(PRWEB) June 23, 2000
For Immediate Release
June 14, 2000
Washington DC. Prominant members of the Hemp Industries Association, the worldÂs largest trade organization of hemp related
business, Candi Penn, Eric Lineback, Eric Steenstra, David Frankel and Lloyd Hart in affiliation with the H.I.A announced today that they
intend to engage in a national Voter Education Campaign ÂVoteHemp.comÂ aimed at state and federal elections in November, 2000. The
campaign will focus on the registration and mobilization of several major demographic groups. ÂIndustrial hemp is widely supported
across party lines, and it is time to organize the vote around this issue,Â said HIA President Cindy Biggers.
Industrial hemp is the most important environmental and social justice issue in the world today since its integration into modern industrial
society affects almost every environmental and social justice concern. It will not only halt deforestation, but will also develop localized
rural economies and create value-added jobs, while spawning an entire entrepreneurial sector of the economy. Industrial hemp is the first
giant step out of the fossil fuel economy and into the carbohydrate economy. Over 25 nations (including Canada, Germany, France,
China and Great Britain) currently allow industrial hemp agriculture and have realized environmental and economic benefits currently
unavailable to U.S. farmers and related businesses.
To further the campaign, VoteHemp.com plans to raise funds for the purposes of obtaining committed positions on industrial hemp from
state and federal candidates and publishing those positions in a nationally distributed voter guide. VoteHemp.com has signed a letter of
intent with professional campaign consultant and long-time environmental activist Lloyd Hart to coordinate these efforts. Hart is excited
about the prospect of combining his environmental and political background on the industrial hemp campaign. ÂThis issue is a natural for
the current campaign cycle. The American people are desperate for an issue that will improve the environmental conditions of this country
without damaging the economic strength of our nation. Our goal is to convince the candidates that the populace is ready for them to take
the lead on an issue with so much potential for environmental progress and economic development. Â
Hart, a veteran of many national and state campaigns, will focus on several key demographic segments in developing new voters and
energizing existing voters. New voters targeted will include the 18-to-29 year olds and disaffected baby boomers. Existing voters
targeted will include the farm vote, those sympathetic to farm issues, the environmental vote, as well as the labor vote. According to Hart,
ÂJesse VenturaÂs campaign proved that if you can energize these segments, you can be successful within the current political process, and
we plan to translate that success to the national stage.Â
The VoteHemp.com voter guide will include any candidate from any party as well as independants who takes a position supporting
industrial hemp agriculture. All candidates opposing industrial hemp will be publicized as well. ÂFor too long candidates could safely
ignore or oppose this issue without political fallout. That will change this year,Â said HIAÂs Biggers.
For further information contact:
Cindy Biggers or Candi Penn
Hemp Industries Association
P.O. Box 1080
Occidental, CA 95465
Oak Bluffs, MA
Register to Vote Now!
A 63 year old Lie that destroyed 50%of the worlds forests
is now threatening the rest.
The worlds largest Paper Companies are now pulping
the Rain Forests in the Developing Nations.
Industrial hemp is the most important environmental and social justice issue in the world today since its integration into
modern industrial society affects almost every environmental and social justice concern. It will not only help halt
deforestation, but will also develop localized rural economies and create value-added jobs, while spawning an entire
entrepreneurial sector of the economy. Industrial hemp is the first giant step out of the fossil fuel economy and into the
carbohydrate economy. There are over 25,000 products that come just from Hemp alone including paper, fuel, soap, and a
wide range of foods. Over 25 nations (including Canada, Germany, France, China and Great Britain) currently allow
industrial hemp agriculture and have realized environmental and economic benefits currently unavailable to U.S. farmers
and related businesses.
Elected Politicians, the Drug Czar and the DEA have decided that America canÂt handle the hemp industry, we Americans
can not be trusted to deal with the awesome responsibility of our own lives. Now they are promoting that there be an import
ban placed on all hemp products coming into the U.S. .
It is now time to shed the feelings of not being included in the in the process. It was an act of incredible corruption on the
part of the Robber Barons, Congress and the President that destroyed the Hemp Industry in 1937 when America was at its
weakest, let it be an act of super democracy that returns this magnificent plant back to the center of our attention when
America is at its strongest. Register to Vote Now and have the candidates pander to common sense.
Because only thirty seven percent of the population voted in the last presidential election and because not that many more
did in the last one and the one before that, the elected officials and corporate interests in America have an incredible power
over the general population. The campaigns only need to appeal to the most narrow of views in order to win and when you
combine that with nine or ten other narrow views you have all the voting blocks you require to rule. Rule by minority while
the majority twist in the wind.
Well, enough is enough, it is time to move the center of debate in America back to the center of the majority. It is time to
take back the human rights we give up by not voting.
Every State and Federal Candidates official position on Industrial Hemp on Thirty Million Voter
Guides distributed in every state and territory in the Union.
register, contribute,volunteer, vote.