Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Happy Hemp Week!

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2010 at 4:20 PM

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Just because we didn't mention this on Monday doesn't mean we don't care, so please note (and celebrate ... however one does that) the first-ever Hemp History Week!

Here's how a release describes the event:

As a national grassroots education campaign, 185 events have been planned nationwide in 32 states with the goal of renewing strong support for hemp farming in the U.S. In addition to events across the country, organizers also plan to collect tens of thousands of hand-signed postcards addressed to President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder asking them to end the ban on hemp farming and let farmers once again grow the versatile and profitable crop.

Congressman Ron Paul even gets in on the act:

Hemp was an important crop for George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and thousands of American farmers until it was outlawed completely in 1970 by the Controlled Substances Act. I know many farmers in my district could benefit greatly from the renewed freedom to rotate industrial hemp into their growing seasons. Hemp History Week will help other elected officials learn about America's rich hemp heritage along with the tremendous benefits of growing hemp in America once again.

This exciting time for plant material runs through May 23; check the website for details on events and how to volunteer.

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