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800 Grassroots Events and Retail Store Promotions Held Throughout all 50 States; Senator Ron Wyden Introduces Historic Industrial Hemp Amendment to Farm Bill; Organizers Announce Fourth Annual Campaign to be Held June 3-9, 2013

Washington, DC — June 4-10, 2012 marked the biggest and most celebrated Hemp History Week to date. The 3rd Annual Hemp History Week featured over 800 events in cities and towns throughout all fifty states, including 100 grassroots volunteer-led events; more than 700 retail promotions; a restaurant program; and a letter writing campaign that generated over 15,000 letters and calls to U.S. Senators encouraging them to support changes to federal policy that would allow American farmers to once again grow industrial hemp. The national grassroots education campaign organized by Vote Hemp and the Hemp Industries Association was designed to renew strong support for the return of hemp farming and processing to the U.S. The 2012 campaign celebrated the theme of Hemp for a Healthy Future: Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Economy, Healthy Planet. Organizers have announced plans for the fourth annual campaign to be held from June 3-9, 2013. More details on the 2013 campaign as well as an archive of events and press coverage from the 2012 effort can be found at: www.HempHistoryWeek.com.

“This year’s Hemp History Week was the most successful yet. We generated over 15,000 letters to the U.S. House and the Senate; produced a record number of events throughout all 50 states; and most importantly saw Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduce an historic hemp amendment to the Farm Bill making it the first time language supporting industrial hemp farming has made it to the floor of the Senate since the 1950’s,” says Eric Steenstra, President of Vote Hemp. “As more Americans recognize the health and environmental benefits of hemp products, hemp farming promises job creation and economic opportunity for farmers and manufacturers and ensures that nutritious foods and sustainable goods are more accessible and affordable for consumers. We need to keep the pressure on Congress and are encouraging our supporters to take action.”

Industrial Hemp Amendment To Farm Bill

On June 7, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) proposed an amendment (S.A.2220) to the Farm Bill (S.3240), the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012, which would exclude industrial hemp from the definition of ‘marihuana.’ Senator Wyden’s amendment will empower American farmers by allowing them to once again grow industrial hemp, a profitable commodity with an expanding market. The cultivation of industrial hemp will be regulated by state permitting programs, like North Dakota’s, and will not impact the federal government’s long-standing prohibition of marijuana. To view the amendment, please go to: http://votehemp.com/legislation. In the week following Hemp History Week Senator Wyden spoke on the Senate floor explaining why he is sponsoring legislation in support of industrial hemp farming. To view the video go to: http://bit.ly/WydenSA2220. Vote Hemp is urging supporters to call, email, or write their U.S. Senators today to ask for their support of Senator Wyden’s industrial hemp amendment to the Farm Bill by visiting: http://www.hemphistoryweek.com/takeaction.php.

Celebrity Endorsements

Hemp History Week is endorsed by a long list of celebrities and high profile wellness experts, including Dr. Andrew Weil, Alicia Silverstone, Phil Lempert, Ashley Koff, R.D., Brendan Brazier, Elizabeth Kucinich, Ziggy Marley, Alexandra Jamieson, Dar Williams, Michael Franti, John Salley, and Kevin Danaher.

This year’s campaign more than doubled in size and scope compared to last year’s event, which mobilized supporters of hemp farming nationwide. With more than 700 participating retail stores and over 100 grassroots volunteer organized events the 2012 campaign was the biggest yet.

Retail Promotions

Hundreds of natural product retail outlets across the country signed up to participate in Hemp History Week through promotions and in-store events. Hemp product promotions in retail stores increased from 400 stores in 2011 to over 700 participating retail stores this year, including most Whole Foods Market locations in the U.S.

National Restaurant Program

New to the 2012 campaign, over 20 health conscious cafes and restaurants around the country participated in Hemp History Week by featuring hemp-infused dishes on their menus. Some restaurants also hosted special events.

Showcasing The Health Benefits of Hemp

A renewable resource offering a long list of health and nutritional benefits, hemp is one of the fastest-growing categories in the natural foods industry. Hemp is a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs), providing both super omega-stearidonic acid (SDA) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), highly-digestible protein and naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E and iron, while being a good source of dietary fiber. It is a nearly complete protein, containing all 10 essential amino acids, with no enzyme inhibitors, making it more digestible by the human body. Hemp seeds are also gluten-free.

The 3rd annual Hemp History Week was made possible with the support of leading natural product brands that are known for manufacturing the highest-quality hemp products. Hemp can be used in a wide variety of products, including foods, cosmetics, clothing, building materials, auto parts, and many others. The sponsors of the 2012 Hemp History Week are Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Living Harvest Foods, Food Should Taste Good, Manitoba Harvest, Nature’s Path Foods, Nutiva, and Vega. Sustainable hemp seed, fiber, and oil are also used by major companies such as Ford Motors, BMW, Patagonia, and The Body Shop.

The HIA estimates that U.S. retail sales of hemp products exceeded $419 million in 2010, yet American companies making hemp products have no choice but to import their raw materials due to the federal government’s outdated and misguided ban on hemp farming. While demand for hemp products continues to rise, it is becoming a challenge for Canadian growers and processors, currently the primary suppliers of hemp seed and oil to the U.S. market, to keep up and meet that demand.

To date, thirty-one states have introduced pro-hemp legislation and seventeen have passed legislation, while ten states (Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont and West Virginia) have removed barriers to its production or research. However, despite state authorization to grow hemp, farmers in these states risk raids by federal agents, long prison terms, and probable forfeiture of their farms if they plant the crop, due to the failure of federal policy to distinguish oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis (i.e., industrial hemp) from psychoactive drug varieties.

Hemp History Week 2012, June 4-10, 2012 is an industry-wide initiative of the Hemp Industries Association and Vote Hemp. The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) is a non-profit trade group representing hemp companies, researchers, farmers and supporters. Vote Hemp is a national, single-issue, non-profit advocacy group founded in 2000 by members of the hemp industry to remove barriers to industrial hemp farming in the U.S. through education, legislation and advocacy. For further information, please visit: www.TheHIA.org and www.VoteHemp.com.

