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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Hemp Foods Remain Legal in US 

Vote Hemp

    The Hemp Industries Association has won its case against the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The conclusion of the Court in HIA v DEA is worth repeating here:

[9] The DEA's Final Rules purport to regulate foodstuffs containing "natural and synthetic THC." And so they can: in keeping with the definitions of drugs controlled under Schedule I of the CSA, the Final Rules can regulate foodstuffs containing natural THC if it is contained within marijuana, and can regulate synthetic THC of any kind. But they 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. The DEA has no authority to regulate drugs that are not scheduled, and it has not followed procedures required to schedule a substance.

[10] The DEA's definition of "THC" contravenes the unambiguously expressed intent of Congress in the CSA and cannot be upheld. DEA-205F and DEA-206F are thus scheduling actions that would place non-psychoactive hemp in Schedule I for the first time. In promulgating the Final Rules, the DEA did not follow the procedures in §§ 811(a) and 812(b) of the CSA required for scheduling. The amendments to 21 C.F.R. § 1308.11(d)(27) that make THC applicable to all parts of the Cannabis plant are therefore void. We grant Appellants' petition and permanently enjoin enforcement of the Final Rules with respect to non-psychoactive hemp or products containing it.

Download the Opinion from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in PDF format:
http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/ca9/newopinions.nsf/90DC066FE8E8955688256E31007ACE3B/$file/0371366.pdf?openelement or from Vote Hemp here.

     I find it interesting, but not surprising, that DEA went out of its way to issue press releases durning the case like DEA Clarifies Status of Hemp in the Federal Register and DEA Statement on THC in
Cannabis Food Products in Light of Ongoing Litigation
, but there is no mention of their decision not to appeal HIA v DEA to the Supreme Court in their current News Releases. Vote Hemp had also asked for an apology from DEA, and even though the HIA won the case, I imagine that this will probably never happen.

Here are some of the better news stories that have appeared about HIA v DEA recently:

Government Ends Attempt to Ban Hemp Foods
Join Together Online

U.S. won't try to ban hemp foods, oils
By Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

Hemp, hemp, hooray!
By Genevieve Bookwalter, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Hemp Food Industry Wins 3-Year Battle
The Los Angeles Times

Lawyer: DEA Battle to Ban Hemp Food Over
By The Associated Press
The New York Times

DEA's failed battle to ban hemp food is over, attorneys say
By David Kravets, Associated Press
San Jose Mercury News

Hemp Industry on Fire
By Valerie Vande Panne

posted by Tom  # 6:25 PM (0) comments

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Hemp Food Final Victory!  


Hemp Food Final Victory!
Bush Administration Will Not Appeal to Supreme Court; Legal Limbo Ends

WASHINGTON, DC – The Bush Administration will not appeal the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals February 6, 2004 decision in HIA v. DEA protecting sale and consumption of hemp food products in the U.S. The allotted time to appeal to the Supreme Court expired today three years after the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a rule purporting to ban hemp food products. "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 (HIA).

"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. 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."

"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," says 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. 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."

Eric Steenstra, Executive Director of Vote Hemp, along with Patrick Goggin, local counsel for the HIA, expressed anger at the colossal waste of industry and taxpayer resources consumed in the three-year legal battle over hemp waffles and other healthy hemp foods. "The industry should have been focused on marketplace promotion and consumer education rather than flushing over $200,000 down the drain battling pointless DEA hysteria," says Steenstra.

Hemp Foods are Safe and Nutritious - DEA Rules Were Ridiculous!
Hemp seed is one of the most perfect nutritional resources 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. But most importantly, hemp seed and oil offer 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 hemp nut (shelled seed) and oil ideal for a wide range of functional food applications and as an effective fatty acid supplement. Not surprisingly, hemp nut and oil are increasingly used in natural food products, such as breads, frozen waffles, cereals, nutrition bars, meatless burgers and salad dressings.

Eating Hemp Food Does Not Interfere with Workplace Drug-Tests
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 (see hemp industry standards regarding trace THC at http://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 of their paranoia DEA has confused non-psychoactive industrial hemp varieties of cannabis with psychoactive varieties, and thus the U.S. is the only major industrialized nation to prohibit the growing of industrial hemp.


For more information or to arrange interviews with representatives of the hemp industry,
Please call Adam Eidinger at 202-744-2671.
Beta Sp or DV Cam Video News Release Available Upon Request.

posted by Tom  # 12:01 AM (0) comments

Friday, September 24, 2004

CHTA 2004 Conference & AGM 


Speakers Confirmed for CHTA 2004 Conference and Annual General Meeting: October 24th, the Fairmont Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Regina, Saskatchewan

September 24th, 2004

The Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance/ Alliance Commerciale Canadienne du Chanvre (CHTA/ACCC) will be holding its 2004 Conference and Annual General Meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba on October 24th, 2004 at The Fairmont Hotel. Speakers confirmed to date include:
"We've put together a very interesting program for this year's conference," says Arthur Hanks, Executive Director, CHTA. "The 2004 Conference includes a strong mix of topics -- hemp seed food, production, marketing, and research, as well as fibre processing, economic development and new opportunities. The event is a solid opportunity to learn more about hemp in Canada, to plan for the future and to network within the industry."

