Hempy Independence Day!


Oh the irony! Here is a plant that served as the material to jot down our thoughts about how we, as a country, want to be free. Fast forward a couple of centuries, and the plant that memorialized these thoughts, is just now starting to earn its freedom!

So, on this day of independence, here are some cool historical hemp facts:

1) The first couple of drafts were written on hemp paper.

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2) The actual draft signed on July 4, 1776 was made from hemp.

3) And who was the purveyor of this hemp paper? Well none less than Benjamin Franklin. Yep, Benji owned the first hemp paper mill.

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4) I’m sure there are skeptics out there that say this is folklore because the final version of the Declaration of Independence was written on parchment, but that was a move they made to ensure preservation of the document. It is true though, the first couple of drafts were written on hemp paper because back then, that was the only paper there was.

Isn’t it interesting that this part of history is never taught in school? Oh, and as you see all those American flags waving in celebration, don’t forget, those were once made of hemp as well.

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Looking forward to hemp finding it’s freedom soon. Wishing you all a safe and HEMPY 4th of July!

 

Vote Hemp 2015 Hemp Calendar Fundraiser


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If you haven’t purchased your 2015 Calendar (do people still use paper calendars?), here is an opportunity to support the industrial hemp movement with a hemp paper calendar that celebrates the efforts of Kentucky’s hemp farmers. Please support if you can!

Click Here: VOTE HEMP CALENDAR FUND RAISER

Here’s to an amazing 2015 and wishing you all a “SUPER HEMPY 2015!!!”

 

Hemp. Makes. Cents.


Hemp Really Does Make Cents ! I’m happy to share this blog post from Happy Hemp. Check out their other posts for some interesting hemp seed recipes.

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Author’s Note: 

Before we get started, I would like to share my inspiration for this article: YOU. Many readers were very hemp curious after my last article, “5 Reasons Hemp Should Be In Your Kitchen.” I wanted to answer the questions about why industrial hemp is illegal in the United States. Like you, I share the same curiosity about this fascinating source of food. So much so, that I started Happy Hemp. Without further ado, let’s dive in.

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I am a jump in head first and ask questions later type of girl. When I decide I am going to do something (and someone tells me I can’t) there is nothing that can stop me. I am 110% committed and that is that. I usually have no idea what I am getting myself into, but with a glass half full attitude I know I will figure it out…

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Tommy Chong is a Pleasant Surprise on DWTS!


It’s got to be a sign of the times when ABC TV has no problem associating with the original stoner, Tommy Chong! I have to admit, I was a little nervous when I heard that Tommy Chong was going to be on Dancing With The Stars. I had never seen him dance before so I wasn’t sure if he’d have the moves or whether it would all just seem like a big joke. I am happy to report however, Tommy was AWESOME! He surprised the heck out of those judges and I have to admit, I was quite surprised myself.

Tommy didn’t stray very far from his persona. He came out in a lowrider with his longtime comedy partner, Cheech at the wheel. Apparently, Cheech told Tommy he’d never get on the show and I as you can see, Tommy proved Cheech wrong. Tommy was paired up with one of my favorite dancers, Peta Murgatroyd who said in her opening video “Tommy’s best asset is his character. Everyone’s going to fall in love with him.” I think she was right and she definitely didn’t shy away from his character as their props and costumes were very reminiscent of the “hemp plant.”

It wasn’t until my 9-year-old daughter started watching DWTS a few seasons ago that I got interested in watching this show. Now, it’s kind of become our thing. I love music and the professional dancers on this show are AMAZING! It’s a really fun ride watching the competitive side of these celebrities. While my husband who is an “old school PE teacher” doesn’t consider dancing a sport, I have watched celebrities transform their bodies and develop dancing skills that weren’t there the previous week as well as some pretty serious injuries that have taken people out of the competition. I can’t wait too see Tommy Chong, who is now in his 70’s, develop and grow and I just hope his body is strong enough to endure.

I now have another good reason to watch DWTS. This season, I get to support  a fellow Hempster! I am so proud of Tommy for representing the community with grace, style and especially his humor. It warmed my heart to see Cheech and Chong so much older now, but still supporting each other. Cheech and Chong were a class act last night.

Tonight is an elimination night. I think Tommy is pretty safe this week but I would encourage you to watch the show and vote for him to keep him on.

