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Absorbing characteristics

Weigth in CO2

Did you know that every single tonne of hemp grown, absorbs approximately 1.6 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere?
"We harvested around 750 tonnes of hemp this year, offsetting around 1,200 tonnes of CO2. That's enough to cover 160 average households for a full year - or one household for 160 years! 🌱" - Harrison Spinks
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Hemp-Based Fiberboard Moves Closer to Mass Market


That new-construction-smell might actually be a slurry of chemicals being released from the particle board used in subfloors and walls. The air might also be heavy with guilt about using valuable and slow-growing trees in your building projects. 

Sometimes called chip or fiber board, composite building materials typically consist of overlapping and interlocking chipped wood that is held together by a resin binder. 

But a new building material might help clear the air—both figuratively and literally—by using renewable hemp instead of trees for particle board. 


Hemp pioneer Lawrence Serbin, president and owner of Hemp Traders, has led the development of a new hemp-derived particle board. It’s called CannaBoard and it uses hemp fibers and a non-toxic, formaldehyde-free resin as a binder. It can be used anywhere you use particle board, from furniture to subfloors, the company says.

CannaBoard was available in small quantities, and slated for a large production run in 2020 when COVID-19 hit, Serbin said. The pandemic broke down the supply chain—the original production factory in Idaho had to scale down their work during the lockdown. 

“When COVID hit, they sort of circled their wagons and didn’t want to concentrate on anything but their core business to stay alive,” said Serbin. 


But with interest in local, sustainable, non-toxic, hemp fiberboard increasing in the United States, Serbin is pushing forward on his plans—he’s looking for another factory to tackle the production. He is confident that consumers will see that hemp particle board is a strong, renewable, and American-made building product that can compete with any engineered wood board. 

Hemp Products are Old Hat

Serbin is no stranger to industrial hemp. In 1993, he founded Hemp Traders, one of the first hemp companies in the United States. 

“Almost from day one, I loved the idea of hemp being able to replace wood or trees for lumber,” he told HempBuild Magazine. 

Serbin has worked with hemp for nearly three decades. In 2018, he opened CannaGrove — a 

company that creates a number of building products, including CannaBoard. All the hemp used by CannaGrove is grown in the US, and the board is American-made. CannaBoard mimics its wood-derived cousin, but instead uses the fiber of the hemp stalk instead of chipped-tree wood.

Environmentally Sound, Exceptional Properties

Hemp is a fast-growing annual plant, which makes it perfect for creating building materials, noted Serbin. 

“It’s going to be better for the environment rather than having to go out and harvest a tree that has to grow for 30 years or more—easily more,” said Serbin. Replacing this valuable resource with hemp keeps the forests intact.

Beyond the renewable hemp fibers, the binders used in CannaBoard do not contain any formaldehyde. On their website, Hemp Traders stated that traditional binders used in engineered wood products like particle board, contain formaldehyde. When used inside a home, that chemical, a carcinogen for humans, is released into the air. 

CannaBoard instead uses organic-based isocyanate as a binder. Currently, the board comes in thicknesses of ½” to ¾” and can be used in place of medium density fiberboard (or MDF). Serbin noted that it’s possible to scale the thicknesses from ¼” to 1 ½” thick. It is a smart option for construction uses like subflooring or molding, or for building cabinets, shelving, or other simple wood structures, the website says.

Hemp fiber board isn’t just environmentally-friendly, it’s also robust and diverse. 

CannaBoard hemp fiberboard can be used for a variety of building projects, including subfloors, or laundry room shelving, Photo courtesy of L. Serbin
CannaBoard hemp fiberboard can be used for a variety of building projects, including subfloors, or laundry room shelving, Photo courtesy of L. Serbin

“If we made a [board] with hemp at a particular density, and we made a wood particle board in the same density, the hemp would be stronger,” said Serbin, adding that the hemp product would also be lighter in weight.

“Hemp is also very absorbent, so it allows us to very easily add things to it… like water repellent or a fire retardant,” he explained. While wood particle board can also be treated, the hemp absorbs additives much better, Serbin said. 

