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Bloomberg: Natural Foods Retailer Nutiva Challenges DEA, Embraces Hemp

On March 3rd, Bloomberg ran a feature story on Nutiva’s long-standing support for Hemp Farming.  John Roulac, CEO and Founder of Nutiva has a history of Challenging the DEA in his commitment to Hemp foods and other products.

As the article states:

American presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp, and Virginia required all landowners to do the same. During World War II, the federal government spent more than $1 million to subsidize hemp farming in IllinoisIndianaIowaKentucky,Minnesota, and Wisconsin to produce fibers for rope and uniforms. In 1943, some 146,000 acres were harvested, according to hemp historian John Dvorak. No farmers in the U.S. grow hemp commercially today — the last was in Wisconsin in 1957.

We’re happy to see Hemp begin to get some national coverage.  Thanks to Greg T. Spielberg for the excellent article

From Bloomberg:

In August 1999, the U.S. Customs Service — acting on a Drug Enforcement Administration order — seized a Canadian hemp-food exporter’s truck with 20 tons of hemp seeds entering Detroit from Ontario. The nongerminating seeds, en route to U.S. natural food businesses, have always been legal to import, though illegal to grow without a DEA permit since the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. In addition to the truck seizure, the agency, which declines to comment on its then unprecedented move, ordered the exporter’s American customers to fork over previous orders of seed and other hemp-food products.

The demand put Sebastopol (Calif.) hemp-food retailer Nutiva in a tough spot. Founder John Roulac had launched the business earlier that month, investing $30,000 in two tons of seed and other hemp-food products with the goal of turning the legal, nonpyschoactive plant often confused with its illegal twin brother, marijuana, into a mainstream food product.

Confident the seizure was bogus, Roulac, a buoyant serial entrepreneur and bestselling author of such manuals as “Backyard Composting,” refused to capitulate. Instead of handing his hemp to the DEA, he helped launch a public relations campaign with all 200 members of the trade group Hemp Industries Assn. to turn popular opinion against the DEA’s move.

Continue reading this important article HERE at Bloomberg.com

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