Public Education Campaign to Bring Back Industrial Hemp Farming will Feature over 800 Grassroots Events and Retail Store Promotions Throughout all 50 States

Washington, DC — Today, June 4 marks the start of the 3rd annual Hemp History Week, June 4-10, 2012. The national grassroots education campaign organized by Vote Hemp and The Hemp Industries Association is designed to renew strong support for the return of hemp farming to the U.S. Hemp History Week 2012 will feature over 800 events in cities and towns throughout all fifty states. The multi-faceted campaign will feature over 100 grassroots volunteer-led events; more than 700 retail promotions; a restaurant program; and a letter writing and email campaign to encourage Congress to change federal policy and allow American farmers to once again grow industrial hemp. A new Web site, along with a promotional video for the 2012 campaign, is viewable at www.HempHistoryWeek.com.

The theme of the 2012 campaign is Hemp for a Healthy Future: Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Economy, Healthy Planet. “As more Americans recognize the health and environmental benefits of hemp products, hemp farming promises job creation and economic opportunity for farmers and manufacturers and ensures that nutritious foods and sustainable goods are more accessible and affordable for consumers,” says Eric Steenstra, President of Vote Hemp. “In turn, this means healthier lifestyles, a stronger economy and a more sustainable world. Through Hemp History Week 2012, we’re spreading the message that we need to change federal policy on industrial hemp to reflect today’s realities and ensure a better tomorrow for America’s families and farmers, the economy and our planet.”

Letter Writing and Email Drive

A primary objective of Hemp History Week is to advocate for a federal policy change while sending a strong, positive message to President Barack Obama and Congress to end the ban on hemp farming and let farmers grow the versatile and profitable crop. In 2010 and 2011, the campaign generated thousands of postcards and online petition signatures to the President and Congress. This year an online and in person letter writing drive to U.S. Senators will take place through a social media campaign kicking off in June and at events nationwide. Advocates expect that a companion Senate bill will be introduced later this year. Representatives Ron Paul (R-Texas); Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota); Tim Johnson (R-Illinois); Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon); and many other members of Congress support legislation in favor of a federal policy change.

“There are several successful businesses in my state who are manufacturing healthy and sustainable products made from hemp,” said Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon). “Currently these companies are forced to import their raw materials from Canada and other countries. Changing federal policy to allow American farmers the right to grow hemp right here at home will help these companies thrive, while creating new economic opportunities in Oregon and across the country. The Hemp History Week campaign is a good opportunity to educate other elected officials and the American public about the benefits that the ability to once again grow hemp in America can bring.”

Celebrity Endorsements

Hemp History Week is endorsed by a long list of celebrities and high profile wellness experts, including Dr. Andrew Weil, Alicia Silverstone, Phil Lempert, Ashley Koff, R.D., Brendan Brazier, Elizabeth Kucinich, Ziggy Marley, Alexandra Jamieson, Dar Williams, Michael Franti, John Salley, and Kevin Danaher.

Grassroots Events

This year’s campaign has more than doubled in size and scope compared to last year’s event, which mobilized supporters of hemp farming nationwide. With more than 700 participating retail stores and over 100 grassroots volunteer organized events the 2012 campaign will be the biggest yet. A listing of events nationwide is available at www.HempHistoryWeek.com/events.php.

Retail Promotions

Hundreds of natural product retail outlets across the country have signed up to participate in Hemp History Week through promotions and in-store events. Hemp product promotions in retail stores will increase from 400 stores in 2011 to over 700 participating retail stores this year, including most Whole Foods Market locations in the U.S.

National Restaurant Program

New to the 2012 campaign, this week over 20 health conscious cafes and restaurants around the country are participating in Hemp History Week by featuring hemp-infused dishes on their menus. Some restaurants will also be hosting special events. “Candle 79 is looking forward to participating in the 3rd annual Hemp History Week. We use hemp in many of our favorite menu offerings including our hemp seed crusted seitan and our famous hemp seed ice-cream desserts. Our chefs love working with hemp seeds, and our customers can’t seem to get enough,” says Joy Pierson, owner of Candle 79 & Candle Cafe in New York City.

Participating restaurants include: Akasha Restaurant in Culver City, CA; Au Lac in Anaheim, CA; Candle 79 and Candle Cafe in New York City; Cafe Gratitude in Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA; Cafe Flora in Seattle WA; Euphoria Loves Rawvolution in Santa Monica, CA and New York City, NY; Gaia’s Garden in Santa Rosa, CA; Green Leaf in Ashland OR; Lydia’s Lovin’ Food in Petaluma, CA; Karyn’s on Green in Chicago, IL; VegN Out in San Diego, CA; and Slice of Life in Sebastapol, CA.

Showcasing The Health Benefits of Hemp

A renewable resource offering a long list of health and nutritional benefits, hemp is one of the fastest-growing categories in the natural foods industry. Hemp is a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs), providing both super omega-stearidonic acid (SDA) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), highly-digestible protein and naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E and iron, while being a good source of dietary fiber. It is a complete protein, containing all 10 essential amino acids, with no enzyme inhibitors, making it more digestible by the human body. Hemp seeds are also gluten-free.

Unprecedented Industry-Wide Effort

Going into its third year, Hemp History Week is an industry-wide effort made possible by the support of leading natural product brands that are known for manufacturing the highest-quality hemp products. Hemp can be used in a wide variety of products, including foods, cosmetics, clothing, building materials, auto parts, and many others. The sponsors of the 2012 Hemp History Week are Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Living Harvest Foods, Food Should Taste Good, Manitoba Harvest, Nature’s Path Foods, Nutiva, and Vega. Sustainable hemp seed, fiber, and oil are also used by major companies such as Ford Motors, Patagonia, and The Body Shop.

Arran Stephens, founder and CEO of Nature’s Path Foods, North America’s independent, #1 brand of organic breakfast foods, says, “We believe our hemp-based cereals, bars and waffles exemplify all of the goodness that hemp has to offer as a nutritious, gluten-free, non-GMO superfood. Nature’s Path is proud to have been part of the growth of the hemp industry since the beginning. This June, we look forward to celebrating America’s rich history with hemp farming, while educating consumers about the benefits of hemp foods. If hemp production was good enough for George Washington and Thomas Jefferson (note that the Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper), then it’s good enough for us.”

Other U.S. hemp manufacturers have been relentless in their struggle for the right to buy hemp from U.S. farmers. “For nearly ten years, the Bronner family has financially supported efforts to lift the ban on non-drug industrial hemp farming because it is an environmentally-sustainable crop,” states David Bronner, President of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the top-selling brand of natural soap in the U.S. “Despite our efforts, we are forced to continue purchasing the twenty tons of hemp oil that we use annually from Canada. This is a lost opportunity for American farmers and businesses, a situation that is becoming more absurd and outrageous with each growing season that passes.”

