Wash. Senate Votes To Legalize Hemp Farming As Oregon Starts Writing Permits

KPLU 88.5 News for Seattle and the Northwest, February 4, 2015, By Tom Banse

"The Washington state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to make hemp farming legal. The measure now goes to the state House for further consideration. ..."

To listen to (or read the report): http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-senate-votes-legalize-hemp-farming-oregon-starts-writing-permits


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Building with hemp

Joni Lane | TEDxCharlottesville | Published on Dec 31, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Hempcrete/Responsible Design

Joni Lane, LEED Green Associate, is a recent graduate of Boston Architectural College with a Masters in Sustainable Design Studies. She is passionate about creating valuable, sustainable and regenerative solutions by which humans can continue to live without threatening to render our planet uninhabitable. She believes great design has the power to change the world and has decided to focus her energy on healing our built environment with bio-based materials, specifically Hempcrete. Focusing on addressing indoor contaminants and their effect on our health, She strives to advance education and awareness of this very important public health issue to promote safe and healthy buildings.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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Maligned and banned: The American comeback of industrial hemp

San Francisco Chronicle, January 12, 2015, By Brooks Mencher

"After serving nearly 80 years on narcotics charges, hemp is back, semi-legalized in the 2014 Farm Bill.

Its new age is a chemical renaissance. Experimental medicines extracted from hemp will treat epilepsy, migraine headaches, glaucoma, and diabetic and other nerve pain; there may even be applications for multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The plant’s rough outer bast fibers, formerly waste, can be used in super-capacitors to store energy for electronic devices; these cooked carbon nanosheets, at least as efficient as current materials including graphene, were unveiled at the annual exposition of the American Chemical Society, held last summer in San Francisco.

More, its fibers and the cellulose-rich stem core are already producing high-impact car doors, higher-efficiency housing insulation and other building materials. And then there are cosmetics, soaps, oils, high-protein food and high omega-3 dietary supplements.

But as brilliant and economically viable as its future might be, humankind’s most ancient cultivated plant has never had an easy time in America, and there’s no reason to believe that its return is going to be accompanied by a red carpet. ...

Re-establishing hemp as a viable American industry will take rebuilding, piece by piece, a working infrastructure that would include contract farming, growers’ associations, trade lines, material transportation, research and development and niche manufacturing, and, more importantly, further legislation fully guaranteeing its legal status as a non-narcotic.

How could a plant, whose use and cultivation dates back more than 12,000 years, be so heedlessly shelved in the first place? ..."


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Industrial Hemp and a Greener Future with 'Bringing It Home' Filmmaker Linda Booker

GreenisGoodRadio.com, January 7, 2015

Linda Booker's 2013 film, Bringing It Home, examines the deep environmental benefits of industrial hemp and its applications and uses in modern times.

To listen to the interview: http://greenisgoodradio.com/2015/01/industrial-hemp-greener-future-bringing-it-home-filmmaker-linda-booker

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Schwank, Folmer to Discuss How Industrial Hemp Bill Would Help Agriculture

From the Offices of State Senators Mike Folmer and Judy Schwank via BCTV.org, Thursday, January 8, 2015

"To help Pennsylvania farmers tap into the multi-million dollar hemp industry, state Sens. Judy Schwank (D-11) and Mike Folmer (R-48) will hold a media briefing at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show to talk about legislation that would finally give them that opportunity.

Schwank and Folmer will introduce Senate Bill 50 which, if adopted into law, would create the Industrial Hemp Act.

'The 2014 federal Farm Bill authorizes pilot programs for industrial hemp, and SB 50 provides oversight for growing, harvesting and marketing a traditional commonwealth crop while providing new opportunities for Pennsylvania farmers,' Schwank said.

Industrial hemp has been used for thousands of years in numerous applications and, until the last century, was commonly grown in Pennsylvania. Today, an estimated 50,000 potential applications exist for hemp’s use across a wide spectrum of industries, including textiles, building materials, industrial products, paper and energy and environmental products. ..."


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Hemp gets boost in federal spending bill

Associated Press, December 16, 2014

"LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Michael Lewis felt some anxiety when he stepped forward as one of Kentucky's first farmers to test the potential of hemp production, but some recent action by Congress has helped set his mind at ease.

The latest federal farm bill allows states to designate hemp projects for research and development. And now, the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress and sent to President Barack Obama would prohibit federal drug officials from interfering with those projects.

Lewis said Tuesday he sees the latest hemp provision as a way to further legitimize a crop with a multitude of uses. The non-intoxicating plant has been banned for decades due to its family ties to marijuana.

'My name and my reputation are tied up in this,' Lewis said. 'It's a huge peace of mind to know that we're OK. We thought we should be all along, but now this sort of confirms that. ... It's definitely going to give me an hour or two of extra sleep at night.'

