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Judge defers decision on North Dakota Hemp case

No ruling on the North Dakota hemp farming case today. The judge is postponing the decision until the end of the month. It doesn't sound good, though. The Judge - Judge Dan Hovland - sounded reluctant to rule:

Isn't the best remedy to amend the definition of industrial hemp under the (federal) Controlled Substances Act? ... To me, it seems like the easiest solution.

Later he also said "I think we can all sit here and agree it ain't gonna happen." Neither of those statements bode well for the farmers.

Ron Paul has introduced a bill in the House - H.R. 1009, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2007 - that would legalize hemp farming in the U.S. Unless there's a sea change of opinion, though, the bill will die quietly, without seeing the light of day.

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