Take Action to Support U.S. Farmer and Consumer Rights
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For almost 100 years, United States farmers have lost the ability to grow Industrial Hemp. Consumers have been forced to buy hemp produced in other countries as far away as China. While the US Hemp industry now sells over $500 million annually in health and beauty products, almost all of this hemp comes from production outside the United States.
Farming industrial hemp has been banned due to the regulatory burdens imposed by the prohibition of marijuana.
Thanks to the 2013 Farm Bill, each state has now been provided the opportunity to allow industrial hemp production, but this simple plant is still considered illegal by the Federal Government because it is listed as a Schedule 1 drug* even though Industrial hemp contains no effective THC quantity.
The Industrial Farming Act of 2015 (Bill# S.134 and H.R. 525) would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana, and therefore removing it as a Schedule 1 drug.
Hemp is a low-THC varietal of the cannabis plant which does not contain the psychoactive as marijuana does. Farmers wish to grow hemp because it is a sustainable, hardy crop and is relatively easy to grow.
Consider the facts about hemp:
1. Even if consumed or smoked, there are no psychoactive effects associated with hemp; it contains less than .3% THC which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that causes a "high"
2. Most states have regulated Industrial Hemp
3. Hemp is used all over the world for various products including oil, rope, cloth, paper and beauty products
4. BMW has manufactured an automobile out of hemp – making it lighter and more recyclable
5. Hemp is highly beneficial to the human body and used in many health products.
6. Help oil is rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids and some amino acids.
Industrial hemp organizations are working towards the goal of making, growing, and reselling industrial hemp as simple as growing and selling other products like wheat and corn. It will allow consumers to support a US farming industry through the purchase of products grown and manufactured in the USA.
Learn more about the industrial hemp market, how it helps farmers around the world, and the health benefits of health by watching this YouTube video, courtesy of Votehemp.com.
If you believe that hemp is a useful and beneficial agricultural commodity, then please help and sign our petition.
*Schedule 1 Drug: In spite of hemp’s versatility, in 1970 the U.S. Congress designated hemp, along with its relative marijuana, as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act, making it illegal to grow without a license from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Although industrial hemp does not contain enough psychoactive ingredients to make a smoker high, farmers who grow it can risk jail time.
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