An open letter from the founder-
Bands for Lands is excited to move forward into a new direction! We have realized for quite some time now, the importance of re-introducing industrial hemp back into our society. We strongly believe, based on the facts, that this plant can AND will heal our planet while providing economic stability to our community as a whole. This plant is a gift to us and our planet we all call home.
On November 6th, 2012 the people of Colorado have spoken and made it clear, that they see the need and realize the significance of this plant and what it can do environmentally and economically in the most positive of ways.
Colorado is poised to be the pioneer in this bold new direction. We will show without a doubt that this plant will make a seismic impact in saving our planet while providing jobs and revenue to the state. It is our sincere hope that the rest of the country and the world will see what we will have help[ed create.
Locally, BFL has teamed up with the Agricultural Hemp Initiative http://newaghempeconomy.com/about/ to move forward in seeing this amazing opportunity we have been provided, a reality for all! Internationally we have aligned with Tony Budden and the Western Cape Hemp Imitative, to help ensure that hemp is introduced to Africa, as the people there can desperately use this plant in so many ways.
Below is one of our first steps and we need your help! Please do whatever you can to help us raise the funding for this very significant and crucial study. As we are a 501c3, your donation is tax deductible for your benefit!
We will also be providing updates and news on this exciting endeavor! If you wish to get involved contact us and/or the Agricultural hemp imitative.
Bands for Lands
PS- Please be sure to check out our FAQ on hemp and how this plant WILL change our planet and our lives for the better.
Jason Lauve, author of House Bill12-1099, Erik Hunter, engineer, Colorado School of Mines PhD candidate, and Lynda Parker, Citizen Advocate, initiated the legislation.
Legislative sponsors are Colorado State Representatives McKinley, Sonnenberg, Fischer, Hullinghorst, Kerr J., Labuda, Soper, Wilson and Colorado State Senators Tochtrop, Williams S., Steadman.
Colorado House Bill 12-1099 - Industrial Hemp Remediation Pilot Program allows for an indoor lab study to prove the efficacy of phytoremediation (detoxification) through the growth of hemp in contaminated soils. Studies on hemp phytoremediation have been done for the following contaminants: cadmium, lead, nickel, benzopyrene, chrysene, copper, and zinc.
The Hemp Remediation Pilot Project is the first state-authorized hemp research program to be conducted in the United States since the Hawaii Industrial Hemp Project ended in 2003. This groundbreaking research in Colorado is currently funded by donations from a small group of enthusiastic volunteers. This project will yield valuable data which will be compiled into a published journal article.
The success of Phase I will eventually lead to a larger scale project (Phase II) that will benefit Colorado farmers and the environment. Phase I of the project will require approximately $5000.00 in funding for sample analysis. The funding goal for Phase II is $100,000. Please help to establish a viable hemp industry in Colorado and the United States!