 Is Hempboard Cost-effective?

As of July 2021, CannaBoard was priced between $45-60 per board (depending on thickness and bulk amount purchased). In comparison, a home improvement store priced MDF between $33-44 a board. 

“Ultimately I'm going to be able to produce hemp particle board cheaper than wooden board,” Serbin said. He added that before the recent spike in lumber prices, CannaBoard was close to the cost of wood, but now he expects the price of hemp board will beat that of wood. 

While he hunts down a new factory for producing hemp fiberboard, Serbin has switched gears to working with American farms growing hemp for industry.

“We're growing hemp for the first time this year in California and have set up a factory in the Central Valley for growing and processing,” he said. “The good thing about that is that I’m going to create a situation where anyone who does want to do any type of building material will have a reliable supply of fiber at a low price.”

Lawrence Serbin carries some of the 20-foot-tall industrial hemp being grown in California fields. Hemp Traders are working with a factory located in the Central Valley to grow and process the hemp into fibers for use in industry applications. Photo courtesy of  L. Serbin
Lawrence Serbin carries some of the 20-foot-tall industrial hemp being grown in California fields. Hemp Traders are working with a factory located in the Central Valley to grow and process the hemp into fibers for use in industry applications. Photo courtesy of L. Serbin

Michigan-based Sarah Derouin is a geologist and science writer and editor and contributor to the Big Picture Science radio show.

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As Lumber Prices Surge, Hemp Blocks Get a Closer Look

By Jean Lotus

The cost of U.S. construction timber is skyrocketing, and a national concern is growing for the  carbon emitted by the construction industry. As homebuilders look for solutions, the nation’s small-but-growing number of hemp builders wonder if building with hemp will finally break through into the mainstream construction consciousness. 

Load-bearing hempcrete wall systems are getting more attention as lumber costs for frame walls has spiked. Photo courtesy of  HempBLOCKUSA
Load-bearing hempcrete wall systems are getting more attention as lumber costs for frame walls has spiked. Photo courtesy of HempBLOCKUSA

The cost of framing lumber, OSB plywood and other wood building materials are adding an average of $36,000 to the cost of a new build, an April study showed — and costs have kept rising.  

As a result, homebuilding solutions that don’t require framing timber, or need less of it, are getting a second look. One solution is the hemp-lime block.

The U.S. construction industry is notoriously resistant to change and innovation, frustrating those  who want to introduce hemp building to the United States, as it has been used for the past 30 years in Europe. 

But ‘hempcrete’ blocks are being noticed because they have been used in European builds for decades, and provide a green, carbon-sequestering, insulative wall solution. 

“We have been working to decarbonize the construction sector for 10 years now and we remain 100% convinced that the hemp block has a crucial role to play,” Charlotte De Bellefroid, spokesperson for Belgium-based IsoHemp, wrote in an email to Hemp Build Mag. 

The company manufactures 1 million hemp blocks per year and will increase production to 5 million blocks per year with a new robotic factory to keep up with demand. 

A new Joe Biden administration focus on reducing carbon in the construction industry, has focused on more efficient buildings, but carbon-sequestering industrial hemp could possibly  have a prominent place in the discussion. 

It will be “impossible” to halve U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 “without rapid decarbonization of the building sector,” Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) President Paula Glover said in a statement last week. 

Light weight, quick to assemble

Precast hemp blocks, made with chopped hemp hurd and lime binder are much lighter than concrete blocks. The blocks can be quickly assembled and provide insulation rates up to R70. Uniform-density blocks are easy to transport to a worksite, and are pre-cured, saving drying time compared to hand-cast “in situ” or spray applied hempcrete construction. 

Walls made with hempcrete blocks are fireproof, mold proof, pest proof and long-lasting compared to timber-framed homes, which can be constructed of poor quality materials.

Load-bearing systems

By themselves, unlike concrete cinder blocks, hempcrete blocks are not loadbearing, so they can’t be completely swapped out for timber home framing.

However, IsoHemp and others, including the Vicat Group in France, have developed an inner steel post-and-beam support system that can replace timber framing in the block walls.

