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The Vote Hemp Weekly News Update Volume II, Number 13
July 12, 2007

Dear Reader,

The documentary Standing Silent Nation has generated a good bit of news since its showing on P.O.V. on PBS last Tuesday. After the television premiere, there was also a lively discussion on the PBS Discussion Forums.

Chet Brokaw of the Associated Press (AP) wrote our featured article this week. The AP sent out an update of the story yesterday. Here is the version that appeared in The Washington Post. Vote Hemp gets a mention towards the end of the story, and it was picked up widely.

AB 684, the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act, continues to wind its way through the legislature. Please see our California page for the latest updates and bill versions. Some media outlets, like the Chico Enterprise-Record, get it. Others, like KNTV - NBC Channel 11, pass along misinformation as fact with a deceptive, underlying drug storyline in a tongue-in-cheek (foot-in-mouth?) manner.

On a lighter note, hemp mazes — hanf labyrinths — have become quite popular in Germany. A very elaborate example of one can be seen below. Here is another one created by the HanfLabyrinth team. Soon, hopefully, we'll be able to do this here in the U.S., too.

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Best Regards,

Tom Murphy
Weekly News Update Editor

Weekly News Update Stories
  • Pine Ridge Farmer Struggles to Grow Hemp
  • Hemp Shorts:
  • Wear It. Eat It. Drive It. Just Don't Grow It.
  • The Battle over Hemp on an Indian Reservation
  • Hemp Field Becomes a Folly in the Mad Spirit of King Ludwig

  • Hemp Shorts:
    Canadian Hemp Field

    Road through a Canadian hemp field. Photo by: Luke Zigovits.

    Hemp Farming Still a Possibility
    A great editorial from the Chico Enterprise-Record.

    Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox
    A review of the documentary film in Variety.

    Hemp Not the Smokable Kind to the Surprise of Cops
    Not the variety they thought it was.

    Quirky Soap Magnate Dr. Bronner Gets 'Magic' Treatment
    Another review of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox appearing in the Chicago Tribune.

    Wear It. Eat It. Drive It. Just Don't Grow It.
    Handful of Hemp Seed

    By Ann Woolner, Opinion
    July 6, 2007

    You can buy it at any Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe's or health food cooperative. Look for it among the high-fiber cereal, the Inulin, the flax seeds.

    Pick up the powdered version to sprinkle green protein on your salad. Buy the granola and just try not to gobble it up immediately.

    Hemp, or more specifically, its seed and oil, tastes good (usually). It makes hemp butter, hemp bread, hemp bars and hemp seeds, which look like sesame. All of it is good for you, though none of it will get you high.

    The Battle over Hemp on an Indian Reservation
    Filmmaker Suree Towfighnia and Alex White Plume

    By Virginia Heffernan
    The New York Times
    July 3, 2007

    The story of a dirt-poor but enterprising family thwarted by shocking, stupid acts by jerks armed with red tape and guns produces a single effect: umbrage.

    It's good umbrage, mostly, that surging, almost euphoric response to a crusading documentary that frees you from the duty to be even-handed or hear out the other side.

    The one side — the good guys, the Oglala Lakotas, that is, in the perspective of "Standing Silent Nation," tonight on "P.O.V." on PBS — has done everything so exactly right, so modestly and appropriately and life-lovingly and hopefully right. And the bad guys, the Drug Enforcement Administration and eventually certain quarters of the federal government, don't only seem heartless, they also come across as idiots. Even R. James Woolsey Jr., the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and no one's pushover, says so.

    Hemp Field Becomes a Folly in the Mad Spirit of King Ludwig
    Hemp Labyrinth

    Times Online
    July 2, 2007

    UTTING, GERMANY — A picture of Neuschwanstein Castle, the retreat of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, took 1,200 hours to plough in a hemp field in Utting, Germany. The enterprise celebrates a king who was a promoter of the arts and architecture and littered Bavaria with imaginative castles.

    Bavarians revere the eccentric King. Musicals and songs have been composed about him, and Bavarian pubs still carry his portrait.

    Pine Ridge Farmer Struggles to Grow Hemp
    Alex White Plume

    By Chet Brokaw, AP
    Indian Country Today
    July 6, 2007

    MANDERSON, SD (AP) — Alex White Plume hoped his extended family could make a good living growing hemp when he first planted seeds on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwest South Dakota, but years of fighting with federal drug officials have left him in financial trouble.

    The White Plume family planted hemp for three years from 2000 through 2002, but they never harvested a crop. Federal agents conducted raids and cut down the plants each year because U.S. law considers hemp, a cousin of marijuana, to be a drug even though it contains only a trace of the drug in marijuana.

    "We had all these plans of grandeur and independence, to lead the way with industrial hemp," White Plume said. "None of it worked out."

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