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Canadian Outdoor Farm Show 2000

Posted on June 16, 2000

The Hemp Industries Association would like to extend an enthusiastic invitation to you, to join us in Canada for the Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ontario, September 12, 13, 14, 2000.

Canadian Auto Workers’ (CAW) Perspective on the Political Debate on Industrial Hemp

Posted on May 21, 2000

The Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union represents more than 238,000 members that cover a wide cross-section of trades and professions from coast-to-coast. In 1995, the CAW spearheaded a massive coast-to-coast campaign to legalize the growing of industrial hemp in Canada.

The Hemp Commerce & Farming Report Moves to Regina

Posted on May 8, 2000

The Hemp Commerce & Farming Report (HCFR) has moved its office to Regina, Saskatchewan. This relocation places the Internet trade journal in the heart of Canada’s most important agricultural region.

If You Think Hemp is a Drug, Smoke This Book

Posted on September 27, 1999

We published booklets, Devil of a Poison, and Second Hand Smoke: Butt it Out as well as the complementary booklet, If You Think Hemp is a Drug, Smoke This Book so that it is clear that there is a financially viable alternative to tobacco growing and cigarette production in Canada. We distributed a total of approximately 100,000 copies of the three booklets to CAW members across Canada.

High hopes for hemp

Posted on March 8, 1999

It was one of the more unusual displays at last summer’s Society of Automotive Engineers International Congress and Exposition in Detroit. There, among concept cars featuring the latest technology, were the Kenex Ltd. folks, showcasing side panels, armrests, dashboards and insulated RV and trailer walls made with hemp, a plant that had been banned in Canada for 60 years.

Field of opportunity

Posted on March 1, 1999

Legal again after 60 years, hemp farming makes a comeback. Its May 1998 in southwestern Ontario and the sun has been shining warm and hard for two weeks straight. Farmers have thrown away their calendars, called it mid-June, and planted their crops early. In a bustling family restaurant surrounded by the large, well-groomed farms of Delaware, near London, Geof Kime is taking a dinner break.

Hempen history

Posted on March 1, 1999

By early October, several weeks later than usual — it had been a funny year for weather — the killing frosts finally arrived on the prairies and knocked off the lower leaves of the hemp. Sunshine followed the frost, drying the seed heads, which were then ready for harvesting.

Hemp’s comeback

Posted on January 1, 1999

Sixty years ago, the federal government outlawed hemp farming and brought to an abrupt end the cultivation of a plant that had been grown in Canada since the arrival of the earliest settlers. A much-employed member of the Cannabis genus, hemp’s only crime was that it closely resembled its mood-altering and lucrative cousin, marijuana.

High noon

Posted on November 1, 1998

The mayor of Grand Forks aimed to make his town hemp central. Then came the showdown. One evening two Junes ago I sat on the porch of the double-wide trailer that’s home to Brian Taylor, mayor of Grand Forks, British Columbia, population 4,300. We shared a drink, admired his hillside view east across the Sunshine Valley, and together tried to make some sense of his complicated life.

Canada will let farmers grow hemp — carefully

Posted on June 1, 1998

Canadian farmers have the federal government’s permission to grow hemp this year, but they’d best be careful. The fibrous plant, long used for making rope and more recently touted as an alternative to wood for making particleboard, is perhaps better known as marijuana. Its cultivation has been illegal in Canada since 1938.