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Industrial Hemp Industrial Hemp: Uses for Hemp
Uses for Hemp

Posted by MikeyZero Saturday, October 24, 2009 (18:34:44)

Industrial Hemp Industrial Hemp: Oopsie! Police slash research hemp instead of pot
Oopsie! Police slash research hemp instead of pot

(AP) – 4 hours ago

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch police who mowed down what they thought were illicit marijuana plants were red-faced Thursday when it emerged they'd ruined a research group's giant, officially sanctioned field of harmless hemp.

Police proudly announced Wednesday that they'd found more than 47,000 cannabis plants, with an estimated street value of nearly euro4.5 million ($6.45 million) concealed in a corn field in the Flevoland province east of Amsterdam.

They mowed down half the plants only to be informed they were the property of Wageningen University and Research Center, a respected agricultural school.

The field contained a new strain of hemp that researchers hope can be a sustainable source of fiber, Simon Vink, a spokesman for the executive board of Wageningen University and Research Center, said Thursday.

Hemp plants are related to marijuana but have only trace elements of THC, the mind-altering chemical that cannabis contains.

"The street value from a drug point of view is less than zero," Vink said.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Posted by MikeyZero Thursday, September 03, 2009 (21:50:05)
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Industrial Hemp Industrial Hemp: Oregon Hemp Farming Bill Becomes Law
Oregon Hemp Farming Bill Becomes Law
New State Program for Hemp Farmers to be Established

SALEM, OR — Vote Hemp, the leading grassroots advocacy organization working to give back farmers the right to grow industrial hemp (the oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis), enthusiastically supports the decision of Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski to sign SB 676 into law today. The bill, which passed the House by a vote of 46 to 11 and the Senate by a vote of 27 to 2, permits the production, trade and possession of industrial hemp commodities and products. With the Governor's signature, it now makes a politically bold commitment to develop hemp in a state whose slogan is "Oregon - We Love Dreamers."

"I am glad that Oregon has joined the other states that have agreed that American farmers should have the right to re-introduce industrial hemp as an agricultural crop," says SB 676 sponsor, Sen. Floyd Prozanski. "By signing SB 676 into law, which passed the Oregon Legislature with strong bi-partisan support, Governor Kulongoski has taken a proactive position allowing our farmers the right to grow industrial hemp, to provide American manufacturers with domestically-grown hemp, and to profit from that effort." The new law sets up a state-regulated program for farmers to grow industrial hemp which is used in a wide variety of products, including nutritious foods, cosmetics, body care, clothing, tree-free paper, auto parts, building materials, fuels and much more. Learn more about hemp at www.VoteHemp.com.

"Oregon's federal delegation can now take this law to the U.S. Congress and call for a fix to this problem, so American companies will no longer need to import hemp and American farmers will no longer be denied a profitable new crop," comments Vote Hemp Director, Patrick Goggin. "Under current federal policy, industrial hemp can be imported, but it cannot be grown by American farmers. Hemp is an environmentally-friendly crop that has not been grown commercially in the U.S. for over fifty years because of a politicized and misguided interpretation of the nation's drug laws by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Read more. . .

CONTACT: Adam Eidinger 202-744-2671
Tom Murphy 207-542-4998

Oregon Hemp Farming Bill Becomes Law
New State Program for Hemp Farmers to be Established

Posted by GregP Wednesday, August 05, 2009 (17:27:20)

Industrial Hemp Industrial Hemp: Contact Your Michigan Senator
Remember to Email Your Michigan State Senator!

The Michigan State Senate is on Recess until July 14.
Between now and the 14th of July we need to get as many people as we can to send a letter or email their State Senator about Industrial Hemp.

Even if you only say "Yes Industrial Hemp" and sign your name it will let them know how you feel.
Have letter writing parties, have a competition with a friend and see who can get the most people to send a letter/email.

Have competitions between small towns, Counties or cites.
Please if you send a long letter/email keep your comments limited to the Industrial Hemp issue.
Get as many people as you can involved, if you twitter, myspace, facebook or blog help spread the word.

The way the politicians see it if 1 person cares enough to write about an issue there are 100 other that care but don't write.

If you don't know who your Senator is or need a pre-written letter contact me with your address and I will get you what you need.

Help give the Senators a surprise after recess is over!


Everett Swift
Executive Director, MIHEMP

Find your Michigan State Senator here: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/

GP - This contact campaign goes beyond the 14th. That is just when they get back from their vacation. Most Politicians of every stripe are getting pushed off their comfort zone on the Cannabis issues. If we can keep up the pressure something is going to crack. Perhaps it will be industrial hemp first?

Posted by GregP Monday, July 13, 2009 (20:45:23)

Industrial Hemp Industrial Hemp: Canada profits from bizarre U.S. bans
Canada profits from bizarre U.S. bans
By Froma Harrop/For the Sun-News
Posted: 03/04/2009 01:00:00 AM MST

When a pizzeria closes, the pizzeria down the block usually sees a surge in business. That principle applies to commerce in the larger North American neighborhood. Whenever the United States locks the gate on a plausible economic activity, Canadians move in and profit.

The Bush administration's hostility toward stem-cell science created opportunity in Canada. Starved of adequate federal support, American labs doing this cutting-edge science shrank or closed down, and many of their researchers moved to Canada. Between 2002 and 2007, the number of American university professors and assistants relocating to Canada jumped 27 percent, according to Canadian immigration officials. Some were stars in stem-cell research.

The Obama administration has ended that Canadian advantage by reversing the Bush policy. Canadians now fear they might suffer their own brain-drain back to the United States — and not just of Americans. European, Asian and other scientists, who went to Canada rather than the United States, may decide to head south.