I’m happy to share Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd’s performance here:

How Jack Herer Was Exonerated When He Was Accused of Fabricating Hemp for Victory


In the movie, The Emperor of Hemp, I was blown away when I learned that Jack Herer had been accused of fabricating the movie, Hemp for Victory. When journalist checked with the Library of Congress to verify Jack’s claims about this movie being made by our Department of Agriculture, there was no record of it to be found. Somebody deliberately and conveniently omitted this information when systems were updated.

Jack was later exonerated when he and two other activists searched the Library of Congress and found the catalog in question.

Here is Jack in his own words, talking about what that was like. As you can see, this video is around 30 minutes long. It includes Jack speaking, the full video of Hemp for Victory, an excerpt from Reefer Madness and a wrap up monologue by Jack. All of this is very informational so I hope you will take a moment to check it out when you have a moment.

This film was made 25 years ago in September  1989. I’m sure Jack imagined back then that all would be different today. We are almost there….

Jack Herer and the Seattle Hempfest, What A Trip!


The very first hemp festival in Seattle was held 23 years ago in 1991. There’s a great history on their website that you can read here: Seattle Hempfest History

The Seattle Hempfest takes place the third weekend of August so this past weekend was their most recent. The first and last time I made it to Hempfest was five years ago as Jack Herer’s guest in 2009. It was Jack’s very last one.

I wanted to take time to honor Jack and take a walk down memory lane, so I thought I ‘d share some of the very last pictures I ever took with Jack at the Seattle Hempfest.

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There were over 300,000 people at the Seattle Hempfest that year. I remember how excited Jack was about the large turnout. I always compare walking through Hempfest with Jack to what it must of felt like walking though the Red Sea with Moses. The crowd would part and honor him everywhere we turned. His jubilance was palpable and very contagious. Oy! The charisma of that man was so awesome!

I loved every minute of being in Seattle with Jack in spite of the fact that I was super ill with the flu. I was so sick; I missed the very first morning of Hempfest because I was stuck in bed with a temperature. As I made my way through the thick crowds later that day and reached Jack’s booth, I was so relieved that it was totally worth the effort. I got to see Jack in action. I saw the love I felt directed towards me when I was with him, be distributed to the masses. Jack loved people, FOR REAL!

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Jack was intent on introducing me to everyone and anyone, but especially made it a point for me to meet Don E. Wirtshafter, Keith Stroup and the Hempfest organizer that year, Vivian McPeak. During the festival, I remember Don taking me aside and drilling me about my hemp clothing line and my hemp knowledge and then taking me back to Jack saying, “she checks out.” Little did I know, I wasn’t just having a nice conversation with Don, I was being vetted!

I almost didn’t make it to Hempfest that year. I didn’t think my clothing line was ready for its debut but Jack insisted that I go. Several times, I said I couldn’t go until Jack finally convinced me. (He was great at guilt trips!) His insistence beat out my tenacious Virgo tendencies to strive for a perfect product. So Jack made room for me in his booth and as he sold his books and videos, I sold tees that were inspired directly from his book.

I can tell you this, I felt a little like “Legally Blonde” amongst the Rastafarian vibe, but I had a blast. There were lots of fun stories that came out of that weekend, like the time I thought I was following Jack’s van back to the hotel and ended up following the wrong van and walking into a stranger’s house looking for Jack. It was a scene straight out of “stoner movie!”

A month after Seattle’s Hempfest, Jack was on his way to Portland’s Hempstalk. He called me on the way to say he wished I could have gone to that festival, too. I told him I wished I could be there as well, especially because I had had such a blast at the previous festival. As usual, he told me he loved me and I whole heartedly reciprocated as we hung up. That would be the very last conversation I would ever have with Jack. It was at the Portland Hempstalk that Jack suffered a massive heart attack on stage in the midst of his speech. He never fully recovered and passed away seven months later. My friend, mentor and hero was gone.

It’s been difficult for me to return to Hempfest. It just doesn’t seem like it would be the same without Jack. The recurring thought I always have is thank God he pushed me to go to the Seattle Hempfest that year. I would have missed out on so much. The lesson I learned from that is to take advantage of opportunities when they arise. You just never know when it will be your last chance.

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Miss you so much, Jack. One day, I’ll make it back to the Seattle Hempfest, just for you.