The all day event will begin at 8 AM and will include a hemp lunch, snacks, and excellent networking opportunities for entrepreneurs, farmers, businesses and researchers involved in the Canadian hemp industry. As well, the CHTA's AGM will include elections for Board of Directors and a membership roundtable.

This event follows the University of Manitoba's "Conference on The Role of CLA in Human Health: Mechanisms and Biomarkers", to be held at the Fairmont Hotel on October 21-23rd.

The Fairmont Hotel is located at 2 Lombard Place, near the intersection of Portage and Main. See http://www.fairmont.com/winnipeg/ for more information.

Conference fee is $50 for CHTA/ACCC members and 75 $ for nonmembers.
Table/display opportunities are available for $50 to CHTA members. Space is limited.

Ticket Sales and Preregistration are now open.

The nonprofit CHTA's mandate includes market development and advocacy, information creation and distribution, research. Established in 2003, the CHTA is a national group of hemp processors, marketers, farmers and researchers. Membership is open to all companies active in the Canadian industrial hemp sector. Hemp is our business.

For more information about the CHTA/ACCC and hemp in Canada please see our web sites at www.hemptrade.ca and www.infochanvre.ca.

For membership inquiries, see our online form at:

For other conference information and all speaker inquiries please contact:

Arthur Hanks
Executive Director, CHTA
Tel: (306) 757-HEMP (4367)
Fax: (306) 757-4365
Email: arthur@hemptrade.ca

Web: http://www.hemptrade.ca/

posted by Tom  # 7:02 PM (0) comments

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Hemp in Spin-Off Magazine 


The Fall 2004 issue of Spin-Off magazine from Interweave Press is out on news stands now and there is a great four page story called "Fiber Basics: Hemp" by Janet Szabo in this issue.

So many stories about hemp are full of giggle factor, but not this one. The sentence "Without getting into the controversy regarding this plant, it is worth noting that the two strains—hemp for fiber and hemp for marijuana—are distinctly different." really says it all and it is obvious that Janet gets it.

There is a lot of very good background information about hemp as well as excellent practical information on working with hemp fiber and some very good resources. I won't spill all the beans, if you are serious about working with bast fibers you will want to buy this issue, but I do want to note that Dr. Dave's Hemp Archives gets a mention as well as the fine hemp fiber from Aurora Silk.

Hemp and Flax Wheel

My wife found Aurora Silk a couple of years ago and bought some hemp fiber from them. She enjoys doing spinning demonstrations using a restored antique flax wheel than my Grandfather gave her. So much hemp fiber is passed off as good quality hand-spinning fiber, but most of it is not much better than unwrapped hemp jewelry cord or hemp oakum that you would want to caulk the seams of your classic wooden boat with. This stuff from Aurora Silk is lovely! You can see more about this fine hemp fiber here.

Hemp Sliver

Above is a close-up of the distaff on her wheel with some hemp fiber on it. You can also see a nice picture of this fiber here. We in the hemp industry would do very well by our customers to find and bring to market high quality fiber such as this!

posted by Tom  # 6:54 PM (0) comments

Monday, September 13, 2004

Berry Hemp Smoothie 


     Here is a family favorite that we enjoy for breakfast or lunch. My ten year old loves to make this for all of us. This is great served with Apple Oat Cakes or Waffles or grilled ham and cheese sandwiches made with Hemp Oatmeal Bread. You will need to log in to see these recipes. Please see our FAQ to learn how to subscribe to The Hemp Report and get full access to our web site. It's free!

1/3 cup shelled hemp seed
15 oz. can mandarin oranges, chilled
20 oz can pineapple chunks, chilled
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 banana
frozen mixed fruit

     Put the shelled hemp seed and the mandarin oranges in the blender and blend on high (with the lid on, of course) until smooth and hemp seed is in very small pieces. Drain the pineapple chunks, reserve the liquid, and put the pineapple chunks, frozen blueberries, and banana in the blender and blend on high. Take the little cup of the blender lid and with the blender running add the frozen mixed fruit until the texture suits you. You can use the reserved pineapple juice to thin the smoothie if necessary.

     Notes: The frozen mixed fruit I get has peaches, strawberries, grapes, and honeydew melon in it. If you like your smoothie sweeter you can add a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup. Serves four.

posted by Tom  # 1:21 PM (0) comments

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Blackspot Sneaker 


If you are tired of searching eBay for new old stock Adidas or Converse hemp sneakers you might consider the Blackspot Sneaker from Adbusters. Their mission is to establish a worldwide consumer cooperative and to reassert consumer sovereignty over capitalism. To find out more about the Blackspot Sneaker please click here. You can see the shoe in QuickTime 3D. And you can place your order for a pair on Adbusters secure order page.

posted by Tom  # 8:28 PM (0) comments

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Hemp Plus Granola Bars 


Major grocery chains are now starting to discover hemp food products. This afternoon I was shopping at Nature's Place, which is in Hannaford grocery stores, and I found that they now carry the new Hemp Plus Granola Bars from Nature's Path.

Hannaford already carries Nature's Path Hemp Plus Granola in the bulk food aisle and Lifestream Natural Hemp Plus Waffles.


In addition to the Nature's Path products Hannaford has carried Dr. Bronner's soaps, both liquid and bar soap, since they did a major reset of Nature's Place a few years ago. Now if we can get them to carry Alpsnack I would be really happy, as would my kids who really love them in their lunch boxes.

posted by Tom  # 6:29 PM (0) comments


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