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Hemp is Hope: Screening "Bringing it Home"

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Hemp is Hope: Screening "Bringing it Home"

In the new documentary BRINGING IT HOME, filmmakers Linda Booker and Blaire Johnson animate hemp’s history and introduce us to business owners using industrial hemp for construction, textiles, nutrition, and body care products in the United States and around the globe. Check out our review and 15 facts about hemp that will make you go, "whoa."

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Walking in the Fields of the Future

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Walking in the Fields of the Future

On a recent trip to Colorado, the Poseidon team had a chance to visit with a local hemp farmer and see a crop right before harvest. We have long been big fans of hemp and believe in the hearty crop as a resource to improve our farming and bring a more sustainable resource to the US. The visit only increased our enthusiasm.

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Hemp is the Answer--An Interview with Hemp Guru Doug Fine

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Hemp is the Answer--An Interview with Hemp Guru Doug Fine

Hemp advocate, journalist, and author Doug Fine is one of the most well spoken and well informed people on the topic of hemp applications and politics. The best selling author of Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution, Fine recently released a new book, Hemp Bound, an exploration of the cannabis plant that he believes can bring about a revolution in modern American agriculture. It only takes a little conversation with him to realize--he may be right. 

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Hemp Wins Limited Cultivation Rights

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Congress approved a bill this week overhauling federal farm and nutrition policies that will give permissions to grow hemp in certain areas of the U.S. for the first time in many years. 

The bill, now being sent to President Obama for approval, contains a brief clause authorizing colleges and universities to grow industrial hemp for research purposes, as long as their state permits cultivation of the plant. That gives nine states the thumbs-up: California, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, North Dakota, Kentucky, West Virginia, Vermont, and Maine. Another 11 states have bills pending before their legislatures this year.

Legalized growing of hemp had congressional allies from both ends of the political spectrum. Democrats from cannabis-friendly states have pushed to legalize hemp cultivation, as have Republicans from states where the plant could be a new cash crop.

In 2011, the U.S. imported $11.5 million worth of legal hemp products, up from $1.4 million in 2000. Most of that growth was seen in hemp seed and hemp oil, which finds its way into over 25,000 different products—from medicines to plastics to granola bars and other foods. Even BMW’s new electric car, the i3, uses hemp to line the door panels.

"This is big," Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp, a group that advocates for the plant's legal cultivation, said late last month. "We've been pushing for this a long time."

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