Last Wednesday, January 30, the Vermont House
Agriculture Committee voted 11-0 to support
H 267, the state hemp farming bill. The committee
worked hard to craft a bill that would allow
farmers to grow hemp in the state, while
addressing some of the concerns raised by
opponents. A vote by the
Vermont House is expected tomorrow. If you
are a resident of Vermont and have not
yet called your Representative, please
Vermont Action Alert and make the call today!
Former North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer, who
signed the state's hemp farming law in 1999,
was sworn in as the 29th Secretary of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on
January 28, 2008. The Farm
& Ranch Guide reported that the Schafer
was confirmed unanimously by both the Senate
Agriculture Committee and the full Senate.
For more on what this may mean politically
for hemp farming in the U.S., please check
out The Vote Hemp Report email newsletter
The State of Hemp that was sent earlier this
On a final note, last week I was talking with a reporter
the potential of hemp farming. He asked what
our opponents' facts were against hemp bills.
I explained that in our opinion their
arguments were merely political and emotional
and tended not to be factual at all. For example,
compare the following two statements
from law enforcement regarding the issue of
potentially growing pot within a hemp field.
Dean Hoover of the Saskatchewan Drug Unit
recently testified before the Vermont House Agriculture
Committee, where he stated
that "it would be really easy to spot
marijuana plants in the center of a hemp
field because there's such a difference in
the look. Hemp plants are absolutely filled
with seeds, and of course marijuana are all
female plants, so there are no seeds. They
want the smokable product." Such is the case, and
that is indeed a reasonable statement of the facts. No
pot grower would ever operate within (or anywhere
near) a hemp field.
Now compare that to testimony from Vermont State
Police Lt. Warren Whitney,
Assistant Director of the Vermont Forensic
Laboratory, who suggested that if hemp were
legalized in Vermont and permits issued, there would
be an incentive to plant a couple more valuable pot
plants among the hemp plants. Simply not true for
various reasons, but stated with authority while playing
on fear and emotion.
It's easy to fight ignorance, but it's much
harder to fight the party line — and
that's what we're really up against. Please
make a contribution
to Vote Hemp today to help us continue fixing the
situation here in the U.S.
We need and truly appreciate your support!
Hemp News Update Editor
|Hemp Product Plant Perfect Fit for Craik
By Trevor Newell
January 29, 2008
REGINA — The town of Craik, located
about 140 kilometers south of Saskatoon, will
be the site of a new manufacturing plant that
will make environmentally-friendly products
When the plant is finished, it will have
about 20 full-time workers, making it one of
Craik's biggest employers, according to Mayor
|Better Processes Dispel Uncertainties of Hemp
By Paul Spackman
January 24, 2008
Hemp has had a mixed press over recent years,
but changes to the harvesting and processing
of the crop could see it increase in popularity.
The area of contracted hemp is predicted to
jump from 2,000 to 5,000 acres in 2008 and hit
20,000 acres by 2011. At least that is what
Hemcore director, and Essex farmer, Dan
"We believe the markets are there, the
production capacity is there, and we're soon
to have the new factory at Halesworth in
Suffolk, which will have a 7t/hr capacity,
compared with 1-1.5t/hr at the old Maldon site."
|A Little Hype about the Benefits of Hemp
By Katrina Simmons
January 31, 2008
Before it was legal to grow hemp in Canada,
Christina Anderman was experimenting with
hemp seed recipes.
"I've always been a food lover," says the
owner of The Cool Hemp Company.
"I had learned that hemp was really
nutritious, and wanted to help get the word
out about its benefits."
After much experimentation, this small,
family-run company in Killaloe, Ontario (near
Pembroke) now makes organic, non-dairy frozen
desserts that are as nutritious as they are
Perry Olson reporting
KXMB-TV, CBS 12
January 21, 2008
Hemp ... a crop that could one day be grown in
fields across the state.
But to get to that point there are still
numerous hurdles that need to be cleared, the
most important making growing it legal.
The past few weeks brought two setbacks for
those in favor of the government making the
That isn't deterring an area farmer.
Perry Olson has the story.