Apr 082016
 April 8, 2016
Hemp Makes Landmark Strides In White Plume Case, Market Growth And Environmental Sustainability

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and Vote Hemp have announced the dates for the 7th annual Hemp History Week, to be held June 6-12, 2016. This year promises to be an historic time in the movement to legalize hemp farming, as more farmers than ever before are planting hemp in states that have lifted prohibition on the crop. Over half of all U.S. states have lifted the ban on industrial hemp farming at the state level, however federal law still prohibits commercial industrial hemp cultivation due to outdated and inaccurate drug policy. Hemp in Current Events On March 28, 2016,

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Mar 302016
 March 30, 2016
Federal Judge Finally Lifts Injunction Against Native American Hemp Farmer

If you are not familiar with the story of Alex White Plume and the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s thwarted efforts to cultivate hemp in the 2000’s, you should be. The Oglala Sioux Tribe is a sovereign nation according to the United States government, at least on paper. I say at least on paper, because in reality the nation has not been treated as such over the years. The Oglala Sioux Tribe, led by Alex White Plume, tried to cultivate hemp in the early 2000’s because the tribe felt it was a viable crop that would help the tribe make money and provide much needed

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Mar 152016
 March 15, 2016
Washington Governor Vetoes Hemp Legalization Bill

Hemp is one of the most versatile plants on the planet. More and more states are reforming their hemp laws to either allow full cultivation, or at least cultivation for research purposes. Right now the United States has to import hemp products from other countries, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. Those dollars should be going to American farmers, many of which have expressed a strong desire to grow hemp. A hemp research legalization bill was passed overwhelmingly by the Washington House and Senate, but the bill was vetoed by Washington’s Governor, and for a very dumb

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Feb 242016
 February 24, 2016
Maine Department of Agriculture To Hold Public Hearing On Draft Hemp Regulations

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry (DACF) is holding a hearing on the draft hemp regulations and seeking public input. If you can, we urge you to attend the hearing and present testimony. If you can’t make it, you can still submit your comments on the draft rules via email. Date/Time: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm Location: Deering Building Room 319 90 Blossom Lane Augusta, Maine 04333 Google Map: https://goo.gl/O3Ni5c Here are the steps that we want you to take: 1 * If you would like to read the draft rule, download it here 2 *

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Feb 192016
 February 19, 2016
Hemp Industries Association Responds To FDA Warning Letters Regarding Mislabeling Of Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

Hemp Industries Association (HIA), the non-profit North American hemp trade association, has published its statement in response to recent warning letters sent by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manufacturers of CBD products, regarding mis-labeling of drug claims on said products.  Available on the FDA website, the letters explain that per the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, CBD products may not be marketed as drugs, meaning manufacturers cannot make claims regarding CBD products’ efficacy in the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease. Furthermore, the FDA asserts that cannabidiol products may not be marketed as supplements, because ‘new

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Jan 182016
 January 18, 2016
Marijuana Reform Bills Stack Up In Georgia Legislature

Never before in the history of Georgia politics have so many cannabis related bills been filed in the General Assembly. Seven (7) bills have been filed during the 2015/2016 sessions. Bills ranging from an expansion of HB-1, a medical cannabis bills passed in 2015, to removal of felony charges for possession of more than one ounce of marijuana (SB-254). Also, a bill allowing for industrial hemp was filed in 2015 to allow farmers to experiment with the hemp plant. Yet another bill is expected to be filed this week. Georgia C.A.R.E. Project director James Bell attributes the interest in marijuana

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Jan 042016
 January 4, 2016
Long Time Virginia Hemp Activist Jim Politis Needs Help

I received the following alert from Vote Hemp. Jim has fought for hemp reform for a long time, so hopefully the community can help support him in his time of need: Jim has has worked closely with Vote Hemp and lead the effort to bring hemp farming back to Virginia. Jim began having difficulties breathing during a family reunion trip to Chicago in July. Doctors advised him that he needed a pump for his heart. After having an operation to insert the pump he improved but eventually faced complications including an infection. Doctors told him he needed a new heart to

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Dec 222015
 December 22, 2015
Japan's First Lady Wants To Be A Hemp Farmer

Hemp is one of the most versatile plants on earth. It can be made into so many things that I don’t know that there’s a complete list. I heard a number one time that hemp can be made into 25,000 different things from lotion to fuel to clothing. There is absolutely no reason why hemp should be illegal, considering that a person can’t get high from it. On the film Hempsters a hemp expert says that a person would have to smoke a hemp joint the size of a telephone pole in order to get high. So why is hemp illegal

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Dec 162015
 December 16, 2015
Earl Blumenauer's Statement On Marijuana-Related Provisions In Omnibus Bill

Last night, Republican leadership filed legislation to fund the government for FY16. There were a number of marijuana-related provisions up for consideration in the omnibus bill. The Office of Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) has reviewed the text of the legislation. Representative Blumenauer is pleased to see the inclusion of the following provisions in the omnibus package: The policy championed by Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Sam Farr (D-CA) that prevents the Department of Justice from interfering in the ability of states to implement legal medical marijuana laws (Division B, Title V, Section 542) Language that supports industrial hemp research allowed

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Dec 162015
 December 16, 2015
Congress Includes Marijuana Riders In Omnibus Spending Bill

Late last night I received an e-mail from Tom Angell (who by the way doesn’t seem to sleep!) regarding the federal omnibus spending bill. The spending bill includes riders pertaining to marijuana. Some of the provisions include (provided by Tom and Marijuana Majority): * Prevent the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from spending money to interfere with the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. (Similar language was included in the FY 2015 budget and is current law.) * Prevent the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from spending money to interfere with the implementation of

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