The year is 1999, North Dakota, Hawaii and Minnesota have passed legislation allowing their farmers to grow industrial hemp. The Kentucky Supreme Court has agreed to hear actor Woody Harrelson’s case, which challenges Kentucky law that classifies hemp as marijuana.
The Oregon State House Agriculture and Forestry Committee heard house Bill 2933 sponsored by Rep. Floyd Prozanski which would let Oregon farmers grow hemp, a cousin to marijuana that is useless for drug purposes but whose fibers, seeds, and oil have a multitude of industrial uses.
Seven of the nine members of the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee including Chairman Larry Wells, R-Jefferson had told Prozanski they were willing to send the bill out for a floor vote. House Speaker Lynn Snodgrass told Wells not to take up the bill again. Wells, agreed that Prozanski probably had the votes to send the bill to the floor. But, he said, he had hearing on the bill, and would not bring it up for a committee vote unless she approved.
Lynn Snodgrass, Speaker of the House of Representatives for the state of Oregon did not approve of the bill. Subsequently, it died April 30, 1999, without being put to a vote by the representatives of the state of Oregon.
Doug Ross Presents
in association of
Rod Pitman Productions
Total Running Time: 59:30
Industrial Hemp Testimony
at The Oregon State Capitol
April 22, 1999
Executive Producer: Doug Ross
Associate Producer: Brett Eichenberger
Camera/Editor: Brett Eichenberger
Producer/Director: Rod Pitman
TRIVIA: The large bail of industrial hemp the director “illegally” drove to the hearing to be used as a prop can be seen in the documentary.
Rod Pitman went on to executive produce and secure global distribution for the documentary Hempsters – Plant The Seed starring Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Woody Harrelson. Pitman’s film [Director] Norml Life about Medical Marijuana and The National Organization for The Reform of Marijuana Laws is scheduled for release in August of 2011. Both films are distributed by Cinema Libre’ Studios.
Industrial Hemp Testimony at The Oregon State Capitol (1999) – 1 Hrs