We had an incredibly successful year in 2009 with Oregon
passing hemp farming legislation, both bills signed into law, and Montana
, New Mexico
, North Dakota
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.
Tom MurphyVote Hemp Report Editor Lobbying in Washington, DC, October 2009
Photo credit: Anndrea Hermann.
|Federal - H.R. 1866 |
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
had a bill defining industrial hemp, HB 1130, introduced
on 3/31/09, which was read twice, but no other
actions were taken.
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 |
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 |
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 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.
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.
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.
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
|Current Action Alerts|
|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.