Happy New Year! Welcome to the first issue of the
second volume of The Vote Hemp Weekly News
Update. Every week or so members of the Vote
Hemp Board of Directors and our Media Team help
choose the best hemp news to present to you for
As you might expect, North
Dakota continues to dominate the hemp news.
is progressing on the application form at their Agriculture
Department, and the form is expected to be
by the end of this week. We hope that there will be
more exciting news on this developing story next
Our lead story this week is "North
Dakota Challenges Federal Ban on Hemp" from
Minnesota Public Radio. Please click
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format. The story features North Dakota Agriculture
Commissioner Roger Johnson, North Dakota State
Representative David Monson and Vote Hemp Director
David Bronner. Congratulations to Adam Eidinger, our
Communications Director, and the Vote Hemp Media
Team for their work in getting another great story
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|State Asks DEA to Waive Hemp Registration Fees
By James MacPherson, AP
December 27, 2006
A $2,293-a-year federal registration fee for
growing industrial hemp is ridiculous, says North
Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson, who
wants the government to waive the fee so more state
farmers can grow the crop.
Johnson said he sent a letter on Wednesday to
federal Drug Enforcement Administration chief Karen
Tandy, objecting to the fee and to confusing
paperwork associated with the registration.
"I think it's ridiculous that you have a fee
exceeding a couple of thousand dollars for someone
to grow industrial hemp," Johnson said.
Garrison Courtney, a spokesman for the DEA in
Washington, DC, said the annual registration fee
is set by Congress. It also applies to such
businesses as pharmaceutical companies that use
opium to manufacture morphine, he said.
|Hemp Grows with Technological Advances
By Sharon Adams
December 22, 2006
The production of hemp doubled this year in
Canada, with the grain moving from a niche product
into the foodstuff mainstream as consumers developed
their taste for hemp oil, hemp protein and seed.
Now producers of hemp-fibre products are poised
for exponential growth, too, with the worldwide
increase in consumer demand for sustainable
"We've had a massive increase in acreage
nationally to 45,000 acres [Ed. note: Health Canada
actually issued licenses for 50,768 acres] from 22,000
says Arthur Hanks, Executive Director of the
Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, which is based in
"We've had strong markets," he notes, adding that
some of the crop was produced on speculation
"hemp pays well" Ñ about $38 per bushel.
|Industrial Hemp Backers Try to Clear the Air
By Bert Caldwell
December 28, 2006
North Dakota farmers want to get into the hemp
business. A few want it so badly they would be
willing to ante up $202 in state licensing fees, and
another $2,293 for a non-refundable U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration registration fee.
That assumes the DEA will give them the time of
How North Dakota proceeds, and how federal
authorities respond, will likely determine whether
the United States again allows the cultivation of
industrial hemp. Except for a brief experiment in
Hawaii, the plant has not been grown in the country
Interest in hemp has grown rapidly as consumers
warm to the beneficial effects of hemp-based foods
and oils. The newest thing is hemp milk, with brand
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Bliss. Really.
|Industrial Hemp Poised to Become Major Crop
By Sue Roesler
Farm & Ranch Guide
December 21, 2006
Industrial hemp could easily become a leading
alternative cash crop of the future in North Dakota,
after all it has been growing wild for decades in
the state Ñ so proficiently, in fact, that it has
even been classified as a noxious weed.
But producers and ag officials are rediscovering
the crop's agricultural value and have been working
hard to allow hemp to be grown here.
And beginning Jan. 1, North Dakota farmers may
able to get in on the value-added ag side of the
crop, as the state will be the first in the nation to
issue licenses to farmers to grow industrial hemp
There is high consumer demand for industrial hemp
which has nearly 30,000 uses. From sturdy clothing,
rope, automotive products and ship sails made from
the fibers of the hemp stalk, to the most balanced
Omega 3 and 6 oil available made from crushing the
hemp seed, the entire plant has been used in a
variety of ways around the world for centuries.
North Dakota Challenges Federal Ban on Hemp
By Dan Gunderson
Minnesota Public Radio
December 27, 2006
Moorhead, MN Ñ Farmers in the U.S. have been
trying for years to get federal permission to grow
hemp, but the Drug Enforcement Administration has
refused all requests because hemp is related to
North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger
Johnson says it's time to force a change.
"Virtually every other industrialized country in
the world allows the growing of industrial hemp,"
says Johnson. "We're kind of an island with this
almost caveman mentality on the federal level
toward the growing of industrial hemp."
Johnson sees irony in the fact that in the
1940s the federal government strongly encouraged
farmers to grow hemp. The government even provided
free seed. Hemp was considered vital for fabric and
rope production during WWII. The USDA even
a film called "Hemp for Victory," which promoted
hemp production as a patriotic duty.
In the 1940s hemp was regulated as an
agricultural crop. Now hemp is controlled by the
Drug Enforcement Administration.