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VA General Assembly Approves Industrial Hemp Farming Act 2015 |WHAG News Feb. 11, 2015

Winchester, VA -The Virginia General Assembly recently approved the Industrial Hemp Farming Act 2015 and once Governor McAuliffe signs the bill, it will officially become a law. 

The law will allow hemp to be grown, so it can be used to create products such as paper, plastic or fiber. 

"We are poised to be able to allow our state universities and Department of Agriculture to approve the growing and cultivation and processing of industrial hemp in Virginia for the purposes of pilot programs," said Chase Milner, Shenandoah Valley Regional Director of Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition. 

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Advocacy Group Optimistic about Hemp Act | Northern Va. Daily

After spending over four decades classified as a dangerous substance, hemp appears to be on the brink of making a comeback in Virginia.

Since 2012, the Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition has been near the forefront of lobbying efforts to bring the once-central commodity back into the state’s good graces. This week, the Virginia General Assembly approved the Hemp Farming Act of 2015, sending it to Gov. Terry McAuliffe for his signature.

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Coalition Rallies Support for Legalizing Hemp

Charlottesville, VA (WVIR) - State lawmakers will consider a bill this year that would allow farmers to legally grow hemp in Virginia. Critics argue the cash crop is too similar to marijuana.

The Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition, an industrial hemp lobbying group, rallied supporters Saturday night in Belmont, hosting a film screening of "Hempsters" and a discussion about House Bill 1277.

The bill will go before the General Assembly in the upcoming session. If passed, HB 1277 would allow Virginia farmers to grow hemp.

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Building with hemp | Joni Lane | TEDxCharlottesville

Joni Lane, VIHC's Central Virginia Regional Coordinator & LEED Green Associate, is a recent graduate of Boston Architectural College with a Masters in Sustainable Design Studies. She is passionate about creating valuable, sustainable and regenerative solutions by which humans can continue to live without threatening to render our planet uninhabitable. She believes great design has the power to change the world and has decided to focus her energy on healing our built environment with bio-based materials, specifically Hempcrete. Focusing on addressing indoor contaminants and their effect on our health, She strives to advance education and awareness of this very important public health issue to promote safe and healthy buildings.

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Hempcrete/Responsible Design

Hemp advocates hope for Virginia crop

There was hemp fabric for clothing and backpacks, hemp seeds for snacking and a block of hempcrete for building.

There was a hemp-and-berries-and-bananas pie, and hemp paper and hemp plastic.

And there was hemp legislation, which after all was the focus of Tuesday’s gathering at Jim Politis’ farm in Riner.

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Hemp production hopes higher in Virginia

Riner, VA - As we get ready to celebrate Independence Day, here’s a bit of trivia you might not know: the original Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

Today, 238 years later,Virginia may be one step closer to growing hemp again.

A group in Riner wants to grow hemp.

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