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Urgent Action Alert! The US Dept. of Agriculture is seeking comments on its proposed plan to spray the herbicide - triclopyr, across the U.S. and Hawaii to erradicate Cannabis - industrial hemp.

DEA Requesting Comments on Spraying the Herbicide Triclopyr on Industrial Hemp
Across America

Posted on April 24, 1998

The DEA has proposed a new program for industrial hemp eradication titled
"Cannabis Eradication In The Contiguous United States and Hawaii," dated April
1998 and is available free at the DEA's Arlington headquarters (301) 734-4839.

There is a potentially serious environmental problem with far reaching
implications which need immediate action. The DEA has proposed a new program
for industrial hemp eradication titled "Cannabis Eradication In The Contiguous
United States and Hawaii," dated April 1998 and is available free at the DEA's
Arlington headquarters (301) 734-4839. It is the DEA's Supplemental
Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) which seeks clearance to spray
"cannabis" with the industrial herbicide, TRICLOPYR. The DEA considers
spraying Triclopyr so benign to the environment, that they are not even
considered doing a basic Environmental Assessment beforehand and will not be
going through the Environmental Impact Statement procedures. The DEA has set a
deadline of June 01, 1998 to send comments on their SEIS draft.

If implemented, this program will enable the DEA to harvest an economic
windfall through the wholesale eradication of hundreds of millions of
otherwise inaccessible wild industrial hemp plants. The program will also give
the DEA the ability to greatly increase the percentages of total industrial
hemp plants eradicated far above present levels. The figures from a Vermont
Legislative study reveal that of the $500 million allocated by the federal
government for DEA's Cannabis Eradication and Suppression Program's budget,
98% was used to destroy industrial hemp plants. This report is available by
calling the Vermont State Auditor at (808) 828-2281.  (Note: For environmental
reasons, Vermont has halted the spraying of triclopyr along its railroad

The DEA tried spraying twice before in the early 1980s with paraquat, but this
time they want to substitute paraquat with triclopyr, which is "supposedly"
considered less toxic to humans than paraquat. The question of whether
triclopyr may possibly be a neurotoxic like paraquat has not been addressed
and the DEA has not considered the environmental effects of triclopyr on
migratory birds or their habitat.

[This was the cover letter that I received with the 200+ page report regarding
our government's attempt to make cannabis extinct in America. Make it a point
to comment against this!]

U.S. Department of Justice
Drug Enforcement Administration
700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA  22202

April 3, 1998

Dear Reader,

The U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), invites
your comments on the enclosed environmental document "Cannabis Eradication in
the Contiguous United States and Hawaii, Draft Supplement to the Environmental
Impact Statements, April 1998," (SEIS).  This document was prepared for DEA,
with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

The SEIS was prepared to supplement the following environmental impact
statements previously prepared by the DEA: "Final Environmental Impact
Statement, Cannabis Eradication on Non-Federal and Indian Lands in the
Contiguous United States and Hawaii" (May 1986) and the "Final Environmental
Impact Statement on the Eradication of Cannabis on Federal Lands in the
Continental United States" (July 1985).  The SEIS provides analysis on the
following factors affecting the DEA's Cannabis eradication program: new
scientific information regarding the herbicides considered in the EIS's,
changes and improvements in the herbicidal program delivery, and the
consideration of another herbicide for potential use in the program.

If you wish to provide comments, an original and three copies of your comments
must be received by close of business on June 1, 1998, at the following

Mr. Jack Edmundson
Project Leader
Environmental Analysis and Documentation
4700 River Road, Unit 149
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238

In addition, five public meetings to hear oral public comments on the draft
SEIS are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, May 12, 4-8 pm, Denver Colorado
Friday, May 15, 4-8 pm, Honolulu, Hawaii
Tuesday, May 19, Boise, Idaho
Thursday, May 21, Atlanta, Georgia
Wednesday, May 27, Washington, DC

If you plan to present oral comments at any of the scheduled meetings, you may
register at the meeting location between 3 and 4 pm on the meeting date.  You
can pre-register for the meeting by facsimile at 301-734-3640 any time of day
or by calling Ms. Vicki Wickheiser, USDA, APHIS, at 301-734-4839 between 7:30
am and 3 pm EST.  Pre-registrants should provide their name, organization
affiliation (if any), address, telephone number (optional), and the meeting
location that they will attend.  Pre-registration ends at 3 pm EST on May 7,
1998.  Speakers are requested to provide an original and three copies of the
written text of their comments during registration at the meeting.

James A. Woolley
Chief, State and Local
Programs Section