Allow US Farmers to Grow Hemp
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Hemp farming is widely misunderstood by the public and by Congress. The United States is the only developed nation that has not lifted their ban on industrial hemp farming. To date, 16 States have successfully passed pro-hemp legislation, and with strong bi-partisan support. Some places have passed legislation with HUGE margins, such as New Mexico's 59-1, Vermont's 126-9, or North Dakota's unanimous support. For more information on legislation, visit Vote Hemp.
States want to grow hemp because of its benefits. Hemp is a sustainable crop, usually certified organic, and is relatively cheap and easy to grow. A hardy crop, hemp has high yields and can be grown in any one of our 50 States. As a specialty crop, hemp is profitable and can be used in a variety of 'green' consumer products. Hemp farming could help cultivate local, greener, economies in counties and States across the Country.
Despite these facts, United States Federal Congress has ignored and marginalized the issue for many years.
In a New York Times article on the subject, we learn about David Monson, North Dakota Republican State Representative and Farmer, who has been working for nearly two decades to pass over 10 pieces of Legislation. He has held an actual State licence for over two and a half years, yet, despite all of his efforts, is still unable to grow hemp. Farmers across the country are waiting to grow hemp, and they need your support to make this possible.
Please ask Congress to stop ignoring the facts about Hemp Farming.
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