Monday, June 06, 2016

10 years on for Hemp for Victory

Yesterday marked the 10 year anniversary of this blog, with a first post about hemp events in London.
725 posts later, it has covered hemp oil analysis, politics, hemp businesses, hemp events, hemp news, hemp books, etc etc and some off-the-topic posts as well.

In that time period hemp awareness has grown, the book "Hemp for Victory" was published, and hemp is now legal in many US states.

We hope that the next two years will bring about hemp manufacturing in the UK and the US on a large scale basis. China presently leads the world in hemp cultivation and production, as it did in 2006. Canada is catching up but is still mainly cultivating hemp for seeds - but a New York businessman named Gardner McBride is set to change that with large amounts of acreage of hemp in Ontario. He sells both seeds and fibre, and is looking to increase the quality of his product with a view to researching more applications with the possibility of growing hemp for textile fibres in the future.

So we'll see...I would expect that in the next two years hemp will advance as much as it did in the last ten. To help that process and get a petition to the White House, you can assist us in that goal by clicking on the 'About Us' page at www.minawear.com

Thank you all for a decade of work. All you comments and emails are appreciated.

One thing we are working on is a 2nd ed. of  "Hemp for Victory", and so any new information to add to that book is most welcome. Progess is slow, but steady. Lots more work to be done.


Kenyon Gibson

Hemp History Week 6 June- 12 June

 

Hemp History Week in Victoria, TX!

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During Hemp History Week June 6th through the 12th of 2016,  hemp activists will come together to co-create events around the country to promote education, awareness and activism.
From Hawaii to North Dakota, Vermont, and Kentucky things are heating up for the legalization of hemp farming.  So far at least 26 states have successfully introduced hemp legislation and at least 6 are growing test plots.

June 9th at 7 PM in Victoria, TX where Minawear Luxury Hemp Loungewear is based, the Guerrilla Gourmet restaurant will be hosting a Hemp History Week event.  See the movie Bringing It Home about the modern hemp industry while sampling Chef James Canter's hemp menu items.  At 7:15 join the Skype conversation with the creator of the Cannabis Car, Bruce Dietzen.

Along with free product samples from Manitoba Harvest,  and Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, attendees will also be eligible for a chance to win a copy of Hemp for Victory, browse the hemp library, check out other hemp uses and products, and shop one of a kind tie dyes from Minawear Luxury Hemp Loungewear.

The best way to support the legalization of hemp farming in the United States is to purchase and use hemp products as often as you can, and tell every one you know about this plant and all of it's 25,000 applications.

We will discuss the current legislature while making available several petitions to sign.

Sign today!  Legalize Hemp Farming

Participate in Hemp History Week by creating your own event,  educating yourselves, and using hemp in one of it's 25,000 applications in your every day lives!


Guerrilla Gourmet
311 E. Constitution St. Victoria, TX
June 9th, 2016 7 PM to 10 PM
  • Admission by donation to pay for the Screening
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    Did Errol Flynn wear hemp? spies lies and nazis in letters from Rudolf Stoiber

