This being a presidential election year seems
to accentuate the political nature of many
things. Hemp remains in the position that
it's in here in the United States not because
of any difference of opinion based on facts,
but because of politics. We started the
legislative season this year with five bills
carried over from last year, and because of
election politics we did not expect any new
legislation to be introduced. In The Hemp
News Update earlier this year, I stated
that we had high hopes for H.267, the hemp
farming bill in Vermont. Late last week,
after years of hard work by many people,
politics very nearly killed the bill.
Supporters of Vote Hemp and the agricultural
policy non-profit Rural
Vermont made sure that the bill moved out
of committee and got the floor vote in the
Vermont Senate that it deserved after passing
in the House by a vote of 126 to 9. The
Senate vote late last Thursday was 25 to 1!
A lot of people seem to think that the
legislative process is too arcane, that it's
too hard to understand, and that they can't
make a difference. They are wrong. You can
and do make a difference! Vote Hemp and
Rural Vermont sent out a series of Action
Alerts last week asking supporters of the
hemp farming bill in Vermont to call key
Senators. Our featured story "Senate Passes
Bill Legalizing Industrial Hemp Cultivation"
and the Bennington Banner story "Hemp
Bill Moves to Full Senate Vote" clearly
confirm that focused action works.
If you live in Vermont, the next step is to
Governor Douglas and write letters to the
editor. (Vermonters only, please!) It is
important as a "pocket-veto"
is not an option for the Governor. Others can
to vote and click
here to write your Representative in
Congress and ask him or her to co-sponsor HR
1009, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of
2007, which is currently stalled in committee.
Of course, this kind of advocacy and timely
action requires money. Please make a contribution
to Vote Hemp today to help us continue our
work and bring hemp farming back to America.
We need and truly appreciate your support!
Hemp News Update Editor
A nice review of
Living Harvest's Hempmilk in FitSugar.
Hemp Milk Review
Sheree Welshimer of
BellaOnline also has a nice overview
of hemp milk products.
Ottawa to Fund B.C. Hemp Plot Trials
Manitoba Co-operator reports that the
District of 100 Mile House is receiving
$235,665 for the launch of a hemp production
An editorial in the
Bennington Banner urges the prompt
passage of H.267, the Vermont hemp bill.
|Sowing the Seeds for Hemp's Future
Dr. Keith Bolton. Photo credit: The Northern
By Luis Feliu
The Northern Rivers
April 16, 2008
The age of hemp is here — or at least
returning to its rightful place as one of the
most useful plants known to man.
But it's not the much-maligned, recreational
variety of hemp or Cannabis which Nimbin is
world famous for, but the high-fiber
industrial hemp (low in the psychoactive
ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC)
which many farmers in NSW have been waiting
years to be allowed to grow.
That time has now come, with the state
government last week announcing it would
introduce a new licensing scheme for the
commercial growing of hemp, bringing NSW into
line with other Australian states now
developing an industrial hemp industry.
|Lecture Theater to Have Hemp Walls
Green Building Press
April 25, 2008
Walls built with hemp will be a major feature
of a new building at the Center for
Alternative Technology (CAT). The innovative
mixture of hemp stalks, lime and a small
quantity of cement (known as 'Hemcrete')
produces less carbon emissions than
conventional concrete — cement is fired
at high temperatures, a very energy-intensive
The walls are part of the new Wales Institute
for Sustainable Education (WISE). CAT is
building the £6.2million training and
conference venue to extend its courses in
sustainable technologies, including courses
in solar power for electricians right up to
masters courses in sustainable architecture.
Builders are spraying the Hemcrete material
onto heraklith (or woodwool) boards attached
to the inside of the timber frame. The walls
on the WISE building will be 500mm thick,
providing a high degree of insulation and air
tightness whilst remaining breathable. The
walls will be finished inside and out with a
|HIA Featured Member - Wilderness Poets
Poets founders Mika Kakizaki and John
Bannerman have shared a passion for living,
nutritious, organic foods for many years.
Their favorite food was hemp nuts, and Mika
was well aware of hemp's unsurpassed
nutritional value. They started grinding and
blending other seeds and nuts with hemp in
their kitchen. Soon their hemp nut butters
were being devoured on fruit, oatmeal and
waffles. These butters are also a perfect
creamy base for nutritious, raw dips and
sauces. Friends and family caught on.
Everyone wanted to know what to call it.
As a middle school teacher, John had been
using ancient and historic poets in the
classroom to inspire his students. Now he
uses each jar lid to share the stories of
these "wilderness poets." Poets have a
special way of whittling things down to their
bare essence. The planet is at its highest
state in the wilderness. Hemp has the ability
to nourish people and return "wilderness" to
the planet. Wilderness Poets is thus a
metaphor for hemp itself.
Wilderness Poets sold their first jars of
Hemp Seed Nut Butter to a local food co-op in
Portland, OR and began offering samples at
community events and farmers markets. New
Seasons Markets (Portland's largest natural
food chain) and Whole Foods soon followed.
They have recently moved into a certified
organic kitchen where they make their nut
butters in small artisan batches. Drop them a
line, as they would love to send you samples!
Wilderness Poets also ships wholesale cases
direct to anywhere in the U.S.
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[Vermont] Senate Passes Bill Legalizing Industrial Hemp Cultivation
By Peter Hirschfeld
Montpelier Times Argus
May 2, 2008
MONTPELIER, VT — The calls came into
the Statehouse at a furious pace Thursday
morning, inundating the Senate Judiciary's
voice mail with ardent votes of support for a
bill stuck in committee.
The groundswell wasn't about the state
budget, transportation, economic stimulus or
other big-ticket must-haves this legislative
session. Vermonters, it seems, want their hemp.
"I had 73 calls this morning," said Sen. Dick
Sears, chairman of the Senate Judiciary
Sears, a Bennington Democrat, didn't have
occasion to respond to the callers, but he
did hear their message. And with some
reluctance, Sears allowed the bill to pass
out of committee and onto the Senate floor,
where legislation legalizing industrial hemp
cultivation in Vermont won nearly unanimous