The historical significance of July 4th, or
Independence Day, has profound meaning
for us here at Vote Hemp. As you may know,
this organization was founded in part as a reaction to
the pathetically low voter turnouts in our great country.
We felt that if voters were inspired enough by even one
issue to get out and vote, then that was a move in the
So, just as those great Patriots fought for our country's
freedom from tyranny in the late 1700s, we fight
our own government's tyranny against hemp —
all that it symbolizes.
Please take a moment this week to think about where
we have come as a country. Where does the concept
of individual liberty stand among our values as a
society today? We think it is more paramount than ever.
In celebration of all this, there could not be a more
fitting time to announce the launch of Ruth's Hemp
Foods' "Vote Hemp Bar" in support of our efforts to get
hemp growing in this country again. See below for
more information, as well as a reminder about the
showing of "Standing Silent Nation" tonight on PBS.
And don't forget that the ALPSNACK bar has been
donating all profits to hemp advocacy since 2002!
Our Founding Fathers would surely be proud of the
efforts and progress Vote Hemp and our supporters
have made over the
In freedom for hemp,
Director & Co-Founder
|Uncle Sam Says, "I Want YOU to Vote Hemp!"
Ruth's Hemp Foods Enlists Uncle Sam to
Launch Special Edition Hemp Bar in Support of
Vote Hemp's Efforts on Behalf of U.S.
Ruth's Hemp Foods is proud to introduce a
special edition hemp snack bar to promote
support of Vote Hemp. Vote Hemp, a non-profit
industrial hemp advocacy
group, is funding the legal costs for two
North Dakota farmers, Dave Monson and Wayne
Hauge, in their lawsuit against the U.S.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). 100% of all
profits over the first three months from
the Vote Hemp Bar will go directly to Vote
Hemp. Thereafter, 20% of the bar's
profits will be donated to Vote Hemp for the
entire life of the bar.
Ruth Shamai, president of Ruth's Hemp Foods
and a supporter of Vote Hemp's tireless work
in the U.S., was a key activist in the cadre
composed of leading environmentalists,
agriculture experts and entrepreneurs that
lobbied successfully for the legalization of
industrial hemp production in Canada in the 1990s.
"The United States government should get past
all the drug association rhetoric and take a
clear-eyed look at low-THC industrial hemp
for its many valuable assets, including its
being a healthy, nutrient-dense food," says
Ruth. "And, as a bonus, it is a very
low-impact, environmentally-friendly crop."
"I know firsthand what Vote Hemp is trying to
accomplish," adds Ruth. "This is how we, as a
company, can do something to show our support
for Vote Hemp and, by extension, for all the
farmers in the U.S. who simply want to be able
to lawfully grow low-THC industrial hemp — a
crop dating back to 8000 BC that has been of
significant importance to many nations,
including the United States. It's true:
colonial America had mandatory hemp farming;
U.S. Presidents Washington and Jefferson both
grew hemp; the first U.S. flag was sewn from
hemp canvas; and the first two drafts of the
U.S. Declaration of Independence were written
on hemp paper. I think the launch of our Vote
Hemp Bar coincides nicely with the United
States' Independence Day. It's time to give
U.S. farmers the freedom to choose a crop that,
in Canada and elsewhere, has proven to be an
environmentally-friendly and economically-viable crop."
"When Ruth said that she wanted to make a
Vote Hemp Bar, we were excited," says Eric
Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp. "I was
even more blown away when I tasted its
delicious berry flavor. We
want to thank Ruth for having the vision to
support U.S. farmers' right to grow hemp. On
behalf of our thousands of supporters, we
encourage leading natural foods stores to
carry the Vote Hemp Bar," adds Steenstra. "This is an
easy thing retailers can do to help resume U.S.
hemp farming ... and their customers will love
|"Standing Silent Nation" Premiers on PBS
"Standing Silent Nation," a New Documentary Film
about the Lakota's Efforts to Grow Industrial
Hemp, Premiers on PBS's P.O.V. on Tuesday,
Alex White Plume and his extended Lakota
family, or tiospaye, are known on South
Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation for the
determination and industriousness with which
they have faced the hard economic choices
imposed by history and reservation life.
Undeterred by poor soil and uncertain weather
on their land, the White Plumes planted
alfalfa, barley and corn and raised horses
and buffalo, all of which brought the family
little better than a subsistence life and
continued reliance on government subsidies.
Still, the family was resolved to achieve
economic self-sufficiency, thus preserving
the Lakota traditions and bonds that sustain
the identity of family and tribe.
After much research, and under Alex's
leadership, the family planted industrial
hemp, the non-psychoactive relative of
marijuana. As Alex discovered, the world is
in the midst of a boom market for hemp
products. The demand is no less in the United
States, even with this anomaly: Hemp products can
be sold here, but growing hemp is a felony.
Alex didn't aim to challenge the logic of the
federal government's drug war; he believed
that tribal sovereignty allowed him to plant
hemp as surely as it allowed Native Americans
to build and run casinos elsewhere. He was wrong.
"Standing Silent Nation" Discussion
P.O.V. offers discussion guides for all of their films.
You can download this guide and use it to gain tips on
how to develop productive conversations using the
"Standing Silent Nation" Lesson Plan: Debate
U.S. Government Policy on Hemp
This lesson plan is designed to be used in
conjunction with the film. It explores U.S. policies
related to hemp, as well as the relationship of the U.S.
government to indigenous nations.
The Many Facets of Hemp
Watch an interview with former CIA director
James Woolsey and the
original trailer from filmmakers Suree
Towfighnia and Courtney Hermann to learn
more about this versatile crop.
Silent Nation" Official Web Site
Check out the official Web site to learn more about the
film and its makers.
|ALPSNACK Continues to Support Hemp Advocacy
ALPSNACK Has Been Supporting Hemp Advocacy
Ruth's Hemp Foods' Vote Hemp Bar is not the first
snack bar made from hemp to benefit Vote Hemp.
Since 2002, Gertrude and Bronner's Magic
has donated 100% of profits to hemp advocacy.
Through the sale of ALPSNACK, the Bronner family is
supporting Vote Hemp and the Hemp Industries
Association's (HIA) legal, media, grassroots and
lobbying efforts to recommercialize industrial
hemp. The original "DEA Taste Test," held at DEA
offices around the country in 2001, not only generated
media exposure on the hemp
issue, but also led ultimately to a partnership between
Gertrude Spindler, creator of ALPSNACK, and the
Bronner family. All profits to date from this partnership
used in support of hemp advocacy and the full
recommercialization of industrial hemp in the U.S.
Ask for ALPSNACK at your local health food retailer, or
order online now.
Try the New Vote Hemp Bar!
Try the new Vote Hemp Red, White & Blueberry Bar
from Ruth's Hemp
Foods. All profits over the next three
months go to support Vote Hemp.
Order yours today!
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