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The Vote Hemp Report Volume 1, Number 4
June 23, 2006

Dear Reader,

Good news from California! AB 1147, the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act, passed the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday. The bill now goes to the Senate Committee on Agriculture for a hearing this Thursday, June 29. This is just one day before June 30, the last day for policy committees to meet and vote on bills. If you are a farmer interested in testifying before the committee, please contact Alexis Baden- Mayer at alexis@votehemp.com immediately.

Progress is also being made in North Dakota, the first state to take action to implement a hemp farming law. On the 15th, Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson held a hearing on the department's proposed rules for licensing farmers to grow industrial hemp under state law.

An official sponsor of the California bill and the impetus behind North Dakota's recent decision to implement its 1999 hemp farming law, Vote Hemp is the moving force of pro-hemp policy.

Thanks again for your ongoing support!

Sincerely,

Eric Steenstra
President
Vote Hemp

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  • CA: Leno-Devore Bill Passes Senate Committee
  • ND: Farmers urge lifting ban on industrial hemp

  • CA: Leno-Devore Bill Passes Senate Committee
    California

    Assemblyman Mark Leno
    News Release
    June 20, 2006

    LENO-DEVORE BILL TO PERMIT FARMING OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP PASSES SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE

    U.S. consumers spend $270 million each year on hemp products, increasing by $26 million annually

    SACRAMENTO —Assembly Bill 1147 authored by Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine), permitting California farmers to grow industrial hemp for the sale of seed, oil and fiber to manufacturers passed the Senate Public Safety Committee today on a vote of 4 to 2.

    “California farmers are missing out on a multimillion dollar market that already exists in California,” said Assemblyman Mark Leno. “Hundreds of hemp products are made right here in California, but manufactures are forced to import hemp seed, oil and fiber from other countries. This measure will allow California to lead the way in tapping into a $270 million industry that’s growing by $26 million each year.”

    Sponsored by Vote Hemp, AB 1147 would permit California farmers to grow industrial hemp, a variety of cannabis that grows up to 16 feet tall, resembles bamboo, and has no psychoactive properties. Under the bill, industrial hemp is defined as cannabis having 0.3% THC or less and its cultivation is only permitted as an agricultural field crop or in a research setting. Cultivation in groves, yards, or other locations is prohibited.


    ND: Farmers urge lifting ban on industrial hemp
    North Dakota

    AGRICULTURE: Farmers urge lifting ban on industrial hemp

    DEA doesn't attend hearing, opposes plan

    By James MacPherson, Associated Press
    Grand Forks Herald
    June 16, 2006

    BISMARCK - Stark County farmers George and Earlene Frank say they're willing to get fingerprinted and undergo criminal background checks to grow hemp, the biological cousin of marijuana.

    The elderly couple, who grow small grains and raise cattle south of Dickinson, say industrial hemp would be a much-needed alternative cash crop for North Dakota farmers.

    "There is a definite need for more crops that can grow in this area," Earlene Frank said. She called law enforcement fears about hemp "silly."

    The couple were among about 20 people who attended a public hearing on Thursday on proposed state rules for the production of industrial hemp.




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