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Industrial Hemp Farming Act: An Historic Opportunity!

 On August 2nd, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with original cosponsors Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), introduced S. 3501, the Senate companion bill to H.R. 1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011. We now have an amazing opportunity! This is an historic occasion as it is the first time a hemp bill has been introduced in the Senate in more than a half a century.

 We need you to write and call your U.S. Senators today and ask them to become a cosponsor of Senator Wyden's bill S. 3501, or thank them if they are already a cosponsor. This is a different bill than the industrial hemp Farm Bill amendment. Even if you have written to you Senators before, it's important that you do so again. Please write and call your Senators now!

Your donations have helped to make a big difference and we could not have done it without your help! If you have made a contribution to Vote Hemp this year, thank you very much, we have put it to good use and have accomplished our goals. If you have not made a donation, or are in the position to give again, please click here to make a donation to Vote Hemp now so we may build on what we have done, gain more cosponsors for the billis in the House and Senate, and prepare for the new Congress next year. We have been working with Senator Wyden's office to introduce a hemp farming bill in the Senate since March 2011 and now is the time to act.

 Please share this alert widely by forwarding this email, sharing this link with your friends. Please click here to email your Senators and click here to call them and ask them to become a cosponsor of Senator Wyden's bill S. 3501. Emails are great, but calls are important too and we urge you to do both if you can. We have a short, easy to use script and phone numbers will be provided for you. If you've never made a call to Congress before please give it a try. It's easy!

 After Senator Wyden introduced his industrial hemp amendment to the Farm Bill during Hemp History Week in June of this year, our supporters sent over 17,500 emails to their Senators and made over 1,000 phone calls in support the amendment! Now that the stand alone bill has been introduced it's time to write and call again, even if you have done so before. Keep up the great work you are making a difference!

 If you are looking to take your lobbing to the next level, please read and use The Vote Hemp Guide to Hemp Activism, which is newly updated for the 2012 August Recess. This twelve page guide will give you the information and tools that you need to confidently and effectively ask your elected representatives to support legislation which will lift the current ban on hemp farming in the U.S. Please click here for a description of the document and the link to download a PDF copy of this concise guide to citizen lobbying on the hemp issue.

-Courtesy of Vote Hemp