Vote Hemp Report: 2009 Year-End Wrap Up
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The Vote Hemp Report 
Volume IV, Number 7
December 22, 2009
Dear Reader,

We had an incredibly successful year in 2009 with Oregon and Maine passing hemp farming legislation, both bills signed into law, and Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and Vermont all passing resolutions urging the federal government to allow the states to regulate industrial hemp farming. The passage of industrial hemp legislation on the state level is just one part of our multi-faceted strategy to get hemp farmed and processed here in the U.S. once again. In Congress H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009, now has the most co-sponsors since the bill was first introduced in 2005. Next year, we will be in a better position to achieve our mission than ever before.

Like many non-profits that send out year-end announcements about their accomplishments, we at Vote Hemp would very much appreciate a donation from you to continue our work in the coming year, which is our tenth anniversary! You have been a crucial part of our progress over those ten years, and with your continued support, hopefully we will not need to work at this for another ten. However, we know that many of you are not in a financial position to give this year, so we also offer you many opportunities to help in ways that money alone cannot buy. Plus, the new people that you help us reach out to may be able to make up the difference.

The most important thing that you can do is to forward this email to people whom you know and encourage them to join our mailing list and support our cause. Our ability to reach out to new people, educate them about the issues surrounding industrial hemp and ask them to write to their members in Congress is invaluable. We are also expanding our social media strategy. We have a number of people following us on Twitter, and in the past month alone we have seen the number of fans on our Facebook page double! With your help, we can double all of our subscriber lists in the coming months.
 
Thank you very much for all that you do. We look forward to telling you more about our plans for the potentially huge year ahead. Stay tuned.

Best Regards,

Tom Murphy
Vote Hemp Report Editor

    Lobbying in Washington, DC, October 2009
           Lobbying in Washington, DC, October 2009
                    Photo credit: Anndrea Hermann.
In This Issue
Federal - H.R. 1866
Hawaii
Kentucky
Maine
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Dakota
Oregon
Vermont
Wisconsin
Current Action Alerts
Federal - H.R. 1866
DC Capitol
A federal hemp bill was introduced in Congress on 1/13/07. The bill excludes industrial hemp from the definition of "marihuana" in the Controlled Substances Act and gives states the exclusive authority to regulate the growing and processing of industrial hemp under state law. Please see our Federal Legislation page for much more information on H.R. 1866, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009." Please take action now and write to your representatives in Washington, DC.
Hawaii
Hawaii Capitol
Hawaii had a hemp farming bill, HB 305, introduced on 1/26/09. The bill was heard by the Agriculture Committee on 2/6/09 and the committee recommended that the measure be deferred and died in committee. A bill may be introduced again in the 2010 session.
Kentucky
Kentucky State Capitol
Kentucky had a hemp farming bill, SB 131, introduced on 2/12/09. The bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee 2/23/09 and was in committee on adjournment and died. Another hemp farming bill, BR 139, has been pre-filed in the Senate for the 2010 session.
Maine
Maine Capitol
Maine had a Resolve, LD 893, introduced on 3/5/09 and a hemp farming bill, LD 1159, introduced on 3/25/09. The resolve received a Committee Report of "Ought Not to Pass" on 4/13/09 at the recommendation of its sponsor in deference to the farming bill. The hemp farming bill received a Committee Report of "Ought to Pass as Amended" by a vote of 10 to 1 on 5/22/09, was passed without objection by the House on 5/27/09, was passed in the Senate by a vote of 25-10 on 5/29/09, and was signed into law by the Governor on 6/9/09.  
Minnesota
Minnesota Capitol
Minnesota had a hemp farming bill, HF 0608, introduced in the House on 2/9/09. The companion bill, SF 1365, was introduced in the Senate on 3/12/09. Both bills have been carried over into 2010, the second year of the biennium.
Missouri
Missouri Capitol
Missouri had a bill defining industrial hemp, HB 1130, introduced on 3/31/09, which was read twice, but no other actions were taken.
Montana
Montana Capitol
Montana had a resolution, SJ 20, introduced on 2/7/09, which was passed by the House and Senate and sent to the state's Congressional delegation.
New Hampshire
New Hampshire Capitol
New Hampshire had a hemp farming bill, HB 399, introduced on 1/8/09, which was referred to the House Environment and Agriculture Committee. A public hearing was held on 2/5/09, where New Hampshire law enforcement lobbied heavily against the bill. The committee issued a report of "Inexpedient to Legislate" by a tight vote of 9-8 on 2/19/09, and the bill was killed.
New Mexico
New Mexico Capitol
New Mexico had a pair of hemp farming bills, SB 377 and HB 403, introduced on 1/28/09 and 1/28/09 and a pair of hemp study memorials, SM 30 and HM 47, introduced on 2/16/09 and 2/19/09. The farming bills were deferred, and both the House and Senate passed the memorials, which were forwarded to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the state's Congressional delegation.
North Dakota
North Dakota Capitol
North Dakota is now issuing licenses to farmers to grow hemp under existing state law and North Dakota Department of Agriculture rules. There are also two new bills this year. HB 1549 is a bill to amend and reenact section 4-41-02 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to industrial hemp; the other is a concurrent resolution, HCR 3026, urging the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to allow North Dakota to regulate industrial hemp farming.
 
In June of 2007 the two North Dakota farmers granted state hemp farming licenses, Rep. David Monson and Wayne Hauge, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota in an effort to end the DEA's obstruction of commercial hemp farming in the United States. The case was dismissed by the District Court in November of 2007. The prospective hemp farmers have appealed the decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and an opinion is expected in late 2009 or early 2010. Please see our North Dakota Case page for the latest information on the case.
Oregon
Oregon Capitol
Oregon had a hemp farming bill, SB 676, introduced on 3/3/09. It was passed by the Senate by a vote of 27-2 on 6/19/09, passed by the House by a vote of 46-11 on 6/29/09 and was signed into law by the Governor on 8/4/09. Testimony by HIA members and others in the industry was crucial to the passage of this bill.
Vermont
Vermont Capitol
Vermont had a resolution, JRS 26, introduced on 3/27/09 in support of their hemp farming law, Act 212, which was passed in 2008. The resolution was passed by both the House and Senate and forwarded to the DEA, the Secretary of Agriculture and the state's Congressional delegation. Licenses are not currently being issued by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, as there is a poison pill in the Act.
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Wisconsin had a study bill, AB 206, introduced on 4/14/09. The bill was re-referred to the Committee on Agriculture. A public hearing was held in committee on 11/12/09, for which Vote Hemp provided written testimony. The bill is still active.
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Current Action Alerts
Take Action
Nationwide: Click here to write to your Congressional representative and ask him/her to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 1866, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009. If they are 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 relevant link below to write to your Congressional representative if you are from one of 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.

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

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