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Court Orders DEA to Pay Hemp Advocates for Attempt to Ban Hemp Foods


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 2005
CONTACT: Adam Eidinger 202-744-2671

Court Orders Drug Enforcement Administration to Pay Hemp Industry
Plaintiff's Legal Bills

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps to Receive $21,265 Reimbursement


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - U.S. COURT of APPEALS for the NINTH CIRCUIT ­
The main fiscal sponsor of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) landmark court
victory against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) protecting sales
of hemp foods in the United States learned this week they won another legal
battle. Ruling under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), the Ninth
Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered the DEA to pay $21,265 to Dr. Bronner's
Magic Soaps® to compensate them for a portion of their legal fees in HIA v.
DEA.

"The EAJA allows an award of attorneys fees in this situation only where the
court finds the Government's position was not Œsubstantially justified,'"
said Joe Sandler, HIA's counsel in the case. "By making this award, the
Court has basically decided that DEA's attempt to outlaw hemp foods never
had any real legal merit."

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps uses hemp oil in all their soaps and also makes
AlpSnack®, an organic hemp food bar which has become popular since the legal
battle ended in September 2004. "We are very pleased to recoup a portion of
the costs associated in fighting off the DEA's illegal attempt to ban
nutritious hemp seed," said David Bronner, President of Dr. Bronner's Magic
Soaps. "We plan to use the money to fund industrial hemp studies in Canada
as well as legislative efforts to allow farmers to grow industrial hemp in
the United States. Hemp seed for foods on account of its omega-3 content is
the immediate market driver building economies of scale; we're also
supporting hemp fiber research and applications as a substitute for timber
in paper and fiberglass incomposites." Dr. Bronner's has pledged $100,000
this year to hemp related projects, and in general devotes at least a third
of before-tax income to various progressive charities and causes.*

Hemp Foods are Safe and Nutritious - DEA Rules Were Ridiculous!

Hemp seed is one of the most perfect nutritional resources in all of nature.
In addition to its excellent flavor profile, the seed meat protein supplies
all essential amino acids in an easily digestible form and with a high
protein efficiency ratio. But most importantly, hemp seed and oil offer high
concentrations of the two essential fatty acids (EFAs) in a perfect ratio of
the omega-3/omega-6 acids. EFA's are the "good fats" that doctors recommend
as part of a healthy, balanced diet. This superior nutritional profile
makes hemp nut (shelled seed) and oil ideal for a wide range of functional
food applications and as an effective fatty acid supplement. Not
surprisingly, hemp nut and oil are increasingly used in natural food
products, such as breads, frozen waffles, cereals, nutrition bars, meatless
burgers and salad dressings.

Eating Hemp Food Does Not Interfere with Workplace Drug-Tests

U.S. hemp food companies voluntarily observe reasonable THC limits similar
to those adopted by European nations and Canada. These limits protect
consumers with a wide margin of safety from workplace drug-testing
interference (see hemp industry standards regarding trace THC at
http://www.testpledge.com). The DEA has hypocritically not targeted food
manufacturers for using poppy seeds (on bagels, muffins, etc.) even though
they contain far higher levels of trace opiates. The recently revived
global hemp market is a thriving commercial success. Unfortunately, due to
drug war paranoia, DEA confuses non-psychoactive industrial hemp varieties
of cannabis with psychoactive varieties, and thus the U.S. is the only major
industrialized nation to prohibit the growing of industrial hemp.

* A current focus is a recovery / development project in Sri Lanka headed
by Gero Leson, D.Env., a key consultant to Dr. Bronner's and the U.S. and
Canadian hemp industries generally. Dr. Leson works on environmental and
sustainability projects worldwide. Familiar with Sri Lanka through his
ongoing cooperation with the country's coconut fiber industry, he and German
colleagues initiated the project, "Second Aid". It helps rebuild the
livelihood of coastal families with small enterprises, which were destroyed
by the tsunami, for example by giving interest-free microloans to fishermen,
repair shops, and canteens.

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