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Hemp Farming has been Legalized Across the United States by the 2018 Farm Bill For more information what this means for industrial hemp in the states check out this page on vote hemp https://www.votehemp.com/hemp-news/hemp-in-the-farm-bill-what-does-it-mean/ As an advocate of industrial hemp and re-legalizing I am thrilled by this progress and thankful for all of us who have advocated about the varied uses of hemp throughout the decades, and especially thankful to Jack Herer for what he did for the awareness of industrial hemp, and the 2 conversations we had in Seattle at hempfest and California NORML hightimes event that encouraged me to keep with the movement. Now it’s time to Rediscover Hemp!

  Seattle Hempfest is an annual event in Seattle, Washington, Founded in 1991 as the Washington Hemp Expo, a self-described “humble gathering of stoners” attended by only 500 people, and renamed the following year as Hempfest, it has grown into a three-day annual reunion of like minded people, political rally, concert, forum for industrial hemp and arts and crafts fair with attendance typically over 400,000

On June 19th this year, Canada became the 2nd country in the world to legalize cannabis for recreational use. Regarding industrial hemp in Canada, well that’s been legalized since 1998 but you still don’t hear much about it. I thought this would be a good time to mention Canada’s hemp industry and see how it how it has done in the last 20 years, These are just the basic stats from gov site, but a starting point to learn and perhaps get inspired to make it happen here in the states or wherever you call home. https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/health-concerns/controlled-substances-precursor-chemicals/industrial-hemp/about-hemp-canada-hemp-industry/frequently-asked-questions.html#a20

#HHW18 Hemp History Week 2018  is officially here  and this a great time to Inspire hemp legalization with all the festivals and gatherings happening  summer. With several states now  legalizing cannabis , the Industrial Hemp discussion is now more prevalent and relevant. It is a real reality, a real option that many people have been advocating for decades and now those people with the help of the “new” advocates that are being found and created now will have a better, stronger chance of reintroducing Industrial Hemp to our farms, our industries, our lifestyle. To help Inform you I suggest you do some light reading about hemp and it’s varied history. This book: http://www.jackherer.com/thebook/ was a groundbreaking book in it’s day and it’s author Jack Herer is still revered as the godfather of hemp. Good, easy light reading. After you get sense of what hemp is, the benefits of hemp, some of the industrial uses of the…

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Industrial Hemp use has been around for thousands of years, in varied forms.  In my opinion, we should still be using #hemp today industrially, it’s reliable, affordable and sustainable. #RediscoverHemp     Hemp Helped Preserve Ancient Sites in India

First hemp-weaved fabric in the World found wrapped around baby in 9,000-year-old house Latest excavation work in the ancient city of Çatalhöyük in Turkey has revealed the world’s first hemp-weaved fabric, which was found wrapped around a baby skeleton in the ground of a burned house. The city of Çatalhöyük is the largest and best-preserved Neolithic site found to date. At a time when most of the world’s people were nomadic hunter-gatherers, Çatalhöyük was a bustling town of as many as 10,000 people.  Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is known as one of the best sites for understanding human Prehistory. The linen, which dates back 9,000 years, was found as part of the latest dig, which involved 120 people from 22 different countries, and was one of the most striking findings of the season, particularly due to its high level of preservation. The hemp-weaved fabric found in…

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It’s that gift giving time of year again, with all the various holidays around this time of year. Keep hemp products in mind as gifts, that is an easy and fun way to “teach” people about industrial hemp benefits and just what Industrial hemp is and can be.  Remember, you don’t have to buy or even make something to give a gift…you can give the gift of knowledge and share what you know about industrial hemp….well..ok, that may not be the best  gift giving advice…try to at least write a personal note, share a j,  before you start rambling on about the wonders of hemp. 🙂 Hemppy Holidays!

