Dr. Bronner’s CEO Arrested in Hemp Protest

David Bronner – A Hemp Pioneer

Arrested in 2012 in a Hemp Protest

Dr. Bronner’s CEO, David Bronner, was arrested in front on the White House after locking himself into a metal cage with 12 hemp plants, hoping to make a significant statement. Bronner said he was waging a “beer bet” with President Obama that the hemp plants are not marijuana and have no drug value. The plants were grown from Canadian hemp seed, and under Canadian regulations, hemp can have no more than 0.3% THC, meaning the plants have no use as a medicinal or recreational drug. “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,” said Bronner.

Dr. Bronner’s natural bodycare products, soaps, lotions, balms and other personal care products has been a staple in homes since 1948.

Originally founded by Emanuel Bronner, a third-generation master soapmaker from a German-Jewish family, with the production of liquid peppermint soap and health food seasonings. In 2008 Dr. Bronner’s celebrated 150 years of soapmaking and 60 years of certified organic products. Historically soapmaking began in the Heilbronner home in 1858 in the Jewish quarter in Laupheim, Germany

Dr. Bronner’s funded and helped coordinate hemp industry’s battle to defeat DEA’s regulations … they won on February 6, 2004. “This is a huge victory for the hemp industry,” said David Bronner, chair of the HIA’s Food and Oil Committee and scion of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, as well as president of the company Gertrude & Bronner’s Magic Alpsnack, a natural and organic nutrition bar that uses hemp as one ingredient. “The Bush administration decision not to appeal the 9th Circuit’s decision from earlier this year means the three-year-old legal battle over hemp seed products is finally over. The three-judge panel in the 9th Circuit unanimously ruled that the DEA ignored the specific Congressional exemption in the CSA that excludes hemp fiber, seed and oil from control along with poppy seeds. The court viewed as insignificant and irrelevant harmless trace amounts of THC in hemp seed, just like harmless trace amounts of opiates in poppy seeds.”

In May 2013 in Springfield, Colorado farmer Ryan Loflin planted 55 acres of hemp — the first industrial hemp crop planted in the U.S. in nearly 60 years. Hemp is genetically related to marijuana but contains little or no THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana. Hemp has loads of uses in food, cosmetics, clothing and industrial materials.

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