By Anna Owen, Event Coordinator, Hemp History Week
This spring, while farmers plant their fields, event organizers will be planting the seeds that will grow into the largest 4th annual Hemp History Week yet! It's time to partner with celebrity endorsers, hemp companies, and the 800+ natural grocers across the country to celebrate Hemp: Our Heritage, Our Future. While we are at it, let's reach the goal of 125 grassroots events across all 50 states!
Hemp has never been such a hot topic and this sustainable crop will not return to American farmlands without you! It's time to get involved and spread the message in every community - Let U.S. Farmers Grow Hemp. It's our heritage! Here's how to get started:
The Hemp History Week Event Toolkit is now available online! Campaign materials, event ideas, tools for activism, great hemp recipes, and much more are available at: HempHistoryWeek.com/eventkit.php.
Join the Campaign
Sign up with our easy online Event Application. Your event will be included on the Hemp History WeekEvent Search, a search viewed 40,000+ times during HHW 2012. In addition to the online resources, HHW will send campaign stickers or buttons and HHW pocket guides to approved events while supplies last. Top events will also receive generous samples from our sponsors. Register your event by April 19, 2013 (Earth Day events by March 1, 2013) to qualify.
Organize and Connect
It's not too early. Find activists in your area on Hemp History Week'sFacebook community, search for retailers in your area who are onboard with our campaign on our Event Search and make calls to folks in your community who will come out this June to support the cause.
Check out our new program bringing hemp to higher education! Follow Hemp History Week's College Campus Roadshow and "join" the College Campus Roadshow's Facebook Event Page. Want to get involved? Tour dates and map coming soon!
Hemp legislation is spreading across the U.S.!
Yesterday, we saw groundbreaking hemp history with the introduction of the Senate companion bill to H.R. 525, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act in the House. Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is an original cosponsor of this bill! In addition to the 19 states with hemp legislation, several states have recently introduced new hemp bills: Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Vermont. It's time to show policy makers our partnership with natural food leaders, celebrities, hemp shoppers and neighborhood food stores and send the message: let U.S. farmers once again grow hemp!
Start planning your Hemp History Week event today!
Hemp History Week is the largest national grassroots marketing and public education effort to renew strong support for hemp farming in the U.S. and raise awareness about the benefits of hemp products.
Hemp History Week seeks to:
- Celebrate America's rich history with industrial hemp and educate the public about the barriers to hemp farming in the United States.
- Advocate for a federal policy change while sending a strong, positive message to President Barack Obama and Congress to remove barriers to hemp farming and let farmers grow the versatile and profitable crop.
- Engage consumers by showcasing the range of hemp products available and the nutritional as well as environmental benefits that they provide.
Please forward this announcement widely and get involved.
Save the Date: The 4th Annual Hemp History Week is June 3-9, 2013!
Web Site: http://www.HempHistoryWeek.com
About Vote Hemp
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: http://www.VoteHemp.com
About the Hemp Industries Association
The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) represents the interests of the hemp industry and encourages the research and development of new products made from industrial hemp, oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis.
Web Site: http://www.TheHIA.org