First non-THC-Based Line of Health and Wellness Products



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May 1, 2012, 8:30 a.m. EDT

Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s Dixie Elixir and Edibles Brand to Launch First non-THC-Based Line of Health and Wellness Products

Colorado’s Leading Manufacturer of Edible Medical Marijuana Products Expands Patient Footprint with Federally Legal Hemp Extract (Cannabidiol) Products to Address Pain Relief, Mental Focus, and Sleep Regularity

DENVER, May 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Dixie Elixirs and Edibles, Colorado’s premier Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC-infused products company, today announced a new line of products which will break entirely new ground for the company in the category of non-THC-infused product development. Following closely on the heels of its acquisition by cannabis and hemp industry innovators Medical Marijuana, Inc. MJNA -2.86% , today’s announcement consists of three new hemp-based Cannabidiol (CBD) products that contain no THC:

— Dixie DewDrops: a sublingual glycerin-based tincture designed for pain relief

— Dixie Botanicals: a topical pain relief salve and massage oil

— Dixie Scrips: a pharmaceutical-grade CBD capsule in two varieties, one for daytime focus/mental energy and the other a night time sleep aid

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently considers hemp-based cannabinoids, including CBD, to be "food based" and therefore legal without a medical marijuana license. Amongst the many potential uses for CBD-based products that are currently under evaluation, CBD’s have been shown to relieve convulsion, inflammation, anxiety, and nausea. Based on medical potential and the federally legal status of hemp-based CBD products, Dixie and Medical Marijuana, Inc. estimate the market in the U.S. to be well over $5 billion. These three new products are the first of many that the companies intend to bring to the market in the coming year.

Dixie will initially offer the new products exclusively to their existing customer base which consists of over 400 dispensaries in the state of Colorado. This consumer base represents in excess of 70 percent of the addressable medical marijuana market in Colorado and over nine percent of the U.S. medical cannabis market. Within 90 days the Company intends to launch a mail order campaign and online e-commerce platform that will allow individuals throughout the U.S. to purchase these products since they contain no THC. The U.S. availability will be followed closely by distribution in international markets including Europe via several key product distribution relationships that are currently under negotiation.

"From the day that we created our first medicated elixirs, we have known that as an industry we have only just begun to tap the very deep health and healing properties of cannabis," said Tripp Keber, President and CEO of Dixie Elixirs and Red Dice Holdings, LLC. "These three new products open up a world of potential for Dixie and Medical Marijuana, Inc. to bring healthy alternatives to millions of patients who might otherwise never experience the tremendous benefits of cannabinoids. This is truly an exciting development for Dixie and we look forward to bringing Dixie Scrips, Dixie DewDrops, and Dixie Botanicals to patients around the country and around the world who are looking for a healthful alternative to mass-produced, man-made pharmaceutical products."

About Dixie Elixirs

As Colorado’s premier THC-infused products company, Dixie Elixirs & Edibles(TM), based in Denver, has been providing alternative medicated relief for patients in Colorado since 2009. Dedicated to providing the strength, taste, and discretion required by medical marijuana patients, Dixie Elixirs & Edibles provides a complete line of smoke-free medical marijuana products including Dixie Elixirs(TM) medicated beverages, Dixie Edibles(TM) infused edibles, Dixie Scrips(TM) cannabis and herb supplement capsules, Dixie Botanicals(TM) all-natural transdermal topicals, Dixie DewDrops(TM) concentrated tinctures, and Dixie Tonics(TM) medicated energy boosts. Dixie Elixirs & Edibles products are sold through licensed medical marijuana centers in Colorado in compliance with CO HB 1284. Find out more at

About Medical Marijuana, Inc.

Our mission is to be the premier cannabis and hemp industry innovators, leveraging our team of professionals to source, evaluate, and purchase value-added companies and products, while allowing them to keep their integrity and entrepreneurial spirit. We strive to create awareness within our industry, develop environmentally friendly, economically sustainable businesses, while increasing shareholder value. For more information, please visit the company’s website at: .


This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements and information, as defined within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the Safe Harbor created by those sections. This material contains statements about expected future events and/or financial results that are forward-looking in nature and subject to risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements by definition involve risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance, or achievements of Medical Marijuana, Inc. to be materially different from the statements made herein.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products and statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Corporate Contact: Medical Marijuana, Inc. Toll Free: 888-OTC-MJNA (888-682-6562)

Investor Relations Contact: Equiti-Trend Advisors, LLC Toll Free: 800-953-3350

SOURCE: Dixie Elixirs and Edibles

        Dixie Elixirs and Edibles 
        Tripp Keber, 202-413-7088



Please note: Time4Hemp w/Casper Leitch, RE: Hemp Issue

Date: 4/20/2012



Subject: It’s PAY-DAY FRIDAY’S at ‘Time 4 Hemp – LIVE’

The below press release is on my blog at:

and might be more easy to share with a prospective client than sending out the below along with the attached image – either way – you have both now if you need them.

