For Immediate Release
Friday, February 18, 2005
CONTACT: Adam Eidinger 202-232-8997,
Bill to be Introduced in California
California Businesses, Farmers, Legislators to Speak
at Press Conference Feb. 23
Sacramento, CA —
California business leaders, farmers and legislators
will offer their support for a new industrial hemp farming
bill (AB 1147) at a press conference on Feb. 23 at 9:00am
in the California State Capitol, room 1190. The press
conference, hosted by Assemblyman Mark Leno, sponsor
of the legislation, will feature various California-based
hemp businesses and outline why passage of the bill
will help farmers and California's economy.
Assemblyman Mark Leno,
13th District (San Francisco)
Candi Penn, Executive
Director of the Hemp Industries Association (Occidental)
President of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps (Escondido)
John Roulac, President
of Nutiva (Sebastopol)
Representatives of Whole
Foods Market and other speakers to be announced
WHAT: Press Conference
on New Industrial Hemp Legislation (AB 1147)
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb.
23 at 9:00am
WHERE: California State
Capitol, Room 1190, Sacramento
From natural soap to healthy foods, a
variety of "Made in California" hemp products
will be available to the public and media to sample.
In addition, a wide variety of hemp products from around
the world will be on display. Two of the California
hemp companies to speak at the press conference will
disclose how many thousands of acres of hemp they already
support in other countries to supply their businesses,
all of which could be grown in California.
This is the second time an industrial
hemp bill has been introduced in the California legislature.
In 2002, a hemp research bill (AB 388) passed both the
Assembly and Senate only to be vetoed by then Gov. Gray
Davis. "In 2002 we were very close to achieving
hemp legislation," says Candi Penn, Executive Director
of the Hemp
Industries Association which represents over 300
member companies. "We hope that our Governor, who
was born in a country where hemp farming is legal, will
sign the legislation to the benefit of California's
economy and environment."
Support for hemp farming in California
goes back to 1999 when resolution HR 32 was passed by
the Assembly. If the new hemp bill becomes law, farmers
would be able to apply for state licenses to grow hemp.
The law would be similar to regulations
on industrial hemp in other countries such as Canada
and the European Union.
NOTE: BETA SP Video News
Release featuring footage of hemp farming in other countries
is available upon request by contacting Adam Eidinger
Visit www.VoteHemp.com to learn more about
For more information or to arrange interviews with representatives
of the hemp industry, please call Adam Eidinger at 202-744-2671.