In 2005, we reached a major
milestone … for the first time since the federal
government outlawed hemp farming in the United States, a
federal bill was introduced that would remove
restrictions on the cultivation of non-psychoactive
industrial hemp. At a Capitol Hill lunch on June 23,
2005 marking the introduction of H.R.
3037, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2005,"
Congressional staffers were treated to a delicious
gourmet hemp lunch while listening to various prominent
speakers tout the myriad benefits of encouraging and
supporting a domestic hemp industry.
The bill was written with
the help of Vote Hemp by chief sponsor Rep. Ron
Paul (R-TX), and it garnered 11 additional
co-sponsors. The bill defined industrial hemp and
assigned authority over it to the states, allowing laws
in those states regulating the growing and processing of
industrial hemp to take effect.
Industrial Hemp Farming Act of
On February 13, 2007 Rep.
Ron Paul introduced H.R.
1009, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2007,"
with nine original co-sponsors: Representatives Tammy
Baldwin (D-WI), Barney Frank (D-MA), Raúl Grijalva
(D-AZ), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH),
Jim McDermott (D-WA), George Miller (D-CA), Pete Stark
(D-CA), and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).
Please see our Federal Legislation page for
much more information.
for more information about passing a resolution in
support of industrial hemp please see our Hemp Resolution
Now that H.R. 1009 has been
introduced Vote Hemp needs support on the state level
for this important piece of legislation.
We have crafted a draft of a
resolution, which is intended to be passed by state
legislatures, that urges Congress to recognize
industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity and
to pass legislation that removes barriers to state
regulation of the commercial production of industrial
hemp. This is also a great way to to educate state
legislators and get a hemp bill passed in the future as
well. You can download the draft resolutions in two
Resolution (PDF file 32k)
Resolution (Word .doc file 28k)
U.S. State Legislation Information
U.S. Federal Legislation Information
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