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The Vote Hemp Report 
Volume V Number III
June 11, 2010
Dear Reader,

May 17-23, 2010 marked the 1st Annual Hemp History Week, a national grassroots education campaign organized by the leading hemp advocacy organizations Vote Hemp and The Hemp Industries Association. Hemp History Week was organized with the goal of renewing strong support for hemp farming in the U.S. In addition to events across the country, thousands of hand-signed postcards addressed to President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder were also collected, which asked them to end the ban on hemp farming in the U.S. and let farmers grow the versatile and profitable crop.

Political momentum in support of hemp farming grew during the lead up to Hemp History Week with six new Congressional co-sponsors for H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009. All co-sponsors now total 25 members, but H.R. 1866 has yet to be heard in the Judiciary Sub-Committee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, the committee where H.R. 1866 was assigned.

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Thanks to donations from supporters like you, we were able to accomplish many of our goals in 2009 and we are getting very close to achieving our ultimate goal, legal hemp farming for American farmers. Vote Hemp is making good progress on multiple fronts and we are working on a number of strategies to accomplish our goals for this year. We need your help to do this and I ask that you make a donation to Vote Hemp. Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps has generously agreed to match every dollar you donate, doubling the impact of your contribution.

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As the news in this issue shows, the rest of the world gets it and is profiting off of hemp grown and processed in their countries. With your help we will continue to work towards a solution to the issue here in the U.S.

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p.s. Late last month the Hemp Industries Association announced that the 17th Annual HIA Convention will be held on Sunday and Monday, November 7-8, 2010 at the Holiday Inn - Civic Center in San Francisco, CA. Please click here to learn more and register for the 2010 HIA Convention.
In This Issue
Please Write to President Obama and Attorney General Holder
ND Farmers File Another Industrial Hemp Appeal in District Court
Lyster Dewey's Diaries
Hemp Shorts:
Please Write to President Obama and Attorney General Holder
Hemp History Week Postcard
The hemp industry today is proving to be a thriving commercial success with estimated annual retail sales of $360 million. Growing hemp in America will allow farmers to supply U.S. manufacturers with hemp for their products.

Unlike farmers in most industrialized nations across the world, American farmers are unable to participate in the burgeoning hemp economy because they are prohibited from growing hemp domestically. Currently, all hemp-based raw materials (fiber and seed) must be imported from other countries. We are advocating that the federal government change its policy towards industrial hemp, which confuses oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis grown for food and fiber with drug varieties of the plant.

Please click here to write to President Obama and Attorney General Holder and urge them to change our federal policy and allow U.S. farmers to once again grow industrial hemp.
ND Farmers File Another Industrial Hemp Appeal in District Court
Wayne hauge and David Monson
By Sue Roesler
The Farm & Ranch Guide
June 4, 2010

North Dakota government leaders and producers aren't giving up on growing industrial hemp.

  Another appeal of a lawsuit decision regarding the right of farmers with state licenses to grow industrial hemp without worrying about the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) arresting them was filed last week.

Two North Dakota farmers, State Rep. David Monson and Wayne Hauge, appealed a 2007 industrial hemp lawsuit decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia Circuit last week.

Lyster Dewey's Diaries
Lyster Dewey at Arlington Farms
Hemp fans look toward Lyster Dewey's past, and the Pentagon, for higher ground
By Manuel Roig-Franzia
The Washington Post
May 13, 2010

Hemp needed a hero. Needed one bad.

The gangly plant - once a favorite of military ropemakers - couldn't catch a break. Even as legalized medical marijuana has become more and more commonplace, the industrial hemp plant - with its minuscule levels of the chemical that gives marijuana its kick - has remained illegal to cultivate in the United States.

Enter the lost hemp diaries.

Found recently at a garage sale outside Buffalo but never publicly released, these journals chronicle the life of Lyster H. Dewey, a botanist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture whose long career straddled the 19th and 20th centuries. Dewey writes painstakingly about growing exotically named varieties of hemp - Keijo, Chinamington and others - on a tract of government land known as Arlington Farms. In effect, he was tending Uncle Sam's hemp farm.

Hemp Shorts:
Spinning Hemp
Spinning hemp.

Hemp History Week
Santa Cruz celebrates the long and windy history of hemp, writes Julia Cheung at the Santa Cruz Good Times.

Hemp History Week tries yet again to state the obvious - hemp is not marijuana
It might be obvious to us, but there are still many people who don't get even the basics!

Hemp advocates turn up the volume
Sustainable Business Oregon has a more in depth take on the future of hemp.

Hemp History Week, a look back at America's hemp heritage
Ethan Huff at NaturalNews.com takes a look at our heritage.
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Nationwide: Click here to write your Congressional representative and ask him/her to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009. If he/she is a co-sponsor already, you will be able to thank them and ask them to help get the bill a hearing in committee.

Click here to write to your Senators in Congress and ask them to introduce a Senate version of H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009.

The following states have passed hemp farming bills and/or resolutions or memorials urging Congress to allow states to regulate hemp farming. Please use the links below to write to your Congressional representative if you are from these states.

Colorado: Click here to thank Rep. Jared Polis for becoming a co-sponsor of H.R. 1866.

Maine:
Click here to write to Your Representative and ask them to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 1866.

Montana: Click here to thank Rep. Denny Rehberg for becoming a co-sponsor of H.R. 1866.

New Mexico: Click here to write to Your Representative and ask them to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 1866.

North Dakota: Click here to write to Rep. Earl Pomeroy and ask him to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 1866.

Oregon: Click here to write to Your Representative and ask them to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 1866. Rep. Earl Blumenauer is a co-sponsor. Please click here to thank him.

Vermont: Click here to write to Rep. Peter Welch and ask him to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 1866.

Washington: Click here to thank Rep. Jim McDermott for becoming a co-sponsor of H.R. 1866.

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