Welcome to VOTE HEMP

Vote Hemp is a Washington, DC based grassroots nonprofit organization working since 2000 to bring back hemp farming in the U.S. We are dedicated to a free market for hemp products and to changes in state and federal law to allow American farmers to grow the crop once again, learn more..

Educating legislators and policy makers

Advocating for effective hemp laws and policies

Defending against policies that restrict commerce

Taking Action to legalize hemp farming

Current legislation for Virginia

Virginia Hemp Laws & Regulations 2018 SB 247 Industrial hemp research programs. The bill classifies all participants in any research program as either growers or processors and replaces the current licensing requirement, which requires a police background check, with a registration requirement. The bill will allow farmers to conduct research without partnering with a university

Hemp farming is legal in Virginia

On April 6, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed a bill that defines “industrial hemp extract” as a food. Senate Bill...

RICHMOND — Marty Phipps started a business this year selling an innovative type of bedding for horses and small...

Fine In the Field – December 2020

December, 2020: Announcing The Game Seven Line-up For Humanity: Gregor Mendel, Terroir, And Many Small Farms Vs. Gene Markers,...

Fine In the Field – November 2020

November, 2020: Processing Like a Shaman, Winning in the Marketplace The first food I popped into my mouth when...

Fine In the Field – October 2020

Another Digital Age Human Joins the Eight Millennia-Old Harvest Dance My family is just in from harvesting a good...

Hemp Industry Members File Lawsuit Against DEA, Challenging Rule That Could Have Far-reaching Consequences

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A national hemp trade association and a South Carolina-based hemp company have filed a federal lawsuit...

Hemp Industry Call to Action: Vote Hemp Urges Community to Sign Petition Calling for Congress to Approve 1% THC Levels in Hemp

“The hemp industry is creating many good jobs in farming and manufacturing at this critical time. We need to...

Vote Hemp celebrates 20 years of hemp advocacy

Twenty years ago this week a group of hemp industry advocates came together to launch Vote Hemp with the...

Vote Hemp has been making a positive impact since 2000

Vote Hemp is the longest running grass roots 501 (c)4 non-profit in the hemp industry. We have been lobbying legislators both on the federal level and state level while educating advocates throughout the world since 2000. Our longevity and experience has set the standards for grass roots advocacy around hemp. Vote Hemp’s headquarters in D.C. has allowed us to spearhead the push in Washington to implement permanent hemp legislation. Our grass roots efforts have been focused around American farmers once again legally being able to grow hemp on American soil. The Federal Farm Bills of 2014 and 2018 were huge wins for our grass roots advocacy movement.

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USDA Secretary Purdue discusses hemp in House Agriculture Committee hearing 3/5/20
USDA Secretary Purdue discusses hemp in House Agriculture Committee hearing 3/5/20 Secretary Purdue answers a question by Rep. Lawson regarding the Interim Final Rule hemp regulations and THC testing.
USDA Secretary Perdue testifies about hemp regulations at Senate Appropriations hearing
USDA Secretary Perdue testifies about hemp regulations at Senate Appropriations hearing USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue testifies before the U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Agriculture and FDA on March 12, 2020. Senator Jeff Merkley asks Secretary Perdue about USDA Interim Final Rule ...