Hemp Timeline

Hemp Timeline

Marihuana Tax Act signed into law requiring farmers to register and pay a federal tax to grow hemp

August 2, 1937

Marihuana Tax Act signed into law requiring farmers to register and pay a federal tax to grow hemp

President Roosevelt signs the Marihuana Tax Act into law beginning the era of regulation and control over all cannabis production. Hemp farmers must now register and pay a tax to grow hemp.

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Nixon signs the Controlled Substances Act into law

October 27, 1970

Nixon signs the Controlled Substances Act into law

President Nixon signs the Controlled Substances Act into law making marihuana a Schedule 1 controlled substance. The definition of marijuana was comprehensive and did not distinguish hemp from drug type varieties of Cannabis.

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Jack Herer publishes “The Emperor Wears No Clothes”

June 1, 1985

Jack Herer publishes “The Emperor Wears No Clothes”

The Emperor Wears No Clothes is a non-fiction book about the history of cannabis hemp written by Jack Herer. Starting in 1973, the story begins when Herer takes the advice of his friend, “Captain” Ed Adair, and begins compiling tidbits of information about the Cannabis plant and its numerous uses, including as hemp and as a drug. After a dozen years of collecting and compiling historical data, Herer first published his work as The Emperor Wears No…

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Vote Hemp founded

May 4, 2000

Vote Hemp founded

Vote Hemp was founded in 2000 by members of the hemp industry including David Bronner, Erik Rothenberg, Eric Steenstra, Lloyd Hart and Eric Lineback with the goal of brining back hemp farming in the U.S.

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DEA publishes rules purporting to make hemp foods illegal

October 9, 2001

DEA publishes rules purporting to make hemp foods illegal

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published 3 rules in the Federal Register purporting to “clarify the status of hemp.” These ill conceived rules were an attempt to ban legal hemp foods. Vote Hemp board members David Bronner, Eric Steenstra and Patrick Goggin lead an effort to file a lawsuit and injunction against the DEA rules. For more info on the legal case, visit our Hemp Food Rules page.

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9th Circuit grants stay of DEA Interpretive Rule to Hemp Industry

July 1, 2002

9th Circuit grants stay of DEA Interpretive Rule to Hemp Industry

The Hemp Industry files a lawsuit against the DEA in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals asking the court to overturn DEA’s Interpretive Rule on THC in hemp foods.

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Vote Hemp helps to draft first federal Industrial Hemp Farming Act

June 22, 2005

Vote Hemp helps to draft first federal Industrial Hemp Farming Act

Vote Hemp works with Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) to draft the first modern federal hemp legislation, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2005 (H.R. 3037).

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North Dakota Dept. of Agriculture issues first hemp licenses

February 6, 2007

North Dakota Dept. of Agriculture issues first hemp licenses

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson issues the first two hemp farming licenses in the United States to Dave Monson and Wayne Hauge.

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North Dakota farmers Dave Monson and Wayne Hauge file suit against DEA to compel issuance of hemp licenses

June 18, 2007

North Dakota farmers Dave Monson and Wayne Hauge file suit against DEA to compel issuance of hemp licenses

Hemp farmers Dave Monson and Wayne Hauge file a lawsuit in District court to compel DEA to act on their license applications to grow hemp. Vote Hemp assists in their defense.

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