The HIA estimates that U.S. retail sales of hemp products exceeded $419 million in 2010, yet American companies making hemp products have no choice but to import their raw materials due to the federal government’s outdated and misguided ban on hemp farming. While demand for hemp products continues to rise, it is becoming a challenge for Canadian growers and processors, currently the primary suppliers of hemp seed and oil to the U.S. market, to keep up and meet that demand.

“Nutiva’s sales have grown at an average annual rate of 42% since 2006. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, we were named by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing businesses in America,” says John W. Roulac, founder and CEO of Nutiva. “By allowing U.S. farmers to grow and sell hemp seed, it will help the entire industry to meet the growing demand for hemp products.”

Living Harvest Foods is a global leader in hemp food products. “Our mission is to pioneer delicious hemp foods that are good for people and planet,” says Cathy Hearn, President of Living Harvest Foods. “Hemp is a truly remarkable plant that’s packed full of essential nutrients that can improve the way Americans eat. Sourcing hemp from outside the U.S. adds unnecessary costs, which translates into higher retail prices. We want to make this superfood accessible to everyone, and to do that we need Congress to recognize the benefits of a domestic hemp program. There are no valid arguments against it.”

To date, thirty-one states have introduced pro-hemp legislation and seventeen have passed legislation, while eight states (Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia) have removed barriers to its production or research. However, despite state authorization to grow hemp, farmers in these states risk raids by federal agents and possible forfeiture of their farms if they plant the crop, due to the failure of federal policy to distinguish oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis (i.e., industrial hemp) from psychoactive drug varieties.

“My co-founders of Manitoba Harvest and I are proud to have successfully petitioned our government to legalize hemp in Canada over a decade ago. We are very appreciative of the Canadian government’s support and hope that the U.S. government will soon see the opportunities with industrial hemp as well,” says Mike Fata, co-founder and CEO of Manitoba Harvest. “With consumer demand for hemp products growing, why shouldn’t American farmers also be allowed to benefit from this huge opportunity?”

For more information on Hemp History Week 2012, please see the completely re-designed campaign Web site at: www.HempHistoryWeek.com.

Public Education Campaign Aims to Allow Industrial Hemp Farming Again in the U.S.

Washington, DC — The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and Vote Hemp have announced plans for the 3rd Annual Hemp History Week to be held on June 4-10, 2012. A national grassroots education campaign designed to renew strong support for hemp farming in the U.S., Hemp History Week 2012 will feature events in cities and towns throughout all fifty states. The multi-faceted campaign will feature grassroots volunteer-led events, retail promotions, a restaurant program, a day of action and an online petition drive to encourage the Obama Administration and Congress to change federal policy and allow American farmers to once again grow industrial hemp. A new Web site, along with a promotional video for the 2012 campaign, is viewable at www.HempHistoryWeek.com.

The theme of the 2012 campaign is Hemp for a Healthy Future: Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Economy, Healthy Planet. “As more Americans recognize the health and environmental benefits of hemp products, hemp farming promises job creation and economic opportunity for farmers and manufacturers and ensures that nutritious foods and sustainable goods are more accessible and affordable for consumers,” says Eric Steenstra, President of Vote Hemp. “In turn, this means healthier lifestyles, a stronger economy and a more sustainable world. Through Hemp History Week 2012, we’re spreading the message that we need to change federal policy on industrial hemp to reflect today’s realities and ensure a better tomorrow for America’s families and farmers, the economy and our planet.”

Petition Drive

A primary objective of Hemp History Week is to advocate for a federal policy change while sending a strong, positive message to President Barack Obama and Congress to end the ban on hemp farming and let farmers grow the versatile and profitable crop. In 2010 and 2011, the campaign generated thousands of postcards and online petition signatures to the President and Congress. Representatives Ron Paul (R-Texas), Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) and many other members of Congress support legislation in favor of a federal policy change. A companion Senate bill is expected to be introduced later this year.

“There are several successful businesses in my state who are manufacturing healthy and sustainable products made from hemp,” said Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon). “Currently these companies are forced to import their raw materials from Canada and other countries. Changing federal policy to allow American farmers the right to grow hemp right here at home will help these companies thrive, while creating new economic opportunities in Oregon and across the country. The Hemp History Week campaign is a good opportunity to educate other elected officials and the American public about the benefits that the ability to once again grow hemp in America can bring.”

Celebrity Endorsements

Hemp History Week is endorsed by a long list of celebrities and high profile wellness experts, including Dr. Andrew Weil, Alicia Silverstone, Phil Lempert, Ashley Koff, R.D., Brendan Brazier, Elizabeth Kucinich, Ziggy Marley, Alexandra Jamieson, Dar Williams, Michael Franti, John Salley and Kevin Danaher.

Grassroots Events

This year’s campaign will double in size once again compared to last year’s event, which mobilized supporters of hemp farming nationwide, including hundreds of volunteers who organized over 500 events throughout all fifty states, and generated tens of thousands of letters and postcards to the President and Attorney General in support of hemp farming. Volunteers are being called upon once again to organize events in 2012, with specific details about those planned events to be announced in early April on the Hemp History Week Web site.

Retail Promotions

Hundreds of natural product retail outlets across the country have signed up to participate in Hemp History Week through promotions and in-store events. Hemp product promotions in retail stores will increase from 400 stores in 2011 to as many as 1,000 participating retail stores this year, including most Whole Foods Market locations in the U.S.

National Restaurant Program

New to the 2012 campaign, this year’s effort will also feature a national restaurant program. Health conscious cafes and restaurants around the country are being invited to participate in Hemp History Week by featuring hemp-infused dishes on their menus during the week of the campaign. Some restaurants will also be hosting special events. “Candle 79 is looking forward to participating in the 3rd annual Hemp History Week this June. We use hemp in many of our favorite menu offerings, including our hemp seed crusted seitan and our famous hemp seed ice-cream desserts. Our chefs love working with hemp seeds, and our customers can’t seem to get enough,” says Joy Pierson, owner of Candle 79 & Candle Cafe in New York City.”

Showcasing The Health Benefits of Hemp

A renewable resource offering a long list of health and nutritional benefits, hemp is one of the fastest-growing categories in the natural foods industry. Hemp is a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids.