 Just because the #hempweek is ending doesn’t mean the rediscovering and celebration needs to end as well. Being a contributor to Hemp History Week 2015  I offer this timeline of industrial hemp history * Download this free time-line of industrial hemp history and use it as a talking point, as a base to your research to verify if the information is accurate, as a reference to milestones and history of Industrial Hemp history of hemp timeline on RediscoverHemp 2015 pdf

With #hhw15  starting  this week ( June 1st) this a great time to Inspire hemp legalization with all the festivals and gatherings happening  summer. With both Colorado and Washington state legalizing  recreational cannabis , the Hemp discussion is now more prevalent and relevant. It is a real reality, a real option that many people have been advocating for decades and now those people with the help of the “new” advocates that are being found and created now will have a better, stronger chance of reintroducing Industrial Hemp to our farms, our industries, our lifestyle. To help Inform you I suggest you do some light reading about hemp and it’s varied history. This book: http://www.jackherer.com/thebook/ was a groundbreaking book in it’s day and it’s author Jack Herer is still revered as the godfather of hemp. Good, easy light reading. After you get sense of what hemp is, the benefits of hemp, some of the industrial uses of…

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This is an older film, but still has valuable information on what industrial ‪#‎hemp‬ is and it’s varied uses. A good way to ‪#‎rediscoverhemp‬

The new, revised, up to date version of the classic  “Hempology 101 textbook”  is available for purchase now and the 3rd edition, which is a few years old now, is available to read for free on the website below. I’m not sure how long the 3rd edition will remain there for free but I advise all hemp enthusiasts to take a little time of of your day and read the book, whether your buy the new version or read the older one. The author, Ted Smith,  is very passionate and knowledgeable about hemp and I have been fortunate enough to have listened to several of his lectures a few years back in Canada and he is truly a hemp advocate and a bookworm, a great combination for activism. http://www.hempology.ca/textbook/index.html

From its mysterious origins and importance in colonial times thru today, this controversial plant’s roots run deep in America.     This showed aired for the 1st time last night and is available to watch anytime for free online at the link below.  The show will also be airing several more times this month, check out the website for the additional dates. 10 things you don’t know about hemp    

The legal “pot stores”  in Washington State open to the public today.  This is a historical moment that deserves mention. While I won’t be in the frenzy , it does feel so good seeing this “dream” come into actuality. Consume and enjoy safely….and don’t forget about Industrial Hemp…like that is the whole point of this site 😉 So read something, holla at me and ask a question about industrial hemp and why it is so damn good and important we incorporate back into our daily lives.  http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Lines-form-as-legal-marijuana-sales-start-in-Wash-state–266211771.html  

Hemp History Week is next month (June) and now is a good time to start brainstorming and solidify how you want to contribute to HHW 2014. Taking/Creating a picture and adding your words ( or someone else’s, just remember to give credit ) to spread the message of Industrial Hemp and get people talking may be one of the easiest ways to be an activist online. Right now images speak volumes. Make it count!   Check out http://hemphistoryweek.com/   for  more information and ideas about Hemp History Week

  Marching through Seattle urging people to change the laws, stop arresting adults, grow industrial hemp nation wide! Starting at Volunteer Park in the front grass pavilion, live music by local artists and speakers from all walks of the activist community set the tone for the rally. After speakers and music conclude here, we walk through the streets from Capitol Hill all the way Downtown Seattle to Westlake Park, for even MORE music and speakers.

Art Papers Hemp paper still makes for a fine variety of art papers, which is rather appropriate when you consider that the word canvas is derived from the word cannabis. Heavyweight and durable, hemp fibers makes for a very strong, yet soft canvas. Hemp’s durability compares with the finest linen used for the same purposes, and is usually sold off white and un-primed. Acid-free processing is used to produce these paper due to the low lignin content. Hemp papers make a fine long-lasting medium for prints and posters of value. Filter Paper Things such as coffee filters, oil filters, and vacuum cleaner bags, for example. Some paper uses need to be permeable and still maintain their integrity. Filter papers are made of very small filaments, about 20 micrometers long, that allow liquids to pass through and solids to be trapped. Paper filters also absorb compounds that metal screen filters cannot.…

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My quick, somewhat concise answer 🙂 To break the stigma associated with HEMP, it is important to understand the difference between “marijuana “, and hemp and what the word cannabis refers to. Cannabis is the genus of the plant species. Cannabis Sativa L. to be exact. Marijuana and Hemp  are related through the same genus of plant, cannabis sativa L. They are like cousins. They are related and look somewhat similar, but behave very differently and are not the same thing. While  Hemp is a rather helpful resource in the world, due to it’s many industrial uses it lacks the stimulating, intoxicating power of the substance known as delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or for short, THC. It is this active chemical of THC that brings about most of the “high” associated with marijuana.  While  Hemp usually contains less than 1% of this substance (THC ), “marijuana” possesses between 4 % and 20%.…