HempBLOCK USA, a new Australian hemp block supplier, licenses the Vicat system for building in the United States.

“Cinder blocks operate on the premise of a vertical footing and a post beam around top of the house,” Glen Donoghoe of HempBLOCK USA told Hemp Build Mag. 

“The vertical post ties the building together to the beam, and hemp blocks do exactly the same thing.”

Installed blocks are covered with lime plaster or stucco.

Hempcrete has not yet made its way into U.S. building codes and is uncommon in regional or local builds, but building inspectors understand the steel cage and cement support system, Donoghoe said.

The BIOSYS system, licensed by HempBLOCK, uses precast interlocking hemp blocks that can also save labor and time. The outer walls of a house can be built by relatively unskilled labor within days, and about 70% faster than a concrete wall, Donoghoe said. In contrast, it takes about two months to construct outer walls with traditional stick framing, insulation, plastic wrap, siding and drywall.

Donoghoe runs the company from the mountains near Toulouse, France. Currently, he manages container shipments of BIOSYS blocks, about 600 per container, with binder or enough to build the walls of a 2,400 sq. foot home for around $30,000. Shipments from France take six to eight weeks, Donoghoe said. 

He acknowledges this delivery method is not carbon-neutral, but the system is working until a reliable U.S. supply chain can provide building quality hemp hurd in large quantities. 

 “If we can manufacture locally, reduce the carbon footprint and add value to local economies, people would be buying locally and we’d be employing people,” he said.  

“Everybody wins in this scenario.”

‘Lego’ system

Another load bearing hemp block system was developed by British Columbia-based JustBioFiber. 

“We’re the only pre-engineered structural building system based on hemp,” JustBioFiber CEO Denver-based Dave Ladouceur told Hemp Build Mag. 

“We take your drawings and floor plans and our software automatically converts them into block-engineered buildings.”

JustBioFiber made a splash with the Harmless Home, a magnificent hempcrete residence built in British Columbia for a private owner.

But the company has its sights set on large developers building hotels and other large projects. JustBiofiber recently constructed a building on the campus of the University of Trent in Canada. 

The company also builds a foundation block out of recycled plastic which can save time compared to pouring cement foundations.  

“We are not the product to be found at Home Depot,” Ladouceur said. “Our focus is to become the premier sustainable building products company in the world. We are looking for large scale master developers who are going to make a commitment to JBF products in the market. Building one-off housines is not efficient for us,” he added. 

But the pandemic took its toll on the Calgary-based company, he said.

“We have back orders for millions of blocks we can’t fill,” he said.

The company is in talks to build factories in Texas, Missouri, Arizona and New Mexico, he added.

Adobe hemp blocks

Other U.S. engineers and architects have experimented with mixing hemp with other, more load-bearing materials, such as adobe clay, but commercial applications are not quite available in the market. 

Hemp blocks as insulation

Hemp blocks without the structural component can also replace expensive lumber when used as insulation. 

Pre-cured hempcrete bricks 8 x 16 x 6-inches installed with mortar by masonry professionals can be used along with a wood frame construction to provide “shear” horizontal support usually taken up by particle-board OSB.

Hemp blocks work well as insulation because of air pockets trapped in the fluffy hemp within the lime blocks. Unlike Portland cement, walls do not crack with freeze-thaw cycles because hemp and lime regulate moisture inside a building and wick it to the outside. Hemp insulated homes save on heating and cooling costs and have highly rated acoustic properties. 

Whether U.S. builders and consumers will embrace hemp blocks remains to be seen. But lumber prices may cause the U.S. construction industry to think outside the timber-framed box. 

“Changing construction habits is indeed a long term challenge,” IsoHemp’s De Bellefroid said. “Architects, contractors, project owners, we all need to adopt new ways of building.” 

But the hemp block’s thermal and acoustic insulation, water regulation, fire resistance as well as a negative carbon footprint makes it “a material that revolutionizes the building industry,” she added. 

