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Unformatted text preview: Politics Links DDI 2008 BQ The Peepster (PMA) Hemp Popular Hemp is a growing national interestVermont and North Dakota prove The Earth Times , 7-1- 08 , Controversy Resolved by Opinion of Attorney General's Office, http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/vermont-hemp-farming-bill-becomes-law,454181.shtml Vermont grows an average of 90,000 acres of corn per year, a small amount compared to Midwest states; however, the need for a good rotation crop exists nationwide . From candle makers to dairymen to retailers, Vermont voters strongly support hemp farming . Admittedly a niche market now, hemp is becoming more common in stores and products across the country every day . Over the past ten years, farmers in Canada have grown an average of 16,500 acres of hemp per year, primarily for use in food products. In Vermont, the interest in hemp includes for use in food products, as well as in quality and affordable animal bedding for the state's estimated 140,000 cows. "Vermont's federal delegation can now take this law to the U.S. Congress and call for a fix to this problem of farmers missing out on a very useful and profitable crop ," comments Eric Steenstra, President of Vote Hemp. "North Dakota farmers who want to grow hemp per state law are currently appealing their lawsuit in the federal court s. The real question is whether these hemp- friendly state congressional delegations feel compelled to act," adds Steenstra. Rural Vermont's Shollenberger states that "the Vermont law is significant for two reasons. First, no other state until now has followed North Dakota's lead by creating real-world regulations for farmers to grow industrial hemp . Second, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont is Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, as well as a member of the Committee on Agriculture -- both relevant committees that could consider legislation. We also have a friend at the USDA in new Secretary Ed Schaffer who signed North Dakota's hemp bill as Governor. I plan to visit Washington, DC and try to figure out what Congress and the Administration intend to do." Hemps popularity is growingThe Cannibis Tax Act proves Shikole Struber , OhMyGov, 7-11- 08 , Marijuana may become legal in Oregon, http://ohmygov.com/blogs/state_and_local/archive/2008/07/11/marijuana-may-become-legal-in-oregon.aspx The fight for medical marijuana has been long, arduous , and continues on despite the fact marijuana has been proven effective for battling the pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by illnesses like multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS. But who needs medical marijuana when Oregon is going to have it available in liquor stores for anyone 21 and over?...
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