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The Vote Hemp Weekly News Update Volume II, Number 14
July 27, 2007

Dear Reader,

There are some things that money can't buy. Getting a story with a picture on the front page of The New York Times is one of them. Thanks to the hard work of Adam Eidinger, Vote Hemp's Communications Director, the story "Sober North Dakotans Hope to Legalize Cannabis Without the Kick" appeared on the Times' front page on Saturday, July 21. The online version (with a slightly different headline) is our Featured Article this week.

Steve Robertson, a special agent for the DEA, is quoted as saying "We're an enforcement agency. We're sworn to uphold the law." We debunked this lie in our press release "Vote Hemp Exposes ONDCP and DEA Lies about Hemp Farming" this past February. My quote from the release started with "It's interesting that Special Agent Robertson pretends that the DEA is purely a law enforcement entity, as they are not." Telling the same lie over and over again is an effective propaganda technique — unless you are repeatedly called out on it.

Just as effective is the use of an underlying drug storyline. In reporting on hemp, the media often resorts to this tactic, especially on television. Often they do it unwittingly by using what Hawaii State Representative Cynthia Thielen commonly referred to as "the giggle factor." Some reporters and editors have still not gotten over these easy pot shots. So, this week Vote Hemp has called the media out on this in our press release "Television Coverage of Industrial Hemp Confused by Puns and Drug References."

Correcting misconceptions about hemp in both the media and the law takes a lot of time, effort and money. We believe it's worth it, though.

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

We need and truly appreciate your support!

Best Regards,

Tom Murphy
Weekly News Update Editor

Weekly News Update Stories
  • Sober North Dakotans Hope to Legalize Hemp
  • Hemp Shorts:
  • California Hemp-Legalization Bill Faces Law Enforcement Criticism
  • Industrial Hemp Receives Injection of Capital
  • Soy It Isn't So

  • Hemp Shorts:
    Canadian Hemp Under Blue Skies: Luke Zigovits

    Hemp in the Clouds. Photo by: Luke Zigovits.

    'Illogical' Policy on Hemp
    Editorial from The Day in New London, CT.

    Loud Silence
    John McCaslin ate four Vote Hemp Bars while writing the last item in this column for TownHall.com.

    N. Dakota Tests Ban on Hemp Farming
    This UPI story is the winner of the Swiss cheese inverted pyramid journalism award. Does it make any sense to you?

    British Racing Greens — From Zero to 150 MPH on Potatoes and Cashew Shells
    Be sure to check out the pictures and story of the hemp-body race car "Eco One."

    Now You Can Play Your Hemp Guitar through Hemp Speakers in a Hemp Cabinet
    Review of the Hard Trucker's new 2x12 hemp guitar cabinet. Plug in your HempStone guitar from Mada Guitars and you're all set.


    California Hemp-Legalization Bill Faces Law Enforcement Criticism
    KPBS Radio

    By Alison St. John, Guest Host
    "These Days"
    KPBS Radio
    July 17, 2007

    Maybe you've seen the hemp cereals in the Whole Foods store, or the hemp and cotton clothes in the boutiques. But you won't see hemp growing in the fields, not in California.

    Hemp is banned from agricultural production in the United States because it looks too much like marijuana. Law enforcement officials are adamantly opposed to legalizing hemp cultivation, in spite of the fact that its fibers, seeds and oils are already being legally imported to make numerous products sold in U.S. stores.

    Are American farmers being denied the chance to grow a legal cash crop that is making money for farmers in Canada and Europe?

    Alison's guests for the show are: California State Assemblyman Mark Leno, co-sponsor of AB 684; John Lovell, legislative lobbyist for the California Narcotics Officers Association; and Patrick Goggin, California counsel for the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and member of the board of directors for Vote Hemp.

    Click here to listen to the show online (mp3 file).


    Industrial Hemp Receives Injection of Capital
    Hemcore Hemp Bales on a Truck

    Green Building Press
    July 19, 2007

    Low Carbon Accelerator Limited (LCA) is an investment company set up to encourage and facilitate investments in a range of fast growing low carbon businesses. The company has announced that it has made an investment of £1,088,000 in Hemcore Limited for a 30% equity stake. The investment was part of an overall £2.6 million funding round led by LCA.

    Hemcore is the UK's largest grower and processor of industrial hemp, with around 1,000 hectares being farmed under contract. No agro-chemicals are used in its production. Hemp was once grown widely across the UK to produce fiber for sails and rigging. Hemcore produces low carbon raw materials for a wide range of industries, including green building.

    The investment from Low Carbon Accelerator and the other investors will enable Hemcore to increase its range of products, in particular the recently-launched natural fiber insulation product being sold under the "Breathe" brand name.


    Soy It Isn't So
    Hempola Hemp Salad Dressings

    By Terri Coles
    Reuters
    July 16, 2007

    TORONTO — Hemp, a fast-growing plant best known for being a cousin of marijuana, is becoming increasingly popular for its impressive nutritional profile.

    But despite industrial hemp's nutritional benefits and popularity, it's still illegal to grow or process it in the United States.

    Industrial hemp and marijuana are varieties of the same plant, Cannabis sativa L., but hemp has almost none of the delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that gives marijuana its mind-altering properties.


    Sober North Dakotans Hope to Legalize Hemp
    ND Farmer Dave Monson

    By Monica Davey
    The New York Times
    July 21, 2007

    OSNABROCK, ND — David C. Monson seems an improbable soul to find at the leading edge of a national movement to legalize growing hemp, a plant that shares a species name, a genus type and, in many circles, a reputation, with marijuana.

    As Mr. Monson rolls past his wheat, barley and shimmering yellow fields of canola, he listens to Rush Limbaugh in his tractor. When he is not farming, he is the high school principal in nearby Edinburg, population 252. When he is not teaching, he is a Republican representative in Bismarck, the state capital, where his party dominates both houses of the legislature and the governor is a Republican.

    "Look at me — do I look shady?" Mr. Monson, 56, asked, as he stood in work boots and a ball cap in the rocky, black dirt that spans mile after mile of North Dakota's nearly empty northern edge. "This is not any subversive thing like trying to legalize marijuana or whatever. This is just practical agriculture. We're desperate for something that can make us some money."

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