HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.52          
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION
  REQUESTING THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH TO CONDUCT
    CONTROLLED ANIMAL AND HUMAN TRIALS ON THE NUTRITIONAL
    VALUE OF HEMP SEED OIL.



 1        WHEREAS, hemp seed oil is reputed to be a highly
 2   nutritious, essential hair and skin aid for promoting growth
 3   and slowing the aging process.  It is reputed to be an
 4   excellent healing and moisturizing process for broken and
 5   damaged skin, which may be particularly useful for sufferers of
 6   eczema, psoriasis, and mastalgia (breast pain); and
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 8        WHEREAS, hemp seed oil is reputed to be the highest
 9   natural carrier of the combination of essential fatty acids
10   "linoleic", "linolenic", and "gamma-linolenic", and provides
11   the 3-to-1 ratio of linoleic acid to linolenic acid that has
12   been claimed by nutritionally-oriented doctors to be the
13   optimum balance for human health; and
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15        WHEREAS, essential fatty acids are compounds that, by
16   definition, must be obtained through the diet for the proper
17   growth and functioning of the human body.  They form other
18   compounds that help organ muscles to contract, regulate stomach
19   acid, lower blood pressure, and regulate temperature.  They
20   also aid in fat transport and metabolism; and
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22        WHEREAS, essential fatty acids are necessary for the
23   normal functioning of the reproductive system, hormone
24   regulation, and for breaking up cholesterol deposits in the
25   arteries.  A deficiency of essential fatty acids causes changes
26   in cell structure that can result in brittle and dull hair,
27   nail problems, dandruff, allergies, and dermatitis; and
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29        WHEREAS, hemp seed oil extracted from government-approved
30   strains of industrial hemp have very low levels of the
31   psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) -- somewhere
32   around 8 parts per million (8 ppm) for refined oil and 21 parts
33   per million (21 ppm) for natural oil.  Consequently, it is not
34   possible to "get high" on hemp seed oil; and
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 1        WHEREAS, although it is legal to import sterilized hemp
 2   seeds into the United States and to process them for their oil,
 3   it remains illegal in this country to grow industrial hemp for
 4   the purpose of obtaining these seeds.  Consequently, all hemp
 5   oil seeds must be imported from Canada and other countries
 6   where the cultivation of industrial hemp is allowed; and
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 8        WHEREAS, if a respected government research institution
 9   were to determine that hemp seed oil has legitimate nutritional
10   value, then the justification for prohibiting the growing of
11   industrial hemp for seeds in this country would have to be
12   weighed against the legitimate nutritional value of hemp seed
13   oil; now, therefore,
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15        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
16   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
17   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that the National Institutes of
18   Health are requested to conduct controlled animal and human
19   trials on the nutritional value of hemp seed oil, excluding
20   experiments on the medical uses of marijuana; and
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22        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
23   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of the
24   National Institutes of Health, the United States Secretary of
25   Health and Human Services, the Administrator of the United
26   States Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States
27   Attorney General, and the members of Hawaii's congressional
28   delegation.
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