History

Moment in History: 1985 Oregon Marijuana Initiative Petition Signature Turn-In

Learning from the Past; Looking to the Future

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Correspondent

There is a truth that must be heard! In 1985, the Oregon Marijuana Initiative (OMI), with petitioners including Jack Herer, Paul Stanford, John Sajo and countless others, collected over 87,000 signatures necessary to place the issue of legalization on the ballot.

In 1986, the initiative officially became Oregon's Ballot Measure 5. The measure, which sought to legalize cannabis, united activists' from across the state. By some estimates, cannabis was Oregon's largest cash crop in 1986.

The ballot measure was ultimately rejected by Oregon voters with 279,479 "Yes" and 781,922 "No" votes, or 26.33% support.

It has been 25 years since that vote and societal attitudes have continued to change toward cannabis. The prohibitionist propaganda has faded with time and the debunking of racist mythology. We are clearer in educating ourselves and others about this valuable plant. Medicinal cannabis has become legal in Oregon and across the country. Farmers are beginning to see the value that hemp could bring to our economy as well with hemp food, fuel, clothing, paper, building materials and so much more.

Oregonians for the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act of 2012 are currently circulating petitions for Initiative 9, to make hemp and cannabis legal in Oregon.

Illinois: Lawmakers Continue Reefer Madness, Punish Farmers

Over the past several years, sixteen states have passed pro-hemp farming legislation, so why are Illinois lawmakers working against the farmer?

By Michael, Hemp News Correspondent

Illinois Lawmakers Continue Reefer Madness, Punish Farmers Last month, because of years of festering propagandist lies, the Illinois House of Representatives voted against mid-west farmers and their right to grow a viable rotation crop (HB1383 - Illinois Industrial Hemp Act). The bill, which passed a House Agriculture and Conservation Committee by a vote of 11-2 earlier in the same week, would have licensed: individuals desiring to grow, process, cultivate, harvest, possess, sell, or purchase industrial hemp or industrial hemp related products. In many cases, an alternative rotation crop, such as hemp, could possibly save the multi-generational farms from foreclosure.

"The fiber from industrial hemp is one of the strongest natural fibers known, and it is present in bundles that surround the main stem. Industrial hemp fiber applications include uses in textiles, cordage, construction materials, paper products, and bio-composite plastics," according to Donald P. Briskin, Professor of Plant Biochemistry/Physiology, Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois.

Oregon: Hemp Medium Density Fiberboard - Hemp Equals Jobs

Oregon Hemp History, Connecting the Past to the Future

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Correspondent

Oregon: Hemp Medium Density Fiberboard - Hemp Equals Jobs In the early 1990's, C & S Specialty Builder's Supply (namely Bill Conde, Dave Seber, Barry Davis, and Tim Pate) in Harrisburg, Oregon, imported regulated bales of hemp and began working on a medium density fiberboard (MDF). The evolution of hemp MDF as a viable building supply option began when Bill Conde of C & S took their hemp fiber research and ideas to Paul Maulberg, the head of Washington State University's Wood Engineering Laboratory.

Conde explains in a 2005 Mycotopia blog, "We asked if [Maulberg] would consider trying some hemp fiber to make some experimental hemp MDF, and his reply was, 'You bet, hemp is the King Cong of fiber. I would love a chance to work with some."

Excitedly, Conde and team began the process working with Maulberg on creation and testing of the hemp MDF. It was soon discovered how strong the hemp fiber truly was, as the full-length hemp fibers jammed both of the processing machines and brought things to a standstill. The process for breaking down the fibers was redesigned and restarted with ultimate success.

2010: A Year to Remember; Ten Stories on Hemp and Cannabis Reform

"There is absolutely nothing wrong with the responsible use of marijuana by adults and it should be of no interest or concern to the government. They have no business knowing whether we smoke or why we smoke." Keith Stroup, NORMLCON 2010

Compiled by Hemp News

1. Global: U.S.-Mexico Drug Summit Fails to Acknowledge Obvious Solution to Violent Drug Cartels

Ending Marijuana Prohibition Would Deal Crucial Blow to Mexican Drug Cartels, Drastically Reduce Border Violence.

Salem-News.com

There is a truth that must be heard! (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, high-ranking officials from the United States and Mexico concluded a three-day conference meant to outline ways the two nations could reduce the illicit drug trade-associated violence that continues to plague the U.S.-Mexican border.

