Car made of hemp

The car drew remarkably little attention in a city of legalized marijuana.

No crowd surrounded it. Passersby didn’t pause to look it over. Probably that’s because it looks just like a Mazda Miata convertible — except for the side panel poster of George Washington smoking a joint.

Indeed, the chassis of this unique automobile prototype was taken from a Miata. But the body is pure hemp, whose fibers have been woven, put in a mold, hardened with resin and covered with paint.

Its promoters call the bright red result the greenest car in the world…

For the record, “Nope, nope,” he doesn’t smoke dope.

Dietzen, who is 60, moved to Key West after a career at Hewlett-Packard. He was inspired to create a hemp car partly by Henry Ford, who he said built one in 1941.

Dietzen drove the car from Florida to Denver, where he hopes to attract enough cannabis car investors to sell a few.

And in case people doubt its crashworthiness, Dietzen pounded hard on the hood a dozen times.

No dents.

The Wonder Drug

Indeed, hemp oil products have grown out of a market largely devoid of regulations or safety protocols. The state of the CBD industry harks back to the age of elixirs and potions hawked from covered wagons to the awed denizens of pioneer towns. There are no industrywide standards in place to ensure that CBD oils are consistently formulated batch-to-batch. There is no regulatory body screening products for pesticides, heavy metals, solvent residues, and other dangerous contaminants. The laboratories that companies contract to test their CBD products are themselves neither standardized nor consistently regulated…

Today, dozens of companies produce CBD in an array of forms. CBD can be inhaled through vape pens, applied in topical salves, ingested in edibles, or swallowed in oil-based tinctures. Oil has become the dominant CBD delivery method for kids with epilepsy, since it is easy to administer and ingest, and there is no shortage of it available for sale online. There are dozens of companies boasting names like Healthy Hemp Oil, Dose of Nature, and Natural Organic Solutions, each of them selling CBD products at prices ranging from trivial to dizzyingly steep. You don’t have to look hard to find them. If you have a PayPal account and $100 to spare, you could have a vial of hemp oil delivered to your doorstep…

In February, as part of an investigation into the marketing claims of six hemp oil companies, the FDA analyzed 18 CBD products. What it found was disturbing: Many of these supposed CBD products were entirely lacking in CBD. Of the products tested, six contained no cannabinoids whatsoever. Another 11 contained less than 1 percent CBD. The product that tested highest in CBD, at 2.6 percent, was a capsule for dogs. In states that have legalized CBD, regulations can require CBD products to contain at least 5 percent CBD, more often 10 or 15 percent.

Low concentrations of CBD aren’t the only concern, either. Cannabis plants are hardy and tough, and their thick stalks possess a special property: bioremediation. When grown in contaminated soil, hemp plants absorb heavy metals and other chemical waste, effectively cleansing the terrain. While all plants absorb some chemicals from the soil, the structure, size, and genetic makeup of hemp make it especially adept at this task. Cannabis is so effective that crops of industrial hemp were planted in the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster to help purify heavily irradiated soil. When hemp stalks are used for fiber, paper, and other nonconsumptive industrial purposes, the contaminants absorbed into the plants pose no threat to humans…

Then, in May, the FDA announced it was excluding products containing cannabidiol from its definition of dietary supplements altogether…

GW Pharmaceuticals, a U.K.-based firm, has developed a “pure CBD” medication called Epidiolex that has shown promising test results. It is currently on a fast-track to receive FDA clearance… 

The arrival of Epidiolex is unlikely to erase the unregulated CBD market, however. For one, Epidiolex has been studied only in connection with a small number of epileptic conditions. If and when Epidiolex makes its way to drug stores, it will be approved only for the treatment of Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, two rare forms of catastrophic epilepsy…

Your Daily Dose of Hypocrisy

Former sheriff wants in on medical marijuana

Darren White, whose law enforcement credentials include stints as cabinet secretary for the Department of Public Safety, Bernalillo County Sheriff and public safety director for the City of Albuquerque, is one of eight names serving as a board of director with Purlife, which filed an application with the state to open a medical marijuana nonprofit…

White’s previous public statements and actions against marijuana reform have been extensive—in 1999 he resigned as Department of Public Safety cabinet secretary after Republican Governor Gary Johnson announced that he was in favor of legalizing marijuana. As recently as 2007, when medical marijuana became legal in New Mexico, White was vehemently opposed to it…

White is an ally of Gov. Susana Martinez and frequently writes Twitter posts blasting anything critical of her administration. He appeared in a 2010 Martinez campaign ad as a sheriff.

