Vote Hemp Report: Three More Co-Sponsors for H.R. 1866
The Vote Hemp Report 
Volume IV, Number 6
September 28, 2009
Dear Reader,

Thanks to your generous support we were recently able to hire Ben Droz as a legislative intern. A native of Pittsburgh, Ben graduated from Goucher College this year and began working for Vote Hemp in June lobbying Congress. Ben has been working hard to educate members of Congress and their staff on the benefits of industrial hemp and asking the members to support H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009. Ben has been doing a great job and we have been making good progress securing new co-sponsors for the bill and working towards getting a hearing in committee. We now have fifteen co-sponsors for the bill, the most we have ever had. Four of the co-sponsors are Republicans, making this bill truly bi-partisan. Most importantly we are educating many others who previously knew little or nothing about the issue.

Your donations have also helped us to mount a successful effort to get hemp legislation passed in Oregon and Maine this year. Both bills passed with a bi-partisan majority and were signed by their respective Governors. We could not do this important work without support from you. Thanks to your donations and support from the industry, we are able to make real progress. Please take time to read the update from Ben below, where he shows that your actions make a difference, and consider making a donation so we can continue our efforts to restore the right of American farmers to grow industrial hemp.

We need and truly appreciate your support!

Eric Steenstra,

President
Table of Contents
Legislative Update from Washington, DC
Full Text of H.R. 1866
Current Action Alerts
Legislative Update from Washington, DC
VH Action Alert header
For the past two summers I have had the opportunity to work as Vote Hemp's legislative intern in Washington, DC. Last summer I learned the ropes with Alexis Baden-Mayer. This summer I have had a lot of help from Tom Murphy. Both years I have received guidance on strategy from Eric Steenstra. I learned how to set up meetings, what are the most important things to bring with me and how to conduct them in an uncontroversial and non-abrasive way. I had the opportunity to talk with so many different types of people; advocates, business owners, farmers, and legislators.

This summer I have set up over three dozen meetings with staffers from various offices, and have received very positive feedback from nearly every office. I am currently working on a lobby day that will happen directly after the HIA Convention here in DC, which I invite you to participate in. We are also in the early stages of planning an informational meeting for staffers on The Hill.

In my work scheduling and attending meetings, one thing has made itself very clear - the importance of you, the advocates. I can talk about the benefits of hemp for hours, but I still am only one voice. I cannot stress enough how much of an impact your emails, letters and calls to Congress have. They really do make a big difference! It is imperative in our democracy that you as a constituent express concerns to your representatives, and, more often than not, it is this very support that makes or breaks a piece of legislation. The bill is short and easy to understand, so short we have included the full text below my update. Check it out!

Thanks to all of the calls and emails that have already been sent, I can proudly say that we have gained three additional co-sponsors for H.R. 1866 since the beginning of June. These members need to be thanked for their support and asked to help secure more co-sponsors and a hearing in committee for the bill. There are also many more members of Congress that are supportive of the issue, but really cannot justify a co-sponsorship without hearing from you first. The ball is in now your court; without your action, this bill simply cannot continue to move forward. Please, either by making a donation or contacting your representative, please do your part in making hemp farming a reality.

Thank you,

Ben Droz,

Legislative Intern
 
Full Text of H.R. 1866
VH Action Alert header111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1866

To amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marihuana, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 2, 2009




A BILL

To amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marihuana, and for other purposes.

   Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

   This Act may be cited as the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009".

SEC. 2. EXCLUSION OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP FROM DEFINITION OF MARIHUANA.

   Paragraph (16) of section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802(16)) is amended-

     (1) by striking "(16)" at the beginning and inserting "(16)(A)"; and

     (2) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

   "(B) The term 'marihuana' does not include indus10 trial hemp. As used in the preceding sentence, the term 'industrial hemp' means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.".

SEC. 3. INDUSTRIAL HEMP DETERMINATION TO BE MADE BY STATES.

   Section 201 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 811) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

   "(i) INDUSTRIAL HEMP DETERMINATION TO BE MADE BY STATES.-In any criminal action, civil action, or administrative proceeding, a State regulating the growing and processing of industrial hemp under State law shall have exclusive authority to determine whether any such plant meets the concentration limitation set forth in subparagraph (B) of paragraph (16) of section 102 and such determination shall be conclusive and binding.".

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Nationwide: Click here to write your Congressional representative and ask him/her to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009. If he/she is a co-sponsor already, you will be able to thank them and ask them to help get the bill a hearing in committee.

The following states have passed hemp farming bills and/or resolutions or memorials urging Congress to allow states to regulate hemp farming. Please use the links below to write to your Congressional representative if you are from these states.

Maine: Click here to write to Your Representative and ask them to become a co-sponsor of HR 1866.

Montana: Click here to write to Rep. Denny Rehberg and ask him to become a co-sponsor of HR 1866.

New Mexico: Click here to write to Your Representative and ask them to become a co-sponsor of HR 1866.

North Dakota: Click here to write to Rep. Earl Pomeroy and ask him to become a co-sponsor of HR 1866.

Oregon: Click here to write to Your Representative and ask them to become a co-sponsor of HR 1866. Rep. Earl Blumenauer just signed on as a co-sponsor. Please click here to thank him.

Vermont: Click here to write to Rep. Peter Welch and ask him to become a co-sponsor of HR 1866.

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