Editor’s note: A JBS block video formerly seen on this story was incorrectly identified as featuring hemp blocks. The video featured another JBS product, a foam block.

Jean Lotus is editor and publisher of HempBuild Magazine.

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Agricultural hemp foods improve quality of, life

Restaurants Serving Agricultural Hemp Foods Improve Quality of Life

The oldest known food catering establishments dated as far back as the Song Dynasty (960-1279) whose paper money economy and healthy middle class allowed them to cater to the residents who lived there as well as travelers. All other examples of eating establishments came in the form of Inns and catered to the weary traveler. Though located in busy areas, the local residents were not patrons of these establishments.
The word Restaurant comes from the French Word Restaurur meaning “a food which restores”. The first restaurants emerging in Europe, specifically France, Spain and England in the 16th and 17th centuries served food family style or as buffets bringing people together to share a common meal. Waiters did not begin carrying around platters of food as a part of service until the beginning of the 18th century around the same time patrons began choosing items from a menu.

Throughout history, restaurants and eating establishments have provided nourishing social experiences locally and abroad. Community meetings are held in these spaces as well as personal and business engagements, making restaurants the backdrop for memorable human interactions. At this point there are so many restaurants in so many places many no longer eat at home preferring the convenience of a well cooked meal without having to deal with the business of making it. Serving a meal for people is an art that spans time and centuries, but today’s market is competitive and saturated.

It must be difficult to own and operate a restaurant. Politics, society and misinterpretations of what is real and healthy shape the decision businesses have to make. Tough times means cutting costs wherever possible and restaurants often times are forced to compromise quality products used in the foods served just to keep the lights on. To make matters more gloomy, today’s degrading economy brings health articles advising people not to eat out to avoid health issues and reports of families cutting their entertainment budgets to make ends meet.

What can a restaurant do to stand out in a sea of dining choices? Old marketing models sell atmosphere and service, friendly staff and discounts for large quantities of food. These models do not fit in a World where people care about what they eat. The staff can be as nice as they want, but ultimately, if the food lacks nutrition, there is no value in what’s being offered to the community.
Agricultural Hemp provides a solution. Hemp Seeds and Oils provide all of the amino acids, Omega 3 and 6’s and numerous other necessary nutrients the body needs to function properly. One is able to get the complete recommended daily supply in less than 3 Tablespoons of seed, oil or protein powder. On a molecular level, the proteins supplied by hemp rid the body of bad cells and replace them with new functioning cells daily. All of that and it’s organic, glutton free and hyper-allergenic.

Hemp Flour, Hemp Oil, Hemp Protein Powder and Hemp Seeds are easy to use as substitutions in recipes already served on the menu or inspire something new! Restaurants are able to boast the healthiest food in the market and the community benefits all the way down to the cellular level. It’s easy to produce effective, truthful marketing copy when the food served improves the quality of life in such a personal way. Mission statements should reflect the restaurants desire to serve food allowing them to live up to the standards the French name implies when defined as “a food which restores”.

Consumers have been known to choose healthier products and services over destructive ones. They have proven the value of focusing on buyers needs and many businesses have endured the downturn of the economy because of their commitments to the good of the communities they serve. This is the year to try something new and Agricultural Hemp Foods are a perfect way to show appreciation for your customers and communities as a whole. What could be more sustainable than that?
Get Hemp!! It is not only renewable it is Healthy for you!

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How Russia used to be the world’s biggest cannabis exporter

How Russia used to be the world’s biggest cannabis exporter


Peter the Great knew how to use the plant for his material, not spiritual, needs.

Peter the Great knew how to use the plant for his material, not spiritual, needs.Getty Images, Russia Beyond

For centuries, the naval power of Great Britain was based on this key Russian export – all the rigging was made of hemp imported from Russia, where this plant was exceptionally widely used… but not for recreational purposes.

