Can CA Farmers Grow Hemp?
Another tangle between state autonomy and federal supermacy is in the making, as Gov. Schwarzenegger decides whether to sign a bill authorizing California farmers to grow industrial hemp.
The rapidly growing plant with a seemingly infinite variety of uses is against federal law to grow because of its association with its evil twin, marijuana. ... But California is the first state that would directly challenge the federal ban, arguing that it does not need a D.E.A. permit, echoing the state's longstanding fight with the federal authorities over its legalization of medicinal marijuana.
You'll recall that California came out on the losing end of the medical marijuana argument. Yet the federal interest in uniformity of drug law enforcement is stronger than its interest in preventing farmers from growing a crop that adds nothing to the supply of illicit drugs.
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