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Weekly News Update! Every week or so members
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is a story from the Guardian Unlimited, the
full version of which appears in the January issue
of Lifescape magazine with a Mother Hemp
featured on the cover!
Dakota continues to dominate the news, and so
all of it is good. There are three stories and an
editorial in the Update this week, along with a
and a ND Ag Department press release in the Hemp
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|North Dakota Preparing to Grow Industrial Hemp
By James MacPherson
December 4, 2006
BISMARCK, ND (AP) — David Monson plans on
one of the first in line to apply for a license to
grow industrial hemp legally in North Dakota.
Monson is a state representative from Osnabrock
and a farmer who watches his Canadian neighbors
the crop just 25 miles north of his farm. Hemp
production has been legal in Canada since 1998,
after 60 years of prohibition.
Monson said it's time for North Dakota to cash in
on the crop.
"We know it will grow here," Monson said.
North Dakota farmers may start applying for state
licenses to grow industrial hemp on Jan. 1, but no
seed may be sown until federal drug agents approve,
Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson says.
|Industrialized Hemp Is Now Legal
KMOT-TV NBC 10
December 7, 2006
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North Dakota farmers are the first in the nation
to be able to grow industrial hemp.
After January first farmers can begin applying
for a license to grow the crop.
The rules require a criminal background check,
the sale and location of hemp fields must be
documented, and the farmer must obtain a permit
the Drug Enforcement Administration.
North Dakota farmers are now allowed to grow
industrial hemp ... and while it does look a lot like
marijuana, it has no value for drug use.
"It is broken down to a genetic level. There is a
genetic difference, a DNA distinction between the
two," says Rob Robinson.
|Hemp Farming Battle Update
By Jordan Smith
The Austin Chronicle
December 8, 2006
On Nov. 15, North Dakota Agriculture
Roger Johnson announced that his state is one step
closer to approving and issuing its first-ever
hemp-farming license. The announcement followed
state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem's final
sign-off on the state's hemp-farming rules,
signaling that they are in compliance with state
For nearly a decade, North Dakota has been at
the forefront of the push to reauthorize hemp
farming, as state lawmakers — from both
parties — have worked to craft laws that would
allow North Dakota's farmers to cultivate industrial
cannabis, the non-narcotic cousin of marijuana that
contains just trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol,
or THC. When the rule finally takes effect, North
Dakota will be first in line to challenge the near
virtual ban on industrial hemp farming imposed by
the feds in 1937 with the Marihuana Tax Act and
championed with myopic vigor by the Drug
Administration since the 1970s with the passage of
the Controlled Substances Act.
Hemp cultivation was an integral part of the
American farming economy from colonial times (when
it was illegal not to grow) through the
mid-Thirties, when reefer madness took hold and
federal narcos — and not the Department of
Agriculture — were given the authority to also
regulate industrial hemp, a move that in turn has
led to the near total ban on cultivation of the
environmentally-friendly crop. (Hemp fibers are
among the strongest and have been used to make a
variety of products — from paper, clothing
and sails to, in more modern times, composite panels
used in a variety of cars, including the Ford
Explorer, Dodge Viper and BMW 3 series.)
|Highs and Lows of a Hemp Diet
December 5, 2006
You would have to have been on another planet
the past couple of years to have not noticed the
intensive campaign to put Omega-3 in everything we
eat at the moment — it's even in eggs.
Nutritionists, however, say that the amount of
Omega-3 in these foods is usually minute, compared
the quantities you can get by eating oily fish.
The trouble is, environmentalists, along with
vegetarians, are more than a little concerned by
reports suggesting that at least 75% of the world's
fish stocks are either exploited or significantly
depleted. So where do we go for an Omega-3 fix?
Farmers Deserve Chance to Show They Can Grow Industrial Hemp Responsibly
The Minot Daily News
December 6, 2006
North Dakota farmers interested in growing
industrial hemp have cleared one hurdle, but there
remains a huge obstacle in front of them: The Drug
Farmers may apply for state licenses to grow
industrial hemp under rules that take effect next
year. But applying for and receiving a state license
is no guarantee that a farmer can plant any hemp
seed. Federal drug agents must give their approval
to the state’s plan before anything can happen.
Hemp, a biological cousin of marijuana, contains
trace amounts of tetahydrocannabinol, or THC, a
banned substance. Because of that, hemp and
marijuana fall under the same federal regulations.