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Hello Lexington! Did you know that Senators Paul (R) and McConnell (R) are original co-sponsors of Senate Bill 359, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013? They are, and Representative Massie (R) of Northern Kentucky introduced the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives! Representative Yarmouth (D) from Louisville is one of the 47 co-sponsors of the House bill. KY Secretary of Agriculture James Comer (R) is a huge proponent of Hemp farming. Last year the state legislature passed a law to allow farmers to grow Hemp just as soon as the Feds say it’s ok. In August, the Feds said that they would not prosecute federal Cannabis laws in states that had regulations such as Kentucky. KY tobacco farmers are eager to start growing Hemp and a Canadian hemp grower and processor wants to build a processing plant in KY. There is a huge economic potential for Hemp in Kentucky!
Unfortunately some of the Democrats in the state are turning this into a political football. It seems that the Republicans beat them to a good idea and now the Dems are trying to rob the Republicans of their victory. Attorney General Conway is going to run against Comer for Governor and he is trying to prevent Hemp farming in KY, saying that the Federal Government would arrest farmers in KY if they grow Hemp. There is a lot of debate going around this specific issue. Meanwhile, farmers in Colorado are already growing, harvesting, and selling Hemp for a good profit and the Feds are fine with it!
We need a united Kentucky to allow our farmers to grow Hemp and to increase the market for Hemp products and bring down consumer prices for the amazing foods, lotions, soaps, clothing, and construction materials that can be made from this plant. Imagine going to the farmers market and buying pounds of locally grown Hemp seeds which are high in protein and omega 3s. Or buying socks made from KY Hemp (Hemp has anti-microbial properties). Image homes being insulated with Hempcrete grown and processed in Kentucky.
To help make this a reality you can donate to Hemp for America to add to our lobbying voice and fund our efforts. You can buy Hemp products at local retailers, and if they don’t carry them, ask them to. Ask farmers at the market when you will be able to buy Hemp seeds and oils from them. You can write to Congressman Barr and ask him to co-sponsor H.R. 525. And you can write to Attorney General Conway and tell him to stop fighting Hemp and get on board with a good idea!
Hemp for America is organizing support in Lexington to reach our Congressman and we are surveying consumer demand at Farmers Markets to build the local market for Hemp products.
Please cut and paste the following (or adapt your own) to: http://www.durbin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
Dear Senator Durbin and staff,
There exists an opportunity sitting in the Judicial Committee right now to increase farm profits, clean Illinois waterways, reduce CO2 pollution, add processing and manufacturing jobs, and bring down the price of consumer goods.
This opportunity in the House has 47 co-sponsors (31 Ds). Speaker Boehner has voiced an openness to support it. A similar measure passed the House 225-200 in July. The Il state legislature passed a resolution in 2000 asking Congress to pass this bill. Many Congress members have voiced a tacit support. This support needs organization! The organization that only the Whip can bring. This is because Congress members are afraid to champion this bill. They don’t have faith in their fellow members to vote for it so they don’t talk about it. The only Senators co-sponsoring this bill are Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, Bernie Sanders, and (dare I say) RAnd Paul and Mitch McConnell. I know you don’t like those two and I don’t blame you, but can we please pass the measures that we all agree on and argue about the rest later? You and the Democrats can take this issue and run with it, gaining political favor among rural and urban constituents alike. Right now Kentucky and the Republican leadership are getting all the praise on this.
The bill I speak of is S. 359, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013. I think we all know that Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell are not trying to pass a marijuana bill. This bill is about all the aforementioned topics. It is not about pot!
Senator Leahy has voiced support for this bill. Only Senators Feinstein and Grassley are in vocal opposition. Please, PLEASE talk to other senators about this bill! I think that you find that many more Senators are familiar with this topic and support it then you might think.
IA Senator Chuck Grassley is the number one roadblock to passing The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013. As his constituent response letter demonstrates Senator Grassley has been misinformed about Industrial Hemp. He is also the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee where the bill sits. Chuck has a strong record of fighting drugs and doesn’t want to do anything that might be construed as pro-drug. This stance, along with his position on the committee, means that his endorsement of Industrial Hemp would secure the bill’s passage into law. Hemp is grown in 36 countries including, Canada, China, and England without creating a marijuana problem. The Senator should research how they do it and endorse the policies which allow farmers to grow industrial hemp without hampering the DEA. He needs to hear from Iowans that Hemp and the freedom to farm it are important and worth his effort.
