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August, 2015 from votehemp.com
Industrial Hemp Research Section Included in the Farm Bill!

Vote Hemp, the nation's leading hemp grassroots advocacy organization working to revitalize industrial hemp production in the U.S., is excited to report that on February 7, 2014, President Obama signed the Agriculture Act of 2014, the Farm Bill, into law. Section 7606 of the act, Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research, defines industrial hemp as distinct and authorizes institutions of higher education or state departments of agriculture in states where hemp is legal to grow hemp for research or agricultural pilot programs. Since hemp has not been grown in the United States since 1957, there is a strong need for research to develop new varieties of hemp that grow well in various states and meet the current market demands.

Please click here to learn more about Section 7606 of the Farm Bill.

Terrific News! (June 3, 2015)

Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives voted to prevent the DEA and the Department of Justice from interfering with state hemp laws, cannabidiol laws and Farm Bill pilot programs. In fact, they voted on 3 different hemp amendments and all 3 passed with overwhelming bipartisan majorities!

The Bonamici amendment which protects states implementing state hemp farming regulations passed by a vote of 282-146. The Massie amendment which protects states that are implementing hemp pilot programs under the Farm Bill passed by a vote of 289 - 132. The Perry amendment which protects state laws that make it lawful to possess, distribute, or use cannabidiol oil, passed by a vote of 297 - 130.


Vote Hemp was on the Hill visiting every House office to ensure they were educated about the amendments and urging support. Thanks to key allies and support from people like you, the Massie and Bonamici amendments passed with huge bipartisan support.

The third hemp amendment was introduced this year for the first time. The Perry amendment protects state CBD laws passed and we are excited to see it get such strong support.

There is a new Senate hemp and CBD bill that was just introduced by Sen. Gardner of Colorado that needs your support. S. 1333 would remove hemp and CBD from the Controlled Substances Act. Please email your Senators today and ask them to support S. 1333.

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We are working hard to educate Congress. Vote Hemp held a well attended Senate briefing last week which featured Adam Watson from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Gregg Baumbaugh, CEO of Flexform Technologies, a tier 2 auto parts manufacturer that produces hemp fiber based composites. We also provided an update on state and federal hemp laws and legislation.