For immediate release: 04/11/12 – The attached photo is for use when posting or sharing this information if you like.
Pay-Day Fridays on ‘Time 4 Hemp – LIVE!’
A 12-part special about INDUSTRIAL HEMP
Hosted by Casper Leitch and first broadcast on

Hyper-links to each segment are located at the bottom of this press release.
You can enjoy a sample segment at the url below:

‘Time 4 Hemp – LIVE!’ recently produced a special 12-part series on INDUSTRIAL HEMP with an emphasis on the number of jobs that would be created from manufacturing the many different products that can be made from this one amazing plant. The cannabis plant is often associated with the name ‘marijuana’, which is harvested from strains of cannabis that have high levels of THC. In reality, this is a ‘3-Card Monty Trick’ a handful of Wall St. companies have played in order to maintain their fortunes. By growing industrial hemp, the manufacturing sector can produce 50,000 different products that are in direct competition with companies now operating in every aspect of our lives. Legalizing industrial hemp in America would give our farmers a cash crop that would transfer nearly 72% of the wealth now in the pockets of the 1% directly into the pockets of the 99% in less than 18-months. Along with this sudden transfer or wealth, the paradigm of humankind would shift in a twinkle of an eye.

According to the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy, Adidas, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and a few other companies imported over $1.2 million of hemp fiber last year and retailed from that more than $70 million worth of products from their investment. BMW and other car makers are creating auto parts using hemp oil (which helps in part to keep those jobs from returning to America due to the policies of prohibition). There is also a multimillion dollar hemp food industry filling the shelves of American stores, from food to tanning lotion, that U.S. farm and labor markets could greatly prosper from.

With the disastrous state of the global economy, it is more important than ever that hemp prohibition in America be repealed. Doing so will create several million jobs in less than 12 months; free us from being dependent on foreign oil; make available safe medications for the desperately ill; empty many of the cells in today’s over-crowded prisons; and generate trillions of dollars in tax revenue that is currently funding black-market crime.
Program details and hyper-links are located below for each free to download segment.

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Pay-Day Fridays on ‘Time 4 Hemp – LIVE!’

A 12-part special about industrial hemp.

1.) Joint-Host, Chris Conrad,

and guest Steve Levine,

Click on the link below to enjoy the show.

2.) Joint-Host, Miguel Bifari, associate editor of HAZE Magazine

with guests Gideon Tukwasibwe,

and Dean Becker, founder of

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3.) Joint-Host, Debbie Goldsberry, Founder and Director at United Cannabis Collective

with guest Karli Duran, Executive Director of San Antonio TX NORML,

Click on the link below to enjoy the show.

4.) Joint-Host, Robert Kane,

with guests Dennis Peron,

and Dean Becker, founder of

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5.) Joint-Host, Carey Burns,

with guest Paul Benhaim,

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6.) Joint-Host, Robert Kane,

with guests Johannes Jbarmarsson,

and Dean Becker, founder of

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7.) Joint-Host, Paul Stanford, founder of

with guests Paul Benhaim,

and Dean Becker, founder of

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8.) Joint-Host, Brad Irvin, founder of

with guest Dan Schultz, founder of

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9.) Joint-Host, Brad Irvin, founder of

with guest Dionne Payne,

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10.) Joint-Host, Brad Irvin, founder of

with guests Jeri Rose,

and Dean Becker,

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11.) Joint-Host, Brad Irvin, founder of

with guests Ray Cristal,

and Wayward Bill, Chairman of the United States Marijuana Party,

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12.) Joint-Host, James Burns

with guest Mike Bifari

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Ask your Kentucky County Sheriff
  1. Are you aware, as Sheriff of _______County, KY, the Sheriffs power under the 10th amendment?

  2. Are you aware, as Sheriff of _______County, KY, that the Sheriff’s Association was made a member of the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission (KIHC) in 2001?

  3. Are you aware, as Sheriff of _______County, KY, in favor of farmers growing hemp?

    Kentucky Sheriff’s Association

  4. Are you aware, as Sheriff of _______County, KY, of Sen.Bill allowing sheriffs to receive a fee from $5 to $150 to inspect hemp?

  5. Are you aware, as Sheriff of _______County, KY, of the cross pollinization with Marijuana?

  6. As Sheriff of _______County, KY, would you under state law protect the farmer in your community from the federal governments interference into the production hemp?

  7. As Sheriff of _______County, KY, would you want to be involved in a round table discussion on the production of hemp production and harvesting?

***Everybody PRINT this out and mail it to your Sheriff!




There are several issue’s pertaining to the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and it’s cleanup.  The story immediately below appeared on April 5th.
Reporter – Jason Hibbs
Photojournalist – Mason Watkins

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. — People can’t see it, taste it or even smell it but they know it’s underground, and it can be deadly.

That’s why neighbors of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant are relieved to hear the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Kentucky Department of Environmental protection are set to start a major decontamination project to remove that contamination from the soil.

It’s a cancer-causing chemical known as trichloroethene. It’s used in products like automotive brake cleaner, printer toner enhancer and film cleaner.

But from 1950 to 1993, TCE was used as a degreaser at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Now the hazardous substance is in the aquifer. It will take 18 million dollars to start cleaning it up.

“My family’s owned the property since something like 1950 and just had a well,” Fay Buckingham said.

Fay and Ray Buckingham drank the well water until someone from the DOE told them to stop. The government installed city water and has paid the Buckinghams water bill ever since, but the two doubt the DOE even cares.

“They got more dad-gumb degrees than a thermometer but that don’t make them good people,” Fay said.