Call Senator Grassley and leave a message asking him to Co-sponsor Senate Bill 359, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013. Say a sentence or two about why it is important to you. Thanks!
So long North Dakota and thank you so much! North Dakotans know the importance of hemp and have done such an amazing job of communicating that message to Hoeven and Heitkamp. Please keep on them North Dakota! Your voices are powerful!
North Dakota is struggling with the feds to grow hemp, for more info, check out this article: http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/1194/north-dakota-wants-dea-to-leave-industrial-hemp-alone
Hoeven Supported hemp when he was governor, now that he is in D.C. we need him back on board: http://www.votehemp.com/PDF/ND_US_DoJ_HempLetter-11162009.pdf
Between being invited for a dinner of posole soup by one Missoula family, and then beer and an overnight stay with breakfast and shower just next door, I have to say that Montanans are very nice people indeed! If that wasn’t enough, a Helena couple left us a solid weeks worth of food, elk stake included! Thanks to all who have supported our campaign in Montana, now it is off to North Dakota.
Will be canvassing neighborhoods in Missoula today and tomorrow. On Saturday at the Farmers Market we organized phone calls Montana Senator Jon Tester’s office. He was pro-Hemp when he worked at the state level so what is holding him back now?
On Friday we left for five months on the road. Last Monday we held our press release and delivered about 750 letters to Colorado Senator Mark Udall’s office which gained us national coverage! What a great way to kick off for the long haul.
Hemp for America presents demonstration outside Mark Udall’s Greeley office July 29, 2013.
GREELEY, CO- Hemp for America is a citizens campaign organizing grassroots support for the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 (S359). Since May, Hemp for America has been travelling Colorado collecting signatures and letters urging Colorado senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet to become co-sponsors of the bill, which amends the controlled substances act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of “marihuana”.
WHEN: Monday July 29th, 2013 at noon.
WHERE: Senator Mark Udall’s Greeley office at 801 8th Street Greeley, Colorado.
WHAT: Hemp for America will be delivering around 700 constituent letters they have generated for to senator Udall along with presentations from Coloradans involved in the hemp movement.
WHO: Speakers will include John Patterson (builder currently using hempcrete to replace homes in the High Park fire area.), Adam Dunn (founder of Hemp Works and creator of the hemp bulletproof jacket), Morris Beegle (owner of Colorado Hemp Company) and Erik Hunter (of Rocky Mountain Hemp Association) under of Hemp Cleans, a non-profit striving for regulation and cultivation of industrial hemp). The event is organized by Hemp for America and is open to the press and the public.
WHY: Colorado State Legislature approved SB 13-241, which legalized industrial hemp farming with only one “no” vote. While Springfield farmer Ryan Loflin is risking his liberty and property to grow hemp, Senator Udall’s response has been that he will “continue to listen closely to what you and other Coloradans have to say about matters before Congress”. Hemp for America is coming right to his office so he can have as close of a listen as possible.
Come watch the documentary Bringing It Home with us as Humboldt State University on July 19th! More details about the even here: https://www.facebook.com/events/503410153059150/ and here http://www.screeninghq.org/screenings/details/26028
“BRINGING IT HOME tells the story of hemp: past, present and future and a global industry that includes textiles, building materials, food and body care products, auto parts and more. The film was inspired by a father’s search to find the healthiest building materials which led him to the completion of the nation’s first hemp house. Hempcrete with lime is a non-toxic, energy efficient, mildew, fire and pest resistant building material. The drawback — industrial hemp is currently illegal to farm in the U.S.A. Industrial hemp is a non-psychoactive plant, grown in 31 other countries that offers solutions for global warming, nutrition, poverty and deforestation. Here in the U.S., hemp could be a moneymaking crop for farmers and create jobs. But why can’t we grow it here?”