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 – June 2020

The first sprouts — kekis, as folks call babies of all species in Hawaii — have joined the multi-species...

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...

New Senate aid bill approves farmers for Economic Injury Disaster Loans

On Tuesday April 21st, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill worth some $480 billion that would replenish funds for...

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...

Coalition of Hemp Organizations Submit Letter to Small Business Administration Urging Inclusion of Farmers in CARES Act Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday April 13th, eight leading hemp trade and advocacy organizations sent a joint letter to...

Governor Newsom Signs Hemp Legislation SB 153

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vote Hemp, the nation’s leading grassroots hemp advocacy organization, and the California Hemp Council, the leading...

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 operating since 2000 lobbying legislators both on a federal level and a state level while educating advocates throughout the world. 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 Bill of 2014 was a huge win for our grass roots advocacy movement.

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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 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 ...
FDA Commissioner Hahn makes first public comments on CBD On February 26th 2020, FDA Commissioner Hahn gave his first public speech at the NASDA Winter Policy Conference. He addressed the topic of CBD products and acknowledged that these products ...
USDA Undersecretary Ibach speaks on Hemp Interim Final Rule - Feb. 26, 2020 USDA Undersecretary Greg Ibach spoke on the hemp Interim Final Rule at the NASDA Winter Policy conference in Washington, DC on February 26, 2020.
Vote Hemp analysis of the USDA Interim Final Rule hemp production regulations Vote Hemp president Eric Steenstra presents an analysis of the USDA Interim Final Rule hemp production regulations.