Russia before the 20th century was mostly an agricultural country, and the decisive majority of its exports were raw materials. Hemp, a plant of the genus cannabis sativa, was one of the biggest factors in Russia’s exports. The strains that were grown in Central Russia were low on tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive component of the plant, so Russians didn’t get high on it (there are no records of a massive recreational use), but the state surely got rich with it. Moreover, Russia actually supplied its biggest naval enemy, Great Britain, with hemp that was used to make rigging for the British fleet…

Paper and armor, ropes and sails

Rope making: 'laying' or twisting three strands of hemp yarn to form a rope (L). A hemp rope (R).

Rope making: ‘laying’ or twisting three strands of hemp yarn to form a rope (L). A hemp rope (R).Getty Images 

Cannabis sativa is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, and probably one of the first to be spun into fiber in human history. Its uses are widely varied. In ancient China, the first paper was made of this plant; Johann Gutenberg’s first Bible, first American constitution and the Declaration of Independence were all printed on hemp paper.

Hemp is the material produced of Cannabis sativa L. subsp. sativa, a genus of the plant used for industrial purposes. Hemp as a material is produced by soaking the stems of the plant in water. The resulting fiber has unique physical qualities: it’s too thick to be eaten by parasites like moths and so sturdy that the goods produced from it are exceptionally endurable. Canvas for clothing and bedsheets, ropes and harnesses for horses, even hemp armor – warriors of the ancient Rus’ sewed layers of hemp ropes onto their clothes, and these ropes protected them from arrows, swords, and spear hits. Also, hemp doesn’t rot, even in salty sea water, which makes it a perfect material for naval rigging and sails.Drying of hemp and flax, Russia, illustration from Teatro universale, Raccolta enciclopedica e scenografica, 1838.

Drying of hemp and flax, Russia, illustration from Teatro universale, Raccolta enciclopedica e scenografica, 1838.Getty Images 

In the Russian language, there’s an adjective poskonnyi (‘посконный’), used to describe something very old, traditional, related to peasant Rus’. But not many Russians know that this adjective comes from the word poskon’ (‘посконь’), which means a male cannabis plant. Males plants are used mainly for producing industrial hemp, because they’re taller, thicker, and have no seeds that make the production of hemp fiber more complicated. So, why was traditional Russia so strongly connected to hemp?

How naval rigging made friends of enemies

Model of 'The Solen,' a typical Swedish vessel of the Northern War

Model of ‘The Solen,’ a typical Swedish vessel of the Northern WarJim Hansson/Swedish National Maritime Museums 

Industrial hemp has been cultivated in the Russian lands since pre-Christian times, for the production of clothing, fishing nets, and ropes, later for making horse harnesses and body armor. Peasants ate food cooked in hemp oil, as sunflower oil wasn’t widely available in the central and northern regions.

From the 16th century the Russian state started producing more hemp than it needed – because export markets opened up. Let’s see how it developed and how Russia became the world’s leading exporter of industrial hemp.

In the 16th century, Richard Chancellor established trade with the Tsardom of Russia. The British started importing Russian hemp from that time; but the heyday of this trade came under Peter the Great’s reign.Hemp stem showing fibers (L). The process of hemp production (R).

Hemp stem showing fibers (L). The process of hemp production (R).Public domain; МАММ/MDF

In the 1710s, the Great Northern War between Sweden and the coalition of Russia, Denmark-Norway and Saxony-Poland was in full swing. Britain didn’t interfere until 1717, but in fact, joined the Russian side much earlier – because of hemp.

Business and war sometimes go different ways. To fuel its naval power, Britain needed timber, iron, and hemp. Before the Northern War, Britain bought hemp and iron mostly from Sweden, but during the war, didn’t provide help for the Swedes against the Russians. Disgusted with this, Charles XII of Sweden pushed up the prices for hemp and iron.Flagship 'Goto Predestinatsia' (The Providence of God) built by Peter the Great at Voronezh, 1700, 1701. Found in the collection of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Artist : Schoonebeek (Schoonebeck), Adriaan (1661-1705).

