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A New Hemp Hope for HIV-Positive Californians

A new medical marijuana clinic is scheduled to open this December in Riverside County, California, run by The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF), a nonprofit organization. Lenny Swerdlow, president of the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project, will be overseeing its operations, which will include writing letters of recommendation to patients—including those living with HIV—who may benefit from using marijuana medicinally, whether as an appetite stimulant or to offset medication side effects. The clinic will not sell marijuana (marijuananews.org, 11/10).

Oregon: Hemp takes step towards mainstream

By Eco Textile News

An industrial hemp blended yarn has been successfully spun on conventional cotton ring-spinning equipment without modification and then knitted into jersey fabrics in trials sponsored by Hanesbrands Inc.

The hemp yarns were spun at North Carolina State University using fibres made with the ‘Crailar’ enzyme process from Naturally Advanced Technology, which uses enzyme technology to produce soft, comfortable textiles made from hemp and bast fibres that can better compete with cotton.

Tim Pleasants, Spun Yarn Lab Manager, NC State University, said, “We successfully carded and spun a blended Crailar yarn on our cotton ring spinning system. The resulting 20/1 Ne ring spun yarn was knitted into a 5-ounces per square yard jersey fabric. This is the first time in my 23-year yarn spinning career that I have seen hemp processed on conventional cotton spinning equipment.”

Earlier this summer, British Colombia-based Naturally Advanced Technologies (NAT) raised nearly US$2 million through a private placement of its shares and more recently signed a new promotional deal with Costco’s US stores.

CO: Medical Marijuana Examined

By Conor Doyle, CU Independent Staff Writer

CU's chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law-NORML@CU-hosted its second event of the semester in front of a full room of students eager to learn positive ways they can bring change to state and local governments, as well as how laws for medical and recreational marijuana usage affect students themselves.

"It's vital to know your rights if you're going to break the law, you should take responsibility for what you're doing and know how the laws affect you," Andy Bolzer, a photojournalism major at the Metropolitan State College of Denver, said. "And if you're not breaking the law, it's still best to be educated."

Brian Vicente, executive director of Sensible Colorado who is also a Denver attorney specializing in marijuana cases, explained the details behind holding a medical marijuana license.

"When you become a medical marijuana patient, you are then legally able to possess and cultivate six plants, as well as hold 2 ounces of loose marijuana," Vicente said.

He also explained that though marijuana possession and consumption is legal under state law, it is in violation of federal law which takes precedence in courts.

Vicente said that according to state law, medical marijuana patients can designate someone of their choosing to be "caregivers," who are then legally allowed to grow, maintain, and possess the same amounts of marijuana in the patient's stead.

Canada: Demand for hemp soaring, firm moves to bigger plant

By Murray McNeill, Winnipeg Free Press

These are high times for hemp.

Not only is demand for hemp products skyrocketing -- Canadian hemp seed exports increased by 300 per cent and hemp oil exports by 85 per cent from 2006 to 2007 -- but one of the country's oldest and largest hemp food producers, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils, is moving into a new state-of-the-art processing plant this week that will boost its production capacity by 500 per cent.

And Wednesday, the federal and provincial governments added icing to the cake with the unveiling of a new national strategy for developing the hemp industry in Canada.

"In the last 10 years, the Canadian hemp industry has grown from an emerging niche market to a point where we are now being recognized as a global leader in hemp production," said Mike Fata, chairman of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA) and president and co-founder of Manitoba Harvest Hemp.

"With the province's support, this hemp strategy has given us a road map to new opportunities and continued growth of the hemp industry in Canada."

Fata said the creation of a national strategy gives the industry instant credibility.

"It proves the industry is here and it's not just a fad."

The strategy was announced on the second day of the CHTA's two-day annual meeting and technology conference in Winnipeg.

More than 100 delegates from Canada, the United States, Europe and Korea attended the event, designed to bring industry players up to date on the latest developments within the global hemp industry.

OR: Medical Marijuana Ignorance; Lobbyist Dan Harmon's Advisor Wins First Prize

By Dr. Phillip Leveque, Salem-News.com

Whoever was Dan Harmon’s advisor, he did not know or understand anything about the State Medical Marijuana Program and especially the victims requiring the medicine. The State of Oregon says IT IS MEDICINE. 12 other states have similar laws.

