After locking himself inside a steel cage, in front of the White House, to protest the laws against cultivating industrial hemp Dr. Bronner was arrested by the police. The protest was in response to a White House statement combining the non-drug industrial hemp with marijuana. This policy is restricting American farmers from cultivating hemp, even though it cannot be used for any drug purposes.
Dr. David Bonner, CEO of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, had high hopes for President Obama to allow hemp cultivation in his term of office. However, the President has turned his back on a crop he voted for twice as an Illinois state legislator.
“I expected more from President Obama. The President can simply direct the Department of Justice to respect industrial hemp grown pursuant to existing state hemp programs, such as North Dakota’s. Everyone is sick and tired of America’s bankrupt policy on hemp that forces our company to send well over a hundred thousand dollars every year to Canadian farmers. I had hoped that President Obama would not succumb to drug warriors’ hysteria regarding hemp. I really don’t know what else to do to get our ‘Chief Law Enforcement Officer’ to take a rational science-based approach to hemp policy in this country.”
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps is a top-selling natural soap brand in America and uses hemp oil. With the government not allowing farmers in the United States to cultivate industrial hemp Dr. Bronner’s is required to import more than 20 tons of hemp oil every year from Canada. The industrial hemp industry experienced retail sales over $400 million in 2011 in America. The US is the largest hemp market on the planet for healthy hemp oil, seeds, and fibers.
Americans can eat, drink and wear hemp products. So why is it illegal for us to grow it?
Protected by a large steel cage Dr. Bronner publicly harvested and cultivated hemp plants. The hemp plants were grown from Canadian industrial hemp seed and contained less than 0.3% THC, the active ingredient known in marijuana to allow a person to get high.
“The industrial hemp plants I am harvesting and processing into oil cannot produce a high of any kind, but according to the Obama Administration I’m in possession of approximately 10 pounds of marijuana.”
Dr. Bronner had hopes to fully harvest the plants, press them into hemp oil and serve it to the public on hemp bread. Unfortunately, he never completed his protest as firefighters were called in to cut through the metal bars after failed attempts by the police.