Hemp Car, a 1983 Mercedes Benz Turbo Diesel wagon, is an alternative-fuel project car that utilizes hemp biodiesel for fuel. Industrial hemp would be an economical fuel if hemp were legal to cultivate in the United States. Industrial hemp has no psychoactive properties and is not a drug. Hemp Car will demonstrate the concept of hemp fuels on a national level and promote the reformation of current law. 

Hemp Car will be featured at the NORML 4.20 Conference in Washington, D.C., departing from Washington, D.C. on July 4, 2001 and returning on October 2, 2001. The car will tour America, with stops in Canada, frequenting alternative-energy, environmental, and hemp-legalization events. Hemp Car is expected to generate publicity, emphasizing the utility of industrial hemp to modern society. The crew intends to provide the public with information about biofuels, hemp, their uses, and current American laws. 

The Hemp Car crew includes Grayson Sigler and Kellie Ogilvie, who will be driving; Scott Furr, media coordinator; Chuck Ruchalski, photographer; Scott Belbin, mechanic; and Todd Swearingen, fuel processor. Appal Energy is processing the hemp oil into biodiesel. 

Sponsors include Hempworld, Norml, The Ohio Hempery, Appal Energy, Sunhemp, Hemp Oil Canada, Doug Keenan, Joshua Tickell, Hemp US Flat, Access Eco, David Bronner, The HIA, Rabbi Nathan, Nancy Lord Johnson, Golden Troll and MMMM420 

Hemp Car is attempting to establish a world distance record for a vehicle utilizing hemp for fuel: 10,000 miles. A network of hemp activists will provide the hemp oil at planned intervals throughout the country. 

For more information, and a schedule of events, see the Hemp Car website at www.hempcar.org 

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