VoteHemp Delegation Advocates in Washington for Hemp Farming Act 2018
In a historic effort to promote industrial hemp cultivation, harvesting and manufacturing of hemp products legally in the United States, the country’s leading grassroots hemp advocacy organization and members, Vote Hemp, descends upon the nation’s capital June 7, 2018. Voter Hemp is once again petitioning Congressional and Senate leaders in effectuating a change in hemp farming laws that currently categorizes hemp (rope) as an illicit controlled narcotic in the DEA’s Schedule 1, CSA.
In a coordinated effort with Agricultural Hemp Solutions group, Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp, will be leading a delegation of farmers, business owners, manufacturers, advocates and hemp industry leaders in a push to lead the way for passage of the “Hemp Farming Act of 2018“. This bill will ultimately allow for the full commercial legalization of industrial hemp farming in the US. A comprehensive passage of this legislation would remove the substance from the Controlled Substance Act which would allow banking potential for farmers, manufacturers and other companies that would produce hemp products. The bill would provide water rights to growers currently monitored by the Bureau of Reclamation.
This bill, introduced April 12th of this year by Kentucky Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and co-sponsored by New York’s Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, along with 28 additional Senate and Congressional leaders, is bipartisan legislation that affects every American as a worker and consumer in some form or another.
If passed, the bill would shift regulatory authority to the USDA and away from DEA jurisdiction. So far, thirty-nine states have allowed hemp research and pilot cultivation oper state-specific programs. With the passage of the Hemp Farming Act, all fifty state are expected to participate within the next few years opening a floodgate of economic opportunities to farming and manufacturing.
Hemp as a farming crop is one of the most versatile plants in the world. It can grow in every state in the country in a number of soil mediums requiring less water than conventional crops while making an excellent rotation crop in the cultivation/farming line-up. From an ecological standpoint, industrial hemp can produce in 1000 acres what 4000 acres of trees can produce in paper…and only takes 100 days to grow per rotation season. Hemp can grow up to 30 feet and prevents erosion during cultivati0n. It requires no pesticides to grow of any kind which makes it a superior choice for the environment.
Get involved today however you can by contacting your Congressional and Senate leaders to pass this critical legislation. Go to VoteHemp.com and be heard.