Martinez ran that year opposed to the state’s medical marijuana program. Last year, she later voiced disapproval of decriminalizing marijuana possession. Earlier this year, Martinez vetoed a bill that would have allowed hemp cultivation for research purposes…

Republican Governor vetoes bill to allow hemp research

Gov. Martinez vetoed a bill to open industrial hemp production for New Mexico farmers. The non-THC form of hemp makes great clothes, rope and lots of other useful widgets, but don’t dig out your knitting needles, yet. That’s too bad since the industry promised a heap of new jobs AND can be grown with almost no water, something New Mexico farmers were happy to hear…

Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed a Senate bill that would have allowed for home deliveries of beer and wine.  The bill, sponsored by Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, would have allowed deliveries of two six packs of beer and two bottles of wine with certain food orders.

That veto message already has some raising an eyebrow since Martinez is well known to enjoy a few drinks with and after dinner. She, of course, has an armed State Police detail to drive her to/from the restaurant and liquor store…

FDA Issues Warning Letters to CBD Hemp Oil Makers

Anyone interested in getting cannabis flowers, extracts or infused products high in CBD should seek actual high-CBD cannabis (with CBD sometimes at more than 20 percent dry weight), not products made from industrial hemp. Cannabis bred for CBD and grown in healthy soils or in a clean hydroponic matrix is optimal for making safe medicinal products...

Hawaii State Capitol to Fly Hemp Flag on Opening Day

A new law allows the University of Hawaii to establish a two-year industrial hemp remediation and biofuel crop research program.

On Wednesday, the opening day of the 2015 legislative session, Hawaii will join the U.S. Capitol and four other states in having flown an American-grown and -produced hemp flag…

On a related note, Maui “is slated to become the first island in the state with a home built using industrial hemp,” according to Maui News.

God bless Lebanese Walter White.

Facebook comments:

Robert Michael Pristupa said:  It’s official – life is nothing but a giant Quentin Tarrentino movie.

David Oke said:  it’s a funny world when we’re cheering on the drug lords

Manuel Fogg said:  There was a time in America where the National Slogan was, “Save America with Hemp!”

Lynn Baker said:  Of course he would fight ISIS, The people of ISIS are high on their god, not his drugs.

Dale Hash said:  Give me three lesbians with pool cues and I can take on the world! Oh…. you said Lebanese. Never mind.

Danny Shehayeb said:  I’m Lebanese and I approve of this message

Sam Jackson said:  If a drug lord is doing that he’s making the rest of us look bad

Mike Haas said:  When pot farmers and Hezbollah are against you, you’re fucked.

Krysztov Sweeney said:  Wait, so they make some of the world’s best hash, AND they kill the shit out of ISIS?

Colorado’s first legal hemp crop

“It came up just amazing,” Billings said. “We irrigated three times, compared to six or seven times for (nearby) corn crops.” Billings said he’s planning to make his own lines of hemp oils, lotions and mints, and he’s talking with retailers including Walmart and Whole Foods to carry the products.

Texans Discover Oil Grows on Olive Trees as Crude Drops

The U.S. is among the world’s largest consumers of olive oil, yet it produces just a fraction of its own consumption. About 97 percent of the olive oil used in the U.S. is imported from overseas, primarily Italy and Spain, according to the American Olive Oil Producers Association.

Hemp and Texas (and New Mexico) would be a perfect match 🙂

Congress Blocks Feds From Targeting Medical Marijuana, Hemp Cultivation

If passed…

“This is a victory for so many, including scores of our wounded veterans, who have found marijuana to be an important medicine for some of the ailments they suffer, such as PTSD, epilepsy and MS,” Rohrabacher added.

Wanna grow hemp in Kentucky?

“Kentucky is now accepting applications from local farmers who want to grow industrial hemp in 2015 as part of a pilot program started this year.”

How about Tennessee?

“On Tuesday, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) held a hearing regarding said rules for cultivating hemp with the hopes of hammering out the final regulations in time for farmers to hoe rows by spring.”