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A message from Vote Hemp

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Industrial hemp is a valuable crop that grows well on marginal land and makes superb rope, paper, and other products that use plant fiber. The seeds are nutritious. But the US, though it allows industrial hemp to be imported, does not allow it to be grown in this country. Why? The restriction is stupid. Farmers pushed to the wall economically want to grow industrial hemp, and they are trying to get laws changed to allow it. I just received this note in an email:

Last week the California Narcotics Officers’ and Police Chiefs Associations announced that they oppose Senator Mark Leno’s hemp farming bill, SB 676. Their opposition letters were sent less than 24 hours before the hearing in Agriculture Committee and featured incorrect and outdated arguments against the bill. Industrial hemp is defined in the bill as cannabis with 0.3% or less THC which clearly has no drug value. There are a number of licensing requirements to ensure that farmers will not be growing drug type cannabis. So why would the narcotics officers and police chiefs oppose allowing California farmers to grow hemp once again?

The answer is John Lovell, the Sacramento lobbyist for both law enforcement groups. Fortunately Vote Hemp attended the hearing in force, thanks to your support, and we were ready to counter his tired old claims that hemp farming was somehow going to make life difficult for law enforcement. In fact, Lovell was on the defensive and ended up being removed from the witness table by the Sergeant at Arms during the hearing due to repeatedly interrupting other witnesses!

During the hearing Vote Hemp board members Patrick Goggin and David Bronner testified on behalf of the bill and the Agriculture Committee recommended the bill “do pass” by a bi-partisan 5 to 1 vote. This is a great start thanks to your help but we have more work to do. The bill now moves to the Public Safety Committee for another hearing. We need your help so we can continue to build support for passage of the bill. Please make a donation today so we can continue to attend hearings, build support around the state and educate legislators and the media. Vote Hemp helped to pass the previous two versions of the bill in 2006 and 2007. Please read the CapInsider story Leno Fights to Expand California’s Economy With SB 676 for a sense of the history. With your support, we can see legal hemp farming in California soon.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps has generously agreed to match every dollar you donate, doubling the impact of your contribution. Please make a donation now. Every dollar helps. We rarely send out email requests for just donations. Usually we give you a lot of hemp news and strategy updates, but the need now is urgent.

We hope that you are in a position to make a donation and if not, please forward this email to your friends and family and ask them for us. We have been soliciting donations from the hemp industry along with letters of support for SB 676, now we need you to help, too. I thank you in advance for all that you do for the cause.

About the organization:

Vote Hemp is a national, single-issue, nonprofit organization dedicated to the acceptance of and free market for industrial hemp, low-THC oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis, and to changes in current law to allow U.S. farmers to grow the crop. Web Site:

Written by LeisureGuy

13 April 2011 at 1:25 pm

Klar Kabinette

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Today I used Klar Kabinette again, using it like Goliath’s shave stick, sort of fun. Once again a fine, thick lather, thanks in part to the Rooney and Monterey’s relatively soft water. Then three passes with the English Gillette open-comb Aristocrat: smoothness itself, thanks to the Swedish Gillette blade. A splash of 4711 and I’m good to go.

More Roma tomatoes today, for sure.

Written by LeisureGuy

13 April 2011 at 9:20 am

Posted in Shaving

Basic Spanish wordlist

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I just uploaded to Anki the basic wordlist for Spanish from P.J.T. Glendening’s Teach Yourself to Learn a Language (a book written long before the teaching tools of the Internet became available, but withal a useful little book). In this earlier post, I quote his explanation of the basic wordlist.

I’ve been learning this wordlist along with the vocabulary from the textbook. A fair amount of overlap, of course.

If you want to download the new deck, install Anki on your computer or smartphone or whatever, then click “download” and search for the title “Basic Spanish wordlist”.

Written by LeisureGuy

13 April 2011 at 8:50 am

Posted in Daily life, Education

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