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Dear Member of Congress,
We are writing to ask you to join the 47 House sponsors and 5 Senate sponsors of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013, H.R. 525 and S. 359. The bipartisan support for these bills spans the country – from Florida to California to Oregon to Maine and throughout the heartland. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has co-sponsored the bill introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). Nineteen states have enacted laws to authorize hemp cultivation and processing, and bills are pending in 16 other states.
The Industrial Hemp Farming Act would authorize American farmers to once again grow non-drug industrial hemp if permitted by their state law. This bill reverses the erroneous determination of the Drug Enforcement Administration that hemp – an ancient crop valuable for its fiber, nutritious seed, and versatile oil – is marijuana and banned by the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. The bill would define industrial hemp in conformity with global standards, and authorizes states to develop regulations for cultivation setting a strict standard of a maximum of 0.3% THC content. Nine states have passed laws to regulate hemp farming along these lines.
Hemp can be used in thousands of products, and the market for hemp products is rapidly growing. SPINS sales data showed a 16.5% increase in U.S. hemp food and body care products sales in 2012 over 2011. Estimating sales of all hemp products, including clothing, auto parts, building materials, and twine, the hemp industry generated nearly $500 million in retail sales in the U.S. in 2012. Unfortunately, all of the hemp used in these products had to be imported from Canada, China, or Europe. DEA's antiquated policy bars American farmers from supplying this growing domestic and world market and forces American manufacturers to import hemp raw materials.
We strongly urge you to support American farmers who want to grow this important crop and compete in the global market for this vital commodity. Please join the bipartisan cosponsors of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act.
American Hemp Products
Colorado Industrial Hemp Supply, LLC
Dr. Bronners Magic Soaps
Family Farm Defenders
Fauxto Finish Decorative Painting
For Mother Earth
Habitat for Humanity of Salem County NJ
Hemp Shield Company, LLC
Hemp Technologies - Canada, USA, New Zealand
HempireWorks International, LLC
Hoxie Beefalo Ranch
Illinois Stewardship Alliance
JAM Vegan Bakery, LLC
Kentucky Hemp Industries
Little Farm on the Hill
Mama Bear's Fancy Faces
Monchils Longhorn Ranch
Myrrhia Fine Knitwear
North Star Farms
Ohio Rights Group
Plant Kingdom Bakery, LLC
The Ecological Farming Association
The Free Energy Party, Inc.
The Hawthorne Law Firm, LLC
The Pursang Group
The Ridge Consulting
Twin Oaks Farms
U.S. Properties, LLC
Waites Tire & Service Center
Watts Garden Club
West Woodburn Farms