Hemp Protest at 16th and H St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I took this this morning on my way to work, about 9am at the corner of 16th and H St NW. There were several more police around looking rather unhappy.”

I received the following press release sharing a bit more info:

David Bronner, CEO of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, America’s top-selling natural brand of soap and an importer of more than 20 tons of hemp oil per year from Canadian farmers is staging an action at the White House today to protest Federal policy that prevents U.S. farmers from growing industrial hemp. Mr. Bronner has explained that he is waging a “beer bet” with President Obama that the 12 industrial hemp plants growing in soil he is harvesting today inside a large secure steel cage on H St. at 16th St. NW Washington, DC are not marijuana and have no drug value. Grown from Canadian industrial hemp seed, the plants per Canadian regulations contain less than 0.3% THC and have no potential use as a medicinal or recreational drug.

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  • Are these the folks that did some sort of dancing brass band flash mob thing at 14th + H this morning? They carried around a coffin too. Pissed off a lot of motorists.

  • austindc

    Wait, there’s no pot in the soap? I thought the magic soap was like magic brownies! I’ve been crapping suds for nothing.

  • Bronner’s father or grandfather, or whoever founded the company, was definitely on SOMETHING. Or perhaps he wasn’t, and should have been. Have you read those labels? Pure insanity.

    • There’s a good documentary on him. He indeed was a nut – even spent time in a mental hospital – but he knew how to make soap. The real strength of his product now is how unadorned it is. Soap, and other personal care products, now contain all sorts of chemicals that are untested because they’re not injested like food.

      • Dr. Bronner’s soap is like trying to rinse hot wax from from your body. I can’t see the appeal beyond being a reportedly good homeopathic preventative measure for head lice in small children.

        But I support legalizing hemp cultivation. This has to be about the stupidest prohibitionary measure imagineable. Cheech, Chong, Harold, Kumar, Cyprus Hill, Otto and Shaggy combined couldn’t smoke enough of this stuff to ever get the least bit buzzed.

  • “Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere”

    -George Washington

    • and every day George would come home, Martha would have a big fat bowl waiting for him….

      – Slater

      • Didja ever look at a dollar bill, man? There’s some spooky shit goin’ on there. And it’s green too.

  • What is the legal basis of making hemp illegal? Can’t this be solved in the courts without waiting for politician to act?

  • Yet cigarettes are legal…

  • This guy has balls. I applaud you, sir.

  • Allison

    Dang I love that soap. <3

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