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The Vote Hemp Weekly News Update Volume II, Number 17
September 18, 2007

Dear Reader,

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 greatly.

On a more upbeat note, AB 684, the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act, recently passed the California 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 published.

Tell Gov. Schwarzenegger to sign the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act!

Please contribute 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!

Best Regards,

Tom Murphy
Weekly News Update Editor

Weekly News Update Stories
  • Hemp Industry Leader Dies in Rafting Accident
  • Hemp Shorts:
  • Dame Anita Roddick Dies Aged 64
  • Hope for Hemp?
  • Super Seed, Healthy Harvest
  • BREAKING NEWS: Ag Hemp Measure Approved by Senate

  • Hemp Shorts:
    Canadian Hempseed

    Canadian Hempseed. Photo by: Luke Zigovits.

    Did Green Goddess Anita Roddick Sell Out When She Sold to L'Oreal?
    A very good story, with an unfortunate headline, about the passing of Dame Anita in the Daily Mail.

    Governor - Please Sign Here
    An editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle urging California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign a variety of bills, including AB 684, the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2007.

    California Legislature Passes Another Industrial Hemp Bill
    A USAgNet feed that was picked up by the Wisconsin Ag Connection.

    California Legislature Passes Industrial Hemp Bill for Second Time in Two Years
    Vote Hemp press release announcing the passage of AB 684.

    Hemp Food Markets Continue Growth in United States
    HIA press release discussing the latest statistics on hemp markets and acreage in Canada.


    Dame Anita Roddick Dies Aged 64
    Dame Anita Roddick

    BBC News
    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 profitable business.


    Hope for Hemp?
    Hope for Hemp?

    By Sena Christian
    Chico News & Review
    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 grow it.

    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 permit.

    "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
    Hemp Seed Nut

    By Wendy Burke
    What's on Winnipeg
    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 construction materials.

    But times changed and big business decided hemp was interfering with the bottom line. So hemp's heyday came to a swift and unjustified end.


    BREAKING NEWS: Ag Hemp Measure Approved by Senate

    By Ben Brown
    The Daily Journal
    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
    Michael Sutherland

    Former Appleton Resident Dies in Chinese Rafting Accident

    By Dan Wilson
    Post-Crescent
    September 8, 2007

    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.

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