I will attempt to clarify the mistakes of Dan Harmon and his advisor:

1. Every other medicine they can think of is more dangerous than Cannabis, morphine-like pain killers ARE VERY DANGEROUS.

2. Alcohol and other dangerous brain depressants are rarely tested for --- why not?

3. High School students know all about drugs and DARE is a failure.

Canada: Industrial hemp growers launch national plan

By Staff, country-guide.ca

Market research and development, quality control and processing capacity are among the goals of a new national strategy mapped out by Canada's industrial hemp growers.

The strategy was rolled out Wednesday at the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance's meeting in Winnipeg, mapping out the market potential and obstacles in the food, fibre and oil markets, as well as in hemp production and plant breeding.

Manitoba was among the "earliest adopters" of industrial hemp as a crop, as well as the necessary processing technologies, provincial Agriculture Minister Rosann Wowchuk said in a release. The provincial and federal governments funded the strategy's development through their joint Agri-Food Research and Development Initiative (ARDI).

"This new strategy shows how far we've come while also identifying the opportunities and challenges that we must tackle for sustainable growth," she said.

Among the supports needed from private and public business and research partners for a hemp industry, as per the new strategy, are:

* development of commercial-scale hemp fibre processing and cost-effective hemp oil processing, plus access to risk capital for processing and manufacturing projects in those markets;

* domestic and international market research, as well as work to maintain existing market access;

* gauging the environmental and economic advantages of using hemp-based products compared to petroleum-based products;

MI: First Medical Marijuana State in the Midwest!

By Jag Davies, Drug Law Reform Project

With today's victory for the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, Michigan voters have pulled off a major breakthrough for the medical marijuana movement.Michigan is the first state in the Midwest to approve it — and, with 10 million people, it's also the second most populous state to do so.

North Dakota: Hemp crusader is the picture of respectability - and N. Dakota's next House Speaker

By CHUCK HAGA MinnPost.com

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – David Monson has heard all the jokes from bemused neighbors.

"Is your farm going to pot, Dave?"

"Hey, Dave, how's your weed control?"

A wheat, barley and canola grower from Osnabrock, N.D., hard on the Canadian border, Monson is one of two North Dakota farmers trying to sue the federal government into relaxing drug-war restrictions on the cultivation of industrial hemp, a relative of marijuana.

A federal district judge in North Dakota tossed their lawsuit, but an attorney for Monson and Wayne Hauge told a panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, meeting in St. Paul Nov. 12, that the farmers should be allowed to use state-issued permits to produce hemp seed and oil without fear of federal prosecution under the Controlled Substances Act.

The appeals panel also heard from a Justice Department attorney, who said Congress has the authority to regulate the crop and has decided its cultivation should be restricted.

Getting ready for a new job

Monson wasn't in court Wednesday. He was in Bismarck, getting hired for a new job. In January, he'll become Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives, where for several sessions he has been assistant Republican majority leader.

No, this is no pot-smoking hippie trying to sneak something past the narcs.

N.D.: Farmers appeal to grow hemp

By Donna Leinwand, USA TODAY

Two North Dakota farmers will ask a federal appeals court in St. Paul on Wednesday to allow them to grow hemp on their farms, even though the federal government says it's illegal.

Farmer Dave Monson, a Republican representative in the North Dakota Legislature, says the variety of the cannabis sativa plant grown as hemp is an ideal crop to rotate annually with wheat and barley.

Canadian farmers 20 miles north of his Osnabrock farm do a brisk business selling their hemp to Detroit carmakers who use it inside door panels and for insulation in seats, he says.

Monson says the hemp has no value as a drug because it has a low concentration of THC, the ingredient in marijuana that causes a high.

Hemp fibers, oil and seed can be imported from Canada, Europe and Asia and used to manufacture products in the USA, but growing hemp in the USA is illegal, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says.

"The level of THC in the plant doesn't matter. If there's any THC in the plant, it's illegal," DEA spokesman Garrison Courtney says. "To get those pieces of stalk that are legal, you have to grow a marijuana plant."

David Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps in Escondido, Calif., says he spends more than $100,000 a year to import hemp oil from Canada for his soaps, lip balms and lotions.

