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|Working to Change Federal Law
The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of
3037, is the first federal bill to distinguish
industrial hemp from marijuana and let states regulate
industrial hemp farming. Texas Republican Ron Paul,
above with Vote Hemp President Eric Steenstra,
3037 in June 2005.
Vote Hemp is working with national agriculture
organizations to gain support for HR 3037.
Johnson, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner
and Vice President of the pro-hemp National
Association of State Departments of Agriculture,
spoke in support of HR 3037 at a Capitol Hill hemp
luncheon where the bill was introduced last summer.
The National Grange and several state and local
Farmers Unions and Farm Bureau Federations also
support hemp farming. In 2005, Vote Hemp
lobbied farmers to support hemp at the American Farm
Convention. In 2006, we're continuing the effort at
World Ag Expo and North Dakota's Marketplace for
help, Vote Hemp can continue this outreach and
the materials needed to educate local farming
Contact us to get involved.
|Asserting the Right to Grow Industrial Hemp
While we advocate for federal legislation, Vote Hemp
is also exploring opportunities for a federal lawsuit
asserting the right of states to regulate hemp
farming within their borders.
Hopes were raised in 2004 when
Industries Association v. DEA struck down the DEA's ban on hemp food and said
the DEA had no authority to control non-psychoactive
After a disappointing lower court decision in
Plume v. DEA, there is optimism on appeal.
During oral arguments on December 12, 2005, 8th
Appeals Judge Arlen Beam commented, "It seems
asinine to me that they can bring in the Canadian
[industrial hemp] and use it but can't grow it."
Vote Hemp eagerly awaits the outcome in the White
Plume case as we prepare a case against the DEA for
farmers in states like North Dakota, Montana and
West Virginia that have industrial hemp farming laws.
Please help us earn farmers the right to grow
Let us know if you can
|Hemp Food Sales Grow 50% Over Last Year
More than 24,000 acres of hemp were licensed in
Canada in 2005, a 170% increase from 2004. Canadian
hemp farmers are profiting an average of $200-250
CDN per acre
growing hemp for the food and body care market. In
2005, one farmer netted per-acre profits of more
than $2,000 CDN producing organic hemp seed on an
irrigated farm. In the UK, farmers make an average
of $350 profit per acre when they harvest seed and
Sales of hemp foods in natural products supermarkets
jumped 66% between 2003 and 2004, and that was
one-time spike. The market grew 50% from an
million in 2004 to almost $12 million in 2005.
Between 2004 and 2005, retail sales of hemp body
care products grew by 15% from $35 million to about
|Good News for Industrial Hemp
Vote HempÕs earned media credits for 2005 include
stories run by USAToday, The
Washington Times, The Associated Press, Houston
Chronicle, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Farm & Ranch Guide,
Long Beach Press Telegram, Fresno Bee, Fox News
(Charlotte, NC), The Washington Post, The Kojo
Nnamdi Show (NPR) and much more.
Breaking News: CA Votes on Hemp January 10th
AB 1147, the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act,
must pass the Assembly Public Safety Committee on
January 10th and the full Assembly by the end of the
month. Californians, please
take action now. Not from the Golden State? You
can help by spreading the word and motivating your
Californian friends. Please help us make AB 1147 a
reality in 2006.
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