Michigan: Patients find help, support with Compassion Clubs

By Marla Miller, Muskegon Chronicle

There is a truth that must be heard! Gregory Adams grew up in the college town of Ann Arbor, home to some of the most lenient laws on marijuana possession in the country.

Adams, 25, has been involved in marijuana advocacy efforts since his high school days there. And he is bringing his passion to West Michigan as executive director of the Lakeshore Compassion Club. The club plans to meet monthly at Muskegon Community College to help interested individuals wade through the confusion of Michigan’s new medical marijuana law.

“This is what the people want here,” said Adams, citing the fact 67 percent of Muskegon County voters — the third highest county percentage in the state — approved the ballot referendum. “We’re just trying to get our information out to the community. It’s a touchy subject and everyone’s scared. We want everyone to come and get informed.”

That includes law enforcement, lawyers, community activists, regular residents and opponents of the law.

The Lakeshore Club, a nonprofit group run by volunteers, had its first informational meeting last December at Muskegon Community College and had more than 40 people attend. A second meeting Jan. 22 drew about 30 people.

“All those people were so happy when they left,” said Steve Lanore, also a board member of the Lakeshore Compassion Club. “This is legal now in Michigan. We don’t want people to be scared.”

Compassion clubs sprouting up

Oregon Cannabis Tax Act - Ballot Title (I- 73)

For Immediate Release:

The Office of the Secretary of State received a certified ballot title from the Attorney General on February 2, 2010, for initiative #73, proposing a statutory amendment, for the General Election of November 2, 2010.

In addition, Secretary of State Kate Brown determined that the proposed initiative petition was in compliance with the procedural requirements established in the Oregon Constitution for initiative petitions.

The certified ballot title is as follows:

Permits personal marijuana, hemp cultivation/use without license; commission to regulate commercial marijuana cultivation/sale

Result of "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote permits state-licensed marijuana (cannabis) cultivation/sale to adults through state stores; permits unlicensed adult personal cultivation/use; prohibits restrictions on hemp (defined).

Result of a "No" Vote: "No" vote retains existing civil and criminal laws prohibiting cultivation, possession and delivery of marijuana; retains current statues that permit regulated use of medical marijuana.

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UK: Hemcrete Specified for Renewable Social Housing Scheme

By David Ing for Hemp News

Hemcrete Specified for Renewable Social Housing Scheme An ambitious sustainable social housing scheme, designed to meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes through the use of renewable materials, has achieved planning approval. The development is being delivered by Crossover C-Zero LLP in partnership with Flagship Housing, one of the largest providers of social housing in East Anglia and will be built using Tradical® Hemcrete® thermal walling system from Lime Technology.

Based at Denmark Lane, Diss, the scheme will see the construction of 114 housing units and will be the first major affordable homes project proposed to seek Level 4 rating of the Code for Sustainable Homes. To aid its completion, the development has managed to obtain £3 million in funding from the Housing and Communities Agency (HCA) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), who earlier this year offered financial aid for the delivery of social housing schemes that used renewable materials.

United States: A Look Inside Oregon's First Marijuana Cafe

By Thomas Griffin for

United States: A Look Inside Oregon's First Marijuana Cafe PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Cannabis Cafe opened on Nov. 13 at 4:20 p.m., Oregon’s first marijuana cafe.

People must register with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program with a doctor’s approval in order to receive a medical marijuana card, and they must also be members of the Oregon chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, to get into the cafe.

There is a $20 monthly fee and a $5 cover charge as well.

The cafe is located in a historical building, which used to be a speakeasy and a ballroom, in a neighborhood in northeast Portland on Dekum Street.

The cafe is located in northeast Portland and shares a building with a second-hand store.

No marijuana is sold at the establishment. Various certified growers donate marijuana to the cafe. Patients can also bring in their own medicine. The cafe does not serve alcohol and serves a wide variety of soups, salads, burgers and paninis.

2009: A Year to Remember; Ten Stories on Hemp and Cannabis Reform

"There is reason to believe there is hope for the 21st Century, and that's the way it will be." Walter Cronkite

Compiled by Hemp News Staff

1. California: DEA To Yield Marijuana Jurisdiction To States - 3/2/2009

Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is sending strong signals that President Obama - who as a candidate said states should be allowed to make their own rules on medical marijuana - will end raids on pot dispensaries in California.

"What the president said during the campaign, you'll be surprised to know, will be consistent with what we'll be doing here in law enforcement," he said. "What he said during the campaign is now American policy."


