Vote Hemp Report: Four More Cosponsors for H.R. 1831
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The Vote Hemp Report 
Volume 7 Number 1 
Mar. 2, 2012
Dear Reader,

We are very pleased to report that H.R. 1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, gained four new cosponsors since we last updated you: Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-MI 13th District), Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA 51st District), Rep. Timothy Johnson (R-IL 15th District), and Del. Eleanor Norton (D-DC At Large). Please see their bios below and write to thank them if they represent you.

We continue making significant gains and the bill now has 34 cosponsors, the most ever. We would not have been able to do this without your support!

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We are now well positioned to make a big push to get a Senate companion bill to H.R. 1831 introduced before the end of the 112th Congress, which Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon will introduce once we locate a Republican cosponsor. Please click here to write your Senator and ask him/her to become a cosponsor of Sen. Wyden's companion bill to H.R. 1831.

A little more than five months ago our We the People petition to allow hemp farming once again in the U.S. received enough signatures to get a response from The White House. There are well over 27,000 signatures now. On February 22nd we were told that the response is done and is now winding its way through the vetting process. If you did not sign the petition, please sign it now so you will get a copy of their response when it's issued.

We continue to make progress on the state level as well. Even though it's an election year, hemp bills have been introduced in six states: Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and New Mexico. We hope that at least a few of these bills make it to the finish line. With your donations we can continue our efforts to support state legislation! We have purchased a booth at the National Farmers Union convention which is being held next week in Omaha, Nebraska and provided funding to several hemp activists from New Mexico to attend and educate farmers on the benefits of industrial hemp.

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Please make a contribution to Vote Hemp today to help us continue to make progress towards legal hemp farming here in the U.S. We need and truly appreciate your support!

Regards,

Eric Steenstra
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In This Issue
Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-MI 13th District)
Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA 51st District)
Rep. Timothy Johnson (R-IL 15th District)
Del. Eleanor Norton (D-DC At Large)
We the People Petition to The White House
Current Action Alerts
Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-MI 13th District)
Rep. Hansen Clarke

If you live in his district, please send an email to Rep. Clarke 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. Clarke is a supporter of industrial hemp agriculture in the United States.  On January 31, 2012 Rep. Clarke became a cosponsor of H.R. 1831, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011."

 
Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA 51st District)
Rep. Bob Filner

If you live in his district, please send an email to Rep. Filner 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. Filner is a supporter of industrial hemp agriculture in the United States. On December 7, 2011 Rep. Filner became a cosponsor of H.R. 1831, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011."

 
Rep. Timothy Johnson (R-IL 15th District)
Rep. Timothy Johnson

If you live in his district, send an email to Rep. Johnson 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. Johnson is a supporter of industrial hemp agriculture in the United States.  On November 3, 2011 he became a cosponsor of H.R. 1831, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011."

Rep. Johnson is a member of the House Agriculture Committee and is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture Committee.

 
Del. Eleanor Norton (D-DC At Large)
Del. Eleanor Norton

If you live in Washington, DC, please send an email to Del. Norton and thank her for becoming a cosponsor of H.R. 1831 and for her support to allow U.S. farmers to grow hemp once again.

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

Del. Norton is a supporter of industrial hemp agriculture in the United States. On January 6, 2012 she became a cosponsor of H.R. 1831, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011."

 
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.

 

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.

North Dakota: It's very important that you send an email to Sen. John Hoeven and call his office and ask him to become an original cosponsor of the SEnate companion bill to H.R. 1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011. Sen. Hoeven is in a unique position to become an original cosponsor of the bill because he was the Governor of North Dakota during which time he signed a number of pieces of hemp legislation.

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