UK: Famous Eco-friendly Fashion Manufacturer Now Available from Major Web Store

by Charlie Mann,

The Viridis Luxe line of ethical fashion clothing is now available from www-fashion-conscience.com. The Viridis Luxe mission is to provide sustainable luxurious clothing to those who are making the choice to tread lightly on our planet, while continuing to enjoy fashion, luxury, and style. Viridis Luxe has reinvented one of the world's oldest cultivated fabrics, and launched a luxury brand of hemp clothing.

The Viridis Luxe aesthetic is the embodiment of effortless chic. Their signature organic fabric, exclusive to Viridis Luxe, is a revolutionary blend of the finest cashmere with long-fiber hemp. The Viridis Luxe line also includes exotic bamboo T-shirts and their exclusive sheer silk-hemp collection of jersey tops. Viridis Luxe is committed to making beautiful clothing using ethical, sustainable, eco-friendly methods.

With global warming and sustainable agriculture on everyone's mind, elegant clothing that benefits the planet is proving irresistible to celebrities like Amber Valetta, Uma Thurman, and Scarlet Johansson. They are just a few of the luminaries cosseting themselves this winter in enlightened luxury including lush wraps and sweaters adorned with the nifty VL embroidered logo. They are discovering the phenomenal qualities of hemp, and feel good about themselves as they enjoy this wonderful fabric which promotes a win-win situation.

Montana: THCF Opens Doors

By Chad Harder, Missoula Independent

The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping patients legally gain access to medical marijuana, recently announced “medical marijuana clinics” in Missoula on Nov. 18 and Billings the day prior. While currently scheduled as one-day events, THC plans to open “more permanent clinics in established locations” in the future, according to an organization press release.

Existing THC clinics have assisted more than 40,000 patients in securing a “permit to legally possess, use and grow medical marijuana” in Nevada, Washington, California, Oregon, Hawaii and Colorado. Repeated inquiries from Montanans at a facility in Spokane inspired the Montana expansion.

“The clinics are a cure for patients who have a qualifying condition under Montana law and can prove it with their medical records, but whose doctors won’t sign a [medical marijuana] recommendation,” says Tom Daubert, director of Helena-based Patients and Families United, a public education and support group for pain patients.

Federal law prohibits doctors from “prescribing” marijuana, so physicians write “recommendations,” which serve as a professional judgment that marijuana would benefit a patient’s condition. Four years ago Montana voters moved to change state law to allow patients suffering from an array of “debilitating medical conditions” to legally medicate with marijuana.

Michigan: Voters Approve Medical Marijuana Measure

By The Associated Press

Voters in Michigan overwhelmingly approved a medical marijuana ballot measure -- making it one of a quarter of states to allow severely ill patients to use the illegal drug.

With 87 percent of the precincts reporting, 63 percent, or 2,557,410 people, voted "yes" on Proposal 1, which removes state penalties for registered patients to buy, grow and use small amounts of marijuana. Thirty-seven percent, or 1,519,273 voters, were opposed.

Opponents again were unable to derail the measure. In fact, only one state, South Dakota, has failed to OK a ballot attempt.

Of the 12 other states with medical marijuana laws, eight stemmed from ballot initiatives; four were enacted by state legislatures.

"I think it's a real victory for the patients and their families," said Dianne Byrum, spokeswoman for the support group Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care. "I just had a feeling from the very beginning this was going to pass, and it was going to resonate with the voters. ... "Voters knew right from the beginning the medical value of marijuana."

Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Bill Schuette, chairman of the opposition group Citizens Protecting Michigan's Kids, said he was disappointed with the outcome but not the effort.

"It appears we came up short," he said. "We waged a good campaign, a hard-fought campaign. But we were severely underfunded, and that's always a challenge."

Australia: Hemp bags a design of the times

BY TINA LIPTAI, The Standard

HEMP bags featuring artwork by Port Fairy pupils will hit the streets next week after the designs were unveiled yesterday.

The See Change In Port Fairy Project is a community initiative which aims to eradicate plastic bags from the town by offering a unique reuseable alternative. The bags were launched at the opening of the four-day Victorian Landcare Network Forum and community expo at Port Fairy's Victoria Hotel.

Every pupil from Port Fairy Consolidated and St Patrick's primary schools submitted artwork with an environmental theme as part of the project.