2. Washington State: Kitsap Medical Marijuana Defendant Acquitted - 3/24/2009

By CHARLIE BERMANT, Port Orchard Independent Staff Writer

There is a truth that must be heard! A medical marijuana patient being prosecuted in Kitsap County Superior Court for drug trafficking was found not guilty on Tuesday morning, after a jury ruled that his use of the drug was within the law.

The jury deliberated for approximately two hours prior to its ruling.

Oregon: 2009 Oregon NORML Rick Bayer Award - Sunil Aggarwal, Ph.D.

By Anna Diaz for Oregon NORML

Oregon: 2009 Oregon NORML Rick Bayer Award - Sunil Aggarwal, Ph.D. The American Medical Association (AMA) voted in November 2009 to reverse its long held position that marijuana be retained as a Schedule I substance with no medical value. The AMA adopted a report drafted by its Council on Science and Public Health (CSAPH) entitled, "Use of Cannabis for Medicinal Purposes," which affirmed the therapeutic benefits of marijuana and called for further research.

The change of position by the largest physician-based group in the country was precipitated in part by a resolution adopted in June 2008 by the Medical Student Section (MSS) of the AMA in support of the reclassification of marijuana's status as a Schedule 1 substance.

"It's been 72 years since the AMA has officially recognized that marijuana has both already-demonstrated and future-promising medical utility," said Sunil Aggarwal, Ph.D., the medical student who spearheaded the passage of the June 2008 resolution by the MSS and was one of the CSAPH report's designated expert reviewers. "The AMA has written an extensive, well-documented, evidence bases report that they are seeking to publish in a peer-reviewed journal that will help to educate the medical community about the scientific basis of botanical cannabis-based medicines."

Oregon: John Trudell - Children of the Plant - Oregon Medical Cannabis Awards

"I think that if the political and social movement groups and organizations that operate in this country today had the same kind of energetic commitment that the medical marijuana people have, many things could change in this country." John Trudell

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Staff

Oregon: John Trudell - Children of the Plant In early December, Artist-Activist John Trudell spoke at the 2009 Oregon NORML Medical Cannabis Awards Dinner in Portland, Oregon. In the last few years, Trudell has spoken at several Hemp and Cannabis events around the Portland Area, and has quickly become an inspirational voice for the legalization and advancement of the Cannabis plant.

Trudell's words to the Cannabis Awards audience centered around the ideas of non-cooperation, creative intelligence, and the power of energy, clarity and coherency in today's global reality. He expressed thoughtful insight on the topics of sustainability, grass roots organization and the Cannabis plant as earth medicine.

UK: House of Hemp/Straw Brings a Sustainable Harvest

White Design’s BaleHaus explores the use of prefabricated straw panels for mass housing

By Michael Stacey, BD

UK: House of Hemp/Straw Brings a Sustainable Harvest The BaleHaus was designed by architect Craig White of White Design as part of a multi-disciplinary research project by Katharine Beadle at the University of Bath’s BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials.

The aim of this project is to demonstrate that straw is an appropriate form of insulation and structure for current mass housing. This probably explains why the house has been designed to meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and not Code Level 6 or “zero carbon”. Code level 4 represents a 44% reduction of energy used and CO2 emissions when compared to current building regulations.

The BaleHaus is constructed from ModCell panels which are prefabricated from locally sourced materials; the panels have a timber frame and are filled with straw. This is then covered with a lime render. The timber frame takes the vertical loads and the rendered straw infill takes in-plane or racking loads. This structural principle was tested at the University of Bath.

Exterior of the BaleHaus prototype which has been built on the campus of the University of Bath.

UK: Work to Start on Kevin McCloud's Hemp Housing Scheme

By Jon Land, 24dash

UK: Work to Start on Kevin McCloud's Hemp Housing Scheme Work is due to start on an innovative green housing development in Swindon that is the brainchild of 'Grand Designs' presenter Kevin McCloud.

HabOakus, a partnership between Kevin McCloud's development company Hab Housing and Oakus Wiltshire, has been given approval to build 42 homes that will meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, but with the potential for upgrading to zero carbon status.

The scheme, called the Triangle, is due to be built from Tradical Hemcrete, the innovative hemp and lime thermal walling system developed by Lime Technology.

Tradical Hemcrete, is a mix of hemp and a lime binder, which together create a material that combines sustainability with performance. The product absorbs CO2 in its manufacture (hemp, in common with all similar plants, captures carbon dioxide during its rapid growth and releases oxygen back out to the atmosphere) so has negative embodied CO2. For a typical wall section, Hemcrete will have 130kg CO2/m² less than traditional brick and block.

Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, The Triangle will be built on the site of a former caravan park and plant nursery, just off Swindon’s Northern Road.

