BRATTLEBORO, VT — With the recent passage of a common sense industrial hemp regulation bill, Rural Vermont, in conjunction with the national hemp advocacy group Vote Hemp, will be hosting a Hemp Victory Celebration in Brattleboro.
The event, which will be held on Wednesday, June 5 at the Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery in Brattleboro, will include two special viewings of the short 1942 USDA propaganda film “Hemp for Victory.”
In addition to the film presentations, the victory celebration will feature Vermont legislative updates by Rural Vermont Organizer Robb Kidd and national legislative updates by Vermont resident and Vote Hemp Co-Founder Eric Lineback.
Guest appearances by Vermont farmers and policy leaders, as well as free samples of hemp product samples, are also planned for the evening.
The Hemp Victory Celebration is part of the National Hemp History Week campaign, and this year will highlight and celebrate the positive work that Vermonters have done to contribute to this widespread effort to restore hemp as an agricultural crop for Vermont.
Once signed by the governor, the recently passed Senate Bill 157 will provides a simple, commonsense regulatory structure for growing hemp in Vermont, which was authorized in 2008 but has not yet been implemented due to a federal ban on the cultivation of the crop — a ban that could come to an end this year.
At the federal level, Senator Ron Wyden has introduced an amendment to this year’s federal farm bill that requires the federal government to respect state laws allowing the cultivation of industrial hemp. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has expressed his support for this proposal.
“With Senator Leahy’s recent pledge of support, Vermont is cultivating a ‘hemp renaissance’ with its strong leadership on the issue,” states Robb Kidd of Rural Vermont.
“In this currently tough and challenging economic climate, allowing our farmers to once again produce hemp is a smart move for Vermont. We have the opportunity to be leaders in this exciting and promising emerging ‘green’ industry,” adds Eric Lineback of Vote Hemp.
Will Allen, farm manager of Cedar Circle Farms in East Thetford, already has plans to purchase a nearby tract of land and begin growing hemp as soon as the law is enacted.
“Hemp gives farmers another quality crop to grow in rotation, producing renewable raw materials both to sell and process in the field,” Allen says.
The Hemp Victory Celebration will take place on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from 5:30 pm until 9:00 pm at the Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery, located at 139 Main Street, #407 in Brattleboro, Vermont.
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