Flagship ‘Goto Predestinatsia’ (The Providence of God) built by Peter the Great at Voronezh, 1700, 1701. Found in the collection of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Artist : Schoonebeek (Schoonebeck), Adriaan (1661-1705). Getty Images 

In 1715, Britain started importing iron from Russia, and Peter understood he should also export hemp. The same year, the Russian tsar issued an order to increase the production of hemp and at the same time, offered the British lower prices than Sweden: while the Swedes sold a ton of hemp for £22, Peter offered it for £6. And, as British naval officers confirmed, Russian hemp was much better than Swedish.

Along with logistics, for the English merchants, one ton of Russian hemp material was a little more than £10! And crucially, the Russian supply of hemp was endless, compared with Sweden’s relatively paltry stocks… By protecting its merchant ships that had to get to the Russian Baltic shores through Swedish-controlled waters, Britain, in fact, took the Russian side in the war. In 1715, 200 English merchant ships arrived at St. Petersburg and Riga, buying enormous amounts of hemp cloth and ropel and providing Russia with money needed to continue the war.

The hemp export of Russia

The getting in of the hemp in Russia.

The getting in of the hemp in Russia.Getty Images 

Eventually, as we know, Sweden was defeated in 1721, and Russia became an Empire. Until the beginning of the 19th century, Russia was the sole exporter of hemp to Great Britain (96 percent of the British rigging was made of Russian hemp), while politically, the two European superpowers were against each other in many wars during the 18th century.

Over 32,000 tons of hemp was exported from Russia annually in the 18th century. Peasants of the Oryol, Kaluga, Kursk, Chernigov, and other regions made profits by cultivating the plant and producing hemp material.The emblem of the town of Dmitrovsk, Oryol region, Russia. A cannabis plant can be seen in the middle of the lower part.

The emblem of the town of Dmitrovsk, Oryol region, Russia. A cannabis plant can be seen in the middle of the lower part.

But in the early 19th century, Britain started importing cotton from America, and jute fiber, which was cheaper in production, started being used for naval rigging; Russian hemp imports to Britain declined. Still, Russia continued to export hemp to more than 10 countries in Europe. In the second half of the 19th century, hemp accounted for between 50 to 74 percent of Russian exports, and by the end of the century, Russia produced 140,000 tons of hemp – 40 percent of all hemp produced in Europe. But by the beginning of the 20th century, jute rigging had replaced hemp rigging almost everywhere, and steam ships, used since the mid-19th century, replaced sailing ships. So the hemp power of the Russian Empire came to an end. To the present day, the town of Dmitrovsk in Oryol region bears the image of a cannabis plant on its emblem, reminding us that this region was the leading one in hemp production in olden times.

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Wat zijn Cannabis Social Clubs

Wat zijn Cannabis Social Clubs?

Cannabis Social Clubs kunnen een oplossing zijn voor verschillende landen en reguleringsmodellen. Maar waarom zijn ze niet opgenomen in de legalisatiediscussie?

Door Mauro Picavet -25 July 20200

Aangezien regelgeving en legalisatie zich over de hele wereld verspreidt, kunnen Cannabis Social Clubs een oplossing zijn voor verschillende landen en reguleringsmodellen.

Ontworpen in Spanje, gepopulariseerd door ENCOD

Midden jaren negentig ontwierpen cannabisactivisten in de Spaanse regio’s Catalonië en Baskenland het Cannabis Social Club-model. Het model is verder gepopulariseerd en ontwikkeld door ENCOD (European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies) en coördinator wijlen Joep Oomen.

Het model is gebaseerd op zeven principes die hen onderscheiden van andere initiatieven. Ze zijn als volgt: aanbod volgt vraag (niet andersom), non-profit, transparantie, volksgezondheid, opent de dialoog met autoriteiten en ondersteunt (inter-) nationaal activisme.

Zie ook filmpje hierboven.

Waarom niet opgenomen in de legalisatiediscussie?

Cannabis Social Clubs bestaan ​​en opereren nu in verschillende landen, maar alleen in Uruguay worden ze opgenomen als een legaal alternatief voor de thuiskweek en de apotheken die cannabis leveren. Er zijn naar verluidt minstens 91 geregistreerde Cannabis Social Clubs actief in het kleine Zuid-Amerikaanse land.

