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Vermonters Celebrate Hemp History Week

193 North Main Street
White River Junction, VT

Vermonters Celebrate Hemp History Week

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The Upper Valley Coop, 193 North Main Street,  White River Junction, VT

Wednesday, June 4 - 5:30 – 7:30 PM

 Rural Vermont will host a Hemp History Week event on Wednesday June 4th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at the Upper Valley Coop in White River Junction.  There will be a special screening of the hemp documentary, Bringing it Home, (52 minutes), courtesy of Hemp History Week.  The film tells the story of hemp’s past, present and future through interviews with hemp business leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the globe, historical images and media clips, and footage filmed in the U.K, Spain, Washington D.C., California and North Carolina. The documentary aims to magnify dialogue about hemp in order to facilitate America’s transition to a more informed, sustainable, and healthy future. For more information about the film visit the film's website, http://www.bringingithomemovie.com/

Prior to the film, Robb Kidd will provide attendees with a brief discussion on the legality of hemp in Vermont.  Some Vermont farmers are now challenging federal prohibition, thanks to bold Vermont leadership in last year’s passage of hemp legislation. Furthermore with cooperation from Vermont’s Congressional Delegation Vermont’s Universities and Colleges are now exploring how to implement Section 7606 of the Farm Bill which authorizes hemp research projects at accredited universities and colleges. However, despite remarkable hemp progress there are still issues hindering Vermont farmers, such as accessing seeds and processing hemp into a viable product.

Will Allen, Cedar Circle Farm manager and longtime hemp advocate will tell his personal hemp advocacy story, which includes having been arrested planting hemp seeds on the lawn at the Drug Enforcement Administration Headquarters in 2009, and his exploration of growing hemp locally in Vermont. Will, a longtime activist intends to cultivate hemp in the near future.

Please contact Robb Kidd, Rural Vermont Organizer, at (802)223-7222 or robb@ruralvermont.org for more information.