Due to start on site in January 2010, with completion scheduled by December 2010, HabOakus hopes to ensure the sustainable development acts as a springboard to introduce green initiatives locally.

The Netherlands: KLM Biofuel Flight Fuels Hopes for Green Airlines

Airlines have high hopes for a new range of biofuels

By Dominic O’Connell, Times UK

The Netherlands: KLM Biofuel Flight Fuels Hopes For Green AirlinesAt Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport last Monday a gaggle of aviation executives, politicians and journalists trooped aboard a KLM jumbo jet for a flight to nowhere.

The trip was uneventful — the plane and its 40 occupants circled above Holland for a couple of hours before landing where it took off. However, in a small way, it was historic. It was the first flight by a biofuel-powered airliner to carry passengers.

In fact, the plane was only partly powered by biofuel. One of its four engines ran on a 50:50 blend of biofuel and normal aviation fuel. The biofuel was made from camelina, an inedible green shrub.

Despite the limited experiments to date — Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand and a clutch of other carriers have run test flights without passengers — airline executives are thrilled with biofuels.

Their industry is a target for politicians and environmentalists in the crusade against carbon dioxide emissions and the prospect of a fuel that will allow the industry to grow while reducing its emissions is enticing. “In the decades ahead, the airline industry will be largely dependent on the availability of alternative fuels in its drive to lower emissions,” said Jan Ernst de Groot, KLM’s managing director.

UK: House Of Hemp And Straw Passes Fire Test

A house built from straw-bales and panels of hemp has passed an industry standard fire safety test which exposed it to temperatures above 1,000C.

By BBC News Writer

UK: House Of Straw And Hemp Passes Fire Test BaleHaus@Bath is part of a new research project at the University of Bath into how renewable building materials can be used for homes of the future.

The house is made from prefabricated cells of timber filled with straw or hemp, rendered with a lime-based coat.

TV presenter Kevin McCloud will officially open the straw house later.

During the fire resistance test for non-loadbearing elements, the panel had to withstand heat for more than 30 minutes.


After more than two hours it had still not failed.

A panel had previously been put through structural tests for loadbearing elements and had passed.

Researchers Dr Katharine Beadle and Christopher Gross, from the University's Building Research Establishment Centre in Innovative Construction Materials, will be monitoring the house for a year.

North Carolina: Building With Hemp - Asheville On Forefront Of New Green Technique

By John Boyle, Citizen Times
Photo by John Fletcher, Citizen Times

North Carolina: Building With Hemp - Asheville On Forefront Of New Green Technique Leave it to Asheville to be the first place in the country to build not just one, but two houses largely out of hemp.

Well-established as a green building center, Asheville has two homes under construction - one in West Asheville, another off Town Mountain Road - that use hemp as a building material. The builders and Greg Flavall, the co-founder of Hemp Technologies, the Asheville company supplying the building material, maintain that they're the first permitted hemp homes in the country.

"This area is known to walk the talk of being green," Flavall said, adding that the Asheville area has by far the largest percentage of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, builders of anywhere in the country. Hemp is derived from the same plant that marijuana comes from. Although it contains very little of the active ingredient that gets people high and is completely impractical to smoke, it's still illegal to grow it domestically.

But builders can import industrial hemp products like Tradical Hemcrete, the material Hemp Technologies sells. When mixed with water and lime, it makes remarkably strong, resilient walls. Some builders generically refer to the walls as hempcrete.

United States: Patrons Toke Medical Marijuana In Oregon Cafe

By Tracy Loew, USA TODAY

United States: Patrons Toke Medical Marijuana In Oregon Cafe PORTLAND, Ore. — At first glance, the Cannabis Cafe, in a former adult club called Rumpspankers, looks like any other coffee shop. Customers sip coffee while playing cards, working on computers, or sharing a meal.

But here, patrons also slip away to smoke joints and pipes in the back. And the cafe features a vapor bar, where customers can get the benefits of cannabis without the harmful carcinogens.

The Cannabis Cafe is the nation's first medical marijuana smoking lounge. It's all perfectly legal and, for cancer patient Albert Santistevan, it's about time.

"It's a very positive atmosphere. We could use more places like that," the 56-year-old former jewelry shop owner said.

A few weeks ago, Santistevan would have had no place to go. But with the Obama administration's decision last month to soften the federal stance on medical marijuana, the Cannabis Cafe and a lounge across town popped up early this month.

UK: Rapid Growth In Hemp-Based Construction

By Eco Composites, Writer

There is a truth that must be heard! A visit to the Innovation Park at BRE in Watford has been arranged as part of the Natural Fibres 09 conference, which takes place at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in London from December 14-16.