(EFAs), providing both super omega-stearidonic acid (SDA) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), highly-digestible protein and naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E and iron, while being a good source of dietary fiber. It is a complete protein, containing all 10 essential amino acids, with no enzyme inhibitors, making it more digestible by the human body. Hemp seeds are also gluten-free.

Unprecedented Industry-Wide Effort

Going into its third year, Hemp History Week is an industry-wide effort made possible by the support of leading natural product brands that are known for manufacturing the highest-quality hemp products. Hemp can be used in a wide variety of products, including foods, cosmetics, clothing, building materials, auto parts and many others. The sponsors of Hemp History Week 2012 are Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Living Harvest Foods, Food Should Taste Good, Manitoba Harvest, Nature’s Path Foods, Nutiva and Vega. Sustainable hemp seed, fiber and oil are also used by major companies such as Ford Motors, Patagonia and The Body Shop.

Arran Stephens, founder/CEO of Nature’s Path Foods, North America’s independent, #1 brand of organic breakfast foods, says “We believe our hemp-based cereals, bars and waffles exemplify all of the goodness that hemp has to offer as a nutritious, gluten-free, non-GMO superfood. Nature’s Path is proud to have been part of the growth of the hemp industry since the beginning. This June, we look forward to celebrating America’s rich history with hemp farming, while educating consumers about the benefits of hemp foods. If hemp production was good enough for George Washington and Thomas Jefferson (note that the Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper), then it’s good enough for us.”

Other U.S. hemp manufacturers have been relentless in their struggle for the right to buy hemp from U.S. farmers. “For nearly ten years, the Bronner family has financially supported efforts to lift the ban on non-drug industrial hemp farming because it is an environmentally-sustainable crop,” states David Bronner, President of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the top-selling brand of natural soap in the U.S. “Despite our efforts, we are forced to continue purchasing the twenty tons of hemp oil that we use annually from Canada. This is a lost opportunity for American farmers and businesses, a situation that is becoming more absurd and outrageous with each growing season that passes.”

The HIA estimates that U.S. retail sales of hemp products exceeded $419 million in 2011, yet American companies making hemp products have no choice but to import their raw materials, due to the federal government’s outdated and misguided ban on hemp farming. While demand for hemp products continues to rise, it is becoming a challenge for Canadian growers and processors, currently the primary suppliers of hemp seed and oil to the U.S. market, to keep up and meet that demand.

“Nutiva’s sales have grown at an average annual rate of 42% since 2006. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, we were named by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing businesses in America,” says John W. Roulac, founder and CEO of Nutiva. “By allowing U.S. farmers to grow and sell hemp seed, it will help the entire industry to meet the growing demand for hemp products.”

Living Harvest Foods is a global leader in hemp food products. “Our mission is to pioneer delicious hemp foods that are good for people and planet,” says Cathy Hearn, President of Living Harvest Foods. “Hemp is a truly remarkable plant that’s packed full of essential nutrients that can improve the way Americans eat. Sourcing hemp from outside the U.S. adds unnecessary costs, which translates into higher retail prices. We want to make this superfood accessible to everyone, and to do that we need Congress to recognize the benefits of a domestic hemp program. There are no valid arguments against it.”

To date, thirty-one states have introduced pro-hemp legislation and seventeen have passed legislation, while eight states (Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia) have already authorized the licensing of farmers to grow the crop. However, despite state authorization to grow hemp, farmers in these states risk raids by federal agents if they plant the crop, due to the failure of federal policy to distinguish oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis (i.e., industrial hemp) from psychoactive varieties.

“My co-founders of Manitoba Harvest and I are proud to have successfully petitioned our government to legalize hemp in Canada over a decade ago. We are very appreciative of the Canadian government’s support and hope that the U.S. government will soon see the opportunities with industrial hemp as well,” says Mike Fata, co-founder and CEO of Manitoba Harvest. “With consumer demand for hemp products growing, why shouldn’t American farmers also be allowed to benefit from this huge opportunity?”

For more information on Hemp History Week 2012, please see the completely re-designed campaign Web site at: www.HempHistoryWeek.com.

Will You Miss These Excellent Speakers?

San Francisco, CA — We are really excited about the upcoming HIA Convention in San Francisco, which will be held on Sunday and Monday, November 13 and 14. We have been adding a wide range of very interesting speakers to the roster for the convention and look forward to hearing them speak on their topics. Two of the speakers are profiled below. Please check them out and register today!

The California Senate approved SB 676, the hemp farming bill, late last week in a concurrence vote of 26-13 and the Assembly’s vote on Wednesday was 49-22. The bill is now headed to Governor Brown’s desk for his signature. This will be a fantastic time to be in California! We will see you there.

If you have not made your plans to attend, please register now!

Download the Event Flyer and Registration Form (PDF file 1.1MB).

Topic: Growing the Hemp Foods Category — It Takes a Team Effort

Cathy Hearn came to the beautiful State of Oregon in 1975, following a friend here from her home town in Wisconsin. After raising two fabulous daughters and a successful 20-year career in high-tech, Cathy decided it was time for a change. She joined Living Harvest in July of 2006 and has enjoyed working with the team to grow revenues by more than 400% since her arrival. Cathy looks forward to the day when everyone can experience the incredible versatility and benefits of hemp — it’s good for the planet, and it’s good for you.

Topic: Utilizing SPINS Information to Track Hemp Food & Bodycare Sales Growth Across Retail Channels

Bobbi Leahy has over 25 years CPG experience across retail, manufacturer and information supplier organizations, including 8 years with SPINS. In her current role as Director of Sales-West, Bobbi works with SPINS’ western region manufacturer clients, to solve for business objectives utilizing SPINS services across retail channels & consumer behavior measurement. Bobbi lives with her daughter Northern California.

Tour Opportunities While You Are in San Francisco

Before or after the HIA Convention there are many things to do in San Francisco. You can choose from the typical tourist fare or something that’s more obscure. Some of the attractions that you can choose from are Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Alcatraz, the Cable Cars, Chinatown, The Exploratorium, Lombard Street, Golden Gate Park, the Japanese Tea Garden, the San Francisco Botanical Garden, California Academy of Sciences and the Conservatory of Flowers and the brewery that makes Anchor Steam Beer. We will be organizing a tour of the new Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum across the bay in Oakland on Tuesday the 15th.

These are just a few of the things that you can in and around the city. Please click the following link for some more things to do in San Francisco.