A recent headline from Toronto's Globe and Mail says it all: "As U.S. emerges from Dark Age, Canada's scientific edge fades."

Hemp is a plant used to make paper, oils, textiles and other products. American farmers from George Washington on grew it. But because hemp is related to marijuana, the U.S. government outlawed its cultivation in the "50s.

Read more. . .

Posted by GregP Friday, March 06, 2009 (15:48:32)

Industrial Hemp Industrial Hemp: Hemp growers take case to higher authority
Hemp growers take case to higher authority

Two North Dakota farmers are licensed to grow the legitimate, useful crop but are seeking a court's validation.

By JAMES WALSH, Star Tribune
Last update: November 12, 2008 - 10:41 PM

Pot -- or not pot. That seems to be the question.

Two North Dakota farmers on Wednesday took their battle to grow industrial hemp to the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Paul, where their attorney argued that hemp is so distinct from marijuana that it should not be subject to federal regulation. At stake, say hemp sellers and would-be farmers, is a potentially booming commodity that would help U.S. growers and consumers alike.

"I get real excited about it because of our economic times. It's a crop that would be very, very lucrative," said Lynn Gordon, owner of the French Meadow Bakery, who attended oral arguments at the U.S. Courthouse in St. Paul. French Meadow makes Healthy Hemp bread, muffins and bagels -- all big sellers, Gordon said -- but must buy its hemp from Canada.

"I pay so much for it now," she said.

Read more. . .

Posted by GregP Thursday, November 13, 2008 (16:24:32)

Industrial Hemp Industrial Hemp: FARMERS IN NSW GOING TO POT
by Ben Cubby, Environment Reporter, (Source:Sydney Morning Herald)
09 Apr 2008
THE NSW Government has turned over a new leaf after decades of opposing commercial cannabis, revealing plans for a new scheme to grow the plant on an industrial scale.

It will introduce legislation in weeks to allow farms to grow hemp, the fibres and oil of which can be used in food and clothes, biofuels and skin-care products.

The state's first legal hemp crop has been approved by police and will contain only tiny amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound that some people smoke for recreation. It will be planted later this year, with farmers no longer needing their licences to be approved by the NSW Health Department.

"Industrial hemp fibre produced here in NSW could pave the way for the establishment of a new viable industry that creates and sells textiles, cloth and building products made from locally grown industrial hemp," said the Primary Industries Minister, Ian Macdonald, who will oversee the licences for the new crop.

Read more. . .

Posted by GregP Wednesday, April 09, 2008 (22:48:38)

American Prisoners of the Drug War Industrial Hemp: War Over Right To Grow Healthy Hemp Rages On
War over right to grow healthy hemp rages on
By Alex McNally
21-Feb-2008 -
An appeal has now been lodged to overturn a ban on growing commercial hemp in North Dakota - which if successful could see the US pitted against Canada in producing the protein rich oil.

The legal challenge was made on Tuesday by two state farmers after their original lawsuit to end the US Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) ban on growing industrial hemp was dismissed.

The ban began when the DEA moved for a motion to dismiss state law allowing the growing of industrial hemp under licence. DEA argued that industrial hemp at some point contains psychoactive levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC-).

THC is listed as a controlled substance under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA).

Hemp seed contains some 25 percent protein, making it second only to soybean for protein content. The seed is also said to be high in essential fatty acids such as omega-3.

Meanwhile, firms in Canada - where commercial hemp can be grown - have been cashing in on its healthy content. Manufacturer Manitoba Harvest is just one example of this. Last year it added a hemp milk to its range of hemp food products.

Read more. . .

Posted by GregP Monday, March 17, 2008 (19:12:27)

Industrial Hemp Industrial Hemp: INDUSTRIAL HEMP POSES NO THREAT
by Wayne Hauge, (Source:Grand Forks Herald)
20 Jan 2008
South Dakota

RAY, N.D. I am proud and honored by the negative comments of Jeanette McDougal and John Coleman, as well as mystified by their statements that provide little in the way of statistical evidence to support their negative stance on industrial hemp ( "The plan: First hemp, then pot" and "'Legalize pot' groups use hemp arguments as front," Page 4A, Jan. 16 ).

I am honored that McDougal would recognize North Dakota farmers as solid citizens: "What group is perceived as more 'solid' than America's farmers, especially North Dakota farmers?" Even in Arkansas, people who disagree with us recognize farmers in the entire Midwest are hard-working folks who supply the food needs of not only this great country but also major portions of the world.

But to state that marijuana has any correlation to the efforts by myself and everyone I have to date come in contact with, is sorely mistaken.

Read more. . .

Posted by GregP Monday, January 21, 2008 (01:15:19)

Industrial Hemp Industrial Hemp: Politics Trumps Common Sense About Hemp Again
(Source:Minot Daily News)

North Dakota
The three members of North Dakota's congressional delegation see little hope in Congress for state farmers who want to grow industrial hemp.

Members of the state's all-Democratic delegation -- Sens. Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad and Rep. Earl Pomeroy -- say they have no plans to introduce or push legislation that would make it easier for farmers around the country to grow the crop.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland last month dismissed a lawsuit filed against the U.S government by two North Dakota farmers, saying federal law considers industrial hemp to be the same as marijuana, which is an illegal drug. In his ruling, Hovland suggested asking Congress to change the definition of industrial hemp to explicitly distinguish it from marijuana.

That idea has no traction in Congress, the state's delegation says.

``When the ( federal ) drug enforcement agency takes this hard line position, there is not the political will in Congress to challenge them,'' Pomeroy said. ``No one wants to be involved in something that some might perceive as loosening our drug laws.''

Read more. . .

Posted by GregP Saturday, January 05, 2008 (02:43:06)

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