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The Vote Hemp Weekly News Update Volume I, Number 8
October 12, 2006

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the eighth issue of The Vote Hemp Weekly News Update! As you are probably aware by now, AB 1147, The California Industrial Hemp Farming Act, was vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger on Saturday, September 30. Please see the Vote Hemp California page for more information. While this is a sad event, we learned much, and there are good indications that a hemp farming bill will be reintroduced in the next session.

In the Santa Cruz Sentinel story, "Governor vetoes the legalization of hemp over the weekend," Assemblyman Mark Leno is quoted as saying "But we're not through yet. We're not going to give up. I'll probably try to introduce it again ... in January." Assemblyman Chuck Devore is also quoted as saying that he will "try again next session" in the Daily Pilot column "Political Landscape."

There is good news out of North Carolina and North Dakota, though.

In North Carolina, H 1723, The Studies Act of 2006, was signed and passed into law by Gov. Easley on August 16. The act included the bill S 1572, Study Beneficial Uses of Industrial Hemp, which creates an independent commission to study the beneficial uses of industrial hemp. More on this as it progresses.

In North Dakota, Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson released the Final Proposed Industrial Hemp Regulations (September 2006) and announced that the deadline for comments on the proposed hemp rules has been extended until the end of the month.

You can help make hemp farming in North Dakota a reality in 2007 by sending a letter in support of the proposed farming rules. Please give Commissioner Johnson the support he needs to bring industrial hemp farming back to North Dakota. Take action now.

Please also make a contribution to Vote Hemp today to help us continue working to bring hemp farming back to the U.S.

We need and truly appreciate your support!

Best Regards,

Tom Murphy
Weekly News Update Editor

Weekly News Update Stories
  • ND Ag Commissioner Candidates Talk Hemp, Ethanol
  • Natural Products Expo East Heats up Baltimore
  • Governor Easley Signs NC Hemp Study Bill
  • The Highway to Hemp

  • Natural Products Expo East Heats up Baltimore

    Gourmet Retailer
    October 10, 2006

    Natural Products Expo East 2006, which ended its three-day run Saturday at the Baltimore Convention Center, was a testament to the surging popularity of the natural and organic healthy products industry with record attendance and exhibition growth. With more than 1,700 exhibits, over 23,000 industry attendees were the first to see the latest trends in natural and organic food, dietary supplements, personal care, and new healthy lifestyle categories.

    Our editors relentlessly scoured the aisles to pinpoint the latest emerging and expanding trends. Here are a few categories that caught their eye:

    At the expo, hemp seemed to be everywhere. Manufacturers are incorporating hemp into everything from milk to bagels to nut butters. We were particularly impressed with the newly developed crop of hemp milks, packing a powerhouse punch of omega-3 essential fatty acids and protein. These non-dairy all-organic beverages are made from whole hemp nuts and have a pleasant nutty flavor.

    Standouts included Hemp Bliss from Manitoba Harvest, offered in Chocolate (our overwhelming favorite), Vanilla and Original. Each 32-oz. container is lactose-free, soy-free, nut-free and cholesterol-free. Living Harvest also debuted their non-dairy alternative to soy and dairy with their Living Harvest Hempmilk. Each flavor including Vanilla, Original and Chocolate boasts a rich, creamy, nutty taste profile that is sure to be a hit amongst moms and kids alike.

    More hemp goodies came from French Meadow Bakery, including their delicious line of Healthy Hemp products. We sampled the Gluten-Free Tortillas, grilled quesadilla-style with organic cheese, and the Healthy Hemp Yeast-Free Bagels topped with organic cream cheese.


    Governor Easley Signs NC Hemp Study Bill

    Wilmington Morning Star
    September 20, 2006

    North Carolina lawmakers want to know whether there's money to be made in hemp, a plant related to marijuana.

    A study of hemp's industrial uses was rolled into a long bill passed this summer by the NC General Assembly and signed last month by Gov. Mike Easley. The bill sets out rules and subjects for more than three dozen studies, ranging from health care to taxes to day care funding. Nearly all have December or January reporting deadlines. While many are authorized, not all of the studies get off the ground. And, as of Tuesday, no one had been appointed to the hemp commission.


    The Highway to Hemp

    By Kelly Stone
    AGWEEK
    Grand Forks Herald
    September 25, 2006

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba A handful of lush, green Manitoba fields are producing crops for a small but thriving business tucked inside a Winnipeg industrial park. It's a lucrative scenario that may provide a glimpse into North Dakota's future.

    The crop is industrial hemp. The Canadian company, Manitoba Harvest/Hemp Food & Oils, was formed in 1998, the year Manitoba started issuing licenses for hemp production.

    This month, North Dakota moved one step closer to that milestone, and it is possible that hemp crops will be on the horizon in the spring.


    ND Ag Commissioner Candidates Talk Hemp, Ethanol

    By Dale Wetzel, Associated Press
    Bismarck Tribune
    October 6, 2006

    North Dakota should push for less stringent rules for growing industrial hemp, and continue efforts to promote E-85 vehicle fuel, the state's candidates for agriculture commissioner say.

    At a debate Thursday, incumbent Democrat Roger Johnson and his Republican challenger, Menoken farmer Doug Goehring, agreed that a new federal farm bill should include rules for farm disaster aid, and improvements to the nation's crop insurance system.

    Johnson jabbed Goehring for what Johnson said were Goehring's varying stands on whether North Dakota should require all gasoline sold in the state to be blended with ethanol.

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