    The swashbuckling Tasmanian thespian Errol Flynn became a subject of intense study lately, through some very complex, let's way weird, circumstances. While dealing in collectibles in New York, I came across a trove of letters written to Steven Lovett Jones, a designer who lived with the Austrian author and TV correspondent Rudolf Stoiber. The letters included details of Stoiber's correspondence with Charles Higham, whose book "Trading with the Enemy" I quoted in Hemp for Victory.
    Higham wrote that book after writing a book on Errol Flynn, in which he alleged that Flynn was a nazi or nazi sympathiser, much of his thesis based on the fact that Flynn spent much time with a Dr Hermann Erben, actually an Austiran Jew who was also a nazi party member..and alleged Abwehr spy.
    While Higham is a highly respected researcher, his book on Flynn was debunked extensively, and it appears that not only was Flynn not any kind of nazi sympathiser, but that Erben was quite possibly a double agent infiltrating the Abwehr for the OSS, and that he later worked for the CIA and possibly Mossad; in Saudi Arabia he was denounced by a former nazi, against whom he had tesitfied in China, and arrested as a spy for Israel. Ironically, his wife did not know he was Jewish and told the interrogators she had no Jewish firiends or relatives!
    The plot is thick and murky and I dare not even attempt to go further with all the details...maybe I will write about it later in an article or even a book...just one more juicy detail will I drop here, Erben was given a job by GOP heavy Sterling Cole in 1974, he went to work for Gerald Bull in Barbados, Bull was later supplying weapons to Saddam Hussein, and in 1990 someone put a bullet to his head in Brussels. Cole, BTW, is claimed in a note by Higham to have hired Ilse Bohrmann at US taxpayer expence - she is the daughter of Martin Bohrmann, killed at the expence of the Russian taxpayer when Russian tanks opened fire on him as he tried to escape Berlin in 1945.
    So quite possibly I will be posting more here. An unpuslished manuscript by Erben's wife with notes in Higham's hand is most interesting and incriminates the CIA.
    So I had cause to go back and look in my book what quotes from Higham were used. They all appear on p. 65, endnotes 43,44,45, and 46. Here is wrote that required his research:

    "Du Pont, financed by the Mellon Bank, had acquired GM, which was then placed under Irenee du Pont. As chairman, he led GM to new strengths, not only in his charismatic speeches about a 'race of supermen', but in reaching new sales, many to the Nazi war machine.
    The workers, however, were not included in many of Irenee's ideas. Rather, they came under atack, were spied upon, beaten, tortured, and killed. Obsessed by Hitler's principles, he turned them on Americans, and such organisations as the American Liberty League (ALL), the Black Legion (BL) and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) were to play a hand in suppressing labour; terrorist organisations sponsored by 'patriots'.
    For ALL. veteran's bonuses were an extravagance, whilst taxes for pensions and the unemployed were attacked. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was to clash with the du Ponts over this organisation, stating that it : "ganged up against people's liberties." Irenee had founded the league with Lammot and Pierre, and other anti-African-American and anti-Semitic organisations were to follow. Irenee also paid $1,000,000 for gas equipped storm troops to sweep through plants and beat up those who were not in line; moreover, the board kept personal links to Hitler, some signing an agreement of total commitment to the Nazi cause, vowing to stamp out Jewish influence in America. When the Nazis invaded France, James D. Mooney, GM's chief ofd European operations, went to New York to have champagne and celebrate, renting a suite in the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue specially for the occasion."

    So there is good Higham and bad Higham. Stoiber in his letters at the time (ca. 1980) wrote that Higham had fabricated some of the accounts, and some suggest that Higham had been spurned in his sexual advances as a young man by Flynn so sought revenge in his book. Who knows.

    I will also be posting some information on an Errol Flynn site run by David DeWitt who knows his family and friends, and hope to help set the records straight. There are over 100 letters in my possession plus other documents in this story, so stay tuned...

    And for information on Errol Flynn, here is the URL for the #1 Flynn site in the world.

    http://www.theerrolflynnblog.com/2016/04/05/cache-of-dr-herman-f-erben-material-found/



