Vote Hemp Report: Three More Cosponsors for H.R. 1831
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The Vote Hemp Report 
Volume 6 Number 2 
Nov. 1, 2011
Dear Reader,

We are very pleased to report that H.R. 1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, gained three new cosponsors last month: Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN 7th District), Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR 5th District) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT At Large). Please see their bios below to write and thank them.

All three are members of the House Agriculture Committee and Rep. Peterson is the ranking Democrat on the committee. Rep. Peterson and Rep. Schrader are also members of the Blue Dog Coalition, and they are the first Blue Dogs to cosponsor a hemp farming bill. We would not have been able to do this without your support!

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We also posted our petition on the new We the People site started by The White House. Our petition has met the signature threshold for an official response the Obama Administration. The petition has over 21,000 signatures and is number 4 on the Top 10 list. We expect it to get a separate response from the marijuana-related petitions. If you have not already signed and shared yet, please do so now at http://wh.gov/gKH.

Also, please make a contribution to Vote Hemp today to help us continue fixing the situation here in the U.S. We need and truly appreciate your support!

Regards,

Eric Steenstra
President
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In This Issue
Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN 7th District)
Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR 5th District)
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT At Large)
We the People Petition to The White House
Current Action Alerts
Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN 7th District)
Rep. Collin Peterson

If you live in his district, please send an email to Rep. Peterson and thank him for being a cosponsor of H.R. 1831 and supporting U.S. farmers so they may grow hemp once again.

If you do not live in his district, please click here to call or click here to send an email to your Member of Congress.

Rep. Peterson is a supporter of industrial hemp agriculture in the United States.  On October 25, 2011 he became a cosponsor of H.R. 1831, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011."

Rep. Peterson is the ranking Democratic member of the House Agriculture Committee.

 
Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR 5th District)
Rep. Kurt Schrader

If you live in his district, please send an email to Rep. Schrader and thank him for being a cosponsor of H.R. 1831 and supporting U.S. farmers so they may grow hemp once again.

If you do not live in his district, please click here to call or click here to send an email to your Member of Congress.

Rep. Schrader is a member of the House Agriculture Committee.  He is a supporter of industrial hemp agriculture in the United States.  On October 14, 2011 Rep. Schrader became a cosponsor of H.R. 1831, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011.

  Oregon passed a hemp farming bill in 2009.  In a constituent reply letter, sent on May 17, 2010, Rep. Schrader took no position on industrial hemp.

 
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT At Large)
Rep. Peter Welch

If you live in Vermont, send an email to Rep. Welch and thank him for being a cosponsor of H.R. 1831 and supporting U.S. farmers so they may grow hemp once again.

If you do not live in Vermont, please click here to call or click here to send an email to your Member of Congress.

Rep. Welch is a member of the House Agriculture Committee.  He is a supporter of industrial hemp agriculture in the United States.  On October 11, 2011 Rep. Welch became a cosponsor of H.R. 1831, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011.

Vermont passed a hemp farming bill in 2008, Act 212, and the General Assembly passed a joint resolution in support of Act 212 in 2009, which urged Congress to recognize industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity.

In a constituent reply letter, sent on March 9, 2010, Rep. Welch took no position on industrial hemp.

 
We the People Petition to The White House
White House Petition

Please sign and share the Vote Hemp petition to the Obama Administration to allow hemp farming once again. If you have not already signed and shared yet, please do so now at http://wh.gov/gKH.

 

The petition has over 21,000 signatures and is number 4 on the Top 10 list. It beat the 5,000 signature threshold for a response by The White House 25 house after it was posted on September 22. We expect it to get a separate response from the marijuana-related petitions. Here is the full text:

 

Allow Industrial Hemp to be Grown in the U.S. Once Again

 

Lost opportunities for farmers and businesses have real consequences. With over $419 million in estimated U.S. retail sales, American companies making hemp products have no choice but to import their raw materials because American farmers continue to fear they will be prosecuted due to an outdated federal policy which confuses non-drug industrial hemp with drug varieties of Cannabis.

 

Sustainable hemp seed, fiber and oil are already used in nutritious food, textiles, body care and even auto-parts. Many American companies are using imported hemp in their products today.

 

We urge you to allow U.S. farmers to follow in the footsteps of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, all who were hemp farmers, and once again grow this sustainable and profitable non-drug crop.

 

Please sign the Vote Hemp petition to the White House: http://wh.gov/gKH

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Nationwide: Click here to write your Congressional representative and ask him/her to become a cosponsor of H.R. 1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011. 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.

Also, please click here to write your Senator and ask him/her to become a cosponsor of the Senate version of H.R. 1831, which Sen. Wyden of Oregon will introduce once he gets a Republican cosponsor.

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