Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hemp protestors busted at DEA

Farmers from North Dakota and Vermont and four others trying to plant hemp seeds at the headquarters of the Drug Enforcement Administration were arrested and charged with trespassing yesterday. They were among 21 people protesting the ban on farming of hemp, which is related to marijuana. The Hemp Industries Association says the protesters turned to civil disobedience for the first time. The group is lobbying lawmakers on Capitol Hill. They want to grow hemp for non-drug products. Vermont farmer Will Allen was among those arrested. Police say he had a shovel but no drugs and caused only minor damage to the lawn.