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First U.S. Hemp Farmer Since 1938

"A North Dakota man aims to be the first hemp farmer in the United States. That is, the first one since the practice was made illegal in 1938 and only allowed again temporarily as part of the WWII war effort. After 10 years of recent effort by North Dakota lawmaker David Monson, he is now poised to receive a license to grow the crop beloved by sustainability advocates -- as long as he gets fingerprinted first.

Monson turned in an application Monday to the state Agriculture Department to become the nation's first licensed industrial hemp farmer along with a set of his fingerprints, which will be used for a background check to prove he is not a criminal. Hemp, a cousin of marijuana, does not have the drug's psychoactive properties however the federal Drug Enforcement Administration still has to give its permission before Monson, or anyone else, is allowed to grow industrial hemp. Law enforcement officials fear industrial hemp can shield illicit marijuana, although hemp supporters say the concern is unfounded with whom we agree. We’ve told you about all things sturdy, sexy and hemp, so we hope such state legislative initiatives do not remain purely symbolic.

When the DEA smoke clears, North Dakota may be the first to break important farm ground. Six other states have also authorized industrial hemp farming, but yet to push their initiatives into action. Those others states are Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana and West Virginia. Last year, California lawmakers approved legislation that set out rules for industrial hemp production, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed it. The law asserted that the federal government lacked authority to regulate industrial hemp as a drug. Also, in 2005, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, introduced legislation to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana in federal drug laws. It never came to a vote. Canada made it legal for farmers to grow the crop in March 1998. Last year, Canadian farmers planted 48,060 acres of hemp, government statistics say. Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the provinces along North Dakota's northern border, were Canada's biggest hemp producers. Here's to blurring the border. ::AP "

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Can Industrial Hemp Save the Forests of the World?
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"Support H.R. 3037 IH, "The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2005"

We the undersigned support H.R. 3037 IH, "The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2005." Industrial hemp is NOT marijuana. Industrial hemp can NOT get you "high." Therefore, there is no reason for it to be illegal to grow! One acre of hemp makes the equivalent of four acres of tree's for paper products and construction materials and can grow twice in a season, while trees take 100's of years to grow tall again! Hemp is three times stronger than cotton and less detrimental to the environment. It uses no pesticides or herbicides and grows 1 to 2 inches a day on average. Hemp foods contain important essential fatty acids and are high in protein. Hemp has successfully been made into and used for fuel. The list of wonders goes on and on. At one time, hemp was our country’s #1 resource and it was illegal NOT to grow it as a farmer. Hemp is a MAJOR CASH CROP and can help SAVE OUR PLANET! Our farmers and our country should not be left behind any longer. If you care about our environment and our countries economy, than you will pass this bill! "
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Earth Day 2008: Hemp for Food and Fuel!

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Oh, I forgot to mention that the US Constitution was written on Hemp paper. Plus, Hemp was subsidized. It was a law that farmers were to set aside a certain % of their farm for hemp. Almost all of the founding fathers had hemp farms.

When the first Diesel engine was produced by Rudolph Diesel around 1895, it was designed to run on diesel fuel derived from hemp oil.

We could've been driving vehicles all this time running on veggie oils. We could add the hybrid system to it to conserve MPG today.

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"The Volkswagen One-Litre, a two-seater prototype that ’s been on the roads in Europe, does 237 m.p.g. Yes, you read that correctly. By 2010, they'll probably do 250 m.p.g. "
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Even motorcycles are in on it -
http://journeytoforever.org/biodiesel_bikes.html

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- Rudolph Diesel, 1912

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Barney Frank and Ron Paul team up on hemp

"Their new bill, "The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009 otherwise known as HR 1866, would remove restrictions on the cultivation of non-psychoactive industrial hemp. They claim nine other sponsors, nearly equally divided between the parties."

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Industrial Hemp Farming Act 2007


http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-1866

Activist group for hemp: http://www.votehemp.com

Hemp Revolution

http://www.ronpaul.com/2009-04-03/ron-p ... n-hr-1866/

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Introducing Kestrel, The First Road-Ready Car Built Out Of Hemp

"Marijuana’s fibrous cousin hemp has a long history with auto makers. in 1941 Henry Ford unveiled a car body made primarily out of organic fibers, hemp included. seventy years later, the world’s first production-ready biocomposite electric car—with hemp as the “bio”—will finally hit the streets. The Kestrel, a three-door hatchback, is made of a “hemp composite as strong as the fiberglass in boats, yet incredibly lightweight,” says Nathan Armstrong, the president of Motive industries, Kestrel’s manufacturer.

Whereas a comparably sized Ford Fusion weighs 3,720 pounds, the Kestrel will be just 2,500 pounds with the battery. this “might be the sweet spot for electric vehicles,” Armstrong says, because the car’s low tonnage means a fuel-efficiency increase of 25 to 30 percent.

To make this resilient, lightweight compound, hemp stalks are combed and rolled into a mat that is infused with a polymer resin. the hemp makes the biocomposite’s flexibility similar to the carbon fiber used in racecars.

