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Hemp in the Farm Bill, what does it mean?

When Congress passed the Farm Bill of 2014, it included Sec. 7606 authorizing state regulated research pilot programs with hemp. That program has been a huge success growing to include over 3,500 licensed participants who planted more than 77,000...


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Last week voters went to the polls in record numbers and they decided to make a course correction. Republican’s held onto their majority in the Senate but Democrats gained the majority in the House for the 116th Congress which...


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WHY IS CBD EVERYWHERE? The New York Times asked a provocative question in the latest issue of their Sunday Magazine: Why is CBD everywhere? The answer from our perspective: Because it works! The highlighting of CBD products by the...


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CALIFORNIA GOV. BROWN SIGNS SB 1409 INTO LAW PAVING THE WAY FOR HEMP FARMING We are celebrating the passage of SB 1409 in California, which fully legalizes hemp farming in the state. A major victory for the hemp industry,...


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BREAKING: FARM BILL NEGOTIATIONS STALLED, AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE LEADERS HOPE TO REACH AGREEMENT AFTER MIDTERM ELECTIONS The House and Senate Farm Bill conference committee leaders have been negotiating for a month but have yet to reach agreement on the final...


Vote Hemp signs stakeholder letter to Farm Bill conferees

Vote Hemp has signed on to a stakeholder letter to conferees expressing strong support for the Hemp Farming Act provisions included in the Senate version of the Farm Bill. The letter was cosigned by the American Herbal Products Association,...


CA Dept. of Public Health issues misguided statement on “hemp foods”

As you may know, California’s Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) issued a misguided FAQ stating that hemp derived CBD and extracts are prohibited food additives in the state, echoing the FDA’s position. It should be noted that CDPH’s policy in...


Texas House Ag. committee holds hearing on hemp, momentum grows in the Lone Star state

On Tuesday July 17th, the Texas House Agriculture & Livestock committee held an interim hearing on industrial hemp. I attended along with Vote Hemp board member and Hemp Road Trip founder Rick Trojan as well as Shawn Hauser of...


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BIG NEWS! Senate passes bipartisan Farm Bill 86-11 including Hemp Farming Act provisions Yesterday, June 28th, the U.S. Senate voted to pass the Farm Bill including language from the Hemp Farming Act (S. 2667)! The Senate version of the...


Securing water rights for Montana hemp farmer Kim Phillips

In June of 2017 we were contacted by Kim Phillips, a family farmer from Montana who had received a state license to grow hemp. She planted the seed and after hemp plants initially sprouted, she didn’t receive any rain....