    Tuesday, January 12, 2016

    Rolling Stoned

    As a hemp blog, this is certainly bound to be confused with, and share some attention with, drug sites. Hemp is, after all, Cannabis sativa, perhaps the world's most used drug, with a wide range of applications medicinally and many varieties of hash and marijuana.
    However, I happen to be a drug free person; and I am also a victim of drug related violence, when here in Manhattan I was held down and stabbed on East 23rd Street at the notorious Kenmore Hotel, which was later taken over, with some assistance on my part, by local, state and federal law enforcement.
    Enigma thus casts its shadow over my work, with  my hand forced to deal with a wide range of issues and characters, including marijuana. And much as I endorse making both industrial hemp and marijuana legal, I am not about to support in any way drug addiction or the sick, violent world of drug dealing.
    As a victim of violent drug dealers, I am disgusted by the recent article in Rolling Stone in which not only a drug dealer, but a terrorist who has killed American citizens while living in the lap of luxury from his ill gotten gains, is interviewed by Sean Penn. This self serving thespian sees no duty to turn in a criminal; he gains attention and money from his chat with the lowlife, and does not take into account the deaths of his fellow American, many of them babies and children, who die each year due to the greed of  drug dealers.
    In some countries what he has done is illegal. It is immoral anywhere. The only interaction with El Chapo should be to make an arrest, such as I performed on drug dealers here in Manhattan, after they came to my attention by slashing the face of a former Marine. Navy man that I am,  I did not see fit to let this go. And it did not have to be a fellow serviceman who was their victim; I feel the same obligation to anyone, including  babies and children, and that is the reality that Penn and Rolling Stone seem to lack awareness of. In the world of Hollywood and hip mags, drugs are just par for the course or even way cool.
    They are not. Drugs kill, drugs destroy lives, and drugs are a MAJOR part of the economic woes in America today. But noting such issues and caring for them is NOT cool in some circles; in fact, it can get you sneered at.
    Rolling Stone has to learn to draw the line. It does not need to give the perception of glamorizing drug dealers, terrorists and fools to remain hip. I  count myself among its readers,  partly for the music angle, and partly for works by veteran journalists such as Matt Taibbi. But I am in the mood to boycott this publication and call upon everyone in America to do the same.
    A tough line against drugs and any parties promoting drugs or making them seem cool is what is needed. But before I call a boycott - standing outside their 6th Avenue midtown offices with posters and sign up sheets, I would like to talk to them and work on remedy.
    If they are man enough to meet with me, we can work this out. If not, and I end up 'talking to the hand' with unanswered emails and labyrinth like phone systems to waste my time, then I am left  no choice but to get in their face, like I did when drug dealers got out of line.
    I am a man. A man stands up for real issues and meets the needs in his society. Talking to El Chapo may be 'way cool' and help to sell magazines, but it is not how to meets no need. Arresting him and having information on his whereabouts is; and that part took real men, not hipster actors.
    Real men, in fact, died performing that, while actors went to the bank and partied, seeking the attention they did not deserve; and Rolling Stone was a vehicle for them to grab this attention.
    Enough already. Rolling Stone will be hearing from me, with an amicable remedy in hand.
    Part of which will be not about what they published; which, as one politician succinctly said is grotesque, but about the conspicuous absence of any major article on C. sativa as hemp. That is  not just a cool issue, but one which affects the US economy. Hemp gives farmers an easy to cultivate crop, producing a raw material that was used, incidentally, in the making of the first American flag. Let's hope that Rolling Stone did not run short on resources giving Penn and his pal the limelight, but that they are able to allocate time and funds to a seminal piece about something that has place in America's past, present and future.
    Or would that just not be their kind of cool?

    Tuesday, September 01, 2015

    Victory for hemp field in Kentucky

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    The image above is of  Kirstin Bohnert, Katie Moyer and Alyssa Faith Erickson of the KY Hempsters, checking out the hemp in a Kentucky hemp field; Minawear is the site that hosted the petition to make hemp legal a few years ago. We still need signatures so if anyone cares, go to www.minawear.com and check out the About Us page and there you go!




