By Lloyd Hart
The Great American Paper Boycott has challenged all the major toilet paper brands to make and nationally distribute the nation’s first roll of toilet paper made only from post consumer recycled paper and farm grown hemp fibers which will have to come from Canada, as US farmers face felony charges if they grow hemp.
Toilet paper is one of the most intimate things in people’s lives, and considering all the personal things we do with toilet paper and how many times it is used in a day, soft tissue ought to be a guilt free experience. Please join us in calling for the nation’s first roll of hemp toilet paper from the national brands.
Google your favorite brand of toilet paper, find out who makes it and write them a postal letter on hemp paper asking them in your own words to get make hemp tissue
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By John Dvorak, hempology.org
The construction industry is one of the largest producers of greenhouse gases worldwide. Production of just one ton of Portland cement, the most common type, releases a ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. Fortunately, there is a ‘new’ concrete product made from hemp that not only sequesters CO2 during its growing cycle, but also has a carbon-negative footprint when used in construction.
Hemp concrete has lots of other beneficial properties, too. The hurds, which make up the inner part of the hemp stalk, are 40% cellulose. Mixing crushed hurds with lime and water creates a pulpy mixture that can be used for constructing floors and walls as well as insulating roofs. Hemp concrete is an excellent insulating material, comparable to standard skin- and lung-irritating, petrochemical-based, pink fiberglass insulation.
Three hemp houses were built in Asheville, North Carolina in 2010 by Hemp Technologies, Inc.
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By Ryan Fletcher, VoteHemp.com
The first annual nationwide Hemp History Week featured nearly 200 events in 33 states from May 17-23, 2010. The week highlights a grassroots educational campaign organized by Vote Hemp and The Hemp Industries Assn. to stimulate support for hemp farming in the US.
Thousands of hand-signed postcards addressed to President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder were collected, seeking to end the ban on hemp farming in the US and permit farmers to grow the versatile and profitable crop.
In Washington, DC, 6-year-old Arundhati Eidinger, whose father owns two hemp clothing stores, delivered a stack of postcards signed by hemp farming supporters to Michelle Obama while the First Lady visited the girl’s kindergarten.
Political momentum for hemp farming grew during the lead-up to Hemp History Week, with six new Congressional co-sponsors for HR 1866, the
Read More: ‘History Week’ digs up hemp roots at Pentagon
So far, all we know for sure is that BP and the oil industry have been lying about the size and effects of the worst oil spill in history, one that threatens to wipe out the Gulf of Mexico as one of the world’s great fisheries. Time to pause and reflect that if we were using hemp for fuel, and had a spill in the gulf, the negative effect would be … Nothing. It might soak up some of the oil, in fact. Almost a million Americans are arrested each year for cannabis, but what are the odds of anyone going to jail for causing potentially the worst environmental destruction in human history? Let’s get hemp growing to power America.
By Chris Ryan Industrial Hemp is being successfully grown on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and used for insulation, and as fiber chaff for adobe. Some is turned into paper.
The founder of the industrial hemp project is Alex White Plume, American Indian and former Vice President of the Oglala Sioux Nation. He’s been growing hemp for several years. The Oglala Sioux suffer from 85 percent unemployment. Jobs and homes are needed desperately. Most have no running water or electricity in their homes.
White Plume seeks to overcome this by developing industrial hemp as an agricul- tural resource. He started his program to create jobs for his family and tribe. Much of Pine Ridge has farming on it, but only one- third of the monies generated goes to the tribe. When he realized that market prices for hemp were higher than those for other crops, he decided to try growing
Read More: Nature grows hemp the US government forbids Alex White Plume to plant
By Adam Eidinger VoteHemp.com
One of the nation’s leading farming organizations passed a bizarre new policy statement in support of industrial hemp farming, but only if it is genetically modified (GMO) and retains cannabis prohibition with very heavy law enforcement.
The National Grange of the Order of Patron of Husbandry, known simply as “The G r a n g e , ” made the statement in November at its annual m e e t i n g , against the urging of advocacy groups such as Vote Hemp that GMO hemp is offensive and unnecessary because varieties of the cannabis with low THC are widely available in Canada and elsewhere.
The Grange policy statement states: “The National Grange supports research, production, processing and marketing of industrial hemp as a viable agricultural activity. We do not in any way support or condone the growth or use of marijuana
Read More: National Grange wants only GMO hemp — with strong-arm enforcement
HEMPSTALK FASHION —
The Portland Hempstalk Festival boasted its first hemp fashion and live art show at Kelley Point Park in Portland, Oregon. The show was a colorful success and is now scheduled to become an annual part of Hempstalk. Titled Hemp SIlk at Hempstalk, it was co-emceed by Pony Boy of Los Marijuanos and Angela of Sea of Green Art and featured hemp clothing by a number of designers including UrbAge Designs by Scott Gordon, the Hempstalk Vending Coordinator. Photos courtesy of Angela Fairless
Hemp has been grown in Eastern Europe to remove contaminants from the soil and clean arable land to be used for food crops. But it was not very well received when US Army officials discovered in June that some “weed-free” mulch used in its clean up effort to plant ground cover in an area outside of Denver, CO was rich in cannabis seeds. The Rocky Mountain Arsenal was a chemical weapons manufacturing facility during World War II and the Cold War. Feral hemp, or “ditch weed,” still grows in Kansas, where the mulch supplier is located. When the Army learned that it had inadvertently been growing cannabis on the property, it pulled up about 100 wild hemp plants. “It was a little surprising,” Charlie Scharmin, who heads up the project, told CBS News, but added that they plan to mow, burn or simply let the bison who roam the
Read More: US Army accidentally sows wild hemp where the buffalo roam
By Chris Conrad
A receptionist at a medical cannabis facility received the State of Montana Dept. of Agriculture’s first industrial hemp license Oct. 14. Montana is one of nine states that allow industrial hemp production or research. Laura Murphy said she plans to use her new license to defy the federal ban on farming the cash crop. A DEA spokesman said federal drug agents will be watching to see if she moves ahead without a federal permit — a formality that Murphy said she plans to skip. The DEA has not issued any commercial licenses since the WWII-era War Hemp Industries program was terminated in the 1950s.
Montana passed Senate Bill 261 in 2001, creating a hemp licensing process. The State asked the DEA to recognize its hemp law in 2002, but was summarily denied. Due to the federal prohibition, farmers and the Dept. of Agriculture have been
Read More: Montana issues first hemp license, farmer vows to grow
By Ryan Fletcher VoteHemp.com
Seeds of Dissent – (Left to right) Hemp Industries Assn. (HIA) President Steve Levine, Vermont’s Cedar Circle Organic Farm founder Will Allen, Vote Hemp Communications Director Adam Eidinger, North Dakota farmer Wayne Hauge, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps President David Bronner, and Livity Outernational Hemp Nichelson (not pictured) were arrested while digging on the DEA’s lawn with ceremonial chrome shovels to plant industrial hemp seed from Canada. Photo by Ryan Fletcher
In a bid to get the Obama administration’s attention and halt DEA obstruction, a North Dakota farmer, Vermont farmer and other American entrepreneurs dedicated to developing and marketing healthy, environmentally friendly hemp products planted industrial hemp seed Oct. 13 at the DEA headquarters and museum.
This was one of the first times industrial hemp advocates have used public civil disobedience to protest the ban on hemp farming in the United States. While the US
Read More: Advocates plant hemp on DEA’s own front lawn