ALERT: Your Action is requested to support a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to allow Hemp Farming in the U.S.
Let’s be totally clear right up front. Supporting Hemp Farming allows the farming of non-psychoactive hemp that is used for food, seed, and clothing. Hemp is used and sold for all these purposes in the U.S. but the hemp, which is grown in all other industrialized countries, has to be imported because it is illegal, at this time, to grow it in the U.S.
Here’s some background:
In 2005, we reached a major milestone. For the first time since the federal government outlawed hemp farming in the United States, a federal bill was introduced that would remove restrictions on the cultivation of non-psychoactive industrial hemp.
At a Capitol Hill lunch on June 23, 2005 marking the introduction of H.R. 3037, the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2005,” Congressional staffers were treated to a delicious gourmet hemp lunch while listening to various prominent speakers tout the myriad benefits of encouraging and supporting a domestic hemp industry.
Please click on this link to Take action and write to your Representative to support Hemp Farming in the U.S.
The following paragraphs are the pre-written text that you would be sending if you follow the link to Take Action :
I am writing to ask that you please become a co-sponsor of H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009, and to work to get hearings for the bill in the committees to which it has been assigned. The legislation allows American farmers to once again grow hemp to the extent allowed under state laws, repealing a provision in federal law that makes the United States the only industrialized nation where farmers are prohibited from competing in the booming industrial hemp market.
If you or your staff would like to learn more about this agricultural issue, please read the latest version of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) report “Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity,” which is dated March 23, 2007 and has the order code RL32725. The report can be ordered from the CRS or it can be downloaded from The National Agricultural Law Center or go here:
Please also consider watching the video “Controversial Crop” from America’s Heartland, which is produced by KVIE in Sacramento, California or go here:
Last year Vote Hemp released a poll of 807 likely North Dakota voters about industrial hemp. According to the poll, a total of 74% of North Dakotan voters support changing federal law to allow farmers to grow hemp, including 40% who “strongly support” and another 34% who “somewhat support” changes so that farmers in the U.S. can supply manufacturers with hemp seed and fiber grown from oilseed and fiber varieties of industrial hemp. You can read the poll or go here:
The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009 would finally allow North Dakota, and the states that have passed pro-hemp legislation or resolutions (Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia), considered pro-hemp legislation or resolutions (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin), or where farm groups have advocated for a return to industrial hemp farming (Ohio and Pennsylvania), to choose whether or not to let farmers grow industrial hemp.
I would specifically like to know: Will you become a become a co-sponsor of H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009, which will once again permit agricultural hemp farming in the U.S.? What is your position on supporting farmers in the U.S. having the opportunity to once again farm this valuable agricultural crop? What did you, or your staff, think of the CRS report and the video? Will you work to get hearings for the bill in the committees to which it has been assigned?
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