Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Governor Hickenlooper Signs Hemp Farming Bill

Denver, CO (May 29,2013)—Governor Hickenlooper has signed SB 13-241 into law.  This is the Hemp Farming Bill for the state of Colorado.  Legally, Colorado can now distribute licenses to farm Hemp.

Farmers in Colorado can now apply for a 10 acre research plot or they can apply for larger farms.  The research plots are to aid in forecasting which cultivars are the best for the region and the desired outcomes.

The federal hemp farming bill, HR 525 is currently being speared headed by McConnell and Rand Paul of Kentucky.  The difference with Kentucky is the Hickenlooper had the courage to sign the law as Beshear just let it become law without declaration either way.

Steven Wilson of the Missouri Hemp Network had this to say about the signing, “Colorado has been leading and now appears to have an advantage.  With Hemp farming, you need a certain level of maturity both as a society and as a government.  Colorado farmers are not afraid and Colorado politicians are listening to the voter.  Colorado is setting a great examples of how to govern in the 21st century.”

With Hemp History starting on June 3rd this signing makes it more significant because now Hemp farming is viable in multiple states.  Wilson added, “Being able to tell people that hemp is viable in Colorado and Kentucky now makes the conversation real rather than dream.  Missouri voters have started to acknowledge that if America is going to recover it will do so with hard work not empty promises.  If done properly, Hemp can bring America back”.

Another glaring realization about these votes on the Cannabis Sativa L family is that people have started to lose faith in the federal government.  It appears to have no utility other than to justify itself with Federal politicians ignoring the voters while adding value to their campaign war chests.

Americans want a safe home, country, and planet.  Farming Hemp is green in your wallet and organic every place else.  Hemp is common sense for the every man.


RiverHill Elderberry Festival Line Up For Hemp History Week Event

Here is the schedule of performers for the Festival.  Remember, Hemp History will have a booth at this event so stop on by.  Check out Mojo's on Park avenue and forrest rose park in Columbia, MO.

 Click HERE to get your tickets now!

Contact: Charla Jay at

5:00 p David Ray
6:00 p The Blue Cats
645 p Anna Soulstice & The Eclipse
730 p Jesse Johnson
815 p The Woodsmiths
900 p Bruce Poe Band
1015p The Kay Brothers
1130p The Flood Brothers

1200 John Galbraith
1245 p Bartholomew Bean
0130 p Sunshine Mamas
215 p Announcements
230 p The Moonliters
315 p Lee Ruth
400 p Murphey’s Midnite Rounders
500 p Announcements
515 p Bob Runyon
600p Dubb Nubb
700 p DD and The ERK
815 p Havana Honeys
915 p Uptown Downers
1015 p Mike “Supe” Granda
1130 p The Stone Sugar Shakedown

1200p The Great Horned Owls
100 p Morli Wilcox
145 P Announcements
200 p Dave Dearnley
300 p Molly Trull
400 p The 420 Symphonic Harmonic Band. W/ Special Guest

Sunday, May 26, 2013

California Industrial Hemp Farming Bill

CA SB 566, California Industrial Hemp Farming Act
sponsored by state Senator Mark Leno and Assemblyman Allan R. Mansoor

Senate Committee on Appropriations: Pass (No Hard Vote)

Committee on Public Safety by a 5-0 vote:  Pass

Senate committee vote of 7-0:  Pass

Current status:  3rd Complete reading, California Senate

Type: Reclassification

Add On:  Licensing and Procedural

Again, Thank you and your teams for their hard work.  Have a safe memorial day weekend.

Steven Wilson

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lithuania enters Industrial Hemp Farming with Historic Vote

Lithuania on Thursday legalized growing hemp as of January for the industrial-scale production of textiles, making it the last of the EU's 27 members to give it the green light.
Although hemp is not marijuana, its resemblance to its high-inducing cannabis cousin has kept the plant banned in the United States and elsewhere for decades despite its many uses for textiles, food, cosmetics and other purposes.
Lawmakers in Vilnius voted 66 in favor to 16 against, while 22 abstained.
"Lithuania was the last remaining European Union country to ban the cultivation of industrial hemp. Our law on psychoactive substances prevented the cultivation of all kinds of cannabis," agriculture ministry spokeswoman Virginija Vingriene told AFP Thursday, adding that the concentration of psychoactive THC in industrial hemp is negligible.
Petras Cimbaras, the Labor party member of parliament who tabled the hemp law, insisted Thursday that growing it "presents huge opportunities" that some Lithuanian farmers have already decided to reap.
Last year, farmers pointed to EU laws allowing its cultivation to plant around 130 hectares of hemp, Cimbaras said. A hearty plant, it grows well in poor soils and chokes out weeds, thus cutting the use of herbicides, he added.
Green member of parliament Linas Balsys was among those who voted against the measure, insisting "it would be better to promote the cultivation of flax to produce linen", a strong, natural textile with a long tradition in the Baltic state.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Farming Bill and Common Sense Legislation

