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Vermont State Auditor - Cannabis Eradication Report
     Transmittal Letter, Executive Summary, and Final Report, available in HTML and MS Word formats. Written by Edward S. Flanagan, State Auditor. Report finds that a large percentage of cannabis eradicated is feral hemp.

     The 1996 Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program Results show that on average 99.28% of the cannabis eradicated in the US that year was ditchweed, low THC Industrial Hemp.

The Federal Register, United States of America
     What is the FEDERAL REGISTER?
The Federal Register is a legal newspaper published every business day by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). It contains Federal agency regulations; proposed rules and notices; and Executive orders, proclamations and other Presidential documents. The Federal Register informs citizens of their rights and obligations and provides access to a wide range of Federal benefits and opportunities for funding. NARA´s Office of the Federal Register prepares the Federal Register for publication in partnership with the Government Printing Office (GPO), which distributes it in paper, on microfiche and on the World Wide Web.
     Why should I read the FEDERAL REGISTER?
If you need to know about the day-to-day operations of the Federal Government;
If your business is regulated by a Federal agency;
If you are an attorney practicing before a regulatory agency;
If your organization attends public hearings or meetings or applies for grants;
If you are concerned with Government actions that affect the environment, health care, financial services, exports, education, or other major public policy issues

-- Then reading the Federal Register may be vital to you and your customers.

Click on "Today's Issue" in the upper right of the page to see each day's Federal Register.

GPO Access Multi-Database Search
     If you want to go searching for U.S. Government documents this is a good start. There are quite a few databases to choose from. If you do searches for "marijuana" and "cannabis" as well as "hemp" you will pull up most of the relevant documents on the subject of Industrial Hemp. Please search all of the various databases, there are a lot of interesting items in there.

THOMAS -- U.S. Congress on the Internet
     Search CURRENT CONGRESS for Text of Bills: By Bill Number; By Word/Phrase. Search past and present legislation, the Congressional Record, and committee information. "Hemp" and "Industrial Hemp" are examples of search words that pull up interesting documents.

     Official web site for searching the U.S. Government.

Google U.S. Government Search
     Search all .gov and .mil sites with this advanced Google search engine.

State and Local Governments (Library of Congress)
     A Library of Congress internet resource page. Meta-Indexes for State and Local Government Information, including: State Statutes, Links to web, gopher, telnet, and ftp sites that contain the full text of state statutes, state constitutions and other legislative resources. Historically states lead the Federal government on passing new legislation, legalizing the production of Industrial Hemp seems to be fitting that pattern. There are links to many useful things on this page including the Library of Congress home page.

Hawai`i State Representative Cynthia Thielen's home page
     Representative Cynthia Thielen, Assistant Republican Floor Leader in the Hawaii Legislature, is a leader in the national movement to reestablish Industrial Hemp as an agricultural crop for America's farmers and businesses. She co-sponsored the bill, which allowed Hawaii to be the first state in the nation to plant Industrial Hemp and expects this crop to be a replacement crop for the ailing sugar industry in the Islands. To read more about the project and related legislation, please visit her web site.

USDA Economic Research Service
     United States Department of Agriculture's own research. There is a search engine in the side bar on the left to help you find Industrial Hemp related links. See their publication below as it is a must read!

USDA/ERS - Industrial Hemp in the United States: Status and Market Potential
     Download the USDA report below by chapter or order hard copy. Summary: "Industrial hemp has been the focus of official interest in several States. However, hemp and marijuana are different varieties of Cannabis sativa, which is classified as a controlled substance in the United States. With Canada now allowing hemp production, questions have been raised about the demand for hemp products. U.S. markets for hemp fiber (specialty textiles, paper, and composites) and seed (in food or crushed for oil) are, and will likely remain, small, thin markets. Uncertainty about longrun demand for hemp products and the potential for oversupply discounts the prospects for hemp as an economically viable alternative crop for American farmers."

Click here to Download the USDA report
     Industrial Hemp in the United States: Status and Market Potential. U.S. Department of Agriculture. AGES001E. Read it for yourself and make up your own mind. Did they omit a lot of relevant information or are they just being really conservative?

United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961 as amended by the 1972 Protocol Amending the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961.
     Article 28 states:

"2. This Convention shall not apply to the cultivation of the cannabis plant exclusively for industrial purposes (fibre and seed) or horticultural purposes."

Definition of Marijuana - Controlled Substances Act
     From 21 USC Section 802 Definition (16)
The term "marihuana" means all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or resin. Such term does not include the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination.

     Please also see 21 USCS Section 812(b) and 21 USCS Section 812(c).

United States Code
     Welcome to the United States Code. This version is generated from the most recent version made available by the U.S. House of Representatives. Ways to access material: Listing of all Titles; Table of Popular Names containing the popular names of many laws (eg. the Controlled Substances Act); via a form which permits you to look up specific sections. This is particularly useful if you have a cite (eg. 21 USC 802), via our search engine.

U.S. Department Of Justice - Search Page
     Do a search on "hemp" to find documents relating to the DOJ's position on Industrial Hemp.

Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) - Search Page
     Do a search on "hemp" to find documents relating to the ONDCP's position on Industrial Hemp. A lot of the information seems out of date, especially considering recent developments.

National Genetic Resources Program (NGRP)
     In 1990, the U.S. Congress authorized establishment of a National Genetic Resources Program (NGRP). It is the NGRP's responsibility to: acquire, characterize, preserve, document, and distribute to scientist users germplasm of all life forms important for food and agricultural production.
"It's the germplasm, stupid!" Dr. Dave West.

NPGS Home Page
     The National Plant Germplasm System. NPGS is a cooperative effort by public (State and Federal - U.S.) and private organizations to preserve the genetic diversity of plants.

National Seed Storage Laboratory (NSSL) - Main Page
     U.S. Dept. of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service; The National Seed Storage Laboratory (NSSL) is a USDA, ARS facility located on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. The mission of NSSL is to preserve the base collection of the National Plant Germplasm System and to conduct research to develop new technologies for preservation of seed and other propagules of plant genetic resources.

Oregon Senate Bill 89
     Relating to industrial hemp; creating new provisions; amending ORS 475.005, 475.992, 475.999 and 561.144; and appropriating money. 71st Oregon Legislative Assembly--2001 Regular Session. The Plants of Vacant Lots
     A good read. Most of the feral hemp and ditchweed out there are the remnants of our Industrial Hemp past.



Industrial Hemp Regulations - Main Index
     Canada Department of Justice. Full text available. Includes search engine.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency - Industrial Hemp fact sheet
     Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Plant Products Directorate, Plant Production Division, Seeds Section. Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Industrial Hemp. There is a nice search engine in the banner at the top of the page, search for hemp, Industrial Hemp, and related items.

Commercial production of industrial hemp
     Health Canada - Information Sheet on Regulations for the Cultivation of Industrial Hemp.

Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Fisheries: Marketing Services -- A Maritime Industrial Hemp Product Marketing Study
     Prepared for: Marketing and Food Industry Development Branch Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Marketing and Marketing and Business Development Branch New Brunswick Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Prepared by: Gardner Pinfold Consulting Economists Limited and Dr. Jim White of InfoResults Ltd. September, 1998.

Special Crops Conference - Fibre Hemp
     Fibre Hemp: Potentials and Constraints by W.J.M. Meijer, H.M.G. van der Werf, G.J. van Roekel, E.P.M. de Meyer, and W. Huisman.

Evaluating Textile Properties of Alberta Hemp
     Alberta hemp symposia proceedings paper which reviews the use of hemp for textiles and its potential for the Alberta region of Canada.

1999 Studies on Factors Effecting Hemp Oil Extraction From Hemp Grain Grown in Northern Ontario
     By Gordon Scheifele. January, 2000.

OMAFRA Crops - Industrial Hemp
     Ontario (Canada) Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs - Industrial Hemp information sheets. Included are: A Discussion on Cannabis Cannabinoids - THC & CBD, Growing Industrial Hemp in Ontario, etc.

Industrial Hemp Production and Management in Manitoba - Manitoba Agriculture and Food
Industrial Hemp - Production and Management
Table of Contents:
Variety Information
Pest Control, weed, insect, disease
Harvest, Storage, Grading, Yield
Cautionary Notes
General Information on Crop Production and Soil Quality in Manitoba

Manitoba Industrial Hemp Association, Manitou, Manitoba
HEMP 2000 Speaker Series & Trade show
February 29 & March 1, 2000
Ramada Marlborough Hotel
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Organized by The Manitoba Industrial Hemp Association.

The Honourable Senator Lorna Milne - Past Speeches
     This link will take you to speeches made by Senator Milne in the 1st Session of the 36th Parliament:
Thank you Senator!
Here is the main page of her web site:The Honourable Senator Lorna Milne - Main Page
     She has a few links to Industrial Hemp information as well as other good information.

Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food - Hemp
     Introduction, Licensing, Market Opportunities, Adaptation, Rotational Considerations, Varieties, Seeding, Fertilization, Weed Control, Disease Control, Insect Control, THC Sampling and Analysis, Harvesting, Storage and Handling, Economics of Production, and Additional Information.

Industrial Hemp Production
     From the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Table of Contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Description
  3. Varieties
  4. Soil Conditions
  5. Seedbed Preparation
  6. Planting
  7. Climatic Conditions
  8. Fertility
  9. Weed Control
10. Diseases & Pests
11. Harvesting
12. Retting & Turning
13. Baling and Storing
14. Economics of Production
15. Crop Budget


The rest of the world

Cannabis as a licit crop: recent developments in Europe
     United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (UNDCP) - Bulletin on Narcotics - 1997 Issue 1 - 003.

MAF - Generic plant import health standards under consultation
     New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry - Draft of Generic Import Requirement Summary, Commodity Class: Seeds (Grain)/Nuts, Commodity Sub-class: Seeds for Sowing, Cannabis sativa. In Adobe Acrobat .pdf format, 16 pages, 30 March 2001.


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Last updated 28 July 2004 3:20 pm GMT

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