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The Vote Hemp Weekly News Update Volume I, Number 9
November 7, 2006

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the ninth issue of The Vote Hemp Weekly News Update. Today is going to be an amazing day and you can be part of it! Please go to the polls to vote and wherever possible remember to Vote Hemp. The hard truth is that politics costs money. Vote Hemp would love your contribution and will put it to good use.

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson and California Assemblyman Mark Leno are two of the strongest advocates for industrial hemp farming, and they are both up for re-election. No matter where you're from, they are working for you. Please show your support for these Democratic candidates. You can make a donation to their campaigns at Johnson for Ag and Mark Leno for Assembly.

You can make a donation to more pro-hemp Democratic candidates here on the Vote Hemp ActBlue page.

There are also a number of Republican candidates up for election who support hemp as well. This is truly a bi-partisan issue and we would not be where we are now without them.

Hawaii state representative Cynthia Thielen is running for U.S. Senate. She can take credit for the only industrial hemp plot grown under state law in the U.S. Congressman Ron Paul from Texas, who introduced the first-ever federal hemp farming bill, wants to come back in 2007 and do it all over again. You can donate to their campaigns at their web sites: Cynthia Thielen for U.S. Senate Committee to Re-Elect Ron Paul.

California Assemblyman Chuck Devore was co-author of the California Industrial Hemp farming Act with Assemblyman Mark Leno. You can make a contribution to Assemblyman Devore on his DeVore in '04 and DeVore in '06 page.

We've chosen to highlight a few good pro-hemp candidates, but there are many more out there. There are quite a few pro-hemp Democratic and Republican candidates. Many Green Party and Libertarian Party candidates are pro-hemp as well. We will try to cover candidates more in depth in the future.

Please make a contribution to Vote Hemp today to help us fix the situation here in the U.S.

We need and truly appreciate your support!

Best Regards,

Tom Murphy
Weekly News Update Editor

p.s. Also being held this week is the Hemp Industries Association 2006 Convention. A good time will be had by all! Please check it out.

Weekly News Update Stories
  • Consider hemp over canola for oilseed production
  • Hemp for Farming
  • Ag commissioner candidates dueling for second time
  • Bingham brings hemp study to North Carolina
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Fails the Manliness Test

  • Hemp for Farming

    Despite California Gov. Terminator's decision to veto a bipartisan measure reauthorizing the cultivation of industrial hemp by the state's farmers, the broader movement to restore industrial cannabis farming to the American agricultural economy continues to barrel forward. Indeed, North Carolina legislators have passed a bill appropriating $30K to fund a statewide commission charged with studying the "economic opportunities industrial hemp provides to the state and to consider the desirability and feasibility of authorizing industrial hemp cultivation and production as a farm product in North Carolina," according to the Beneficial Uses of Industrial Hemp Act, which became law July 1. The commission -- made up of state agricultural and commerce officials and academics from several universities -- is expected to present its findings (including any legislative proposals) to the State Assembly by Dec. 1.


    Ag commissioner candidates dueling for second time

    By Blake Nicholson, Associated Press
    Contra Costa Times
    October 14, 2006

    WISHEK, N.D. - Roger Johnson finds similarities between cutting hay in the middle of the night and standing for hours in a crowded auditorium shaking hundreds of hands amid the sound of accordions and the pungent smell of sauerkraut.

    "There are seasons in this, just like there are seasons in farming," the Democratic agriculture commissioner said as he campaigned at Wishek's annual Sauerkraut Day.

    "One thing I got used to early on is when there was work to do, the days were pretty long," he said.


    Bingham brings hemp study to North Carolina

    By Amy Kingsley, YES! Weekly. (October 25, 2006

    About a year ago, Republican state Senator Stan Bingham went looking for new potential energy sources for his soybean oil-fueled car. After some research, he concluded that hempseed oil might generate the type of gas he was looking for.

    "Hemp is great for alternative fuel," Bingham said.

    As it turns out, fuel isn't the only use for industrial hemp, although it is the one favored by actor Woody Harrelson, who drove a hemp-fueled car up the West Coast. Hemp seeds and stalk can be used in the production of a number of goods including clothes, paper, carpet, food, soaps, lotions and medicine. Adam Eidinger, the spokesman for Vote Hemp in Bedford, Mass., pegged the current market for hemp products at $275 million annually and growing.

    Tobacco farmers looking for a new crop might benefit from planting hemp, Bingham said, because it thrives in Southern climes, particularly in places where corn also grows.


    Arnold Schwarzenegger Fails the Manliness Test

    By David Morris
    AlterNet
    October 26, 2006

    "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience", Martin Luther King said, "but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." By this measure, Arnold Schwarzenegger fails the test. He flexes his impressive muscles for show. But when strength and courage truly are required, he cuts and runs. In his own inimitable words, he is a girly-man.

    Back in June the governor stood up to the federal government for 17 days, refusing to send the California National Guard to the border in a dispute with the President over immigration policy. He finally agreed, but insisted, "I'm the commander-in-chief -- so I can take back the National Guard at any time that I want."

    In this case, where little was at stake except perhaps for the liberal votes he was seeking as his gubernatorial re-election campaign began in earnest, Schwarzenegger stood tall. California law trumps federal actions.


    Consider hemp over canola for oilseed production

    By Angela Eckhardt
    Capital Press
    October 27, 2006

    Just about everyone would prefer biofuels to petroleum, but choosing the right fuel crops for cultivation in North America isn't easy, especially for Western states. That's because one of the most viable crops - hemp - is legally off-limits.

    Instead, canola is getting all the attention. The June 2006 report, "Assessment of Biodiesel Feedstocks in Oregon," prepared for the Portland Development Commission, presented canola as the best oilseed crop for the region. Last month, the Oregon Legislature's Emergency Board agreed to finance a $235,000 canola research study.

    But not everyone is cheering over canola. Vegetable seed producers have serious concerns not only over cross-pollination, but over the potential for canola to spread diseases that are already a problem in the Brassica species, including blackleg, Sclerotinia stem rot and club root.

    "This is dangerous," said Sen. Kurt Schrader, D-Canby, at the legislative hearing. "There's no reason on God's green earth to introduce a known weed and carrier of pests."

    We might take our chances with canola if there were no alternatives, but that's not the case.

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