When AB 1147, the California Industrial Hemp Farming
passed the Senate Public Safety Committee, we
thought the bill
had seen its last policy committee and would sail
right through the Appropriations Committee to the
When we learned the Senate Agriculture Committee was
up the bill, we knew we had hit a bump in the road. The
vote was too close to call and there was a danger
the bill could
be passed over to die in committee.
The bills authors, Assemblymen Mark Leno (D-San
and Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine), their staff members,
Vote Hemp lobbying team pulled out all the stops to
presentation that would prove to the five Senators
committee that entering the growing market for
hemp would be a boon for California agriculture.
Testifying in favor of the bill were Patrick Goggin,
LaBoyteaux, Charles Meyers, and Kevin Friesen.
Goggin, one of
the lawyers who helped the Hemp Industries
the DEA's ban on hemp food, spoke as a Vote Hemp Board
Member. LaBoyteaux, an organic farmer, spoke on
behalf of the
California Certified Organic Farmers. (He also
happens to be
the president of the Humboldt County Farm Bureau.)
Kings County cotton farmer and life long
conservative, explained conventional farmers'
interest in industrial hemp. Friesen, the Seed
Manager for Hemp Oil Canada, offered his experience
managing 100 farmers growing 11,000 acres of industrial
No one testified in opposition.
The hearing earned us a surprizing 3-0 victory. Vice
Denise Ducheny (D-San Diego) and Senators Sheila
Los Angeles) and Edward Vincent (D-Inglewood) voted
Chair Jeff Denham (R-Central Valley) and Senator
Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) abstained.
Vote Hemp owes this victory to your support! Please
us as we continue our work. When the California
Hemp Farming Act is law, the right to farm
industrial hemp will
be affirmed by state law. But first, the bill must
by the Senate Appropriations Committee and win a
vote on the
Senate floor. It may have to go through another
committee and the full Assembly will have to approve
amendments passed in the Senate. Last, but not
least, it needs
the governor's signature.
There is work yet to be done and we need your