Hemp News 36

Hemp News No. 36

Compiled by

Paul Stanford



        The following news wire stories are provided as a public service by
Tree Free EcoPaper, makers of hemp (cannabis) paper and other nonwood papers,
pulps and fibers. 
        We are happy to announce the introduction of our new USA manufactured
paper products, made with European hemp fiber, Tradition Bond. This new paper
is the highest quality and most environmentally-sound paper in the world today.
Contact us today for a catalog and samples of the USA paper.
        Tree Free EcoPaper is the oldest and largest supplier of
wholesale quantities of hemp paper, in business since 1990. We offer an
electronic retail catalog which you can recieve by dropping us an e-mail
request. We'll send you samples and our hemp paper wholesale price list if you
give us a postal address. You can call us toll-free at 1-800-775-0225 from
the U.S. and Canada. Our phone number for calls outside the U.S. is
503-295-6705. Our headquarters is in Portland, Oregon and our various papers
are produced in the USA, Europe and Asia.
        We offer nonwood office and printing paper, note pads, card stock,
cover stock, hemp pulp for paper makers, whole hempstalks and 100% hemp bast
fiber.
        Without further ado, please enjoy the news:


UPn  08/22/95        Drug suspect wants to smoke pot in jail

   BRYAN, Ohio, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A California man who's being held on charges

Hemp News 35

Hemp News No. 35

Compiled by

Paul Stanford



        The following news wire stories are provided as a public service by
Tree Free EcoPaper, makers of hemp (cannabis) paper and other nonwood papers,
pulps and fibers. 
        We are happy to announce the introduction of our new USA manufactured
paper products, made with European hemp fiber, Tradition Bond. This new paper
is the highest quality and most environmentally-sound paper in the world today.
Contact us today for a catalog and samples of the USA paper.
        Tree Free EcoPaper is the oldest and largest supplier of
wholesale quantities of hemp paper, in business since 1990. We offer an
electronic retail catalog which you can recieve by dropping us an e-mail
request. We'll send you samples and our hemp paper wholesale price list if you
give us a postal address. You can call us toll-free at 1-800-775-0225 from
the U.S. and Canada. Our phone number for calls outside the U.S. is
503-295-6705. Our headquarters is in Portland, Oregon and our various papers
are produced in the USA, Europe and Asia.
        We offer nonwood office and printing paper, note pads, card stock,
cover stock, hemp pulp for paper makers, whole hempstalks and 100% hemp bast
fiber.
        Without further ado, please enjoy the news:


07/29/95   PAT BUCHANAN SUPPORTS MEDICINAL MARIJUANA

_The Charlotte Observer_
Charlotte, North Carolina
Saturday, July 29, 1995
page 12C

Hemp News 34

Hemp News No. 34

Compiled by

Paul Stanford



        The following news wire stories are provided as a public service by
Tree Free EcoPaper, makers of hemp (cannabis) paper and other nonwood papers,
pulps and fibers. 
        We are happy to announce the introduction of our new USA manufactured
paper products, made with European hemp fiber, Tradition Bond. This new paper
is the highest quality and most environmentally-sound paper in the world today.
Contact us today for a catalog and samples of the USA paper.
        Tree Free EcoPaper is the oldest and largest supplier of
wholesale quantities of hemp paper, in business since 1990. We offer an
electronic retail catalog which you can recieve by dropping us an e-mail
request. We'll send you samples and our hemp paper wholesale price list if you
give us a postal address. You can call us toll-free at 1-800-775-0225 from
the U.S. and Canada. Our phone number for calls outside the U.S. is
503-295-6705. Our headquarters is in Portland, Oregon and our various papers
are produced in the USA, Europe and Asia.
        We offer nonwood office and printing paper, note pads, card stock,
cover stock, hemp pulp for paper makers, whole hempstalks and 100% hemp bast
fiber.
        Without further ado, please enjoy the news:



APn  07/07/95           Drug Agency Slayings

By BETH SILVER
 Associated Press Writer
   YUMA, Ariz. (AP) -- Sheriff's Deputy Jack Hudson was popular with his

Hemp News 33

Hemp News No. 33

Compiled by

Paul Stanford



        The following news wire stories are provided as a public service by
Tree Free EcoPaper, makers of hemp (cannabis) paper and other nonwood papers,
pulps and fibers. 
        We are happy to announce the introduction of our new USA manufactured
paper products, made with European hemp fiber, Tradition Bond. This new paper
is the highest quality and most environmentally-sound paper in the world today.
Contact us today for a catalog and samples of the USA paper.
        Tree Free EcoPaper is the oldest and largest supplier of
wholesale quantities of hemp paper, in business since 1990. We offer an
electronic retail catalog which you can recieve by dropping us an e-mail
request. We'll send you samples and our hemp paper wholesale price list if you
give us a postal address. You can call us toll-free at 1-800-775-0225 from
the U.S. and Canada. Our phone number for calls outside the U.S. is
503-295-6705. Our headquarters is in Portland, Oregon and our various papers
are produced in the USA, Europe and Asia.
        We offer nonwood office and printing paper, note pads, card stock,
cover stock, hemp pulp for paper makers, whole hempstalks and 100% hemp bast
fiber.
        Without further ado, please enjoy the news:



RTw  06/20/95       Reserchers urge medicinal marijuana legalization

CHICAGO, June 20 (Reuter) - A commentary published on Tuesday in the

Hemp News 32

Hemp News No. 32

Compiled by

Paul Stanford



        The following news wire stories are provided as a public service by
Tree Free EcoPaper, makers of hemp (cannabis) paper and other nonwood papers,
pulps and fibers. 
        We are happy to announce the introduction of our new USA manufactured
paper products, made with European hemp fiber, Tradition Bond. This new paper
is the highest quality and most environmentally-sound paper in the world today.
Contact us today for a catalog and samples of the USA paper.
        Tree Free EcoPaper is the oldest and largest supplier of
wholesale quantities of hemp paper, in business since 1990. We offer an
electronic retail catalog which you can recieve by dropping us an e-mail
request. We'll send you samples and our hemp paper wholesale price list if you
give us a postal address. You can call us toll-free at 1-800-775-0225 from
the U.S. and Canada. Our phone number for calls outside the U.S. is
503-295-6705. Our headquarters is in Portland, Oregon and our various papers
are produced in the USA, Europe and Asia.
        We offer nonwood office and printing paper, note pads, card stock,
cover stock, hemp pulp for paper makers, whole hempstalks and 100% hemp bast
fiber.
        Without further ado, please enjoy the news:


UPn  05/22/95   Court: 'Knock and announce' basic right

By MICHAEL KIRKLAND
   WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court ruled for the first time Monday

Hemp News 31

Hemp News No. 31

Compiled by

Paul Stanford



        The following news wire stories are provided as a public service by
Tree Free EcoPaper, makers of hemp (cannabis) paper and other nonwood papers,
pulps and fibers. 
        We are happy to announce the introduction of our new USA manufactured
paper products, made with European hemp fiber, Tradition Bond. This new paper
is the highest quality and most environmentally-sound paper in the world today.
Contact us today for a catalog and samples of the USA paper.
        Tree Free EcoPaper is the oldest and largest supplier of
wholesale quantities of hemp paper, in business since 1990. We offer an
electronic retail catalog which you can recieve by dropping us an e-mail
request. We'll send you samples and our hemp paper wholesale price list if you
give us a postal address. You can call us toll-free at 1-800-775-0225 from
the U.S. and Canada. Our phone number for calls outside the U.S. is
503-295-6705. Our headquarters is in Portland, Oregon and our various papers
are produced in the USA, Europe and Asia.
        We offer nonwood office and printing paper, note pads, card stock,
cover stock, hemp pulp for paper makers, whole hempstalks and 100% hemp bast
fiber.
        Without further ado, please enjoy the news:



RTw  04/04/95   Marijuana charges against singer dropped

WACO, Tex., April 4 (Reuter) - McLennan County authorities Tuesday dropped

Hemp News 30

Hemp News No. 30

Compiled by

Paul Stanford



        The following news wire stories are provided as a public service by
Tree Free EcoPaper, makers of hemp (cannabis) paper and other nonwood papers,
pulps and fibers. 
        We are happy to announce the introduction of our new USA manufactured
paper products, made with European hemp fiber. This new paper is the highest
quality and most environmentally-sound paper in the world today. Contact
us today for samples of the USA paper.
        Tree Free EcoPaper is the world's oldest and largest supplier of
wholesale quantities of hemp paper, in business since 1990. We offer an
electronic retail catalog which you can recieve by dropping us an e-mail
request. We'll send you samples and our hemp paper wholesale price list if you
give us a postal address. You can call us toll-free at 1-800-775-0225 from
the U.S. and Canada. Our phone number for calls outside the U.S. is
503-295-6705. Our headquarters is in Portland, Oregon and our various papers
are produced in the USA, Europe and Asia.
        We offer nonwood office and printing paper, note pads, card stock,
cover stock, hemp pulp for paper makers, whole hempstalks and 100% hemp bast
fiber.
	Without further ado, please enjoy the news:



UPn  02/10/95     Administration says drug use growing

By PAUL BASKEN
   WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. drug czar Lee Brown on Friday conceded a

Hemp News 29

Hemp News No. 29

Compiled by

Paul Stanford



        The following news wire stories are provided as a public service by
Tree Free EcoPaper, makers of hemp (cannabis) paper and other nonwood papers,
pulps and fibers. 
        We are happy to announce the introduction of our new USA manufactured
hemp paper products, made with European hemp fiber, beginning in January 1995.
Contact us for samples of the USA paper.
        Tree Free EcoPaper is the world's oldest and largest supplier of
wholesale quantities of hemp paper. We offer an electronic retail catalog
which you can recieve by dropping us an e-mail request. We'll send you our
free samples and our hemp paper wholesale price list if you give us a postal
address. You can call us toll-free at 1-800-775-0225 from the U.S. and
Canada. Our phone number for calls outside the U.S. is 503-295-6705. Our
headquarters is in Portland, Oregon and our paper is produced in the USA,
Europe and Asia.
        We offer nonwood office and printing paper, card stock, cover stock,
100% hemp pulp for paper makers, whole hempstalks and 100% hemp bast fiber.
Without further ado, please enjoy the news:


