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Hemp farmer wins state pay out

TT/The Local · 26 Feb 2010, 07:44

Published: 26 Feb 2010 07:44 GMT+01:00

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After almost ten years of legal struggle in the Swedish and European courts, the man has been awarded 10,000 kronor ($1,500) compensation.

The farmer's application to grow hemp for medicinal purposes was rejected by the Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket) in 2000. The agency based its judgement on Swedish narcotics legislation, but the man received the backing of the county administrative court which remitted the matter.

The agency subsequently rejected the man's application in April 2001.

In May 2001, the EU Commission established that a ban against the industrial production of hemp was not consistent with union law. But the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs refused to budge arguing that national law superseded union law.

On four occasions in 2001, the police then seized harvested hemp from the man, who was then suspected of serious drugs offences.

In October of the same year, the prosecutor asked permission from the court to confiscate the seized hemp. But the court sought the advice of the EU court, which in January 2003 found against the Swedish authorities. In March 2003 the confiscation order was revoked.

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The man then approached the justice chancellor (JK) and demanded 35,000-40,000 kronor in damages for seven tonnes of destroyed hemp. JK has now calculated that a reasonable compensation is 10,000 kronor.

While industrial hemp is cultivated from the plants of the Cannabis genus, it is a durable, soft fibre used for manufacturing products such as paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, health food and fuel. It requires few pesticides and no herbicides and is one of the fastest growing biomasses.

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09:50 February 26, 2010 by CarlBlack
A long battle against backward thinking bureaucrats who don't recognize the difference between industrial and narcotic hemp. In my opinion those arrogant bureaucrats who ignore court decision should be prosecuted, the state bodies should follow the law in the first place.
09:51 February 26, 2010 by Nemesis
The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs personel are obviously morons of the loest intelligence.

Whern joining the EU, it is made abundently clear to any state joining the EU, that EU law supercedes state law, with the exception being in times of national emergency or an agreed exception. There is no agreed exception and no national emergency, so the people in the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs are committing a criminal act.

There is no way to use commerical, low cannaboid hemp to get high. The authorities are in full knowledge of that. The people in the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs who made that decision are clearly engaging in criminal beahviour and should be removed from there jobs immediately. They have also through there criminal action vandalised a commerical crop and should face jail for that.

Hemp is a replacement crop for a lot of oil dreived products. It would be good to investigate if there was any lobbying from oil lobbyists over the decision by the authorities or if employees of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs have travelled to oil producing states on occassion.

The nonsense were authorities in various countries in Europe attempt to stop business start ups because a vested interest does not want another product competing directly against them, which does not require Saudi Arabian oil nees to stop.

There zenophobic stance should be noted by all. They clearly are an organisation against creation of small to medium sized industries and are intent on stopping creative business ideas which have the potential to create local jobs from starting up and from suceeding.

Hemp is a crop which makes brilliant paper and plastics. I have seen these products at expos. Hemp paper makes good quality printing paper.

The plant is related to cannabis, so what. The cannabis content is so low in commerical Hemp, that it is barely detectable and can not be used to get high. Anyone smoking commerical low cannabinoid Hemp will not get high and most likely spend the rest of the day coughing after trying to smoke it. It is unsmokable.

Hemp grows better than quite a few weeds let alone commercial crops and can grow in low production soils.

Hemp is more suitable than genetically modified tobacco plants for growing medicines and gives higher yields.

Hemp gives a natural fibre which can be embbed in some plastics to give very strong and biodegradable plastics.

Commerical, low cannabinoid Hemp will help in a small way to reduce reliance on oil imports for making plastics. Hemp reduces slightly oil imports which has a direct effect on a states balance of payments.

Hemp creates labour intensive farming which creates jobs in country areas with little employment oppertunities.

Hemp is a very good, fast burning, clean buring fuel for biomass burners to create energy.

Hemp is a win-win crop for all.
09:54 February 26, 2010 by DamnImmigrant
Hemp OR Marijuana?

Hemp refers to the product grown by farmers that has NO THC. It is used for fabric, food and oil. I have not heard of HEMP being used for medicine like Marijuana can be used for.
10:05 February 26, 2010 by Nemesis
@ DamnImmigrant

Genetically modified Hemp can be used for medicine. There is some field trials at present. Literally it is fields:)

Some Hemp and and a lot of Flax were grown in Ireland until the 40´s, mostly for rope making and insulating materials for the British navy, which the irish government systematically discouraged from independance.

Now they are making a come back due to the high price of oil, which is good. I have flax seeds froma flax plant that is tough as hell, flowers twice a year instead of once every two years and has to be controlled with a saw to cut the fibres. It grows in the front garden fo my parents home and farmers pay for the seeds.

Beside my fathers home is a small artificial dam that was used to soak hemp and flax in to loosen the fibres before going of the factories.
10:36 February 26, 2010 by livinginsweden
Cigarettes and alcohol kill more people and victims than hemp.

