The most common question we are asked is:
"What Can I Do To Help?"
There are many things that you can do. We will try to list as many things as we can below. Please pick and choose what you have time for and come back every so often for more ideas.
The most important thing you can do, from the perspective of a small non-profit like us, is to make a contribution, bequest, and/or in-kind donation to Vote Hemp.
Call Your Senators
Click here for your Senators' phone numbers and our easy to use script. Please follow the instructions to call your Senators and encourage them to become a cosponsor of S. 359, or thank them if they already are a cosponsor and ask them to work for a committee hearing for the bill. Remember to share this action with colleagues, friends and family, too.
Write to Your Senators in Congress
Click here and use our pre-written email to contact your Senators and encourage them to cosponsor of Senator Ron Wyden's industrial hemp farming bill, S. 359. Remember to share your action with colleagues, friends and family. If you receive a reply letter please send it to us.
Call Your Representative
Click here and your Representative's phone number and our easy to use script will be available to you to make the call. Please encourage them to become a cosponsor of H.R. 525, or thank them if they already are a cosponsor and ask them to work for a committee hearing for the bill. Remember to share this action with colleagues, friends and family as well.
Write to Your Representative in Congress
Click here to write to your Representative and encourage them to support domestic hemp farming. Please remember to share your action with colleagues, friends and family. Oh, and if you receive a reply letter please send it to us.
Take State Action
Please click here to check to see if there are any action alerts to write or call in support of state hemp legislation in your state. So far in the 2013 legislative season industrial hemp legislation has been introduced in eighteen states: Alabama,
California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia. Industrial hemp legislation is expected to be introduced in at least one more state as well: Michigan. Please click here to read an update on the progress of bills in state legislatures.
If you are on Facebook click here to easily write to your Senators and Representative and share at the same time.
Please Sign the New Petition to the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and President Barack Obama
Legalize Hemp Farming in the United States. This petition was started by Hemp Industries Association member Mina Hegaard, who is the owner of the hemp clothing company Minawear.
See Our Petition to the White House
On April 24, 2012, a little more than seven months after we posted our petition, the ONDCP issued a response. You can read the petition and their response here: http://wh.gov/gKH. Please click here to read an overview of our efforts to educate the Obama Administration on hemp and click here to read our reply to their response.
Please click here to write to President Obama and ask him to allow states to regulate hemp farming without a DEA permit.
Like us on Facebook
Like your Senators and Representative on Facebook, too. If you don't know who they are you can figure that our here.
Post Your Elected Officials on Facebook
Please click here to find them, and then use the Share button that we have at the top right of every page, including the bio pages for the members of Congress, to post the page to Facebook or other social networking sites. Every bio page has a way to call or write them on it, too. They either have a full biography (if they are a cosponsor of H.R. 525 or S. 359, are on a committee that the bills are assigned to, written a constituent reply letter, are a member that we want to cosponsor a bill or have an interesting history related to hemp) or a click through to a web form on their Contact tab for all call and email alerts related to them.
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Register to Vote!
Please register to vote. When you write or call your elected representatives it's great to be able to tell them that you are a registered voter and you vote.
Use this Share Button
, which is in the upper right-hand side of every page on our Web site, to educate your friends, family and acquaintances about industrial hemp. You can use this tool to bookmark any page, email it to people you choose, and send a link to the page to a wide variety of social networking and bookmarking sites.
Download and read the Congressional Research Service (CRS) report Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity by Renée Johnson. Even if you only read the executive summary you will know more than most members of Congress and their staff. If you are really pressed for time you can download our H.R. 525 one page information sheet.
Become a Citizen Lobbyist
Download a copy of The Vote Hemp Guide to Hemp Activism, which we recently updated. If you are looking to take your lobbing to the next level please read and use this guide. It will give you the information and tools that you need to confidently and effectively ask your elected representatives to support legislation which will lift the current ban on hemp farming in the U.S.
Please sign up for our Vote Hemp Action Alert email list so you can keep up to date on the hemp issue. You can also sign up for our Hemp News Update list as well as state specific Action Alert Lists.
Write a Letter to the Editor
It's easy to find news outlets to write to with the Vote Hemp Media Guide. There is a pretty complete listing of local, state and national publications.
Hemp foods, which are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and hemp body care products are carried by large chains such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and by thousands of smaller independent natural food chains, stores and co-ops, and even by some mainstream grocery stores.
You can search for local retailers at HempStores.com. Please buy hemp food products from TestPledge Companies. We especially ask that you support Vote Hemp Supporters as without them we would not be able to do our work!
Outdoor retailers, ecological specialty stores and some department stores carry hemp clothing and accessories. You can see the wide range of hemp products available, and their makers, listed in the Hemp Industries Association's (HIA) Members/Product Directory.
Talk to your friends and family about the benefits of hemp for a sustainable economy and healthy environment. For more information about hemp, please see below or browse our Web site.
Numerous states have passed legislation supporting industrial hemp. What's the status of your state? Please click here to find out.
Spread the Word
If you are a webmaster, please click here to get HTML code for Vote Hemp Web Stickers and Alert Stickers.
If you want more ideas, can help us in any way or have questions, please contact us.