The park showcases modern methods of construction and features over 200 different emerging technologies in a number of demonstration properties, including the Renewable Hemp House.

Speaking at the 60th annual congress of CELC – the European Confederation of Flax and Hemp – which took place in Strasbourg, France, from November 4-7, Claude Eichwald of French organisation Construire de Chanvre, said that the use of hemp in concrete was growing, with between 2-4,000 houses now constructed completely from hemp concrete, and many more employing it with mixtures of other building materials. The CELC conference also heard from Rémi Perrin of Strasbourg-based Soprema, which is now manufacturing flax roofing membranes, and Vincent de Sutter of Sutter Freres which has been making natural-fibre based door panels for almost 50 years.

In the latest copy of its journal, CELC outlines the components of a house entirely constructed from natural fibres, as show in the illustration above.

The unique energy efficient house made from hemp at the UK BRE Innovation Park meanwhile, showcases the future of low carbon and sustainable buildings.

Oregon: First Marijuana Coffee Shop Opens In America

The first marijuana coffee shop in the US has opened, posing an early test of the Obama administration's move to relax the policing of medical use of the drug.

By Nick Allen, Telegraph

Oregon: First Marijuana Coffee Shop Opens In America The Cannabis Cafe in Portland, Oregon, is the first to give people who have been prescribed marijuana by a doctor a place to get hold of the drug and smoke it.

The Cannabis Cafe in Portland, Oregon, is the first to give people who have been prescribed marijuana by a doctor a place to get hold of the drug and smoke it, although they have to remain out of public view.

Patients who have been prescribed marijuana usually have to buy it from a licensed dispensary and then take it elsewhere.

Eric Solomon, the owner of the cafe, said he is looking forward to holding marijuana-themed weddings, film festivals and dances.

"I still run a coffee shop and events venue, just like I did before we converted it to the Cannabis Cafe, but now it will be cannabis-themed," he said.

Idaho: Marijuana Committee Gets Down To Business

By TONY EVANS, Express Staff Writer

Idaho: Marijuana Committee Gets Down To BusinessThe city of Hailey's Marijuana Oversight Committee is hoping to move forward in its role as a recommending body without causing confrontations with city or state officials. With the help of city staff, the committee will form a mission statement in time for the city's strategic planning session in March 2010.

"The citizens of Hailey are imploring us to do something," said committee member Pete Kramer. "But I would not advise taking on the state of Idaho."

The committee was formed earlier this year after three controversial marijuana initiatives were passed by Hailey voters. The initiatives proposed allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, legalizing industrial hemp and making enforcement of marijuana laws the lowest priority for Hailey police.

Portions of all three ordinances were redacted by 5th District Judge Robert Elgee, but the oversight committee was formed and charged with gathering information and making recommendations to the City Council on how the city should handle several issues regarding marijuana policy.

In September, the committee decided to focus efforts on supporting the medical use of marijuana. Since that time, committee members have researched legalization efforts in other mountain communities such as Breckenridge, Colo., where legalization was passed by 72 percent of voters in November.

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Oregon: THCF Medicinal Cannabis Garden Helping Patients

Fruitful Harvest Shared Among Patients Seeking Natural Alternative to Prescription Medicine

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Staff

Oregon: THCF Medicinal Cannabis Garden Helping Patients Hemp News recently made a visit to experience a legal medical cannabis garden managed by the Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF) in Portland, Oregon. We spent some time with growers, patients, and community members, in an attempt to shed light on the subject of medical cannabis, and to document the THCF's efforts to help medical cannabis patients in the community.

Oregon: First U.S. Marijuana Cafe Opens in Portland

By Dan Cook, Reuters

There is a truth that must be heard! PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - The United States' first marijuana cafe opened on Friday, posing an early test of the Obama administration's move to relax policing of medical use of the drug.

The Cannabis Cafe in Portland, Oregon, is the first to give certified medical marijuana users a place to get hold of the drug and smoke it -- as long as they are out of public view -- despite a federal ban.

"This club represents personal freedom, finally, for our members," said Madeline Martinez, Oregon's executive director of NORML, a group pushing for marijuana legalization.

"Our plans go beyond serving food and marijuana," said Martinez. "We hope to have classes, seminars, even a Cannabis Community College, based here to help people learn about growing and other uses for cannabis."

The cafe -- in a two-story building which formerly housed a speak-easy and adult erotic club Rumpspankers -- is technically a private club, but is open to any Oregon residents who are NORML members and hold an official medical marijuana card.

Members pay $25 per month to use the 100-person capacity cafe. They don't buy marijuana, but get it free over the counter from "budtenders". Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., it serves food but has no liquor license.

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