It is with great sadness that we pass along
the news of the deaths of two people that
were very important to the hemp community. Michael
Sutherland, 41, founder of Peopleshemp and a Director of the Hemp Industries
Association (HIA), was killed August 26
in a whitewater rafting accident in China.
Read the interview that Michael did
with The Alternative Consumer for an
excellent perspective of who he was and how
he did business.
Also, Anita Roddick, 64, founder of The Body
Shop, passed away on September 10 at St.
Richard's Hospital in Chichester, England.
Read the story in the Telegraph for more on Dame Anita's recent work.
Words cannot adequately express all that
these two individuals have done to make the
world a better place. Both will be missed
On a more upbeat note, AB 684, the California
Industrial Hemp Farming Act, recently passed
Senate and Assembly along with 961 other bills! This is the
second time around for a hemp bill in the
state, and editorials
in support of its signing are already being
Tell Gov. Schwarzenegger to
sign the California Industrial Hemp Farming
to the Vote Hemp Farmer Fund today and
join us in the fight to make growing
industrial hemp in the U.S. a reality.
We need and truly appreciate your support!
Weekly News Update Editor
|Dame Anita Roddick Dies Aged 64
September 10, 2007
Founder of ethical cosmetics firm The Body Shop,
Dame Anita Roddick, has died at the age of 64.
Her family said in a statement she suffered
"a major brain hemorrhage" at 18:30 BST at St.
Richard's Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex.
Her husband, Gordon, and daughters, Sam and
Justine, were all with her.
Dame Anita set up the first Body Shop in
Brighton in 1976. She pioneered cruelty-free
beauty products and turned them into a highly
|Hope for Hemp?
By Sena Christian
Chico News &
September 6, 2007
Although smoking industrial hemp will get you
about as buzzed as smoking wheat, "War on
Drugs" hysteria in the United States has
created a conundrum for those who'd like to
Hemp can be fashioned into eco-friendly
clothing, paper, plastics, body-care
products, building materials and energy
alternatives. It's also a profitable crop.
But politics have complicated attempts to tap
into this annually-renewable natural
resource. Ever since the Controlled
Substances Act of 1970 (CSA) placed strict controls
on its farming, hemp remains illegal to grow
in the United States without a hard-to-obtain
"Every product derived from hemp is legal,
but the plant itself is illegal. That's
crazy," said Steve Levine, president of the
Hemp Industries Association (HIA).
|Super Seed, Healthy Harvest
By Wendy Burke
September 4, 2007
The Green Buffalo.
That's what they used to call hemp.
Like the buffalo, there wasn't a part of the
thing that didn't have some use. Hemp once
provided the world's major paper source,
canvas for sailing ships and fiber for rope.
It had tens of thousands of uses, from food
to fuel, from clothing to animal feed and
But times changed and big business decided
hemp was interfering with the bottom line. So
hemp's heyday came to a swift and unjustified
|BREAKING NEWS: Ag Hemp Measure Approved by Senate
By Ben Brown
September 12, 2007
Late Tuesday night, the California Senate
passed a bill that would allow four counties,
including Mendocino County, to participate in
a pilot program to test the viability of
growing industrial hemp in California.
Assembly Bill 684, sponsored by Assemblyman
Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman
Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine), would institute a
five-year program to test the viability of
growing industrial hemp in California with
pilot programs in Mendocino, Imperial, Kings
and Yolo counties.
The bill now goes to Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger for approval or veto.
Hemp Industry Leader Dies in Rafting Accident
Former Appleton Resident Dies in Chinese
APPLETON, WI — The son of former Appleton
Mayor James Sutherland was killed Aug. 26 in
a rafting accident in China, the elder
Sutherland confirmed Saturday.
Michael Sutherland, 41, was among three
killed when a whitewater raft overturned.
He had attended Appleton West High School
until 1983, when the family moved to California.