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North Dakota continues to be the leader in
hemp farming news. State legislator and farmer
David Monson has turned in his application and is
for his background check to be completed Ñ 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
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
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:
Legislation Licenses Industrial Hemp Processors"
and last week's
Farmer Says 'Industrial Hemp Most Profitable Crop'
Legislation continues to be introduced on the
state level. A hemp study bill has been introduced
South Carolina, and a hemp resolution will be
Many of the tired, old arguments will be put up by
opponents, and we need your help to get these
essential bills passed.
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|Proposed Legislation Licenses Industrial Hemp Processors
By Sue Roesler
Bismarck Farm & Ranch Guide
January 23, 2007
BISMARCK, ND Ñ 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
By Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer (AP)
January 29, 2007
BOISE, Idaho Ñ State Rep.
Tom Trail is stoked
about industrial hemp. But other lawmakers keep
killing his buzz about turning the plant Ñ a cousin
of marijuana Ñ into an agricultural commodity.
Trail, a Republican from Moscow, is preparing to
ask state lawmakers Ñ for the third time in eight
years Ñ 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 Ñ meaning it can't get you stoned Ñ which
counteracts the very low level of the psychoactive
compound; whereas marijuana is the other way
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 Ñ and you still don't get a buzz.
|Get Highly Motivated on Hemp
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 Ñ making
itself useful in 25,000 products Ñ while its cousin
crashes on the beanbag chair, listening to the
Industrial Hemp Producer? Plan Raises Feds' Suspicions
North Dakota Farmer Says He is Only Looking for
By Chuck Haga
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 28, 2007
OSNABROCK, ND Ñ David Monson arrived at
the picture of rural conservative respectability,
dressed in a suit and accompanied by his 79-year-old
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
He also is on the radar of the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration, a hero of High Times
"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.