But Ralph Young, a retired environmental engineer and now chair of the Citizens Advisory Board to the DOE, said the $18 million cleanup project is a responsible move, not just environmentally but economically, because someday, the plant will close.

“For future re-industrialization of site and future use of the land, it’s really important to clean it up,” Young said.

Right now, just beneath the plant, sits a highly-concentrated area of TCE and downstream in the aquifer are less concentrated amounts of the same substance in what the Energy Department calls plumes.

Young said the department started clean up at the northwest and northeast plumes because they didn’t want the T.C.E. to spread out here, even toward the Ohio River. Now that cleanup here is under way, they’ll go to the source, with the highest concentration of T.C.E. below the plant. CONTINUE READING…

Continuing on with the story published on the Kentucky Hemp Coalition’s site:

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Federal and state agencies are set to begin removing contaminated soil from around the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in an $18 million project designed to clean up four decades of pollution.

The U.S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection want to remove the cancer-causing chemical trichloroethene. The chemical, also called TCE, is used in automotive brake cleaners and printer tone enhancers and was used as a degreaser at the plant. Officials say it leaked into the aquifer beneath the facility.

Neighbors say they were sickened by the contamination. Fay and Ray Buckingham drank the well water until someone from the DOE told them to stop. The government installed city water and has paid the Buckinghams water bill ever since, but the two are doubtful that the Energy Department even cares.

“They got more dad-gumb degrees than a thermometer but that don’t make them good people,” Fay Buckingham told WPSD-TV in Paducah ( ).

Ralph Young, a retired environmental engineer and now chair of the Citizens Advisory Board to the Department of Energy, said the cleanup is a responsible move, not just environmentally but economically, because someday, the plant will close.

“For future re-industrialization of site and future use of the land, it’s really important to clean it up,” Young said.

The project is set to start no later than June 2013. CONTINUE READING…

And still yet there is more to be learned from this story…

Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant – Wikipedia

The former Kentucky Ordnance Works site was chosen from a candidate list of eight sites in 1950. The construction contractor was F.H. McGraw of Hartford, Connecticut, and the operating company was Union Carbide. The plant was opened in 1952 as a government-owned, contractor-operated facility, producing enriched uranium to fuel military reactors and for use in nuclear weapons. The mode of enrichment was the gaseous diffusion of uranium hexaflouride to separate the lighter fissile isotope, U-235, from the heavier non-fissile isotope, U-238. The Paducah plant originally produced low-enriched uranium, which was further refined at Portsmouth and the K-25 plant at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. From the 1960s the Portsmouth and Paducah plants were dedicated to uranium enrichment for nuclear power plants. In 1984 the operating contract was assumed by Martin Marietta Energy Systems. Lockheed Martin has operated the plant since the merger of Martin Marietta with Lockheed in 1995. From 2001, all USEC production has been consolidated at Paducah.[2][3]

The Paducah plant had a capacity of 11.3 million separative work units per yar (SWU/year) in 1984. 1812 stages were located in five buildings: C-310 with 60 stages, C-331 with 400 stages, C-333 with 480 stages, C-335 with 400 stages and C-337 with 472 stages.


Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Gas Centrifuge Uranium Enrichment

A method in widespread use is the gas centrifuge [Urenco (Netherlands, Germany, UK), Russia, Japan] in which UF6 [Uranium Hexafluoride]gas is whirled inside complex rotor assemblies and centrifugal force pushes molecules containing the heavier isotope to the outside. Again, many stages are needed to produce the highly enriched uranium needed for a weapon, but centrifuge enrichment requires much less electricity than either of the older technologies.

The use of centrifugal fields for isotope separation was first suggested in 1919; but efforts in this direction were unsuccessful until 1934, when J.W. Beams and co-workers at the University of Virginia applied a vacuum ultracentrifuge to the separation of chlorine isotopes. Although abandoned midway through the Manhattan Project, the gas centrifuge uranium-enrichment process has been highly developed and used to produce both HEU and LEU. It is likely to be the preferred technology of the future due to its relatively low-energy consumption, short equilibrium time, and modular design features. CONTINUE READING…

From the original (AP) article…

a spokesperson with LATA, the company in charge of the decontamination, said there are actually seven sources of T.C.E. all within the same area. This $18 million project pays for the decontamination of the three most significant sources, so that still leaves four remaining sources that need to be decontaminated.

Information from LATA:

LATA provides project management, facility operations and maintenance, remediation, D&D, waste management, and project services…

LATA provides comprehensive environmental services from assessment and investigation through site remediation and remedial system design/construction to operation and long-term site management…

Using HEMP to help restore the land in Chernobyl


In 1998, Phytotech, along with Consolidated Growers and Processors (CGP) and the Ukraine’s Institute of Bast Crops, planted industrial hemp, Cannabis sp., for the purpose of removing contaminants near the Chernobyl site. Cannabis is in the Cannabidaceae family and is valuable for its fiber, which is used in ropes and other products. This industrial variety of hemp, incidentally, has only trace amounts of THC, the chemical that produces the “high” in a plant of the same genus commonly known as marijuana. CONTINUE READING FURTHER INFORMATION…

Now, according to the statement below, they are set to begin “MOVING” the contamination…..My question is where are they moving it to and why not try using hemp and other natural plants as outlaid in the story above to clean up this mess.  There has to be an immediate danger when moving this type of material.  Not to mention the $18 million dollar price tag for LATA.

