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  Southern Humboldt Hempfest in Redway
Posted by CN Staff on November 05, 2003 at 07:37:25 PT
By Daniel Mendez, Lumberjack Staff Writer 
Source: Lumberjack 

hemp This Saturday, "hempsters" from all over Northern California will come together at the Mateel Community Center in Redway for the Southern Humboldt Hempfest. The Southern Humboldt Hempfest is an event of education and celebration concerning the uses of industrial hemp.

According to the pro-hemp Web site -- http://www.votehemp.com/ -- it is currently illegal to grow industrial hemp in the United States because it is improperly classified as a drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

The plant that provides industrial hemp is a non-psychoactive variety of the cannabis sativa plant. Co-coordinator of the Hempfest, Lenda Hand, explained how hemp differs from marijuana.

"Hemp is grown for the seed and the fiber to make food, clothing, paper and things," said Hand. "It grows one long stalk that could be up to 8 feet tall... you couldn't get high smoking hemp."

Hand belongs to the Hemp Awareness Group, a coalition of pro-hemp activists who have put on the Southern Humboldt Hempfest for 13 years now.

"We had to do something to raise awareness about hemp," said Hand. "For example, we would have shipments of hemp fabric confiscated by the federal government and they'd punch holes in hemp hats we had made," Hand said.

The punched-out holes were used by the federal government for lab tests to see if the fabric contained any psychoactive properties.

Hand is also the founder of Humboldt Hemp Foods, a company that makes edible goods from hemp seed. She explained how hemp can be used for dietary purposes as well.

"Its the most nutritional seed on the planet," said Hand. "It has a perfect ratio of omega threes and sixes... I do organic blue corn hemp chips and hempseed coffee with whole roasted hempseed from Canada in it."

Although the Hempfest will be focusing on industrial hemp, there will also be guests there who will speak on the benefits of medical marijuana.

Elvy Musika, one of the few federal recipients of medical marijuana, will be one of the speakers at the Hempfest. There will also be some venders present such as the Merry Hempsters from Oregon with their line of hemp-based body care products.

Musicians such as The I-Deals and the NonProphets will also play for the crowd.

The Southern Humboldt Hempfest is this Saturday beginning at noon at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. For more information contact Lenda Hand at (707) 986-7759.

Note: Darryl Cherney spoke at last year's Southern Humboldt Hempfest. -- http://darrylcherney.com/

Source: Lumberjack, The (CA Edu)
Author: Daniel Mendez, Lumberjack Staff Writer
Published: November 04, 2003
Copyright: The Lumberjack Newspaper 2003
Contact: thejack@humboldt.edu
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http://www.3americas.org/hempfest/

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Comment #8 posted by gloovins on November 06, 2003 at 02:07:19 PT
tell em what scares the $hit out of em the most...
http://www.Hempcar.org and/or http://veggievan.com/

mmmmm..big oil, w/ Dubya in power, and in oils back pocket, these alternatives to burning fossil fuels, should be mandatory by say, 2010..anyone agree?

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Comment #7 posted by ekim on November 05, 2003 at 11:00:21 PT
remember the smoking bread truck from Teaawana
The punched-out holes were used by the federal government for lab tests to see if the fabric contained any psychoactive properties.

man iam still smilen.

when jpee did not agree to go to Canada for debate on Cannabis then the RCMP should go to jpee and tell US in person how they have been able to tell Hemp. The RCMP has been doing just that since 96 going on 7 years.

please see that the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is meeting in NJ this week end. if anyone is writing on this issue show the people that there is over 1000 people meeting together to talk about changing this unjust war .www.leap.cc

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Comment #6 posted by FoM on November 05, 2003 at 10:30:41 PT
Jose
Now you got me hungry!

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Comment #5 posted by jose melendez on November 05, 2003 at 10:28:04 PT
Pizza Pot Pie
"My prediction is that it will be hemp flour that becomes important and that there will be a frozen pizza maker that turns from wheat into hemp."

Mmm, would that be a pizza pot pie?

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Comment #4 posted by jose melendez on November 05, 2003 at 10:25:17 PT
clothing
try:

http://www.hempish.com/products/clothing/clothing.htm

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Comment #3 posted by Virgil on November 05, 2003 at 10:00:39 PT
Where is the hemp clothing?
The last time I did a search the only place I could find that sold hemp clothing in North Carolina was in Asheville. China will be the big provider of hemp clothing and when the lid comes off of the quotas in a little over a year, we should see some change in the availability of hemp clothing in stores and maybe it will be more affordable. A lot of that will depend on tariffs. I tried last year reading the tariff schedule for hemp products and it is all but impossible to find.

I did a search for hempfoods and specifically hempnuts about 6 months ago. I could not find one source withing 50 miles. I did go in one health food store and ask for hempnuts knowing they did not carry them as I had already called. They did have flax seeds which are rich in omega-3 which is heralded as good for the heart, but they are very small and spill and get stuck in your teeth. The thing is you could buy 3 or four pounds of flax for every pound you could of hempnuts.

Heart disease is a big deal and when the baby boomers reach 50 it affects society. We have Coca-Cola announcing they will be selling orange juice with natural ingredients to lower bad cholesterol- http://in.news.yahoo.com/031024/137/28tua.html My prediction is that it will be hemp flour that becomes important and that there will be a frozen pizza maker that turns from wheat into hemp. It is a big problem to a big market. Pizza is the most popular food in the country and the world. Mom and pop somewhere will get the dough rolling.

Whether it is heart disease or MS, we are all partners in pain. We have the strongest team and we are winning. We are in the last game of the championship of freedom v tyranny. It is time to kick butt and be sure to take names and post them.



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Comment #2 posted by TroutMask on November 05, 2003 at 08:11:01 PT
It's already that way...
In several US states, hemp grows as wild as the weed it is. They have tried to get rid of it with no luck. You can plant near or in it, but "marijuana" stands out from the thinner, stalkier hemp and hemp will pollinate your "marijuana", potentially decreasing the potency of the bud and certainly leaving you with seeds that will produce very low-THC hybrids.

-TM

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Comment #1 posted by OverwhelmSam on November 05, 2003 at 07:54:25 PT:

Hemp Makes Law Enforcement More Difficult
With all the emphasis on finding grow operations, legalized hemp would make law enforcement much more difficult.

If they find a field of hemp plants, they will have to find the owners and make a determination as to whether it's hemp or marijuana.

What a pain in the @$$ that would be for law enforcement.

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