Sometimes I get a little frustrated with
the slow progress bringing back
industrial hemp farming and processing to the
U.S., but then I start going through the news
clips to put the Hemp News Update
together, and I start to feel better with all the
encouraging news. On that note, Governor Ted
Kulongoski has not yet
signed SB 676, the Oregon hemp faming bill,
but the news reports are hopeful that he
will. Please check out this
KATU Video for the latest on that.
Last Friday, Vote Hemp Director Eric Lineback
was a guest on the radio show "Charlotte Talks"
on WFAE in North Carolina. Click
here to read the official blog post on
the show and comment on it, as well as listen to it
Over in Bath, UK they are building a BaleHaus
out of straw and hemp. You can click here to watch it being built on the
"Strawcam" and click
here to download the BaleHaus data sheet
(PDF file 308K) which has a wonderful set of
pictures. We should be building houses
like this here in America with locally-sourced materials.
Currently, Vote Hemp has active Action
Alerts for the residents of Maine, Montana,
New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon and Vermont. We
are asking that you write your
representatives in Washington and ask them to
co-sponsors of HR 1866, the Industrial
Hemp Farming Act of 2009. There is a general alert
for voters from the rest of the U.S as well. Please take
action and write
Finally, please also make a
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
to Allow Farmers to Grow Hemp
is on the verge of becoming the first Western
state to allow farmers to grow industrial
hemp. A spokesman for Gov. Ted Kulongoski
says he plans to sign Oregon's new hemp bill
into law. Oregon will then become the seventh
state to allow farmers to grow hemp," reports Anita
Kissée of KATU TV-2 in Portland, OR
about SB 676, the hemp farming bill. Watch the full
Jobs Saved as
Hemp Factory Sold
Technology has acquired the business assets
of Hemcore, based in Halesworth, England. The
business will continue as usual, under the new
name Hemp Technology Ltd.
Time to Put Hemp to Use
well-written piece by Patrick Corcoran in
The Charleston Gazette.
Oregon Resoundingly Passes Hemp
Blogger "sfnoggin" pens a diary
about the successes of state hemp legislation
this season at DailyKos. It's worth a
Could Be a Growth Industry
HIA member Carl
Hedberg of Lyndeborough, NH pens a great
Letter to the Editor in the Concord
|BaleHaus: Homes of the Future Could Be Built from Straw
Professor Pete Walker and researcher
Katharine Beadle of the University of Bath. Photo
credit: Daily Mail.
Daily Mail Online
July 16, 2009
In the Three Little Pigs fable, houses made
from straw were prone to being blown down
with a puff of air. But a team of scientists
believe they could be the building blocks of
our future homes.
Researchers at the University of Bath said
today they will develop an
environmentally-friendly 'BaleHaus' made of
straw and ... Cannabis. They will construct
the bale and hemp cladding panels on campus
|Hemp High on Agenda
Ecoteam founding director Dr. Keith Bolton.
Photo credit: Jacklyn Wagner.
By Hannah Ross
June 22, 2009
As far as Keith Bolton is concerned, the
future of farming on the Northern Rivers lies
with industrial hemp.
Dr. Bolton and his farming partner, Kenrick
Riley, have recently harvested their first
commercial hemp crop at Mr. Riley's property
The pair hold two of the three commercial
[hemp] licences issued by the NSW Department of
Primary Industries since it became legal to
grow the crop. The other licence is held by
Klara Marosszeky in the Nimbin region, who is
focused on developing hemp manufacturing.
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|Hemp Bill Clears Legislature with Little Opposition
By Mitch Lies
SALEM — After some jocular testimony,
the Oregon House on Monday, June 29, gave its
stamp of approval to a bill allowing
possession and production of industrial hemp.
The bill, which previously passed the Senate,
now goes to the desk of Gov. Ted Kulongoski.
His spokeswoman, Anna Richter Taylor, said
the governor didn't know whether he would
Even with the governor's signature, hemp
production will remain illegal in Oregon
under federal law.
By David Steves
July 20, 2009
SALEM — Oregon is about to become the
first Western state to permit its farmers to
grow industrial hemp.
But there are a couple of problems to be
confronted before Oregon becomes a Hemptopia
by the Pacific. It's still an illegal crop, according to the