“Federal and state agencies are set to begin removing contaminated soil from around the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in an $18 million project designed to clean up four decades of pollution”…

Hemp “Eats” Chernobyl Waste, Offers Hope For Hanford

by Elaine Charkowski
Central Oregon Green Pages

An explosion at a nuclear reactor on April 26th, 1986 in Chernobyl, Ukraine created the world’s worst nuclear disaster – so far.

The blast heavily contaminated agricultural lands in a 30 km radius around the reactor. The few people still living there must monitor their food and water for radiation. However the combination of a new technology (phytoremediation) and an old crop (industrial hemp) may offer the Ukraine a way to decontaminate it’s radioactive soil.

In 1998, Consolidated Growers and Processors (CGP), PHYTOTECH, and the Ukraine’s Institute of Bast Crops began what may be one of the most important projects in history – the planting of industrial hemp for the removal of contaminants in the soil near Chernobyl.

CGP is an ecologically-minded multinational corporation which finances the growing and processing of sustainable industrial crops such as flax, kenaf, and industrial hemp. CGP operates in North America, Europe and the Ukraine.

PHYTOTECH (see webpage: ) specializes in phytoremediation, the general term for using phyto (plants) to remediate (clean up) polluted sites. Phytoremediation can be used to remove radioactive elements from soil and water at former weapons producing facilaties. It can also be used to clean up metals, pesticides, solvents, explosives, crude oil, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and toxins leaching from landfills.

Plants break down or degrade organic pollutants and stabilize metal contaminants by acting as filters or traps. PHYTOTECH is conducting feild trials to improve the phytoextraction of lead, uranium, cesium-137, and strontium-90 from soils and also from water.

Founded in 1931, the Institute of Bast Crops is now the leading research institution in the Ukraine working on seed-breeding, seed-growing, cultivating, harvesting and processing hemp and flax.

The Bast Institute has a genetic bank including 400 varieties of hemp from various regions of the world.

“Hemp is proving to be one of the best phyto-remediative plants we have been able to find,” said Slavik Dushenkov, a research scienst with PHYTOTECH. Test results have been promising and CGP, PHYOTECH and the Bast Institute plan full scale trials in the Chernobyl region in the spring of 1999.

Industrial hemp is not a drug. Unlike its cousin marijuana, industrial hemp has only trace amounts of THC – the chemical that produces the high. In 1973, the Department of the Interior and Department of Health and Agriculture of the former USSR issued an ultimatim to the Institute of Bast Crops – either create non-psycoactive varities of hemp or stop cultivating hemp. So, scientists at the institute created an industrial hemp plant containing only minute traces of THC. Modern testing in Canada confirmed the low THC content of the Bast Institute’s hemp.

New technologies in hemp harvesting and processing are also being developed at the Institute whose library contains more than 55,000 volumes mainly on hemp-growing and flax-growing.

Chernobyl may seem distant, but the EPA estimates that there are more than 30,000 sites requiring hazardous waste treatment throughout the U.S. including Hanford and Three Mile Island.

Phytoremediation with industrial hemp could be used at many of these sites. Unfortunantly, the U.S. government refuses to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp and clings to the obsolete myth that it is a drug.





Consolidated Growers and Processors, Incorporated (hereinafter “CGP” or “the Company”), OTC BB: CGPR, was formed and incorporated in Delaware on June 10, 1997 for the principal purpose of engaging in the large scale commercialization of alternative industrial crop products, primarily industrial hemp, through the development and / or acquisition of new and advanced technologies. The Company was funded through a Reg 504D offering and listed on the OTC market as of October 27, 1997. In October 1997, the Company acquired a minority interest in a German company, Badische Naturfaseraufbereitung (“BaFa”). In 1998, the Company furthered its international operations through the formation of its wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary, Consolidated Growers and Processors (CGP) Canada Limited (“CGP Canada”), NAWARO GmbH (“NAWARO”) in Germany and CGP Europe AG (“CGP Europe”)in Switzerland. In June 1998, the Company also acquired a 100% interest in a Swiss corporation, Werner Zoellig AG & Glulam Lumber Mfg. (“Zoellig”). The Company has subsequently restructured its European holdings:
it has increased its investment in BaFa from 15 percent to 75 percent (effective July 1, 1999) and has sold Zoellig to focus on its core business, the agriculture and processing of industrial hemp. At present, the Company employs nine people.

CGP has created an integrated, global strategy to become the lowest cost producer and preeminent supplier of industrial hemp raw material products, and certain value-added products, in key market segments such as:

a) Nutraceuticals from hemp plant compounds (nutraceuticals are natural compounds that provide health or medicinal benefits beyond basic nutritional needs for disease prevention and / or health maintenance);
b) Pharmaceuticals produced from hemp plant compounds (pharmaceuticals are medical drug products);
c) Hemp food products with nutritional advantages;
d) High quality hemp fibers for production of biocomposites (a biodegradable composite of materials) and substitution of toxic petrochemical and synthetic products such as certain rubbers, plastics and fiberglass; and
e) Other environmentally friendly products such as “tree-free” paper made from hemp pulp. (Pulp is a material produced from the plant stem reduced to a soft uniform mass for making paper).

Cannabis can clean up Nuclear WASTE and MORE!

