We hope to educate people from all walks of life about hemp’s amazing uses and benefits. We believe that if more people knew about all the amazing things that industrial hemp could do to create a healthier and sustainable economy, healthier and more energy efficient homes, thousands of non-toxic products, and healthier air, water, food and soil — that Americans would come together to support industrial hemp farming in every state in the U.S.
We cannot always post the latest policy updates in the U.S. For the latest updates on legislation, industrial hemp issues and facts, all the things you can do to help bring hemp back to the U.S. go to www.votehemp.com or take action at Hemp History Week
In February 2014 President Obama signed the Farm Bill which contains an amendment to legalize hemp production for research purposes. The amendment allows State Agriculture Departments, colleges and universities to grow hemp, defined as the non-drug oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis, for academic or agricultural research purposes, but it applies only to states where industrial hemp farming is already legal under state law.
Two industrial hemp bills were introduced in the 113th Congress. H.R. 525, the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013,” was introduced in the U.S. House on February 6, 2013. The companion bill, S. 359, was introduced in the U.S. Senate on February 14, 2013. The bills define industrial hemp, exclude it from the definition of “marihuana” in the Controlled Substances Act, and gives states the exclusive authority to regulate the growing and processing of industrial hemp under state law.
Ten states have defined industrial hemp as distinct and removed barriers to its production. These states will be able to take immediate advantage of the industrial hemp research and pilot program provision, Section 7606 of the Farm Bill: (California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.) Passage of a bill like the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 would finally allow these states to choose whether or not to let farmers grow industrial hemp.
While Colorado has legalized the production of Industrial Hemp, growing it is still considered illegal by the Federal Law. Importation of viable industrial hemp seed across State lines and Country boundaries is illegal under the Federal Controlled Substances Act. Learn more at the Colorado Dept. of Agriculture site.
What can you do to help with the national effort to legalize industrial hemp farming?
• Have a BRINGING IT HOME screening in your community or at your event. It’s easy thanks to ScreeningHQ.org! All the tools are there to purchase DVD & screening rights, organize and promote a screening event. Sign up and register your event at http://www.screeninghq.org/films/details/88/bringing-it-home (don’t worry, you don’t have to add all the details at one time)
• Buy hemp products! Every dollar you spend on products made with hemp is a vote supporting the need for growing hemp in the U.S.
• Sign up for News and Updates from organizations like www.votehemp.com,
• Celebrate Hemp History Week: The 4th Annual Hemp History Week is taking place June 2-8, 2014. The sponsors and supporters of Hemp History Week include Vote Hemp, the Hemp Industry Association, and leading hemp manufacturers, natural foods retailers, celebrities, farmers, historians and hemp advocates. “Hemp History Week is all about celebrating the goodness of hemp”. It’s time to Grow! Check out HHW’s incredible take action toolkit!
What can you do to help with the national effort to make homes and products less toxic?
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families is a nationwide effort to pass smart federal policy to protect us from toxic chemicals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for instance, has found flame retardants PBDEs—a group of suspected neurotoxicants—in the blood of over 95 percent of Americans that have been tested. These same chemicals are found in umbilical cord blood and breast milk. A recent UCSF study found 43 different chemicals in nearly every pregnant women tested—including flame retardants, plasticizers, phenols, perfluorinated chemicals and perchlorate—and we know this is only a fraction of the chemicals circulating in our bodies.
When Congress passed the original Toxic Substances Control Act, it allowed 62,000 chemicals to continue to be used without requiring testing to determine whether they were safe for human health. Since then, the government has regulated just five of those original chemicals. Meanwhile, for the 22,000 chemicals introduced since 1976, manufacturers have provided little or no information to the Environmental Protection Agency about potential health and environmental impacts.
From Frances Beinecke’s Blog. Testifying to Congress: It’s Time to Keep Our Families Safe from Toxic Chemicals
Tell Congress the time is long overdue to protect Americans from the myth and dangers of “better living through science.”
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