Washington D.C. (May 19, 2013)—Senate Bill 358 was the Hemp Farming Bill for Missouri and as Jason Holsman and Brian Nieves failed to get the bill a floor vote, the actions of better men are prevailing elsewhere.

The federal farm bill is currently being worked in the U.S. senate.  Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon)  has introduced an amendment to the farm bill that would allow hemp to be cultivated in America.  Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) is floor managing this farm bill and Wyden has made it clear he intends on addressing her on the matter of Hemp.  Wyden said, “I adopted what I think is a modest position, which is if you can buy it at a store in Oregon, our farmers ought to be able to make some money growing it.”

The amendment is cosponsored by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky).

Senate procedures have made this a difficult move.  Because the DEA have jurisdiction over Hemp due to its scheduling as a narcotic, the legislative has gone into Judiciary rather than agriculture which means lawyers are farming instead of farmers.

Several states have passed law to license Hemp farming which include; Colorado, North Dakota, Maine, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Vermont, and West Virginia.  The main issue has been getting the Federal Government to certify the farming of Hemp.

Steven Wilson of the Missouri Hemp Network had this to say about the amendment, “The votes are important, but the logistics of farming is where this can go horribly wrong.  It won’t matter if the votes are there for the states, you are not going to get one farmer to risk their land or life for Hemp without protection from punishment.”

Wilson added, “It is common sense to farm Hemp, but it is also business too.  These politicians need to keep in mind that we can’t live in chamber”.

To find out more please contact Steven Wilson at: 573-416-0075

Monday, May 6, 2013

Colorado SB 241

 Here is a time line of events for SB 241

Senate Ag Committee: Passed Unanimously
Senate Appropriations Passed Unanimously
Senate Floor: Passed Uncontested
House Ag Committee: Passed Unanimously
House Appropriations: Passed Unanimously

House Floor: SB 241 Passes 3rd reading in the house unanimously w 17 new co-sponsors

Thank you goes out to Jason Lauves and his team at Hemp Cleans for all of their hard work.  Big Hugs for the Hempsters and their courage.


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Colorado Hemp Farming Bill moves onto House floor

Denver, CO (May 4, 2013)—The Missouri Hemp Network announces that SB 13-241, the Hemp Farming bill in Colorado,  goes now to the House of Representatives for a floor vote after it has passed unanimously out of the House Appropriations and House Agriculture Committee.

As other states sputter along with non-votes or underwhelming research hemp bills which are just repetitive of past studies, Colorado seemingly shows us the way.  Their Hemp farming bill passed unanimously out of the Senate Agriculture committee and then the Senate Appropriations.  It passed out of the Senate without contest.

Steven Wilson of the Missouri Hemp Network had this to say about the vote, “Colorado is leading by example.  Their politicians are using the utility of a thing rather than the theory of it.  Their growing pains will take place, but the outcome will be prosperity.  Hemp is not activism, it is economics.”

Wilson noted that some twenty states now have Hemp legislation pending this year.  But Colorado, Washington, and North Dakota again seem to have the path.  Kentucky passed SB 50, but the Governor issued a non-vote of confidence by not signing it nor issuing a veto. 

Whether or not SB 358, the Missouri Hemp farming bill, becomes law is a guess at this moment, but there is one thing quite clear.  Colorado understands the market device and is listening to the voters.  With annual sales of over 500 million in 2012, it seems only Colorado wants that wealth or job creation.

Wilson added, “It does take a certain level of maturity to farm Hemp.  It is not just the farmer or the supply chain, but the entire area.  Canada had growing pains and has gone through adaptation.  Now, their farmers produce something the market can bear.  To farm Hemp you need courage, vision, and integrity.  Not all states are the same.”

To find out more about SB 358 please contact Jason Holsman at .

To contact Steven Wilson at  the Missouri Hemp Network you can call 573-416-0075 or you can go to or