By Dion Markgraaff
The March earthquake in Japan and the resulting nuclear power plant disaster at Fukushima has rocked the entire world with the threat and spread of nuclear waste contamination. An unknown amount of different hazardous chemicals have been released into the atmosphere and ocean that threaten our food chain for the long foreseeable future. Hemp may be the key to reducing this damage we all face.

Many people know the cannabis plant has amazing healing powers, but it’s incredible that this same plant can literally “eat away” nuclear waste. As a cannabis plant enthusiast, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the many unbelievable uses of hemp. From the flower’s ability to aid and keep people from going blind, to the woody core of the stem’s ability to build fire proof homes and much more. Now, we can add another use to the list: Hemp as a tool to clean up nuclear contamination around Chernobyl. CONTINUE READING…

Now, my next question is why are we not calling on CGP vs. LATA and/or both, in order to get a true picture of what has actually happened in Paducah, and let the best idea and lowest cost analysis take the contract.  Personally, I would really like to see CGP in there before anything is started…









Above:  Toxic Chemical Workers perform a meticulous inspection of chemical weapons. Monitoring the chemical weapons stockpile frequently ensures the safety of the workers, environment and community

The Blue Grass Army Depot (BGAD) is one of nine Army installations in the United States and currently stores chemical weapons. Located near Richmond, Ky., BGAD, a subordinate installation of the Joint Munitions Command, encompasses approximately 14,600 acres, comprised mainly of open fields and wooded areas. The depot is primarily involved with industrial and related activities associated with the storage and maintenance of conventional and chemical munitions.

The Blue Grass Chemical Activity (BGCA), a tenant organization of the depot that reports to the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA), is responsible for the safe, secure storage of the chemical weapons stockpile stored at the depot, which comprises 523 tons of nerve agents GB and VX, and mustard agent in projectiles, warheads and rockets.

The U.S. Army Element, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives, known as ACWA, is the Department of Defense program responsible for the destruction of chemical weapons in Kentucky. Working in partnership with the community, the technology known as neutralization followed by supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) was selected in 2003 to destroy the chemical weapons stockpile.

Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass is the systems contractor that will design, construct, systemize, pilot test, operate and close the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant.

Safety and Security

The safety of workers, the public and the environment are paramount to the success of the chemical weapons disposal mission. The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) oversees the secure storage of chemical munitions to ensure that they are safe.

BGAD and BGCA are committed to the safe and secure storage of the chemical weapons until the stockpile can be eliminated.

Public Participation and Community Relations

The Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisory Commission serves as a forum for exchanging information about the chemical weapons destruction project and represents community and state interests to the Army and Department of Defense, to ensure that the public is fully informed about the program.

The Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program works closely with your community and state emergency professionals to develop emergency plans and provide chemical accident response equipment and warning systems.

To learn more about the Army’s chemical weapons disposal mission visit the Blue Grass Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office.

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Monitors Detect Mustard Vapor Leak [83KB pdf] 3/12/2012 Blue Grass , KY  – Army officials report a Real Time Analytical Platform, a mobile monitoring laboratory, detected low levels of Mustard agent vapor in a chemical weapons igloo containing 155 mm projectiles this morning.

BGCA Bi-Weekly Update – March 12, 2012 [270KB pdf] 3/12/2012 Blue Grass , KY  – “All of you showed true patriotism by providing cards and notes of support to Wounded Warriors” stated Lt. Col. Steven Basso during an award presentation Feb. 8, to two first grade classes at Kit Carson Elementary School.

BGCA Bi-Weekly Update – February 20, 2012 [265KB pdf] 2/20/2012 Blue Grass , MD  – Blue Grass Chemical Activity’s (BGCA) primary mission and focus is to ensure the safe and secure storage of “The Nation’s chemical weapons stockpile until elimination.”

BGCA Bi-Weekly Update – January 19, 2012 [308KB pdf] 1/19/2012 Blue Grass , MD  – Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) Site Project Manager, Jeff Brubaker, hosted the first of three tours for employees of the Blue Grass Chemical Activity (BGCA) Thursday, Jan. 12.

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Japan earthquake: Japan warned over nuclear plants, WikiLeaks cables show

Japan was warned more than two years ago by the international nuclear watchdog that its nuclear power plants were not capable of withstanding powerful earthquakes, leaked diplomatic cables reveal.

Japan earthquake: Japan warned over nuclear plants, WikiLeaks cables show

Evacuees are screened for radiation contamination at a testing center in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture Photo: AP

By Steven Swinford, and Christopher Hope

9:30PM GMT 15 Mar 2011

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An official from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in December 2008 that safety rules were out of date and strong earthquakes would pose a “serious problem” for nuclear power stations.

The Japanese government pledged to upgrade safety at all of its nuclear plants, but will now face inevitable questions over whether it did enough.

While it responded to the warnings by building an emergency response centre at the Fukushima plant, it was only designed to withstand magnitude 7.0 tremors. Friday’s devastating earthquake was a magnitude 9.0 shock.

The news is likely to put further pressure on Japan’s Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, who has been criticised for “dithering” over the country’s response to the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Panic started to spread throughout Japan yesterday following the news that a third explosion at the plant might have damaged the protective casing around the reactor core, increasing the threat of radioactive leaks.

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The government was considering using helicopters to spray water over the Fukushima site to limit the spread of radioactive particles as part of its increasingly desperate attempts to keep the situation under control.