    Friday, July 10, 2015

    New York Times article on Hemp 7 July 2015

    STUYVESANT, N.Y. — It started with Hurricane Katrina: the flooded houses in New Orleans festering with mold, many uninhabitable to this day. Then came the earthquake in Haiti: thousands dead, crushed by homes that should have been their sanctuaries.
    James Savage, then a Wall Street analyst living on Central Park West, grew disturbed about the conditions he saw on television and in the newspapers.
    “There has to be something better we can do than this,” he recalled thinking last week as he sat at the kitchen table inside his new home here on a cliff overlooking the Hudson River 120 miles north of New York City.
    The solution he has come up with is not some space-age polymer or recycled composite but a material that has been in use for millenniums, though it is more often demonized than venerated on these shores.
    “Who knew hemp would be the answer to what we were looking for?” said Mr. Savage, who started a company to create building materials derived from cannabis.
    Now that the forbidden plant is enjoying mainstream acceptance, Mr. Savage is hoping to put hemp to use not in joints but between joists. His first project has been his own 1850s farmhouse, though he says he believes hemp-based building materials can transform both agriculture and construction throughout New York.
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    Hemp chips, from the balsalike interior of the cannabis plant. CreditPreston Schlebusch for The New York Times
    While cannabis has had a long history as a fiber used in ropes, sails and paper products — Presidents Washington and Jefferson both grew it — Mr. Savage is among a small number of entrepreneurs who have instead turned to a novel application known as hempcrete.
    Hempcrete is made using the woody, balsalike interior of the Cannabis sativa plant (the fiber for textiles comes from the outer portion of the stalk) combined with lime and water. Though it lacks the structural stability its name might suggest, hempcrete does provide natural insulation that is airtight yet breathable and flexible. It is free from toxins, impervious to mold and pests, and virtually fireproof.
    “I know, I know, everyone talks about our buildings going up in smoke, but the joke is on them,” Mr. Savage said. In England, some insurers actually provide a discount for hempcrete because of its durability.
    And because the material is grown rather than mined, like traditional cement, or manufactured, like fiberglass, it gives new meaning to green building. Mr. Savage envisions a “hemp basket” stretching across New York’s rugged farmlands supplying locally sourced insulation throughout the Northeast.
    What hemp is not, as advocates constantly remind people, is a drug.
    “You could smoke a telephone pole’s worth of our stuff and still not get high,” said Ken Anderson, whose company, Original Green Distribution, based in Minneapolis, makes a hempcrete marketed as Hempstone.
    The strain of plant grown for hempcrete contains no more than 0.3 percent of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. That is compared with 5 to 10 percent found in the hallucinogenic and medicinal varieties.
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    Bagged hemp chips in Mr. Savage's basement. CreditPreston Schlebusch for The New York Times
    “It’s like the difference between a wolf and a poodle,” Mr. Savage said. “Same species, totally different animal.” Even so, both strains were outlawed starting in the 1930s.
    Mr. Savage hardly looks the part of a hemp evangelist. He favors polos to tie-dye T-shirts and drives an Audi sedan.
    “Did I smoke grass when I was young?” he said, standing beside a poster for the original Woodstock concert. “Sure, I did, but it wasn’t like I was looking for a way to make money off hemp. It just happened to be the thing with all the attributes we were looking for in a building material.”
    He came upon hempcrete through a simple Internet search.
    The material was developed in the 1980s in France, though it has roots going back centuries not only to homes as far away as Japan but also to Merovingian bridges in ancient Gaul.
    Hempcrete has since caught on across Europe, where hemp cultivation was never criminalized. Hundreds of buildings now use hempcrete, including a seven-story office tower in France, a Marks and Spencer department store in the United Kingdom, and even a home built by Prince Charles.
    Though the illicit aspects of hemp may have held it back in this country, marijuana’s growing popularity could finally be helping hemp’s spread. “Some people thought hemp might help get marijuana accepted, but it’s going the other way around,” said Eric Steenstra, executive director of the Hemp Industries Association. “I don’t think you’d see quite the same excitement if we were building with flax or jute.”
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    The chips are mixed with lime and turned into a paste that is dried to make hempcrete insulation.CreditPreston Schlebusch for The New York Times
    Yet federal regulators remain dubious, with virtually no domestic hemp production. It is legal to use it, but generally not to grow it. The farm bill passed last year began to allow for hemp-farming pilot projects, and while New York and Connecticut have both begun programs, no crops have been planted. At the moment, all raw material must be imported, and last year Canada alone shipped $600 million of hemp to American businesses.
    A bigger hurdle may be getting hemp-lined homes past building inspectors.
    “If you show them two-by-fours filled with fiberglass, they know what they’re dealing with,” said Tim Callahan, an architect in Asheville, N.C., “but you mention hemp, and they scratch their heads.” He has worked on about a dozen hempcrete structures, including what is thought to be the first home in this country to use hempcrete, built in 2010.
    Yet hempcrete presents its own issues, particularly the need for thicker insulation than traditional materials.
    Even in Brooklyn, where it would seem a natural fit, hempcrete has been a tough sell for Gennaro Brooks-Church, a contractor who specializes in green building. “When a client is spending $2 million on a brownstone and sinking in another $1.5 million on renovations, you’ll be hard pressed to get them to sacrifice even an inch of space,” he said.
    For his part, Mr. Savage was never able to bring his product to Haiti — he blames Haitian fears of United States law enforcement — and an effort in Mali failed because of a 2012 coup. Around that time, the first marijuana decriminalization laws began to pass in the United States, so he turned his focus closer to home.
    To foster wider acceptability, Mr. Savage and his three-year-old business, Green Bui lt, which he runs out of his hemp-lined home office, is working toward developing a panelized system. Akin to drywall, it would be easier to market and install than poured hempcrete, he said. And, combining housing trends, he is developing a 400-square-foot “tiny house” made up of two or three circular, shippable hempcrete modules.
    His only project so far has been turning his red brick farmhouse into a hempcrete laboratory, where many of the walls have been insulated with it, eliminating his need for air-conditioning.
    Mr. Savage said his hemp rooms even smell different, though not the way most people might expect. “It has a freshness to it,” he said.

