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US House passes hemp reform in federal Farm Bill

A new start for hemp?

The US House of Representatives has approved a version of the farm bill which includes hemp reform to allow for states to authorize hemp research. It does not authorize large-scale hemp farming, which is essential to making the US competitive in the global industrial hemp markets. The bill now heads to the Senate, which must approve the measure to send it to the President for approval. This is the first time since the 1950s that a hemp authorization bill has cleared  Congress.

For over 75 years, federal law has banned the cultivation of every strain of cannabis, regardless of its psychoactivity, despite a long heritage of industrial hemp farming in US history. The amendment to the approved farm bill would allow universities to grow non-psychoactive hemp strains for research purposes, ending a blanket prohibition which has been in place in de-facto form since 1937

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Congress approves hemp, then votes down farm bill

By Chris Conrad, westcoastleaf.com

The House of Representatives solidly rejected a last-minute lobbying bid from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) June 20, 2013 and adopted a farm bill amendment in a 225-200 vote to legalize growing hemp for research purposes. Soon thereafter, it voted down the $940 billion bill by 195-234. Most Democrats voted against the bill because it cut food stamps by more than $20 billion. Many Republicans voted no because the country is already $17 trillion in debt.

The vote is a blow to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who has failed to move farm policy forward for two years in a row. A new and more conservative farm bill is expected to be put forward, but even if it is not, there’s a good chance the hemp amendment will get inserted into other legislation now that the full House has approved it.

Despite the full bill being

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Bipartisan hemp and marijuana bills hit US Congress

By Phillip Smith, stopthedrugwar.org

A marijuana policy trifecta hit Capitol Hill in February 2013 regarding recreational marijuana, medical marijuana, and hemp.

Early in the month, reformist House members filed bills to end federal cannabis prohibition and tax the trade, and in mid month a bill to legalize hemp. By the end of the month, legislators had filed bills to protect medical marijuana patients and providers, and US senators filed a companion bill to legalize industrial hemp.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who earlier sponsored a marijuana tax bill, rolled out House Resolution 689, the “States’ Medical Marijuana Protection Act;” Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) introduced House Resolution 710, the “Truth in Trials Act;” and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and three co-sponsors filed the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013,” a companion bill to House Resolution 525.

Blumenauer’s bill, introduced with bipartisan co-sponsorship, would grant federal recognition to medical use and remove marijuana

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$100,000 boost for Kentucky Hemp Commission

By Ryan Fletcher, Mintwood Media Collective

Kentucky has revitalized its Hemp Commission to draft an industrial hemp farming bill for the state General Assembly to open the state’s agriculture industry to legal hemp production. The Commission met in November 2012 for the first time in 10 years and received $50,000 from David Bronner, President of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, and another $50,000 from US Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to demonstrate a shared confidence that hemp prohibition is ending and legal production will soon be a reality for American farmers.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who chairs the commission, is optimistic the legislature will legalize hemp in its 2013 session. “This is an exciting time,” he said. “This is an important issue, and hopefully it will make a difference that will affect farmers for years to come.”

Paul has backed efforts at the federal level to legalize hemp nationwide. He co-signed a

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$452M US market for hemp products drives federal bills

By Ryan Fletcher, theHIA.org

Retail sales of hemp food and body care products in the US continued to set records in 2011, reaching $43.5 million, and sales by conventional retailers are estimated to have grown by 11% in 2011.

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses, released data Sept. 19, 2012 showing that sales of popular hemp items like non-dairy milk, shelled hemp seed, soaps and lotions have occurred alongside increasing grassroots pressure to once again allow hemp to be grown domestically for US processors and manufacturers.

The sales data, collected by the market research firm SPINS, was obtained from natural and conventional food retailers, excluding establishments that do not provide data — and thus underestimates actual sales by a factor of at least three. According to the SPINS data, combined U.S. hemp food and body-care sales grew in the sampled stores

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Hemp remediation for Japan

By Nayer,  ushempmuseum.com

The planet is now facing  a nuclear disaster at least 10 times greater than the infamous Chernobyl reactor meltdown —  a magnitude often referred to by scientists as an “Extinction Level Event” (ELE).

The Japanese Fukushima Dai-ichi triple nuclear meltdown has already affected the US. Radioactive material has been spilling from the power plants since March 11, 2011, exposing every creature on Earth to plutonium, cesium 137, uranium, and other toxins that travel through the ocean, jet stream and food and water systems.  People every day drink, eat, breathe and wash with radioactive particles that cause disease, disaster and that could possibly end human life on earth.

