Help Get Hemp Listed As A Feed Ingredient In Oregon

 Posted by at 7:21 AM on January 26, 2015  Hemp
Jan 262015
 January 26, 2015
Help Get Hemp Listed As A Feed Ingredient In Oregon

A reader contacted me about a crowd funding effort to get hemp listed as a feed for farm animals. I thought it was a very cool idea and figured I’d pass it along. Below is more info. You can donate to the crowd funding effort at this link here: Started by Robert Litt Crowd Funding goal – $10,000 “Hemp seed is one of the most nutritious, sustainable foods for farm animals. Even though it’s now legal to grow in Oregon and other states, it must first be re-approved as an ingredient. Help us file this application.” Click here to donate

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Jan 252015
 January 25, 2015
Congress Introduces Industrial Hemp Farming Act With Bi-partisan Support

Vote Hemp, the nation’s leading grassroots hemp advocacy organization working to change state and federal laws to allow commercial hemp farming, is pleased to announce the introduction of complementary bills in both the Senate and House, S. 134 and H.R. 525, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015.  If passed, this bill would remove federal restrictions on the cultivation of industrial hemp, the non-drug oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis. The full text of the bill may be found at: http://votehemp.com/federal-industrial-hemp-legislation.html. “With bi-partisan support in the Senate and House, we are eager to see 2015 be the year Congress finally passes comprehensive legislation

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Hemp Bill Filed In The Missouri Senate

 Posted by at 11:14 AM on January 24, 2015  Hemp
Jan 242015
 January 24, 2015
Hemp Bill Filed In The Missouri Senate

By John Payne Last Thursday, January 15, state Senator Rob Schaaf (R – Saint Joseph) introduced Senate Bill 255 to legalize the production of industrial hemp in Missouri. “Buchanan County used to be one of the main growers of industrial hemp,” Dr. Schaaf told the Saint Joseph News-Press. “We could revitalize our rural area. It grows like crazy.” A similar bill was sponsored in the House last year by Representatives Mike Colona (D – Saint Louis), Paul Curtman (R – Pacific), and Galen Higdon (R – Saint Joseph). It received a hearing in the House Economic Development Committee, where it

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Jan 112015
 January 11, 2015
U.S. Senators Want American Farmers To Be Allowed To Grow Hemp

Oregon politicians are, and have been for awhile now, at the forefront of recreational marijuana, medical marijuana, and hemp law reform. That was continued this last week when both of Oregon’s United States Senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, teamed up with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to reintroduce a hemp cultivation bill. Per Biz Journals: The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 “would remove hemp from the Schedule I controlled substance list under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, and would define it as a non-drug so long as it contained less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol,” according to the lawmakers.

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Hempcrete Workshop To Be Held In Portland, Oregon

 Posted by at 11:50 AM on January 3, 2015  Hemp
Jan 032015
 January 3, 2015
Hempcrete Workshop To Be Held In Portland, Oregon

I have always wanted to learn how to make hempcrete and build with it. It’s a fascinating way to use the hemp plant. If you can afford it and live in the area, definitely check out this workshop for Hempcrete in Portland, Oregon. More details below: Hempcrete is the healthiest possible building material for constructing a safe indoor  environment, and is also mold-resistant, rot-resistant, fire-resistant and pest-resistant.  Hempcrete is durable and recyclable, lasting hundreds of years; and is not only a carbon negative building material, but is also carbon sequestering. It has a high vapor permeability, thus it can absorb

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Dec 312014
 December 31, 2014
Petition Started To Legalize Marijuana And Hemp In Ohio

Petitions are not legally binding, however, they are a good tool to express interest in a political cause, especially when it comes to marijuana reform. If enough people sign a petition, activists and media members can refer to it and point out that the idea(s) contained in the petition have a lot of support, so therefore they should become law. Politicians love to jump on bandwagons when they see that the bandwagon has momentum. Below is a petition to legalize marijuana and hemp in Ohio, along with a link to sign it if you choose: To allow all adults 21

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Hemp Legalization Initiative In Arizona Begins

 Posted by at 8:45 AM on December 29, 2014  Hemp
Dec 292014
 December 29, 2014
Hemp Legalization Initiative In Arizona Begins

Hemp is a very versatile plant. Once upon a time in America, hemp grew all over the place, and was used for many things including clothing, rope, and paper. Numerous states have passed some form of hemp reform and a shift in federal enforcement policies have opened the door for more states to pursue hemp if they desire and follow certain rules. Of course, federal enforcement policy could change back at any time, so full federal reform should still be pursued, but these are pretty amazing times in the world of hemp policy. An initiative has started in Arizona that

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Dec 162014
 December 16, 2014
Federal Spending Bill Prohibits Justice Department From Undermining State Medical Marijuana And Hemp Laws

The final “cromnibus” federal spending bill that Congress passed over the weekend contains historic language prohibiting the U.S. Justice Department from spending any money to undermine state medical marijuana laws. The spending bill also includes a bipartisan amendment that prohibits the DEA from blocking implementation of a federal law passed last year by Congress that allows hemp cultivation for academic and agricultural research purposes in states that allow it. It also contains an amendment allowing Washington, D.C.’s voter-approved initiative legalizing marijuana possession and home cultivation for personal use to move forward, but prohibits D.C. policymakers from using any local or

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Dec 102014
 December 10, 2014
Congressional Spending Bill Blocks DEA Medical Marijuana Raids

What a wild day yesterday. As I was sitting in my cubicle reading tweets earlier in the day, it seemed that Washington D.C.’s  marijuana legalization bill was going to be entirely scrapped in a backdoor deal between Democrats and Republicans. As the day progressed, it appeared that possession and cultivation of marijuana in D.C. would move forward, but that Congress wouldn’t approve marijuana sales. Ultimately, the language that was agreed upon in the spending bill that will determine D.C.’s legalization implementation was somewhat vague. Some belief there’s wiggle room to implement legalization in some fashion, others don’t. There will no doubt be

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Hemp Bills Pass Michigan Senate Committee

 Posted by at 6:24 AM on December 5, 2014  Hemp
Dec 052014
 December 5, 2014
Hemp Bills Pass Michigan Senate Committee

In the last few days of the 2014 legislative session, hemp was on the minds of some Michigan lawmakers. The Senate Agriculture Committee today passed a pair of bills designed to empower hemp production in the Great Lakes State. Steven Sharpe, a Board member with the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and a longtime hemp advocate, testified at the committee hearing and reported the results. Hemp is genetically distinct from, but taxonomically identical to, marijuana. It is a non-intoxicating industrial plant that yields food, fuel and fiber when harvested. A pair of hemp legalization

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