Farmers Arrested Trying to Plant Hemp at DEA Office

A 51-year-old grandfather who grows garbanzo beans and other crops in northwestern North Dakota was among the protesters arrested for planting hemp seeds on the lawn of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration offices.

Wayne Hauge and five other people were arrested Tuesday for trespassing and part of a group of about 20 protesting the ban on growing hemp, said authorities in Arlington, Va. Hemp, which is used to make paper, lotion and other products, is related to the illegal drug marijuana.

Proponents argue it contains too little of the mind-altering chemical THC to make people high.

Hauge and David Monson, a Republican state legislator and farmer from Osnabrock, received the North Dakota’s first state licenses to grow industrial hemp in 2007, but they’ve never received approval from the DEA, which considers hemp a drug. They’ve sued the DEA, and their case has been before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for about a year after a federal judge in Bismarck dismissed it and told the farmers to take their case to Congress.

“You might say this is outside of my normal character, and I don’t intend to make it a practice,” Hauge said in a telephone interview, after spending about five hours in jail. “My interest here was to show that hemp is just a crop. Hemp is not a drug.”

The Hemp Industries Association, which has been lobbying lawmakers on Capitol Hill to allow the growing of hemp for industrial uses, said it’s the first time the protesters engaged in civil disobedience.

DEA officials did not return telephone calls for comment Tuesday.

David Bronner, president of Escondido, Calif.-based Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, said his company has used hemp for a decade in its products. The company imports hemp from Europe and Canada, but Bronner said he would like to buy it from U.S. farmers.

“With the weak dollar and the high cost of freight, it’s something we should be able to source in the U.S.,” said Bronner, who invited Hauge to Tuesday’s demonstration.

Bronner said he, Hauge and four others dug several holes on the lawn of the DEA headquarters and planted about 1,000 hemp seeds. Hauge was one of two farmers arrested. The other was Will Allen of East Thetford, Vt.

“He dug a better hole than anyone,” Bronner said of Hauge.

Hauge and Allen’s trip was paid for by Vote Hemp, the lobbying arm of the hemp industry.

Hauge, who lives in Ray, a town of about 500 people, still has 400 acres of beans to harvest at home. He would like to add hemp to his other crops, which include lentils, barley and durum, and said he and other hemp proponents are frustrated by the lack of progress in legalization.

“My interest has been and will always be raising it for a crop, as part of my rotation,” said Hauge, who also is an accountant.

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson, who pushed for legalizing the growing of industrial hemp in the U.S. while serving as North Dakota’s agriculture commissioner, said he was surprised by Hauge’s arrest.

“Wow, he didn’t strike me as the kind of guy who’d wind up in jail,” Johnson said. “He’s a rational kind of guy. He’s an accountant, for crying out loud, and a farmer.”

The National Farmers Union has not taken a position on hemp. But Johnson said he still believes U.S. farmers should be allowed to plant it.

“We still have folks in high places that seem to think hemp and marijuana are the same thing – they aren’t,” Johnson said. “We need to get past that.”

– Article from Associated Press.



  1. Anonymous on

    Look at the police in the video:
    big arms but no brains.Prohibition at its best.
    Obviously the Anslinger era is not over.
    When your children will view this video in 50 years from now,for sure there gonna have a good laugh.

    As if not enough,this has nothing to do with the drug marijuana.This is all about farmers wanting to grow industrial hemp which is 0% THC.
    And to think that the declaration of independance of your country was printed on hemp paper !

  2. Anonymous on

    Industrial hemp is grown as row crops, tightly packed like corn. Depending on if the crop is for seed or coarse/fine fiber, the plant spacing will be wider for seed and cordage production (fat stalks make thick fiber) and tighter for finer textiles (that rival the best cotton). When seen from a helicopter, a hemp field is uniform, just like other crops. When cannabis is grown for buds and thc production, the plants, which ARE genetically different from hemp, they are spaced out much further than row crops are (imagine a christmas tree farm). FURTHERMORE, the hemp would pollinate the “secret” crop, put it to seed as a hemp/marijuana hybrids (garbage for breeding) and destroy any good buds. You cannot just “hide” THC-laden buds in with a hemp crop.

