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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, October 1, 2008

CONTACT: Tom Murphy 207-542-4998
tom@thehia.org

Adam Eidinger 202-744-2671
adam@votehemp.com

Hemp Industries Association Gathers in Boston October 19-20 for Annual Meeting
New Data on Growth of Hemp Food and Body Care Markets to be Released
Conference Explores All Aspects of Versatile Hemp Plant

Boston, MA — Even though it has been over 50 years since the last commercial hemp crop was grown in the United States, a financially viable and environmentally sustainable hemp industry not only exists here today, but is thriving. Business leaders of the worldwide hemp industry will meet in Boston, Massachusetts on October 19-20 to map out plans for bringing back hemp farming in the United States, to present updates on current industry developments, and to share new data about expanding markets. The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) Annual General Meeting will be held at the Best Western Roundhouse Suites, located at 891 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston.

The HIA annual meeting comes on the tail-end of the Natural Products Expo East, taking place October 15-18 also in Boston. Hemp companies are regular exhibitors at the Natural Products Expo, an event attended by thousands of retail buyers for natural food stores, distributors and brokers.

Featured speakers at this year's HIA Annual General Meeting include:

Mario Machnicki, Managing Director, American Limetec: "Hemcrete® and the Potential Market for Hemp in Building Construction"

Alex White Plume, Pine Ridge Hemp Project: "The Lakota Hemp Building Project & Efforts to Grow Hemp at Pine Ridge"

Amy Shollenberger, Executive Director, Rural Vermont: "The 'Hemp for Vermont' Bill: How to Successfully Pass State Hemp Legislation"

Anndrea Hermann, Executive Director, Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance: "Canadian Update"

Barbara Filippone, EnviroTextiles: "Hemp Textiles Update"

Bernd Frank, Managing Director, BaFa GmbH: "Industrial Hemp in the EU: Experiences and Future Prospects"

Carl Hedberg, Consultant & Editor: "The Entrepreneurial Mindset in Mission-Driven Enterprises" (based on the top-selling book on entrepreneurship)

Christina Volgyesi, Living Harvest: "The Hemp Foods Market & Consumer Studies Update"

Gero Leson, Leson & Associates: "Nutritional Assessment of Hemp Foods and the TestPledge Program"

David Bronner, President, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps: "Hemp Industry and Legal Update"

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The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) represents the interests of the hemp industry and encourages the research and development of new hemp products. More information can be found online at www.thehia.org. An embargoed sneak preview of sales data to be released is available upon request by contacting Adam Eidinger at 202-744-2671 or adam@votehemp.com

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