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
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!
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.
|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
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
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
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
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
Consider hemp over canola for oilseed production
By Angela Eckhardt
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.