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Hemp Farming Bill of 2018! Dec 20, 2018: Trump signs the bill legalizing Industrial it's down to the states for regulation. The good news is that Industrial Hemp is now under the USDA, and not the DEA!

BIG NEWS! Senate passes bipartisan Farm Bill 86-11 including Hemp Farming Act provisions
Yesterday, June 28th, the U.S. Senate voted to pass the Farm Bill including language from the Hemp Farming Act (S. 2667)! The Senate version of the Farm Bill includes language that transfers federal authority for hemp farming to USDA and allows it to be regulated by states under the supervision of USDA. The bill defines hemp as distinct from marijuana, removes it from the Controlled Substances Act and replaces the DEA with USDA for federal oversight. It ensures that native American tribes are included, funds hemp research, funds a hemp seed bank and authorizes federal crop insurance for hemp crops.
The House passed its partisan version of the Farm Bill on June 20th on a party-line vote of 213 -211. Next the House and Senate leaders will appoint a Conference Committee made up mostly of senior members of the Agriculture committees. The Conference will work to reconcile the two bills before it is approved and sent to the President for his signature.
Thanks for your support which made a huge difference in ensuring that hemp farming language was included in the final bill.

Petition filed with the DEA to remove Hemp from the Controlled Substances Act

by the HIA and the Kentucky Industry Council...see link below.

31 May 2016 12:30 PM

Press Conference to Discuss De-Schedule of Hemp to Occur June 1st

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses, in conjunction with the Kentucky Hemp Industry Council, will file a petition with the Drug Enforcement Administration to remove industrial hemp plants from the schedules established under the Controlled Substance Act, on June 1 2016. The petition cites language from the 2014 Farm Bill, which defined hemp as distinct from ‘marijuana’ by establishing the standard that hemp contains no more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol or THC on a dry weight basis. A press conference will be held Wednesday, June 1, from Noon to 2pm at Elizabeth’s on L, to discuss this petition and its objective, as well as Hemp History Week, recent progress made toward commercial hemp farming in the U.S., and the environmental, nutritional and economic benefits of hemp cultivation, followed by a hemp luncheon.


Press Conference and Hemp Luncheon


Hemp Industries Association and Kentucky Hemp Industry Council


Wednesday, June 1st from Noon – 2pm


Elizabeth’s on L – 1341 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

*All interested media are welcome to attend.

Currently, all forms of cannabis are classified as a Schedule I substance—meaning they are controlled to a greater degree than either cocaine or most methamphetamines. The CSA treats industrial hemp plants the same as drug marijuana plants solely because they are of the same species, even though industrial hemp has no potential whatsoever for drug abuse. Despite progress toward hemp farming legalization made in the 2014 Farm Bill, which permitted hemp cultivation agricultural pilot projects in states that have legalized cultivation of industrial hemp, hemp cultivation remains prohibited at the federal level. If successful, the petition would remove from Schedule I industrial hemp plants, defined as cannabis plants having no greater than 0.3% THC by dry weight. To read the petition, please visit:

With Permission of Vote Hemp

August, 2015 from
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.

What is industrial hemp and how is it defined in the Farm Bill?
Industrial hemp is the non-psychoactive, low-THC, oilseed and fiber varieties of the plant Cannabis sativa. Hemp has absolutely no use as a recreational drug. Section 7606 of the Farm Bill defines industrial hemp as "the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis."

What is the purpose of Section 7606?
The U.S. House passed the hemp amendment to the Farm Bill in order to allow research to begin on industrial hemp and determine whether commercial production of hemp would be beneficial for American farmers and businesses.

Twenty-four (24) states have defined industrial hemp as distinct and removed barriers to its production. These states will be able to take immediate advantage of the industrial hemp research and pilot program provision, Section 7606 of the Farm Bill: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia.and Virginia.

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.

Make a contribution today and ensure Vote Hemp has the resources necessary to continue the fight for the legalization of hemp.

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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.