    Friday, June 26, 2015

    Hemp seed destroyed in Chicago/bad news for Kentucky hemp growers

    An article by Gregory Hale in the Courier Journal (Kentucky) tells the sad tale of the destruction of hemp seed as it entered the United States:

    A year after Kentucky's agriculture department went to court to get hemp seed released for its research programs, a German exporter's failure to obtain the proper paperwork apparently will lead to the destruction of more than three tons of seed sitting in Chicago.
    "That's not what we want, but, unfortunately, that's the situation where we're at," said Adam Watson, the coordinator of industrial hemp programs for the Kentucky ag department. "Snafus happen. ... It's not that we think there was any bad actor involved, but there apparently were mistakes involved."
    The paperwork problem will reduce or eliminate the seed for almost a fourth of this year's research projects allowed under the 2014 Farm Bill that sets out federal agriculture policy. Since most of these projects are smaller in nature, the impact on Kentucky's hemp acreage is closer to 5 percent of the crop, Watson said.
    The department doesn't directly obtain seed, which is a business transaction between growers and suppliers, but Watson said the department is considering taking a more active role in the future after the problem this year.
    Seed for last year's first crop initially was held up over drug law issues, which resulted in a brief court battle, but this year's issue is the result of a German exporter's failure to get a routine agricultural paper called a Phytosanitary Certificate. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's website, the certificate is used to track "the inspection of agricultural products and certifies compliance with plant health standards of importing countries."
    "It's not anything special to industrial hemp or even seeds, period," Watson said. The certificate "is very common within the agriculture industry whether you're importing or exporting. It ensures that you don't have plant diseases, animal diseases, noxious weeds, insects, things like that, entering or exiting countries."
    The Kentucky department became aware of the problem in late May, Watson said. The USDA already granted an extension to produce the paperwork but, apparently, Germany wouldn't issue the certificate after the fact when the seed already had been shipped to the United States, Watson said.
    Watson said the Kentucky agriculture department believes that the USDA and customs officials have done their best to help, "but they're bound by regulations." He said the Drug Enforcement Administration permits that were the issue last year weren't a problem this year.
    The amount of seed stuck in Chicago is about 6,600 pounds, which would result in about 100 field acres, Watson said. In all, the Kentucky hemp crop this year is planned to be about 1,700 acres in 38 projects. The seed shipment would serve nine projects.
    While some growers won't have this variety of hemp desired for fiber "by and large the impact on the entire program as a whole is very minimal," Watson said. He said the department is looking at finding other sources of seeds for growers who might have none now because of the issue.
    Another USDA extension is being sought, Watson said, but it's questionable whether the problem can be fixed even if the extension is granted. The options for federal regulators are destroying the shipment or sending it back — an alternative where the costs likely would outweigh the benefits, Watson said, particularly because the growing season for hemp already is well underway and because of the additional shipping costs.
    A USDA spokeswoman was not prepared Thursday to comment on the status of the shipment.
    Going forward, Watson said the department is considering being more involved in acquiring seeds and moving up the deadline for proposing hemp projects to the department to give more time for seed, the supply of which is limited according to some reports, to be obtained more easily. The department received 326 applications this year.
    "This is the one shipment that didn't make it here this season," Watson said, noting that plants already are out of the ground from other shipments. "We regret that this happened, but the program as a whole is still moving forward."