WP   01/27/95      When the Feds Come Crashing In

By Nat Hentoff

   On the night of Aug. 22, 1992, Donald Carson was asleep in his home in Poway,
Calif. A few minutes after midnight, Drug Enforcement Administration agents
burst into his house. Carlson dialed 911 for help, not realizing -- since there

Hemp News 28

Hemp News No. 28

Compiled by

Paul Stanford



        The following news wire stories are provided as a public service by
Tree Free EcoPaper, makers of hemp (cannabis) paper and other nonwood papers,
pulps and fibers. 
        We are happy to announce the introduction of our new USA manufactured
hemp paper products, made with European hemp fiber, beginning in January 1995.
Contact us for samples of the USA paper.
        Tree Free EcoPaper is the world's oldest and largest supplier of
wholesale quantities of hemp paper. We offer an electronic retail catalog
which you can recieve by dropping us an e-mail request. We'll send you our
free samples and our hemp paper wholesale price list if you give us a postal
address. You can call us toll-free at 1-800-775-0225 from the U.S. and
Canada. Our phone number for calls outside the U.S. is 503-295-6705. Our
headquarters is in Portland, Oregon and our paper is produced in the USA,
Europe and Asia.
        We offer nonwood office and printing paper, card stock, cover stock,
100% hemp pulp for paper makers, whole hempstalks and 100% hemp bast fiber.
Without further ado, please enjoy the news:



AAP  12/01/94      NEW ACT CANNABIS LAWS WELCOMED BY PERTH USER

   By Judy Hughes of AAP
   PERTH, Dec 1 AAP - New laws in the ACT which allow possession of  marijuana
for medical purposes were today warmly welcomed by a  Perth man who claims he
uses cannabis to prevent severe vomiting  attacks.

Hemp News 27

Hemp News No. 27

Compiled by

Paul Stanford



        The following news wire stories are provided as a public service by
Tree Free EcoPaper, makers of hemp (cannabis) paper and other nonwood papers,
pulps and fibers. 
        We are happy to announce the introduction of our new USA manufactured
hemp paper products, made with European hemp fiber, beginning in January 1995.
Contact us for samples of the USA paper in mid-November.
        Tree Free EcoPaper is the world's oldest and largest supplier of
wholesale quantities of hemp paper. We offer an electronic retail catalog
which you can recieve by dropping us an e-mail request. We'll send you our
free samples and our hemp paper wholesale price list if you give us a postal
address. You can call us toll-free at 1-800-775-0225 from the U.S. and
Canada. Our phone number for calls outside the U.S. is 503-295-6705. Our
headquarters is in Portland, Oregon and our paper is produced in the USA,
Europe and Asia.
        We offer nonwood office and printing paper, card stock, cover stock,
100% hemp pulp for paper makers, whole hempstalks and 100% hemp bast fiber.
Without further ado, please enjoy the news:


RTw  10/13/94      Britain bars American marijuana smoker

    LONDON, Oct 13 (Reuter) - An American who smokes up to 12 marijuana
cigarettes a day for medicinal purposes was forced to return home after Britain
refused to allow him to bring the illegal drug into the country, a newspaper
said on Friday.

Hemp News 26

Hemp News No. 26

Compiled by

Paul Stanford



        The following wire stories are provided as a public service by
Tree Free EcoPaper, makers of hemp (cannabis) paper and other nonwood papers,
pulps and fibers. 
	We are happy to announce the introduction of our new USA manufactured
hemp paper products, made with European hemp fiber, beginning in January 1995.
Contact us for samples of the USA paper in mid-November.
	Tree Free EcoPaper is the world's oldest and largest supplier of
wholesale quantities of hemp paper. We offer an electronic retail catalog
which you can recieve by dropping us an e-mail request. We'll send you our
free samples and our hemp paper wholesale price list if you give us a postal
address. You can call us toll-free at 1-800-775-0225 from the U.S. and
Canada. Our phone number for calls outside the U.S. is 503-295-6705. Our
headquarters is in Portland, Oregon and our paper is produced in the USA,
Europe and Asia.
	We offer nonwood office and printing paper, card stock, cover stock,
100% hemp pulp for paper makers, whole hempstalks and 100% hemp bast fiber.
Without further ado, please enjoy the news:



UPn  09/09/94      Seized 'cocaine' is really marijuana

   LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Customs Service said Friday that one
ton of what agents first believed to be cocaine was actually a ton of marijuana
concealed inside layers of white powder.
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