    Go inform yourself.

  3. one12alpha on

    And wouldn’t that be a shame? To see a white widow or some of the neato purple strains in with the hemp…i would think they’d stand out a bit. But then I’ve never grown either, ruderalis(hemp) or sativa/indica(pot). I wounder how they would cross…probably end up with some shwagy trash weed, lol.

  4. Anonymous on

    Why would someone sneak onto private property and risk being arrested, shot, or bitten for a bad end product? Illegal grows would be better off done inside an enclosed structure or deep in the woods on public land. Most people will just buy it though. Most people don’t want to put up with such hassles.

    Some big reasons why people aren’t going to try sneaking their plants in with industrial hemp…

    * Industrial hemp is grown in tight groupings. The idea is to choke out weeds under the canopy and give the plants slim stalks by crowding them together. The resulting yield on a THC-laden plant would be horrible. Hunt down the video “Hemp for Victory” from the 1940s on Youtube. You can see how industrial hemp is grown.

    * A female plant will likely be pollinated by lots of male hemp plants and turned to garbage (THC wise). Check out pictures of pollinated females and look how much THC flower material there is among the seed bundles. It’s negligible and of dubious quality if fully pollinated. It’s why indoor growers try really hard to catch all the male plants. Male plants can pollinate females miles away under the right conditions.

    * Any uninvited transplants will likely stick out like a sore thumb due to visible genetic differences. “Wonder why that one is only 3 feet tall?…” or “Wonder why that one is a different color?…” or “Wonder why the leaves look so different?…” Transplants would have to be on the outside of the patch to gain access before harvesting machines came in. So any visible differences would really stick out.

    There are more reasons but those are some big ones that make sneaking plants in with industrial hemp fields very unproductive and a bad idea.

  5. Devil's Advocate on

    If hemp farming was allowed, then potheads would sneak in and grow their “evil devil weed” in with it for camoflage. And we just can’t have DEA agents stationed in every field.

  6. Anonymous on

    maybe they arent that peace loving. youd have to know their personality, which i personally do.

  7. Anonymous on

    Attorney General Eric Holder said The Obama administration would respect state laws.

    No wonder people think cops are assholes when they go after peace loving folks like this. I’m sure there are lots of violent crime and property crimes they should be attending to.

  8. Anonymous on

    I’ve seen similar things happen in other parts of the United States. Groups try to grow hemp legally and everything is good to go. Then the DEA shows up before harvest time and tells them the crop has to be torn down and destroyed.

    The truly ridiculous part is that it’s fine with the DEA and U.S. politicians if people buy hemp that is produced in other parts of the world and then use it to make products inside of the U.S. Importing hemp means higher raw material costs for U.S. manufacturers and more waste in the form of fuel to ship it in from other countries.

    The DEA can’t claim ignorance on low-THC hemp plants and say their members aren’t aware of the difference as they cut them down.

    In fact, a report came out in 2004 stating that 99% of the plants the DEA cut down in 2003 were feral hemp growing in the wild.

    I’d like to own hemp clothing and products. It seems like a superior fabric material to cotton and the various plastics (eg. polyester). Even after softening the hemp up a lot, it’s still said to be extremely durable. The U.S. military made lots of shoes, parachute straps, tow ropes, and other products out of it during WWII, so it’s certainly been tested in harsh conditions.

    Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to try any hemp clothing yet. It’s too expensive due to the importation costs and lack of economy of scale discounts.

    Have tried food products with hemp seeds in them and they’re excellent! Same goes for body lotions such as Hempz(tm). Have yet to find a body lotion that works as well and leaves my pores in good condition. The petroleum alternatives are total garbage in comparison.

    Am glad to see the farming community fighting against the DEA now as well. The DEA has been cutting into their potential to make huge amounts of money over the years and looks like some of the farmers are finally fed up with the nonsense.