In this issue of the Vote Hemp Report, we
an update on HR 3037, the first-ever federal
Farming Act, and a report on the progress of hemp
farming in Canada.
A special note this week. We welcome Patrick
Goggin to the Vote Hemp Board of Directors. Patrick
began working with Vote Hemp in 2001 on the HIA
DEA case. He has also taken an active role in
helping coordinate our efforts to support the
California Industrial Hemp Farming Act (AB 1147).
Patrick will surely be a valuable addition to our
With this gain we also have a loss. Erik
Rothenberg, one of Vote Hemp's long-time board
members, has moved on to pursue other interests and
business ventures. Erik has been an incredible asset
and wrote our Vote
Hemp Treatise A Renewal of Common Sense:
Case for Hemp in 21st Century America. It is
just as relevant today as it was when it was written
in 2001. If you have not read it lately, we suggest
that you take another look. We thank Erik for his
years of service and wish him well in his new
In state news, we've included an update on the
Vermont hemp bill,
which unfortunately won't be leaving the Agriculture
this year. Look for news from California and North
Dakota in the next Vote Hemp Report.
In the next few months, the California Senate Public
Committee will hear hemp farming bill AB 1147. In the
weeks, North Dakota will become the first state to
hemp farming law by allowing farmers to apply for
grow hemp. This is huge news, as such
action signals the beginning of the end of industrial
prohibition in the U.S.
While the Vote Hemp Report is generally focused on
and legal efforts to remove barriers to industrial hemp
production, you'll notice that this issue also
write-up of a recent scientific article
the discovery of a genetic test that differentiates
hemp from marijuana. If you enjoy reading hemp news
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|Canadian Hemp 2006: Better Profit Outlook than Any Other Crop
By Bonnie Baltessen
April 21, 2006
The hemp industry in Manitoba is growing like a
Rhea Yates, communications coordinator for
Research and Development Initiatives (ARDI), said
acres of industrial hemp are expected to be grown in
Last year there were 12,000 acres in Manitoba, with
reporting a total of 20,000 acres. Manitoba was
hemp capital of Canada.
Keith Watson, diversification specialist with Manitoba
Agriculture, said the 30,000 acres to be seeded in
would be mostly contracted acres. With two
processors and a new one from Alberta buying hemp,
plenty of business to spread around.
"The Canadian total will be up quite a bit," Watson
declined to guess as to what the Canadian total
would be. "The
major expansion will be in Alberta and
Saskatchewan," he said.
He sees acres doubling every year for the next few
kind of gone through that stage of getting
established and in
feeling its way, and now it's got some solid
said. "The markets are growing as much as they can
Hemp has a better profit outlook than any other crop
According to information from the Parkland Industrial
Growers Co-op, the breakeven point for hemp to
costs is 388 pounds per acre. Average or "budget"
Manitoba, meanwhile, are about 500 to 600 pounds
The clean grain price for hemp this year ranges from
$0.45 to $0.58 (average $0.55) [Canadian, or $0.40
to $0.52 US] per pound.
[Editor's note: This article discusses conventional
but it doesn't mention that the price for organic seed
$0.85 to $1.00 per pound Canadian ($0.76 to
|Industrial Hemp and Marijuana Genetically Distinct
George Weiblen, Assistant Professor of Plant Biology,
is one of
the University of Minnesota scientists involved in the
breakthrough discovery of the different DNA
marijuana and hemp plants. The technique could be
regulating industrial hemp farming.
Industrial hemp is generally differentiated from
its THC content. This allows regulators and law
officers to distinguish between drug varieties of
non-drug agricultural varieties. But the THC test has
Industrial hemp and marijuana seeds look the same
be tested for THC. The DNA test, which requires only
milligrams of plant tissue, can be applied to seeds,
test very useful in the development and regulation of
hemp seed banks.
Lawmakers often promise to address the issue of
hemp once it can be effectively distinguished from
Of course, THC tests, in combination with licensed
certified seeds, made that possible a long time ago Ñ
mention the fact that the difference between
industrial hemp is visible to the naked eye. The new
definitively confirms that there is no need to confuse
|No Vote on Vermont H 455 This Year
Due to Vermont's dairy crisis, a bill to create a
program for industrial hemp farming, H 455, was
the agenda of the Vermont House Agriculture
Committee, and a hearing on the bill
scheduled for March 29 was
Witnesses scheduled to appear (via telephone) at the
hearing included Niels Hansen-Trip (Retired Head of
Hemp Section of Health Canada), Jerome Engel
Drug Unit), Arthur Hanks (Canadian Hemp Trade
Dennis Pelletier (Royal Canadian Mounted Police).
Despite the setback, Vote Hemp remains optimistic
Vermont becoming a hemp state. We hope that all of
Vermont subscribers will continue to help organize
hemp in the state. The following Vermont hemp
distributing hemp information and petitions:
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Way Out Wax
Corporations from Themselves
HR 3037 Gains Cosponsors
The following members of Congress have joined
original sponsor and author Rep.
Ron Paul (R-TX) as cosponsors of HR 3037, the
Industrial Hemp Farming Act. If you don't see
your representative on the list, please contact Alexis Baden-Mayer to discuss strategies for
gaining his or her support.
Write your Rep. now...
Current HR 3037 Cosponsors
Rep. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
Rep. Sam Farr [D-CA]
Rep. Barney Frank [D-MA]
Rep. Raul Grijalva [D-AZ]
Rep. Maurice Hinchey [D-NY]
Rep. Jim McDermott [D-WA]
Rep. Cynthia McKinney [D-GA]
Rep. George Miller [D-CA]
Rep. Martin Olav Sabo [D-MN]
Rep. Fortney Pete Stark [D-CA]
Rep. Lynn Woolsey [D-CA]
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