Vote Hemp is a national, single-issue, nonprofit organization dedicated to the acceptance of and free market for industrial hemp, low-THC oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis, and to changes in current law to allow U.S. farmers to grow the crop. Our ultimate goal is having hemp grown on a commercial scale in the U.S. once again and for the crop to be able to be processed here as well. We educate people on the issues surrounding hemp, register voters, and build coalitions to fulfill our mission.
Vote Hemp is working to shift federal regulation of industrial hemp farming out of the hands of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and get hemp farming regulated on the state level.
Vote Hemp also works to defend against any new laws, regulations or policies that would prohibit or restrict hemp commerce or imports.
Vote Hemp is not a drug policy organization, nor do we take positions on drug policy issues other than the improper classification of hemp as a drug.
Vote Hemp was founded in May 2000 by members of the hemp industry and was incorporated in the District of Columbia as a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization. Since then Vote Hemp has emerged as the unquestionable lead political activist organization of the hemp industry. We have demonstrated that Vote Hemp is a strategic organization working for meaningful change in Washington, DC, a necessary precursor to expanding the hemp industry in the U.S. and worldwide.
To get a deeper understanding of the mission of Vote Hemp please read The Vote Hemp Treatise: A Renewal of Common Sense: The Case for Hemp in 21st Century America, written by Erik Rothenberg, President of Atlas Corporation and a former Director of Vote Hemp.
Donations, bequests, and in-kind donations to support this effort can be made online. You can also find sample letters and easy ways to contact elected officials; see the Vote Hemp Action Center.
Some of the best pages to start with on the Vote Hemp Web site are our Federal Legislation page, State Action page, News Coverage page, and our Download Center page. There you can find information on the new bill H.R 1009 which was recently introduced in Congress, what kind of hemp legislation has been introduced in your state, the latest in hemp news, and find just about everything else.
Please also check out our What Can I Do? page for all kinds of ways to get involved and help out.