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Yesterday, Feb 17th, 2014, the Washington State House voted unanimously to approve HB1888, the Hemp Freedom Act. The vote was 97-0. Sponsored by Representative Matt Shea (R), along with Christopher Hurst (D), Cary Condotta (R), Jeff Holy (R), David Taylor (R) and Jason Overstreet (R), the Hemp Freedom Act would “permit the development in Washington of an industrial hemp industry,” effectively nullifying the de facto federal prohibition on the farming and production of hemp crops within the United States. House Bill 1888 received unanimous support in the House and now heads to the Senate. The measure authorizes the director of the Department of Agriculture to issue licenses to grow industrial hemp. The department would be designated as the sole source and supplier of seeds used for industrial-hemp production. Hemp is used to make a variety of different products, including clothing, food, beauty products and biofuels. Introduced in February 2013, HB1888…

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The recreational marijuana use now legal in Washington, state legislators are eyeing whether the state should also allow an industrial hemp industry.

Hemp, like marijuana, comes from the cannabis plant but has much less THC, the active ingredient in marijuana that makes people high. The hemp plant has thousands of industrial uses and could provide a new cash crop for farmers.

The state Senate is considering a bill that would authorize Washington State University to study the feasibility and possible value of an industrial hemp industry in Washington.

“We have a long tradition of hemp usage on our country,” said State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, a sponsor of the bill. “The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.”

The federal government outlawed hemp decades ago as part of its efforts to stop marijuana production and use, Kohl-Welles said.

Several people spoke in support of the bill at a recent hearing by the Senate Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development committee.

Aimee Warner, a member of the Washington Hemp Industry Association, said the crop would grow well in the state’s climate.

“Our farmers are ready to, and need to, start putting industrial hemp seeds into the ground immediately,” Warner said. “There is an irrational fear of this historically persecuted crop.”

Chris Mulick, a lobbyist for Washington State University, said the college is “eager to help the state understand the viability and profitability of growing industrial hemp.”

But he warned the university must comply with U.S. laws in order to keep receiving federal research funds and student aid dollars.

Mark Streuli of the state Department of Agriculture said that agency also supports hemp cultivation.

“We think if there’s a prospect of a crop out there that enhances the viability of agriculture in Washington state, we support that,” Streuli said.

There is no organized opposition to the hemp study bill, which passed the committee and was sent to the Ways and Means Committee.


The Associated Press


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Hemp Going Legit; Some Wonder If Pot Is Far Behind

The federal government is ready to let farmers grow cannabis — at least the kind that can’t get people high.

Hemp — marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin that’s used to make everything from clothing to cooking oil — could soon be cultivated in 10 states under a federal farm bill agreement reached late Monday. read article :  http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/hemp-legit-pot-22268103?singlePage=true

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This is the book that started the cannabis hemp revolution. Jack wanted this information to be available to everyone, so he published the text of the book on the internet for free.  Though Jack Herer passed on from this life in 2010, his words, research, and influence continue to positively affect the hemp movement.

For centuries, industrial hemp (plant species Cannabis Sativa) has been a source of fiber and oilseed used worldwide to produce a variety of industrial and consumer products. Currently, more than 30 nations grow industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity, which is sold on the world market. In the United States, however, production is strictly controlled under existing drug enforcement laws. There is no known commercial domestic production and the U.S. market depends on imports.   Industrial hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa and is of the same plant species as marijuana. However, hemp is genetically different and distinguished by its use and chemical makeup. Hemp has long been cultivated for non-drug use in the production of industrial and other goods. Some estimate that the global market for hemp consists of more than 25,000 products. It can be grown as a fiber, seed, or other dual-purpose crop. Hemp fibers are…

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Seattle Hempfest is happening now Six stages of music, speakers, hundreds of food, arts, crafts vendors and political groups,  noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.   Hempfest is produced by a large team of over 1,000 volunteers.  With four days of set-up prior to the event, and three days of tear-down and park restoration after the event, volunteers are always welcome — and needed. Prospective volunteers can visit Hempfest.org to find out more information and register online for over 80 volunteer crews that make the event a reality. For those who can not attend Hempfest, all six stages will be streamed live online. For more information, visit hempfest.org. And for those that are confused as to what the  Washington state laws says about legal cannabis use, well the friends at SPD are helping us out. (See the image below)   Oh how I love the idea and freedom…

