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.
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: https://www.thehia.org/resources/Documents/Legal/HIA-Deschedule-Petition-DEA_6-1-2016.pdf.
Permission of Vote Hemp
August, 2015 from votehemp.com
Industrial Hemp Research Section Included in the Farm Bill!
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
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
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
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.
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.
a contribution today and ensure Vote Hemp has the resources necessary to
continue the fight for the legalization of hemp.
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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.