For Immediate Release
Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Patrick Goggin 415-312-0084
Adam Eidinger 202-744-2671
Vote Hemp Names California
Mark Leno 'Legislator of the Year'
SAN FRANCISCO, CA —
Vote Hemp (www.VoteHemp.com),
the nation's leading grassroots organization dedicated
to removing barriers to growing industrial hemp, has
named California Assemblyman Mark
Leno of San Francisco "Legislator of the Year"
for sponsoring AB
1147, The California Industrial Hemp Farming
Act. Thanks to Mr. Leno and his staff's tireless
work, his landmark legislation passed both the California
Assembly and Senate, but was ultimately vetoed
by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in September of this
year. The award presentation will be given at the Hemp
Industries Association's Annual Meeting on Thursday,
November 9 at 4:30 pm at the Ramada Civic Center located
at 1231 Market Street in San Francisco.
Once passing out of the Assembly in January
of this year, AB 1147 gained momentum due to Mr. Leno's
successful advocacy to fellow legislators. Vote Hemp
has worked with numerous officials at all levels of
government to shape legislation; Mr. Leno is a model
advocate for rational hemp policy.
Another important reason Vote Hemp's recognition
is focused on Mr. Leno is his staff's sincere enthusiasm
which assisted greatly in securing new public awareness
of the hemp issue and the common sense solutions the
vast majority of citizens believe should be enacted.
Careful deliberation by the staff focused on real world
solutions giving farmers in America equal rights with
those around the rest of the world to grow the crop.
Mr. Leno invited hemp business leaders,
who spend millions of dollars each year importing hemp
from Canada, China and Europe, to testify at hearings.
The award will be presented at the annual Hemp
Industries Association meeting featuring numerous
hemp product displays.
AB 1147 had been carefully crafted to
comply with federal law and minimize any impact on law
enforcement. It included tough regulations without placing
an undue burden on farmers. The bill would have permitted
cultivation of only ultra-low-THC industrial hemp grown
as an agricultural field crop or in a research setting.
Backyard or horticultural cultivation would have been
prohibited, and any clandestine grove of Cannabis
would have been considered a controlled substance regardless
of its THC content.
No industrial hemp is grown in the United
States today, even though seven states
(Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota
and West Virginia) have passed hemp farming and research
bills in recent years.
Vote Hemp is a non-profit organization
dedicated to the acceptance of and a free market for
industrial hemp and to changes in current law to allow
U.S. farmers to once again grow low-THC industrial hemp.
More information about hemp legislation and the crop's
many uses may be found at www.VoteHemp.com
BETA SP or DVD Video News Releases featuring footage
of hemp farming in other countries are available upon
request by contacting Adam Eidinger at 202-744-2671.