Recently, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) provided a textbook example of why states and the people should nullify unconstitutional federal laws rather than seek permission before exercising their rights.
Even though the Nebraska legislature voted to approve hemp planting for university research two years ago, it insisted on requiring researchers to get federal permission. Ironically, hemp grows wild across the state. Residents refer to it as “ditch-weed.”
UNL’s Department of Agronomy and Horticulture initially gave up their efforts to get federal permission for industrial hemp research after the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) dragged out the process.
“Frustrated by the DEA’s slow response and bureaucratic cold-shoulder regarding UNL’s request to import hemp seeds from Canada, the horticultural heads at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln had hoped to cultivate approximately two acres of industrial hemp just outside of Omaha this year. Unfortunately for all concerned, the project has been tossed onto the garbage heap of good ideas, thanks to a seemingly nonexistent response from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.”
Finally, more than a year-and-a-half after its initial application, the DEA finally came through with its approval.
It’s been the same story for other states utilizing the same “ask for permission” strategy. Minnesota received a permit from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for an industrial hemp pilot project. However, “expectations remain low” for the project, according to MPR News.
Geir Friisoe is the director of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s plant protection division. His hope is that “we will have a few…