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Hemp bill up in smoke

Posted on November 29, 2000

A bill allowing the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale to research potential uses of industrial hemp for Illinois farmers was rejected Tuesday by the Illinois House of Representatives 69-34.

Hemp Study Bill Narrowly Misses Approval

Posted on November 29, 2000

A plan to authorize a study of industrial hemp — a biological relative of marijuana — fell two votes short of approval Tuesday in the Illinois House. But its House sponsor, Republican Rep. Ron Lawfer of Stockton, plans to seek another vote in January. He believes the measure could pass then.

Hemp study fails in Illinois House

Posted on November 29, 2000

The Illinois House Tuesday narrowly defeated a bill that would have authorized a study of hemp as a potential agricultural staple in Illinois. The defeat closed a year of political acrimony over the issue. It has pitted a struggling farm industry looking for a new crop against law enforcement and citizens’ groups concerned that it could open the door to legalization of hemp’s biological cousin, marijuana.

Tribe gets hemp gift

Posted on November 29, 2000

The scene at the state Capitol was a bit strange even by Frankfort standards. Former Governor Louie Nunn, a republican, stood at a lectern yesterday with four members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, who’d spent the previous 24 hours driving to Kentucky from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Study of Hemp as Cash Crop Rejected by House

Posted on November 28, 2000

A bill authorizing a study of hemp as a cash crop fell two votes short in the House Tuesday amid fears it would send the wrong message about illicit drug use. Most representatives favored the idea — the vote was 69-45 — but the bill called for it to take effect immediately, so parliamentary rules required 71 votes for passage.

Lakota Indians receive Kentcky hemp

Posted on November 28, 2000

A trailer full of Canadian hemp is on its way to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, courtesy of the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association and the Madison Hemp & Flax Company. The hemp will replace thousands of plants seized by federal authorities in August from two test plots on the reservation.

International Conference “Bast Fibrous Plants on the Turn of Second and Third Millennium”

Posted on November 28, 2000

Experts working in scope of bast fibrous plants (especially hemp in the field of bast fibres) agrotechnology, extraction and processing, textile and non-textile applications, marketing and trade are cordially invited to attend the event and submit proposals for oral or poster presentations.

Bowles Defends Stance on Hemp Study

Posted on November 27, 2000

Anti-drug forces in Illinois say they’ll continue their fight against a proposed $1 million study of hemp — a cousin of marijuana — with a new president who state Sen. Evelyn Bowles can’t call one of the “ladies from Naperville.”

Lakota Indians Defying DEA; Accepts Kentucky Co-op’s Offer to Replace Destroyed Hemp Crop

Posted on November 26, 2000

Last August 24, in the centuries-old tradition of trampling on Native American rights, armed DEA agents invaded sovereign Lakota land and confiscated two hemp crops growing on the poverty-stricken Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Despite the DEA’s destruction of this crop, the Lakota Housing Project will soon be back on schedule.

Hemp and the future

Posted on November 26, 2000

And the Midway conference was not a Gatewood Galbraith sort of affair with Willy Nelson strumming along. Former Republican Gov. Louie B. Nunn — hardly the hippie sort — attended. The featured speaker was a Republican legislator from Hawaii who sponsored successful legislation in that state to permit test crops of industrial hemp to be grown as a source of ethanol production.