Meanwhile the FTSE-100 share index fell by 1.4 per cent as stock markets around the world slumped in response to a 10.6 per cent drop in Japan’s Nikkei index.

Warnings about the safety of nuclear power plants in Japan, one of the most seismologically active countries in the world, were raised during a meeting of the G8’s Nuclear Safety and Security Group in Tokyo in 2008.

A US embassy cable obtained by the WikiLeaks website and seen by The Daily Telegraph quoted an unnamed expert who expressed concern that guidance on how to protect nuclear power stations from earthquakes had only been updated three times in the past 35 years.

The document states: “He [the IAEA official] explained that safety guides for seismic safety have only been revised three times in the last 35 years and that the IAEA is now re-examining them.

“Also, the presenter noted recent earthquakes in some cases have exceeded the design basis for some nuclear plants, and that this is a serious problem that is now driving seismic safety work.”

The cables also disclose how the Japanese government opposed a court order to shut down another nuclear power plant in western Japan because of concerns it could not withstand powerful earthquakes.

The court ruled that there was a possibility local people might be exposed to radiation if there was an accident at the plant, which was built to out of date specifications and only to withstand a “6.5 magnitude” earthquake. Last Friday’s earthquake, 81 miles off the shore of Japan, was a magnitude 9.0 tremor.

However, a cable from March 2006 reported that the court’s concerns were not shared by the country’s nuclear safety agency.

It says: “Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency believes the reactor is safe and that all safety analyses were appropriately conducted.”

The Government successfully overturned the ruling in 2009.

Another cable reported to Washington local concerns that a new generation of Japanese power stations that recycle nuclear fuel were jeopardising safety.

The cable, quoting a local newspaper, reports: “There is something precarious about the way all electric power companies are falling in step with each other under the banner of the national policy. We have seen too many cases of cost reduction competition through heightened efficiency jeopardizing safety.”

The cables also disclose how Taro Kono, a high-profile member of Japan’s lower house, told US diplomats in October 2008 that the government was “covering up” nuclear accidents.

He alleged that the government was ignoring alternative forms of energy, such as wind power.

The cable states: “He also accused METI [the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry] of covering up nuclear accidents, and obscuring the true costs and problems associated with the nuclear industry.” He added that the Japan’s “extensive seismic” activity raised safety concerns about storing nuclear material.

Mr Kan was not in office at the time the nuclear warnings were made. He became science and technology minister in 2009 and prime minister in June 2010.

In closing, I would like to say that with all the nuclear “garbage” we have strung out all over the world we had better come up with something very useful in cleaning these messes up fast.  It could mean our very lives – and has costed many lives already. ShereeKrider

Jack Conway and his view on why we shouldn’t legalize HEMP!



Uploaded by Derek5141 on Sep 6, 2010

Jack embarrasses himself July 22 at the Kentucky Farm Bureau by using the discredited "gateway" theory to justify the continued senseless prohibition on the farming of industrial hemp, which is allowed in just about every other industrialized nation in the world except the United States. If Jack truly cared about Kentucky farmers as much as he claims to, he would be in favor of allowing them to grow a valuable cash crop that we currently have to import from all around the world, including from major producing countries such as Canada, China, and France. For more information on the many uses of industrial hemp, see here:
Jack’s reefer madness doesn’t end there however. Jack doesn’t even think sick and disabled people such as cancer and AIDS patients and returning veterans suffering from their injuries should be allowed to relieve their symptoms through the use of marijuana under the care of a doctor ( ). Jack’s position is that if these people can’t relieve their suffering effectively through the use of expensive and often addictive prescription drugs that typically have very dangerous side effects, then that’s just too bad. Jack feels that these people should go to jail for simply trying to treat their medical conditions and relieve their suffering in the most effective way possible.
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News & Politics


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hemp supporters say support growing in Kentucky

In this summer, 1952, photo hemp plants growing wild on a lot in downtown Louisville, Ky., are killed with chemical spray. Efforts to restore the crop that decades ago was a major industry in Kentucky appear to be growing despite the defeat of another legalization effort in the state’s 2012 General Assembly. The tall, leafy plant was outlawed because of its similarity to marijuana, but supporters argue it’s nearly impossible to get high by smoking hemp. (AP Photo/Louisville Courier-Journal)

By Bruce Schreiner

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Hemp isn’t legal in Kentucky yet, but the eclectic mix of people at the Kentucky Hemp Coalition Seminar in Lexington was evidence that support for the versatile plant may be taking root.

One by one, elected officials stepped forward to promote the virtues of hemp production, staking out a position that once might have sown political trouble back home. They were cheered by liberals and libertarian-leaning conservatives alike.


"We’ve come a long way," said state Sen. Joey Pendleton, who has sponsored a string of unsuccessful bills seeking to reintroduce hemp in the Bluegrass state. "The first year I had this, it was lonely."

Kentucky once was a leading producer of industrial hemp, a tall, leafy plant with a multitude of uses that has been outlawed for decades because of its association with marijuana. Those seeking to legalize the plant argue that the change would create a new crop for farmers, replacing a hemp supply now imported from Canada and other countries.

The plant can be used to make paper, biofuels, clothing, lotions and other products.

