Happy New Year! Welcome to the latest issue
of The Hemp News Update, formerly called the
Weekly News Update. The newsletter is now a
joint venture between Vote
Hemp and the Hemp Industries Association
(HIA) and incorporates the HIA's "Hemp Friends"
email list, now that the HIA Newsletter is
for HIA Members only. It will include new HIA-related
features, as well as the best hemp
news to be found, and will be sent roughly every
Now that the holidays are over, reality is
creeping back in a rather harsh manner. HIA
Board Member Alex White Plume and his family lost
to a fire late last month in South Dakota.
Please see the HIA Featured Member story at
the end of this newsletter for details and to find out
can help them in this time of need. If you want
additional information, please feel free to email me.
"Standing Silent Nation" filmmaker Suree
Towfighnia with Alex White Plume.
Events in North Dakota are progressing in a
number of directions. North Dakota State
University (NDSU) is weighing its options to be able
to conduct hemp research this year.
Prospective hemp farmers, state Rep. Dave
Monson and Wayne Hauge, have applied for state
hemp farming licenses again this year and
have also filed an appeal of the recent dismissal of
their lawsuit against the DEA. Please read the
story "ND Delegation Won't Take Up Hemp
Issue" for some key quotes from Rep. Monson
and Congressman Earl Pomeroy. It looks
like we really have our work cut out for us in the
Please help us start the year off right by making a contribution
to Vote Hemp today to help us bring back hemp
once again to this great country.
There is much work to be done, but together we look
forward to a successful and productive 2008!
Hemp News Update Editor
|ND Delegation Won't Take Up Hemp Issue
By Mary Clare Jalonick, AP
The Bismarck Tribune
December 31, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC — The three members of
North Dakota's congressional delegation see
little hope in Congress for state farmers who
want to grow industrial hemp.
Members of the state's all-Democratic
delegation — Sens. Byron Dorgan and
Kent Conrad and Rep. Earl Pomeroy — say
they have no plans to introduce or push
legislation that would make it easier for
farmers around the country to grow the crop.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland last month
dismissed a lawsuit filed against the U.S
government by two North Dakota farmers,
saying federal law considers industrial hemp
to be the same as marijuana, which is an
illegal drug. In his ruling, Hovland
suggested asking Congress to change the
definition of industrial hemp to explicitly
distinguish it from marijuana.
That idea has no traction in Congress, the
state's delegation says.
|Producers Renewing State Hemp Licenses, Appealing Lawsuit Decision
Adam Eidinger, Vote Hemp Communications Director
Farm & Ranch
December 20, 2007
North Dakota producers, Wayne Hauge of Ray
and state Rep. Dave Monson of Osnabrock, are
renewing their North Dakota license
applications to grow and process industrial
hemp in the state in 2008.
In a separate action on Dec. 12, attorneys filed
an appeal of the farmers' lawsuit against the
DEA on their behalf in the U.S. Court of
Appeals. Their lawsuit was dismissed by a
federal judge on Nov. 28.
Hauge said he has already sent in his
application to grow hemp in North Dakota.
|HIA Featured Member - Alex White Plume
Alex White Plume on his back steps
Ridge Indian Reservation, Manderson,
Photo credit: AP/Chet Brokaw.
On the morning of December 20, Alex White
Plume, who serves on the HIA Board of Directors, and
his family lost their
home in Manderson, South Dakota to a
devastating electrical fire. Alex was away on
business, and his wife Debra,
still in her housecoat when discovering the
blaze, only had time to hastily grab her
grandson, pipe, purse and cellphone and get
out the door. Everything burned, including years
of important papers, tribal artwork and their
computer — a total loss. "It all
happened in a half hour," Debra said.
Alex has written a few emails to his friends
and supporters since the fire, and here is a short
paraphrase of them:
Thank you for your prayers and support; we
want to remain on the land. The house burned
to the ground and we lost everything we owned, so
we are starting now to work to clear the
rubble and prepare to rebuild. We are still
in shock and thinking is painful. I have been
clearing out all the black burned rubble in
hopes of finding something of value. My
wife's jewelry is melted and I could not find
I hope in the month of January we
will be set up somewhere near the place. I
want to start building in the spring, and this
gives me a few months to plan for it. Lumber
and building materials will be helpful. I
looked at a camper that I may set up for the
short haul. We appreciate the generosity of
everyone, and every penny will be appreciated.
I will accept any used or new hemp clothing.
We are going to rebuild and need financial
support. I need cash to rebuild, and I will
have to sell my buffalo to start.
To read more about this story, click here.
The Hemp Report has set up a PayPal account
to accept contributions. For transparency, all
funds will go through Vote Hemp's bank
account and then be sent directly to
Alex and his family. To make a donation and help the
White Plumes rebuild, please click the link below.
NDSU Moves Toward Starting Industrial Hemp Research in 2008
Dr. D.C. Coston, NDSU Vice President for
Agriculture and University Extension
By Sue Roesler
Farm & Ranch
December 20, 2007
North Dakota State University (NDSU) may begin
planting industrial hemp seed next spring to
fulfill a 1999 legislative mandate, says a
The land grant university has been waiting on
the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to
approve its application to conduct hemp and
hemp seed research for North Dakota farmers
The DEA finally acted on the application last
month within days after a federal judge
admonished the agency for its non-action.
That rebuff was part of a lawsuit judgement
that went against two North Dakota farmers
who wanted to grow industrial hemp.
NDSU Vice President for Agriculture and
University Extension, Dr. D.C. Coston, said
he has been part of continuing discussions on
the decision they received from the DEA.