Aug 262015
 August 26, 2015
Marijuana Farmers VS Hemp Farmers Over Pollen

Complaints from legal marijuana farms have halted the issuance of hemp farming licenses in Oregon- for now. Both types of farms are authorized under Oregon law. Marijuana, used for medicine and recreation, and hemp, used for industrial and commercial purposes, are plants in the same family. That means they can cross-breed. The Oregonian reports that marijuana farmers are concerned that the hemp plants will spread their pollen over wide swaths of countryside and accidentally pollinate their marijuana plants. Cannabis plants are genetically selected to produce robust flowers typically grown in the absence of male plants. No males, no seeds. Marijuana

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Aug 252015
 August 25, 2015
Oregon Will Temporarily Stop Issuing Hemp Licenses

The State of Oregon has decided to stop issuing hemp licenses, at least for the near future. The Oregon Department of Agriculture issued a decision this week to temporarily suspend the issuance of new licenses. The Department felt that there was just too much potential for changes in upcoming legislative sessions to be able to confidently issue licenses, which last three years. Per Oregon Live: Oregon Department of Agriculture officials said Tuesday their decision does not impact those currently licensed to grow hemp in the state. The decision is effective immediately and comes at the end of the current growing

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Aug 242015
 August 24, 2015
Recap: Portland NORML Membership Meeting August 22, 2015

By Jennifer Alexander If you didn’t make it out to our last membership meeting this past Saturday, you missed an awesome presentation by Joy Beckerman Maher on hempcrete.  We learned a lot about this incredible building material and watched her demonstrate the process of building with hempcrete! But first, we started off the meeting announcing upcoming events, including the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference on September 12 – 13 and the High Times Cannabis Cup, which is currently seeking approval from the City of Milwaukie to take place September 19 – 20. After that, our Executive Director, Russ Belville, talked

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Aug 202015
 August 20, 2015
Hemp Industries Association Presents 22nd Annual Conference In Lexington, Kentucky

Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses and farmers, will host its annual conference Sunday, September 27 through Tuesday September 29, at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Lexington, KY. The three-day conference will feature keynote speaker James Comer, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner, and expert speakers David Mitlin, Professor at Clarkson University, David Williams, Agronomist at University of Kentucky, Mike Fata, CEO of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, Ethan Russo, MD, Medical Director at Phytecs, John Roulac, CEO of Nutiva, plus many others. Focusing on the expansion of the hemp industry and market in North America,

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Aug 202015
 August 20, 2015
Renowned Hemp Expert Joy Beckerman To Speak At Portland NORML Public Forum

The Portland Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws will be hosting a public forum on industrial hemp this Saturday, August 22 at Noon at the Tony Starlight Showroom at 1125 SE Madison St. in Portland featuring Pacific Northwest hemp expert Joy Beckerman from Hemp Ace International. Beckerman, who is also founding president of the Washington Hemp Industries Association, has over two decades of experience in the industrial variety of the cannabis plant popularly known as hemp. Her company specializes in global supply networks for everything from raw hemp fiber, hemp building materials, seed oil, and

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Aug 162015
 August 16, 2015
Valid Signatures Are Needed To Put Medical Marijuana On The Idaho Ballot

A few years ago I posted an article describing how scary of a place Idaho is when you are a marijuana consumer. I still feel that way. Most of my family on one side currently lives in Idaho, and some of the stories they tell me are downright sad and frightening. A lot of them use marijuana for medical purposes, and are fully aware what would happen if they were ever caught doing so. They would serve jail time, pay a hefty fine, and have their lives ruined in many ways, all for consuming a plant that has proven medical

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Aug 072015
 August 7, 2015
States Should Be Able To Determine Their Own Hemp And Marijuana Laws

By Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director The National Council of State Legislatures passed a resolution yesterday urging the federal government to amend the Controlled Substances Act and to refrain from interfering with state laws permitting the legal production and use of cannabis. The National Council of State Legislatures is a bipartisan, non-governmental organization founded in 1975 to unite members of legislature’s from around the United States. The council works to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures, promote innovative policy and communication among state legislatures, and to magnify their voice in the federal system. The NCSL resolves “[S]tates and

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Aug 042015
 August 4, 2015
List Of Marijuana Bills Currently Being Considered By Congress

United States Congressman Earl Blumenauer has put together a matrix that shows all of the marijuana related bills in Congress from this session and last session. I will always remember in 2012 when I asked one of my legislative staffer friends what he thought about marijuana and politics. He was very quick to say ‘that is political suicide.’ Here were are three years later and there is legislation in Congress for all types of things that are marijuana related. There are a lot of bills related to medical marijuana, and even some for recreational marijuana. There are bills for hemp,

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Jul 112015
 July 11, 2015
Tell The Senate To Support Hemp

I received the following message from Vote Hemp: The Industrial Hemp Farming Act, S.134, only has nine (9) cosponsors. The most recent cosponsors are Senator Bennett (D-CO), Senator Tester (D-MT) and Senator Baldwin (D-WI). We are grateful for their support but we need many more. This important legislation would greatly benefit opportunities in terms of jobs and economic development in legal hemp states by removing industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. Together we can pass this legislation, but we need your support today. Add your name to show the Senate the overwhelming grassroots support behind the Industrial Hemp Farming Act.

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Jun 042015
 June 4, 2015
Throwback Thursday - Hemp Farmers Arrested Planting Hemp At DEA Headquarters

For those of you that don’t know, this week is the sixth annual Hemp History week. I thought it would be fun to post one of my favorite videos of all time. On October 13, 2009 hemp industry leaders and activists planted hemp seeds on the DEA’s front lawn. I first saw this footage on the movie Hempsters. The act resulted in a lot of arrests, but I still feel that the move was very symbolic and inspiring. This simple form of protest is still being applauded to this day, and will continue to be applauded until federal hemp prohibition is

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