Despite bipartisan support, the latest hemp measures failed again this year in the Kentucky General Assembly. But this time, hemp advocates think they have momentum on their side and vow to press on with their campaign to legalize the crop.

Pendleton, D-Hopkinsville, urged his fellow hemp supporters to lobby hard in preparation for another push in 2013.

"I think next year is the year," said Pendleton, whose grandfather raised hemp in western Kentucky.

Hemp bills have been introduced in 11 state legislatures this year, but so far none have passed, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The bills include allowing privately funded industrial hemp research, allowing hemp production under strict licensing programs and urging the federal government to allow hemp  production for industrial uses.

Hemp’s reputation has undergone drastic pendulum swings in the U.S.

During World War II, the U.S. government encouraged farmers to grow hemp for the war effort because other industrial fibers, often imported from overseas, were in short supply. But the crop hasn’t been grown in the U.S. since the 1950s as the federal government moved to classify hemp as a controlled substance because it’s related to marijuana.

Hemp proponents argue the plant contains little of the mind-altering chemical THC.

Someone would have to "smoke a joint the size of a telephone pole," to get high from hemp, Roger Johnson, a hemp supporter and president of the National Farmers Union, said in a telephone interview.

Craig Lee & Senator Pendleton

Johnson has seen strong support for hemp in North Dakota, where he formerly served as state agriculture commissioner.

Two North Dakota farmers received the state’s first licenses to grow industrial hemp in 2007, but they never received approval from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The farmers sued, but a federal appeals court affirmed a lower court decision dismissing the suit "There’s no amount of talking, and believe me I’ve tried, that might convince them otherwise," Johnson said of the DEA. "So short of the Congress passing a law defining industrial hemp differently from marijuana, I think it’s going to be a long, uphill battle to get anywhere."

KHC Chair Katie Moyer with James Comer

The federal Controlled Substances Act does not differentiate between marijuana and hemp, said Barbara Carreno, a DEA spokeswoman. As a result, "we would not approve applications to grow hemp because it is marijuana," she said.

Because of that, Johnson called for a grassroots push for congressional action to legalize hemp production.

Imports include finished hemp products and hemp material turned into goods. U.S. retail sales of hemp products exceeded $400 million last year, according to industry estimates.

Pete Ashman, of Philadelphia, was among those at the Lexington hemp seminar, where he displayed a myriad of hemp products, from food, to toilet paper to shampoo. He claimed, "There’s nothing greener on God’s earth."

Republican state Sen. Paul Hornback didn’t go that far, but the tobacco farmer from Shelbyville said in a phone interview that he sees industrial hemp as an alternative crop that could give Kentucky agriculture a boost if it ever gains a legal foothold.

James Comer

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer also supports legalization, arguing that industrial hemp could yield more per acre than corn and soybeans. He sees hemp as a viable alternative to tobacco, a once-stalwart crop that has been on the decline in Kentucky.

Comer, among the speakers at the Lexington seminar, said most Kentucky farmers have the equipment needed to produce hemp. He added that the crop needs no herbicides or pesticides, a plus for the environment and a cost savings for producers.

Hemp production would spin off new manufacturing, Comer said, creating jobs in parts of rural Kentucky where a once-thriving garment sector disappeared after the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect in the 1990s.

Once factories started churning out hemp products, farmers would flock to the crop, Comer predicted.

Comer, a Republican, said he’s been contacted by three "very legitimate industrial prospects" that would consider opening hemp production plants in Kentucky if the crop becomes legal to grow. One company wants to use hemp to make vehicle dashes, he said. Another wants to make ethanol, the other cosmetics out of hemp, he said.

John Riley

John Riley, a former magistrate in Spencer County, sees hemp as a potentially lucrative crop that could become a renewable fuel source. It would be a big transformation for a crop once known as a major source for rope.

"We’re not talking about rope, and we’re not talking about dope," he said. "What we’re talking about is a serious agricultural product."

Still, the crop needs to overcome what Riley refers to as the "snicker factor."

Pendleton said he’ll keep pushing the economic benefits of hemp.

"I look forward to continuing to fight the fight," Pendleton said. "We can make this happen in Kentucky."

Posted by David Hadland at 6:07 AM




Architizer News – Towards A Hemp Architecture

Posted: 30 Mar 2012 04:30 AM PDT

One of three houses in North Carolina built with Hempcrete, design by Push Design with Hemp Technologies; Photo: Push Design

Given environmental decay and the construction industry’s significant role in accelerating the process,it is imperative that contemporary builders push for the development of renewable building materials capable of revolutionizing the practice of architecture and shaping our future built environment. In a profile in Smithsonian Magazine, MIT professor and structural engineer John Ochsendorf described the architecture of tomorrow, one not born of titanium or concrete, nor wrapped in space-age sheen, but one belonging to the technological lineage established by past building cultures, particularly those whose innovations were not contingent on the rapid manufacturing processes ushered in by the Industrial Revolution and were, thus, more invested, consciously or not, in building sustainably. Rather, Ochsendorf summons up archaeological visions of clay and dirt, manipulated and “used in an intelligent and beautiful way”, when communicating his idea of the architecture of the 21st century.Following this strain of thought, raw and renewable resources should be harnessed and augmented by digital technologies so as to engage with the environmental problems at hand (and in the future) while not ignoring the theoretical and aesthetic implications precipitated by a rehaul in building practice. Pioneering building materials derived from renewable hemp plants, North Carolina-based Hemp Technologies is working towards enacting some of these goals within current architectural production. Continue.

