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Vote Hemp
APRIL 25, 2005
11:03 AM
CONTACT: Vote Hemp 
Zoe Mitchell, 202-253-2990
Michael Greene, 916-849-1570
California Considers Industrial Hemp Bill; Assembly Committee to Hold Hemp Bill Hearing, April 27 at 1:30

WASHINGTON -- April 25 -- News Advisory: Thousands of local businesses, organizations, individuals, and farmers are backing new industrial hemp legislation (AB 1147), that would give California farmers the right to grow low-THC varieties of hemp. On Wednesday, April 27 at 1:30pm, in Room 444 supporters of AB 1147 will testify at a California Assembly Agriculture Committee hearing.

WHO: Assembly Agriculture Committee

The following individuals will speak in favor of AB 1147: David Bronner, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, based in Escondido, San Diego County; Candi Penn, Executive Director of the Hemp Industries Association, based in Sonoma County; Vanessa Bogenholm, VB Farms, Chair of California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF); Dr. Gero Leson, Principal, Leson & Associates, Berkeley, CA; Michael Greene, Principal, CDS Consulting, Sacramento, CA

WHAT: Hearing on hemp farming bill, AB 1147, introduced by Assemblyman Mark Leno

WHERE: California State Capitol, Room 444

WHEN: Wednesday, April 27 at 1:30 p.m.

"California farmers are always looking for new crops. AB 1147 will enable them to meet the rising intra-state market for hemp created by the growing number of California businesses that make and sell hemp based foods, fibers, and cosmetic products," Vote Hemp's Sacramento lobbyist Michael Greene says, "AB 1147 will enable California businesses to buy hemp grown by California farmers rather than importing hemp from Canada, Europe, China and the many other hemp producing countries."

Supporters of AB 1147 include: 1300 members of the California Certified Organic Farmers; 199,546 members of the Sierra Club of California, City and County of San Francisco; Vote Hemp; 200 member companies of the Hemp Industries Association; North American Industrial Hemp Council, Inc.; 50,000 California members of the Organic Consumers Association; Organic Ad Advisors; Nutiva; Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps; Knoll Farms; Rainforest Action Network; Environmental Wholesale Products; Sweetgrass Natural Fibers; Hempy's; Hemp Traders; Heartsong Herbal Brewing Company; Burcaw Chiropractic; Robinson's Health Products; Luvland Farms Lavender; Alice's Mountain Market; CDM Corp; Heavenly Low Carb; PAD; J. Ginsberg & Associates; Living Foods.Com; Eagle Trust Union; Center for Healing; New Hope Natural Media; Salon Charisma; Whole Balance; Raw 4 Real; Hemp Sisters; Malu Healthcare; The Living Temple; Strictly; Eco Goods; French Meadow Bakery; and EnviroGentle.

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