Jerry Brown signs the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act
October 1, 2013
Vote Hemp and the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) are excited to report that Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB 566, the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act.
After moving smoothly through the California legislature with strong
bi-partisan support, this landmark legislation has now become California
law. Introduced by Senator Mark Leno earlier this year, SB 566 ensures
that California is prepared to begin registering hemp farmers once the
federal government has given states the green light. The California
Industrial Hemp Farming Act will establish a framework for farming the
oilseed and fiber varieties of the plant, which are used in a myriad of
everyday consumer products, including food, body care, clothing, paper,
auto parts, composites, building materials, and bio-fuels.
David Bronner Arrested at White House (Video)
2011 California Hemp Bill Vetoed by Gov. "Moonbeam" Brown
His rational was to protect California farmers from the DEA, even though he thinks Industrial Hemp is a good thing. Oh well.On May 18th, 2011 the California Senate voted 22 to 14
to pass SB 676, the hemp farming bill. The bill has now been sent to
the Assembly. On Tuesday SB 676 passed out of the Public Safety
Committee on a 5 to 2
vote! There are several more committee hearings yet to come, but we are
very optimistic that SB 676 will pass the full Assembly and go to the
Governor's desk for his signature.
far we have been able to move the bill due to strong lobbying. Vote
Hemp has sent representatives to each of the five County Farm Bureaus
where the program would take place. Last week the Imperial County Farm
Bureau sent a letter of support to the legislature. We also attend each
of the hearings and do lobbying.
United Nations Hemp Development Program in Lebanon!
Projects Database / Sustainable Land Management Program for Livelihood Development in Lebanon. This test project will end in December 2011 and will hopefully move forward.
The war situation, which prevailed in Lebanon for decades, has
negatively affected the livelihood of local communities mainly in remote
rural areas. Environmental degradation causes additional socio-economic
burden on the livelihood of rural communities. The sustainable use of
natural resources is very important along with income generation and
proper market linkages for the sustainable land management and
livelihood development. The Sustainable Land Management Programme for
Livelihood Development in Lebanon will assist the Lebanese Government in
identifying the specific problems and obstacles encountered in the
long-term process of reducing land degradation and achieving sustainable
land management. The programme will focus on integrated rural
livelihood development by integrating sustainable natural resource
management with better alternatives in agricultural production and
enhancing proper market linkages. The programme will explore industrial
hemp, which does not require pesticide applications, as an alternative
to the high THC cannabis plant in the Bekaa for improving the livelihood
of rural communities and reducing land degradation.
Achievements & Expected Results
Ministry of Agriculture assisted in promoting sustainable land management for rural livelihood development in Lebanon:
- Coordination of all on-going UNDP-MoA projects within this programme.
- Provide advisory services and coordination.
- Undergo resource mobilization.
Industrial hemp promoted as a potential alternative to narcotic plants
in the Bekaa for improving the livelihood of rural communities:
- Technical capacity building to produce and market Industrial Hemp.
- Selection of hemp variety and farming areas.
- Implementation of Industrial Hemp.