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  SEATTLE, WA — For three days in August, hundreds of thousands of people will descend on Myrtle Edwards and Centennial Parks on Seattle’s waterfront for the 22nd annual Hempfest, traditionally the largest annual gathering of pro-cannabis supporters in the world. But following last year’s historic passage of Initiative 502, which legalized the adult possession of marijuana in the state, this year’s Hempfest promises one thing that the previous 21 did not: a victory celebration. What started out as a “humble gathering of stoners” in 1991, conceived during a peace vigil in opposition of the first Gulf War and attracting a crowd of about 500 people, has grown to a world-renowned 3 day “protestival” celebrating human rights, equality, freedom, and of course, cannabis. Spanning 1.3 miles, two public parks, six stages, and more than 300 vendors and being staffed by over 1,000 volunteers, Hempfest isn’t just the largest annual pro-pot…

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What is the difference between Hemp and Marijuana? An overall overview: The cut to chase answer is: the difference is in its use. The two are related through the same species of plant, both are forms of the plant Cannabis Sativa L. They are essentially weeds that will grow in a wide variety of conditions, climates, and soil types. Over the years both plants have been used for a wide variety of uses. However, they are not the same. While industrial-grade hemp is a rather helpful resource in the world, it lacks the stimulating power of the substance known as delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or for short, THC. It is this active chemical of THC that brings about the “high” associated with marijuana. The term ‘Hemp‘ commonly refers to the industrial/commercial use of the cannabis stalk and seed for textiles, foods, papers, body care products, detergents, plastics and building materials. The term…

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It’s the final day of the official Hemp History Week 2013 and a good reminder that whether you use words, images, music or performance pieces, there are many ways to involve yourself in being an active activist for the causes you believe in.  It may take just a few moments or a few weeks…it can be simple or complex, small or huge, all efforts add up,  what matters is that you attempt to affect change. ~mjg  

Hemp History Week Newsletter 2013:   June 3-9, 2013 is the 4th annual Hemp History Week. Now in its forth year, Hemp History Week (www.hemphistoryweek.com) is the largest national, grassroots marketing and public education effort to renew strong support for hemp farming in the U.S. and raise awareness about the benefits of hemp products. Hemp History Week is an opportunity to have our voices heard in support of bringing hemp back to U.S. farms.   Hemp is a traditional American crop, grown by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Despite the fact that industrial hemp has no drug value, misguided federal policy criminalized the cultivation of industrial hemp in the U.S.. This outdated policy has created a missed opportunity for American farmers and consumers alike.   U.S. consumers are demanding U.S. grown hemp. Today, millions of consumers know hemp as a healthful source of plant-based protein and Omega 3s and 6s. They…

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Cannabis Freedom March In Seattle, Wa where Cannabis was legalized last year. This is a good time and opportunity to share with others what you know about hemp or your chance to learn more about hemp

Don’t Just Smoke a Joint on 4/20 — Take Action Against Marijuana Prohibition By Bill Piper The movement to end cannabis prohibition is very broad, composed of people who love cannabis, people who hate cannabis, and people who don’t have strong feelings about cannabis use one way or the other. We all agree on one thing though – cannabis prohibition is doing more harm than good. It’s wasting taxpayer dollars and police resources, filling our jails and prisons with hundreds of thousands of nonviolent people, and increasing crime and violence in the same way alcohol Prohibition did. Police made more than 750,000 arrests for cannabis possession in 2008 alone. Those arrested were separated from their loved ones, branded criminals, denied jobs, and in many cases prohibited from accessing student loans, public housing and other public assistance. The war on cannabis won’t end, however, if everyone who supports reform stays silent.…

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Hemp History Week is next month  (May) and now is a good time to start brainstorming and solidify how you want to contribute  to HHW 2013.  Taking a picture and adding your words ( or someone else’s, just remember to give credit )  to spread the message and get people talking may be one of the easiest ways to be an activist online. Right now images speak volumes. Make it count!

