, the farmers it has bankrupted, and the farming and agricultural technologies- that could have endless possibilities- that it has stalled, derailed, and shut down? Why should American farmers fear being raided in the middle of the night for farming?
The primary truth in the hemp legalization and criminalization argument is that the government is wrong, morally and legally. If people didn’t think the federal hemp ban was wrong, they would be supporting it, not trying to legalize hemp.
Not only should permission not be asked by California to legalize hemp, but an apology should be given, from the federal government to California, to the states, to the people, and to the market.
You do not ask permission from a criminal to secure and proceed with your life after being victimized. You do not ask to live, ask to work to feed and clothe yourself and your family. You ask of someone else what is theirs to make available or what they can offer, but California, the individuals living within, the businesses operating within, and the farms within, are not the federal government’s. The federal government is supposed to be California’s, or more specifically, owned by the individuals within California. In-fact, the federal government was supposed to be nothing more than a voluntary agreement between the States, having delivered powers, but drawing its authority by and from the people.
To ask the criminal in a crime to go on living is to victimize the criminal for violating you, stealing your property and time, and attacking your very way of life or life itself. Nullifying a Federal Hemp Ban is a declaration. As is Nullification, it is a principled stand, a echoed no, and a fight in itself for the very fact that you agree with and live by, that your life is your own, and your way of life-farming in this case-is your own to pursue and prosper from.
“In politics, the middle way is no way at all.” -John Adams
And I’ll admit, Maine’s LD 525 does have its faults in, such as the idea of “finding funding” for freedom, instead of just cutting funding for a government department of agriculture and assistance to a federal agency acting upon agriculture.
The difference between California SB 566 , Maine LD 525, Colorado SB13-241, and true nullification, in this fight to legalize hemp, is that CA SB 566 is not a declaration, it is a surrender to ideas that are contrary to the ones that are responsible for the founding of California, Freedom & freedom from government. Permission is conscious ignorance of crimes committed and being committed against the people of California. Why surrender the very idea that motivates you to act, the very things you value, that what is occurring because of the federal ban on hemp is wrong?
[An excellent book on Nullification, by Thomas Woods]
I ask that readers consider nullification, and if you agree with it, if you agree that it is individuals standing up to what they see as wrong, to the illegal and immoral use of force against innocent individuals, then support the nullification of the federal hemp ban that has occurred in Colorado, that is occurring in Maine, and that California seeks, among other States. Much thanks goes to the Tenth Amendment Center, whom have inspired a nationwide nullification remembrance, respect, and utilization of, on all fronts, and who I believe, deserve support & thanks.
Take Action: Maine
- Contact the Maine House of Representatives to continue public support for LD 525
- Contact the Maine Senate to support and “find funding” for LD 525 to Legalize Hemp
- Share information on nullification and Maine’s LD 525 efforts
Take Action: California
- Study nullification and try to understand why permission is much different than nullification
- Support groups and organizations arguing for Liberty in California
Take Action: Nationwide/Netwide