Long time Americanbroadcaster, television host, news anchor, TV producer, author, game show host, and music composer, Hugh Downs, is a living icon.  The industrious public figure has come out in support for hemp.

Click the link below to hear what Hugh has to say:
Listen to Hugh Downs on the possibilities of hemp.

Thank you, Mr. Downs!  We love you!

Namaste.

When Industrial Hemp FA of 2011 was announced and seeking co-sponsors, I spoke with Zach, in Rep. Kurt Schrader’s DC office, who commented that there was no information suggesting Mr. Schrader would be signing onto the bill, so I have written Rep. Schrader the letter, shown at the end of this post.

If you feel that hemp is of importance to Oregon’s agricultural communities and economy at large, please add your voice by writing your own letter.  You can contact Kurt at: schrader.house.gov or call his DC office at (202) 225-5711, in Salem, (503) 588-9100, toll free, at (877) 301-5878 or in Oregon City at (503) 557-1324.

Please feel free to use any of the text from my own letter in your own or as talking points for calling his office.

Thank you for your support.

Greetings, Mr. Schrader ~

I spoke with Zach, in your DC office, who informed me that there was no information to suggest you would be signing onto the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011, introduced by Ron Paul (R-TX).

I wonder if you understand what this crucial legislation would mean for Oregon’s economy.

Hemp is a $300 million+ industry in the US – WITHOUT the legal right to cultivate this valuable crop – and those numbers are climbing rapidly and consistently. Hemp is here to stay.

The myriad industrial applications of hemp are well-known, producing everything from food to fuel, paper to building materials, all without offsetting production of crucial food supply. Hemp can be planted in many fields after food crops have been harvested or in fields sitting fallow because of the danger of soil depletion.

The offset in the timber industry’s insatiable need for timber from Oregon’s forests would be significant as well. Since the Pacific Northwest is this country’s largest supplier of trees for timber and paper, hemp would go far in curbing the destruction of our valuable wild spaces and natural habitats.

There are no drawbacks to hemp. We need to get on board. Oregonians have wanted hemp for years and, in 2009, our state congress paved the way for the industry once federal support was obtained. The IHFA of 2011 will clear the road for our farmers to, once again, be at the forefront of an agricultural boom.

While a farmer’s average financial yield for an acre of corn is $25, the average yield for an acre of hemp is $200. This is important, since a significant portion of Oregon’s GDP comes from agriculture.

As an active voter and hemp advocate, I am interested in knowing what your stance is on the IHFA and whether you intend to vote for the bill. I believe this is such an important issue that you might consider holding several town hall meetings to specifically address – and inform – the public about the benefits of hemp. Since I am very well informed on the subject, I would be more than happy to speak to you personally.

I look forward to your response. Thank you for your time.

As of May 11th, the Industrial Hemp Farm  Act of 2011 is officially on the House docket.  Not only does the IHFA have numerous original House co-sponsors, but the American Herbal Products Association is now backing the hemp cultivation bill.

Here in Oregon, Earl Blumenaur (Dem.) and Peter DeFazio (Dem.) are among the 21 Congressional Representatives who have stepped up to the plate to bring hemp farming to our agricultural communities.  Since Oregon Legislature passed SB 676, the Oregon Hemp Farming Bill, in August of 2009, which requires federal approval before action will be taken, it is of particular interest to our House members to support this landmark legislation.

Advocates offer forum on hemp farming.

BridgePort BrewPub in Northwest Portland will host a forum on Hemp for Oregon – A Sustainable Crop for a Healthy Future, on Thursday, May, 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Show your support for hemp farming in Oregon.  Show up, listen in and share with local hemp businesses.

Namaste.

It is always a sunny day when Conservative Congresspersons can stand up proudly and take sensible stands for their constituents, regardless of Party politics.  Please read this excellent news from the great Hemp state of Kentucky:

Ky. agriculture commissioner candidates to debate, industrial hemp expected to be discussed | Markets | Market News | Canadian Business Online.

For IMMEDIATE release:

Jack Herer’s Online School of Cannabis Hemp — Opening Summer, 2011

Jack Herer is a man who needs no introduction.  A true hero among the Cannabis community and author of the greatest-selling Hemp book of all time, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, Jack Herer has paved the way for the re-education of mankind regarding the truth of Cannabis Hemp.  Jack was on a mission to educate as many people as possible and help bring an end to Cannabis prohibition.  Fortunately, with the help of Jack’s family and a few of his loyal fans and followers, that mission continues.

Jack Herer’s Online School of Cannabis Hemp will open it virtual doors this Summer, allowing a limited number of worldwide enrollments.  Like its namesake, the School of Hemp is dedicated to providing accurate information and dispelling the many myths surrounding Cannabis Hemp.   Through an interactive online learning experience and with an entire community of support, students will absorb the straight truth about our precious natural resource through classes such as

  • History of Cannabis/Hemp
  • Cannabis Medicine & Science
  • Cannabis Law, Prohibition & Politics
  • Cultivation
  • Cooking with Cannabis

Each of these classes is designed to provide the student with  a deep understanding and appreciation of the myriad values of Cannabis.
In the words of School of Hemp co-founder, J.P. King:
It’s all to raise awareness about this amazing plant while offering tremendous value to our wonderful community as well as to raise money for a few great causes.

In true “Jack style”, a portion of all tuition funds raised will benefit charitable organizations dedicated to a better, greener world.

School of Cannabis will offer a free booklet, Cannabis Crash Course, as a way to provide valuable information and spread the word about Cannabis Hemp.  This handy Free Hemp Guide covers everything from basic history of Hemp and its uses through the generations to legends and icons such as Cheech & Chong, Captain Ed Adair, High Times Magazine and, of course, our own Jack Herer.  The reader will also find information on methods of medicating with Marijuana, including pipes & vaporizers . . . even THC strip & sprays!  The guide Cannabis Crash Course is a must-have for the curious!

You can get access to Cannabis Crash Course, 100% FREE, by visiting the School of Hemp‘s website.  Just click on the graphic at the top or bottom of this post, or copy and paste the following URL into your browser: http://www.schoolofhemp.com/index.php?afid=4

Vote Hemp has had a very successful year in 2010. Here are some highlights, with more detailed reports following this introduction:
  • Five states introduced hemp legislation, with Colorado passing a hemp resolution and Minnesota passing a hemp study bill.
  • We worked with the North Dakota and Rocky Mountain Farmers Unions to get a pro-hemp resolution introduced at the National Farmers Union (NFU) annual meeting. This resulted in the NFU passing a national resolution at their annual meeting in March in Rapid City, SD.
  • H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009, now has the most co-sponsors since the bill was first introduced in 2005, a total of 26. All of the co-sponsors of the bill wererewarded with re-election!
  • We are now in discussions with officials at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
  • Vote Hemp board member Christina Volgyesi and Living Harvest CEO Hans Fastre met with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in Oregon and briefed him on industrial hemp and why American farmers should be growing it. He then presented a Vote Hemp briefing packet to Attorney General Holder at a meeting the following week. We continue to push the Department of Justice to meet with state officials and work out a plan that would allow them to regulate hemp farming under state law.
  • Vote Hemp actively opposed the nomination of Michele Leonhart to be Administrator of the DEA.
  • We created The Vote Hemp Guide to Hemp Activism, A Concise Guide to Citizen Lobbying on the Hemp Issue.
  • In cooperation with the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), we held the first annualHemp History Week in May, and plans are already underway for a much larger Hemp History Week celebration in 2011.
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