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New Mexico Becomes 15th Hemp State Volume 2, Number 3
March 12, 2007

Dear Reader,

By a vote of 59-2, New Mexico has joined Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia, becoming the 15th state to pass a resolution or law laying the groundwork for commercial hemp farming. Read the press release.

Here's a brief update on what's happening in other states:

Keeping up the state's reputation as the strongest advocate for industrial hemp farming, the North Dakota legislature has produced five industrial hemp bills this session, two of which were already signed by the governor last week. Meanwhile, Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson continues to press the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to either waive their registration requirements for North Dakota's state-licensed hemp farmers or grant the farmers federal licenses in time for spring planting. Read Commissioner Johnson's letter to the DEA.

Last week, Vote Hemp National Outreach Coordinator Tom Murphy testified before the New Hampshire House Environment and Agriculture Committee in favor of hemp farming bill HB 424. Read Mr. Murphy's testimony.

AB 684, a bill that would let farmers grow industrial hemp without state or federal licenses, was introduced on February 21, 2007, in California.

HB 1535, a bill to legalize and regulate the production of industrial hemp, was introduced on January 24, 2007, in Hawaii. It has been referred to the Agriculture, Judiciary and Finance Committees.

H 3305, a bill that would create a committee to study the beneficial uses of industrial hemp, was introduced on January 17, 2007, in South Carolina.

AB 146, a bill that would create a committee to study the uses of industrial hemp, was introduced last week in Wisconsin by Representatives Hahn, Williams, Boyle, Albers, Ballweg, Berceau, Bies, Gronemus, Gunderson, Molepske, Mursau, Owens, Pocan, Townsend and Wood, and cosponsored by Senator Schultz. It has been referred to the Committee on Rural Economic Development.

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Eric Steenstra
President
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    Adnams Hemcore Warehouse

    "Carbon Neutral" Hemp Buildings

    Hemcore Ltd, a UK company, is investing 4 million to build the world's largest hemp production factory and ramp up production of hemp fiber for a revolutionary building material.

    The hemp-based material is considered "carbon neutral." Industrial hemp takes CO2 out of the atmosphere while it grows, and it can be grown organically, without agrochemicals. The end product is thermally efficient and has phenomenal energy-saving properties.

    Hemcore's material was recently used to build a new warehouse in Southwold for Adnams, a brewer, pictured above. It is touted as the greenest warehouse in the UK.

    Snug And Warm Thanks To Hemp

    Insulation made from hemp has definite advantages: its production requires relatively little energy, it's not harmful to health, and it can be disposed of by composting or carbon-neutral incineration. In addition, it is light, has low heat conductivity and meets fire safety regulations. On top of that, it easily absorbs and releases moisture, helping to prevent damage to the building.

    Hemp insulation is manufactured by several companies, including the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (Germany) which uses a biopolymer extracted from corn instead of polyester to hold the hemp fibers together, creating an insulating material made entirely of natural products that is completely biodegradable.


    Current Action Alerts
    Take Action

    Nationwide: Click here to send a letter urging your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor HR 1009, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2007."

    California: Click here to send a letter urging your state legislators to support AB 684.

    Hawaii: Click here to send a letter urging your state legislators to support HB 1535.

    New Hampshire: Click here to send a letter urging your state legislators to support HB 424.

    North Dakota: Click here to send a letter urging your state legislators to support HB 1020, HCR 3028 and HCR 3042.

    South Carolina: Click here to send a letter urging your state legislators to support H 3305.

    Wisconsin: Click here to send a letter urging your state legislators to support AB 146.



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