Inmiddels telt Spanje nu meer clubs dan Nederland coffeeshops heeft. Maar terwijl de coffeeshops in Nederland wiet openlijk kunnen verkopen (als ze zich aan de regels houden, wat lastig is met een illegale toeleveringsketen), werden Cannabis Social Clubs een paar dagen wettelijk gereguleerd.

Weinig mensen weten dit, omdat het werd overschaduwd door het Catalaanse referendum over onafhankelijkheid. Dit leidde uiteindelijk tot de snelle ondergang van de wet, aangezien alle Catalaanse wetten door de Spaanse federale regering werden onwettig verklaard. De Cannabis Social Clubs gingen naar de rechter, maar verlorenuiteindelijk hun zaak bij het Grondwettelijk Hof. In zijn arrest stelt de rechtbank dat cannabis een geclassificeerde verdovende stof is, hoewel het voor therapeutische doeleinden kan worden gebruikt, dus het is een zaak met impact op het strafrechtelijke gebied en daarom voorbehouden aan de staat.

Cannabis Social Clubs in België en Nederland

Na de plotselinge dood van Joep Oomen werd het ergste gevreesd voor de Cannabis Social Clubs in België. Oomen richtte in 2006 de eerste Cannabis Social Club (Trekt Uw Plant) op in Antwerpen, die sindsdien tweemaal voor de rechtbank is vrijgesproken. Na een recente vrijspraak van een club in Namen staat Trekt Uw Plant voor een nieuwe rechtszaak, maar er is hoop op nog een vrijspraak.

In Nederland hadden we Cannabis Social Club (Tree of Life), maar die zijn een andere weg ingeslagen.

Naast Tree of Life zijn er ook verschillende zogenaamde Medical Social Clubs ontstaan, met name de keten van Suver Nuver-clubs. Ze zijn al een aantal jaren actief door hun leden via pakketzending van cannabisolie te voorzien, maar zijn pas onlangs gevraagd voor een gesprek op het hoofdbureau van politie in Noord-Nederland. Suver Nuver heeft sindsdien haar activiteiten voortgezet.


Nederland werkt aan een wietproef met gereguleerde cannabisteelt, maar Cannabis Social Clubs maken geen deel uit van de discussie.

Aan de overkant van de vijver boekt de Britse Cannabis Social Clubs-beweging vooruitgang, hoewel ze meestal niet alle richtlijnen volgt (let op: je zou hetzelfde kunnen zeggen voor Spanje). Waar ze wel vooruitgang boeken, is door deel te nemen aan het gesprek met de media, zoals de Teeside Cannabis Social Club onlangs aantoonde, met steun van de lokale wetshandhaving.

De vraag die opkomt is of CSC’s net als Uruguay, in toekomstige reguleringswetten zullen worden opgenomen. Maar het is waarschijnlijker dat mensen naar de aandelenmarkt in Canada kijken in plaats van alternatieven te overwegen die de consumenten ten goede komen in plaats van de aandeelhouders.

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HEMP NATION ONE is a plan.


HEMP NATION ONE is not a dream but a plan.

It is the plan to rehabilitate hemp in all it’s potential. We reintroduce hemp as the ‘in between’ crops toclean and reactivate the soil and test our findings.
It is the plan to reinstate hemp for all kinds of things, from fuel to fiber, from medicine to food, from clothing to hempcrete, from paper to canvas to composite..

It is the plan to replace dirty and old technology and customs by offering hemp products at an industrial scale to local research and production facilities.
It is the plan to regulate and legalize this plant and return it to the people by offering methods, legal frameworks and powerful networked solutions.

In 2020-25 HEMP NATION ONE will develop partnerships with organizations that are focused on the preservation of nature, permaculture, soil sanitation, architectural and productdesign en of course the production and sale of anything hemp.

We hope you will take on the challenge to allow ecological hemp goods in your home.
Making the world a pleasant, cleaner, quieter place is something we all can approve of.
HEMP NATION ONE wants you to offer that chance.
Don’t forget to clean up for the next generation here.
Your children will thank you.

One World
One People
One Love