More About the 2011 HIA Convention

Late Registration Fee — (first attendee): $300 per person September 1 to November 7. HIA Full Company Members may bring additional attendees (company employees) at a $50 discount each. All other attendees must be HIA Supporting Members. (The registration fee will be $350 at the door.)

Additional information, including the hotel phone number, registration form, payment options, and other event details like the Awards Dinner, is available on the 2011 Convention page on our Web site.

If you need more information or have any questions, please feel free to call the HIA office at 707-874-3648.

We have arranged for special room rates starting at just $99 for Sunday and Monday nights at the Holiday Inn — Civic Center. Through a special arrangement, the hotel is also offering the same room rates for a limited number of rooms for HIA members who are exhibiting at or attending the SF Green Festival, so you can conveniently stay there for both events. (You must stay at least one of the nights of the HIA Convention to get the special rate.) The hotel is close to the SF Concourse Exhibition Center where the SF Green Festival is being held.

Please note: Attendees are responsible for making their own room reservations. Early booking is highly recommended. Once our block of reserved rooms runs out, we cannot guarantee the hotel will have a room for you.

You may call the hotel to make your reservation or you may book online.

Please remember to mention the Group Booking Code: HIA when booking to get the HIA group rate and be sure to get a reservation confirmation number.

Please join us in San Francisco this November!

About the Hemp Industries Association

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) represents the interests of the hemp industry and encourages the research and development of new products made from industrial hemp, oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis.

SB 676 is Supported by Kings and Kern County Sheriffs, Local Governments, Leading Unions, Businesses and Farming Groups

Sacramento, California — Vote Hemp and the Hemp Industries Association, the nation’s leading grassroots organizations working to revitalize industrial hemp production in the U.S., urge Governor Brown to support SB 676, the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act. After moving smoothly through the California legislature with bi-partisan support, this landmark legislation is now up for the Governor’s signature and would establish guidelines for farming the non-psychoactive plant that is used in a wide variety of every day consumer products, including food, body care, clothing, paper, auto parts, building materials and bio-fuel.

“California is one step closer to building a successful hemp industry in the Central Valley,” said Senator Mark Leno, following news on September 7 that the Assembly approved the legislation in a vote of 49-22. The legislation allows California farmers to grow industrial hemp for the legal sale of seed, oil and fiber to manufacturers. The Senate approved the bill last night in a concurrence vote of 26-13, making the next stop, Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.

Introduced by Senator Mark Leno earlier this year, SB 676 would create an 8-year pilot program to allow industrial hemp farming in four California counties: Kern, Kings, Imperial, and San Joaquin. This is the third time in ten years that the California legislature has passed a hemp farming bill. However, SB 676 is further refined than previous bills and has significant support from businesses, farming groups, local governments, labor unions, and even law enforcement.

Strong support for the bill has come from Kings County Sheriff David Robinson who wrote in a letter to Senator Leno: “I strongly support this important step in giving our farmers another crop option and another economic opportunity, to help create jobs during these difficult economic times.” Letters of support from the Kings and Kern County Sheriffs, as well as the Kings County Board of Supervisors who voted unanimously to support the bill, can be viewed at: http://votehemp.com/letters

The bill is also endorsed by the California State Grange, the UCFW-5, the Imperial County Farm Bureau, California Certified Organic Growers and other leading farm organizations. SB 676 takes careful and measured steps toward industrial hemp cultivation with a 4-county pilot program that will sunset after 8 years. Near the end of the pilot program the Attorney General will report to the legislature on law enforcement impacts, and the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) will provide a report on the economic impacts.

“Hemp is a versatile cash and rotation crop with steadily rising sales as an organic food and body care ingredient. Today, more than 30 industrialized nations grow industrial hemp and export it to the U.S. Hemp is the only crop that is illegal to grow yet legal for Americans to import,” explains Eric Steenstra, President of Vote Hemp and Executive Director of the Hemp Industries Association.

California businesses spend millions of dollars each year importing hemp from Canada, China and Europe. Demand for hemp products has been growing rapidly in recent years. It is estimated that the U.S. hemp market now exceeds an estimated $419 million in annual retail sales. From natural soaps to healthy foods, there is a large variety of “Made in California” hemp products that could greatly benefit from an in-state source of hemp seed, fiber and oil.

For the environment, the agricultural benefits are not limited to the versatility of uses. Industrial hemp is an excellent rotation crop because its dense growth smothers weeds without herbicides and helps to break the disease cycle. Hemp requires less water and agricultural chemicals than other crops, has deep roots that leave the soil in excellent condition for the next crop, and is proven to increase yields. These benefits save farmers money and reduce the amount of pesticides, defoliants and chemical fertilizers that run into our waterways.

“Vote Hemp’s goal is to relieve California farmers of the over-reaching prohibition on industrial hemp cultivation and reintroduce the crop to the state,” says Patrick Goggin, California Legal Counsel for Vote Hemp. Among the numerous California based companies supporting the bill are Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, makers of North America’s top-selling natural soap, and Nutiva, a rising star among innovative health food companies. Both of these businesses currently must import hemp from other countries. “We expect Governor Brown to do what’s best for the state of California and sign this important bill into law,” continues Goggin.

Vote Hemp is a national, single-issue, nonprofit organization dedicated to the acceptance of and free market for low-THC industrial hemp and to changes in current law to allow U.S. farmers to once again grow this agricultural crop. More information about hemp legislation and the crop’s many uses may be found at www.VoteHemp.com or www.theHIA.org. Video footage of hemp farming in other countries is available upon request by contacting Ryan Fletcher at 202-641-0277 or ryan@votehemp.com.

The hearing for the New Hampshire Hemp Bill (HB 55) has been changed to Tuesday, February 1, 2005 at 10am in the Legislative Office Building, Room 303 of the NH General Court.

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Washington, DC — Time has run out for the Bush administration to appeal a court ruling earlier this year protecting the sale and consumption of hemp food and cosmetic products in the United States.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on February 6, 2004 in the case of the Hemp Industries Association v. the Drug Enforcement Administration that the agency ignored the exemption in the Controlled Substances Act that excludes hemp fiber, seed and oil from control.

“They cannot regulate naturally occurring THC not contained within or derived from marijuana,” the three judge panel ruled, noting that it is not possible to get high from products with only trace amounts of the psychoactive chemical.

THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, but sterilized hemp seed and oil are exempted from the Controlled Substances Act under the statutory definition of marijuana.

