Pubdate: Mon, 19 Mar 2012
Source: Nanaimo Daily News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2012 Nanaimo Daily News
Author: Walter Cordery


Members of Vancouver Island University's Hempology 101 club held a 
symposium Sunday to explain the medicinal and other benefits of hemp.

The purpose of the second Cannabis Convention at VIU was to try to 
educate the public about misinformation the club believes is 
disseminated to the public.

VIU hempology club president Amie Gravell said many people think of 
hemp, or cannabis, as something that people use recreationally or 
medicinally. She would like the public to know of the natural 
benefits hemp offers.

"There are myriad of ways that hemp can be used - from medicinal 
marijuana to increasing an individual's Omega 3 fatty acids by eating 
hemp seeds," Gravell said. Hemp can also be used for making 
long-lasting strong ropes, she said.

"What this conference is about is to provide a space for the public 
to learn how beneficial hemp can be."

It was also about exposing media bias and how the mainstream media 
reports RCMP press releases about marijuana arrests as fact.

To argue this, the VIU hempology club brought in Andrew Brown, the 
editor of Cannabis Digest and a former VIU student.

Brown, who graduated from VIU with a degree in journalism and 
creative writing, started smoking pot when he was a teenager. He 
founded the hempology club at VIU while he was a student.

He said one of his main concerns is how arrests from 
marijuana-growing operations are reported.

"You can tell that the journalist is just taking the police at their 
word without really investigating, anytime you see that a growop raid 
netted the cops 1,000 pot plants worth $100,000 you should be 
skeptical. There's no way it's worth that much. "The story doesn't 
say how mature the plants were."

He strongly urged the approximately 50 audience members at VIU to 
fight the federal government's C-10 - the so-called omnibus crime 
bill - that will make growing six cannabis plants a criminal offence.

Ted Smith, another speaker at the convention, is the president of the 
International Hempology 101 Society.

He said the society continues to grow.

"We have clubs on campuses across the country from New Brunswick to 
B.C.," Smith said.
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