Project co-ordinator Genevieve Grant said the designs on the bags were chosen at random.

"I just picked up where the children from both schools were heading with their studies," Ms Grant said.

"It really is about the children passing on their knowledge to the community about sustainability and promoting a better understanding of how we should protect and look after our home, where ever we live."

The bag also features the See Change logo, designed by Port Fairy artist Ess Warmuth.

The bags will be officially launched when pupils from both schools march down the town's main street with banners and the bags on Monday from 11.45am.

Source: http://warrnambool.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/hemp-bags-a-...

Canada: Research Shows That Hemp Seed Can Help Fight Heart Disease

By Manitoba Harvest

Hemp seed is an ancient superfood that has a rich history of culinary enjoyment, as well as use by cultures as a traditional medicine to enhance health and well-being. Over the past few years, this nutritious and eco-friendly seed has been gaining more attention from nutrition and health experts and deservedly so. Scientists in Canada, a country where hemp agriculture is thriving and experiencing a rebirth, recently performed research to study hemp seed's role in maintaining heart health. The title of the abstract from their research sums things up well, Cholesterol Induced Stimulation of Platelet Aggregation is Prevented by a Hempseed-Enriched Diet.

In somewhat technical terms, the authors of the scientific paper establish that Hypercholesterolemia indirectly increases the risk for myocardial infarction by enhancing the ability of platelets to aggregate. Their research, published in the April 2008 edition of the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology*, investigated whether hempseed, a rich source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), inhibits platelet aggregation under normal and hypercholesterolemic conditions. The results of this study demonstrate that when hempseed is added to a cholesterol-enriched diet, cholesterol-induced platelet aggregation returns to control levels, noted the authors.

Oregon: Interior Design Firm Launches Exclusive Line of Hemp Bedding

By Press Release 365

PORTLAND, OREGON - Sue Augustyn Interior Design (SAID), a full-service design studio and retail showroom, today announced the launch of its new exclusive line of hemp bedding. The duvet covers (available in full/queen and king sizes) feature a simple, custom design and a clean look for the bedroom, all made from environmentally friendly fibers. The bedding is complemented by a line of hemp roman shades.

"Our customers are looking for specially designed products that are also good for the planet," said Sue Augustyn, principal of SAID. "Hemp provided the perfect canvas for creating our new line of bedding. By coupling this crisp, 'green' fabric with subtle design touches, anyone can create a room where they can actually feel good about going to sleep at night."

Hemp is a fast growing crop with a high fiber yield that doesn't require the use of pesticides. It also is beneficial to the soil as it suppresses weed growth, replenishes the earth with nutrients and nitrogen, controls the erosion of topsoil and actually can clean up toxins from the ground itself. In addition to its outstanding environmental benefits, hemp is strong, durable and resistant to mold and ultraviolet light.

Oregon: Hempstalk 2008 Slideshow - Simple Ways

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Staff

Featured is a short slideshow from Hempstalk 2008 in Portland, Oregon. It is set to the song "Simple Ways" by The Human Revolution and consists of speakers/performers from the event.

From Keith Stroup to Jack Herer, the Hempstalk 2008 speakers were educational and informative, discussing the merits of Cannabis and Hemp on the main stage as well as in the Hemposium pavillion. It is our hope that the Hemposium will continue to evolve and grow, providing experts and information from doctors and lawyers to local business people working to promote Hemp and Cannabis. Having a variety of speakers complimented the wide range of musical acts that took to the Hempstalk stage.

It was truly an honor to have the likes of John Trudell and Bad Dog, as well as The Human Revolution, State of Jefferson, and the ever popular Seattle Hempfest house band (one of our favorites) the Herbivores. To everyone who participated, volunteered, and helped make Hempstalk 2008 possible, we thank you and look forward to a fun and informative Hempstalk 2009!


United States: Hedge fund manager Andrew Lahde calls it quits - and backs hemp production

by Darrell Proctor, Business Examiner

Andrew Lahde's hedge fund at Lahde Capital Management earned an 866 percent return in the past year. He bet against the subprime mortgage market, and won as that market decimated the financial sector.