    Thursday, June 18, 2015

    Hemp now blocked by drug addicts in Oregon

    Just after posting the other day about a hemp planting in Kentucky, this news came in re Oregon, which, sadly, has the ironic fact that it is now the medical marijuana farmers who are an impediment to industrial hemp. How many of the medical marijuana users are for real? And how many are selfish drug addicts? Who might be the real reason hemp is still illegal in most states, rather than the government.

    Industrial hemp is off to a slow start, and the Oregon Legislature may throw up more hurdles, but growers are optimistic.

    Cliff Thomason’s goal is to be growing 10,000 acres of industrial hemp in five years. But right now he’s dealing with opposition from medical marijuana growers and Oregon legislators.
    Thomason is among the first growers licensed by the state to raise hemp, which lacks the THC levels that gets pot smokers high but is valued because it can be used to make a wide variety of food, health and fiber products.
    Thomason’s Oregon Hemp Co. has grow operations in Murphy and near Grants Pass, in Southwest Oregon, and he is negotiating to sharecrop space on an organic farm near Scio, in the Willamette Valley.
    The Oregon Department of Agriculture has issued 13 hemp licenses, but it’s unclear how many growers have a crop in the ground this summer.
    Thomason said growers are hampered by infrastructure and political problems. First, it’s difficult to obtain seed, although Thomason said he has seed from China, Lithuania, Slovakia and Germany. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” he said.
    The Oregon Legislature is another matter. Medical marijuana growers in Southern Oregon believe pollen from industrial hemp will contaminate their potent pot and reduce THC levels. A bill in the Legislature would force a 5-mile separation between hemp and pot growers.
    Hemp growers say that would essentially prohibit them from growing, because so many pot plots fill the area.
    Thomason said he’s trying to be a good neighbor by keeping pollen-bearing male hemp plants in greenhouses and transplanting only females outdoors.
    “I keep saying that with responsible farming practices, it will regulate itself,” he said.
    Thomason described himself as “truly an accidental farmer” who was asked to help find seed and land for the hemp industry because of his real estate background.
    “When I did, we formed a company to move the project forward,” he said.
    He said his plants are growing rapidly and are intended for the medical market. The German seeds seem to do the best, perhaps because its climate is similar to Oregon’s, he said.
    The other licenses issued so far are:
    27B Stroke6 Farm, Corvallis; American Hemp Seed Genetics, Salem; Cannalive Organics, Yamhill County; Central Coast Enterprises, Seal Rock; Genesis Media Works, Baker County; Hemp for Victory Gardens, Wilsonville; Hughes Farms LLC, Bend; Integrative Health Source, Corvallis; Mark McKay Farms, St. Paul; Oregon Agriculture Food and Rural Consortium, Eagle Point; Went to Seed LLC., Bend; and Wildhorse Creek Hacienda, Adams.