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Congress: Legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in the 2013 Farm Bill
  • Petitioned U.S. House of Representatives

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Congress: Legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in the 2013 Farm Bill

    1. Michael Bowman
    2. Petition by

      Michael Bowman

      Wray, CO

Every five years in the United States we have the opportunity to have a national discussion over priorities in the Farm Bill. The United States Congress is currently debating the legislation and taking action what our national nutrition, conservation, crop insurance and farm subsidy programs will look like over the next five years. We have a unique opportunity to encourage Congress to add the legalization of Industrial Hemp to the current language. It is imperative that Congress take action now. Industrial Hemp products represent a $400 million industry today, yet American farmers are prohibited from growing this "crop of our Founding Fathers". Demand that Congress take action now.

To:
U.S. House of Representatives
Legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in the 2013 Farm Bill

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. My interview on Colorado Public Radio

      Michael Bowman
      Petition Organizer

      It's been a very busy week in Washington. We are inching closer to victory; we can not let up. The Senate went in to recess this evening without taking action on the industrial hemp amendment. I'm not one to cry wolf, but I do hope our community of supporters will not rest until we've achieved our goal: full legalization. To do this we need to keep our calls coming into Congress. We need to keep the pressure on Majority Leader Harry Reid to call for a voice vote on the amendment. Please take a couple of minutes of your time and call his office at: 202-224-3542 Use this script: Senator Reid, please support the Wyden Industrial Hemp amendment to the farm bill. In addition to this important call please reach out to your respective Senator offices and deliver the same message.

      Here is my interview on the issue that ran today:

      http://www.cpr.org/#load_article|Is_Hemp_Colorados_Next_Cash_Crop

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. The Senate will act on our amendment next week if we keep up the pressure!

      Michael Bowman
      Petition Organizer

      Please log in to VoteHemp and phone your Senator. The Senate will likely take a vote on our amendment next week - but ALL Senators need to be on board. Please reach out to all of your contacts and ask them to help us reverse the prohibition! http://capwiz.com/votehemp/callalert/index.tt?alertid=62416381

      Vote Hemp Action Center - Vote Hemp: Take Action

      Vote Hemp is a national, single-issue, nonprofit organization dedicated to the acceptance of and free market for low-THC industrial hemp and to changes in current law to allow U.S. farmers to once again grow this agricultural crop.

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. Washington Post article on industrial hemp

      Michael Bowman
      Petition Organizer
      Hemp legalization effort gathers steam

      In the cannabis plant family, hemp is the good seed. Marijuana, the evil weed. Michael Bowman, a gregarious Colorado farmer who grows corn and wheat, has been working his contacts in Congress in an attempt to persuade lawmakers that hemp has been framed, unfairly lumped with the stuff people smoke to get high.

    7. Hemp Debate headed to the Senate Floor

      Michael Bowman
      Petition Organizer

      The debate is headed to the Senate floor. We need the proactive support of Senator Leahy and Senate Majority Leader Reid. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/farm-bill-clears-senate-agriculture-committee-91341.html#ixzz2TPXXe9Dk

      Farm bill clears Senate Agriculture committee - David Rogers

      A new five-year farm bill quickly cleared the Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday, despite regional sparring between Midwest and Southern Republicans over revisions in the commodity title to win support from peanut and rice producers. The action came as Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) failed in a behind-the-scenes effort to convince the committee...

    8. Senator McConnells initial attempt to amend Farm Bill fails

      Michael Bowman
      Petition Organizer

      We need a full-court press by everyone at this point. There are still opportunities to offer this is as amendment on the Senate floor during debate by the full Senate. Speaker Boehner has also indicated his support. Senator Reid, stand with us. http://madvilletimes.com/2013/05/kentucky-mcconnell-fight-for-industrial-hemp-in-farm-bill/

      Madville Times

      In another strange twist of events, I find myself sympathizing with Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. The Republican Minority Leader tried but failed yesterday to get the fast-tracked Farm Bill to legalize industrial hemp.

    9. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Idali Ruiz LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 2 months ago

      Hemp can be a solution to a majority of problems or future problems in this world

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    • Austin Gent SAN DIEGO, CA
      • 2 months ago

      It was a part of our nation when it was founded, there is no reason why it should not be today. It would be a highly profitable industry and could potentially help the nation's multi-trillion dollar debt crises.

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    • Karen Smith BOWIE, MD
      • 3 months ago

      Because of the many uses of hemp and it would finally allow us to truly take a step towards self sustainability.

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      • 3 months ago

      The industrial opportunities for hemp have to potential to almost totally eliminate the unemployment rate in a single year, if not less.

      Additionally, hemp's potential applications can replace many of the substances we currently use that are far more destructive and far less sustainable.

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    • HEIDI FARMER MI, AL
      • 3 months ago

      Keeping Hemp illegal is a great way to get fired!

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