The Colorado Hemp Network is announcing the "Hemp for Victory" Party on Tuesday, May 28 in Denver. The Party will celebrate the signing of Senate Bill 13-241, sponsored by Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass Village), which creates the Colorado Industrial Hemp Program. The bill will allow Colorado farmers to grow up to 10 acres of industrial hemp (cannabis that contains less than 0.3% THC).
Senator Lloyd Casey introduced the first industrial hemp bill in the nation in Colorado in 1995. Casey is now 86 years old and will be the guest of honor at the signing of SB 241 (now called the "Casey Bill" in his honor). Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is scheduled to sign the bill on Tues., May 28.
***HEMP FOR VICTORY PARTY***
Featuring former state Senator Lloyd Casey
Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Where: Casselman's Bar and Venue
2620 Walnut St., Denver, Colorado
This Event is Free and Open to the Public.
1:00pm: Lunch with Casey Casselman's full lunch and drink menu will be available for purchase
- Sen. Lloyd Casey, retired, introduced first state industrial hemp bill in US in 1995
- Representatives for the office of Sen. Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass), the primary sponsor of the 2013 bill
- Lynda Parker, Colorado Hemp Association (www.NewAgHempEconomy.com)
- Many other representatives who participated in the 1995 and the 2013 industrial hemp bills
*** THE SPEECHES WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ONLINE AT 2:00PM MDT***
3:00pm: Showing of "Hemp for Victory", a 1942 USDA film that promoted hemp for the World War II effort
In 1995 and 1996, agents of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration testified in person against Senator Casey's industrial hemp bills, intimidating the state legislature into killing the bills each year by telling them they would be in violation of federal law if they voted in favor of hemp. Click here to read Senator Casey's classic tell-off letter to the DEA:
Casey is excited to return to Colorado to celebrate the signing of the bill. In an email to the Colorado Hemp Network before he left his home in Ohio for the Colorado visit, Casey wrote: "As I was getting ready for my trip, I asked myself, 'What the hell are you doing? You're damned near 87 years old.' Then I remind myself I promised the DEA I'd live to know our Colorado farmers were planting industrial hemp. I wouldn't want to break my promise."
Senator Casey, a World War II veteran, remembers that hemp was the fiber of choice for the miles of line needed by the Navy. In 1942, the US Department of Agriculture produced a film called "Hemp for Victory" that encouraged farmers to grow hemp for the war effort. This film will be shown at the Hemp for Victory Party.
"People always said Casey was ahead of his time," said Laura Kriho, who was an aide to Senator Casey in 1995 and 1996 and a member of the Colorado Hemp Initiative Project. "Now we know just how far ahead of his time he was -- 18 years to be exact."
Anyone who is excited about hemp in Colorado or who would like to meet Senator Casey is encouraged to attend.
WORKING PRESS: Receive 1 FREE DRINK courtesy of the Cannabis Press Association.
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