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The Vote Hemp Weekly News Update Volume I, Number 3
February 1, 2007

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the third issue of this year's The Vote Hemp Weekly News Update! Today, we are happy to introduce our updated News Coverage page at the Vote Hemp Web site. If you can't get enough hemp news, please check it out, bookmark it and visit often.

North Dakota continues to be the leader in domestic hemp farming news. State legislator and farmer David Monson has turned in his application and is waiting for his background check to be completed then his state hemp farming license will be issued. We will keep you updated on the progress of his DEA permit after he applies for it. Our feature story this week has a nice update and good profile of Representative Monson. I was privileged to meet him and Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson last June at the hearing for the proposed North Dakota hemp farming rules.

North Dakota is a beautiful place, and if you get the chance be sure to take the tour of the North Dakota State Capitol Building. Agriculture in North Dakota is a $3 billion per year industry. The Bismarck Tribune and the Bismarck Farm & Ranch Guide regularly have agriculture stories, and the Farm & Ranch Guide currently has two stories on hemp on the front page of their Web site: "Proposed Legislation Licenses Industrial Hemp Processors" and last week's "Canadian Farmer Says 'Industrial Hemp Most Profitable Crop' He Grows."

Legislation continues to be introduced on the state level. A hemp study bill has been introduced in South Carolina, and a hemp resolution will be introduced in Idaho. Many of the tired, old arguments will be put up by opponents, and we need your help to get these essential bills passed.

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

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Best Regards,

Tom Murphy
Weekly News Update Editor

Weekly News Update Stories
  • Industrial Hemp Producer? Plan Raises Feds' Suspicions
  • Hemp Shorts:
  • Proposed Legislation Licenses Industrial Hemp Processors
  • Lawmaker Hopes Third Time's the Charm for Hemp
  • Ask Eartha: A Grown-Up Conversation About Hemp
  • Get Highly Motivated on Hemp

  • Hemp Shorts:

    SEED MONEY: Entrepreneur Says Hemp Deserves Another Look
    Phil Landesberg of the Central Penn Business Journal takes a look at Hempzels and businessman and HIA Director Shawn Patrick House.

    Galactic Takes Pizza to Another Dimension
    Richard Chin of the Pioneer Press reviews the famed Minneapolis pizza parlor.

    Hemp Farm's High Hopes
    Tasmanian hemp farmers want to grow hemp for food and want laws changed in Australia where it's legal to grow hemp, but not to eat it! Weirder even than the U.S.

    Industrial Hemp Meeting Tomorrow Night
    Discussion about the status of the hemp industry in Canada and plans for the 100 Mile House hemp industry.

    Farmers Hoping to Join Hemp Revolution
    A story about the proposed Hemcore factory in East Anglia, a region of eastern England.


    Proposed Legislation Licenses Industrial Hemp Processors
    Hemp Flower

    By Sue Roesler
    Bismarck Farm & Ranch Guide
    January 23, 2007

    BISMARCK, ND Oilseed processors in North Dakota may be able to crush industrial hemp seeds and manufacture the oil if the state Legislature passes proposed Senate Bill 2099.

    North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson testified before the Legislature Jan. 4 that he has been approached by processors who are considering crushing the seed for oil if hemp farming is approved in North Dakota.

    Johnson said the facilities are already in place at seed crushing plants to crush the hemp seed. The hemp seed oil is as valued for health reasons as canola and sunflower seed oil is.


    Lawmaker Hopes Third Time's the Charm for Hemp
    Idaho State

    By Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer (AP)
    Bismarck Tribune
    January 29, 2007

    BOISE, Idaho State Rep. Tom Trail is stoked about industrial hemp. But other lawmakers keep killing his buzz about turning the plant a cousin of marijuana into an agricultural commodity.

    Trail, a Republican from Moscow, is preparing to ask state lawmakers for the third time in eight years to support a resolution that would ask the U.S. Congress to legalize hemp as a farm crop. His proposal was killed in committee in 2000, and died on the House floor in 2003.

    But the moderate conservative has high hopes: This year, his proposal comes on the heels of newly issued rules in North Dakota that regulate hemp farming in that state.


    Ask Eartha: A Grown-Up Conversation About Hemp

    By Eartha Steward
    Summit Daily News
    January 24, 2007

    Hemp is an environmentally friendly, sturdy and durable plant with an interesting history. But before getting into the history, I'd like to clear things up because when people hear hemp, they automatically think marijuana. Comparing hemp to marijuana is like telling Grandma Steward that the beautiful ornamental poppies in her yard could be used for recreational purposes, too. I think she would be quite appalled at the comparison.

    One way hemp and marijuana differ is in the levels of molecular compounds each contains. Hemp has a high percentage of an anti-psychoactive compound meaning it can't get you stoned which counteracts the very low level of the psychoactive compound; whereas marijuana is the other way around. Basically, if someone tried to smoke hemp, it would show a great lack of intelligence on his or her part. Furthermore, if someone tried to eat hemp, that person should make sure to be close to a toilet because hemp is so fibrous that eating it is like the equivalent of taking three, or more, strong laxatives and you still don't get a buzz.


    Get Highly Motivated on Hemp
    SC Seal

    By David Lauderdale
    The Island Packet
    January 26, 2007

    Give state Rep. Bill Herbkersman of Bluffton credit for thinking outside the bong.

    He's introduced legislation with a twist.

    It would make it legal to grow hemp in South Carolina, if the feds go along.

    Hemp is not to be confused with its giggling cousin, marijuana. It's out there working making itself useful in 25,000 products while its cousin crashes on the beanbag chair, listening to the Doobie Brothers.


    Industrial Hemp Producer? Plan Raises Feds' Suspicions
    DEA Seal

    North Dakota Farmer Says He is Only Looking for a New Cash Crop

    By Chuck Haga
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
    January 28, 2007

    OSNABROCK, ND David Monson arrived at church the picture of rural conservative respectability, dressed in a suit and accompanied by his 79-year-old mother.

    Tall, neatly trimmed, attentive to neighbors as he escorted his mother to a pew, he is all you might expect and more: farmer, rural school superintendent, president of his Lutheran congregation, member of the Eagles, assistant Republican leader in the state House of Representatives.

    He also is on the radar of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, a hero of High Times Magazine.

    "He had to get fingerprinted," farmer Howard Hove said, laughing as he watched his friend mingle at church. "And a background check!"

    Monson, 56, wants to be the first U.S. farmer licensed to experiment with industrial hemp.

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