As the L.A. Times writes, the company, which has overseen the construction of three hemp houses in North Carolina, has announced that it wants to use hemp-based materials to build a small 500-square-foot structure on the site of Knapp’s Castle mansion near Santa Barbara, the ruins of which hint at the sprawling estate that once was. The compact building will functions a kind of prototype, with timber-framed walls filled in with Hempcrete, concrete-like mixture of wood chips sourced from Cannabis sativa and alime-based binder that can be sprayed onto surfaces, poured into slabs, or shaped with formwork. Among its many virtues, the material is very fire-resistant, is an extremely efficient insulator, can be grown with very little water, and is virtually impermeable to termites. The lime content in the hemp blocks sucks in large quantities carbon dioxide–up to 12 tons, according to the company’s own estimates–which it needs to harden, meaning that the wall continuously becomes more solid and that the structure, over time, becomes carbon negative.

It’s not all good news,though. The project has yet to obtain building permits, and the special hemp materials it proposes to incorporate into the design will have to be approved and certified safe. That might prove troublesome, considering that the production of hemp, which is derived from cannabis but contains only very low amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is currently barred by state and federal laws. The developers can still procure the hemp through imports, however, which companies such as Hemp Technologies and designers like Spanish architect Monika Brümmer–who has developed cannabis bricks for building–are exploiting to grow an economy of hemp-derived building materials.

by Samuel Medina

Industrial hemp has backers in state legislator





Hemp, Hemp Hooray

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 01:08 PM PDT

Industrial hemp has backers in state legislator

By Stephen Lega

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Terry Mills

Senator Joey Pendleton

Terry Mills normally asks questions during meetings of the Kentucky House of Representatives Agriculture Committee, but recently, he found himself on the other side of the table, answering questions about legalizing industrial hemp.
Mills and State Sen. Joey Pendleton, D-Hopkinsville, have introduced similar legislation in their respective houses in the hopes of making industrial hemp a legal cash crop again across the Bluegrass State.
"It’s not to promote marijuana," Mills stressed in his comments to the committee.
However, industrial hemp has been illegal to grow because it has been tied to its cousin in the plant kingdom.
Pendleton said hemp was used to make rope during the World Wars. After those wars, it faced competition from nylon rope makers, and the DuPont family was involved in producing nylon rope.
"They had enough clout at that time to get it declared illegal," Pendleton said.
Pendleton believes hemp could provide a boost to the Kentucky economy, but first, farmers have to be allowed to grow it.
"For once, I want Kentucky to be proactive instead of reactive," he said.
This isn’t a new issue for Pendleton. He said this year is the fourth time he has introduced legislation to allow industrial hemp to be grown in Kentucky.
He admits that the bill likely won’t be passed this year, but he is seeing more support for it on both sides of the aisle and across the state.
"It’s overwhelming the difference between this year and last year," he said.
Industrial hemp remains one of the most versatile plants in the world. It can be used to make a wide variety of products.
In addition to rope, hemp has been used to make paper for centuries. It’s fibers can be used to make clothing and paper. Its seeds and oil are used in manufacturing beauty products.
It’s also a good source of biodiesel and ethanol, according to Pendleton.
"It will make twice the ethanol per acre as corn will," he said.
This would also help address two issues. Pendleton said one of the concerns about using corn in alternative fuel is the effect that has on food prices by driving up the demand for corn. It could also help address the ongoing concern of the United States dependance on foreign oil for fuel.
Mills said two-thirds of the people in his district who responded to a survey said they supported industrial hemp as an agricultural product. As Kentucky farmers have lost revenue from tobacco, this could help replace some of that income.
"We need to educate the public all over the state about it," Mills said.
Pendleton has been doing what he can to do just that, giving presentations about industrial hemp across the state.
"Every time I do one, we have people that want us to do it somewhere else," he said.
He’s even planning to bring his presentation to Marion County in the near future, although a date has not yet been set.
A big part of the effort to educate the public is explaining the difference between hemp and marijuana. The marijuana plant is more bushy because growers want the leaves, according to Pendleton, while industrial hemp is a taller, more fibrous plant.
"To me, it’s like telling the difference between Johnson grass and corn," he said.
He’s hopeful that with more education, the bill will have a good chance of becoming law in 2013.
"We’re sitting on a gold mine here," Pendleton said.

Legislators Discuss Industrial Hemp



Rosalind Turner

Mar 07 |13:38 PM

FRANKFORT, KY (3/7/12) – Senator Joey Pendleton, D-Hopkinsville, joined members of the House of Representatives Terry Mills, D-Lebanon, W. Keith Hall, D-Pikeville, and Richard Henderson, D-Jeffersonville, today to discuss legalizing industrial hemp at the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee meeting.
Senator Pendleton has sponsored for the fourth year, legislation (Senate Bill 41) that would legalize industrial hemp as a cash crop in Kentucky. The three House members are sponsoring similar legislation – House Bill 272 (Mills) and House Bill 286 (Henderson and Hall).
The four discussed the economic development benefits to Kentucky, products made from hemp, and the importance of Kentucky being in the forefront of legalizing industrial hemp in the U.S.
SurfKY News
Information provided by Rosalind Turner


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