The past few weeks have been great for
hemp news, and Vote Hemp sent out two press
releases. In the first release "Vote
Hemp Exposes ONDCP and DEA Lies about Hemp
Farming," we called out two federal agencies
on their constant manipulation of the hemp
farming issue. It's nice to see that even
though marijuana is always mentioned in new
stories about hemp, many outlets are starting
to cover hemp farming as it should be Ñ
an agricultural issue.
In the second
Hemp Farming Act of 2007 Introduced in
Congress," we were pleased to announce the
introduction of HR
1009, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2007,"
by Representative Ron Paul (R-TX).
here to write your elected
representative and encourage him or her to
co-sponsor and support this important piece
of federal legislation.
Dakota continues to be the leader in
domestic hemp farming news, as they are doing more
on this issue than
any other state at the moment. There are currently five bills pending in the North Dakota
legislature. The previous five bills,
introduced in 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2005,
were all passed into law, and the current crop
are expected to pass as well. North Dakota's
economy is based on agriculture and energy,
and their state legislators obviously
understand that hemp farming and processing
would be a welcome addition to the mix. Let's
hope that their Congressional delegation,
Senators Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan and Rep.
Earl Pomeroy, all Democrats, can understand
this as well and support HR
In other state legislation news, a hemp
farming bill is scheduled to be introduced
this week in
there will be a committee hearing on the New Hampshire hemp bill in early March,
has introduced a new bill which is not
gererating any news Ñ yet.
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|North Dakota Legislator Close to Breaking Barrier to Hemp
By McClatchy Newspapers
The Billings Gazette
February 11, 2007
BISMARCK, ND Ñ North Dakota state Rep.
David Monson's phone has been ringing off the
hook lately, and he says his computer is
swamped with e-mails.
It is the middle of the busy legislative
session, but it's Monson's role in a national
issue that is attracting so much attention.
He's closer than anyone else in the region to
actually growing a commercial industrial hemp
Monson has completed all of the necessary
paperwork for his state-issued license. "I
filled in fingerprinting [sic], and it was kind of
fun doing the GPS positioning for the field,"
he says. "I've never done that before, so it
was kind of interesting."
|New Effort to Allow Hemp Farming in California
By Carolyn Tyler
KGO-TV ABC Channel 7
February 19, 2007
Two California lawmakers have launched a
new campaign to legalize hemp. It's a
challenge to federal drug laws from two men
on opposite sides of the political spectrum.
But they have a common goal Ñ to help the
state's struggling farmers.
Charles Meyer is a third generation
California farmer. His land is in the Central
Valley town of Stratford, where he grows the
highest quality cotton and wheat. He would
like to cultivate another crop.
Charles Meyer, California farmer: "I
looked for the crop that had versatility.
Hemp is one of the most versatile we can
Hemp comes from the same plant as
marijuana. Both are Cannabis sativa, but hemp
has only trace amounts of THC, the stuff that
gets you high.
Assemblyman Mark Leno (D - San Francisco):
"A good analogy would be industrial hemp has
about as much THC content as the poppy seeds
on your bagel have opium."
|Hemp Takes Root
By Karen Miltner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
February 20, 2007
Every now and then we run across a food
product that summons the reaction: "I didn't
know you could eat that."
In the natural foods aisles, hemp is
making headway in breads, oil, nut butters,
granola, nutritional shakes and protein
powders. The tiny white-shelled [sic] seeds Ñ which
can also be used in cooking Ñ have been
hailed by Supermarket Guru newsletter editor
Phil Lempert as "one of the hottest food
trends of 2007."
Nutritionists hail hemp as a high protein
source (its makeup is about 33 percent) and a
solid booster of vitamin E and trace
minerals. But hemp's most impressive
nutritional note is its essential fatty acids
profile, which includes omega-3s and omega-6s
in an optimal ratio. (Studies link an
overabundance of omega-6 fatty acids and a
shortfall of omega-3 fatty acids as a trigger
to a multitude of health woes, including
|Congressional Delegation Staying Out of Hemp Debate
By Mary Clare Jalonick, AP
February 15, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC Ñ North Dakota legislators
urging Congress to make it easier for farmers
around the country to grow hemp. But the
state's congressional delegation won't be
rushing to help.
Sens. Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan and
Rep. Earl Pomeroy, all Democrats, are staying
out of the congressional debate over
industrial hemp. At issue is whether it
should be treated in the same way as
marijuana or whether commercial hemp
production should be allowed.
The North Dakota House passed two
resolutions on the issue this week, urging
Congress and the federal Drug Enforcement
Administration to allow farmers to grow the
crop. The state last week issued the nation's
first licenses to two farmers seeking to grow
|North Dakotans Still Fighting for Hemp-Farming Approval
By Jordan Smith
The Austin Chronicle
February 9, 2007
It's been more than a month since North
Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson
penned a request to the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration, asking that the agency waive
individual federal registration for qualified
farmers in his state who gain approval to
farm industrial hemp, and state officials
have yet to hear a peep out of DEA
Administrator Karen Tandy Ñ apparently, Tandy
hasn't even found the time to acknowledge
Still, the cold shoulder from the feds
hasn't fazed the North Dakotans, who are used
to long, cold winters. With or without Tandy
and the federal narcos, North Dakota has
continued moving forward with its plans to
license individual state farmers to cultivate
industrial cannabis Ñ the non-narcotic cousin
of marijuana that is easy to grow, and
actually rejuvenates the soil Ñ and on Feb. 6
issued the nation's first-ever hemp farming
licenses to two farmers there, at least one
of whom is ready to push Tandy and her pals
into federal court in order to win the right
to cultivate the environmentally-friendly
crop. Indeed, with the results of a criminal
background check in hand, the state this week
licensed its first farmers Ñ fourth
generation North Dakotan Dave Monson, who
also serves as a Republican state
representative and Assistant House Majority
Leader, and farmer Wayne Hauge.
First Industrial Hemp Licenses Issued in North Dakota
By Mark Conlon, Editor
Bismarck Farm & Ranch Guide
February 16, 2007
BISMARCK, ND Ñ It's official. The North
Dakota Department of Agriculture issued the
first two licenses to grow industrial hemp in
North Dakota on Tuesday, Feb. 6. However,
federal approval is still required before the
farmers can even plant the the first seeds.
State Rep. David Monson of Osnabrock,
ND, was issued the first license by the
state to grow industrial hemp, followed
closely by Wayne Hauge, a farmer from Ray,
"Rep. Monson has been the leader in
developing the necessary legislation for
North Dakota to legalize production of
industrial hemp," Agriculture Commissioner
Roger Johnson said during the official
signing. "It is fitting that he has the first