Connect with us

Let's Talk Hemp

My Courtship of Cannabis

Hemp-Farm-Harvest-2019

Hemp Lifestyle

My Courtship of Cannabis

Winona LaDuke and her farm team harvest hemp for fiber and textiles at Winona’s Hemp & Heritage Farm in northern Minnesota.

By Winona LaDuke

She’s an amazing plant. You can learn a lot from a plant. For the past four years I’ve been hanging out with cannabis plants. I have a bit of a maternal streak which seems to translate well to animals and plants (children, I am not so sure), and I’ve been growing cannabis. That’s the plant’s name. We all say industrial hemp so that we are not demonized, and people don’t think I have a big marijuana farm out there by Osage. There’s apparently some “stigma” attached to cannabis. So, let me just say it loud and proud. I’m a cannabis grower.

Here are my thoughts four years into growing under a Minnesota state permit. The plant is not a slave, she’s an amazing teacher, and we got this, we just gotta figure it out. The Farm Bill opened the floodgates for “industrial hemp”, meaning a plant which will produce seed, flower, and stalk, and comes in less than 3% THC.

Minnesota issued seven permits in 2015; 550 in 2019. People acted like it was the gold rush. Just like the spooners and diggers, they all jumped in. As far as “hemp,” it appears that everyone planted as much CBD cannabis as they could, and they are sitting on it. There was this idea that everyone was going to make a million bucks off a plant. Well, that’s not going to happen. There are some people who may lose their farms in Kentucky, where they plowed up entire farms and put them into cannabis. That’s particularly ironic, because Senator Mitch McConnell, the architect of the industrial hemp component in the Farm Bill, really could have helped his team out a bit more. It’s like responsible cannabis farming, about the amount and intent.

Farming and love and sex.

Treat the plant well, and she will respond. The plant takes love and understanding. When I plant seeds, I develop a relationship with them. What it says on the packet is not what it says in your soil, or in the weather over the upcoming months. It’s sort of like a date, do some chit chat, see how you like each other and decide if you are going to hang out.

I swear to the Goddess that there are a whole bunch of guys who don’t want to date, they just want to plant with their big seed drills, harvest with their big combines, and get out of there. Think about farming and love and sex. You may not have the moves for this plant buddy.

Some advice from me, the Anishinaabe farmer: Learn how to treat her right.

I grow two kinds of cannabis: fiber hemp and CBD cannabis varieties. I’m really careful that the female plants who are producing special magical medicines don’t meet up with any pollen from the males. That’s some life changing stuff. The flowers are female. Go figure.

The hemp field across the road has males. I keep everyone separate. We study varieties best for our region. Minnesota used to have eleven hemp mills, and I just want to see them come back.

Those fields are both male and female, but, let me just share something with you – the strongest plants for fiber processing are female.  They are well sexed females. They’ve had a wonderful time hanging out with the men and the pollen and they’ve made some great seeds and robust stalks. They don’t like their feet wet either. That’s one of the good things about hemp – it doesn’t take too much water, one of the many reasons it’s a superior textile to cotton. Add to that, the word cannabis is also the root word for canvas. Hemp has the ability to transform the textile and materials economy.

Female plants make all that magic, with of course a lot of good sex. 

Male plants are some groovy guys too. That’s despite the fact they look all withered in the field, after having sex with thousands of females. They’ve had a good life. They also make pollen, and if you have a clean field, no pesticides all full of plants having sex, you can make some bees and pollinators happy too. What’s wrong with that?

Now what we need is to work together to actualize the renaissance of hemp. Minnesota and North Dakota both have some good hemp research projects, but the medicinal marijuana program is limited. That should really be opened up. Prohibition will end soon, 11 states have legalized, and then there’s all of Canada. We might want to loosen up here in the north country. The White Earth Reservation should look at this future for our people – from medical to textiles, she is a plant which most people want to grow. Our tribal members are very interested in cannabis.

The hold-up is processing. Seventy years as an illegal plant means that we are behind in processing. And, if we are going to rebuild an American economy, which produces goods, instead of buying them from China, we are going to need to figure out cannabis, together.   We can’t use slave labor, and we cannot use a bunch of toxins on the fields. The plant doesn’t need any chemicals, it just needs love and good soil.

Cannabis can change our world. Treat her with respect, and she will be there for us. Court her well.

Photos: Courtesy of Winona LaDuke

This blog was originally published on Winona’s Hemp News.

# # #

Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned environmentalist, economist, tribal elder, Water Protector, Harvard graduate, former candidate for Vice President of the United States, entrepreneur and hemp farmer. Winona also is owner of Winona’s Hemp and the founder of the Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute and Honor the Earth.

News Briefs

Sierra Club Highlights Women-Run Hemp Food Businesses
by Sierra Club

CBD More Popular than Kanye, Jesus, the NBA, Taylor Swift and the Beatles
by Forbes

KY Republican and Hemp Advocate Ryan Quarles Re-elected as Ag Commissioner
by the Times Tribune, Corbin, KY

USDA Hemp Regulations Analysis – The Provisions You Need to Know
by Cannabusiness Law

Headline News

Hemp Business Councils You Need to Know
by New Hope Network

Hemp Fiber Market Predicted to Grow to $250 Million by 2025
by Market Report Gazette

Industrial Hemp Fiber Processing Facility to Open in Virginia
by Ganjapreneur

Functional Ingredient Sales Growth of CBD Triples Over 52 Weeks in U.S. Retail Outlets
by Food Business News

Federal Regulations Clear the Way for Multibillion-dollar Hemp Market
by Newsweek