When the word hemp or cannabis is mentioned .... people freak out more than those who actually smoke the real stuff.


ha ha
11:01 February 26, 2010 by Nemesis
@ livinginsweden

Hemp is nothing whatsoever to do with cannabis.

Hemp cannabinoid levels far to low to get someone a high.

Hemp has killed, when it was used for making ropes for hangmen and ropes for artillery that shot stones and bolts in the middle ages.

Hemp has no use for someone who takes drugs.

Those against hemp usually are people lobbyed by oil companies or directly in the pockets of oil companies.
12:04 February 26, 2010 by Mr. Puppy
They should have paid him a lot more for stealing his crops. Industrial hemp is a great product that should not be hindered, however the Swedish anti-drug lobby is so unbelievably uneducated and xenophobic that they are clamoring for a ban on industrial hemp because they think that people will hide high-THC cannabis grows in the middle of industrial hemp fields.

Now, completely, completely separate from industrial hemp, I wonder how many reader's here view of cannabis as a drug would change if they had been introduced to it in a different way; I found this article today in the health and fitness section of The Times of India posted today entitled: For Holi and Health, There's Bhang. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life/health-fitness/health/For-Holi-and-health-theres-bhang/articleshow/5611390.cms

What you're reading about there is the same stuff that has been xenophobically demonized in Sweden, the USA, and most of western world... yet it is a HEALTH product. Some progressive parts of the Western world have discovered the health benefits of full-THC cannabis through trial and error and are now beginning to change laws to reflect the fact that this is a health product and that even the recreational use is not as scary or dangerous as people have been thinking.

Anyway, that was a rant that doesn't have anything to do with industrial hemp, but is relevant because the fear of this health product is what caused the Swedish ministries to confuse the two products and take such invasive and destructive legal action against its own citizen. Swedish government: please learn the difference between the two products and please also learn that "drug" cannabis is a health product.
12:32 February 26, 2010 by Scepticion
It is indeed unclear what hemp is being talked about, since it says "for medical purposes". However, here in the original report, it is clear he was growing the low THC hemp for industrial purposes. But in Sweden even low THC hemp is classified as narcotic. http://www.dn.se/nyheter/sverige/svensk-hampaodlare-fick-ratt-av-eu-1.147124

So, the farmer was totally right, they should have given him more for all the hassle.
14:26 February 26, 2010 by hjoian
Are the people who supposedly run this country,really so fcuking stupid?......er...looks that way....
17:43 February 26, 2010 by groverpm
You join the EU you obey the rules. Even the rabidly anti-EU Brits know that.
17:51 February 26, 2010 by Dogs_Gonads
The man then approached the justice chancellor (JK) and demanded 35,000-40,000 kronor in damages for seven tonnes of destroyed hemp. JK has now calculated that a reasonable compensation is 10,000 kronor.

Have I read that right ?.

Seven tonnes for medicinal purposes.You've got to be joking.

And the courts believed it was only going to be used for personal consumption.
18:05 February 26, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Dogs_Gonads

Hemp is not cannabis.

I suggest you stop taking drugs, get into rehab and then maybe you can think and read up on the facts.
19:01 February 26, 2010 by calebian22
I can see it now, a hemp pant doobie. I bet someone would try to smoke it.
19:41 February 26, 2010 by Viviane Varan
" Whern joining the EU, it is made abundently clear to any state joining the EU, that EU law supercedes state law, with the exception being in times of national emergency or an agreed exception. There is no agreed exception and no national emergency, so the people in the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs are committing a criminal act."

Well said, not that it really helps though, God save the queen of Holland,

this being said, what we are seing is third generation brain domage from intangible weapon:

"refer for madness " the second most successful mind control experiment via mass media,

seriously a malady of the mind... a 100 years ago 1.8 % of total population were drug addicts, today 1.8 % of the population are drug addicts

01:41 February 27, 2010 by Dogs_Gonads
@ Nemesis

Are you serious in telling me hemp is not cannabis.And the more comments I read here that you post,makes me realise you are a complete self righteous arse.


Read the top part very carefully.

The article above is very misleading.

@ Scepticion
08:38 February 27, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Dogs_Gonads

If you had actually read the wikipedia article you would realise there is several strains of hemp. The article is not referring to the type of hemp commonly referred to as cannabis by people who take drugs. They are same genus, but with very different properties.

The strain of hemp that is being discussed does not have enough tetrahydrocannabinol delta 9 and tetrahydrocannabinol delta 11 to get you high. It would take about a hectare to get you high, you self righteous arse.

Regarding the article above, you are actually right on that, although wrong on everything else. The article has left out most of the facts as the local usually does to distort the entire story so as to meet an agenda. The local does that with every story. Read all the stories and then check them out in national newspapers and you will see how selective fact subtraction has distorted the story.
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