Growing hemp without a federal permit was banned in 1970 due to its classification as a controlled substance related to marijuana. Hemp and marijuana are the same species, but hemp has a negligible amount of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high.

Kentucky has been at the forefront of efforts to revive the crop, prized for oils, seeds and fiber.

Eighteen states have removed barriers to hemp production, according to Vote Hemp, a group advocating for the plant's legal cultivation. Licensed growers secured seeds in Kentucky, Colorado and Vermont this year, but difficulties in obtaining seeds limited production, the group said. ..."


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Hemp and Switchgrass Featured in Local Exhibit

KSMU Ozarks Public Radio, October 23, 2014, by Michele Skalicky

"An exhibit at the Drury on C-Street Gallery showcases the work of local paper sculpture artist Shirah Miriam 'Mimi' Aumann who uses her work to send a message.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more on the 44-piece multi-media environmental art exhibit, Hemp and Pots—Grass and Trees

The pieces in the gallery on Commercial Street are made mostly of hemp and switchgrass.  They feature paper used in various approaches to showcase the fibers.  Some are lit, some aren’t, but they all have a message.

Aumann is an advocate for industrial hemp, and it shows particularly in two pieces:  Hemp Can Save the Planet and Let Me Count the Ways.  Aumann says the latter piece shows some of the many ways industrial hemp can be used.

After decades of federal prohibition of industrial hemp, some states are bringing it back, including Kentucky, which recently planted a successful crop. ...

The film, Bringing it Home, which talks about industrial hemp’s past, present and future, will be shown tomorrow night (10/24) at 6 at the Gallery."

To read more: http://ksmu.org/post/hemp-and-switchgrass-featured-local-exhibit

To listen to the broadcast: http://cpa.ds.npr.org/ksmumain/audio/2014/10/Hemp_and_Pots.mp3

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Students strive to legalize hemp

Technician (Raleigh, N.C.), October 23, 2014, by Gavin Stone

"NC State students are advocating for the legalization of hemp, arguing that the misunderstood dichotomy between hemp and marijuana has inhibited the U.S.A. from receiving the benefits from mass-producing hemp.

The Raleigh Hemp Society screened the award-winning documentary, Bringing It Home, which emphasizes the benefits that hemp can have on our society and the struggle to get it legalized in the US on Sunday in the Witherspoon Student Cinema.

'You can smoke a field of hemp, and you would die of CO2 poisoning before you got high,' said Andrew Klein, a senior in natural resources policy and administration and founder of the Raleigh Hemp Society. 'Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis sativa, but the point is that they are completely different. It’s like comparing a house cat to a lion.' ...

Hemp is widely produced in 31 other industrial countries including France, China and the U.K. 

The THC content of industrial hemp is 0.3 percent or lower, which, according to the documentary, is too low a level to be psychoactive in the body. It is significantly less than the THC content found in recreational cannabis, which stands at about 40 percent. ...

Historically, this misconception has been a major factor in hemp’s illegal status in the U.S., dating back to 1970...

The use of hemp to make concrete, or 'hempcrete,' has particularly interesting prospects for the U.S. as a whole, according to the documentary. 

Not only could it provide thousands of new jobs due to building renovations and new building construction, but it can improve quality of life for homeowners. 

According to the documentary, hempcrete is a carbon negative material, which means that it actually absorbs CO2 in the air as well as filters out other pollutants."


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Hemp is on its Way to Your Car Battery and Many Things You Haven't Yet Imagined

Alternet.org, October 14, 2014, by Doug Fine
New technologies are only beginning to unlock the possibilities of hemp.

"The first digital age domestic hemp crop is being harvested as I write. The subtle decrease in seismic activity currently puzzling Virginia geologists can be traced to Thomas Jefferson ceasing to spin in his grave for the first time in 77 years.

For a century U.S.D.A. biologists conducted taxpayer-funded hemp cultivar research for farmers, after all. They did this in a Virginia meadow that is today the Pentagon. And why wouldn’t they, in support of a key crop supplying the Navy with rope and earning millions for farmers from Wisconsin to Kentucky (when millions meant something)?

Then there was this weird quirk (Google “cannabis prohibition” if the cause of the quirk is news to you), and it took a tucked-in provision in the 2014 federal Farm Bill to allow hemp research to restart.

As I learned while researching my latest book, Hemp Bound, this longest utilized of agricultural products (today defined as “cannabis with less than point three percent of psychoactive THC”) is offering up a genuine opportunity to provide food and energy independence for the U.S. and beyond while stimulating a multi-billion-dollar agriculture-based economy. It might even lead to fewer resource wars. Just that.

This is what happens when you cultivate a plant for twelve millennia. It develops a broad range of helpful properties. Want some in-the field proof? ..."



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