On October 9, 2001 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued an Interpretive Rule banning any edible item containing hemp seed or oil that contains “any THC.”

The DEA confiscated truckloads of hemp seed imported from Canada and prosecuted the Hemp Industries Association on the grounds that industrial hemp varieties of cannabis contain trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

The administration’s allotted time to appeal the Ninth Circuit ruling to the Supreme Court expired earlier this week. “The mandate of the Ninth Circuit is final and their decision will now be the law of the land,” said Joseph Sandler, lead attorney for the Hemp Industries Association.

“Removing the cloud the DEA put into the marketplace will spur a dramatic surge in the supply and consumption of healthy omega-3 rich hemp seed in America,” says David Bronner, chair of the HIA’s Food and Oil Committee and president of Alpsnack / Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. “This is a huge victory for the hemp industry.”

“More and more health foods containing omega-3 rich hemp nut and oil will be appearing on store shelves since the legal status is no longer an issue,” said Alexis Baden-Mayer, director of government affairs for Vote Hemp.

“Americans are looking for healthy alternative sources of omega-3 to supplement their diets due to concerns regarding trace mercury in fish and fish oil supplements,” said Baden-Mayer.

Currently, the U.S. marketplace is supplied by hemp seed grown and processed in Canada and Europe, but Baden-Mayer said the Hemp Industries Association will lobby Congress to again allow American farmers to grow industrial hemp and “participate in this lucrative growth market.”

U.S. hemp food companies voluntarily observe reasonable THC limits similar to those adopted by European nations and Canada. These limits protect consumers with a wide margin of safety from workplace drug testing interference.

The United States granted the first hemp permit in over 40 years to Hawaii for an experimental quarter acre plot in 1999. The license has been renewed since. Twenty-two states have introduced legislation to permit the cultivation of industrial hemp. Vermont, Hawaii, North Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, Illinois Virginia, New Mexico, California, Arkansas, Kentucky, Maryland and West Virginia have passed legislation for support, research, or cultivation. The National Conference of State Legislators has endorsed industrial hemp.

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Legal Limbo Over; Marketplace Wide Open

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Washington, DC — Manufacturers of nutritious hemp foods will exhibit a wide variety of products at the Natural Products Expo East at the Washington Convention Center, October 14-17. These companies are thrilled that the Bush Administration did not appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court by the September 28 deadline the Ninth Circuit’s unanimous February 6 ruling that hemp foods are perfectly legal for sale and consumption in the U.S. The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) won the 3-year HIA v. DEA case, invalidating once and for all the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) misguided attempt to ban nutritious and safe hemp seed and oil foods.

“Removing the cloud the DEA put into the marketplace will spur a dramatic surge in the supply and consumption of healthy omega-3 rich hemp seed in America,” says David Bronner, Chair of the HIA’s Food and Oil Committee and President of Alpsnack / Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps (Expo East Booth #3906). “This is a huge victory for the hemp industry. The Bush Administration decision not to appeal the Ninth Circuit’s decision from earlier this year means the three-year-old legal battle over hemp seed products is finally over. The three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit unanimously ruled that the DEA ignored the specific Congressional exemption in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) that excludes hemp fiber, seed and oil from control along with poppy seeds. The Court viewed as insignificant and irrelevant harmless trace amounts of THC in hemp seed, just like harmless trace amounts of opiates in poppy seeds.”

“Americans are looking for healthy alternative sources of omega-3 to supplement their diets due to concerns regarding trace mercury in fish and fish oil supplements,” says Candi Penn, Executive Director of the HIA. Alexis Baden-Mayer, Director of Government Affairs for Vote Hemp. adds: “Right now the U.S. marketplace is supplied by hemp seed grown and processed in Canada and Europe. We will now work to convince Congress it is time for the U.S. to again allow American farmers to grow industrial hemp and participate in this lucrative growth market.”

Hemp Food Companies Attending Expo East React to Final Victory

Members of the Media Welcome to Visit

Nature’s Path Foods, Booth #1917: “We are very excited that our best-selling Organic Hemp Plus Granola Cereal® and our LifeStream Natural Hemp Plus Waffles® will continue to be available in thousands of stores nationwide,” says Arran Stephens, President and Founder.

French Meadow Bakery, Booth #901: “DEA was foolish to try to ban hemp seed because it is a rich source of protein, dietary fiber, minerals, iron, vitamin E, and a near perfect composition of essential fatty acids — Omega 3 and 6,” says Lynn Gordon, President. “We expect sales of our Healthy Hemp Bread® to increase enormously as a result of the court ruling.”

Nutiva, Booth #2642: “Nutiva’s organic hemp protein powder, bars, seeds, and oil can now be sold without concern over its legality,” says Founder/CEO John W. Roulac.

Living Harvest, Booth #3139: “Vegetarians everywhere should celebrate this court ruling,” says Les Szabo, co-founder. “People have a right to eat our nutritious Hemp Power Bar, Hemp Protein, Hemp Oil and Hemp Seed Nut.”

Manitoba Harvest, Booth #1150: “The decision will boost tremendously demand for our brand of Oil, Nut, Nut Butter and Protein Powder as well as our bulk and private label service”, says Mike Fata, North American Sales Manager.

Also, at the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA), Booth #530, Ruth’s Hemp Foods, Hemp Oil Canada and Hemp Sisters will be exhibiting a diverse array of hemp food products. “Canadian farmers and processors are gearing up for the exploding U.S. demand for hemp seed and oil,” says Arthur Hanks, Executive Director of the CHTA.

Hemp Food Was Victim of Drug War Hysteria

Fighting the DEA ban cost leading hemp companies roughly $200,000. Documents uncovered through the Freedom of Information Act show that attorneys at the Department of Justice as far back as March 2000 knew they lacked the authority to ban hemp food products. Patrick Goggin, an attorney for the HIA, stated: “The damages this egregious policy havecaused are widespread to say the least. The industryis fully considering its options forrecovering these damages and the cost of defending against this underhanded governmental action.”

DEA Admitted Hemp Food Does Not Pose Any Harm, Leading Nutritionist Agrees

During final arguments, the DEA acknowledged that hemp foods have no abuse potential, stating “The concern of the Drug Enforcement Administration isn’t particularized to the particular products that these Petitioners make. The DEA has never said, has never focused on the particular products and said anyone can get high from them, or that they pose a harm to people.” According to Nutritionist and best selling author Dr. Andrew Weil, “There is absolutely no health concern about trace amounts of THC in Hemp foods. I think the federal court decision is great.”