Ladhe closed the fund last month. And today he called its quits, and announced his "retirement" in a letter ripping his profession and many of those who run it. An excerpt:

"These people who were (often) truly not worthy of the education they received (or supposedly received) rose to the top of companies such as AIG, Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers and all levels of our government. All of this behavior supporting the Aristocracy, only ended up making it easier for me to find people stupid enough to take the other side of my trades. God bless America."

Lahde also called for the production of hemp as an alternative energy source - and noted how the criminalization of marijuana ("It gets you high, it makes you laugh, it does not produce a hangover") is likely due to a governmental and corporate conspriracy designed to aid drug companies.

He also tells his contemporaries to "throw the Blackberry away and enjoy life."

More fascinating fallout from the market collapse.
Source: http://www.examiner.com/x-288-Business-Examiner~y2008m10d17-Hedge-fund-m...

United States: Drug Czar Mis-Used Marijuana Statistics as Scare Tactics While Arrests Soar, Reports Reveal

By Bonnie King, Salem-News.com

(WASHINGTON D.C.) - The major U.S. government study of drug use shows that the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has badly failed to meet its own goals for reducing use of marijuana and other illegal drugs, according to a pair of new reports by George Mason University senior fellow Jon Gettman, Ph.D.

In addition, ONDCP and its chief, "Drug Czar" John Walters, have misused treatment statistics to suggest that marijuana is dangerously addictive when the government's own data suggest that arrest-driven treatment admissions have wasted tax dollars by treating thousands who were not truly drug-dependent.

All while the FBI's new tally is the highest marijuana arrest total ever-reported in law enforcement history.

"The government's own statistics demolish the White House drug czar's claims of success in his obsessive war on marijuana," said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C. Kampia noted that during Walters' tenure, ONDCP has released at least 127 separate anti-marijuana TV, radio and print ads and 34 press releases focused mainly on marijuana, in addition to 50 reports from ONDCP and other federal agencies on marijuana or anti-marijuana campaigns.

"The most intense war on marijuana since 'Reefer Madness,' including record numbers of arrests every year since 2003, has wasted billions of dollars and produced nothing except pain and ruined lives."

California: A $100,000 Hemp Challenge

By Jack Herer

If all fossil fuel and their derivatives, as well as trees for paper and construction, were banned in order to save the planet, reverse the Greenhouse Effect and stop deforestation; then there is only one known annually renewable, natural resource that is capable of providing the overall majority of the world's paper, plastics and textiles; meet all of the world's transportation, industrial and home energy needs; provide about 30% of the world's medicines, while reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil and cleaning the atmosphere, all at the same time…and that substance is the same one that has done it before, for the last five to 10 thousand years, until about 125 years ago…


No one has taken the $100,000 challenge to prove me wrong. Why? Because I am right. The U.S. government has been lying to us since the early 1900s. Do economic interests and the police have more to say than the people about the future of our planet? How angry are you for being lied to by the U.S. government about Cannabis Hemp? Are you willing to make a stand right now?

No one can dispute this information and knowledge. You have to join me in this fight. Either you are on the U.S. government's side or you are on the Earth's side with me!

Jack Herer

Source: http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=71554350...

Michigan: Two days, two newspaper endorsements of Proposal 1

By Richard Owl Mirror

Following hot on the heels of yesterday's Detroit Free Press endorsement of the medical marijuana initiative, the Detroit News followed suit this morning. Together, the Free Press and the News boast the overwhelming majority of Detroit's readership, so these endorsements carry substantial weight in Michigan's largest metropolitan area.

Today's endorsement not only rightly emphasizes that medical marijuana is an issue of compassion and common sense, but also stresses the safeguards written into the initiative. The editors conclude:

"Proposal 1 seems to have been written to anticipate and address concerns that it is a backdoor route to full-blown legalization. The standard for obtaining a registry card is high and the penalty for misuse is steep.

"Proposal 1 won't make pot any more publicly visible or available than it already is; all it will do is allow doctors, primary caregivers, and most importantly patients another option in managing serious and painful illnesses. Vote yes on Proposal 1."


The Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care (MCCC) is a grassroots organization devoted to passing Proposal 1, the medical marijuana initiative on the November 2008 ballot. Proposal 1 will protect seriously ill Michiganders suffering from illnesses like cancer, HIV/AIDS, and multiple sclerosis from the threat of arrest and jail for simply trying to alleviate their pain.

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