Hemp grows fast and it’s cheap, which should keep the Kestrel’s production price around $25,000. A prototype is nearly complete, Armstrong says, and Motive plans to have thousands of its hemp-mobiles on the road by 2012."

"In 1941 the Ford Motor Company produced an automobile with a plastic body made from sisal, wheat, and primarily (70%) hemp. The plastic withstood blows 10 times as great as steel could without denting. Its weight was 2/3 that of a regular car. Its engine was designed to run with hemp-oil fuel."
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Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?
- Henry Ford


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Celebrate the 2nd Annual Hemp History Week May 2nd-8th 2011

Hemp History Week 2011 at Whole Foods Market in New York City


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Vote Hemp Lobbying Congress for Industrial Hemp During Hemp History Week


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Seattle Hempfest August 19-20-21, 2011

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My "Cannabis and Cancer" blog post is getting some good attention:

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High hopes for hemp house

"South Africa's building industry has taken another step forward. High up on a hill overlooking the sea in Noordhoek, Western Cape, stands the House that Hemp Built.

The first of its kind in South Africa, the building was constructed almost entirely of materials that could be grown on a few hectares of land within months.

The house belongs to Tony Budden, co-owner of hemp company Hemporium, who has been exploring and showcasing the product in South Africa since founding his company in 1996. He’s been working on his remarkable home since 2005 and his idea has finally become concrete - or rather, hempcrete.

The house was conceived as a prototype for future projects in South Africa. Housing is one of the government’s most pressing challenges, and building with hemp (Cannabis sativa) could make housing projects more affordable and more sustainable.

In four months one hectare of hemp can produce enough material for a strong and well insulated home that’s suitable for the government’s Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP).

And after harvesting the first crop, materials for another house could be grown on the same land....."

* Please read the full article

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Here's a great article:

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http://www.hemp.com/hemp-university/use ... hemp-fuel/

Hemp fuels- Environmentally friendly fuel sources

The basics: Hemp can provide two types of fuel.
1. hemp biodiesel – made from the oil of the (pressed) hemp seed.
2. hemp ethanol/methanol – made from the fermented stalk.

To clarify further, ethanol is made from such things as grains, sugars, starches, waste paper and forest products, and methanol is made from woody/pulp matter. Using processes such as gasification, acid hydrolysis and enzymes, hemp can be used to make both ethanol and methanol.

In this day of oil wars, peak oil (and the accompanying soaring prices), climate change and oil spills such as the one in the gulf by BP, it’s more important than ever to promote sustainable alternatives such as hemp ethanol. Hemp turns out to be the most cost-efficient and valuable of all the fuel crops we could grow on a scale that could fuel the world.

And as it turns out, the whole reason for hemp prohibition – and alcohol prohibition – may have been a fuel the realization that OIL production is threatened by any competing fuel source, especially one that requires no modifications to your car!

What is Hemp Biodiesel?

Hemp biodiesel is the name for a variety of ester based oxygenated fuels made from hemp oil. The concept of using vegetable oil as an engine fuel dates back to 1895 when Dr. Rudolf Diesel developed the first diesel engine to run on vegetable oil. Diesel demonstrated his engine at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900 using peanut oil as fuel. Hemp biodiesel come from the pressing of the hemp seeds to extract the oil. Through a process explained here , hemp biodiesel can be made.

Hemp biodiesel can be made from domestically produced, renewable oilseed crops such as hemp. With over 30 million successful U.S. road miles hemp biodiesel could be the answer to our cry for renewable fuel sources. Learning more about renewable fuels does not mean we should not cut back on consumption but does help address the environmental affects of our choices. There is more to hemp as a renewable fuel source than you know...

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Another interesting thread on Hemp:

The First Car Built Out Of Hemp

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Industrial Hemp Bill Passes California Senate

"The California State Senate voted 22-14 today to pass SB-676 which would legalize the production of hemp for industrial purposes in the state. The law still faces a vote in the House of Representatives and must be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown before it will become law.

The bill is being sponsored by California Senator Mark Leno who says that the state is missing a “golden opportunity” by not allowing farmers to produce hemp."

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Time for the U.S. to start catching up!



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Hemp House Becomes South Africa's Most Sustainable Building

South Africa has tapped into the eco-mine of sustainable building material: hemp.

Tony Budden, an avid hemp advocate in South Africa, has been on the hemp soapbox for years—the versatile superplant can be converted into countless materials, including paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, and fuel.

Budden paired up with Dutch architect Erwin van der Weerd from Perfect Places to construct South Africa’s first hemp house in Noordhoek. Construction was completed this month.

This house is no unassuming, down-to-earth cannabis shack. The luxurious seven-room abode is considered South Africa’s most sustainable home.

The purpose of the house, reports Inhabitat, is to convince the South African government to remove legal obstacles for the commercial development of hemp. The country's authorities do not currently distinguish between hemp and the “dagga” plant, or marijuana.