Public Outrage Against DEA Hemp Food Ban

In regard to widespread outrage over the DEA’s “Final Rule” — 115,000 public comments, a letter from the Canadian government, and a letter from Congress co-signed by 22 Representatives were submitted to DEA opposed to the hemp food ban. Protests were organized by Vote Hemp against DEA’s attempts to ban hemp foods. In December 2001 and again in April 2003, at more than 50 DEA offices nationwide, activists gave away hemp foods; poppy seed bagels and orange juice that contain trace THC, opiates and alcohol respectively to highlight the absurdity of DEA’s rules. These “Hemp Food Taste Tests” generated public outrage and forced former DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson to debate Vote Hemp Director Eric Steenstra on National Public Radio.

Hemp Foods are Safe and Nutritious — DEA Rules Were Ridiculous!

Hemp seed is one of the most perfect sources for human nutrition in all of nature. In addition to its excellent flavor profile, the seed meat protein supplies all essential amino acids in an easily digestible form and with a high protein efficiency ratio. Hemp seed oil offers high concentrations of the two essential fatty acids (EFAs) in a perfect ratio of the omega-3/omega-6 acids. EFA’s are the “good fats” that doctors recommend as part of a healthy, balanced diet. This superior nutritional profile makes shelled hempseed and oil ideal for a wide range of functional food applications and as an effective fatty acid supplement. Not surprisingly, shelled hempseed and oil are increasingly used in natural food products, such as bread, nutrition bars, hummus, nondairy milks, meatless burgers and cereals.

Eating Hemp Food Does Not Cause Failed Drug Tests

U.S. hemp food companies voluntarily observe reasonable THC limits similar to those adopted by European nations as well as Canada and Australia. These limits protect consumers with a wide margin of safety from workplace drug-testing interference (see hemp industry standards regarding trace THC at www.testpledge.com). The DEA has hypocritically not targeted food manufacturers for using poppy seeds (in bagels and muffins, for example) even though they contain far higher levels of trace opiates. The recently revived global hemp market is a thriving commercial success. Unfortunately, because the DEA’s Drug War paranoia has confused non-psychoactive industrial hemp varieties of cannabis with psychoactive “marihuana” varieties, the U.S. is the only major industrialized nation to prohibit the growing of industrial hemp.

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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada — Two well timed industry conferences over the next month will position producers, processors, marketers, and researchers for urgent opportunity emerging in industrial hemp.

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) will be holding their annual convention in San Francisco, California, USA on November 3-5th. The Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance/Alliance Commerciale Canadienne du Chanvre (CHTA/ACCC) will be holding its annual Convention in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on October 24th.

Both conferences are being held on the heels of a dramatic “non decision” of the US government to not appeal the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals February 6th 2004 ruling on HIA v DEA. The Court’s decision stands: trace amounts of THC in hemp seed are insignificant and irrelevant, as harmless as the trace amounts of opiates found in poppy seed. The appeals court ruled that “they (DEA) cannot regulate naturally-occurring THC not contained within or derived from marijuana – i.e., non-psychoactive hemp products – because non-psychoactive hemp is not included in Schedule I.” With the window for legal appeals now closed, a three year controversy has been put to rest and the North American industry can move into the nutritional future.

“The decision has settled the question of hemp foods products, and their availability in the large US market,” says Steve Levine, President of HIA. “People working with industrial hemp now and new players interested in hemp should position themselves for strong growth in the immediate future.”

“With the open market, we expect new opportunities will arise fairly quickly,” adds Arthur Hanks, Executive Director, CHTA. “Planning for the next agricultural year begins now.”

Recent SPINS market data shows that hemp food sales in the United States grew at a strong 66% over the last calender year. With a clear legal situation in hand, and the growing sophistication and capabilities of the hemp food industry, industry analysts are predicting a robust increase for 2004-2005.

Hemp foods are gaining more and more recognition from nutrition experts due to their high concentration of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids, strong digestible protein profile, soluble and insoluble fiber content, and host of vitamins and minerals. Chefs and consumers are enjoying Hemp because of its pleasant nutty flavor. Shoppers are discovering a wide range of tasty and nutritious products at leading health food stores.

The majority of hemp food sold in North American is sourced from family farms across Canada.

“Demand for hemp food is the driver right now for Canadian production,” says Hanks, “As demand for seed and seed products increase, so does farming opportunities for this sustainable crop and with these, new opportunities for developing novel fibre products from hemp straw in such uses as nonwovens, composites, building materials, textiles as well as specialty paper.”

11th Annual Hemp Industries Association Convention

Wednesday, November 3rd through Friday, November 5th, 2004
Holiday Inn Civic Center
50 8th St. and Market
San Francisco, CA 94103

Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Reception/Registration & Awards Dinner

Thursday, November 04, 2004
HIA Annual General Meeting & Dinner

Friday, November 05, 2004
Hemp Exhibits/Sales, Silent Auction, Expert Speakers — Textiles, Foods, Body Care, Paper, Legal, Networking, Committee Meetings, Green Festival set up

CHTA 2004 Conference and Annual General Meeting

Sunday, October 24th, 2004
8am – 5pm
Fairmont Hotel, 2 Lombard Place
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance / Alliance Commerciale Canadienne du Chanvre (CHTA/ACCC) is holding its 2004 Conference and Annual General Meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba on October 24th, 2004 at The Fairmont Hotel.

Expert Speakers on such topics as Hemp Food, Seed Breeding, Agronomics, Markets, Research and Fibre. Excellent networking with producers, manufacturers and marketers.

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San Francisco, California — US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit: The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), representing over 200 hemp companies in North America won their 2 ½-year old lawsuit today against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in a decision that permanently blocks DEA regulations that attempted to ban nutritious hemp foods such as waffles, bread, cereal, vegetarian burgers, protein powder, salad dressing and nutrition bars.

“The decision in HIA v. DEA is a huge boost to the hemp food market, and we expect to see many more hemp food products on store shelves,” says David Bronner, maker of the Alpsnack organic hemp nutrition bar and Chair of the HIA Food and Oil Committee. “The three judge panel agreed with our main argument that the DEA’s “Final Rule” ignores Congress’s specific exemption in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) under the definition of marihuana that excludes hemp seed and oil from control along with hemp fiber. Based on today’s decision, the court reasonably views trace insignificant amounts of THC in hemp seed in the same way as it sees trace amounts of opiates in poppy seeds,” says Bronner.

