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Hemp: How an HOA ruling is forcing Jim Denny to give away all his plants

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Jim Denny's hemp garden as it looks today.
Jim Denny has 7,500 square feet of hemp plants and a problem: His homeowners association has found that his plants are a violation of the HOA rules and has ordered him to "replace" them by the end of next week. The reason? The HOA board says that Denny failed to get approval for "landscaping modifications" to his lot and that his 75-foot-by-100-foot hemp plot is a home business in violation of the Todd Creek Farms HOA rules.

To comply with the board's findings, Denny is giving away his hemp plants (and in some instances, selling them for a small fee) to anyone who is registered with the Colorado Department of Agriculture to grow industrial hemp.

So far, Denny says the response has been "overwhelming." The day after word got out, he says he received 59 phone calls and 27 e-mails from people who wanted his plants. He's had several people ask to take all of his plants and others offer to pay the fines his HOA would levy against him if he were to ignore the board's findings and keep growing.

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Some of Jim Denny's hemp plants.
But the 56-year-old Denny, who spent thirty years working as a software and systems test engineer before trying his hand at growing hemp, says he's not willing to push it that far. "It takes a lot out of you, having to fight with everybody and being in fear of putting your house in jeopardy," Denny says. He feels that sharing his story will be helpful. "My hope in discussing this is to help others down the road who are in a similar predicament to avoid it or to be a pioneer to say that HOAs can't push you around anymore."

Denny's story starts a few years ago, when he read an article about the campaign to legalize marijuana in Colorado. The article also mentioned hemp and explained how it was different from marijuana. For one, hemp contains little to none of the psychoactive ingredient THC, which is what makes a person feel high. And it has many uses: You can eat it, wear it, wash yourself with it and even build your house out of it.

Continue for more on Jim Denny's hemp plot.



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mjncad
mjncad

I live in Toad Crick Fiasco as I call Todd Creek Farms, and our HOASS is as worthless as tits on a log.

Jim should have told the HOASS president that the hemp was Russian Sage (aka tumbleweeds), which grows out here in abundance.

thcmc420
thcmc420

There are over 50 registered cultivars in Europe.

A cultivar is what stupid stoners call a strain.

Visit a real group in Colorado that is moving Hemp forward.

We have real cultivars.

Western Slope Hemp Growers Association

www.wshga.com

thcmc420
thcmc420

He should've been smarter and had the research and development license then he would not of had this problem but he was GREEDY and he wanted a commercial license so he could sell his crop (still illegal to do) that's why he had a problem!

Erik is NO Scientist by any means he doesn't even know the cultivar that he planted!

What scientists plants a crop not knowing what it is!

DUH!

He is NOT giving them away he is SELLING them for $ 3.00 each

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

I guess if A64 had been written with the intent to actually legalize anything they would have added one sentence that said cannabis/hemp was a fundamental RIGHT for the citizens. Then the HOA's could stuff it.  

Some of us pointed that out back in 2011. And that employer's could still fire people over off work use, people would lose their gun rights, parents would still lose custody, people would still be criminally charged etc....

Yeah the local control/ban RIGHTS holds hands with HOA's RIGHTS in 64 and the 'we the people' got no rights out of 64.....

We were called 'crazy'.....while the 64 SCAMpaign pathologically lied to the voters....and now an HOA brings down a hemp garden.....

And the hemp part was added to 64 1/2 ass at the last minute when Rico Colibri advised the 64 SCAMpaign they would be remiss if they 'forgot' hemp.  That is why hemp is one sentence in 64. 

And as John Suthers Office points out in the Coats brief:  64 has more words than the US Constitution so it's too long to be a 'right'--rights are straightforward and short......lol


whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

This is shameful.  I hope he still plants the smaller plot his HOA seems to allow.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Fail to plan, Plan to fail.


Only fools and tools purchase homes in neighborhoods with HOAs 

thcmc420
thcmc420

When you buy the house you know there's a homeowners association!

It's not some hidden secret !

You're just another stupid American if you don't understand what you buy!

There sure are a lot of stupid Americans!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@KathleenChippi


You obviously have no idea what you are talking about.


I guess if A64 had been written with the intent to actually legalize anything they would have added one sentence that said cannabis/hemp was a fundamental RIGHT for the citizens. Then the HOA's could stuff it.   


BULLSHIT!

withregards
withregards

@DonkeyHotay


donkey,


Even when you have a salient point to make, your complete lack of social graces and antagonistic stance to anyone who does not agree with your narrow definition of "smart" or "right" renders your point and you as a commenter, irrelevant.


  A big part of social interaction is lost on you.  Its only a weak willed individual who lets the anonymity of the internet override the need to be respectful of others and their opinions.


  Rethink your approach to making comments. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay


Is that what you think stupid?  I guess there is no HOA in the hood where you and your cardboard box reside.   

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@thcmc420 ... REGULATION WORKS !!


... then the clueless idiots complain about the Regulations THEY BEGGED FOR !!

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

@withregards @DonkeyHotay  DH is a fellow heyoka...a spirit of thunder and lightning.  You cannot tame a heyoka just as you cannot tame the wind. 


"Heyóka's don’t seem to care about taboos, rules, regulations, social norms, or boundaries. Paradoxically, however, it is by violating these norms and taboos that they help to define the accepted boundaries, rules, and societal guidelines for ethical and moral behavior."


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heyoka

thcmc420
thcmc420

I have no HOAs on my 13 acres! Only FOOLS live in the city!

Jay5126
Jay5126

@DonkeyHotay Jesus you are lazy dumb fuck. 1995 called and they want you to stop the 'hangin' joke.

Thanks,

Everyone

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@thcmc420


Just to show how AIDS makes people stupid, the donkey boy lives in the city and liked your comment.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Jay5126 @DonkeyHotay


What I'd like o know is --- if the donkey boy is  incessantly "laughing out loud", but no one is around to hear it, is it still loud?      

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