The overarching goal for Tony Budden and architectural firm Perfect Places was to ensure the house had the smallest possible carbon footprint. Unfortunately, explains Inhabitat, most of the materials for the Hemp House had to be imported since hemp is not available locally in South Africa.

Hemp appears in the structure of the home's walls in two different forms: as Hempcrete and as an insulating cushion in the walls made of reclaimed wood, states a project description on Perfect Places’ website. Hempcrete is a breathable building material made of hemp, lime, and water....

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Hempsters- Plant the seed Documentary

Hempsters Trailer


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http://www.youtube.com/user/HempstersChannel

http://hempsters.ning.com

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"Congressman Ron Paul introduced H.R. 1831, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011" on May 11th of this year. It is a simple bill at just two pages in length, and it would legalize the growing of industrial hemp in the United States.

Currently farmers can grow industrial hemp only if they have received a permit from the DEA - a prospect that the agency has made all but impossible for decades. Otherwise, it is illegal to grow.

Although Rep. Paul has introduced several bills like this one in the past, there are several reasons that this bill should be passed now. Hemp has an amazing number of uses. Its fiber can be used in carpeting, home furnishings, construction materials, auto parts, textiles, and paper. Its seeds can be used in food, industrial oils, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. There are assertions, reported by The Guardian and in Biodiesel Magazine that using industrial hemp in biofuels instead of crops like corn and other feedstock provide greater environmental benefits. The expansion of industrial hemp as a feedstock for biofuels could also help to reduce oil imports.

Not only does hemp have a wide range of uses, but its cultivation in the United States could help to spur our lagging economy. Since the cultivation of hemp is outlawed in the United States, the U.S. market for hemp and hemp-based products is entirely dependent upon imports. A 2010 Congressional Research Service report cited an estimate that the U.S. market for hemp-based products may exceed $350 million annually.

A ban on the agricultural production of hemp simply doesn't make sense. Farmers in places like Iowa could benefit greatly from the production of industrial hemp. In a crippling recession, unemployed Americans could receive a boost from such an emerging industry, from farm to value-added businesses. And many firms here in the United States that sell hem--based products would reap the benefits.

Currently they import their hemp from places like Canada, China, or France, which can increase their costs from 10 to 15 percent or more. As the only remaining developed nation in which the production of industrial hemp is not permitted, the United States is not only missing out on a large - and growing - global market, but limiting the livelihoods of farmers, processors and fabricators.

Industrial hemp could benefit our environment greatly. A range of studies have shown the benefits: hemp can thrive with minimal - or even without - herbicides, it reinvigorates the soil, and it requires less water than crops like cotton. Furthermore, it could prevent the deforestation of large portions of the U.S. landscape and presents significant benefits compared with wood in the production of paper. Industrial hemp matures in three to four months. It takes years for trees to grow. It can also yield four times as much paper per acre as trees.

Critics of industrial hemp may point to its relation to marijuana in order to claim that if one smokes industrial hemp, they can become high. Although industrial hemp and marijuana share the same species, cannabis sativa, industrial hemp is genetically and chemically different. Industrial hemp, at most, contains one third of 1 percent THC, the drug that produces a psychoactive effect in marijuana. However, marijuana is often between 10 and 30 percent THC. Smoking industrial hemp will not make an individual high.

The DEA will claim that growing industrial hemp next to marijuana may serve to impede law enforcement against the latter. However, countries that have legal cultivation of industrial hemp do not have similar problems. Furthermore, since industrial hemp has such little THC, growing it next to marijuana would only serve to dilute by cross pollinations the illegal marijuana plants - something no marijuana grower wants.

Industrial hemp has a distinguished history in this country dating before the revolution and its founding. The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper and George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew industrial hemp on their farms. During World War II, hemp was used to make very strong rope and the Department of Agriculture made a film, "Hemp for Victory" to encourage its cultivation.

Despite the importance of this issue, we rarely see it discussed in the headlines or by political candidates. Farmers in Iowa could benefit greatly from the cultivation of industrial hemp. Citizens in Iowa, who have the ear of presidential hopefuls, have an opportunity to move this issue back into the spotlight during the December 10th Republican Presidential Primary debate.

Let's hope Congressman Paul and his fellow candidates agree that it is time to allow farmers in Iowa and other states to once again start growing industrial hemp."

- Let Our Farmers Grow

California Governor Jerry Brown signs death warrant for millions by vetoing industrial hemp

Hemp is bursting out all over!

Hemp for Food and Fuel!

Why hemp could save the world

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More states want federal government's OK to grow hemp

"...a growing number of states have passed laws authorizing the growth of hemp and are attempting to get the federal government to make it legal nationwide."

"Hemp can be cultivated for fiber or oilseed, and it is used to make thousands of products worldwide, including clothing and auto parts. From 1999 through last year, 17 states have enacted measures that would either permit controlled cultivation or authorize research of industrial hemp, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

Colorado was the most recent to authorize research in 2010. Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont and West Virginia have passed laws authorizing cultivation, according to NORML."

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