A Video News Release will be broadcast via satellite for free and unrestricted use. The 15-minute VNR contains footage of popular hemp food products and the manufacturing process; statements from nutritionist Dr. Andrew Weil; and key background on the landmark decision.

Broadcast times: 3:45PM EASTERN TIME, 4:15 PM EST; Broadcast Date: Today! 2-6-2004 Coordinates: SBS6 Transponder: K8 Downlink Freq 11896 Vertical and Audio 6.1 and 6.8 Tech Assistance Call Julia at 1-800-354-6397

Background on the Hemp Food Court Decision

Today’s Ninth Circuit decision permanently invalidates the DEA’s “Final Rule,” issued on March 21, 2003, that was virtually identical to an “Interpretive Rule” issued by the DEA on October 9, 2001 that was invalidated by a Ninth Circuit court order issued on June 30, 2003. Please visit www.votehemp.com to view the Ninth Circuit ruling.

In the decision, Judge Betty Fletcher wrote, “[T]hey (DEA) cannot regulate naturally-occurring THC not contained within or derived from marijuana-i.e. non-psychoactive hemp is not included in Schedule I. The DEA has no authority to regulate drugs that are not scheduled, and it has not followed procedures required to schedule a substance. The DEA’s definition of “THC” contravenes the unambiguously expressed intent of Congress in the CSA and cannot be upheld.”

During the final oral arguments held in San Francisco on September 17, 2003, the HIA argued that the DEA’s “Final Rule” banning nutritious hemp foods misinterprets the CSA. The judges were completely unconvinced by DEA attorney Daniel Dormont’s arguments that Congress did not exempt hemp seed from the CSA even if the seed contains insignificant amounts of naturally-occurring THC. According to the hearing transcript of Oral Arguments HIA vs DEA, Dormont was read back the section ofthe CSA dealing with the hemp seed exemption on three occasions by Judge Alex Kozinski. By the third reading, a frustrated Kozinski stated ” I tried to say it once before. What this tells me is Congress knew full well that stalks and seeds and fiber could be carriers of some level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). They were aware of that. Nevertheless, it said unless you do the extracting part they are not marihuana under the definition. That is what it says to me.” Near the end of the DEA’s arguments, Judge Kozinski asked Dormont, “Can you tell me how you are going to save the [poppy seed] bagel?” The question drew laughter from the packed courtroom, but is a serious issue considering that the irrational logic behind the DEA’s attempted hemp food ban could easily be applied to poppy seed bagels.

DEA Admitted Hemp Food Does Not Pose Any Harm, Leading Nutritionist Agrees

During final arguments, the DEA acknowledged that hemp foods have no abuse potential, stating “The concern of the Drug Enforcement Administration isn’t particularized to the particular products that these Petitioners make. The DEA has never said, has never focused on the particular products and said anyone can get high from them, or that they pose a harm to people.” According to Nutritionist and best selling author Dr. Andrew Weil, “There is absolutely no health concern about trace amounts of THC in Hemp foods. I think the federal court decision is great.”

Public Outrage Against DEA Attempted Ban

In regard to widespread outrage over the DEA’s “Final Rule” — 115,000 public comments, a letter from the Canadian government, and a letter from Congress co-signed by 22 Representatives submitted to DEA opposed to the hemp food ban — Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Mary Schroeder asked the DEA: “Did you take into account the objections of people who might say that this doesn’t make a lot of sense?” Dormont admitted the rule “wasn’t popular.” Protests were organized by Vote Hemp against DEA’s attempts to ban hemp foods. In December 2001 and again in April 2003, at more than 50 DEA offices nationwide, activists gave away hemp foods, poppy seed bagels and orange juice that contain trace THC, opiates and alcohol respectively to highlight the absurdity of DEA’s rules. These “Hemp Food Taste Tests” generated public outrage and forced former DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson to debate Vote Hemp Director Eric Steenstra on National Public Radio.

Eating Hemp Food Does Not Cause Failed Drug Tests

U.S. hemp food companies voluntarily observe reasonable THC limits similar to those adopted by European nations as well as Canada and Australia. These limits protect consumers with a wide margin of safety from workplace drug-testing interference (see hemp industry standards regarding trace THC at www.testpledge.com. The DEA has hypocritically not targeted food manufacturers for using poppy seeds (in bagels and muffins, for example) even though they contain far higher levels of trace opiates. The recently revived global hemp market is a thriving commercial success. Unfortunately, because the DEA’s Drug War paranoia has confused non-psychoactive industrial hemp varieties of cannabis with psychoactive “marihuana” varieties, the U.S. is the only major industrialized nation to prohibit the growing of industrial hemp.

Hemp Companies React to Ninth Circuit Court Ruling

“We are very excited that our best-selling Organic Hemp Plus Granola Cereal and our LifeStream Natural Hemp Plus Waffels will continue to be available in thousands of stores nationwide,” says Arran Stephens, President and Founder of Nature’s Path Foods.

“DEA was foolish to try to ban hemp seed because it is a rich source of protein, dietary fiber, minerals, iron, vitamin E, and a near perfect composition of essential fatty acids — Omega 3 and 6,” says Lynn Gordon, President of French Meadow Bakery which sells Healthy Hemp Bread. “We expect sales to increase enormously as result of the court ruling.”

Nutiva’s organic hemp protein powder and hemp bars can finally be sold without concern over its legality,” says John Roulac, President of Nutiva.

“Vegetarians everywhere should celebrate this court ruling,” says Ken Holmes, co-founder of Living Harvest. “People have a right to eat our nutritious Hemp Power Bar, Hemp Protein, Hemp Oil and Hemp Seed Nut.”

“Today’s decision will boost demand for our bulk and private label oil and seed products, as well as retail brand hemp food and body care products ,” says Shaun Crew, President of Hemp Oil Canada.

“Today’s court ruling will jumpstart sales of our new meatless Omega Burgers made from organic hemp seed,” Ruth Shamai, President of Ruth’s Foods.

“This decision now allows consumers to vote with there dollars. Healthy hemp food products like Hemp Seed Oil and Hemp Seed Nut (shelled hemp seed) are available now at major retailers like Whole Foods Market,” says Michael Fata, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils.

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