North American Industrial Hemp Council
California law redefines industrial hemp as a legal crop
NAIHC.org, October 1, 2013 -- The “California Industrial Hemp Farming Act” (SB 566) was signed into law last week by Gov. Jerry Brown. The new law redefines “marijuana” so that the term would exclude biologically-related industrial hemp as long as the plant is not cultivated or processed for any marijuana uses.
California’s new industrial hemp law defines industrial hemp as a fiber or oilseed crop, or both, that is limited to the non-psychoactive types of the plant Cannabis sativa L. and the seed produced therefrom.
NAIHC 2013 Annual Meeting
NAIHC.org, September 3, 2013 – The North American Industrial Hemp Council (NAIHC) will hold its 18th annual membership meeting Wednesday October 2. All NAIHC members are invited to join via teleconference call to learn more about progress toward re-commercialization of industrial hemp and to interact with members and the public nationwide.
Members will exchange ideas, report on progress and actions taken, and discuss the objectives for 2014 and beyond. The meeting will allow members to become fully informed about the activities and actions taken by the NAIHC in 2013 to advance the re-commercialization of industrial hemp. The meeting will consider proposed changes to the NAIHC bylaws and elect Board Members for the year ahead.
Hemp, Inc. Explains Industrial Hemp vs Marijuana Differences
NAIHC.org, July 18, 2013 – To correct widespread misinformation about industrial hemp, an industry leader responded this week with a list of differences between federally banned marijuana and and its versatile cousin industrial hemp. Hemp, Inc., headquartered in Las Vegas and publicly traded as HEMP, explains that industrial hemp products ranging from health foods and textiles to building materials and sneakers “are completely legal for consumers to purchase in the United States.”
In contrast, “Marijuana, while medically legal in many states and recreationally legal in Colorado and Washington, is deemed illegal on the federal level, and consumers in states that do not recognize medical marijuana may face prosecution for purchasing or possessing marijuana.”
House-Passed Farm Bill OKs Industrial Hemp
NAIHC.org, July 12, 2013 – In a breakthrough for industrial hemp, the U.S. House’s 2013 Farm Bill includes a bipartisan amendment to authorize colleges and universities to grow the crop for research purposes.
The overall Farm Bill, HR 2642, is a partisan bill which passed by a 216-208 party-line vote. Democrats uniformly opposed the bill after Republicans amended the bill to remove the Food Stamps program. But the industrial hemp provision co-sponsored by Congressmen Jared Polis (D-CO), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Thomas Massie (R-KY) remained in the bill thanks to solid bipartisan support.
Industrial Hemp Wins Bipartisan Majority Support in U.S. Congress
NAIHC.org, June 24, 2013 - After the surprise U.S. House’s 225-200 vote June 20 in favor of industrial hemp, bill sponsor Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) said “Industrial hemp is an important agricultural commodity, not a drug . . . Many states, including Colorado, have demonstrated that they are fully capable of regulating industrial hemp. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp. The first American flag was made of hemp. And today, U.S. retailers sell over $300 million worth of goods containing hemp – but all of that hemp is imported, since farmers can’t grow it here.”
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