“The Hemp Plant, Humankind’s Savior – 50,000 Uses and Counting”  Written By: Jeff Meints   The hemp plant was one of humankind’s first cultivated plants and there is quite a lot to educate oneself about this greatly historical plant. With the help of the hemp plant we, as a society could eliminate smog from current fuels, create a cleaner energy source that can replace nuclear power, remove radioactive waste from the soil, and eliminate smog from our skies in more industrialized areas. The hemp plant could assist in eliminating non-biodegradable plastics and cars by reintroducing Henry Ford’s 100 year old dream of building cars made from hemp with a plastic hemp car body that can withstand a blow 10 times as great as steel without denting, weighs 1 thousand pounds less than steel, hence improving gas mileage, can run on a vegetable oil based all natural hemp fuel, and has…

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An explosion at a nuclear reactor on April 26th, 1986 in Chernobyl, Ukraine created the world’s worst nuclear disaster – so far. The blast heavily contaminated agricultural lands in a 30 km radius around the reactor. The few people still living there must monitor their food and water for radiation. However the combination of a new technology (phytoremediation) and an old crop (industrial hemp) may offer the Ukraine a way to decontaminate it’s radioactive soil. In 1998, Consolidated Growers and Processors (CGP), PHYTOTECH, and the Ukraine’s Institute of Bast Crops began what may be one of the most important projects in history – the planting of industrial hemp for the removal of contaminants in the soil near Chernobyl. CGP is an ecologically-minded multinational corporation which finances the growing and processing of sustainable industrial crops such as flax, kenaf, and industrial hemp. CGP operates in North America, Europe and the Ukraine.…

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The US Hemp Market: An economic examination of the hemp industry. By Richard A. Adams   Abstract An examination and evaluation of the hemp industry in the United States of America with particular emphasis on current issues involved in the agricultural production of hemp both domestically and internationally. Discussion of the economic benefits of a re-evaluation of the legal issues, in particular those laws which necessitate importation versus domestic production of raw hemp for production purposes. A brief examination of the history of the hemp industry and hemp agriculture in the United States of America provides a background against which the current legal and economic status of hemp may be viewed. Discussion of various hemp products, the suitability of the product to American agricultural and production capabilities, and the potential of the market provide an economic understanding of the question. Statement of Purpose The purpose of this study is to…

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AN AMAZING PLANT by Bill Leuders From ISTHMUS, “the weekly newspaper of Madison” Feb 8-14, 1991 Reprinted by permission. Further reprints permitted with credits. There aren’t many things upon which long-haired radical Ben Masel, state Department of Agriculture official Erwin “Bud” Sholts, agronomy researcher Pat LeMahieu and corporate head George Tyson can be expected to agree. Among them: kicking puppies is mean, Drano should not be taken internally, and hemp – commonly known as marijuana – could become a major cash crop for Wisconsin. According to these and other participants in a, ahem, budding scientific discussion, the hemp plant could be cultivated not just for such traditional uses as rope and fabric, but also as a readily renewable resource for making paper, construction materials, high protein food, and safe, clean fuel. Masel, director of the Wisconsin Chapter of NORML, (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), in 1990…

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  U.S. Representative Massie Introduces Industrial Hemp Bill Wednesday February 6, 2013 “Industrial hemp is a sustainable crop and could be a great economic opportunity for Kentucky farmers” WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced federal legislation that requires the federal government to respect state laws allowing the growing of industrial hemp. H.R. 525, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013, amends the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) is a co-sponsor of the bill in the U.S. House. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) are supporting a similar bill in the U.S. Senate. “Industrial hemp is a sustainable crop and could be a great economic opportunity for Kentucky farmers,” said Rep. Massie.  “My wife and I are raising our children on the tobacco and cattle farm where my wife grew up. Tobacco is no…

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I came across this during my research on hemp and it’s affects on topsoil, and I must say that I am very impressed, grateful and inspired by  the time and detail put into it, on top of the fact that it is offered as a free read.  This is the kind of activism that moves me and reminds me of why I do what I do. Thank you to the authors and contributers!

“It is estimated that there are as many as 25,000 different uses for hemp ( aka Industrial Hemp ). Aside from making clothes, Hemp helps clean the soil. Rather than deplete the earth’s natural chemical and mineral balance, crops of hemp actually leave the soil BETTER than it was before planting. Quite simply, hemp is the world’s premier renewable resource. Fuel, food, fiber- the basic building blocks for an industrial society, all from a single plant source, Hemp is the number one plant for producing clothing, paper, building materials, food, beverages, cosmetics, methanol fuel and an impressive array of cleaning and paint products.Hemp seed has been consumed by mankind (and animals) for centuries. Indeed, whole populations have survived off hemp seed in times of famine. In China, at the cinema, you can still buy roasted hemp seeds in the same way as you can buy popcorn in the West. Hemp…

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