Long Island City, New York — Hempwell, Inc announces that industrial hemp will be a main topic on the agenda of the annual National Conference for State Legislators to be held July 16-20 in Chicago, Illinois. Industrial hemp will be featured at a legislative panel, a discussion about hemp economics, and an exhibit at the trade show that accompanies the conference.
The panel, to be held on the conference’s opening day, July 16, will be chaired by Rep. Cynthia Thielen (R-Hawaii), sponsor of that state’s pro-hemp bill; other experts from agriculture, business, and law enforcement have been invited to take part. A discussion about hemp and the natural products economic boom will be held the following day.
The trade show, to be held from July17-19 during the conference, features hundreds of exhibits from organizations ranging from the AFL-CIO to PETA. Hempwell’s booth will feature a variety of current hemp products from a select group of companies: The Body Shop, Indigenous Designs, EcoDragon, Artisan Gear, Living Tree Paper, Hemp Supply, and the Galaxy Global Eatery. A local Chicago store, Eco Fields, will also be represented. Additionally, the booth will display and distribute informational materials, from factual booklets to samples of bills and resolutions.
Says Howell, “This event is the best chance to educate and inform the state lawmakers who can help change the laws against the cultivation of this important crop in the US. Today, 10 states have pro-hemp bills and/or resolutions. More states will consider such legislation in 2001. With 33 countries around the world growing hemp, including all European Union countries and Canada, it’s vital that the US catch up quickly if we are to fully profit from this new, agriculturally-based market. And the state legislatures is where change will happen.”
Over 500 of the nation’s top legislators (nearly 20% of the country’s total) and over 4,000 staff members, legislative aides, policymakers, lobbyists, business representatives, and other interested parties will attend this year’s annual NCSL meeting. With a national election pending, and with a Chicago venue, media interest in the conference is expected to be intense.
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