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Nelson trial sought for hemp growing

Posted on March 24, 2000

Industrial hemp advocates want to be growing trial crops in the Nelson region by October, and see no reason why it is not possible. This was the message given to Customs Minister and Associate Minister of Economic Development Phillida Bunkle at a meeting in Motueka on Wednesday night.

High Court Says Harrelson Must be Tried for Marijuana Possession

Posted on March 23, 2000

Actor Woody Harrelson today lost his battle to draw a legal line between industrial hemp and its narcotic cousin marijuana. The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled there is no difference and said Harrelson has to go back to Lee County to be tried for possession of marijuana.

Woody’s Case Up in Smoke

Posted on March 23, 2000

Neo-hippie activist Woody Harrelson’s latest hemp cause has apparently gone up in smoke. The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled today that the former Cheers barkeep and cultivation-friendly film star must stand trial for marijuana possession, following his well-publicized arrest for planting four hemp seeds in 1996.

Bunkle gets hemp message

Posted on March 23, 2000

Industrial hemp advocates want to be growing trial crops in the Nelson region by October, and see no reason why it is not possible. This was the clear message given to Minister of Customs and Associate Minister of Economic Development Phillida Bunkle at a meeting in Motueka last night.

Organic Trade Association publishes “Organic Fiber Directory”

Posted on March 23, 2000

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is publishing the Organic Fiber Directory as a comprehensive resource for locating sources of, and products containing, organic fiber.

Letter to The Honorable Donnie Marshall, Drug Enforcement Administration

Posted on March 23, 2000

You have asked whether we can restrict the importation of products that contain what is commonly referred to as “hemp.” these products have been routinely imported into the united states for use as birdseed and in the manufacture of cloth and paper. in addition, a wide variety of products not intended for human consumption are also manufactured from hemp fiber and seed oil, including clothing, shoes and accessories such as wrist bands and necklaces, cosmetics, food products, and skin and hair products.

Hemp’s State Fans Want It to Grow Here

Posted on March 22, 2000

Part of a national push for the legalization of industrial hemp, Illinois lawmakers are considering a proposal that would authorize the state’s two largest public universities to study the possibility of growing hemp legally.

Hemp push

Posted on March 22, 2000

The Government should move quickly to remove any restrictions on growing hemp, ACT MP Owen Jennings said today. A meeting is to be held in Motueka tonight where the Associate Minister for Economic Development, Phillida Bunkle, is to discuss the issue of allowing trial cultivation of industrial hemp.

Industrial hemp “high-value” crop

Posted on March 22, 2000

Industrial hemp could be a useful crop for former Motueka Valley tobacco land now being used only as low- value pasture, a proponent of legalising the crop believes.

Industrial Hemp Bill Adopted by Maryland House of Delegates

Posted on March 21, 2000

Establishing a 4 and one-half year pilot program to study the growth and marketing of industrial hemp; providing for the purpose of the pilot program; requiring the Secretary of Agriculture to administer the pilot program in consultation with specified State and federal agencies; requiring the Secretary to ensure safe cultivation of industrial hemp by conducting specified activities; providing that only State property may be used to grow industrial hemp; etc.