Action Alert: Anti-Hemp Amendment
American farmers, small businesspeople and consumers have enthusiastically embraced the recent introduction of The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 which would permanently legalize hemp. Thanks to the efforts of Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and a bi-partisan array of supporters, including Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the Hemp Farming Act has been attached to the Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill, which is expected to become law this year.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) filed an amendment to the Farm Bill that would devastate the industry's efforts to promote full legalization of hemp and hemp products. Specifically, Grassley's amendment would explicitly exclude "cannabinoids," "extracts" and "derivatives" from the definition of hemp. This could mean that popular products such as hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) may be treated by the DEA as a Schedule 1 controlled substance - akin to heroin.
Fortunately, after thousands of calls, emails and social media posts by Hemp Supporters across the country, Washington listened, and the Farm Bill was passed by the committee without even voting on the Grassley Amendment. However, Sen. Grassley indicated that he wants to continue the discussion, so we invite you to proactively contact your Senators in hopes of resisting any future attempt to amend the Farm Bill with Sen. Grassley's language, or anything similar.
The US Hemp Roundtable put together a simple way to send email messages to Senators. They have drafted some arguments, but encourage you to personalize their email templates by explaining why hemp and hemp products are so important to you!