Hemp Is Legal. Here Comes the Tricky Part
by CNN Business

Got Hemp? USDA Suggests Farmers Pay Hemp Promotions Fees
by Hemp Industry Daily

Hemp Farmers Speak Out about USDA Proposed Regulations
by CBS KTVL News 10

Video: Hemp Farmers Have Difficulty Finding Buyers
by Reuters

Hemp Contracts Crucial as Litigation Jumps
by Farm Journal’s Ag Professional

CBD Regulation in NY Remains in Limbo
by WAMC Northeast Public Radio

CBD “is the Caffeine of the 21st Century”
by Yahoo Finance

Mainstream Supermarket Chain Winn Dixie Embracing Hemp
by Born2Invest

Milwaukee Hemp Retailer Teaching Wellness through CBD
by the Milwaukee Shepherd Express

Hemp, CBD Popup Event Set for Nov. 20 in Montclair, NJ
by Tap Into Montclair

Hemp Depot Named One of Denver Area’s Fastest Growing Businesses
by Denver Business Journal

Oregon Hemp Processor Fined Over $800K for “Willful Safety Violations”
by NBC KOBI-TV News, Medford, OR

South Dakota Governor Noem’s Position on Hemp Unchanged, Despite USDA Guidelines
by KSFY ABC News, Sioux Falls, SD

Hemp Industry Effectively Renders K-9 Dog Drug Sniffers Obsolete in Tennessee
by Johnson City Press

NYPD Officers Seized 106 Pounds of Legal Hemp, Thinking It was Marijuana
by the New York Post

CA Authorities Claim They Seized 10 Million Pot Plants Posing as Hemp on 450 Acres in Kern County
by ABC News 30, Fresno, CA

Hemp: Pennsylvania’s Newest Agricultural Crop
by WESA NPR Pittsburgh

Vermont Hemp Producers Look Back on a Season of Lessons Learned
by Vermont Public Radio

Former Landmark Wisconsin Paper Mill Partially Converted into Hemp Processing Facility
by the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

International News

European CBD Market Is Set to Explode
by Vents Magazine

CBD-rich Cannabis Flowers Are Legal in Belgium, and Nobody Noticed
by Yahoo Finance

Reviving the Hemp Market in the Central Asian Steppes
by Open Access Government

South Africa: Cannabis, Hemp Trading Still Illegal
by All Africa

Upcoming Events

Let’s Talk Hemp Hawaii, featuring Doug Fine, Nov. 8-10, 2019, Puunene, Maui, Hawaii
by Hawaii Farmers Union United

Winter Hemp Summit, Jan. 16, 2019, Boulder, CO
by Colorado Hemp Company

Texas Hemp Convention, Jan. 28-30, 2020
by Texas Hemp Convention

NoCo Hemp Expo Expands 2020 Show at National Western Complex in Denver, March 26-28, 2020
by NoCo Hemp Expo

Subscribe to the Let’s Talk Hemp YouTube Channel

#LetsTalkHemp is the ultimate platform that focuses on “Changing the Cannabis Conversation”. We provide news, education, and information about Hemp and Cannabis to our viewers so that they can learn more about the industry and get tips and tricks on the latest technologies. Subscribe to our channel and learn about everything from legal updates, farming, production, and new products entering the Hemp & Cannabis space.

An Interview with Lorena Beltran – Cannabis in Mexico

Join Morris Beegle and Rick Trojan for a brand new episode of the Let’s Talk Hemp Podcast, Featuring Lorena Beltran. In this episode, Lorena Beltran joins us to talk about everything cannabis-related happening south of the border. You’ll hear how the legalization of cannabis in the USA has changed the lives of cannabis farmers in Mexico, how the USA and Mexico differ in their approaches to hemp regulation, and why Mexico will be one of the leading producers of industrial hemp.Listen HereListen Here

SCAM ALERT! Are you receiving emails from individuals passing themselves off as agents of the NoCo Hemp Expo or the Southern Hemp Expo offering to sell you an attendee list from one of our expos or offer you discounted lodging rates? Please be aware that this is a bogus offer and should be marked as spam. CoHempCo does not sell, rent or give names of attendees for money. Please be aware of these inappropriate actions and stay alert for these types of requests. You can trust emails from @cohempco.com, @nocohempexpo.com and @southernhempexpo.com.

About Let’s Talk Hemp

Let’s Talk Hemp is a publication of Colorado Hemp Company (a division of We Are For Better Alternatives) focused specifically on the subject of industrial hemp and cannabis. We present features and curate news from across the globe to share the benefits of cannabis on health, energy, manufacturing and planet (H.E.M.P.). Colorado Hemp Company also is the Producer of NoCo Hemp Expo and Southern Hemp Expo, the nation’s leading hemp conferences and expositions.

Publisher: Morris Beegle, Elizabeth Knight
Editor: Steven Hoffman
Web Developer: Debby West
Design: Allen Haeger
Circulation: Evan Tompros
Let’s Talk Hemp Podcast: Rick Trojan, Morris Beegle

Send Us Your Hemp News!
Send press releases and news announcements to news@letstalkhemp.com

Tree Free Hemp
John Deer - 4 Rivers Equipment

Become a Subscriber

Get the hemp industry's top newsletter delivered straight to your inbox every Wednesday. 20,000 strong!


Let’s Talk Hemp!

Listen to the hemp industry’s loudest podcast. Produced in conjunction with Loudest Show On Earth Productions. Nothing shall be louder than the truth.

Apple Podcast  Google Podcast Spotify

Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending

Advertisement
To Top

Join Let's Talk Hemp

Stay updated with all latest updates,upcoming events & much more.
Subscribe
SUBSCRIBE NOW
close-link
Exhibit space is running out for NoCo7Reserve yours today