To limit this catastrophe, all nations should cultivate radiation-eating fungi and plants such as cannabis hemp to remediate the radiation and mend the ecosystem.

Medical marijuana and hash oil (such as ‘Rick Simpson’s oil’) reduce cancer risk, and hemp foods

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Bi-partisan bills to restore industrial hemp

PAGE-8-PRESSING THE HEMP ISSUE

By Ryan Fletcher, votehemp.com

United States Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced S 3501 Aug. 2, 2012, the companion bill to the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011 in the House of Representatives, HR 1831.

If passed, the bills will remove federal restrictions on the cultivation of industrial hemp, the non‐drug oilseed and fiber varieties of cannabis.

“This is the first step toward a common sense policy on hemp that helps create American jobs,” said Senator Wyden. “It is vital that all industrial hemp advocates redouble their efforts to win support in Congress if we are going to reestablish this economically important crop.”

Seventeen states already have passed pro‐hemp legislation, and 10 states (Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont and West Virginia) have removed barriers to production or research. Despite state authorization to grow hemp, farmers risk

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Hemp the ever green, hits the mainstream

By John Dvorak, Hempology.Org

As more and more hemp products hit the market, the ‘giggle factor’ (Can I smoke that?) is being replaced by the ‘gaga factor’ (Where can I get that?).

Hemp foods are increasingly being incorporated into the products of mainstream, ‘non-hempster’ companies. More fitness magazines and health gurus are espousing the health benefits of the humble hemp seed. In January 2012, The New York Times ran a feature article on vegan body builders that included favorable statements about hemp protein powder.

Hemp is also making inroads in the construction industry as more companies see that hemp-based building materials have several benefits over conventional products. Hemp Oil Canada added a business office to their production center using hemp concrete. In addition to being breathable, carbon-negative, non-toxic and mold/pest resistant, hemp concrete in an excellent insulator against the super-cold winters in Manitoba. In Cheshire Oaks, England, the Marks and

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Hemp bill getting close to Gov Brown’s desk

By Ryan Fletcher, VoteHemp.com

Senate Bill 676, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, is moving quickly through the California legislature.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Mark Leno, would create an eight-year pilot program to allow commercial industrial hemp farming in five California counties: Kern, Kings, Imperial, San Joaquin and Yolo. Passing through the Assembly Committee on Agriculture last week with a 6-0 vote, leading hemp advocacy organization, Vote Hemp, expects the bill to reach the Governor’s desk this September.

The bill has the endorsement of the California State Grange, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UCFW), the Imperial County Farm Bureau, CA Certified Organic Growers and other leading farming organizations. Dan Rush, UFCW 5 Statewide Special Operations Director, stated, “UFCW enthusiastically supports SB 676 because we see it as a jobs and revenue generator at a time when they are sorely needed in California.”

The bill passed out of the Senate

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Hemp backers applaud California farm bill SB 676

By Steve Levine, Hemp Industries Assn.

California state Senator Mark Leno introduced Senate Bill 676 Feb. 18 to make the legal distinction that industrial hemp is separate and distinct from the forms of cannabis used to produce marijuana. Industrial hemp is the non-psychoactive, low-THC, oilseed and fiber varieties of the Cannabis sativa plant and has absolutely no value as a recreational drug. If passed, SB 676 will allow commercial farming of industrial hemp, which occurred in the state until shortly after World War II.

Leno said that hemp farming will help revitalize California’s economy. “The time is long overdue for California farmers to be allowed to grow this sustainable and profitable crop once again. The passage of SB 676 will create new jobs and economic opportunities for many farmers and manufacturers through out the state.”

A variety of products made from imported industrial hemp, such as healthy food and natural

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DC hemp store raises funds for bio-remediation in Japan

By Martin Williams

One hemp store in the US capital used 4/20/2011 as the launch date to help save the planet from radioactive contamination. Capitol Hemp has two stores in Washington, DC — the only place to find hemp clothing and accessories within a mile of the White House. The 420 holiday marked the third anniversary of the store, founded by former coffee shop owner Alan Amsterdam and political activist Adam Eidinger.

The entrepreneurs and their loyal ten-person staff were organizing a ‘heady glass’ show featuring the works of highly sought-after American glass artists when the 9.0 earthquake struck in Japan, causing a reactor meltdown in Fukishima. Suddenly the alliance had a new goal: to raise funds to grow hemp in radioactive soil in order to  remove the nuclear waste.

“In the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986, an agricultural area within a 30-kilometer radius of the reactor

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