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Even though a California poll in 2007 found that 71% of likely voters would support the legalization of hemp, Governor Schwarzenegger and Governor Brown have vetoed the bills that reached their desks. The poll was conducted by the respected research firm Zogby International. The question is why would these two governors veto a hemp bill? Through the generous support of an anonymous donor, I will be spending 2013 & 2014 figuring that out. I'm also going to be raising money for a study on the cross pollination of industrial hemp and medical marijuana. I'll also be spending a lot of time educating and outreaching. If you or your organization wants to learn more, contact me at Susan@cannabration.com.   

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Mark Leno has been a warrior in the effort to legalize hemp. He led the Senate Bill 676 which would have created a four county pilot program allowing farmers in California to tap into the nations hemp market, which was valued at $400 million annually in 2011. Hundreds of consumer products containing hemp are made in California, but the manufacturers of these goods are forced to import hemp seed, oil and fiber from growers in Canada, Europe and China. Hemp requires little to no pesticides and herbicides, is a great rotational crop, and grows quickly with less water, making it an ideal commodity for California. More than 55% of US companies that create hemp products are based in California. Some of the other leaders in the hemp movement are David Bronner, Patrick Goggin, and Steve Levine. Some organizations working on hemp legalization are Vote Hemp and the Hemp Industries Association.

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