Thank you very much for your interest in NAIHC. We are a 501(c)(3) nonstock nonprofit organization and appreciate any and all donations/contributions.

If you wish to contribute to NAIHC so we may continue with our vision, please make your check payable to NAIHC and send to:


PO Box 232

Oregon, WI 53575

Again, thank you very much for your support.

Erwin A. "Bud" Sholts, Chairman



North American Industrial Hemp Council

Petition to Legalize Industrial Hemp

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NAIHC.orgWashington, June 12, 2016 – A coalition of farmers, state legislators, a former U.S. Attorney, scientists, merchants, entrepreneurs, and environmentalists filed a formal petition Friday asking the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration “to remove industrial hemp from the federal drug schedules.” By law, DEA must answer the petition in a reasonable amount of time.

Supporting the petition, former United States Attorney for the District of Kansas Barry Grissom said that “It is a misallocation of law enforcement resources to continue to pretend that industrial hemp is a drug.”

For details about the petition, go to:

The petition states that:

  • “The common interests of the Petitioners center exclusively on the cultivation and manufacture of industrial hemp for commercial purposes, including but not limited to, the use of fiber for construction, industrial, and clothing products; seed and oil for use in food, cosmetics, and industrial products; and both fiber and oil as renewable fuel feedstock.”
  • “Petitioners are businesses, farmers, attorneys, elected officials, entrepreneurs, technical experts, public policy advocates, and non-profit organizations . . . that believe that the United States economy, environment, and national security would greatly benefit from the re-commercialization of industrial hemp in domestic agriculture and manufacturing.”
  • “Manufacturers use industrial hemp to make fabrics, paper, building materials, paints, foods, cosmetics, and other consumer and industrial products.”
  • “Petitioners and others are interested in seeing the cultivation of industrial hemp legal in the United States once again, so that industrial hemp fiber, seed and oil can be made into useful and profitable products.”
  • “Industrial hemp is incorrectly classified as a Schedule I drug. In pattern and practice, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has effectively rendered industrial hemp illegal to cultivate, which severely limits the manufacture and commerce of products made from industrial hemp.”

States Race to Grow Industrial Hemp

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NAIHC.orgWashington, Nov. 10, 2015 – Kentucky leads the race to commercialize industrial hemp, as confirmed yesterday on Veterans Day when an American flag made from Kentucky-grown and –sewn hemp flew over the U.S. Capitol. But North Carolina is determined to catch up ASAP.

North Carolina has surged forward now that its Senate Bill 313, the Industrial Hemp Research Act, is law. The new law which went into effect Oct. 31 establishes that: “it is in the best interest of the citizens of North Carolina to promote and encourage the development of an industrial hemp industry in the State in order to expand employment, promote economic activity, and provide opportunities to small farmers for an environmentally sustainable and profitable use of crop lands that might otherwise be lost to agricultural production.”

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Veterans Day Honored with Industrial Hemp

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NAIHC.orgWashington, DC Nov. 10, 2015 – An American flag made of industrial hemp grown in Kentucky by United States veterans will be flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC for the first time on Veterans Day (November 11, 2015).

The Hemp American flag celebrates this versatile crop cultivated by our founding fathers and calls attention to how hemp is already providing a new source of jobs for veterans and rural farming families.

Industrial hemp industry groups and leaders will host a “Hemp for Vets” press conference on Wednesday, November 11, from 9:30 am - 10:30 am in the Murrow Room at the National Press Club in Washington DC.

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HIA Showcases Industrial Hemp Research

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NAIHC.orgLexington Oct. 8, 2015 – The 2015 Hemp Industries Association (HIA) annual conference included presentations on the latest industrial hemp research findings. (Click here for the conference program.) NAIHC board member Alan Kimbell lists highlights from the presentations he attended:

1. Dr. David Mitlin, Professor, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. Hemp Fiber Supercapacitors

Dr. Mitlin’s research at Clarkson seeks to transform natural precursors to value added materials, e.g. industrial polymers. He seeks to utilize natural and abundant materials. To this end, he has found and patented a process to create a “cheap” analogue to graphene from hemp.

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Kentucky Leads Industrial Hemp Race

Attention: open in a new window. PDFPrintE-mail, Lexington Sept. 30, 2015 – Kentucky is leading the race to re-establish industrial hemp as a commercial crop, with 1,700 acres of hemp planted this year by 121 growers working with seven universities and 24 processing companies.

The state’s lead position and official state support for hemp prompted the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) to hold its annual conference in Kentucky for the first time. (Click here for the conference program.)

Speaking at the HIA conference, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer predicted that Kentucky will become “the epicenter of industrial hemp production in America.”

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